And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

  • Andie's Baptism

    Andie's Testimony

    My entire life I have been surrounded by Christian influences. Christian parents, Christian grandparents, my friends were primarily from church, I went to church Sunday mornings, Sunday night, and even Wednesday nights up until I was around eleven years old. My family was deeply connected in our church and we also stayed in touch and had deep relationships with a couple of missionary families. I do not say this to boast, but rather to show how much opportunity I had, the endless resources and encouragement that I could have ever needed and yet, for so long I let that go to waste. I let myself be a lukewarm Christian, a casual church goer if you will. 

    I had accepted Christ as my savior as a young child at home with my mom after a Sunday school class that had taught us about hell, and my motivation for praying with my mom that day I believe was born out of a fear rather than a motivation for a relationship with God. And so because of this, I went on with the same motives, keeping God at arms distance and only pulling out my bible for Sunday school class sword drills. 

    Later in my life I attended a teen camp where the week’s messages were focused on the names of God. After a week of learning about God’s many names and the greatness and significance that is held in each one of them that represents him so well, God stirred my heart and I made the decision to dedicate my life to him. I wish I could say that after this I followed hard after him and made all decisions in my life to glorify him. But that is very much not the case. I strayed for a good while and kept fighting with God for power over MY LIFE. Although I trusted him as my savior and believed that what he had done on the cross was able to save me from my sins, I was still unwilling to give him Lordship over my life. I had a pretty significant event happen in my life in the last year that opened my eyes to the sin I was walking in, and the reality of the fight I was in with God. 

    After seeking forgiveness for these things, and through getting myself in His word and striving after a relationship with Him, God has brought me to a place in my walk with Him that I have never been before. God has instilled in me a passion to learn and grow towards him that is no longer born out of fear, but rather out of a genuine yearning for a relationship with my good good father. There is a lyric from a song that has been encouraging me lately and it says: Only in surrender I am free. While my walk is far from perfect, I have chosen to stop fighting with God for Lordship over my life. I surrender and it is so freeing. 

    So today, in my decision to be baptized, I am choosing to be obedient to Christ. In making a public profession of faith before you all, I am claiming Christ as my own. Claiming him as Lord of my life, As my good good father, as my savior. In doing this in front of all of you, I am asking for accountability in my walk, because it is a narrow path, and I will surely need a nudge in the right direction every now and again. This action does not save me, but with this action I am obedient to Christ, and He is loudly proclaimed as Lord over my life.

  • Brad's Baptism

    Brad's Testimony

    Before I knew Christ, my life had one objective: to do whatever made me happy. I was filled with selfish thoughts and ideas. I only truly cared about myself. My teenage life, like many others, consisted of rebelling, partying, drinking, and questioning everything. I did not want to listen to anyone during this time. I cared about very little and only worried about being accepted. I would do anything to make people happy or get a laugh. I enjoyed doing this at the time and use to think about how lucky and privileged my life was. That was until my father unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. After this event I started to suffer from heavy anxiety and started to experience heart palpations. I struggled with being on and off medication, I would call out from work constantly, and it seemed uncontrollable at times. My life was taking a downward spiral that I could not stop.

    Then, As an Early Childhood Major, I started to work at a program called Eastside learning center. At this center, a girl came into my life…who many of you know to be my wife now. We would have many conversations and I would openly mock God in front of her. I would later find out that it would lead to prayer from the Planchets, Owens, and many other people involved in this church. 

    As we began talking more, I started to acquire feelings towards her. She would openly talk to me about God and share experiences with me. This intrigued me. One day we met at Panera, she openly told me we could not date because I was not a Christian. I remember going home that night and reflecting on myself. I spent a lot of time thinking and the more I thought the more curious I became about God. I wanted to learn about him, and I wanted to see what a Christian church was like. At that point in my life, I only knew what a Catholic church was like. 

    That following Monday I asked Rachel if I could attend church with her. I remember the anticipation I had for that Sunday. I still remember how I felt attending church for the first time. I remember people singing, the community of the church, and generally how nice people were. I remember the conversations after church: people wanted to meet me and asked me questions about my life. I became more curious about God and wanted to know everything that I could. This also led me to attending bible studies where my world was shaking upside down. I started deeply thinking what things are important in my life. Everything I had known and done felt useless. The more I learned about God the more my sin became transparent. I knew that I needed to grow further so I started praying about being discipled. 

