Matt & Megan's Story
I grew up in a Christian home and got baptized in the fifth grade. Looking back, I didn’t really understand what I was doing or what it meant to be a Christian.
While I knew a lot about God growing up, there was still an element of doubt I carried with me. It wasn’t until I started going to house group recently that I realized I was living my life in my own selfish ways. Charlie and Joyce Metoyer helped opened my eyes to who our God is and helped me see my need for him. Since then, God’s word has come alive to me in a new way! A couple weeks after going to house group, I was reading a Bible study. I had read this specific Bible study before, but this time, as I was reading the passages I felt as though God was speaking to me through them. I now read my Bible more than ever and pray passionately. I no longer want to live for me, but to live for Him.
Today I want to take a stand and get baptized because I now know what it really means to commit and follow Jesus.
As a child growing up, I was raised to know Jesus. Then as I young teen, I decided to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I remember feeling so on fire for God. I was very involved in youth group at church. My mom had shared with me that when I was a baby, she had dedicated me to God and she felt I had a special calling on my life.
After my dad left our family, I became hurt and angry. I then started drinking as a young adult. I moved out of my mom’s home and began walking away from God’s guidance and goodness. My life soon resulted in two failed relationships, becoming a single mom, and falling into a deep depression after one of my babies had passed away suddenly from Sudden Infant Death syndrome at six weeks of age. My life became full of substance abuse and thus more depression. But God never gave up on me.
With the support of my mom, brother, and sister, I have now recommitted my life by making God first in my life. I know he is my only true hope and way to true healing and recovery. I am choosing to be baptized because of what God is now doing in my life. I want to declare him as my Savior and Lord.
Growing up I always thought of myself as a believer in God, but I never wanted to go to church. This year I attended the Mosaic Winter Retreat. The message was about sin and how it spreads throughout our lives. It really opened my eyes and made me want to change. I came to know who God is in a new way on that retreat. Since then I have started serving in our tech loft and have a new desire to get into God’s word. Today, I’m choosing to get baptized to celebrate and share my relationship with God and how he has saved me from sin.
My life before God was actually pretty good. I learned about God at church and from my Dad. I thought God seemed pretty cool so I wanted to know more. One day at school my friend and I were at recess sitting on a bench and we prayed asking God to forgive us for our sins and it felt amazing! After that, I wanted a better relationship with God. One day at church I accepted Jesus into my life to be my Savior. After that my life is a little bit easier and more fun.
I began attending church at Christ Community, the DeKalb Campus, with my family when I was 5 years old. I began to learn more about Jesus and God, especially the gifts they had for me if I did one very important thing – ask Jesus to forgive my sins. When I was 7, I made the important decision to accept Jesus as my Savior. After praying and proclaiming Jesus as my Savior, I made efforts to live and be more like Him: I began treating those around me with greater kindness, I began serving the Lord by volunteering in KidsWorld, I started praying and reading my Bible regularly, and offering my thanks to the Lord for everything I have been given. I know being baptized will allow me to continue growing my faith. I was given the greatest gift of all – eternal life. For in the Bible it is written, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23
I was baptized as an infant in a traditional church that we didn’t regularly attend. When I was 8 my dad was invited, by a friend, to attend Christ Community Church and my sister and I went with him on visitation weekends.
When I was 12, that same friend sat me down and talked about what Jesus had done for me on the cross, and I gave my life to Christ. At the same time my mom’s second marriage was falling apart. Life hit the fan and became messy and chaotic. If I hadn’t had a relationship with Jesus and understood that he is always there for me, I have no idea how I would have made it through that situation.
When I was 15 I started serving in Kids World. And every week we talked about God’s love for us and obeying God’s word. The longer I put off baptism, the more shame and embarrassment I felt for being hypocritical about obeying God. So, as an act of obedience and to proclaim that Jesus is my Savior, I am getting baptized.
I was baptized as an infant, confirmed and attended a traditional church growing up. At 18, I lived my life on my own terms, doing whatever I wanted apart from God.
Then I met my now-wife Nichole. There was something different about her than the other girls I dated, and the difference was that she had a personal relationship with Jesus and she really liked going to church. Shortly after we started dating, she asked if I was willing to check out Christ Community Church and to learn more about Jesus. The strange part for me was that I was waiting for her to invite me to church and see what a relationship with God was all about.
So I started attending Christ Community. I began to realize that living my own sinful life was no way to live. During a weekend service, I surrendered my life to Christ.
Since putting my faith in Jesus, I have been able to take my eyes off of myself and focus on serving others in his name in Usher/Greeting, Kids World and in Epic. So I am getting baptized today to show that I have become a new person in Christ, as in 2 Corinthians 5:17: “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, and the new has come!”
From a young age, my Catholic upbringing placed Christ in my life. A rich foundation was laid for me by my family, church and school. I have always felt fortunate for that.
As an adult, decision making centered on my own power, independence, and perhaps arrogance. The result of going my own way brought struggle and turmoil into my life. The search for help, answers, and completeness brought me to a richer, closer, growing relationship with God. I wanted to be baptized as an adult to relent with my “I’ve got this” attitude. The surrender had been a sticking point in my heart as it seems to run counter to the worldly attitude of strength, autonomy and self-determination. The more I learn of the world, the more I know how absolutely much I am not in control of it. Knowing that our God, who created love, IS in control brings me a peace that I want to share with my world.
As I continue in my life growing closer to Christ, I am awed at the very gift of life our creator offers. I have marveled at the creation of life that is my grandson and mourned the loss of my father knowing God has each season of our lives in his control.
I was raised in the Greek Orthodox faith and baptized as a child, but as I grew up I could never relate to church. So, by high school I stopped going to church. After college, I got married and divorced 8 years later. At that point I went into a deep depression that lasted for a few years.
Right at that time my good friends Scott and Linda Walstrom invited me to Christ Community. My first thought was, “What I don’t need right now is another church”, but I had nothing to lose so I went. Right away I felt at home and the spirituality was overwhelming. I went every Sunday and in a year I surrendered my life to Christ.
