Sharing Living Water

Personal Testimony

Sharing Jesus with someone you don’t know, can be challenging. You may feel awkward or unsure of the words to use. But, friends, sharing Jesus is as simple as telling your own personal story of how you came to know and trust Jesus as Lord and Savior, what compelled you to be immersed in water as a demonstration of your trust, how he has changed you from sinner to redeemed, and how he empowers you by the Holy Spirit he left to reside in your heart.

Here are some questions that can help you shape your own personal testimony:

1. When did you start following God? (Were your parents/family Christians? Were you involved with church as a child? Were you in college? An adult?)
2. Who or what was most influential in leading you to Christ?
3. What led you to the realization that you were a sinner or separated from God by your sin?
4. How did you learn about Jesus and what his death, burial, resurrection meant to you? Was this a slow, gradual process, or did you hear/read and make a quick decision to believe?
5. When and why were you compelled to make a confession of faith/be baptized into Christ?
6. How has your life changed since deciding to trust Jesus as your savior and Lord?
7. How has the Holy Spirit been at work in your life, teaching and guiding you?
8. What are some spiritual disciplines that have helped you to grow in your faith?
9. Who are some people who have helped you grow in your faith? How did they help you?
10. How has being part of a church influenced your faith?

What the Bible Has to Say About Salvation

1. We need salvation because we have sinned. Sin separates us from God who desires relationship with us. (Isaiah 59:2, Romans 3:10,11,23)
2. It is impossible for any man to restore that broken relationship with God by any amount of personal goodness, religious deeds, or by belonging to a church. We cannot earn, merit or achieve a right relationship with God by our own efforts. (Hebrews 10:1-4)
3. The death of Jesus was not an accident. It was God's plan from the beginning to save us from our sins through the death of Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 10:11-18, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, John 3:16-17, John 14:6)
4. The Bible calls God's act of love, grace. His grace is His gift to us. (Ephesians 2:1-10, Titus 3:3-8)
5. The way we receive His gift is by entering into a covenant relationship with Jesus by placing our trust and faith in Him. We confess him with our mouth and believe in our heart that God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9)
6. When we decide that we will follow Jesus for the rest of our lives, we demonstrate our trust in Jesus by obeying His command to be immersed (baptized in water) demonstrating the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. (Acts 2:37-39; I Peter 3:18-22)
7. Baptism symbolizes what takes place in your heart at the time of salvation:
a. You accept/receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
b. You share in his death and resurrection illustrated in baptism by going under the water
(dead to your old life) and then rising again. (new life)
c. You are symbolically washed clean, and your sins forgiven by his death on the cross.
d. You are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:3-4; Romans 6:23)
8. We live by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us, a part of God, that Jesus assured us would be ours when he left the earth. The Spirit teaches us, guides us, speaks for us, and helps us to renounce ungodliness and live for God’s glory! (John 14:15-27, I Corinthians 2:6-16, Romans 8:1-17, Titus 2:11-13)