To Write Your Christian Testimony: 10 Great Tips
- 12 Sep 2013
PEACH on JUNE 4, 2011 ∑
of the greatest witnessing tools we have available to us is
the testimony of a changed life. We can look at many
examples in the Bible of people who came to Christ, were
saved and walked away changed. That same thing is happening
today. You have the ability to share your story of a changed
life. When sharing your Christian testimony through written
word you want to remember that while this is a blessing to
those who are saved, it can be used by God to reach the unsaved.
Always write with the thought in mind that unsaved people
will be reading your testimony.
if you will be sharing your testimony verbally in front of a
group, it is helpful to write it down so that you can say
exactly what you plan to say. It does not need to be
memorized, but you should have a plan of what you want to
share before you stand up to speak. Writing your testimony
beforehand will be a big help in keeping you on track.
you begin: Pray
time to talk with the Lord about writing out or speaking
your testimony. Each opportunity is a witnessing tool that
God can use to touch a life. Allow Him to guide your words.
to Include in your Presentation
the Problem Ė Sin
your readers or listeners what brought you to the
realization of your need of a Savior. You donít need to
give a laundry list of your sins, but you should tell how
you were brought to conviction. The Bible tells us that Godís
law is what brings us to a knowledge of our need of
salvation (Galatians 3:24). Sharing with the audience what
God says about sin
is an important element of your Christian testimony. You can
do this by sharing various parts of the Ten Commandments and
how they were convicting to you personally. Your audience
needs to know that the reason they should consider Jesus
Christ is not because He can make them happy, but because
they are sinners and He can forgive
the Solution Ė Jesus Christ
you are done with your testimony everyone should know that Jesus
is the answer to their problem of sin. Your salvation is not
what you were able to accomplish on your own, but it was
purchased by Jesus on the cross (Titus 3:5-7). Focus your
testimony on pointing people to Jesus.
your testimony beforehand will be a big help in keeping you
careful about using words that unsaved audience members wonít
know. The longer you are saved, and the more time you spend
in church, the harder it is to remember that people outside
the church donít understand all of our vocabulary. Also
remember that other religious groups use the same words we
do in Christian churches, but have a different meaning to
their vocabulary. The more you can give your testimony using
common words, the clearer your communication will be.
to give the important elements of your testimony clearly and
succinctly. If you have time or space you can give more
information that will help illustrate your points. But donít
waste precious time telling stories
that wonít help people know about how the Lord drew you to
your testimony in an honest way. There is no reason to
sensationalize or lie about the events in your life. Just
because other people may have been saved out of a horrible
background and you havenít, doesnít mean you are any
less saved. There will be people in the audience who can
relate to your real story, even if it sounds boring compared
to someone elseís testimony. When you are honest God can
use your words to reach others.
your readers and listeners specific examples of how God
worked in your life. Again, you donít need to share the
details of your sin. However, the more examples of real
events you can give, the more the audience will relate.
Those who are not saved will see more credibility in your
testimony if you tell the real ways God has changed you.
your Current Situation
is God doing in your life today? It is great to hear what He
did last year (or 30 years ago) in saving you, but your
audience will want to know that God
is still at work in your life today.
you are told you have 3 minutes to give your testimony, then
you need to stay within that time limit. This shows respect
to your hearers and those speaking after you. If the
listeners know you only have 3 minutes and you speak for 7
then it can be seen as boastful on your part. Make sure you
honor God the one who saved you when you share your
testimony with others.
beauty of writing your testimony is that you can say exactly
what you want to say in the space limitation you have. You
can edit out the unnecessary information.
your Christian testimony is a wonderful way to share the
miracle of a changed life with an unbeliever. I hope these
tips are helpful. Get started today in preparing your
testimony so that you can share it with others.
Your Testimony is Important?
and testimonies in the Bible are examples for us today. The Bible
says in the New
Testament that the things written in the Old
Testament are there to serve as examples and encouragement
for us today (1 Corinthians 10:11). Your testimony can be
the exact same thing for others who will read it in the
future.Do you have something you think is important that
should be mentioned to other readers concerning sharing
their testimony? Leave a comment and let us know.
Some More Tools? Here are some other articles that
might be helpful to you as you write your Christian
is a Life Verse? Christians talk about life verses.
Read this article to find out what this is and to
get some great examples so you can choose your own.
Facts. As you share the good news of Jesus in your
testimony you might want to know some facts about
Heaven. Read this encouraging article to learn about
the real place that God lives and the place that
believers call their home too.
will Heaven be Like? As you prepare your
testimony read this article to remind yourself of
the great hope that all believers have. Imagine the
beauty of Jesusí face in our Fatherís house!
"What Christians want to know"
Q: I'm sick of the word "love."