    The first person that really put me on the right track was Mr. Planchet. His accuracy and knowledge of the bible helped me grow as a student of God. I will always be appreciative of his help. Shortly after, I then prayed that I would have the opportunity to learn more about God. Then I started to meet with Pastor Josh which only enhanced my learning and made me grow a hunger to learn. I started to recognize the power of prayer and the weight of my sins. I know that I needed to repent and to confess my sins to God. I remember reading my bible one February night when it was snowing outside. I confessed my sins and accepting Jesus as my personal savior. My faith and trust are in him and will always be with him. From that moment I knew that something in me had changed for the rest of my life. I felt that the void in my heart had been filled.

    How has God changed my life?  God has changed my life in so many ways. He has shown me that he is the most important thing in my life and will continue to be. How corrupt ideology is and how I use to obsess over videogames, music, and pleasing people. He has taught me how I should live my life following his word and sharing it with other people. He has taught me how to treat other people with kindness and not to judge people because they like different things. He has taught me that I am a sinner and will continue to be a sinner and without his sacrifice I would not be forgiven. He has shown me who I use to be and who I am in him. He has shown me that he has always been by my side.

  • Adam's Baptism

    Adam's Testimony

    Good morning and greetings my name is Adam Harlow and I would like to share with you how I came to know Christ. I would first like to thank everyone for being here today. Before I tell you how I came to Christ I would like to give you some background. 

    I grew up in a Christian home. I attended youth groups, church services, awanna, Christian summer camps, you name it. My Parents diligently taught me God's holy scriptures and showed me the truth. 

    When I hit my teenage years I began to rebel. I convinced my parents to allow me to attend public school, as soon as I entered those doors my love for the wickedness of world began to convince.  I began to force God out of my life. I told my old friends and family I knew everything just needed time to process it all. I see now this is how I justified the fact that I wanted to play god. I became full of self, doing what I pleased. I began hanging with the wrong crowd, getting into fights, drugs, skipping classes, consistent lying, stealing and the list goes on. I was completely self centered. I ruined my relationship with my parents and the friends I grew up with. 

    Near the end of my second year in high school I met Nicole. Little did I know this would be the person God would use to open my eyes in ears again. Nicole was aware of my past beliefs but it was never a subject that was talked about. About a year and a half later she started asking me questions about our great and holy God. She began with simple ones and day by day they grew more and more complex. I’m not the type of person that likes not having the answer. So I began to bring my questions to my mother and she told me all my answers are sitting in my Bible at home. 

    From there I picked up my Bible and started reading. I not only found the answers Nicole was looking for, but I found so much more. We began reading together and as Nicole’s Curiosity deepened, my drive to understand grew stronger. Through my reevaluation of the holy Scriptures my perspective completely changed. We came to The conclusion that we wanted to be baptized. I asked my Mother about churches and she pointed me here. I decided to get in contact with Pastor Josh which lead to weekly meetings with him and Tracy Menard. Yet again I met two beautiful souls that God would work through to change my life. 

    By the grace of God's law, He showed me my sinful nature. Opening my eyes to my immeasurable need for are Lord and savior Jesus Christ. He and He alone has completely transformed me, while simultaneously transforming Nicole and even used us to spread the His word to our neighbor Nick. By His love and mercy I have been brought home. Not only has his grace reconciled me insight of the all the holy God but he has invited me into this wonderful church family. By Him I have received the women I love, my career, a roof over my head, the family I am so ever grateful for and enough blessing to keep you here all night. I can wake up everyday with security, hope, and Joy. Having faith in God, rejoicing in the fact that he sent his son to pay my debts. Day by day he shows me my sin and puts me to the test. Through his love he drives me to Repent from my past life. Sanctifying me through our Lord and Savior. 

    It hasn’t been easy as I’m sure you all know. There have been times where I would love to turn back to my past life indulging in counterfeit pleasures. But the steadfast love of are Lord holds me tight. I am by no means telling you I’m free from my sins as I struggle with them daily. Fighting between taking up my cross and going to my addiction to please self. I am, however, telling you I am free from the judgment my sinfulness rightful deserves. 

    My most recent struggle has been Nicole moving out of are home. I do not tell you this seeking adoration but to illustrate how God is working in me, as it’s strictly his doing. If I was asked a year ago to separate from Nicole I would have have been full of anger and strife. By my own surprise this is not how I reacted. Instead I did it with a sense of joy. Knowing whole heartily that it is Gods will. Through this my relationship with God and Nicole has grown stronger and stronger by the day. I look forward to see what the great carpenter from Nazareth will work on in me next. 

    Today Brothers and sisters I couldn't urge you more to listen to are heavenly father, to abide in his word, for he truly is the creator of all things. Through his spirit comes so much truth and understanding and I couldn't argue you all more to continue on in the faith. “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him."

