Bethel Baptist Church

    Testimony of Salvation by Jana Joy

    Being born in a Christian family, the disciplines of reading my Bible, praying, attending church were inculcated in me from childhood. Soon I left home for undergraduate studies and landed a job in Bangalore. Staying in a hostel in the midst of people from different beliefs, a point came in my life where I felt that I had to give up just too much of “good things” to be obedient to what the Bible says. I started to question myself, if it was really worth it? Do I really have to do everything that the Bible commands? Do I believe in the Lord Jesus just because I was born into a Christian family, what if I was born into a family with a different belief system?

    I decided to study the Bible, listen to the best preachers that I could get access to and find the answers to my questions. I googled: “ best preachers in the world” and the name of pastor John Piper and the web site Desiring God with all his sermons showed up. I started to go through them systematically one by one.

    All I knew about God till then was that if I pray to Him and have done my spiritual acts, He being a loving God, would give me the desires of my heart. If any time I made a mistake, all I had to do was apologize and He would again be ready to provide for my requests.

    But as I studied, I came across a totally new dimension of this loving God and His love for me. I learnt that God is a holy God, perfect and sinless. I learnt that God is a just God, He cannot just shut His eyes to a wrong committed; sin had to be punished just like I would want for any wrong done to me. These revelations were completely new to me and I wanted to learn more about this God. I thought surely there must be some church in Bangalore that teaches the Bible like Pastor John Piper did. Learning that he was a Southern Baptist, I googled for a Baptist church in Bangalore and the first name that showed up was Bethel Baptist church..

    Started to attend Bethel Baptist church and very soon found out that these people did just what I wanted, teach the Bible systematically!! They were studying the Gospel according to John and then came the book of Titus. As I came back home and read Titus 3:3-7 which says –

    3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, 5 He saved us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 7 so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

    I could identify with verse 3 so clearly, they showed me my sins and verses 4-7 spoke of the love and kindness of God, who saved me not because of anything good that I had done but purely because of His mercy.

    The holy and just God who could not have a sinner like me come before Him, chose to restore His relationship with me by paying the punishment for my sins on the Cross. Oh what love! He is totally worthy of all my devotion and all my life. I asked the Lord Jesus to be my Lord and my Saviour that day.

    The pastor and other members walked with me faithfully through this journey. I was baptized and became a part of them in February 2014. I was super excited to be a Christian and looked for every opportunity to serve the Lord in His church. But I was always reminded that my first and foremost service to Him was not in works of ministry but in the maturing of my inner being and my attitude and love towards my fellow members..

    I thank the Lord for the ministry of the regular preaching of God’s Word that constantly reminds each one of us the precious truths of our Salvation, the price at which we were bought. This always brings us back to our foundation on which we are asked to build. It reminds us of the love that we ought to have for one another, how we need to spur and build up one another. It reminds us to be strangers in this world and the great commission each church has.