I have been taught the message of Christianity since an early age. I can remember being sat on my Mum’s lap being read the ‘Lion First Bible’ and, like you do as a child, I believed what I was told, but it didn’t really mean anything to me and it stayed that way as I grew older. I went to Church, I called myself a Christian but it didn’t really affect how I lived my life and I had a nagging doubt as to whether God really existed. I prayed, but it was easy to put the results of prayer down to pure coincidence or chance. I sometimes read the Bible, and answered questions in Sunday School, but I didn’t really believe what I was reading or saying. I felt that I was doing fine and didn’t need God in my life, and I was happy for it to remain that way.

As I grew older and more mature, I felt it was time to make my own choices in life. I knew in my heart that I didn’t have the belief that other Christians had and I could see the effect knowing God and relying on Him, particularly in difficult times, had on people that I respected and trusted, and I wanted the same for myself. I wanted God to be real to me but I still resisted truly letting Him into my life, but as I started trusting more in God and praying more often, I realised that my prayers were being answered and that God really did exist.

Arriving as a fresher in here in October; meeting new people, having to work a lot harder and being away from home for much longer than before, it would have been easy to be full of nerves and trepidation but I could put my trust in a steadfast, unchanging God and have faith that He would look after and guide me. God has mercifully blessed me in more ways than I could have hoped for and the way he has demonstrated His amazing, incomprehensible love for me in my life has convinced me beyond all doubt of the truth of the gospel.

Throughout this time, as the strength of my faith increased, the magnitude of what Jesus did for me started to sink in and deeply affect me. The Son of God, in human form, came to Earth and lived a perfect life, then died a brutal death on a cross so that I, a sinner, could have a relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’d like to share a verse, from Romans 5, with you that really moved me when I was thinking about what to say today:

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

What amazing love.

I am getting baptised, in obedience to the commands of God, as a declaration that Jesus is my Lord and Saviour and that I want to serve Him for the rest of my life, acknowledging that I am saved not through anything I have done, but by God’s amazing grace.

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