“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” -1 Corinthians 12:13
Let me start off by saying that I have a terrible fear of public speaking. Something that has stood in the way of my baptism for 24 years now. You see, at my church we do not christen (sprinkle holy water on a baby). At my church it is customary to be baptized when you can make the decision to publicly profess your faith and testimony on you own.
Since last Fall, I have really felt the Holy Spirit tugging on me to be baptized. I filled out a bulletin at church to learn more about baptism. I learned that there would be an outdoor baptism the following summer (not in front of all 5000+ members). I immediately decided that this was for me.
As the time drew nearer, I was nervous, but also very excited. This would be my chance to publicly share my faith (and speak in front of a crowd for Jesus). Did I mention that I was blessed to have my father do the honors (tear-fest, I know)?
We walked out into the water, and he spoke a little into his mic about me and our relationship, then it was my turn....
I couldn't find the mic for myself so I took a deep breath, leaned over to my fathers mic and said the following:
"Hi my name is Erin Baskin. I was very blessed to be raised in a Christian household, and accepted Jesus Christ in my heart at a very early age. For the last few years I have felt the Holy Spirit tugging on my heart to get baptized, and I decided it was time. Jesus Christ is my personal Lord and Savior, and I believe that He is the Son of God."
Don't worry, I found out afterwards that not one person in the crowd could hear me considering I used my dad's mic... The important part is that God heard me.
I'm glad that I have the opportunity to share this story with you. I am so blessed to have such loyal and encouraging followers.
Here are a few more pictures of my special day!