PLEASE BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR SALVATION:
Your walk with Christ is definitely a process, but you need to be able to express a point in time when you recognized that you were a sinner in need of a Savior. You don’t need to know an exact date and time, but there was a time when you received Christ, and you need to express that clearly.
WHAT TO SHARE:
You’ll have 60 seconds (approximately 150 words) to tell your story. The video recording will be conducted interview-style (you will be reading your pre-written answers from a teleprompter). You’ll be asked two questions. Here is a sample outline to help you organize your thoughts:
Question 1: “Tell us the story of how and when you came to trust Christ as your Savior.”
- Share briefly about your life before you trusted Jesus. (Depending upon your specific story, this may be 1 or 2 sentences.)
- Describe as best as you can the circumstances that led you to believe in Jesus and put your trust in Him alone for salvation. (This is the main part of your story.)
- Share briefly how Christ has affected your life since you trusted Him.
Question 2: “Who is baptizing you today and why?” (This should be 1 or 2 sentences.)
WHAT NOT TO SHARE:
- Please don’t say you have “always been a Christian.” This gives the idea that salvation is something someone can inherit. Becoming a Christian is about making a decision to trust Christ’s death on the cross as payment for your sin, not simply growing up in a “Christian home.”
- Please do not mention previous church denominations.
- Please don’t mention your infant christening, if applicable. It’s important to differentiate between your christening and the baptism taking place right now.
- Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and guidance in preparing and sharing your story.
- Write out what you will say and edit it until it feels comfortable. This will help you articulate what you’ll say and how you’ll say it in the recording.
- Practice, Practice, Practice.
- Be yourself.
- Email your written testimony to the person you had your baptism meeting with by the Wednesday prior to your scheduled recording date. He or she will work with you to finalize your script.