Jasmin Bannister Testimony
This past Sunday, we had the joy of baptizing five individuals. Baptism is a celebration of the gospel of Christ. Romans 6:4 says, "We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life." As we watched these baptisms, we were reminded of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We were reminded that we are new creations in Christ and that we have died to sin and can walk in newness of life by the Spirit.
Below is Jasmin's testimony she shared before being baptized.
There is a song that I first heard as a kid called “I Will Run.” I never knew what the lyrics of it truly meant. Growing up I thought of the church in the same way. I had no real awareness as to what being a Christian meant. As the years progressed I started going to church with my best friend and started to see going to church as a sort of social event. I loved to listen to her pastor, but I still didn’t understand the true meaning of the gospel or of the church.
In high school, I went to church with my friends. But when I wasn’t there, I didn’t want to be considered a “church girl.” Those types of people were looked at as “know-it-all’s” and the ones who can’t have fun. I didn’t want to be considered one of those, so I rejected God and everything I knew about him. Coming to college I was the same way. I didn’t think that I can have fun and be religious. I started living a lifestyle that I thought would make me happy, but just exhausted me and did not leave me satisfied at all.
Then, I got word from a friend that someone from this church paid for me to go to Anthem, VFC’s fall conference. I was so taken back. Someone thought about me and wanted to pay? What a blessing! I didn’t deserve it at all, but I couldn’t turn it down. The trip came around and I had no idea what to expect. The first two days were light fun, but then the second night came and my heart became heavy. Rick Holland started to talk about the people who claim to know God but reject and forget about him when school or other things come into play. The ones that leave church and immediately start living in sin. I felt like he was talking directly to me! He said that we do not deserve the love of God, but the good news is here: Jesus was sent for me! The session ended and as we sang “Man of Sorrows” and the words to “I Will Run” came flooding into my head. I finally knew and understood what these lyrics meant. “I will run. Forever I will run. Onto you, Oh God. Now you have my heart. Forever I will run.” God is standing, arms wide open, waiting for me. He wants my broken, dark, sinful heart and he wants me as I am. All I have to do is run! I realized that I no longer have to worry about fitting in. I no longer have to worry about being completely satisfied with friends or parties. All of my heart, now giving to Christ, will forever be satisfied in Him.