The emptiness I was feeling was filled with the love of Christ. In Matthew 6:25 Jesus says, “Do not dwell on the past or worry about the future for the Lord will provide all that you need.” This is how I lead my life now with an open heart to the guidance of the Lord.
Before Christ, my life was filled with utter hopelessness. My heart was hard and full of fear, insecurity, and anger from traumas suffered as a child. I turned to alcohol, gambling, and whatever else I thought would make me feel something other than pain. I had no identity and I was completely void. I thought the only thing I could contribute positively in this life was to have my early death benefit someone else. After countless years flailing in personal and romantic relationships, creating financial hardship, amassing legal troubles, I was despondent and I lived in chronic depression.
God placed my wife in my path, perhaps in the nick of time. She brought me to church, and while I still struggled, I finally began to hear and understand the good news for the first time. Tears began to flow every week during worship, it was like my pain leaving me. I knew I had to give my life to Christ.
Since accepting Christ I am no longer consumed with guilt and shame. I’ve forgiven those who hurt me, and I finally forgave myself! For the first time, I realized I have worth, and that I no longer need to save myself. I have my Savior in Christ Jesus!
My name is Kaleb and I am 10 years old. I always went to church when I was young and didn’t understand everything about Jesus. As the years went by I started to progress. I soon learned to love Jesus but was still learning. One day my mom and sister got baptized and then something just lit up in my heart. After that I wanted to show everyone that I put my faith in Jesus. Now I am going to be baptized into the body of Christ and become one of his children. Now that I’ve put my faith and trust in Jesus my life will be much different. I feel that I have more power over myself now that the Holy Spirit lives in me.
My name is Rachel and I'm in 6th grade. I've grown up in a Christian home all 11 years of my life. I asked God to come into my life at age five, but I really surrendered my life to Christ when I came home from Awana a couple of years ago. As Pastor Pete says, I have an "Emmaus Road faith." Long story short, the disciples were sad when Jesus died, because they knew their savior was eternal, so they thought that they had been wrong about Jesus. On their road to Emmaus, a man told them that Jesus was still alive. Later on, they realized the man was Jesus.
I've grown up knowing and loving God and Jesus, but at this point of my life, my eyes are open and I've found out that I really need God and Jesus. I'm glad that I get to get baptized and announce my faith because God has really blessed me. Now I get to give the glory back to Him. Although the challenges in middle school and high school will be great, I am excited for my future with Jesus and following the path that He chose for me because I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.
My mom introduced me to Christianity when I was very young. But we moved so we missed church for a while. I knew I was a Christian, but it was out of sight, out of mind.
When we started to return to church, I came to Christ Community Church and I felt like I belonged. I never felt so alive. I sang, I worshiped, and I was living. I knew that I wanted to be baptized. I heard about how Jesus worked in people’s lives and wanted to know more, so I started listening more closely to the stories and tales from the Bible, learning more about the miracles that Jesus had done. My bond with Jesus is strong now, and I wish to further strengthen it. I have chosen to fully surrender to Jesus, and trust him for the plans of my life. Before I trusted Jesus, I felt that life was very dark and dismal. I see the sins in my life now, lying, greed, anger, envy, and have confessed and asked Jesus to forgive them.
I now I have more self-confidence in the things I say and do, I plan to read the bible more often and with this decision and commitment work together with Jesus on any frustrations and tribulations.
I was born into a catholic family and went to church a lot when I was a little kid but never followed through with it as I grew up.
My beautiful girlfriend Emma Battin helped me see my need for Christ by inviting me to Mosaic house groups and I have been in love with Christ ever since.
Emma soon began to ask me some follow-up questions on how I liked house group and if I'd like to attend church with her family and I said I'd be glad to. After my first service here at Christ community Church, I fell in love with it and it felt like home right away.
Now with Christ, I see things with a different view and I feel a lot more healthy and relaxed after accepting Christ as my lord and savior. Now my Plan is to grow more and more spiritually.
I never felt that I could trust God. Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, I wanted to win the approval of others and prove to the world that I was worthy of respect and love. Even when God led me to meet my wife, Laura I still rejected God's work in my life.
I spent Friday nights away from my family, choosing to shut out the faith and support of Laura, and forcing my two boys to build a life without me. On January 10, 2015, Laura and I went to breakfast to plan our divorce. During this last breakfast together, I began to cry uncontrollably. It was as if God was washing over me, and I asked Laura how I could be forgiven.
That night, Laura walked me to the side of the church where a wonderful young man prayed for our healing. I felt a giant weight slide off of my back. I realized that I could let go and trust Jesus to guide me. Only Jesus could save me from my sins.
Every morning, I thank God for saving my family, and I ask him to help me be the father, husband, and servant that he wants me to be.
I’ve known of and believed in Jesus from an early age. My parents shared their understanding of Jesus and the Bible with me, in an attempt to both satisfy my innate curiosity about every aspect of life as well as curb my budding rebellious side.
Throughout the years, I dabbled in reading the Bible and prided myself on all I learned through the Catholic Church, lectures, TV programs, as well as group and private study. Yet I didn't always allow what I learned to affect the way I lived or how I treated others. In John 14:23, Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” That scripture convicted me as I realized throughout my life, I’ve known Jesus and his teachings more in my mind rather than in my heart. Knowing things about Jesus and his Word is very different than actually walking with him daily in wisdom and obedience.
There is a quote “The longest road you will ever have to walk is the sacred journey from your head to your heart." This is my journey with Jesus, which I commit to today!"
I was just an average guy living an average life, doing things that made me happy. I considered myself a "good person", but I knew very little about the Bible and God's message. There was always a little voice in my head that at times I listened to and other times I didn't. Life started handing me lemons, but I couldn't figure out how to make lemonade. I realized there was a key ingredient that was missing.
