Hi everyone! I really want to thank you all so much for being here! Thank you to everyone from the church and to those who are helping with today’s service, in particular Megan and Paul. Thank you also to everyone else who has come along to support me and to my family and friends who have had to travel a long way to be here.
I feel very blessed to have been brought up in a Christian home. I can still remember my parents reading my brother, Charlie, and I Bible stories and praying with us before bed each night. I’m very thankful for my family and how they taught me about God and for prayed for me. I also want to thank my Auntie Al who has said she’s prayed for me every day for the last 20 years. Thanks to my family I feel like God has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but on the 18thof February, 1999 when I was five years old, I made the decision to give my life to Jesus. My relationship with God is something that I take very seriously and so I try to attend church every week, read a daily devotional reading and recently I’ve been challenged to read straight from the Bible on a more regular basis and I’ve been getting more into worship music outside of church. Last year Paul and I went to the Gold Coast to volunteer for the Red Frogs schoolies chaplaincy organisation, which we’re doing again later this month, and I’m a part of the Fearless youth group leadership team but I feel like it’s time to take the next step in my walk with God which is Baptism.
Growing up I’d always liked the idea of being baptised but it was something that I had been putting off for when I was an adult. I suppose for a long time I’d viewed baptism as something to be earned with age and something that I would do one day when I was older,but just not now. But earlier on in the year when I was out walking one day,the Holy Spirit prompted me to see that the opportunity to be baptised and publicly declare my faith was something that I couldn’t ever possibly earn, but instead an opportunity and a gift that I should be embracing. God challenged the views I held on the timing of my own baptism and from that moment I realised that I had been viewing baptism in the wrong way. I’ve since been speaking to Paul and Megan, and after learning more about the significance of baptism, I have made the decision that I want to be baptised.
I want to be baptised because I am a follower of Christ and I know that baptism is something He commanded us to do. Jesus was baptised out of obedience to the Father even though He had no sinful past so I know that baptism is something that is really important for me to do. I accept that Jesus is the son of God, the saviour of the World, the only way to the Father and a friend. I have sinned and I do know that I have fallen short of the glory of God. Without Jesus, I would be dead in my transgressions but I have accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, and I know that despite my wrong-doing He still loves me and He died for my sins so that I may have life.
I do know that being a follower of Christ in this World isn’t always easy, but during tough moments I try to remind myself of my favourite Bible verse, John16:33, where Jesus said “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” I really love this verse because on one hand Jesus promises us that life won’t always be easy, but He also says that no problem is too great for him, and I find it comforting to know that no matter what life can throw at us,we serve a God who is bigger than all of it.
I commit myself to help the other members of the body of Christ and I ask that you please help me with my faith journey. I want to make God known and to show His love to others. I’m very thankful for all the many blessings and opportunities that the Lord has already given me and I’m very excited about whatever it is He has planned for me in the future.