Ben asked Jesus to be his personal Savior on September 11, 2006. We had gone to our church's production of Judgement House the night before (it was a walk-through drama depicting the lives of a few different people. You witness a bit of their lives and then through some tragedy they die. Then you go to the "judgement room" and watch while each person has to stand before God to find out if their name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Then you go to a room depicting Hell and then a room depicting Heaven. It is a very moving drama.). We didn't let Ben go into the Judgement or Hell rooms, but he walked through the rest of it with us. Anyway that night he had a dream that he died and went to hell. A couple of hours after awakening he came to me and told me he wanted to be sure he was going to go to heaven when he died. So I took my Bible and showed him how to be saved (I showed him Romans 3:10, Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, Rom. 5:8, Rom. 10:9, and Rom. 10:13.) After we read those scriptures and talked about what they meant, he bowed his head and prayed and admitted that he was a sinner, and asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins. He told Him that he believed that Jesus is the son of God and that he died on the cross for our sins and rose again three days later, and he asked Jesus to be Lord of his life.
So now, a few months later, he decided he needed to follow Jesus' command to us to be baptized. Last night was that night! At our church, the person being baptized has to tell the congregation how they came to know Jesus as their savior. That's a big deal! It's very hard for some people to talk in front of large groups, so baptism is not taken lightly at our church! We were very proud of Ben to take this step. He did a great job (and he didn't touch the microphone! :o) Here's a picture of him right before he was baptized.
This is a picture of our chapel where he was baptized. Our congregation is too big to meet in here on Sunday mornings (we're building a new sanctuary) so we only have smaller services in here.
A picture of Ben and my mom.
Ben with Neal's parents and Neal's sister Janet.