Category : The Gospel In Me

The Gospel In Me: February 24, 2019

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!

Jim Brown

I grew up in church, and have always considered myself to be a religious person. I have prayed to God for many years to forgive my sins and to save my soul.  My career in Federal Law Enforcement kept us as a family moving from place to place and I never joined a particular church. My wife May Ann of 40 years has been dedicated to her Catholic faith and I attended some but did not join.  She began attending here at LaGrange and I have seen God working in her life. That along with Bro Rick’s visits and significant health issues have stirred my heart.  I have become more and more aware of my need to be closer to Christ.  I have rested on my favorite scripture which is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believed in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”  I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and desire to follow Him with my whole life, beginning with baptism.  I want my children and family to know and see that their prayer have been answered.  I am grateful to this church, and desire to serve Christ with you.

Mary Ann Brown

I have always tried to do my best to be a Christian and lead a Christian example for my family, friends and those around me.  Over the past ten years or so my faith has deepened through several significant hardships that I’ve experienced.  These experiences have made me stronger in faith and I have learned to rely more on the Lord and He has brought me peace. Isaiah 26:4 has been one of my comforters “Trust in the Lord forever, for He is an everlasting Rock” Also, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me”.  The more I have studied the bible, the more I have felt the Holy Spirit move and  change my life.  I am learning to rely on the power of Christ more than I ever have.  Through the Bible studies here with the ladies of LaGrange Baptist the Lord has revealed to me the need to follow Him in believer’s baptism to outwardly show my faith and love that I have for the Spirit of God in me.  Today I am here in obedience to my Lord Jesus Christ in baptism and the joining together with this church.

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The Gospel In Me: April 29, 2018

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!

Madison Bebee (7 years old)

We were driving home in the car when mommy mentioned about being a Christian. We started talking about it for a while and Mommy asked me a few questions and I realized that I was becoming a Christian. I prayed for Jesus to forgive me for all my sins. I hurt my sisters, lied to mommy and daddy, took things from my sister’s hands, and disobeyed Jesus and Mommy and Daddy. I also prayed for God to make me a Christian and save me and bring me up to heaven. I know that Jesus died on the cross for all of my sins. Jesus has changed my life. It hurts when I sin and I have to go and say, “Sorry, Lord. Please forgive me for my sins.” Now I love the Lord. I want to read my Bible and tell others about Jesus and how I became a Christian.

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The Gospel In Me: April 9, 2017

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!

Jonathan Burkett (10 years old)

God has placed many Godly people in my life that have told me about Jesus and my need for a Savior. One of these special people is Bosco, my guitar teacher. Bosco has been much more than just a guitar teacher. He knows me for who I am. He prays for me and loves me like his own. He has shared his testimony with me and talks with me about God. During a recent guitar lesson, we talked about the following words in the song “Not in Me”: “Oh God, be merciful to me I am a sinner through and through. My only hope of righteousness is not in me but only in you”. We talked about how God sent his only Son to die on the cross so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. God did not have to do this for me. But he had an eternal plan to save his people so they could worship him forever. I felt the burden of my sin knowing that God hates all my sin, even the ones I have delighted in. My sin was taken away and paid for by Jesus on the cross. I prayed and asked God to forgive me of my sin. I believe that God has saved me from His judgement on my sin and I want to do what is right and pleasing to him. I am glad I can now come to God and ask for forgiveness when I sin and God will see me as righteous through Jesus. I now look forward to reading my Bible, praying, serving the church, and serving the community in obedience to Christ.

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The Gospel In Me: March 12, 2017

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!

Emma Grace Morton (9 years old)

When I was little I didn’t know much about Jesus, but I only kinda knew he was real, and I am going to tell you how I became a part of God’s family. First, when I went to church more that is when I got better at knowing God more. So when I was 6, I knew that he died on the cross for my sins, and I know that he did not do it because he was bad; it was because Jesus wanted us to be forgiven by God, and Jesus rose again 3 days later! He was alive!

Then as I got older I knew even more; I started to sing, and whenever I would sing I loved him so much that I would cry! Next, when I was 8 I knew even more. I kept reading the Bible and praying for the people who have problems and who are sick. I also started worshiping God more. I love worshiping my God! Finally, I am 9 and I still don’t know everything, but all I need to know is that he is my Savior and he died for me; I love him!

That is why I am now in his family. I was with my family one day, and I sat down with my mom and dad and on my knees I prayer to God and asked him in my heart. That is how I became a Christian.

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The Gospel In Me: October 16, 2016

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!

