Sadly we didn’t record the audio, but here’s the text of Joshua’s baptism testimony:
There hasn’t been a sudden moment where I have thought “Wow! I’m a Christian!”. I’ve always been going to church, first St. Andrews in Hertford and now RENEW. It’s been a gradual process, growing and understanding more about God. It is great having Christian parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, godparents and members of the church. It has been a gift from God that I have a wonderful Christian best friend – Tim. It is great to have friends to talk about Jesus with. The RENEW Church family have been extremely important in my journey with Christ.
I realise that being a Christian is not just about going to Church, or reading our Bible or being good. It’s much more than that. It’s about having a relationship with Jesus, putting him first and faithfully loving him. I want God to be more than a Sunday morning thing. I want God to be in my home, in my school, in all of my life. I have tried (and keep trying!) to get much better at praying when I’m angry, stressed or sad.
Jesus cares about our lives. For instance, when I was feeling sad and stressed, I was filled with the Holy Spirit and felt calmer, relaxed and happier. And another time was when I had lost a Lego piece. I asked God if I could find it and in the next place that I looked in, it was there!
One night last year, I felt that I should read 1 Peter 2:5 (actually had the numbers in my head, I wasn’t reading through the letter – the first time this has happened to me!), which says: “you also are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ.” I feel that God is trying to say that he wants me to follow him all the days of my life. As the verse suggests, I will have to make sacrifices, but God will build me up, as he is doing with all Christians.