1. In a few sentences, write what led you to understand that you need Christ to take away your sin:
I was raised in a Christian home, which engraved the basics into the back of my mind. I lived a life of sin but had received Christ a long time ago, and with this I also gained 'conviction'. I re-dedicated my life knowing that I was saved, and truly embracing the magnitude of which I had been saved along side everyone who accepts Jesus Christ. So ultimately my deepest sins that I could not shake from life on my own is what led me to understand that I NEED CHRIST to take my sin away.
2. Describe what your life was like before you gave your life to Jesus Christ:
I was one of the flock that wondered off and thought he could do it alone. I decided to challenge the concept of God and Jesus, first accepting that there is no way around the existence of God, and then ultimately finding truth in Jesus. I began by casting aside my faith in 'Organized Religion' due to its Human Error as well as the Fake Christians in my life that would do harm behind closed doors but be praised in the church for helping set up /tear down and for appearing to be this wonderful person. With this I began to experiment with psychedelics to induce a spiritual awaking, in which I had plenty of visions I thought could be Spiritual awakenings. I eventually lost touch with reality all together and became depressed with the thought of it being truly JUST ME, in a never ending dream of loneliness. In my darkest hours I found the evil ones influential whispers grow louder and louder to the tune of impending doom and a destiny of failure in life. I was Angry, Jealous, Vengeful, Arrogant, Proud, Entitled, Self-Loathing, Lustful. I was lost. Jesus never gave up on me, and even though I would fight him before coming home, he still spoke to me and I with him, almost every day.
HOW AND WHEN AND WHY
3. Tell us how and when and why (specific details) you received Christ as your Lord and Savior. Explain it in such a way that a non-Christian would understand how to become a Christian.
The first time I accepted Christ was on my top bunk in my Bedroom with my mother, at a very young age. I hardly remember it but I know she walked me through asking him to come into my heart and be with me. I know this is why he has had such an audible position in my life. However, I would like to share that on Easter weekend 2015, I decided to go back to church after having cast the very idea aside nearly 10 years prior. I attended the Easter Sunday service at HDC with my Mother. During worship I knew Jesus was there with me and surrounding me with all these people. I don't remember which song we sang, but I remember that it reminded me of the price Jesus paid on the cross for my sins, so that I could be with him and the Father in heaven. I cried and decided to pray the prayer of salvation once again. I re-dedicated my life and this time, I was in it for the long-haul. And Not only did I want Jesus back in my life (which he never left by the way, I was just ignoring him), I wanted to be a true disciple and follow his teachings to the best I could, and share his word as well as love all of God's children.
4. Who helped you understand what to do?
I was taught by my Mother at a very young age, along with Sunday school, and Pastors
5. In a few sentences, explain how your life is different now that Jesus is in it.
I wake up Happy, every single day. I go to bed giving thanks and praying for help for myself and for others, every single night. My depression is gone, my anger is gone, my jealousy is gone, my hate is gone, my lust is diminishing (I will be honest, not fully gone but working on it.) Basically, I am Generous, Kind, Loving, Calm, Peaceful, and filled with appreciation for everything that I have in life. I am aware of my Needs being met and aware of the blessings of things I don't need but God decides to give to me anyway. I am not afraid of death, and I do not feel the sense of 'impending doom' that I had for so many years. I do not desire psychedelics, or any other drug for that matter. I admit that I am a sinner and I work with God everyday to remove sin from my life as much as humanly possible.
6. Make sure you have a clear and concise closing sentence that you can memorize to tell others.
I know I was Baptized as a child, I barely remember it and do not remember the reasons why I did so. I know now that I am called to be a disciple of Christ and to make disciples of others. I desire to do God's will, and his will is that I be meaningfully Baptized to declare my re-birth as well as declare my Love and Obedience to God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. I am ready. I am excited. I am Loved.