Sermon Illustrations

I remember when I was 16 years old how I made my first profession of faith. Our church was in revival with Bro. Bobby McGilliard leading the service. Through his message God began to reveal to me that I was lost and headed for a place called Hell. I went forward and one of the councilors took me to a room in the back and shared with me how I could have eternal life through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus as my Savior and was baptized. However, something happened. I began to doubt that salvation experience. I remember riding down the road talking with God and saying, Lord if I’m really a Christian let me know before I get to the next telephone pole. I would stay awake at night worrying over my eternal destiny. I questioned the words I said when I prayed to receive Christ as my Savior. This went on for about two years. But, finally on August 15, 1985 while sitting in the middle of a church service I looked up towards Heaven and said, “Lord I can’t do this any more.” I said, “God if I’m going to get to Heaven it is going to be because of what Jesus Christ did for me and not because of what I can do for myself.” It was that night that I rested completely in Jesus Christ as both my Lord and my Savior. From that day forward I have not had to battle with doubt any more. From that day forward I have held fast to the confession of my faith.