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June Baptisms 2022
At Jubilee, we only baptise people who are believers – those who have made a confession of faith.
Baptism does not make these three perfect and going into the water isn’t going to make them perfect – but being baptised is being obedient. When he preached on the day of Pentecost, Peter said “Repent and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
We believe that you repent and your baptism is a response to that and that God will then open your life. It is about obedience. There’s nothing special about the water.
We also baptise by immersion, because we believe it represents is as you go down into the water, you are being recognised with Jesus’ death, and as you are raised back up you are coming into your new life raised in Christ. That’s what we do and why we do it.
When I was seven years old, I was playing on the landing at the top of the stairs when I tripped and fell head over heels down the stairs.
Instead of feeling the tumble down, I felt I was watching the whole thing from above. I was so confused because I felt my body was not me. I was more than flesh and bone; I was spirit too.
I got a terrible fright. I didn’t understand what had just happened and I didn’t tell anyone for a long time, because I didn’t understand it myself, but I knew that I was more than just a body – I was a spirit living in a human body.
As time went by I put the whole thing to the back of my mind.
My parents never went to church, but I loved the Bible stories from school. I even tried going to church on my own but never felt included, so I stopped going.
Three years ago, my life spiralled out of control. I had my own business, my own house, a partner of 30 years, 10 of which had been just as friends. I sold my house and my business and my partner and I split up. This was the worse period of my whole life. Without going into detail, I lost everything apart from money, which all I did was worry about.
I started looking at horoscopes and tarot cards – looking for something but I didn’t know what. One day I came across a story on YouTube about a near-death experience. I was fascinated and I watched quite a few of these videos, all of which were different but quite similar – all of them claimed to have met Jesus and were al changed by their experience.
It suddenly came to me about my out of body experience when I was a child, it dawned on me that Jesus was real, like I’d hoped all along, and He was just waiting for me to realise it.
So although I went through the most awful time of my life, where it led me was worth every painful step.
I walked through hell, but Jesus was waiting for me on the other side.
If I hadn’t have lost everything and been through the traumatic time, I would never have been looking and would never have found Jesus. So I am forever grateful that He got my attention.
So the reason why I am being baptised today is my promise to Jesus that I am His forever.
I’ve grown up in a Christian family and in this church and all my life I’ve always said that I know that God exists but I’ve never really followed Him.
I’ve known He’s there but I’ve never tried to have a relationship with Him.
I went to New Day and they’d be like “come up if you want to give your life to God” and I’d go up and then I’d come home after New Day and I’d read the Bible for like three days and then that would be that.
So I’ve always said I’m a Christian.
But then recently I was speaking to a man in Zambia, possibly to stay with him and his family, and he asked me to say my testimony to him.
I kind of said “I’m not baptised, but I’ve always gone to church and I know that God exists” and at the time he was like ok, yeah, cool. But then afterwards he said to my parents that he didn’t believe I’m a Christian. I was like “No he’s wrong, I know best, I am a Christian” but it kind of made me think maybe I wasn’t, that maybe I was thinking about this wrong.
It was on my mind getting baptised and then we went to the Franklin Graham tour in Liverpool and he said at the end “Come up if you want to give your life to Jesus” and I thought “No it’s fine, I don’t need to do it now, I’ll talk to Dave another time” but God was like “No – you’re going up and you’re really going to mean it this time.”
So I went up and then Chris came and spoke to me which was really helpful. That was the point at which I thought “No I actually want to do this, I actually want to give my life to Jesus.”
I’m getting baptised today because I want to declare my faith properly and I want to actually have a relationship with God.
Like Benjy, I’ve grown up in this church and I’ve learned what it means to have that faith and be in a relationship with God rather than it be a religion to learn and to follow along with.
I went to conferences like New Day and Devoted and I think it was at Devoted that I committed myself to giving my life to God, but I’d never really fully understood the importance of that until recently. The conferences encouraged me to look deeper into what it means to be a Christian and what it means to live my life with boldness and with patience in the communities I’m put in.
I took A level Religious Studies, which was challenging to my faith because we looked at different views which might go against what I believe in. But through that I kept my faith in God and it strengthened my belief in Him because I realised that, even though there are things that might go against it, it’s a relationship with God that is deeper than facts.
I wanted to read from Romans 6.
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God.
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
I’m getting baptised today to publicly accept God and fully accept that Jesus died for our sins.
In the month of remembrance, Chris on remembering what Jesus sacrificed for us and how we need to act on it.
Helen on the importance of Friends and what God has to say about them in the Bible.
Andrew on evangelism, how we are all evangelists whether we like it or not, and how to evangelise easily.
Dawne on the parable of the lost sheep and the lessons we can take from it as followers of Jesus and members of His flock.
Yvonne on loss and how God has helped her deal with the loss of her mum and the impending departure of her eldest son to his first job
Nicki on serving at Newday and the impact it has had on all three Frodsham children and many, many others
Simon on the frustrations of not being able to get to sleep properly, and the Bible verses that help him stand firm against sleeplessness.
Gerry on how easy it is to be drawn into gossip. “If you can’t say anything positive, don’t say anything at all” isn’t just good advice, it’s Biblical wisdom.
Sylvia on being an encourager: “God knows our troubles. When we open up to Him, He’ll use other people to encourage us through His word.”
Lynne on doing what God wants us to do even when we really don’t want to do it – and why it’s important
Chris on the power of our words and how having a relationship with Jesus can give us the power of the right word at the right time.
Helen on why Psalms have taken the place of Proverbs as her favourite book of the Bible
Andrew Greenhalgh on being much better at giving advice than at taking it – and what happens as a result.
Chantal Robertson on how God and the gospel of Christ has never changed over time – even though the way we package it has.
Nicki on how she was planning to work in the marketing and advertising industry until God led her in a different direction.
Dawne challenges us to look at life with the enthusiasm, joy and exuberance of her Macedonian dog Floki and find joy in the everyday.
Jen on how taking the Alpha Course because she had nothing better to do on a Tuesday afternoon led to a life-changing wheelchair for her daughter Daisy and many others.
Gerry on how her ideas of what love truly is have changed over the years, and how love can be so much more than a feeling.
Matt Wilson on how God is weaving a tapestry – and knows what that looks like. He can see the big picture. Our part is to trust him with the threads he has given us.
Denise Griffiths on resolutions and why she has resolved not to make the usual New Year’s resolutions such as giving up chocolate, eating healthier or doing more exercise!
Vernon on the transience of life, and how, through all suffering, God’s steadfast love has the capacity to satisfy us every morning.
Andrew Greenhalgh on how he ended up going to church on Christmas morning for the first time at the age of 11 – and what it has taught him.
Helen on how preparations for Christmas vary from family to family and country to country. And what happened to Helen’s Lindt advent chocolates?