It's so overused in our society, or it's prissy. What does Jesus mean by
loving others, including enemies, or loving others as myself?
A: One great definition: "Love
is serving others to bring about God's will in their lives." Love your
enemy? Serve him creatively, with a prayerful blend of firmness and
compassion, leading him to a knowledge of God's will for a purposeful
life, and then guide him to pursuing it. Same with fellow Christians
and, likewise, such a pursuit is good for oneself. In other words, serve
others and serve yourself toward finding God's will for purposeful
living. See "Books of Interest" (tab on left) and pick up a copy of "The
Dream Giver," and ask God to awaken His dream for the rest of your life.
Q: I confused about the use of
the term "religion." People ask me if I'm "religious." To me this is a
turn-off. How can I respond?
A: I like this quote: "The
church (or, for that matter, the Men's Roundtable) is "a community of
astonished hearts, proclaiming the end of religion in Jesus." --Robert
Farrar Capon. The dictionary defines religion as supernatural
constraint, sanction, religious practice, perhaps from religare:
to restrain, tie back...institutionalized system of religious attitudes,
beliefs, and practices...scrupulous conformity. Someone said, "My
faith is not a religion; it is a relationship. As we spend more time
with Jesus and discover who He is and what He is doing in the lives of
others and ourselves, it can blow us away. We can proclaim a
relationship with Jesus as an ongoing, living adventure that is full of
wonder, awe and, yes, astonishment. See our "Books of Interest" to help
you learn how to relate to Jesus in this way. Or see the
Q and A
highlighted in red below.
Q: I'm a busy guy. And Saturday
is the only day I get to sleep in. What can I gain from attending the
A: One brother told about how
his marriage got a jump start when he changed his habit - before, when
his wife asked him to do something, he'd think, "Yeah, when I'm through
reading the paper or doing whatever I wanted to do at the time." But, he
was inspired by an elder brother in the Roundtable to respond to his
wife's requests immediately. Wow! What a difference that made! Every
week, we find iron sharpening iron. Roundtable is not for sissies. We
see the Holy Spirit breaking through in ways we least expected. However,
if you have a perfect marriage, perfect relationship with Christ,
perfect relationships with other brothers, kids, family members and
co-workers, you're right. No need to attend. But if you're still
learning like the rest of us, welcome! Have a donut and cup of coffee
and enjoy being with other guys who understand you (as a guy) better
than anyone else on this earth!
Q: I hear that the Bible is a
living book and that people learn something fresh from a verse even if
they have read it a hundred times before. I don't get that kind of
uplifting spiritual experience from reading the Bible. Sometimes it
seems boring. How can I know it as a living book as some men say?
A: God will answer your question
in a way you least expect it, but let's pass along two thoughts. One
Christian said he uses a variety of translations and devotionals to keep
God's Word fresh. See
Online Parallel Bible and
Bread. But something that blew me away came from
Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller:
(Dr. Bill Bright is the late, great
leader of Campus Crusade for Christ).
"...as a final question he asked Dr. Bright what Jesus meant to
him....Dr. Bright could not answer the question. He said Dr. Bright just
started to cry. He sat there on his big chair behind his big desk and
wept...he knew Jesus in a personal way, so well that he would cry at the
very mention of His name.....I knew then that I would like to know Jesus
like that, with my heart, not with my head.... The speaker guy asked us
to go outside and find a quiet place and get reacquainted with the Book,
hold it in our hands and let our eyes feel down the pages....When I got
back from the conference, I felt like my Bible was calling me....So I
started reading in Matthew....and Mark, then Luke and John. I read those
books in a week or so, and Jesus was very confusing, and I didn't
know if I liked Him very much, and I was certainly tired of Him by the
second day. By the time I got to the end of Luke, to the part where they
were going to kill Him again, where they were going to stretch Him out
on a cross, something shifted within me.... I don't know what it was
that I read or what Jesus was doing in the book, but I felt a love for
Him rush through me, through my back and into my chest. I started
crying, too, just like that guy Bill Bright. I remember thinking that I
would follow Jesus anywhere, that it didn't matter what He asked me to
do.... I loved Him and I was going to follow Him."
Q: It seems until recently,
there was all kinds of talk about the imminent return of Jesus. People
speculated that the Rapture must surely occur within a 40-year
generation since the reestablishment of Israel in 1947. Lately, I
haven't heard much preached about the soon-coming Jesus, with the
possible exception of the popular Left Behind books. What's
holding Jesus up?
A: A Bible teacher once said,
"The more I hear people try to nail down the day of Jesus' return, the
more I know they're wrong - we know not the day nor the hour." Here's a
thought-provoking essay on one reason the Lord hasn't come back quite