  • Nicole's Baptism

    Nicole's Testimony

    Growing up I had one desire and that was to find happiness. I chased that happiness, in anyone or anything that I thought would make me feel good about myself. I was always finding myself in trouble to get any attention possible. I was suspended from from school multiple times and hanging out with people that behaved and acted just like me. I was using drugs and ditching my classes. I was failing almost every class. My younger sister was a grade behind me and my only motivator to finish school. 

    Then I hit a point in my life where I started questioning everything, like what happens after we die? Where do we all come from? Those things were on my mind constantly but I didn’t know where to find the answers and I had no one in my life who knew these answers. I always knew something missing in my life. 

    Then I met Adam. He came from a Christian household. To me Adam's family was the perfect Christian family and whenever I was there, I thought I needed to put this act on of being a perfect person, but his family knew who I really was even when I tried to hide it from them. I was so intimidated because I felt I didn’t belong there. 

    We dated for about a year and a half and then COVID hit. We didn’t want to be separated so we decided to live together with my mom. Adam was 18 and I was 17 at this point. About a month into quarantine I started asking him questions about God. When we first started discussing who God is, I would deny what Adam was telling me because I didn’t like how it made me feel. I began to see myself from God's perspective and I was missing the mark. Everything I thought to be true about life and myself was a lie. Adam and I decided to start going to meetings with Pastor Josh and Tracy in the summer of 2020 to learn about who God really is. I felt so overwhelmed as I heard the gospel and started to reflect on my own choices in life. I was telling myself that God couldn’t want me because I’ve done too much damage in my past. Then I came to the realization that God calls me worthy despite my past.  I started to change how I would act, talk with others, the music I was listening to, and just simply how I was living. In those moments I didn’t even notice that God was showing me my sins and that he was leading me to Christ. It was really hard for the first few months because I didn’t know who I was becoming. Then I realized God was changing my heart. 

    Once I believed in the gospel of Jesus that’s when everything kick started. I realized what Jesus did on the cross for me and I simply wasn’t ashamed of the gospel. I came to understand the happiness I was so desperately trying to find was not found where I was searching. That happiness is fleeting and only for a moment in time. Something better found me. Something eternally fulfilling, joy in the Lord. 

    He is the way, the truth and the life. I’ve started coming to church regularly, taking my own notes, started reading the Bible to understand every little detail and have my own relationship with Jesus. I’m trying to work in my friends and family lives because I know how much God has changed me. We truly do have a good God. Thank you FCBC for being a loving and supporting place for me to grow in my faith. 

  • As some of you may know, this is my last year of Youth Group, and my last year to attend Snow Camp. To be honest, I was dreading it a little bit, because I thought there would be tears at some point during the weekend. Tears for leaving. Tears for ending.

    Instead, the messages given by Mr. Duffy Robbins made this year a stepping-off point. To be honest, I came to Snow Camp this year expecting messages and songs that would make me feel good about myself — songs about how God loves me, how I am beautiful and wanted and loved.

    Instead, we sang songs about how great GOD is. The focus was completely ripped away from us, and instead focused on the magnitude and grace and LOVE of God. And, though I found the usual emotional charge of Snow Camp non-existent, I actually liked it that way.

    Instead of being completely wiped out from the power of Saturday night’s “conviction” message, I had more focused energy to really concentrate and wrestle with the questions Mr. Duffy presented to us throughout the weekend, questions like, “Have you promised to die for Jesus (a one time event), or suffer for him for every hour of the rest of your life (a question of infinitely more weight)?” Questions about our true passions, questions about our true trust, questions that challenged every ounce of desire and doubt inside of me.

    The other thing I loved about this Snow Camp was the little bit of hindsight I was able to get. At least from my perspective, the role of upperclassmen in Youth Group is changing. We’re not just coming for ourselves anymore, we’re coming for the younger kids. We’re sticking around because we want to see them thrive, see them discipled, see them grow. We’re not coming to Snow Camp for personal gain anymore (although there is always some to be found), we’re coming for them.  And that, I think, was my favorite part of the week.

  • In a galaxy far far away in a time long long ago...No wait, that's a fictional story and Josh asked for my short testimony. I was born, raised and have always lived in New Hampshire. My mother is religious and my father is mostly indifferent. Truth began to enter my life through my wife as we started to live life together. Through many of life's circumstances, and her desire to raise Christ honoring children, she would try different churches. On occasion I would go with her. At that time in my life, I attended the "Church of the Basketball" (yes, it met Sunday mornings). Through a series of God controlled events, non- denominational services at business events, and a friendship with a fellow basketball player in a Thursday night league saying , "you should try our church", God got my attention.

