At BridgePointe we were blessed to celebrate the start of 2017 with eight baptisms after our Sunday services. Here are their stories in their own words.
WILL & MICHELLE SIVELS
If it wasn't for the power of God, we wouldn't be standing here today. He truly answers prayer. If the enemy had his way, we would have destroyed ourselves and our family. We were slaves, slaves to addiction, bad habits, deceit and bitterness. Our family was destroyed. We ran from God and thought that in our blindness we could find happiness, save ourselves and our family. We were wrong and made a mess of our lives every chance we could and only ended up hurt, broken and empty. We knew we couldn't run anymore and we were tired of being slaves to sin. It was time for a change and we decided to make a choice.
By no means are we perfect, this is an every day process, we are a work in progress. We know only God can save our family, our marriage, our souls. Today we end one chapter of our lives and being another. As husband and wife we are taking a stand to let Christ be the light to our path, so we can give glory to Him and show our children a better way. We are so thankful to God for leading us to BridgePointe. We feel welcomed and accepted here. We ask you to continue to encourage us as we may also be an encouragement to you.
God has been pursuing me for years, but it was only when I fully surrendered to God, admitting that I can no longer be in charge of my life, that God revealed to me the worth He sees in me. Today, on this new year I want to start it off with honoring God by being baptized and pursuing Him to the fullest. I pray before God that I always go forward through the doors that He opens for me. May my pursuit of Him never get dull or end, and may I always remember the worth He sees in me, for He sent His only son Jesus for me. Thank you Jesus.
A little over a year ago, I finally surrendered to God. I could not ignore God's voice calling me and convicting me to come back to Him. I made a choice and surrendered to God. Since then, my life has changed. I long to worship God and to become like Jesus. I never in my life would ever expect to have this relationship with God and Jesus. I see and know him now as a friend and a father. I have been blessed beyond what I could have imagined. God has healed my most deepest wounds and even though I have difficulties in trusting, I find myself fully trusting God to an extent that I never knew I could. That is why today before my God and all my brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to be publicly baptized and honor God.
Before my life was committed to Jesus, it wasn't that great. I acted out a lot and did bad things, and my parents were not happy with my actions. What made me decide to pursue a life with Jesus was that I wanted to be a better person not only for myself but for my family. I want to be proud of my decisions and actions. I'm committing to Jesus through baptism today because I want to be like my father and have a big, warm, conscientious heart and do what is morally right. I want to be a new and better me. What I am most excited for entering this new life with Jesus, is peace, love, and happiness. Thank you for praying for me, I am One.
I am happy to be baptized today. My life before I committed to Jesus was always filled with the unknown. I never knew what the next day was going to bring. I'm committing my life to Jesus because I saw what it has done for my father. I want to be just like him because he has a big heart and always wants to spend time with me. I love him more than ever! I am happy and look forward to a life of peace and joy with my family and Jesus Christ. Thank you for praying for me, I am One.
My life before I committed it to Jesus was a long, painful and hurtful story. As an eight year old girl, I was molested for three and a half years by my father. I was also secretly molested and abused by my uncle for two years as well. This stayed with me for years, and I suffered silently.
I met my daughter's father when I was 18 and got pregnant. He beat me so badly in my eighth month of pregnancy that I ended up delivering my daughter who died from trauma to her brain. A year later I was pregnant again, and he beat me through the entire pregnancy, but this time I took my baby and hid out at a battered woman's shelter. A year later, I met the father of my last two children, who at first was too good to be true. Well, let's just say alcohol and drugs took over his life, so I left him.
I began to drink every single weekend to try and cover the hurt and pain. In 2000 I was diagnosed with hepatitis c and liver cancer. I got on my knees and cried out to God, "Please forgive me of my sins and anything I've done. If you spare me my life, I will pray every day. I will stop smoking and drinking and try my hardest to learn to live following you and glorifying your name." Three weeks later, my doctor calls me in for updated blood work and an MRI. There were no traces of hepatitis c or cancer.
I honored what I had promised, I just couldn't find a church for years. I met Brandee Cooper who invited me to BridgePointe. I hadn't been to church in years, but still read my bible, prayed, and honored God. I just knew I couldn't do it alone, something was missing. BridgePointe was missing!
I am committing myself and my life 100% today because I want to learn to live more like Jesus. I know I'll never be perfect, but I know God is real, He loves me no matter what my past was... as long as I believe in Him and I commit to Him. I am most excited about my new life with Jesus and BridgePointe so I can help teach my grandkids to live following Jesus and set a good example for them. Thank you for praying for me! I am One.
My life before committing to follow Jesus was me smoking marijuana everyday, sometimes twice a day, to try to get rid of thoughts of what happened to me when I was a little girl. I even went as far as being with a woman, but I knew deep in my heart it wasn't right and that's not the life for me. Seeing my children wanting to pursue a relationship with Jesus made me want to pursue my relationship with the Lord even more. I always knew something was missing from my life.
After meeting and talking to Brandee Cooper about my children and myself and my mom wanting to find a church to go to, she suggested her church BridgePointe. The first day going to BridgePointe I met Gay Scholler the kindest and most caring women I had met and after a few weeks she asked me if I wanted to serve by passing out programs which would help me meet new people and do communion and offering. With a smile on my face I said yes because I knew deep down this was what I'm supposed to be doing.
I'm committing to Jesus through baptism because I want to follow his Word. I want to better my life through Jesus. I know this is what I'm supposed to be doing, I want to know more about Jesus everyday. I'm most excited about giving my life to Jesus - this is it! I'm all in and excited to continue to learn more so I can teach my children. I now know it's better together than trying to do it on my own.