High school student Rose Kinder was baptized this weekend! Check out her story below:
I grew up with Christian parents, but religion wasn’t a very large part of my life. We celebrated Christmas and Easter and went to church once year. I even called myself a Christian, but it was just a label when I didn’t even know who Jesus truly was. I knew about heaven as a place where good people go when they die but nothing of how important Jesus is. But that Christian label I put on myself didn’t change me. Instead, I was empty and unsatisfied.
I remember one of my friends telling me about Jesus; she didn’t tell me the whole Gospel, but it sparked my curiosity as to who this Jesus guy was. So I did what my friend said and started to read the Bible, the New Testament specifically. When I first read Matthew, I believed everything. I believed that Jesus is the Son of God and in all of the things he did. But I didn’t know how to repent, nor what it meant.
So I moved to the internet and found a good Christian website called gotquestions.org. It answered my main question of what it means to repent by telling me it’s a deliberate decision to accept that Jesus died on the cross to save sinners, which is all of us. That repenting also means to live in a different way, in a better way now that we know Jesus. So I prayed to God about accepting Jesus and asking him to give me his Holy Spirit to continuously guide me through everything.
Now, I know I am never alone even when it feels like it. Jesus has given me peace in everything and I trust in God that his will is greater than mine. That no matter what, even in poverty, God is still good. Jesus has also set me free from any fears. There was no reason for me to be afraid of anything if I had Jesus because I have this new view that everything that happens only happens because God allows it. He is the person in charge of everything, and if God is with us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31). Jesus has also changed my life in that I have a desire to be kinder and move towards others.
I want to get baptized to show my love for Jesus and declare my faith publicly. To show that I am a follower of Jesus Christ.
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!