Baptism | Kim Patterson

Baptism | Kim Patterson

May 1, 2022 |

What was life like before you met Jesus?

I was brought up attending church, Sunday school, youth group, and confirmed, but never heard the message of salvation, until later in life.

How did you meet Jesus?

When my children were younger, my best friend invited me to her church and eventually, this became the church that I attended fairly consistently. This was where my children attended Awanas. Through helping them memorize verses, listening to Sunday messages, and talks with my friend, I eventually started to understand what the message of salvation meant and I accepted Jesus as my personal savior. Not long after this, we moved, It was difficult to find a church that was similar to where I was going and made me consistently desire to go. I tried several and it became harder to get my children to attend also, so my attendance declined. Then one of my dear friends invited me to Veritas in 2014 and I am still here and learning. My Dad had recently passed away and one of the last things he said to all of us at his bedside, when he was in the hospital, was "That is what is the most important", he was pointing at Jesus on the TV, it was Easter Sunday and we were watching, The Bible, the last one in the series, I knew I needed more Jesus in my life. I didn’t really understand the importance of or the command from Jesus to publicly profess your faith through baptism, Veritas has been instrumental in continuing to stress the importance of this, through church attendance, classes taken, bible reading, and volunteering. It has become clear that I need and I want to be baptized. I am long overdue, I want to profess my faith in Jesus. But, what was stopping me was my FEAR of being on display/speaking in public, and that I have been a believer for a while, is it too late? Ironically the book "Why should I be baptized" was suggested in one of the classes that I took and the answers were in there. I was driving to work shortly after reading that book and the Zach Williams song "Fear is a Liar" came on, I realized, God is with me...I am being baptized to declare my faith in Jesus! Isaiah 41:13 says it all for me “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear, I will help you.”

After being saved by Jesus, what is your life like now?

I am reminded that when life gets difficult to understand, to remember Philippians 4:8 “Whatever things are true, meditate on these things.”