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Prayer and Personal Testimonies => Personal Testimonies => Topic started by: newbie on February 22, 2010, 10:36:37 AM

Title: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on February 22, 2010, 10:36:37 AM
I'm doing a survey like thingy here and need your help....  I've got 8 ways that people have come into the faith and I'm wanting to know if I have all the cases/bases covered...

Would very much appreciate your sharing briefly how you came in....

thanks in advance...

newbie
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Larry Lyons on February 23, 2010, 12:16:09 AM
I'm doing a survey like thingy here and need your help....  I've got 8 ways that people have come into the faith and I'm wanting to know if I have all the cases/bases covered...

Would very much appreciate your sharing briefly how you came in....

thanks in advance...

newbie
My first contact with the Adventist church was when I was 9 years old, through a family member who was a nominal SDA.  At that time I went to Sabbath School maybe 6 or 8 times over about a year. After that I had no more contact until I was about 17. At that time some family friends had joined the church much to my amazement given their previous lifestyle. I was baptized at 22.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Raven on February 23, 2010, 04:29:33 AM
I don't have any "Road to Damascus" story.  My parents were both raised as Adventists, but left the church when I was about 6 or 7, I think.  My grandparents footed the bill so I could attend SDA schools all the way through Academy, and helped as much as they could with college.  As is normal in a situation like this, I grew up with some confused ideas, but I never doubted the SDA message.  I was baptized at my academy when I was 16.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: V. Hahn on February 23, 2010, 07:47:08 AM
I was born and raised SDA--4th generation at least--and baptized at 11.

I always stayed in the faith, but was slowly seduced by the new theology for some years.  Then 11 years ago, I was reborn into the traditional Adventist beliefs through what I believe were miraculous circumstances!  Praise God!
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on February 23, 2010, 09:09:40 AM
Wow!!  I really am a newbie!!   :lol:   Thanks so much... this is the list I'm putting together... the order means nothing... just a list

1. some form of literature

2. relationship - someone that cares for you shared and got you involved

3. media - heard a presentation that really impressed

4.  bible-- something you read in the bible came alive for you

5.  a pivotal event in your life that led you to the feeling of helplessness and lack of control

6.  born in the faith

7. a personal testimony  from a spiritually 'on-fire' person

8.  watching someone in tough circumstances (silent preacher is what I call them), and how they dealt with it so peacefully

9.  something supernatural for you...  the 'voice' of God or an experience where God's Spirit gives you a message in some special way...


basically I think everyone will fall into one of these 9....  unless I have left something out.... now if you are shy and do not want to share briefly then just pick a number....   :-)
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: God is Good on February 23, 2010, 01:36:45 PM
IMHO ... #6 is worthless. In fact ... I don't believe it is possible.

Faith is not something you can inherit.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Raven on February 23, 2010, 02:29:53 PM
IMHO ... #6 is worthless. In fact ... I don't believe it is possible.

Faith is not something you can inherit.

I don't think that is what was meant.  I think she is talking about a person who is born to SDA parents, and also embraces the faith.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on February 23, 2010, 05:27:41 PM
I don't think that is what was meant.  I think she is talking about a person who is born to SDA parents, and also embraces the faith.

that's right Raven... born into the faith via SDA family....

but everyone is born with a measure of faith... Romans 12: 5,6 I think
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: ejclark on February 23, 2010, 07:30:26 PM
I was born and raised in the church.  At age 10 I was baptized.  At age 19 I quit, there were a number of things influencing our church negatively and there was some confusion going on that no one seemed to be able to explain and it really turned me off that no one seemed to have any good answers.

14, 15 years later, number 5 happened.  Messy divorce, year later, new fiance killed in an auto accident.

At age 38, met my present wife.  She was born and raised in the church as well, but didn't stray as far away as I did.  We were re-baptized together 6 months after our wedding.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Pamela Adams on February 24, 2010, 06:51:29 AM
Had been unsatisfied for awhile with my life and managing a nightclub that I worked days.  Left work and while driving home, saw a car coming straight at me in my lane of traffic, I suddenly realized I might die, I remember telling God that I did not know him, but please do not let me die without knowing him first. Immediately the car disappeared and an amazing string of events transpired afterward, received an invitation in the mail to an evangelistic series which I attended. Through the series every thing I ever questioned before was answered. When young I was not raised in a church, but was invited by many to attend their church, I always questioned different aspects of their faith from what I had read, and for some reason just could not make the decision to go to their church. When attending the Adventist Revelation...I knew in my heart that God had directed me there.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on February 24, 2010, 08:45:51 AM
I was born and raised in the church.  At age 10 I was baptized.  At age 19 I quit, there were a number of things influencing our church negatively and there was some confusion going on that no one seemed to be able to explain and it really turned me off that no one seemed to have any good answers.

