Stand Firm — My Testimony

Found on Scott Diekmann’s blog, Stand Firm:

 

I was “down on my luck,” to put it in the vernacular. Conceived with no hope in the world.

One July morning I rolled out of bed, ate breakfast, got dressed, and went down to the local church. There, a bald-headed man with a white robe and a green scarf hanging from his neck poured cold water on my head three times, saying, “Scott Lynn Diekmann, I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.” At that moment, my life changed. I would never be the same.

The man, it turns out, was my Lutheran pastor. But it wasn’t really just Pastor Koenig, it was Jesus Himself pouring His Holy Spirit into me, saving me, even though I didn’t do anything to deserve this wonderful thing that had just happened. You see, it seemed just like any other bath, but my parents, along with Pastor Koenig and other people, taught me what else happened. They taught me what Jesus promised me that day in my Baptism. And even though I was just a baby and couldn’t understand it all, I still trusted His promises – the Holy Spirit put that trust in my heart. They call that faith.

Jesus’ Word, working through that cold water, washed away my sin. And He put His name on me! This washing with water buried me with Him in His death, and, just as He was raised, raises me to new life in Him. He promises me that even though I will die, on the last day He will raise me up and I will live with Him forever. So now, every day when I roll out of bed, I remember the promises Jesus made to me that sunny July day. My sins are forgiven, and I am saved, because I am a Baptized child of God.

Quite an awesome thing, this Baptism.

And that’s my testimony.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Stand Firm — My Testimony — 12 Comments

  1. What a beautiful picture on your baptismal certificate! I love those old ones — they communicate so much theology. Especially love the golden rays showing The Spirit placed upon you from that font!

  2. Thanks, Scott!

    May I use that for our congregational newsletter, exactly as written with attribution to you and a link to your web page?

  3. I wept.  Every time I feel like setting up a filter to block BJS from my computer something like this comes along.  Thank you so much.

  4. From a few years earlier I have the same Memento and Certificate of Baptism (K-100, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis 18, Mo., Copyright Ernst Kaufmann, Inc.)… filled out with my name and information, of course.

  5. The day my daughter Nancy was baptized by Pastor Ken Gerike at Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, MO was the best day of my life. The sense of relief and happiness I felt when my daughter was brought into everlasting communion with the Triune God was immense.

  6. I have that same Baptismal certificate booklet. Trinity Lutheran Church, Cape Girardeau, MO in 1968. 🙂

  7. Scott, I was interested in your post as it pertains to some recent prior discussions here about baptism. Among other things, pastoral voices have said it is possible that the Holy Spirit may work faith prior to baptism. What persuades you that that did not happen in your case?

  8. Hi Carl. I don’t think I read those previous discussions, so I’ll give a generic answer. I’m not persuaded that the Holy Spirit hadn’t already acted faith on me prior to my Baptism – but I can’t say one way or the other, nor is it really given for us to particularly speculate. I can say this, though. When our daughter was born, I was standing by my wife while the nurse was cleaning the post-partum mess off Paige, and the nurse beckoned me over. As soon as I went over by the nurse and started talking to Paige she quit crying. She recognized my voice. Perhaps infants recognize the voice of God’s Word in a similar fashion intra-utero, through the work of the Holy Spirit, trusting in that Word. That’s why I phrased the beginning of the post “conceived” with no hope in the world (it was italicized in the original blog post), rather than born with no hope in the world. I can’t say I’ve done a lot of study on the subject of infant pre-Baptismal faith – it’s certainly an interesting topic. What I do know is that the Lord commands us to Baptize, and like a few pastors I know, I say to get that baby Baptized ASAP!

  9. Infants do recognize the Word in utero. John lept for joy inside Elizabeth as indicated in Scripture.

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