It all began when my wife and I moved to South Elgin and found Christ Community Church. We attended services and started tithing. Upon hearing God's word on a consistent basis, my walk slowly began. I reached outside my comfort zone and volunteered at Awana, joined Bible Study Fellowship and met some good men. John Diasio, Mark Leach, Ed Smith and Bruce Bourne all were encouraging.
It turns out the missing ingredient was Jesus. Life is sweeter and so is my lemonade. That little voice in my head is now in my heart. My plan is to walk hand and hand with my wife and follow Jesus, our Lord and Savior, to eternal life.
I was baptized as a baby and I felt blessed to be in a loving Christian home. I thought if I was a good person it would be enough to go to Heaven.
I fell in love and was married but he was not a believer in Jesus Christ or God. We were happy had two children and I felt blessed that we had everything we could want but life was more broken than I knew. My spouse had an addiction that he would not stop. Eventually, I was divorced and I never thought this would happen to me.
I relocated to a new area and met my friend Jan King though our love of horses. Jan invited me to the River Church in Monroe, Ohio where I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
I moved to Saint Charles last June 2016 for employment and I am being baptized to publicly announce my belief in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I want to live a purposeful life as planned by God. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11
Before I found God and developed an intimate relationship with Him, I was living an ungodly, self-centered life which led me to a state of confusion and depression. I knew that there had to be more to life and soon came to realize that Jesus was the answer for everything in my life.
I went through a series of difficult obstacles which later I realized were ultimately caused by not living a Godly and Christian lifestyle. I knew it was time for a serious change in my life. My colleague from work mentioned that he and his wife went to Christ Community Church. My girlfriend went with me and we were instantly blessed and touched by the Lord. We became fully aware of the selfish, angry, self-centered, and unloving lifestyle we were both living. We have sought God with all of hearts and put Him at the center of our lives.
Since I have found a relationship with Jesus, my life has changed in every possible way for the better. I now have a different perspective and a new passion and love for life, people, teaching, and Jesus. My girlfriend and I now attend church weekly, and spend time with God every day.
Before I committed myself to Christ, I was just "there". I learned about God as a child. However, in high school, I fell away from him. I was surrounded by people who said they were Christians but would act more in their own self-interest than in God's will.
It wasn't until I moved to Elgin and met my boyfriend, Wayne, that I began to enjoy church. Looking back, I thought it was odd that he would invite me to church when he learned I wasn't going. Now, I see it as God's way of nudging me. Pastors Jim and Clayton taught me that by looking into the history of the Bible, I could truly begin to understand what it means to be Christian.
I don't really remember when I found Jesus. It was a gradual acceptance of everything he has done. I realized that I was being silly for pushing God away, especially when he has given his life for me. Since then, he has helped me fix all the wrongs in my life. My wanting to be baptized is my promise that I will be fully committed to him and that I won't let myself slip back to where I was before.
Hello, my name is Caden and I came to know God when I was 8 years old. I have been coming to Christ Community Church since I was 2 weeks old. I love that my parents took me to big church once I was old enough. God has put me through a lot but I still prayed and listened to the Bible. I think I read my action Bible a total of 236 times. I hope to read it another 236 times.
I love God and that he is so forgiving and that he loves us all. The things I’ve done don’t deserve such forgiveness so I love the Lord with all my heart. Knowing Him and that He is going to be with me forever makes me happy. To be forgiven and leave my sins behind me also makes me happy.
My name is Cori, and I am 10 years old. I used to have tantrums almost every day. Now that I understand God it has gotten better. I also used to be very defiant but then I committed my life and my heart to Jesus Christ. Now I feel that I should follow God’s word and be baptized. I feel that I will be a better person by washing away all of my sins and wanting to be more like Jesus.
I have been attending Christ Community since my family began coming when I was two years old and I have always grown up in a Christian home. I also went through both Awana and Genesis.
My first memory of accepting Jesus was in 3rd grade during Sunday school. I don’t think I fully understood everything but I knew I wanted a relationship with the God that I was always told about.
Since I put my faith in Jesus, I have learned so much. For a long time, I have known I was ready but putting it off has only pushed me farther away from God. I realized how important it is to have a relationship with him. I am so glad that I know I will always have him in my life and that I have been able to grow in my faith with him. Although it seems like I have always found an excuse to push of my baptism, I know that I am finally ready to declare my faith in Jesus and get baptized.
My name is Zoe and I am almost ten years old. I put my faith and trust in Jesus when I was six. I did that because I was asking a lot of questions about Heaven and Hell. Then last year on my birthday, I put my faith in Him again because I understood it more. I know now that God is my Father in heaven and he died on the cross for me. Jesus paid for my sins. I am trying now to not be naughty or sassy. I pray that God will help me share His love with others.
Before I accepted Christ into my life, I was in a dark place. Relationships with my family and friends were falling apart and I was falling back into old habits. A couple of weeks ago, at Night of Worship, I felt something come into my heart and I poured myself out into the song and I praised God and accepted him into my life. I was with my dad that night he noticed the change in me.
I had been trying too hard to change all of the bad things in my life and God has helped me do that. I was a very selfish, and mean person before God came into my life and now I feel completely different. I can honestly say that I feel I have changed for the better and I love the person that God is guiding me to be.
Before I found my lord and savior, Jesus Christ, I was lost, making bad decisions and battling constant depression and negativity. Depression would strike me when I was at my weakest and I felt there was no way out. I wanted to tell someone but was afraid they would think I was weak or insane.
My mom and her fiancé introduced me to Christ Community Church. At first, I was not interested and ignored the tug in my heart. But the more we went, the more I noticed the messages related to my life. I also noticed they were happier and they said their reason accepting Jesus as their only lord and savior.
After that, I recited the prayer of salvation and ever since that day the hole I had in my heart was filled and the weights on my shoulder disappeared. Depression is something that will never go away but I am now able to control it and happens less often. My relationships with family and friends have improved and the smile I have on my face is real. I am content, doing better in school, and living a healthier life.
I feel truly blessed that I was able to find Jesus when I did because if I hadn’t who knows what could have happened to me.
