MAGNA DEVOTION: Decided to Follow Jesus

No traces of the storm were seen from the resort where the momentous event took place. It was a sunny and blessed day for Magna Prime and its employees, and a huge celebration for those who were involved. October 03, 2015 was the day that changed our lives.

This day marked the employees’ decision to follow Jesus without turning back. This is the day that employees became a new person, with renewed and strengthened faith in Christ. This is the day that they will trod the path of being a Christ-centered person, ready to face the challenges brought about by believing in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Loi Gatchalian, the officiating leader, along with Ptr. JR and the rest of the PCF Tondo team were present to guide the employees on how to go about the water baptism. The activities opened with the inspirational talk by the Company CEO, Mr. Derrick Tan, in which he shared his enthusiasm on how he has decided to accept Jesus Christ and have himself baptized on this day. Ptr. Loi explained how important the water baptism was and how this will be the start of abundant blessings through Christ as described in Acts16:27-34.

Jan Verick Cayetano of AR Department also shared his experiences after he had decided to give up his vices-driven life and concentrated on his God-centered life, and he couldn’t be happier.  Water baptism is far more than a ritual or religious exercise; it’s a public, outward declaration that reflects a personal, inward faith. It associates the believer with the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and signifies the believer's death to the old life and his or her resurrection as a new creation in Christ. It is also an act of faith and obedience to the commands of Christ. "If you love me, you will obey what I command." (John 14:15; James 2:17-18). As Pastor Loi puts it, water baptism doesn’t signify that you will be saved, but rather a beginning on putting out the past and start anew to being a much better person than you were.

After the orientation, participants changed to their comfortable swimming attire to start on the actual water baptism. One by one, all twenty-four (24) employees were dipped in the pool, which signified their new life with Jesus Christ. Their victorious acceptance and their heartfelt smiles, together with the people that matter most to them, can be sensed how delighted they were to undergo such life-changing event.
The whole afternoon was spent sharing the sumptuous meals and swimming for the whole family. Armed with God’s grace and transformed confidence in Christ, every person who went on their way home after the event felt blessed. Indeed, God works wonders and blesses those who believed in Him.