    When we joined that church, we were encouraged to be involved with the body. My wife was involved in the "MOPS" program, and at that time, the youth group leader was looking for volunteers. I said to my wife that "I kinda like kids". By that time I had two small ones that would be growing into teenagers, so I figured I'd learn how to teach them. I decided to give youth ministry a try, (how hard could it be?).That's when God started me in ministry and for the last 20 or so years I've been involved with youth ministry both paid and as a volunteer. A short time after getting started, it was evident that my "religious" background was less than sufficient to lead teenagers to Christ.

    I have a technical background (which means I fix things), so I didn't like it when the students knew more than I did about the Bible. So I started to dig in. For me, as a technical person "the theory" of things helps me to understand how things work and God's word is the ultimate manual. Study for me takes a few different forms, but questions that have come to my mind that I endeavor to answer biblically are the most interesting. I like the motto of one of my favorite apologists Ravi Zacharis, "Let my people think," and I have done a lot of thinking and studying to answer these questions I've had. The Bible has gripped me and not let go. I do my best to stay true to God's word, and although I have been teaching a long time, I am always a student. The more I learn, I realize how little I know and lean on the knowledge that God uses flawed things for His purpose.

    This church body has been a blessing for me and my family, and although it's out of my comfort level, it would be an honor to be an elder. I appreciated the balance of love and truth when we joined this body and would strive to maintain it as an elder. The Bible is truly amazing to me and my prayer is that it would be for you as well.

    To God be the Glory,

    Tim Brown

  • "Jesus Takes Another Journey"

    Chapter 1

    Raised by two very well-meaning parents, who gave me tons of freedom to make my own decisions at a very young age, I learned to be self-reliant, self-sufficient and ultimately… self-important.

    By 16, already engaged to be married, living by my own motto of "making decisions and then making them right", I worked two jobs while attending high school. …. Then graduated early…. deciding to forego college, in order to start executing my life's plan. Everything was going my way. I had a belief in God and felt in his favor, but other than a holiday…. never gave a thought about Jesus nor did anything to honor him. This would be a theme that would continue throughout my 55 year journey to being found by Jesus.

    Hebrews 3:12 "Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from “the living God”. Hebrews 3:12.

    Chapter 2

    At 18, after breaking my engagement, I was living with a young woman, who became pregnant. She and her mother, without my consideration, decided she would not continue with the pregnancy. Not married, not feeling a responsibility to God, … knowing I had few rights, I did not fight for the life of my first child. However, we eventually married and did start our family.

    One beautiful miracle a year after marriage, a second 2 years later. Being hands-on for both births, having my hands in the actual delivery of each of these precious angels, I fell deeper in love with each at their birth. Later, pregnant with our third child, problems manifested. My wife was unhappy and I had to fight for the birth of Erica, our youngest daughter. Feeling alone, not yet knowing God, … again I sought no counsel, legal, familial, nor spiritual. Despite my arrogance, by the Grace of God He delivered her into my hands. God’s triumphant miracle…. Not mine.

    In the 2 years following, God tested my arrogance again. My wife announced she was pregnant with our 4th child and exclaimed “she was NOT going to give birth to it!” If I resisted her desire to abort, she had a lawyer, threatened to leave, take our 3 children and abort the baby anyways. In the end, cowardly relying on self-counsel, choosing to ignore any sense of responsibility I had to my child or God, I gave in, thinking I was preserving my family and the life I knew. I still was too stubborn to trust God.

    Proverbs 28:26 “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Proverbs 28:26

    Over the next 6 years, we had a few good times, but our marriage failed twelve and a half years after the “I Do!"  Backtracking 4 years in the marriage …….. after starting my oldest in public school and then one year in private non-Christian school for her and her younger brother, I made the decision that they should have the opportunity to know God if they chose. That was not going to happen in a secular school. I enrolled them in Christian School. Then, like many parents, I left the education up to the school and more arrantly, I left their spiritual growth up to the school as well. This went on for 16 years until the youngest graduated in 2004. Despite all their time there, only the “seed was planted”! I will revisit this later in the testimony.

    Mark 4.3-8 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty fold and sixty fold and a hundredfold.” Mark 4.3-8.

    Chapter 3

    In early 1996, 2 years after my divorce, I began to take a greater interest in things spiritual. By July of that year I was spending time with a televangelist, …. for the 1st time not only listening, but hearing the story of Jesus Christ and how I could be forgiven for my sins, even the ones I thought unforgivable! I took that message of eternal hope, recited the “repenter’s prayer” and thought I was saved. ……….