I was raised in an active, Christian home by amazing parents, who encouraged bible reading, prayer and serving others. In 9th grade, I made the personal commitment to follow Christ. However, the church we attended did not baptize people.
My husband, Joel, and I started attending Christ Community Church (CCC) 4 years ago and I have grown tremendously through being an active part of this church. I have, however, resisted baptism because I struggled to reconcile it with my previous, meaningful journey as a Christian.
My 4th grade daughter, Olivia is being baptized today. Preparing Olivia has encouraged me to address the hesitancies about baptism and open doors for prayer and discussion with my family and parents. Ultimately, I learned that baptism does not negate my prior journey but serves to further celebrate and demonstrate my faith to friends, family, and church. I am grateful to my parents, Dick and Mary Horn, for firmly planting the seeds of faith in my heart. I am appreciative for my community group, for encouraging me in my baptism and growth, while honoring my prior walk with Christ. I particularly thank Valerie Mittman, who has been a wonderful friend and mentor with great patience in my unending faith questions.
My name is Olivia and I am 9 years old. I have been growing up with Jesus and I have put my faith in him. I want to be baptized to show Jesus that I want to follow him. Jesus helped me when my great grandmother died. I was sad and scared because she was the first person in my family to die. God was with me and he led me through her funeral and I began to follow him even more. Someone who helped me with my faith is my mom. She taught me about the Bible and explained things I didn’t understand. My whole family has helped me learn about God because they have read the Bible with me and taken me to church. After I am baptized, I think I will be more hopeful about things in my life that feel hard.
For the last five years, part of me felt empty and I was very dissatisfied. I never knew what was missing in my life or what would help me. I was aware that I frequently sinned, but had no means of stopping or controlling myself. I hit the lowest point and realized there was a God-sized hole in me that needed to be filled as soon as possible.
My boyfriend, Jay suggested we check out a service at Christ Community, I began reading the Bible and other Christian books and began praying multiple times a day. My life and mindset changed instantly. I finally learned what was missing in my life and how I could live the life I was longing for but never knew how to live.
Jesus has taught me so much in the last two months and has answered many of my prayers quickly. He has helped me forgive myself and start to see my purpose in life. Jay and I have put God at the center of our lives and our relationship, and are continually blessed with love, peace, joy, kindness, forgiveness, self-control, gentleness, and patience.
All my life I was taught about Jesus, as I grow older and older I’m starting to realize all the blessings God has given us and the sacrifices Jesus made for us. Recently I have really understood this and it makes me feel good and safe knowing that Jesus is with me. My Mom has always taught me about God, and Jesus, and at the time I didn’t really understand it. I felt kind of lost. Having Jesus with me makes me feel really good about myself and makes me more confident and just in general makes my life better. What made me really start to believe and truly follow Jesus was when I moved into my new house I really started to realize what God has given me and all the things he does for me everyday and every night. I started to realize the power God has and the mercy that he has on us and church helped me with this. It gave me a better understanding.
Whenever I feel sad or mad or any emotions I like to talk to God and it makes me feel better. I noticed how much I need God and how important he is in my life. I learned about heaven and all the gifts that await there and I realize how much God gives me, and it makes me come closer to him and just makes me want to have a better relationship with him.
I’m so glad that Jesus is with me now I feel safe and secure. I can’t wait to get baptized now that I really understand what God and Jesus do for us.
I was raised Catholic and my mother gave me a bible as a gift. I thought, “What kind of gift is that?” I was depressed and stressed out, but drawn to start reading it. A passage jumped out at me and I knew God was talking to me. It said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.” I looked to heaven and felt a strong desire to worship God, to thank Him and ask for forgiveness.
However, soon after, I was back to my old ways. I was a stay at home mom with three children. I was lonely, sad, and my relationship with my husband was hanging by a thread. One night reading God’s word, curious and depressed, I finally realized how great God’s gift is to me and how much he loves me. I was compelled to worship him and beg him to take me back.
Since then, my relationship with God keeps growing. I desire to make God and Jesus proud. Even though I still mess up, I know that the next step is to get baptized because God never gave up on me.
I grew up believing that good works would get me to heaven. In my junior year of high school, I learned about God's Grace and my need to surrender my heart to Jesus. However, it wasn’t until college, after 2 years of pride and stubbornness, that I finally gave my heart to Christ. He gave me a new life and the security of knowing he has a perfect plan for me, and he will get me through any hard times that come my way.
I have been following Christ for 36 years now, and I have never regretted surrendering my life to him. Jesus has been the Rock in my marriage and during hard times. As time passes, I can see his purpose in things that have happened in my life. He is always faithful and there for me. Following Christ has been the best decision of my life!
Hello, my name is Alex, and this is my story about how I put my faith and trust and surrendered myself to our savior Jesus Christ and why I want to become adopted by God, why I want to be baptized. My life probably isn't like most 13-year-old lives, because most people in their entire life never quite understand this. I like to plan my life, but lately, I realized that God has planned it better than I ever have. Everything I have thought out since I was little, has changed. I now know that what God has planned for me will actually happen and not just dreams that I have. Although I know what Jesus can do for me, I also know that what he did on the cross, dying for us to give us eternal life. I know that Jesus can forgive our sins, for he is fully God. During tough times, I pray to Jesus for him to be my Savior and King. He died on the cross for me, and for us. For that reason, I am ready to get baptized.
Hi. My name is Lily, and this is the reasoning behind why I have chosen to get baptized. I am getting baptized because I wanted Jesus to give me the opportunity to start over, give me a "new life" and wash away my sins. I believe that every single one of us should have the opportunity to be "reborn". This was the perfect opportunity for me and my family. To start over, something new. I have put forth my faith, and my trust in Jesus, and learned from baptism class, there is nothing to be afraid of if I were to meet God face to face. I have learned to love Jesus as if he was my father. We are his adopted children. I have surrendered myself to our Lord, and Jesus, the one who gave us eternal life. I have thought about getting baptized but did not yet know the true meaning of doing so. I would like to do so now, so I could have a do-over. My life is not full of sins, but I do make mistakes.
