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Salvation Stories 2: Jeremy Parks: Personal Testimony

Salvation Stories Day 2 – Jeremy Parks: Personal Testimony

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9, ESV)

I grew up going to church—a lot. From the time I was little I heard all about the Bible and the gospel. I would go to church on Sunday mornings, gospel services on Sunday night, and then to Bible studies every Wednesday. I always “believed” what I heard from those who taught me about the Bible. I didn’t question any of the Bible stories or anything about the message of the gospel, that Jesus died to save sinners. As a kid, I could have told you many Bible stories and even what it meant to be saved. But I myself was not “saved.” In fact, before the night I got saved, I don’t remember being concerned about my soul or where I would be after I died. I never really gave it much thought.

That all changed one Sunday evening in October, when I was only six years old, as I sat in church listening to two different men preach the gospel. While I don’t remember everything they said that night, I clearly remember both of them talking about how as a sinner I would end up in hell if I were to leave this earth with the problem of my sin still resting on me. I knew, sitting there during that service, that I was not saved and not ready to meet God. It was clear to me that night that I was not ready for eternity.

After that gospel meeting, everyone could tell I was concerned about my soul and that I wanted to be saved. Bill Seale, one of the speakers that night, talked to me out in the parking lot. He quoted several verses from the Bible, trying to explain salvation to me. The first one I remember was John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The other was Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

I had heard those verses before and thought I knew what they meant. But I remember Bill asking, “What does it mean to me that God loved the world, and that Jesus died for sinners?” And after struggling with trying to believe the right way or believe hard enough, I realized what those words in John 3 actually meant—that I was the sinner Jesus died for. It wasn’t just that God loved the world but that He loved me! And His Son did everything on the cross in order that I might have my sins forgiven and receive salvation. 

And so, standing out in a church parking lot, I simply trusted and rested on the fact that Jesus died for me. It was no longer a “belief” that I had in my head, but an understanding that there was nothing I could do to save myself and that the Lord Jesus had already done it all. 

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