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15 April 2022

SALVATION TESTIMONIES

I Accept Jesus as My Lord and Savior

I was born into a traditional Chinese family where both my parents were Buddhists. I was never a religious person. Even as a child, I rarely stepped foot into a temple to pray. Growing up, I was a typical delinquent in school. I was failing my grades and playing truant most of the time, even to the extent of almost failing my diploma.

Fast forward to years later, I started work at my current job in the SPF. That is when God’s Word entered my life as one of my colleagues introduced me to Christianity and gave me a Bible. Although I did not read it at the start, I began to attend church sessions at True Life BPC on my own. Slowly, I met a few people there and started to learn more about the religion.

As time went by, I started to read the Bible more, learn more, and began to find myself praying more often. I felt at peace each time I prayed as I knew that I could always rely on God’s strength to support me in my daily activities in life. I know that like everybody else, I am a sinner, and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is holy, and that He came to earth to die for every sinner in this world, to save us from our sins. Eventually, I accepted that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, and I was born again.

In my day-to-day job scope, I tend to encounter many stressful events, even life-threatening ones. I would also have to face unreasonable or dangerous members of public at times as well. Before reaching any scene, I would recite a quick prayer asking God to give me strength, wisdom, good temperament, and to remove any fear in me. Psalm 118:6, “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Ephesians 4:26–27, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”

Recently, despite knowing that my results in polytechnic were subpar at CGPA 2 and not knowing whether any local university would even accept me, I decided to pluck up the courage to apply to a part-time university. A year later, by God’s grace, I secured a fully paid sponsorship at a local university with a CGPA of over 4 at this current moment.

Juggling my time between a full-time job as a frontliner and a part-time degree is not the easiest task. However, I am confident that God has placed me here, and I know that He would not give me anything that I am not able to bear.

I will always remember to do my best, and let God handle the rest. Ephesians 3:14–16, “For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.” Daron Ho

God’s Grace and Mercy Saved Me

I was a sinner before, I lied, I misbehaved and I threw tantrums. I didn’t respect and appreciate my parents back then. I also coveted. When I was 9 years old, Katherine invited me, my cousins who were older than me by 4 years, and a family friend to Vacation Bible School (VBS) during the June holidays of 2017 to learn more about God and His Good News. Before I was invited, I could still remember when she told me how I was a sinner and I lied a lot. When Katherine said that, I realised that she was right and I needed to change. It was by God’s grace and mercy that saved me. I started going to church in late 2020 and started to reflect on myself from what Pastor Jeffrey Khoo had preached as I matured from 9 years old.

My life has changed over the last few years. I started to respect and appreciate my parents more and more. I’m grateful for the things I have in life as God knows what’s best for us. I still sin from time to time but I accept that I’m a sinner and I’m not perfect, when I sin I will repent and go to God in prayer to ask for forgiveness unlike how I was last time. In the past I would be rude and angry whenever I was called out for doing something wrong but now I would stay humble and take in all the nagging and scolding instead of talking back. All of this wouldn’t have been possible without Katherine and God’s grace and mercy. Sheng En

I Am Committed in My Belief in Christ

I have been attending True Life BPC for more than 10 years now. I had believed that Christ died for my sins, but I wasn’t very sure about having Christ as my Saviour, and that the doctrine adopted by TLBPC was the right one until recently. There was a period of time about 2 years ago when I went to other churches with friends but I found that their methods of worship just did not sit right with me; only at TLBPC did I feel I was worshipping God the right way.

Since accepting Christ as my Saviour, I found that I looked towards Him more, praying daily and reminding myself that God is in control of all aspects of my life, and that I should depend on Him for my everyday needs. Over the years, the countless Sunday School and worship sessions slowly built up my faith, and will continue to do so. I am now ready to be baptised, to show my commitment and belief in Christ and I hope to improve my personal relationship with Him with each passing day. Kenneth Soh

God Saved My Whole Family

I came from a non-Christian family, whereby my parents were idol and ancestor worshippers. As a child, I would follow my parents to the Taoist temples and prayed to the idols and my ancestors. However, God had a plan for me to come to know Him. I was sent to a Christian mission school for my secondary school education. While I was there, I began to know more about God through the daily devotion and weekly chapel services. I learnt that Jesus, the Son of God, came in human form, died for the Sin of man, and rose on the third day. However, I did not receive Christ as my personal Saviour and Lord when I heard of the Gospel because I did not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. But thanks and glory be to our merciful and gracious God who did not give up on me but continued to work in my heart. Finally, at the end of Secondary Four, I realised that I could not live a life without God and so I committed my life to Him.