Marshall Cuzick (9th Grade)

When I was younger I went to church mostly every Sunday learning about how God sent His one and only Son to die for our sins. I always believed that I was a Christian because I grew up in a Christian family and I just thought learning about God made you an automatic Christian.

Around 7th grade I kind of saw what being a Christian kind of meant. When I was about 12, I saw what God was doing for a lot of people around me such as my sister and friends, and I kind of understood what it meant to get baptized. In 7th grade I went to a church camp called Crossings Camp. At this camp I learned that I am a sinner and I need God to forgive my sins and save me. I also learned that I need to give my whole life to God and let Him have full control. A verse that helped me with this was Proverbs 3:7, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

It wasn’t until the next year at the same church camp where I found my true identity which was through Christ. I will sin, but I will be forgiven. Now I give all the glory to God, and He has full control over my life. I now feel relief that I will live with God in everlasting life.

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The Gospel In Me: August 14, 2016

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!

Morgan Montgomery

I grew up hearing the gospel but never really payed attention or showed any interest in the gospel. My parents got divorced when I was five years old and being that young I really didn’t understand. My dad moved away with my two older sibling which was really hard on my brother and I. I moved to Campbellsburg, KY with my mom and brother and there my mom met my now step dad. Four years later after switching from different churches we started going to LaGrange Baptist. There I heard the Gospel at a much deeper level and after two years the Lord saved me one Sunday night in 2012. I knew that without out Jesus my life would never be content. I would always be left wanting more. He sacrificed himself and rose again so that my sins could be forgiven and I could have a way to Heaven. I prayed to him and asked him to save me from my sins. After I prayed to God, I went to my mom and told her that I had been saved. She prayed with me and asked me questions. She told me she wanted me to wait to be baptized until I knew for sure I was saved and was showing spiritual fruit. A couple of weeks passed and I still wasn’t baptized. Weeks turned in three years and still not baptized.

Over these past couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about my walk with the Lord and through this church and my family I’ve noticed how I haven’t been living a Christian life. I wouldn’t read my Bible, I would go to church on Sundays and Wednesdays and learn about the gospel but would put it aside until the next week. I knew  that the life I had been living was not what God nor my parents wanted. Romans 8:38-39 came to mind, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This connects to me because even when sin I will I never be separated from God. I know that living a Christian life is not easy and that I still am going to sin and fall under temptation. I want to give the Lord my all and not pick and choose parts of the gospel. I want to live a life striving to be like the Lord in all I do and say.

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The Gospel In Me: April 17, 2016

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!

Chris Jeemin Moon

I grew up in a Christian home in Korea and was baptized as a baby. When I was young, God gave me a desire to dedicate my life for him. I wanted to live for him, yet I was a self-righteous man. I judged others, and considered myself as a better Christian. I knew I needed to be saved from my sin, but I had not realized that I needed to be saved from my own righteousness. Because my righteousness is nothing but filthy rags.

God showed me my sin, especially when I was in the Army in Korea. I was bitter to my chaplain and fellow soldiers. I did not do what God wanted me to do. In many ways, I was rebellious to him.

But in the midst of the darkest days, Christ sought me out, and I repented of my sins and trusted in Christ and Him only.

I know that I’m still a sinner, yet forgiven. I’m still unrighteous, yet became righteous by the blood of Jesus. For it is by grace I have been saved, through faith. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Junseong Choi

I was born in a Christian family in Korea and influenced by Christian culture when I grew up. My father was a college professor and my mom stayed at home took care of me and my brother. On October 30th 2000, when I was 5th grade, my father passed away because of unknown decease. It was huge shock for me as a kid.After my father passed away, mother was not at home most of the time because she had to work to take care of me and my brother.

Until I came to United States, I was on the wrong path so many times; hung out with bad friends and did what I shouldn’t do many times. After I came to United States in 2006, it was very hard because of the language barrier and culture shock. I looked at myself that I couldn’t do anything right and I felt like I was useless.

I blamed God so many times and asked, “Why have only bad things happened to me?”

But at the summer retreat in 2008, the 2nd night service was about living life for God.  I really wanted to know what God wanted me to do so I prayed hard after service and suddenly I felt that I want to give my everything to Jesus even though I had not much to give. I also confessed my sin and trusted in Christ as my only hope for salvation. I wanted to live my life for Jesus for the first time. I thought it was a feeling that would go away quickly but I realized that it was not by my effort and strength, but Christ’s. As Paul wrote to the Galatians: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

With God’s grace, I have completed my college, and now I’m attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I’ve never had a chance to get baptized. It is such a blessing that I can say “I died with Jesus Christ, I was buried with him and now I am raised with Christ to new life”

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The Gospel In Me: February 28, 2016

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!

