My Baptism

Baptism Testimony 6/19/16

Kristen Middleton

I am thrilled to be taking the next step in my faith journey by getting baptized today. I was baptized as a baby, and occasionally attended church with my parents and sisters growing up. While I have always felt a connection to God, it wasn’t until I started yearning for a spiritual community in my twenties, that I began to seek “something more.” I wanted a place to worship God among others who felt passionate about their faith, as well. I also wanted a space to both bring my questions and fears before God and others, as well as to worship God and express my gratitude for the abundance in my life.

Two years ago my husband and I started attending Grace Chapel in Lexington. I immediately found that sense of connection to a community and a larger cause for good, which I had been seeking for nearly a decade. Even more wonderful, I found Jesus.

Through my Joy Bible Study on Tuesday nights, through the friendships that developed with pastors and friends here at church, through the growth my husband and I have experienced in our marriage by coming to Grace Chapel, through Pastor Bryan’s inspiring and genuine sermons, and above all, through my unique experience in Celebrate Recovery, I have come to know Jesus more deeply as a personal friend, my Savior, and a source of infinite strength and love.

I have been working through some personal family challenges over the past two years, and my relationship with Jesus has really come to fruition in my darkest moments. I have been able to face my struggles in the safe and loving Christ-centered community of Celebrate Recovery on Monday nights. Without this weekly meeting and fellowship with other Christians, and a space to speak honestly about my hurts and hang ups, I wouldn’t have gotten to know Jesus so intimately. He really does meet us wherever we are. It is Christ’s unconditional Love and his Grace and Forgiveness that have led me to today’s baptism.

I am honored to be publicly dedicating my life to Christ and to be baptized before all of you. If you are dealing with a personal crisis or struggling with hurts and negative habits, I encourage you to be brave. I encourage you to seek Jesus as a friend. He will walk with you so that you never have to be alone.

I am thankful for the opportunity to grow as a person and for the loving relationship I am developing with Jesus. I look forward to walking with Jesus through all the ups and downs of my life, now and forever. I’m so grateful for His beautiful Presence, and I promise to love and serve Him for the rest of my life.

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