    Through His grace He tolerated me though. I began to pray for a companion, more specifically a woman versed and immersed in Christianity to help continue my transition. Impatient as usual, by mid-August I modified my prayer, asking for a woman who would be faithful. Also, I made a promise (trying to bargain with God) that if he should bring such a woman to share my life, we would become a Christian family and attend church. Just two weeks later God delivered my lovely bride, Monika literally 1200’ from my front door, 3500 miles from her home in Hungary, 3000+ miles from her original destination of California.

    (Many of you have gotten to know Monika and attended her Baptism May 28th of this year.) At first I could not believe that this was “her”, who God sent, “my faithful one”! Eleven months later 0n August 2nd, 1997, we were wed . … God miraculously sent me an amazing woman .. a true soul mate! (if one should exist other than Jesus Christ). Now what? Time to tell this woman, who left the love and warmth of her mother 3500 miles away, that I had promised God that she and I would form a churchgoing Christian family. She was a Catholic! … Lacking trust in God again, I failed to mention it to her. I had not shared this with anyone until this year and Monika was second to know! God has infinite more patience than I ….. I thank Him for this 19 year Grace period.

    2nd Peter 3:8-10 “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” 2nd Peter 3:8-10.

    Chapter 4

    Remember I promised to revisit the planting of a seed by having my kids in Christian School? Let’s back up 15 years to 2002, after suffering three late miscarriages, God blessed Monika and I with the birth of our son, Krisztian. Lacking a true understanding who God was, after each heart ripping miscarriage, I worried that my earlier lack of faith was revisiting. Six and a half years later, our son, Tamas was born. As they became the right age, they too were enrolled into Christian School. As before, ignorant and blind to my looming failure, they too were left for Jesus to find without utterance or guidance from me. It has only been in the last year, through the study of his word and gaining a true understanding of how we are loved, that God has dropped the scales from my eyes and has shown me how tragically I have failed all 5 of my surviving children …. up to this point. It does not take a village to raise a child…it takes a loving church family, at least one home leader and The One True Father figure.

    Praying now that all my seeds are sown in “good soil!"

    This past year before attending Faith Community Bible Church regularly, feeling that a very close friend had wronged or at minimum devalued Monika, I became very hurt and angry, dwelling on it for 2 months, being told continuously by Monika to ”let it go”’. My friend utilized bible verses to defend his position. Ill equipped in The Word, having never read more than a few verses in the Bible, I agonized on this for months more, resulting in my willingness to join a church that teaches from The Word. The matter became unimportant as I delved into reading the Bible cover to cover. My understanding grew during my reading and being mentored by an FCBC member. I knew that I had to forgive and let it go! This incident has a hand in bringing me to where I am today. I am thankful for my friend and his part in my salvation.

    The Lord surely works in mysterious ways!  Having come to FCBC starting just last November after visiting several churches further from home I can say that never have I felt more welcome somewhere as a stranger than here in my new church home. Pastor Josh had to bite his tongue at our 1st meeting as I told him of more than one neighbor, 2 of them church members, physically trespassing against me. I am sure that his eyes wanted to roll up inside his head. …. Very opposite in tact, he was probably wondering what Monika was doing with this egotistical man? In subsequent meetings he has warned me that arrogance is possible in faith too. Such a gentle way about him! Writing this testimony has been one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. I am exuberant as when Saul (Paul) 1st fully understood and beheld Jesus in truth. After repentance, He was “boots on the ground”, spreading the Gospel!... Being an “infant” in The Word, I push forward doing what I can…. serving and loving, spending as much time in The Word as the day allows. Having forgiven all those who have trespassed against me and asked for forgiveness of those who I have trespassed against, I reach out with an open heart and love for all.

    1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8.

    Important points to consider. A bargain with God may be a contract with the devil in reality. You cannot bargain with God, He gives all we need through Grace alone. I went in and out of a Christian school building for more than 25 years, spending time at special events; time at sporting events; one on one time with teachers, parents and administrators. Not once did anyone ask me “What’s your story?” “How were you saved?” “How do you know Jesus? So yes, maybe the person next to you in the church on Sunday, is saved and is an ally in the fight against evil, but just maybe you will find someone hungry and thirsty or just needing to fully understand?... someone like me ... What better to share with them than the “Body”, the “Blood” and teachings of Christ Jesus? So many things keep us from Jesus, but none so egregious as lack of humility and a feeling of self-importance. I have admitted my sinful nature and transgressions. I am praying to shed self-importance, self-direction and all forms of arrogance, realizing…… I AM important to God, have accepted His forgiveness and submitted to his will. I am committed to trust in the love of Jesus; His words and His works, growing in confidence daily, convicted to using them only to honor Him, with love for my fellow man.

