The testimony is a powerful and effective way for us to tell our story of faith. It isn’t so much about us (though it will be personal) but about the Lord. This is not a sermon but a human interest story that should be intriguing, especially if those who listen are your friends. You are like a witness in a court of law expressing what you have seen, heard or experienced.Sometimes we are tempted to think that (comparatively) our testimony is ‘tame’ and not quite as ‘interesting’ as that of Nicky Cruz. Every conversion is a dramatic and extraordinary expression of God’s undeserved gift of grace!
Here are some passages that can be studied:
- Mark 5:19
- Acts 4:20
- John 9:13-34
- Acts 22:1-21
- Luke 24:13-35
- John 4:39-42
CONTENT – what to say
- It is very important to prepare beforehand
- Everything needs to be prepared with a prayerful attitude
- You need to decide what you will say and write it down (either in full or bullet-points)
- Imagine that you are making a presentation of Christ (focus on Him)
- Think of using some relevant Bible verses (not more than 2-3 verses though) – Hebrews 4:12
There are 4 sections you need to cover:
What was it like before I surrendered my life to Christ
What happened? What made you think? Why did you decide?
How did your life change (benefits/cost)? Is it noticeable?
Why should the listener consider it?
COMMUNICATION – how to say it
- Have 2 versions prepared (3 & 10 minutes)
- Be genuine – no impersonation necessary
- Be compassionate & passionate
- Be clear – project voice, head up, eye contact, vary your tone
- Be short
- Do not preach – share!
- Do not try to entertain!
CLANGERS – mistakes to avoid
- Do not give a ‘bragamony’ – be honest, do not exaggerate
- Do not use ‘Christianese’ jargon (paraphrase or explain): i.e. ‘born again’
- Do not criticize people/Churches
- Do not put yourself in the spotlight
- Do not be simplistic (‘Christianity is a bed of roses’)
- Do not keep apologizing (‘my testimony is not that good/ I did not have enough time to prepare it’?
‘Come and listen, let me tell you what he has done for me.’ Psalm 66:16 (excerpt)
‘All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God’ 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
©. CFM LIFE Groups, November 2007