I was introduced to Jesus as I grew up attending Kidsworld, Genesis, and now Mosaic. I had great role models to look up to so learning about and loving God became second nature. I saw the love of Christ moving through my leaders, friends, and family and I wanted the same for my life.
I’ve accepted Jesus as my savior and I feel like getting baptized is allowing me to commit to a life with Christ. I continue to attend church and learn about what God has planned for me. I’m growing in my faith and do my best to live in a way the God would want me to. I still have my questions and I still make mistakes, but I trust that God has a plan for everyone including me and that Jesus died for me so that I can have a relationship with God and be near to him. This is something I’m forever grateful for. I feel like I’m finally moving forward in my faith and strengthening my relationship with God. It’s time to take the next steps in my journey with God.
I was not as happy as I thought I should be. I saw perfect kids on TV and heard about great things that everyone else seemed to do. I remember going on vacations and at the end saying it was not as fun as I thought it should be. Nothing was ever good enough.
My family started doing volunteer work at the food bank. I saw that people who were hungry were less fortunate than I seemed happier. I went to Timberlee Camp where I learned more about Jesus and it made me wonder if I was looking for happiness in the wrong places. I asked for our family to go to church more often and I remember leaving church saying that I felt better.
I now have my own Bible and a cross necklace to remind me to put Jesus in control of my life. Everything is not perfect, but it is better and I am happier. I know I still have a long way to go and I do not know what God has in store for me, but I am ready because scripture says, “If God is with us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
I grew up in a family that attended every church service. When I was born, we attended a Baptist church, so I was not baptized as an infant. When I was 4, we started to attend a Presbyterian church which believed in infant baptism. However, due to my age, I was too old.
When I was a young adult I never felt strong enough in my faith to seek baptism at that church. Thus, I always felt like baptism was something that I had missed.
As far as the moment when I felt I became a follower of Christ, I can't point to a specific event. I have had a relationship with God for over 35 years and though I sometimes feel at a distance, I am convinced I have Jesus' saving grace.
Over the years, I have felt that I should get baptized as a way of affirming the belief I have. However, I have always found some reason to not follow through and get baptized. Recently, my daughter, Amelia, has taken an interest in getting baptized and I feel that now is finally the time for me to complete this part of my faith journey.
In 1979, at age 24, my wife Debbie and I were married. One day, during a sermon, I absolutely accepted that Jesus died to pay for my sins. Immediately a sensation of extreme heat or fire was on my back. From that point on, I began to diligently study my Bible. In 1997 we began attending Christ Community Church. I learned how to cross-reference the Bible to study it more intently. As I read Acts chapter 2, it described how "tongues of fire" sat upon the people, just as had happened to me!
Unfortunately, in 2012, my wife of 33 years, died of breast cancer. We truly loved each other and our 3 children and grandchildren. Before she died, she asked that I make it my goal, to tell as many people as possible how to be saved by the Lord. I attended "Grief Share" counseling for several cycles and became a group helper.
There is a happy ending to this story! In 2015, I met Darlene, a widow, who lost her beloved husband of 35 years. We fell in love and will be married in June. With God's help, we will finish our lives together.
When I was 5 years old I asked my mom during bedtime prayers if I could know for sure that I was going to heaven. She said yes and told me about Jesus’ Love.
A few years ago I realized that I wanted to be with Jesus always because I knew how much He loved me. I knew that if I stayed unplugged from the giver of life I would go to H. E. double hockey sticks, and I don’t want that.
I made mistakes and did things I knew were wrong. I learned from my parents and at church that if I asked Jesus to forgive me and be Lord of my life He would, and I did.
With Jesus as my Savior, my life has a purpose. When people hurt me I am able to forgive them because that is what Jesus did and he has been through much worse. The best part of knowing Jesus is knowing that He died for me and that He loves me, like a father.
Roman 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
My name is Ethan, and I am 10 years old. As a baby, I was baptized as a Catholic, but not by my choice. Over the last few years, the fighting between me and my brothers has increased greatly. I realized that the main cause of the fighting is me, so I decided to take steps into faith and ask for forgiveness so the fighting would slow. That is when I decided to publicly announce that I will get baptized into the holy body of God. When I had to have surgery for my inguinal hernia, I was in so much pain; I couldn’t walk out of the hospital. When I was in pain, I thought, “Does God even care?!” But God forgives, so he helped me through the problems. I am the oldest child, so I am an example in my brothers’ eyes, so if I give myself up to God and Jesus I think they will feel motivated to do so to. My father has been the person who has motivated me to let everyone know that I follow God. He has always been there for me, especially when I am in pain or sad, and that reminds me of God, and how he treats us. If I can have two loving fathers, God and my own, it is fine with me. To me getting baptized, is yelling to the world, “I AM HERE AND I FOLLOW GOD!” It is publically saying that I follow God and I am proud. After I am baptized I know that the fighting won’t immediately stop, but gradually slow. And that ends my Faith Story.
It wasn't until I was facing the end of my marriage, feeling depressed and scared, that I realized I needed God. I feared what my future would look like if I wasn't married. I started to pray asking God to give me answers.
Not long after I'd started praying on my own, my daughter, Maddie’s boyfriend, began taking her to church. His mom talked to Maddie about the importance of having a relationship with God and I could see how much it was helping her.
She told me to pray and pray hard, God is listening. I don't think I'll ever forget her words and I knew I needed to keep praying and start going back to Church! I started attending Christ Community Church and I have felt so at peace.
Having a relationship with God has been wonderful. I realize I don't need to have control over everything. By letting God work through me I see everything different than before.
His strength helps me. Most of all I feel forgiven for my sins, and I am a more forgiving person. “But God proves his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
I was raised Catholic and introduced to the bible and Jesus. On my journey of many roads both wide and narrow, some of which were lighted and others not so brightly, I found myself searching and investing in what the world set as markers of success.