    If there is anyone in the audience today who is unsure, who has questions or even, Hallelujah! is ready to commit to the lord, there are many here who would love to introduce you to the True Jesus Christ!  Here is a promise! Jesus is already on His journey to you! Open your door; your mind; your heart; Open your arms wide and embrace Him! …. What do YOU have to lose?  There will be no final chapter to this testimony! God’s love is unending.

    By the Grace of God, sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to be nailed on the cross to die on behalf of me, Alvin R Davis III, having freed me from my sins so that I may have Eternal Life, I submit to his will!

    Alvin Richard Davis III

    I hereby acknowledge my commitment to Jesus Christ, but even more importantly these words are written on my heart!

  • Jim's Baptism

    Jim's Testimony

    I was raised just up the road in Laconia which is where I lived until I joined the Air Force just after high school. Church was not part of my life growing up and I think that was mostly due to my dad’s childhood. His parents were Roman Catholic and when he left home he didn’t want anything to do with church or religion because for him it was very oppressive. I think it was good that I didn’t have that negative religious childhood because I suspect it would have turned me away from God like it did him. Looking back at my life before coming to Christ I see many situations that were used to bring me closer to God, kind of like a farmer preparing his field before planting.

    In the Air Force I got stationed in Alaska and that’s where the planting and sprouting of the seed happened. I got involved with a home church where I heard God’s Word taught in a way that made it real, I could grab onto it and it applied to me. It felt like God was speaking directly to me through His Word, now I wasn’t hearing voices or anything but I knew that was what I wanted.

    God designed humans with a desire to seek Him but He also gave us the choice of what to fill that desire or void with. Now most people fill that hole with something other than God, and I was no different. What I crammed in that hole was, “being a good person”. Now I know that sounds crazy to imply that being a good person is somehow bad but I’m not implying that. I’m saying it is devastating because it is very deceptive. It’s deceptive because the common thinking is “I’m a good person I don’t need God”. The reality is spelled out by the apostle Paul in the book of Romans.  Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.

    I was “being a good person” for myself, I was “being a good person” to ultimately make ME feel good. “For ALL have sinned” there is no exception. The amazing thing is God’s got us covered as stated also in the book Romans.  Romans 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Or written in the book of John.  John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  These verses are perfect examples of what attracted me to God. Being in the military the thought of giving my life for my buddy is something I understood. But Christ gave his life, for his enemy, he jumped on the grenade and absorbed the blast of sin so that I may live. That is the kind of love that I want, that kind of love does not exist in this world without God. For me, the decision to be born again and become a Christian felt very easy.

    I stayed in Alaska for several more years learning and growing a lot with God. After Alaska I moved around a bit and finally settled in NC where Aubrey and I met while working at the same hospital. She was going to a Methodist church with her dad. I thought it was great she got to do that because she had been away from her family for many years, so I started going with them. We got married about 1 1/2 yrs after we met, and we spent the next 10 years at that church. Neither of us were very connected to the church but we were very connected with the Sunday School class. We moved to NH in 2015.

    We came to Faith Community Bible Church (FCBC) in August of last year with the George family and that first day I knew we were home. We have never seen a church where there was such a wide, all encompassing, love of God and for people.  So I came to Christ when I was about 23 and today, just a few short years later I am getting baptized. Why would I choose to be baptized on this balmy October day, well it isn’t about renewing my Christian drivers license because as it says in the book of Romans.  Romans 8:38,39 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angles nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, or anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    When I became born again, just like when anyone who makes the choice to believe in Christ, it is complete. My baptism today is my public confession and identification with Christ who died in my place, was buried and rose again for my justification and with the intention, from here on, to walk with him in newness of life.

  • Erin's Baptism

    Erin's Testimony

    In short, I believe Jesus is the Son of God, I believe I was born a sinner, I believe Jesus died for my sins and God raised Him up from the dead three days later. I believe that since I believe all of this, I accept Jesus as my savior, and I am a child of God. This is why, I am here today to be baptized in the presence of God’s family not because it is a requirement of salvation, but because God calls those who believe to do it.

    1 Cor. 15:3-4 says, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures”.

    And Eph. 2:8-10 say, For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

    My story is not so much how I came to believe, but more so about my confidence that I am saved and why I waited to be baptized. I grew up knowing about Jesus and recognizing Him as my savior. Jesus was a big part of my life, but I often put “doing for Jesus” over relationship with Jesus. I desired to live how God wanted us to live by loving and serving others, but I grew to hold that as more important than abiding in Christ.