I began to attend church but not regularly, as my father objected to my conversion. He even threatened to throw me out of the house when I refused to pray to our ancestors. God’s faithfulness was demonstrated again when He brought along a Christian who walked the talk into my father’s life. From then on, I was not only allowed to go to church, my father even drove me there!

Through the study of God’s Word and Christian fellowship, I began to know God in a more personal manner. I was also convicted of my sins and weaknesses and the need to become more like Christ. I learnt to look at things and life from an eternity perspective. The importance of salvation of souls was another area that I was taught, so I began to pray for my family and others to come to Christ. Our merciful God heard my prayers and He saved my whole family to Himself. “O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1). Praise the Lord! Jovena Choo

I Have Peace, Joy, and Hope

I was an idol worshipper for many years. Upon the invitation of my daughter, I had attended the church’s gospel rallies several times. However I did not believe nor wish to attend Sunday worship services.

In the year 2018, my family visited the Chinatown Chinese New Year bazaar. On the way home, my younger daughter suddenly asked me if I feared death. I told my daughters that I did not fear death, and they need not be sad after I died, as I have lived a happy life. But my elder daughter replied that she would be very sad if I passed away, as I was not saved. As I thought about my daughter’s grief for my passing in the future, I brought up about attending Sunday worship services.

Thus I came to church with an unbelieving heart, but the Holy Spirit had moved me. Slowly I came to believe in the Lord. My daughter explained to me how I can be saved. I prayed to the Lord, confessing my sins, believing Jesus’ precious blood had washed away my sins, and accepting Jesus as my Saviour and Lord.

After I believed in the Lord, He has helped me to resolve some issues in the family, increasing my faith in Him. Now I have peace, joy and hope in my heart, thank you Lord! I persuaded some of my unsaved family members to come to know Jesus, hope they can receive salvation too! Choo Siew Kam

I Have the Holy Spirit in My Heart

When I was very young, my parents would bring me to church and l would hear about the gospel and the Lord Jesus Christ. l often hear that He saved us from our sins and how we must believe in Him. l was very shy and did not dare to ask the teacher why must Jesus save us in the first place. l would often think to myself at night hoping God would answer my thoughts.

During the 2019 VBS camp, l was touched by one of the lessons. l realised that l am a sinner. Aunty Jenny spoke to me and taught me to say the Sinner’s Prayer. l repented and confessed my sins to Jesus.

As a sinner, l must allow the Holy Spirit to come into my heart. We are all sinners and are going to hell and cannot be with God as He is holy. But God is merciful and sent the Lord Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. If we believe in Him and confess our sins to Him, His blood will wash away our sins and when God sees us, in His eyes we are perfect with no sins.

We need Jesus in our everyday life. We cannot control our sins and may fall into temptation. We must quickly confess our sins and draw near to Him and He will forgive us. We must also share the good news to our friends and teachers. Even if they dislike or scold us, we must forgive them as how Jesus forgives us. If we want to follow Jesus, we must always be ready to suffer and die for Him. Eliezer Chiang

I Strive to Love Him More and More

My name is Priscilla. I grew up in Christian family, with loving and God-fearing parents who tried their best to bring me up to become a godly person.

I grew up knowing a lot about the Bible, but I never really considered the matter of my own personal salvation until I was nine years old. It hit me one night that I didn’t know what would happen to me if I were to die that night. So I asked my mom and that night, I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Saviour. And that was just the beginning. God continues working in my life, to provide me with peace, purpose and hope for the future, as I continue to strive to draw closer to Him and love Him more and more. Priscilla Ooi

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