Another day of great joy for us! Our second born, the eldest girl (11yrs) was baptised today!
I still need to pinch myself sometimes. I can't believe this young lady standing before me is my little girl!! She is truly blossoming as a beautiful young lady who has a sweet spirit and a love for godly things. Surely it is by the grace of God because I can only think of how I should have done better to be a better mother to her. I'm not being pious.
We encouraged her to serve The Lord in whatever capacity she can now and in time, God will give her bigger things to do.
For independent baptists, we believe in believer's baptism, by water immersion. (No infants and no sprinkling)
As such, we have the candidates to say their testimony of how they got saved and the church, by the aid of the Holy Spirit, will vote to accept (or reject) the testimony and thereby joyfully add a new member into the church through baptism.
Here is our no. 2's salvation testimony. For His mercy and grace to save our dear child, to God be all glory! We are so thankful for this day!!!
*glad tears of joy*
I was born in a Christian homeschooling family and have been taught about God since young.
8 years old:
On an ordinary night, when I was 8 yrs old, my family was having bible time. My father was talking about where we would be going when we die. He said that if we were not saved, we would be going to hell. That really struck me a lot as I was really scared about going to hell!!! This is because I knew I had sin. One of my sins that I can remember was telling lies. I told lies because I didn't want to be punished. And for that I got more punishment. I knew that for my sin I would not be able to go to heaven because my sins were against God who lives in heaven.
That night, my father also said something that comforted me! He said all I needed to do to be saved was to ask God for forgiveness for my sins and believing that Jesus has already died to pay for our sins.
One of the verses that I remembered my father read was 1john 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all our unrighteousness."
9 years old:
The part of 'asking for forgiveness' sounded very simple to me. But yet I still didn't really understand the part of 'believing'. It was one year later when I was 9 years old that I understood what believing was. Believing is having faith and trust in the invisible God. The bible says that God is invisible in 1Timothy 1:17 'Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever'.
And Hebrews 11:1 says 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'
At 9 years old, I believed the invisible God and I prayed together with my father to receive Jesus' gift of salvation.
10 years old (last year)
Sometime last year when I was 10 years old, I wasn't sure of my salvation because of my impatience with somethings and my siblings. That made me think back to my salvation experience at 9 years old and I wondered if I were saved. So, one evening, I prayed by myself in my bedroom and asked God to come into my heart once again and I asked God to help me to be more patient. I am now more patient with things and my siblings.
Last year after Dr Terri Coomer came to Singapore and MBC to speak and challenge young people, my father encouraged me to be baptised. I understand that baptism is the first steps of obedience to God and that it is one's public testimony to identify with Christ.
I want to be baptised because I want to serve and please God by serving in the orchestra and other church ministries. I also want to be an encouragement not only to the young ones but also to the older ones: to be saved, to be baptised and also stand for Christ.