Larkin Durham (11 years old)

I have always gone to church. I know that God sent His only Son who knew no sin to die on a cross for my sins. I know that I am a sinner. I have confessed my sins to Christ. The Holy Spirit is now living in me. I am not trying to live a life pleasing to God by reading my Bible, telling others about Him, and having a good Christian attitude.

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The Gospel In Me: September 20, 2015

“Jesus was the bridge I searched for for so long”

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!

Katie Shelton

Before I became a Christian, I was living a life of sin and traveling down a wrong road. I made a lot of poor decisions and suffered the consequences. I spent almost 13 years as a drug addict and did unimaginable things during that time.

In 2011, I got pregnant with my first daughter, Zora. I did well for some time, but once again I relapsed. It was when I met my, now, husband, James, that I started to pray and ask God to give me strength to overcome this disease. This time last year, just 2 months before our wedding, James and I had an argument because he had found some drugs I had hidden. He said that night he was done. I fell to my knees and cried out to God telling Him that I can’t live like this anymore and asking Him to please guide me.

The next morning my dear friend, Phil Feigel, made me come with him to work at the Oldham Clinic. It was that day that Phil brought me to Robin. I broke down and told him my pain and struggles. He said all you have to do is repent and accept Jesus Christ into your heart and your life. We prayed, and at that moment I was saved!

In the past year I have grown so much spiritually and mentally. My life completely changed that day. I went from a disaster to a proud, devoted Christian. Jesus was the bridge I searched for for so long, and without Jesus I would not be standing here in front of all of you.

Psalm 16:11 says, “You have shown me the path to life.” That verse to me is so powerful and so special to my journey!

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The Gospel In Me: August 9, 2015

“I realized that my lack of confidence was because
I placed so much on myself rather than resting in Christ.”

 

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!

Lee Kimbell

My spiritual growth has come from the Bible, the teachings of the ministers at LaGrange Baptist Church, and the lessons and love I gained from members of this congregation. When I was young, my parents took me to church even when I would rather spend my time doing something else. I was shy and lacked the confidence to make friends as a child. This kept me from wanting to attend church.

God kept my parents persistent until finally I was getting more involved in the youth group at LaGrange Baptist. Growing up in a Christian home, I already knew what it meant to be a Christian but was not confident enough to publicly profess my faith to Christ. Through further Bible study, my knowledge of the life of Jesus Christ began to cultivate a better understanding of why God sent His Son to such a sinful earth. I became confident that Jesus our Savior lived a perfect sin-free life and then died for our sins.

An early milestone in my faith was my first LaGrange Missions. Through this event I was brought closer to God and made many friends that shared my love for God and held me accountable within my faith. I had been shy because I was so worried about what others thought of me and what I thought of myself. I was beginning to learn that I should love others rather than be fearful of their judgment. I began growing more and more in my faith. However, through this process I still questioned my worthiness for God’s love, grace, and sacrifice. Throughout my life I had worked hard to succeed in academics, sports, friendships, as well as my faith. As I grew in my faith I wanted to reach a point where my faith was nearly perfect. I wanted my faith to be without failure just as I tried to achieve through so many other things. It was difficult for me to realize that my faith would never reach perfection.

This past year I entered my first year at Georgetown College where I witnessed so much imperfection. I told myself early on that I would resist the many adverse temptations that college introduced. I quickly developed relationships with many friends that go me involved in the Campus Outreach program. Many of these Christian friends were part of a fraternity where I soon became involved. I then joined the fraternity with a large group of Christian brothers.

This past Spring Break, I went on a trip with Campus Outreach. I was surrounded by many Christians as we worshiped our King. I heard many testimonies about how so many people had been through so many adversities in their life and how their faith in Christ helped them cope. On the last night of this trip we worshiped on the beach in awe of God’s creation. After this worship service I spent some time alone thinking about all that I had learned throughout my life in developing my faith.

I was humbled thinking that I am so imperfect but the most powerful, wrathful, yet forgiving and gracious King loves me regardless. I realized that my lack of confidence was because I placed so much on myself rather than resting in Christ. I knew that I loved God and that regardless of my actions, He will always be forgiving even though I will never reach perfection.

I am here before you today with confidence and excitement to be baptized. I know in my heart that God is pleased and is ready for me to take this step in faith. God has worked through so many people who have impacted my faith for Him. God works in so many wonderful ways and I am so happy that He works in my life despite my unworthiness of His holy sacrifice.

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