14, 15 years later, number 5 happened.  Messy divorce, year later, new fiance killed in an auto accident.

At age 38, met my present wife.  She was born and raised in the church as well, but didn't stray as far away as I did.  We were re-baptized together 6 months after our wedding.

Wow, EJ, that is really quite something...many trials it seems...  but PTL that you have found HIM!! 
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on February 24, 2010, 08:46:36 AM
Had been unsatisfied for awhile with my life and managing a nightclub that I worked days.  Left work and while driving home, saw a car coming straight at me in my lane of traffic, I suddenly realized I might die, I remember telling God that I did not know him, but please do not let me die without knowing him first. Immediately the car disappeared and an amazing string of events transpired afterward, received an invitation in the mail to an evangelistic series which I attended. Through the series every thing I ever questioned before was answered. When young I was not raised in a church, but was invited by many to attend their church, I always questioned different aspects of their faith from what I had read, and for some reason just could not make the decision to go to their church. When attending the Adventist Revelation...I knew in my heart that God had directed me there.
That car incident seems almost supernatural!!  Amazing Grace!!  Glad that you are still here!
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Pamela Adams on February 24, 2010, 06:17:34 PM
Thanks Newbie
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Thandi on April 03, 2010, 06:28:05 AM
No. 6

But born of meat-eating, secular TV watching, any kind of dressing goes, any kind of hair-style goes etc, parents. So I was really 'born' into the faith when I came to udnerstand righteousness by faith and the very important link with sanctification which was when I was 19.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: V. Hahn on April 03, 2010, 10:53:26 AM
Welcome back, Thandi! We missed you!

Vicki
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Raven on April 03, 2010, 12:30:24 PM
Welcome back, Thandi! We missed you!

Vicki

Ditto!
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Deborah Risinger on April 08, 2010, 08:46:05 PM
Yes, Thandie...good to see you again....

I found Christ in a very turbulent time in my life...drugs, witchcraft and being married to an Iranian (a very nice man).

I worked in "silican valley" and met two Adventists.  One out of the church, yet loved the message. The other was activite in the church.  Both these kind people looked beyond my present condition, and on the call and leading of the Holy Spirit, ministered to me. 

After a time, the one active in the church, invited me to church....I sat out in the parking lot for quite sometime...I finally went in.  By the way...I looked like Tammy Faye Bakker at the time.  Everyone was so very kind...so very kind.  My demonic "friends" were not allowed to follow me into the church....I "knew" then, the God of the SDA Church was bigger than the one I had been involved with.

I have never left...............God excepted me into His household.  What a joy! :lol: :lol:  :lol:

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
Deborah

Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on April 09, 2010, 07:32:55 AM
sharing these things is so important.... we must all keep these things in mind and reach out in all avenues in order to find the searching souls...
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Ed Sutton on April 18, 2010, 10:17:57 PM
As a child I gave my heart to the Lord, and later after putting my hand on the TV and responding to the call of the TV evangelist from Tulsa OK,  i started getting unusual abilities and knowledge.

Later as a teenager after my Dad had died, and mom remarried a drunk, and I finally won the weekend fight, now I was back in my hometown with my Aunt and Uncle.

An old man on the sidewalk outside my house asked me if I had given my heart to Christ   I had to lie and say yes to get him to walk on and leave me alone.

The more I got into new age occult stuff I became more lonely - no one wants next to a cactus.

A young man came by selling books to earn his way through ministerial school.  I tried to recruit him unsucessfully. That was monday.  Tue afternoon a layman came by to give me Bible studies, I supernaturally knew he really wanted to be friends, i took the studies.

After 1 week he was convinced to move on, but God convicted him week by week for 19 weeks more.   I never made a decision after the Bible studies.  The young man working as an LE got me Desire of Ages and later Patriarches and Prophets & Great Controversy.   

I read and reread Desire of Ages and during that time I became aware of power from above, and Jesus & the Holy Spirit watching me read - it was like reading His diary - with His approval.  Then I made my decision, and with my ballbat in my hand lifted the up the guy giving me Bible studies by his lapels and said if you guys have what Desire of Ages is talking about - I was getting baptized did he have a problem with that.

