Baptism | Brad Mertens

Baptism | Brad Mertens

November 14, 2021 |

What was life like before you met Jesus?

I lacked self confidence and self worth. I relied on acceptance and affirmation from other people to define myself and success. I also lacked meaning and purpose in my life. I turned to alcohol use to give myself confidence and ease anxieties from making friends and being accepted.

How did you meet Jesus?

I feel I always had Christ in my life from an early age but I drifted in my late teens and early twenties and was attracted to worldly things. I grew up going to church every Sunday but something was missing for me. I met my wife my last year of college. That changed my course and I found Christ in a different light. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

After being saved by Jesus what is your life like now?

My life now includes a new community of believers and prayer. With Christ in my life, his messages and examples of how to live gives me an internal peace. If it wasn't for my faith, I would have been divorced years ago. Because of this faith and perseverance, my children are following and finding faith in Jesus Christ. I have eternal life through my faith in Jesus Christ knowing that he was sent here by God to live the perfect life and sacrifice his own life for the punishment for my sins and all sins. John 3:36a “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life”