Learning the value and identity she has in Christ completely changed Sue’s life. Check out her story and watch her get #dunked this weekend!
Hi, my name is Sue Herberger. I wasn’t raised in a church home, as God wasn’t a priority in our family. I was dropped off at Sunday school as a young child, and that was the extent of my exposure to church. As an adult I was encouraged to attend the church that my husband’s family attended. I enjoyed going, but I felt like something was missing. I didn’t have a personal relationship with Jesus.
I struggled with who I was, being angry and feeling sorry for myself after having lost my job, and was embarrassed that I was waiting tables. I dreaded when anyone would ask me “what I did,” feeling like they would judge me. Then I met my wonderful friend, Kim, who invited me to Grace, and I accepted. I realized immediately how little I knew about Jesus and the Bible. I enjoyed coming to church, I loved the worship music and the messages, but I still didn’t feel close to God. I was holding onto old behaviors, feeling discontent and envious of what others had that I didn’t – still trying to fix everything myself.
Then I heard a message one Sunday morning about how valuable I was to God, how I mattered! That was a revelation to me, that He could love me with such an unconditional and unfailing love. He didn’t care if I was waiting tables or an executive of a company – I mattered!!!! That’s the moment I knew that my relationship with God was more than just attending church and enjoying worship, it was a personal relationship with a living God. I then started pursuing Him, joining Starting Point, Foundations, and a small group. I learned to trust Him and be less concerned about how to fix my circumstances, knowing that He would take care of me.
I remember my husband commenting that I seemed “different.” That made my heart smile! I knew He was really working in me, transforming me, and I felt a much better sense of self-worth than I ever had before.
I’m getting baptized today to symbolize my relationship with Jesus and the hope I now have in Him. One of my favorite scriptures that reminds me of this is:
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.” – Psalm 143:8
I want to share the hope that I now have in Him and to tell you that if you’re struggling with who you are, or what you did, that God is waiting with open arms. He loves you and accepts you just the way you are. Seek Him with all your heart!
Baptism at Grace
During all worship gatherings on Baptism Weekends, we celebrate the very reason we exist as a church: Christ’s mission to make disciples, baptizing and teaching in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28: 19-20). We share testimonies of how Jesus changes lives now and for eternity. And the best part… we baptize with a joy that’s out of this world!