Hello, my name is Eric Qi and I am twelve years old. Today I am going to tell you the story of my faith.
I grew up in a Christian home. Both of my parents are Christians and started taking me to church at a young age. Every Sunday I would go to Sunday School and learn about God. I was interested in the many stories that were told. Soon, my parents got me my own bible. I’ve had trouble reading it, but God has helped me a lot with the process.
I am proud to say that I am a believer in Jesus Christ and I trust him with my life fully. Before I believed in God I was just another normal kid. When I sinned, I had nobody to ask for forgiveness except my parents. Even when they forgave me I still felt guilty.
When I first went to church and learned about how God, the ultimate creator of the universe was willing to forgive me for my mistakes if I believed in him, I was all in. After the first few times I went to church I started feeling more comfortable with God. I started reading his word more often and memorized his key points. I was so thankful that I had a merciful God that was willing to help me in times of trouble.
I confess that I am a sinner. I have done many things that I regret. I know that I can’t do anything to be saved. It’s all God’s grace that saves me. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NIV). When I first read that verse I then knew how great my God was. He is willing to give everybody a second chance.
My life today is so much more relaxed because of him. He helped me so much in my faith journey and it is so amazing how far I have come. My favourite verse I have ever read is this: “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14 NIV). This verse speaks out to me because after I read it I knew how powerful God was. As the verse says, we don’t even need to move a muscle! God is in control. He takes every negative thing and uses them for good (which is mindblowing).
In conclusion, I confess that I am a sinner and I thank God for sending Jesus to save me and I am ready to start my new life.
Hi, I’m Jay. I’m 13 years old and I’m in grade 8, going into grade 9 in September. I was born into a Christian family. Throughout my whole life, I’ve learned about the Bible and about Jesus. I knew all the things that a Christian should know, and I even memorized many Bible verses, but I never felt that I was ready to accept Jesus. I kept on feeling that it was too early, that I wasn’t old enough, and that I wasn’t ready to accept Jesus.
I’ve been homeschooled for many years. I joined a Christian homeschool group at the start of the past school year, from which I learned many things. Each family took turns hosting devotional meetings on every weekday, which allowed me to have a daily relationship with God. I acknowledged everything that the people there said, but I didn’t really take them into my heart. This meant that although I knew a lot about God’s grace and how it affected others, I didn’t let it affect me.
There were catechism classes that I joined every other Wednesday to help me understand the perplexing ideas of the Bible. There was the church to teach me about God. There were my parents to support me (and rebuke me), and lastly, there was the homeschool group that maintained a relationship between God and me.
But, the entire time, I was at a point where I pretended that I was a good Christian in front of other Christians, whereas I didn’t really live a Christian life elsewhere because I didn’t have a close relationship with Jesus. It’s like knowing that he’s there, but not permitting him near me. That’s how it was my whole life — that is, my old life.
Near the beginning of July, I attended Word of Life youth camp. During a sermon one day, the preacher asked the campers to close their eyes. Then, he asked the campers who were willing to accept Jesus to look up and leave the room with some counsellors to pray about their decision. I did not look up, because I felt that I wasn’t ready to go.
The next day, I asked my counsellor, “When do I know that I’m ready to accept Christ?” He told me that there is no time where you are really ready. As Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We will never deserve his grace, and we can’t do anything to deserve it, we just need to accept it. This really encouraged me. After that, I decided that I wanted to accept God’s grace. I felt that even though I didn’t deserve his grace, I wanted so that my path to hell can change to a path to heaven. I don’t think that I will ever forget the counsellor.
Two days later, another chance emerged for me to accept Jesus Christ. One afternoon, the leaders led us campers out to a big campfire, which represented the fire that burns for Jesus. We were prompted to pick up a stick and throw it into the fire, which would represent the dedication of our life to Jesus. I felt an urge to do so. I knew that accepting Jesus was the goal of my life, and I felt that my urge would disappear when the time passes. I picked up a stick, went to the fire with the other willing campers, and threw it into the fire. Later, I prayed with a counsellor to accept Jesus Christ as my saviour. When the prayer was finished, I was overcome with emotion. I felt that a part of my mind cleared and that I finally made the ultimate decision that was the most important decision of my life. I felt very satisfied, and my life had a new purpose, which was to serve God. I have a new mindset now, which is to strive to do what Jesus would do in my place.
My name is Tianmu He, And am now 13 years old.
I grew up in a Christian family, so I was surrounded by God and the church from the very beginning. I was raised in a Christian home, but just followed through the motions of doing “Christian things” that I thought you were supposed to do. I didn’t know Him, I just knew about Him.
After a while, I started learning more and more about christianity, mainly the fact that I
am a sinner and therefore cannot be with god. Before, I thought that I was the “Perfect child”. From growing up in a Christian home, I knew what to do. I agree with the verse “You must be born again.” (John 3:7). I knew that He could save me if I just let Him. I confessed that I am a sinner and that I was trying to find life in other people and myself. I acknowledged that He sent Jesus to die on the cross so that I can be saved from my sins and have eternal life. I committed to living for God.
I am not perfect and I still mess up, and have trouble sometimes controlling my emotions, but God loves me despite my flaws and imperfections. God has never once left me. And now, I want to be baptized because “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:27).
My name: 何天牧 the first character is my last name, and the following ones means “God” and “shepherd” respectively. It comes from the bible verse: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want;” (Psalms 23).
I also have been in a situation where I could not tear myself away from video games, but God helped me control this urge, and suppress it. I am ready to receive Christ as my saviour, and will gladly be baptized. I know that I am ready for God to come help me, and I will accept his grace and kindness.
When I was 11 years old, I started going one of Nuke’s Weekly Bible studies, with my mom, and that was when I realized that I wanted to be baptized. Nuke helped me make sure that I’m ready, etc. by having a discussion with me about God and his infinite knowledge and Grace, and about how man cannot achieve salvation by good works, but by believing and accepting. A few weeks after the discussion, I decided that I am ready.