Recent Baptismal Testimony
This last weekend I was baptized into membership at Auburndale Baptist Church. Some of you may know that I was baptized into college, so why did I get rebaptized? My intention is to explain why in an upcoming post. In the mean time, here is the testimony I read before my baptism.
Today I come before family, friends, and the congregation of Auburndale Baptist Church to be joined together in fellowship through the ordinance of baptism. Important in the process of being baptized is to reflect on the work God has done on my behalf through his marvelous grace. God works providentially in our pre and post conversion lives, and it is important to recognize the goodness of God through all of it.
God preserved me through tremendous sin and disobedience. High school and a couple of years during college was a dark time caught in the depths of drug and alcohol addition. Drugs and alcohol were used by me, and many others, in the pursuit of finding lasting and meaningful satisfaction devoid of the presence of God. The addiction climaxed to an enslavement to cocaine that consumed all my material goods and relationships with friends and family. It was not until another stretch of excess that I found myself in complete despair and what many addicts describe as their “low moment.” At that time I resolved to be free of this addiction.
God used outpatient addiction treatments and Alcoholics Anonymous to grow in me a desire for him but at the time my understanding of God was nebulous and relative. Turning to new age postmodernism and Eastern mysticism seemed the natural step as I entered into college. It was however Christians in Campus Crusade for Christ that God used to teach me that these philosophical systems would not provide what I really needed—namely, freedom from my paralyzing sin.
I was taught in Crusade the life and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was here that I was taught that Christianity, unlike all other religions and philosophies, teaches that I and all of mankind are enslaved to a sinful nature and a broken relationship with God and only he could provide the necessary means for forgiveness and a restored relationship. I learned that the eternal God came down the earth he created in the fullness of time to redeem his people from the curse of the Fall and our own sinfulness. Jesus, the sinless God-man, obeyed where his people failed, and he was put on a cross where God the Father put the sins of his people on him and received the judgment and alienation from the Father that sinful people deserved. Christ did not simply bear our sins in his body, but he arose three days later victorious over death; and he later ascended to the right hand of the Father where he serves as the mediator and king of his people. Accepting this truth, through the gift of God, not only provided forgiveness of sin but also God provides the righteousness of Christ making us holy and acceptable to God.
By receiving baptism, I publicly proclaim my acceptance and faith in the work of Christ on my behalf and also my desire to serve him in whatever capacity he may call me. I have been raised from spiritual death to life through the regeneration of the Holy Spirit signified in the waters of baptism, and I eagerly anticipate the resurrection of my body and an eternity spent beholding the majesty of the triune God. It is my privilege to join Auburndale Baptist Church in our common profession of this gospel message and live together in covenant community encouraging each other in holiness and faithfulness.