Baptism Challenge - Day 7
How to create a baptism testimony, part 1
Welcome to Day 7 of the Baptism Challenge!
Here's the scripture in today's video: Ephesians 2:1-2
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience. (English Standard Version)
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
(New International Version)
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. (King James Version)
Creating a Baptism Testimony - Part 1
It’s time to start working on your baptism testimony. A good place to start is in answer to the question, “How was my life before I was saved?”
Let's Read Ephesians 2:1-2. And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
Baptism Testimony Question #1: What was life like before I was saved?
Paul says life before Christ is like being dead in our sins. We might have thought we were really living, but we were just following the course of this world. We might have thought we were choosing our own path, but Paul was right when he said we were actually following the prince of the power of the air (Satan).
It’s important to admit our sin and recognize the futility and emptiness of life without Christ.
How was your life before you were saved?
Was it empty?
How did you feel? Hopeless?
This is a great opportunity to be honest about who you were as a sinner, so that you can be honest about who Jesus is as a Savior!
Why Baptism Testimonies are so powerful
A lot of people, including some of the people who will hear you give this testimony, think they have to get their life in order before they can even talk to God about being saved. They may feel like they’re too far away from God and he can never change them.
That’s where your story comes in.
It can be difficult to testify about the messiness and lostness of our lives before Jesus found us, but when we are open and honest about it, we can show others that you come to Jesus just as you are
and that He can take your brokenness and turn it into something new
— a masterpiece for His glory!
Preparing For Your Baptism Challenge for Today: Answer the question, “How was my life before I was saved?”
This might be a good time to mention that if you don't have the Baptism Challenge Workbook, you can get one by talking to your pastor and asking if your church subscribes to the NewStart Discipleship strategy for smaller churches. If he doesn't, ask him to follow that link to a free training!