Before every baptism we have the privilege to hear stories of how God has saved people in our church and community through the gospel. In order to encourage one another, we will be posting these “gospel stories” after each baptism!
Mary Maberry (12th Grade)
Growing up, I always went to church with my family, did vacation Bible school, and always heard “the word of God”. Despite all of this, it wasn’t until freshman year of high school that I began to understand who God was- up until this point, I never grasped the depth of sin or why I needed forgivness for my sins. I started going to a youth group called YoungLife where every Monday night I learned more about the Gospel. God had immediately sparked a fire in my heart. I felt a passion like no other, this was my love for Christ. And that fire had lasted a long time.
Towards the middle of my sophomore year, my parents told me that we would be leaving our home of 15 years in Ohio and moving to McDonough, GA. This had taken me by surprise and I was scared. Once we got there, I became so angry with God that I pretty much shut him out. That summer I went to a camp (Fuge) with my church and I started to see just how broken I was. The third night of camp I found myself being humbled before God. I needed a Savior and I simply cried out to God for help. I needed him to fix me. I saw that, without God in my life, my heart was broken, but that night I just wanted to run straight to Him. Each day I found myself desiring Christ more and more, and I felt He had given me peace in my heart with Him. Matthew 11:28 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” God had restored my soul and given me rest. My love for the Lord was growing stronger each day.
Once that summer ended, it was time to go back to school. Five days into the school year, my parents told us we would be moving again- this time to La Grange, KY. I quickly found myself at peace with this. The Lord tells us that He has made plans for us prosper, and to give us hope for our future. Although moving for the second time in less than a year was hard at first, I trusted that God’s plan was greater than mine. This past year has been one of the most challenging times in my faith, but it has also been the most rewarding. The most important thing I’ve learned through all of this is that God’s love remains steadfast through every season of my life, and His love will continue to do so. In excited to see more of God’s plan unfold, and it gives my heart great joy to know that Christ will be with me every step of the way.