Romans 12:11 tells us that we can overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. One of the most powerful and effective ways to share your faith is sharing your story. In this world full of debates about science, history, and objective truth, who can deny the power of your story? On this page, you'll find an outline to help you build your testimony in a clear and simple way. You will also find some tips and helpful information to keep in mind when crafting your story.
Before beginning, pray to the Lord for help in recording your story. Just as the Holy Spirit helped the disciples remember everything Jesus did in their presence (John 14:26) He is able to help you remember everything Jesus has done for you. John 16:23 says "Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Ask now for the Lord to bring clarity and focus and purpose to your story.
What was my life like before Jesus? How does my life before Jesus relate to a non-believer?
What did I rely on to find joy or fill gaps in my life? Before Jesus, we were all looking for something to fulfill us, whether emotionally, physically, or spiritually.
Why did those substitutions ultimately not fulfill me?
Who told me about Jesus first, and when?
What were my initial thoughts about Jesus?
When did my heart begin to soften?
Why did I submit my life to Christ and ask Him to forgive me and save me?
What changes have I noticed in my life, since following Jesus?
Where do I find my joy and fulfillment now?
What motivates me to do the things I do?
Why do I wish to share my testimony? Hint: in Acts 26:29 Paul wraps up his testimony to King Agrippa by declaring he shares his story so that "all who hear me this day might become such as I am."
- Write your testimony conversationally, or, write the way you speak. People crave authenticity, so be real and be yourself.
- Practice, practice, practice. Make sharing your testimony a habit, such that all who come in contact with you will know your story.
- Keep it short. Be ready to share your story at all times, and quickly lest the message be cut short. About three minutes is a great time to shoot for.
- Be careful to speak the truth; this includes exaggerations or stretches.
- Be specific, where possible. Instead of "I used to not be happy, but now I have so much joy!" explain what caused you to be unhappy before Jesus, and how Jesus is the source of your joy today.
- Practice with friends and family who are believers. They will be happy to help!
The Bible is a great place to look for examples of great testimonies. In Acts 22, Paul shares his testimony before the crowd and the tribunal. Again, in Acts 26, Paul shares his testimony before King Agrippa. Even in John 9, we get a powerful (if short) testimony from a man born blind who was healed by Jesus. It may sound familiar: "One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see."
The Pivotal Point
The most important thing you can do when sharing your testimony is to clearly present the gospel. Jesus lived. Jesus died. Jesus rose again. This is the gospel; it is because of those three fundamental, unavoidable truths that we have a beautiful story to share. If you want to go deeper with a gospel presentation during your testimony, check out our resource on The Roman Road.