    I have had long-term memory since the age of three, but one significant thing in my life I don’t remember is when I first believed. One time as a child I remember someone taught the gospel starting with Adam and Eve and explaining why we need Jesus. I sat there thinking do I understand and believe what she’s saying? Yes, yes, I do. Am I saved? I think so, I don’t know, I don’t remember. How do you people get saved? 

    Well, they believe they’re sinners and that Jesus died for them and then they pray telling Him they understand and say thank you and stuff. Well, you know you believe, but have you ever told Jesus you Believe? Uhh, I don’t know. So, that day I went home, and I prayed telling Jesus what I believed and thanking him, but I didn’t feel any different. As I got older before that moment and on, I slowly began reading my Bible more, praying, memorizing scripture, and the such. I had no desire to share my story with other people because I didn’t know my story; all I knew was I believed, and I wanted other people to know and grow in Jesus to.

    I struggled with my salvation not necessarily with being saved, but due to the fact that I don’t remember how or when I was saved. Sometimes I would go to God’s Word and search not for how to be saved, but for signs that one is saved – The Bible says saved people do good things, saved people love God and others, saved people produce the fruit of the Spirit, saved people do this and that. As I looked, I would think I do those things, but I’m not near perfect. Is one instance in which you don’t act in love enough to prove you aren’t saved? I thought that would be unfair since no fine line was described between how much one can mess up and still be okay, and everyone is going to mess up at least once (Rom. 3:23).

    After high school I went and studied the Bible at the Word of Life Bible Institute, where I learned not so much about what the gospel is, but what the gospel isn’t. You don’t need to pray to be saved, that’s just how you voice and express your faith, you just need to believe. You don’t need Jesus to be your Lord, that’s part of sanctification; you just need to believe. You don’t need to be perfect, that why you need saving. You don’t need to do good things; you just need to believe; otherwise, it wouldn’t be a free gift. So, as it remains. I always feel a little uneasy about sharing my story, because I don’t even know my story. What I do know is that I believe and have full confidence in my savior. I have more of a testimony in how God has changed and grown me since I have been saved.

    As for why I waited to be baptized, the main reason was as stated above – I didn’t know when I was saved. When I would watch baptisms, I would here long stories of people finally coming to understand the gospel or God rescuing them from being suffocated by sin or something, but I didn’t have a story.

    I didn’t understand the role baptism played – I knew it didn’t save you and that it wasn’t done regularly like communion, but I didn’t understand what it represented. I didn’t want to do it until after my teen years, I didn’t know what happened when people became teens, but I did know a lot of people changed, and I was not going to go and get baptized and then a couple years later go through some phase of denying Jesus or something. I had seen other people get baptized and the majority of them continued on abiding in Christ, but a few went on to live what I considered worldly lives. I wasn’t doubting their salvation or the genuineness of their baptism, but I didn’t want people to think I was getting baptized just cause it’s a thing people who go to Church do – I needed to think long and hard about it. I started thinking about baptism in elementary school when I saw my older sisters getting baptized and have been anticipating it since the age of sixteen or seventeen but decided it would be wise to wait until I was an adult to do it. 

    Jesus didn’t get baptized till He was thirty and about to start His public ministry. I know that isn’t proof you should wait to be baptized; many people are baptized shortly after the are saved no matter the age. I took it to mean that I wouldn’t get baptized until I was confident in the fact that I could explain the gospel to some else and feel prepared to answer their questions regarding salvation.

  • While surrounded by disorder, with no one truly there for me.

    You were always watching over and Your love protected me.

    You brought me those who'd love me, the way that I deserved.

    And I knew that I was special, but did not yet know my worth.

    As I grew amidst uncertainty and doubted all the world.

    I felt You there with me though, You did not speak a word.

    When I searched for answers through my tears, You knew that I was ready.

    A mere man, was Your way, to introduce Yourself to me.

    I declared that I believed in You and trusted I was saved.

    But my journey was just beginning and only You would know the way.

    My mind questioned as I followed, and knew I was not forsaken.

    But every blessing You bestowed on me, I thought surely, You're mistaken.

    The enemy had told me lies and made me question my existence.

    I thought the ones I loved the most would profit my disappearance.

    Deep down I knew this wasn't true and prayed a desperate plea.

    That You would come into my life and show Yourself to me.

    You drove into the darkness and cast out all of the demons.

    And whoever made me question my Holy Fathers decisions.

    You answered my prayers in ways I couldn't really see.

    And You weaved into my life Your chosen ones for me.

    "If God is for us, who can be against us?" echos in my mind,

    as I walk towards the mountain steep I know I still must climb.

    Here I am before You now not a single doubt remains.

    The way You set before me, though hard is worth the pain.

    I'm thankful for the suffering and know that it was needed,

    to understand my purpose and my path which You preceded.

