Baptismal Service (01 Jul 2018)
I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Saviour some time in 2008. My mother led me in the saying of the sinner’s prayer. Since then, I have been sure of my salvation. I remember in the initial years of believing in Christ, my mother would always read Christian bedtime stories to my brothers and me. After that, she would pray with us before we listened to Christian hymns. I started to grow spiritually and have more faith in God. Although there are many worldly attractions that have been tempting me to stray away from God, I continue to pray that I will keep close to Him and be a faithful witness for Him.
Yee Joi Ann (Reaffirmation of Faith)
Growing up in a Christian family, I have been taught from a young age the Word of God by my parents. I do not remember exactly when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Saviour, but I was gradually assured of my salvation over the passage of time. As a child, I remember attending Truth Children Fellowship and being very interested in the Bible stories that were taught each week. I went on to attend the Youth Fellowship where I am learning many lessons that have impacted me significantly. One lesson that has made a great impression on me is that Jesus will always provide and will never forsake me. Despite how far I may wander from Him, He will always guide His lost sheep back to His fold. This is very comforting to me. By affirming my faith, I pray that I will continue to be faithful to my Lord and that my walk with Him will be strengthened day by day.
Testimony of Salvation
When I came to the Calvary Batam Bible College, I was taught that all human beings are sinners (Rom 3:10, 20) and will perish into hell (Rom 6:23). Only by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can man be forgiven and saved (Eph 2:8-9). From the teaching of the Word of God, I have great joy in knowing who I am and who God is and how my sins are forgiven and I am can be saved. I acknowledge that I am a sinner, living a life of sin that will lead me to eternal damnation in hell. No good deeds or obedience can save me. Only by God’s grace and through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ can I be saved. Therefore, I repented and sincerely believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is God incarnate and crucified on the cross, shedding His blood to wipe away all my sins. He died, was buried and on the third day rose again. I believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is my only Lord and Saviour. Through this confession, I believe I have been forgiven and have eternal life (Rom 10:9-10). After that, I felt great consolation, peace and joy. I am no longer afraid of death because I know where I will go according to the promise of the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, as taught in the Word of God, I must live obediently and grow in the Lord as a child of God. Only the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is to be praised and glorified forever. Amen!
Testimony of Calling
I am so grateful to God for calling me to work for Him. Previously, my family hoped that I could go to high school with the aim that later I could work in a company or can have a business. They were looking forward to my success that I may help the family economy. I too had such a purpose.
When I was in the third year of junior high school, I begun to feel that earning money was not the most important thing. I felt in my heart that it will be more joyful if I can serve God. When I thought of becoming a successful person someday, I immediately felt anxious and fearful. I felt the burden and longing to surrender my life entirely to serve the Lord. Every time I thought of serving God, my heart became calm, joyful and even delighted. I kept thinking about what I am living for. Do I want to seek the treasures of the world or to serve the Lord? When I looked at my schoolmates with their bad testimonies, I thought to myself: “Why do they behave like that?” And when I look at every servant of God in church, I said to myself: “How blessed they are!” During one Lord’s Day worship service, the lyrics of one hymn really touched my heart. Upon returning home, I contemplated on God’s love in my life, and was grateful for God’s care and help. Immediately, I promised God that I will give my life to serve Him. I even dreamed about it because I thought so much about it. When I was about to finish school, I spoke to my grandparents (who brought me up) that I wanted to be a servant of God, to work for God. But my grandparents were against it, especially my aunt who has been helping with my school fees so far. Even my big family did not agree. This is the most difficult situation. However, I went ahead to look for a school of theology. I asked a religious teacher in school, and I went from town to town to searching for a school of theology. My family continued to pressure me not to go to a school of theology because it did not fit their expectations. I was almost desperate and then I prayed: “Lord, I have done everything I could to go to a school of theology to study Your Word and to prepare myself to serve You. I have tried but I cannot do it. So, my responsibilities are over. God, You must not blame me, for I have tried.” But my heart told me to continue to search, to really make sure that God cannot blame me.
One day, I went to my high school office and asked if there was any information about a school of theology. Praise God! A teacher said, “You go to Mr Famakhoi and ask for a list of the theological schools in Batam.” (Mr Famakhoi studied in FEBC and had served at GAPPI Batam.) Mr Famakhoi’s home was not too far from my home. On meeting with Mr. Famkhoi, we spoke much about God’s call to serve Him. I remember vividly that Mr Famakhoi asked why I desired to study God’s Word in a school of theology. I answered: “To serve God not only in teaching the Word of God and preaching the gospel, I also want to serve God in other ways. I want to understand and convey the truth of God’s Word to the church and to preach the gospel. In addition, I want to be moulded to be a person who is ready to serve the Lord.” After a long talk, Mr Famakhoi gave me the Calvary Batam Bible College Instruction Form. I was instantly grateful and joyful. I returned to my home village and informed my family. After my grandparents heard what I told them, they immediately understood that I might be called by God.
From that day on, my grandparents accepted and supported me. But my aunt disagreed, even when I entered Calvary Batam Bible College. She is still disappointed with me. After all the paperwork was done, I went to Batam myself. Before that, I did not even know where Batam is. I had to ask many people about the way to Batam. I took courage and leaned on the Lord and begged Him for help in my journey. So I arrived at the Calvary Batam Bible College safely and there I learned a lot from the Word of God and I served the Lord. For me, serving the Lord is not just a Christian duty. It is the most important thing in my life. I promise and pray that I will surrender my life to serve the Lord according to His truth for the rest of my life under any circumstances. I want to preach the gospel to as many people as possible and to teach the truth of God’s Word so that everyone can grow in the Lord Jesus Christ. I always ask that God will help, lead and strengthen me in serving Him for life. Why do I want to study in FEBC? Because I want to study God’s Word deeper and wider, especially the many doctrines in the Bible. Besides, I want to learn more about how I can serve God and to learn about the character of a true servant of God. My goal is to become a teacher of God’s Word in His righteousness and to have a consistently good testimony in the will of God. May God help me and lead me in my study of His Word in FEBC.
May the glory and honour be only for our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!