I was looking for a church in late 1999 when I attended a service at Christ Community Church. Pastor Jim spoke of “A Personal relationship with God”. This was a new concept for me. I continued to attend and grew in my understanding of the story the bible was telling.
In April of 2007 my daughter was born, and as she entered this world, it became evident that only God could have given this gift to a retched sinner like me.
I continued in bible study and a passage in Luke gave me peace both mentally and physically. After 40 plus years of holding Jesus at arm’s length and turning my back to him thinking I was the driving force for my success, I reached out my hand and asked him to come into my life and be my Savior.
I grew up going to church every Sunday. We went to a small Methodist Church, and it had a very family-like atmosphere. We left after a lot of them betrayed our friendship. It shook up my faith quite a bit. About a year later, we started attending Christ Community Church. My heart was still hardened by what happened at our old church. After a while, God opened up my eyes to the sin and anger I had in my life. It was eating me up inside. I heard a message on baptism and decided I didn't want to live with resentment in my heart. I prayed for God to help guide my ways and live on the inside. Since then, I have been a lot more trusting of what God has in store for me. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Knowing God wants the best for me helps me get through all the hard times. I have peace of mind knowing he is in control. He sent his son to die on the cross for me and my sins. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord. It is because of this that I can live life eternal in heaven.
I can’t remember a time in my life before Christ Jesus. I’ve been going to church every Sunday since I was a baby, and I’ve always believed in Jesus and that I need him. When I was 16 the girl that I loved died suddenly, and my life was shaken. My family had already started attending Christ Community Church, but on the first Sunday they mentioned the girl and prayed for her and I knew that this would be a great church home.
I leaned on Christ as much as I could but there was so much pain and I lost my way. Then there was this never-ending chain of sin in my life. My only solace was through a passage in Psalms 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit”. Through the teachings at Christ Community Church, I knew I had to make a commitment, but it wasn’t until Eric Ferris’s message “making waves”, that I was really ready to surrender my life to Christ. I just haven’t been ready until now. Now I trust God with everything I am, he’s blessed me in innumerable ways, and I love having Him at the helm of my life.
I was baptized Ukrainian Catholic, and have always believed in God. I never read the Bible because I felt I was not qualified nor good enough to interpret it. I never understood the liturgies or the prayers. Something was missing.
Six years ago my daughter attended Genesis with a friend and she tried to get our family to visit Christ Community Church (CCC). I was not comfortable visiting a non-Catholic church. Two years ago, I felt an emptiness and knew I needed something. I was struggling with life problems, anxiousness, and helplessness.
I decided to attend CCC and I remember the feeling of comfort, love, and excitement as I stood singing and praising the Lord. The light I felt warmed my heart and re-awakened my faith, beginning my journey to surrender to God. I started attending Care Night and quickly recognized how special this community is. I received compassion and guidance from my leader Diane Anderson but mostly I felt God wrap his arms around me. I wanted more of Him.
I surrender to God. I hear him speaking to me. I am listening and following the Word of God. I’m filled with love and peace and trying to share it, humbly, with my brothers and sisters.
I have believed in God as long as I can remember. About a year ago, while at Church, I made a big decision by asking God to forgive me. Pastor Randy was talking about salvation and I decided that it was the right thing for me. Then Pastor Randy guided us in a prayer.
To me God is the Creator - The Beginning and The End. He is everything to me. He guides me and shows me different ways of doing things. I follow Jesus because it is what I know is right.
My mom, dad, sisters and my grandparents have been very supportive of me. My church has helped me. Jill Roberts and Courtney Wilson have been very supportive of me and my spiritual growth. The Czerwinski Family has been very encouraging.
Baptism is my way of showing everybody that am a follower of Christ. I will follow him no matter what. It is my way of saying that I am a sinner and I need help. It is a symbol of me being submerged in him.
I will learn all I can about him. I will do my best to follow him and to glorify Him in all I do.
It had been more than 20 years since I had attended church. I had a good job, wonderful wife, and great kids but had trouble feeling fulfillment or peace.
Over the last year, I started a journey to “discover myself”. I attended a program as part of this journey and met a friend who insisted that God loved me and was pursuing me. I didn’t really know what it meant but it stuck with me and I remained curious. Last fall, my wife decided that she was going to attend Christ Community Church so I decided to come along and support her. Immediately after that first weekend, we began attending Alpha. I began to feel more strongly connected and continued to pursue and learn more about God’s forgiveness and the love, compassion, and sacrifice that Jesus gives and made for me.
Since then I continue to create a more meaningful life that is fulfilled as I surrender with inherent faith that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. My wife, kids, and I have fully embraced the Bible and deepened our relationships and enriched our time with and Love for each other through God.
Before accepting Jesus as my savior, I felt like something was missing. I was living a life without purpose. Each day felt like being on a hamster wheel and I was so overwhelmed. I was just going through the motions of my life.
I didn’t grow up with any spirituality, but I craved the peace I saw it brought others. My family started going to Christ Community Church and I went through the Alpha course with my husband. Through Alpha and weekly services, I learned about Jesus. When I began to pray and read my Bible daily, I found my personal connection to God. I saw all the ways that I have sinned in my life and just how much I need a Savior. I asked for forgiveness and surrendered my life to Christ.
Today, my life is forever changed. I walk with purpose now. That empty space I felt before is full of my love for Christ. In addition to the personal peace I have now, it is amazing to see the positive changes it has brought to our family. We pray together, we serve together, and we teach our young kids about God’s love. I am so grateful for this gift.
Before I put my trust in Jesus, I went to a private Lutheran school and never really had a relationship with God. I just tried to get by in religion class, but never truly understood it.
It wasn't until I went to HotU at Christ Community Church where I heard the message of God's salvation and finally understood that I needed to surrender my life to Christ. I remember saying the prayer to put my faith in Jesus and to forgive my sins. That was the amazing start to my relationship with the Lord.
