"Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, 'He told me all that I ever did' . . . And many more believed because of his word. They said to the woman, 'It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.'" John 4:39, 41–42
What Is a Testimony?
A testimony is nothing more than a story—more specifically, a story about one's relationship with God. Because of what Christ has done, Christians have an intimate, personal relationship with God himself!
A Christian's own personal story is a great framework around which they can weave the gospel message and Scripture, while at the same time connecting at a deeper level and developing a relationship with the person they're talking to. A story also adds credibility, as it takes verses of Scripture or gospel truths that might otherwise mean nothing to someone, and makes it meaningful by showing how it had real, tangible meaning for and effect on them.
Below are some testimonies shared by members of Arlington Baptist Church. There are two types of testimonies given:
- A personal testimony, where members recount God's saving grace in their life;
- A church testimony, where members recount God's sanctifying grace in their life through the church.
We hope these stories of God's grace help you follow Jesus as you hear of how the Lord is working through the mission and ministry of ABC.
Finding a Healthy Church
Dan explains what a healthy church is and how he's experienced spiritual growth at Arlington Baptist Church.
Connecting in Biblical Community
Stephanie tells of how the Lord led her to find biblical community at Arlington Baptist Church.
Seeking Truth, Finding Christ
Jackson shares how he sought truth from a variety of sources but ultimately found the truth in Jesus Christ and the gospel, even as Christ first sought and found him.
Finding Mercy and Meaning in Christ
Shelby shares how the gospel proclaimed at Arlington Baptist Church provided the assurance of pardon and purpose in Jesus Christ.
Growing in Faith, Gaining a Family
Eric recounts God's grace in leading his family to Arlington Baptist Church and how he's grown through the church's mission and ministry.
From Wandering to Welcomed Home
Gabriela testifies of how God's grace brought her back home where she was welcomed by God's people.
Turning From Dead Works to Serve the Living God
Nathan describes how the gospel of God's gracious salvation by faith alone freed him from seeking personal glory to serving Christ and his church.
Equipped to Serve, Shepherd, and Be Sent
Dennis describes how he found Arlington Baptist Church and how he's been better equipped for the work of ministry.
From Self-Deceived to Saved by Grace
Nio describes how he grew up self-deceived about his love for Christ, and how the Lord mercifully gave him new life.
Amazing Grace From Childhood
Matthew explains how the Lord graciously saved him in his youth and spared him from many troubles, and how every believer's testimony is a story of God's amazing grace.