If someone were to ask you about your life, how would you sum it up? With a laundry list of personal achievements? Maybe with a sad, sob story about nothing going your way? Or would you take the opportunity to stand as a witness to the saving power of Jesus Christ and to the sanctifying work of the Spirit in your own personal life?
Do you have a personal testimony? If you claim Jesus as your Savior & King, you should. In fact, if you are one of His followers, you do have a testimony…but you might have never taken the time to think it through.
A testimony is not a list of all the great things you have done in your life (it is not a resume). Likewise, it is not a thank-you list to the many people who have impacted your life (it is not an acceptance speech at the Oscars).
Instead, a testimony is the story of God’s work in your life which highlights your sinfulness, His saving grace and the Spirit’s transforming power. God is the main character and you are simply telling of His love, grace, mercy, power and faithfulness in your life. Sharing your testimony with others not only clearly identifies yourself as a follower of Jesus, but it also leaves the door wide open for you to share the Gospel with others.
Writing your testimony down is important and, as long as you can remember the major events in your life, it isn’t too difficult to compile. A good testimony (only a couple paragraphs in length) will keep God as the main character & as the acting agent in your life. Here is a helpful way for you to structure your personal testimony:
Part 1: What was my life like before Jesus Christ?
Was I an atheist? An alcoholic? A wealthy businessman? A spoiled brat? Maybe I had never heard the name of Jesus before. Highlight your life as it was before accepting Jesus as Savior & King.
Part 2: How did God find me?
Keep in mind that you did not find God. He found you! He may have used a Sunday School teacher, a family member, a complete stranger, a hotel Bible or even a vivid dream to communicate with you, but He did find you. Give God the glory for His efforts and display His work in bringing you to repentance.
Part 3: How has God changed my life?
You are now saved from your sins. You are made righteous through Christ. While sin will still remain a lingering reality in your life, it is no longer your master. God is! How is God transforming you through the Spirit? How is Jesus reminding you to kneel before Him as your King & to submit to His will?
Your testimony can be used powerfully by God for His Kingdom’s sake. Come find out more about how your personal testimony and other means can be effective tools when sharing the Gospel with others.
THE GOSPEL & PERSONAL EVANGELISM
Wayside Chapel Community Church
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