In middle school, I went to Genesis and currently I love going to Mosaic House Group as well as attending Silver Birch Ranch every year. Next fall I will be studying at Dallas Baptist University to combine my faith with education to grow even closer to God during college. Since I have put my faith in the Lord, I always feel a sense of belonging and have a path to follow.
I was broken and separated from Jesus as I walked away from my relationship with him as a young adult.
My co-worker shared the gospel with me and encouraged me to attend a local church based on Biblical teachings. I came to realize that I was self-absorbed in what society says is important, such as money, job status, self-centeredness, and being prideful. My friend helped me realize I needed Jesus in my life. I started my relationship again in September 2005 at Christ Community Church. I am now in a women's community group.
Since beginning my relationship with Christ, I now know I am forgiven. I am ready to declare it publicly through baptism. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Before I put my trust in Christ, I did not know who He was. I went to kid’s church but I did not know what it was for and it did not make sense to me. I started to ask my parents what it meant and they explained it to me. It started to make sense but I still did not understand a lot of it. Then one day in the fifth grade, I went to big church and after listening to the sermon, something happened and I knew that I wanted to put my faith and trust in God. It felt so good to know that God and the Holy Spirit are with me now and my whole life is changed in a good way. When I go to church it is home. Every person is so nice it is so heartwarming. I now serve with my dad as an usher where I hand out programs and greet people and do devotional with my mom. I look forward to learning and growing more with Jesus.
Hello, my name is Ella and I’m 11 years old. I have grown up in a believer’s family. I believe that Jesus died on the cross so that we could live forever with him. One thing that he did for me was when I was younger I was so shy and I didn’t quite have a lot of friends but when we moved I had none. One day when we were eating outside we prayed that me and my sister would make friends in kindergarten and when I was done eating I went down from the porch and started swinging on our playset. There was a calm breeze and I remember feeling calm and I started singing a song from the radio that I really liked. The song was called Lord I Need You and after a minute or so I went up to the porch and there was a girl with blond hair and gray eyes. She was walking toward us with some cookies. She didn’t believe in God so when we were playing in our crab sand pit and I was humming the song she asked me about it and I told her I went to church.
I want her mom to become more involved in church and she’s thinking of joining Genesis next year. I’m looking forward to being baptized. I feel he’s calling me to be baptized so I can encourage other people to do it too.
Hi, my name is Grace I am in 5th grade. I have grown up knowing God. He led me when I broke my toe. I thought I might not be able to walk on it. I asked him if he would tell me sooner so I don’t have to worry. The night my foot hurt really badly he spoke to me. “I know you’re afraid. But all you have to do is believe.” At that very moment I knew what I had to do. I tried to calm myself. Then that night I grabbed my Bible and read it. The next morning I didn’t feel any pain.
I believe Jesus died on the cross for our sins. I believe Jesus is my Savior and I want to be baptized because I know that is what he wants us to do.
I am 12 years old and I have attended Christ Community Church for 6 years. I was born into a God-loving family, and from an early age, I learned the Word of God and who he was. However, it wasn’t until later that I began my journey with Christ.
I went to a fort at around the age of 8, where, at that point, I hadn’t really given much thought to godly commitments. I had more focus on a fun time with my grandma and brother at a Christian family camp. I went to Sunday school and while I was there, a particular message appealed to me about how God took his own life for our sake. Now I had heard this message a million times and never thought much about it, but for whatever reason, this really struck me as something awesome. That same night when I was with my grandmother and I pledged my life to God, and since then I thank him every day for what he has done for me.
My family has always been supportive of me, I was born into a great Christian family. We went to church a lot growing up. During Elementary school I never took the church, God, or his word seriously. I thought, “Ugh I have to go to church today,” and I would rather hang out with friends.
During Middle school, I heard about Genesis from my brother Cole. My sister and I went and I loved it, it was fun. But not only that, I fell in love with God’s word. Every year there were baptism classes and I always said, “No I am not ready”. However, every week Pastor Pete taught us why God loves us so much. I heard about the baptism class for this year and I was thrilled. I want to be a part of his following, I want to be loved by him, I want to see his light and follow his every word. So from now on, I will think about God and the amazing work he did for each and every one of us. I just want to say to him “Thank You”. Pastor Pete, thank you so much for this encouragement. I believe now that I will always make the right decisions. I believe that I will always follow him and his word. I believe more than I ever believed anything. This is the greatest decision I have ever made, In Jesus name Amen!
My name is Parker and I'm 11 years old. I have always gone to church for my whole life. My mom and dad helped me through all the hard times I had, even with church. I put my faith in Jesus when I was 8 with my mom and dad while we were reading the Bible. They said yes and we prayed. So ever since that I have had Jesus at my side. Everyone should be baptized because it is a sign that you believe and that you are saved. This is what God wants.
My name is Yzzabella and I’m 11 years old. I have grown up to be one of Jesus’ many followers. I believe Jesus died for my sins. God has gotten me through rough times from getting bullied to standing up to bullies. When I went through being bullied I said, “Why do you do this to me, God?” But God helped me realize that so many people in the Bible had haters; like when Jesus stood up to the people who tried to get rid of Him. So the next day I was trembling but I stood up to the bullies. Now I have no fear doing what’s right. I believe Jesus is my savior and I want to get baptized because I want to learn things I didn’t learn in the Bible, and I want to help change the world and help people who need the most help. I want to help like Jesus did.
I grew up in an average Christian home and was brought up with God surrounding my life. I accepted Christ as my savior at the age of 4.
I moved to a public school at age 11 and boy did my world change. I fell away from God as my life was consumed by the world around me. My life became a struggle to stay in school and ultimately turned into a life of drugs which landed me into rehab by the time I was in my senior year of high school. I was not in any place to be called a Christian. I did a lot of soul searching and by the grace of God I was able to come out clean.
I believe God never left me. I denied him just as Peter did. I do not deserve salvation but I am blessed to know God still loves me even though I am a sinner.
