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Personal Testimony

Sharing the Gospel Using your Personal Testimony

 

The Power of Your Personal Testimony

  • First, your conversion story is personal. You don’t have to memorize Bible verses or worry about repeating them correctly.

  • Second, it is conversational. It’s not a sermon. It can be shared over a cup of coffee or after a round of golf.

  • Third, no one can dispute it. If you have joy, peace, and love in your life as a result of knowing Christ, that will be evident.

  • Fourth, it is interesting. It’s natural for friends to want to know more about each other.

  • Even if your friend is antagonistic to the Gospel, he/she may still be interested in why you value your relationship with a man named Jesus.

 

There are 3 basic parts to telling your story: your life before Christ, how you came to Christ, and your life after Christ.

  1. Your Life Before Christ. Paint a picture of what your life was like before you came to Christ. Don’t dwell too much on or brag about past sins or struggles. Share only the details that relate to your theme — just enough to show your need for Christ.

  2. How You Came to Christ. Give the details about why and how you became a Christian. Communicate in such a way that the person you are talking with, and anyone who overhears you, can understand how they can become a Christian too. Even if your listeners are not ready for that, God could use your story and explanation of the gospel to draw them to Himself in the future. Share the gospel as you talk about how you came to Christ. 

  3. Your Life After Coming to Christ. Share some of the changes that Christ has made in your life as they relate to your theme. Emphasize the changes in your character, attitude or perspective, not just the changes in behavior. Be realistic. We still struggle as Christians. Life is far from perfect. But what’s different about your life now?

 

Key Points

  • How you recognized your personal need for Jesus

  • Point people to Jesus

  • Clearly explain the gospel in your testimony

  • Share key verses such as John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; John 14:6; John 1:12, or any others that fit with your testimony

  • Avoid abstract Christian terms or overly Christian thoughts or words

  • Point out the moment when you chose to follow Christ

  • Keep your testimony short and concise, aim for 3-5 minutes