Scott Fillmer

Scott FillmerI PRAY THAT I CAN FULFILL HIS WILL FOR MY LIFE

One thing I’ve learned about the pursuit of a life of faith, it isn’t a light-switch moment and then it’s done. It is a lifetime of consistent living, learning, and submitting to the will of God (sanctification). Below is my personal testimony. This statement is a more formal presentation, but serves as my written statement of personal faith in Jesus Christ. I would love to hear yours as well; so please feel free to tell us how God has moved in your life in any comments you are willing to share.

Early Years

I didn’t have a conversion experience based largely on a single event in my life. I was raised in a Christian home and baptized as an infant, in a military chapel before I was six weeks old.

For the next 10 to 15 years, my parents kept me involved in the local church; with most of that time being spent in two Bible-believing Methodist churches. I can recall countless Sunday morning sermons, Sunday school lessons, Wednesday night dinners and celebrations around Easter and Christmas. Most of these things meant nothing to me because I was blind to understanding God’s Word. They were like seeds being planted that would eventually be realized. Even though I listened to the salvation message for the better part of 17 years, I went into early adulthood without a direct relationship with Jesus Christ or an understanding of what the saving grace of Jesus actually meant to me.

Upon graduating from high school I left my parents’ home and subsequently the church in pursuit of my own desires. I was in control of my life. I spent the next five years working and living as most secular people did in the early 1990’s, trying to replace the void in my life with material items and experiences that never measured up to what I would later learn was a search for Christ Himself. This constant pursuit for meaning in my life eventually led me back to Jesus.

Conversion Experience

In 1993, I married Deborah. We were both unbelievers at the time, even though both of us had been brought up in the Church by believing parents. Together we continued to resist the call of our Savior in an ever-growing materialistic culture. Prior to our first anniversary my wife, unbeknownst to me, gave her life to Christ and started attending a local church in Kentucky while I went to work on Sunday mornings.

Deborah began asking me to go to church with her, but I resisted and continued with my established lifestyle until we moved to Birmingham, Alabama. On April 29, 1994, at the age of 24, I went with her and family members to a Christian concert and that night I asked Christ to come into my life. It was at that moment while standing next to the stage with several others, that my life was changed forever.

My Ongoing Walk of Faith

On May 22, 1994, less than a month after my conversion experience at the concert; my wife and I participated in a believer’s baptism at a local lake as an outward expression of our desire to follow Christ. The next fifteen years were spent trying to undo the habits and temptations presented to me during the five years I spent away from the Church, and the 24 years living without the Holy Spirit. I would once again, for a time, resist the call of Jesus, to move into the ministry. Instead, I continued to live my life on the edge of a full commitment to Christ, until my faith was tested, stretched and finally strengthened by a pastor in Colorado.

Several years ago I committed my business and my photography to pursuits of faith, leading up to starting my work in the ministry in 2006. In 2008, I felt a strong call to get more personally involved in ministry work, and was hired by Cornerstone Church as their Director of Technology. Soon after joining the church staff for the first time in my life, I also enrolled in seminary at Liberty University to pursue at least a master degree in religion. This was a very important step in my walk of faith, as it led me and continues to lead me to grow in the knowledge and strength in my faith.

While I can point to a specific date for my conversion experience in 1994, it was one point in time that marks the decision in a lifetime of decisions, for Christ to come. I don’t know what God is calling me to in ministry; but I pray that I can fulfill what He wants me to do.

 

Scott Fillmer Hearing His Voice Testimony