The following is the testimony I gave from my Baptism on July 11, 2010. At FBC, they like you to give a testimony of your salvation just before they baptize you, so although there have been several versions of this that I have put out there, this is the one I primarily use now. This is the direct copy, so it may seem slightly awkward, but thanks to my youth pastor for helping me with a draft version to clean it up some. 🙂
Baptism Testimony — Noah Pruitt
Praise God for the great work He has done in my life! When I was twelve years old, Jesus Christ radically changed my life.
I was a sinner; and I was also an imposter. To be honest, I was basically a fake Christian. I told everybody that I was one, but I didn’t realize at first that I wasn’t.
And really, after some reflection, I suppose the best way to put it ist o say that I was very selfish — I was self-absorbed. I wanted everything to be about me, and I thought that everything was about me. But, then, I received an invitation from a friend to go to one of FBC’s Disciple Now’s. And that is when everything started to change, from the worst, and definitely for the better, all thanks to my Lord, Jesus Christ.
At that Disciple Now in 2009, I heard things I had never heard before. One of the teachers, Jan Vezikov, talked in great and wonderful detail about how Jesus could have freed Himself from the cross–He was certainly able to–but He chose to endure the cross because of His love for us.
Sadly, I didn’t make much of what Jan said that day; however, two days later, Jesus stepped into my life and basically spoke to my heart saying, “Is that all? You know what this means, don’t you?”
And so it was in the middle of the night on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, that I was convicted of my sins by the great, Almighty God, Who is the Ancient of Days. On that day, I trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. In tears, and out of desperation, I cried out to Him to save me, because only He can! And now I know that I have been justified by faith, because of the cross of the only Son of God, Jesus, the Christ.
I was once told that Satan is scared of me in certain ways. And yeah, that’s true. Satan wants to deceive people, to direct their paths to destruction, he is restless to send people to hell for all eternity, and he is restless to destroy lives. But I burn with a passion for evangelism, to help people come for faith in Christ. But I know that I still need the Lord’s help to grow, and, Lord willing, I can’t wait to see what He has in store for my life.
Today, I know that the Lord wants me to obey the command of Christ, to be baptized as a testimony to all nations as a sign of my nee life and faith in Him. But that is not the end of the road. Jesus wants me to go and obey His Great Commission–to make disciples in all the nations, to go and baptize them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–that they too will do the same.
The Bible teaches in the book of Isaiah, “Blessed are the feet that bring good news,” so shouldn’t we as the church go out and bring that “Good News” [that is what the Greek word for “Gospel” means, by the way!] to others?
I will say once more, praise God fir what He has done in my life. Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
I want to ask you, have you ever experienced something like this?
I believe in the Biblical salvation through grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone. Anything other than this is a false gospel. Belive in Jesus, and He can radically change your life, too! He changed my crazy, messed up life, and it has never been the same.
If you are interested in finding out more about Jesus, I urge you to follow this link. It is from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and should answer any questions you might have.