Soon the family troubles were intense enough I had to move in with an SDA family in a neighbouring town, and finally stay with the local pastor, then stay with the man giving Bible studies - then become a student at Wildwood in the very early 70's.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: V. Hahn on April 19, 2010, 06:32:22 AM
I read and reread Desire of Ages and during that time I became aware of power from above, and Jesus & the Holy Spirit watching me read - it was like reading His diary - with His approval.  Then I made my decision, and with my ballbat in my hand lifted the up the guy giving me Bible studies by his lapels and said if you guys have what Desire of Ages is talking about - I was getting baptized did he have a problem with that.

You were kind of intense, weren't you?!

Interesting story, Ed!  God never gave up on you.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on April 19, 2010, 08:44:18 AM
wow Ed what a story.....  amazing how God works with us   ....
Glad you are on board
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Deborah Risinger on April 19, 2010, 05:04:13 PM
It is very impressive how God uses "people"......their part/our part in the plan of salvation....this is beautiful stuff!  Truely..."saved for a purpose."

Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise Him!
 :lol:
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: lotrob on April 22, 2010, 11:11:37 AM
I've just read this thread from the beginning and enjoyed it.  Newbie, although your survey or sorts has long since ended, I came into the faith through an evangelist "tent" meeting at the age of 7 along with my Mom.  I stayed in the church until I went off to college but though I did not live my faith I never left the "faith" because I believed all the SDA messages, I just  foolishly wanted the world at that time.  I always said I was going to return someday.  Well, God is merciful and good and gracious and longsuffering and loving and on and on and He spared my life and extended my probation.   He kept me during my years in the world and one morning brought stark reality to my mind that I was living a sinful, terriible life and must return to Him if I wanted to be saved.  I heard Him loudly, turned, stopped, came back into the church and began living my faith to climb higher and draw closer to Him dail and do His will by surrendering my owny.  Oh, He's so good and I can't thank Him or praise Him enough for His mercy and watchcare during my total separation from Him and godliness of heavenly things.  To God be the glory!!

Lottie
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on April 22, 2010, 01:57:24 PM
lotrob,
It is never to late to respond.... the question is on-going...  I'm so happy that you came back to the Lord... most of us have a point in our walk where we are in the world!  I was interested in how people came into the faith so that we can all know what avenues to explore when reaching out to people!! 
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Ed Sutton on May 08, 2010, 05:55:18 PM
BTW - baptism was getting in the door, but coming into the faith was exposure to, immersion in, surrender to and following Scripture & all the SOP I could devour.

Yes - more intense than some SDA's, but a burning stick rescued from a bonfire usually smells more of smoke than an unburnt stick.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on May 08, 2010, 07:13:27 PM
I agree Ed... baptism for me was the start of the real walk with Jesus... the HS brings us to baptism but we still have to be baptized with fire!!
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: Sammy Lee on November 27, 2010, 02:47:56 AM
I was born into a Buddhist family in Indonesia.  I am the eldest of 8 children.  My grandfather gave me the name, Li Wei Long, meaning The Great Dragon, at birth. My father later became a Christian and years later he was ordained as a minister of the Pentecostal Mission Church until his death.  I studied at the Roman Catholic institution for ten years.  I liked the RC religion because it was full of freedom for young people, because I like rock and roll music and dancing.  At the end of my tenth year, I quarreled with my teacher.  A friend of my father suggested I go to the SDA Academy.
One year later after much arguments and resistance I was finally baptized.  I read a lot of EG White books and was conviinced she must be inspired by God for being able to write all those amazing books.  I was shocked to know that my Chinese name is the name given to the devil in Revelation 12.  I am glad I only have the same name but not the same character. 
So at the end of my High School, or year 12, I decided to become an SDA minister to the horror of my father. He stopped paying my school fees and I had to work hard to finish my study.  I never regretted my decision.
All the males in our family died below 50.  Dad passed away at 49, heart attack. And so are my three brothers, at the respective age of 48, 47 and the latest just a few months before he reached 50.  I am 70 now but still enyoying health, thanks to the health message which I have practised since the age of 18.  Otherwise all the doctors who know my family health history agree that I should have the same fate as my father and brothers.
Title: Re: How did you come into the faith?
Post by: newbie on November 28, 2010, 12:58:32 PM
A powerful testimony Sammy Lee and Praise the Lord for the Health Message... the entering wedge.  I hope you are able to share this testimony often!  :-D