I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 18 years old. God has changed my life and has given me a drive to better myself. I have stayed clean, lost over 100lbs, and have now signed with the United States Air Force to push myself further and make something of my life. A life that was saved and loved by God.
Before I surrendered my life to Christ, life didn’t really have any meaning. I put other things before Christ and made my own path. I was walking off the path that God made for me.
About 5 years ago around Christmas time, my friend invited my family and me to Christ Community Church. We went to the service and loved it! I heard about God and how he sent His son to die on the cross and forgive us of our sins. I was very interested, and we kept coming to church. I joined Awana and that was where I asked Jesus to forgive my sins.
Since then, I have been a much happier person through Christ. I have been serving more, I joined Genesis, and I am closer to my family, friends, and God. I pray more and more each day, and I am so thankful to be a part of God’s holy family. I will always be a sinner, but since Christ is in my life, I know that He will always forgive me and help me to overcome my sins.
As I was growing up in the Philippines, I believed in God, but only prayed when I needed help, or when I was in trouble. My faith wasn’t strong. I was selfish and envious of others. I was discontent and wanted more. After my divorce, I became workaholic, didn’t go to church, and forgot about God. I would remember him only when I wanted something. I felt empty and alone.
I met my fiancé, Matt, and He introduced me to Christianity. In August of 2015 my co-worker, Fatima invited me for a breakfast and shared the gospel with me. I started sobbing and knew God loved me and forgave my sins.
Recently, Matt and I encountered a problem where we thought our family will fall apart. We held on to each other and to God in a way that we never had before. God is at the center of our lives.
I grew up in a catholic home. Soon after my first communion, I stopped attending church. I didn’t know exactly what I believed. I hate not knowing anything, so I wanted to learn and figure it out for myself. Luckily, my best friend Taylor invited me to Silver Birch Ranch (SBR) in the summer before 8th grade. I started to learn more about Christ along with the history and values of Christianity. I began to pray for answers, not even realizing that the fact that I was praying was my answer. The following year at camp, Bobby Jackson helped me see that I was ready to walk with Jesus as a Christian. In the next year at camp, I declared Jesus as my savior in different ways, including praying with leaders. Today, I have amazing friends through the church who are always there to support me. I attend House Group as often as I can as well as attending church. I pray anytime I see someone in need. I still attend SBR, and I hope to be a leader at the middle school camp this year and have a positive impact others’ lives.
Before I trusted Jesus, I thought knew what was best for me. At 32, I became a widow. I was lost and devastated. I tried to control what was left of my broken life. I soon realized I couldn’t do this on my own and needed help. My bereavement counselor, Jackie Grendel suggested, I check out Christ Community Church.
In January of 2015 at 35, I was diagnosed with 3rd stage congestive heart failure and was in the hospital for 7 weeks, praying and asking God, “why me?” God opened my eyes to show me I need to change and that I was a sinner who was not in control. I knew I had to give this to Him. I confessed my sins, my rebellious ways, anger, hatred and the selfishness. I admitted to God that I was in desperate need of forgiveness, redemption, and his love.
Since I put my trust in Jesus, I read the Bible and pray daily, I have joined the meals team and a community group. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and hope.”
Before I knew Christ, my life was very self-centered. I was blind to the true purpose of our existence and the importance of following Christ. Although I was raised in a Methodist church and baptized as an infant, I didn’t come to officially accept Christ as my Lord and Savior until the age of 14. The topic of “salvation” wasn’t often discussed in our church or in our home. I came to know Christ at a local Baptist church’s ministry weekend called Disciple Now. All of my friends were attending, so naturally I joined in. I had no idea how this weekend would change my life. After a very moving sermon, I decided to accept Christ as my Savior. Since then, I’ve had a strong conviction for my sin and continually strive to live a life pleasing to Christ. I’ve certainly had dark times in which I’ve strayed from the path, but I always find my way back to the light. I’m constantly uncovering the depths of God’s grace and mercy for his people, which motivates me to show the same to those around me. I’m thankful that Christ Community Church has uncovered the scriptural importance of baptism.
My name is Emily and I am 9 years old. Ever since I was a baby, I have known who Jesus is. I go to church and EPIC. I saw how my Dad would volunteer at food banks and always tried to do extra for God and I wanted to be like him. Jesus did what we don't deserve so I wanted to put my trust in him completely. When I was 6, I prayed with my Mom in her room and got saved. I am very happy I made this decision.
Before Christ, I wanted to feel loved and needed, but I was looking at the wrong places and wrong people to fulfill that desire. I didn’t care what I was doing or who I was becoming. Eventually, I felt so empty and lonely I couldn’t stand it. Reading and searching in the Bible, I still felt empty. Finally, I meet Anita Turi and Katerina Desario (members of Christ Community at the St. Charles Campus). They told me that if I accepted Christ as my Savior and repented for my sins, that I would find forgiveness and God’s love.
In August 2014, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and I repented for my sins. Finally, I felt the love that I was looking for all this time. Since then my faith has been growing and been tested in so many ways. But Exodus 13:14 say “DON’T BE AFRAID. STAND FIRM AND YOU WILL SEE THE DELIVERANCE THE LORD WILL BRING YOU TODAY.” God made me stronger with no fear or shame to admit to my family and friends that I believe in and follow Jesus. Now my husband and kids want to follow Jesus as I am. JESUS IS THE WAY AND THE TRUTH.
Before I trusted in Jesus I was more concerned with my own personal desires and wanted to live my life pursuing my selfish ambitions. I have always known about God since I was a little kid, but I was not ready to make the decision to surrender my life and my desires to the Lord.
In February of 2015, I attended a Wow Weekend at Christ Community where Michael Jr. was discussing God’s purpose for our lives. I knew at that moment I needed to surrender my life and start pursuing God’s plan and not my own. Since I gave God control, change took place in my life that I was not prepared for. I started to recognize a change in my heart and I no longer wanted to seek my own personal desires but instead seek God and his desires. The scripture says ‘seek and you shall find’ and the more I continue to seek God, the more I continue to find God working in my life.