Baptism of Kong & Joan - 19 Jan 2014
“In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” - Col 2:11-12
Kong Chuan Wei (left) and Chan Zhu En Joan (right) before they went on stage to give their testimonies.
Baptism services are special. Witnessing the baptism of individuals, and listening to their testimonies of how their lives have been turned around after they place their trust in Jesus, brings refreshing encouragement and hope to our spiritual lives.
On 19 Jan 2014, Kong Chuan Wei (more affectionately known as “Kong”) and Chan Zhu En Joan got baptised here in Grace Baptist Church. Many of us identified with certain elements of Kong and Joan’s testimonies as they shared about how they made a conscious decision to turn away from their old lives to a new life in Christ – a move from weariness to comfort; a sense of loss, replaced by a sense of hope.
Joan shares openly and earnestly about how she used to live her life before she realised what it meant to truly follow Christ.
“I am so thankful that He has revealed Himself to me and gave me a fresh perspective of who He is, through the study of His word at CG and BSF last year. I have certainty because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is by the grace of God that I am standing here today sharing my testimony and getting baptised. I am reminded of Ezekiel 36:26: ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’” - Joan
Joan walks eagerly into the baptismal pool – looking forward to a life in Christ!
Baptism out of obedience to Jesus’ command in Matthew 28, is a symbol of our union with Christ. Through baptism, we identify with the death and resurrection of Jesus. As explained by John Piper,
“Baptism dramatically portrays what happened spiritually when you received Christ: Your old self of unbelief and rebellion and idolatry died, and a new you of faith and submission and treasuring Christ came into being. That’s what you confess to the world and to heaven when you are baptized.”
We see this happening in Kong’s sharing of how his life was changed after he made a commitment to follow our Lord Jesus.
“…I realized that I was the disabled man [in John 5]. I was worn down by sin in the years when I had grew distant from God and was looking for someone, something, anything but Christ to cajole me into the healing pool. What I had missed was the fact that Christ was there all along. …I decided that day, to obey His commands. I picked up my mat and walked.” - Kong
Kong ended off his testimony with a prayer for hearts to be opened to His grace.
“Christ has given me life beyond this season and I know that I will not fear when it ends.”
May Kong and Joan live their lives as echoed by the lyrics in the song of worship we sang at the end of the service:
Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life