    I promise to You now, I will always live for You.

    A witness You have made of me, a bearer of Your truth.

  • My names Hayden, I am the oldest of six kids and a jr. in high school. I’ve been a Christian for as long as I can remember. That doesn’t mean I don’t need God, because I do need God just like everyone else, because I’ve sinned just like everyone else. It doesn’t mean I have never failed, or fallen short of the standard, I do even to this day, and always will. It doesn’t mean I don’t question, I have questioned, as all do, whether or not what I thought I knew was true. So, far I have always come back with the answer that, yes, it is true. It is true, that we are all sinners in a broken world, who would like think that we don’t need God. It is true, that we need the one and only true God to redeem and forgive us through his son, Jesus Christ, who lived how we should live, perfectly, and yet died the death we deserved in our place so that our holy god might forgive us. I have accepted this gift of grace that is freely offered to those who accept. I have been baptized before, but not by immersion. So I am here to be baptized by immersion, which is what this church requires for membership, because I want to be a member of this church. I want to be under the authority of the church because through my journey as a Christian I have come to believe that being a member of a church, being under the authority of a good church, is good. I recently went on a trip to Boston with several of this church’s leaders. Their goal was to teach us how to make our faith our own, by teaching us how to find a good church, they taught us how to discriminate between churches that do not follow the word, and churches that do follow the word, which is good. They did this so that when we moved out of our parents house, our faith would not shrivel. I believe they succeeded because I learned how to do something I had never done before, because I had always relied on my parents to do that for me. Throughout my journey as a Christian, there have been moments or I should say periods of time where I grew to know the true God more fully. I hope that through being baptized and becoming a member of this, with help, I can continue to grow in my faith.

  • Church on Sundays, youth group every week, say 3 Hail Mary’s and all is forgiven…. Most of my life has been going through the motions because it’s what my parents told me to do…. Heck, it’s what society told me to do. I entered a marriage for obligatory reasons and it felt wrong from the start. I realized right away that something was missing in my life and just accepted that a happy marriage was for books and movies. If not for my 2 beautiful children, my life would have been completely devoid of happiness over the last 20 years. Two and a half years ago, I realized that staying together in a broken marriage was doing more damage to my kids than anything else. I made the decision to divorce and this began the most difficult stretch of my life. COVID hit, jobs were shaky at best and I moved back home to the East Coast for some solid work and a fresh start. Try as I may, I could not get my life in line with any stability or meaning.  

    Sept. 6th I met with my oldest friend Craig, who has been a man of God for as long as I can remember. As we caught up on life and wrapped up dinner, he suddenly stopped, looked right at me and said “God is coming for you, very, very soon”. I looked at him puzzled, smiled and said “That’s great”. A couple months later, in Mid Feb. I reached out to and met with Janine who I have not seen since we were very young kids, we had plenty to discuss, but one thing in particular stood out to me the most. Towards the end of the night, she had told me that what had helped her the most was revisiting her faith. She then asked me if I would be open to coming to church with her one Sunday when I was off from work. Little did I know, she had just shown me a path that would change my life forever. It was just up to me to take it. About 1 month later on March 13th, I finally managed to get a Sunday off from work and visited the Faith family for the very first time. I was a little nervous and quiet, but was immediately overwhelmed by the kindness of everyone and immediately felt welcome and knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of no matter what. As I began to come consecutive Sundays, things in my life seemed to start gaining clarity. Once I came to the realization that God had put this path in my life, I broke down and cried. Excited to share the news, I met up with Craig and told him what was happening. He simply smiled large and said “I told ya.” As I continued coming to church with the Fraser family, my path became more and more clear. Finally, during a meeting with Pastor Josh, I made a phone call to Janine and asked her to come to the church and meet us. We all joined hands and on may 22nd, I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. 

    Now, what does that mean exactly? For me, I think about God the creator of us and everything we love and know. We lie, sin, cheat, and defy Him. He sends down his own flesh and blood, his only son, to be born and die for all of these sins we continue to commit to be forgiven. All we have to do is accept Him for who He is. I look at my own life. I pushed Him away, ignored him, rebelled against Him, living in sin, I willfully kept him away from me and my life. Why not trust He who has given everything for us including His only Son? From the VERY moment I decided to accept Him into my heart, things started to align and makes sense. 

    Recently, I have been putting more and more of my daily life into his hands. I feel as if I am being safely led down a path I can’t wait to travel. recently, I have reached a level of comfort where I feel I am ready to help bring others to our savior and strive to become a true man of God. Through this baptism, I am truly surrendering my total self to him to use me as he sees fit.