Hundreds of new faithful were added to the Church Of Christ in its two ecclesiastical districts in Central Luzon, Philippines during baptisms held in April, as hundreds more await their turn this month.
In the Ecclesiastical District of Zambales South, two simultaneous baptisms took place on April 30, 2021. One was held in the house of worship of the Olongapo Local Congregation, which was officiated by the district supervising minister, Brother Rodrigo Reyes. The other, led by Brother Ronald Reyes, assistant district supervising minister, was conducted in the San Marcelino Local Congregation’s house of worship.
During the study of God’s words, the candidates for baptism were taught about the significance of the proper baptism received only in the true Church Of Christ. Citing the Bible, the officiating minister said that through it they become true followers of Christ and receive forgiveness of sins and, thus, the hope for salvation come Judgment Day.
One of the newly baptized members, Kamille Gracie Soliman, enlisted in the Pag-asa Congregation, recalled how she was encouraged to know more about God’s teachings upheld in the Church. “In my former religions, I was really confused about their teachings. But when I started to attend worship services in the Church Of Christ, I was enlightened by the biblical lessons. Here, I finally found the true God and true services of Him that would lead me to salvation,” she said.
On the same day, baptism was held by the Ecclesiastical District of Pampanga West at the house of worship of the Remedios-Lubao Local Congregation.
Brother Randy Samson, district supervising minister, officiated at the sacred occasion, during which he taught the candidates for baptism about the intensive renewal of life and complete obedience to God’s teachings which lead to salvation.
Some new members who were interviewed said they were thankful to the brethren who guided them during the process of their membership. Most importantly, they expressed their gratitude to God for calling them inside the one true Church. — With reports from INC News Section