Before I allow JT and Dieketseng to share in their own words why they wanted to be baptized, I want to make sure everyone knows what we're talking about. Historically, during Bible times, baptism was practiced in order to publicly identify with someone or with their message. That is why Jesus' cousin John was baptizing people before Jesus ever began His own public ministry. Scripture is clear that Jesus alone and His atoning work on the cross merits our access to a righteous standing before God. Therefore, we don't baptize everyone, because baptizing someone who has never believed doesn't accomplish anything. Simply put, the act of baptism is a public statement by an individual who has come to Christ for forgiveness of sins, and an identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. They are testifying before the world that they are a follower of Jesus and intend to continue to walk in Him. If you'd like to discuss this further, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I approached Pastor Joshua Bolaji, our pastor at Welkom Baptist Church. He agreed to hold the service at the church, and based on our relationship with both he asked me to perform the ceremony. What a privilege! I've baptized people before, but this is the first time I've been able to baptize someone that came to the Lord under our ministry. Believe it or not, I made it through the entire thing without shedding a tear. In fact, I didn't even have that irritating lump in my throat once!
So, without further ado, here are the brief version testimonies of JT and Diekeseng:
In 2008 I met Uncle Louie and he told us about Jesus and who He really is. In our Bible study we learned Romans 10:13 “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
We also learned John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become the children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” I believed and accepted Jesus as my personal Savior on December 31, 2008. That day I became a new creation.
I want to be baptized because the Scripture says that those who believe are to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I believe, so I want to be baptized.
Dieketseng Karreebos: One day we went to Reahola Church. Pastor Ernest was preaching about the gospel. There were two twins who were visiting us for awhile from America. After church we had lunch and we started to have a conversation about what we learned in church. Then I heard the gospel but I didn’t take it seriously.
So one of the twins asked if we had accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Then she went and prayed with me but I still lived my own life. Awhile after that Uncle Lou asked if we knew John 3:16. I didn’t know. That night I still didn’t understand. I read it over and over again until I understood what it talked about.
I received Jesus that day and my life started to change because now Christ lives in my heart.
I want to be baptized because I want to obey God and show people that I love Him.