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Summary: Learn how to prepare and consolidate the testimony of what God has done in your life so you can use it as a powerful evangelism tool in any conversation.

The Testimony Worksheet

1 Peter 3:15 tells us, “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you

to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Your personal testimony, the story of

what God has done in your life, is one of the best ways you can do this.

Although people can try to argue about the veracity of Christianityʼs claims, no one can

argue with what Christ has done in your life. It has been said that “a man with a

testimony is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.” People are often very

interested in what the God of the universe is doing on a personal level and they want to

know what He is doing in your life.

Remember the power of a testimony to reach others for Christ - Jn.4:39.

Remember the power of your testimony in the spiritual battle - Rev.12:11.

A testimony is most effective when it is concise, to the point and organized (see Paulʼs

personal testimony in Acts 26 for an example).

1.How to organize and write your personal testimony.

a.Ask the Lord to guide you as you write.

b.Prepare it in such a way that you can give it to groups or individuals. Keep it

concise and emphasize a personal commitment to Christ.

c. Try to keep it within a 3 minute time limit (see Paulʼs example again in Acts 26).

d.Be realistic and honest about what you include.

e.Consider your typical audience (those you will most often be communicating with)

and write it in a way that will relate to them.

f. Use a 3 point outline containing the following (your personal examples will go a

long way towards establishing your credibility with your audience so be real and

honest but also be appropriate):

i. What was your life like before Christ?

1.What were your attitudes, needs and problems?

2.What did your life revolve around? What was most important to you?

3.What did you look to for security, peace of mind and happiness and in what

ways did those leave you unsatisfied?

ii. What led you to put your trust in Christ?

1.Be very honest about how you came to that decision.

2.Do your best to summarize the gospel at this point and how you responded

to the gospel.

iii.What happened after you received Christ?

1.Contrast who you were before with who you are now and focus on the

change God has produced and is continuing to produce in your life.

g.Keep it focused: Avoid a “religious” approach - do not spend much time speaking

about your church activities. Avoid inappropriate details about your past. Avoid

mundane details about how you grew up. Stick to a theme.

i. Avoid the following terminology:

1.Do not make statements that reflect negatively on churches, other

organizations or people.

2.Avoid mentioning denominations.

3.Explain vague terms such as joyful, peaceful, happy and changed when

you use them.

4.Explain Biblical words such as saved, born again, converted and sin when

you use them (be careful not to speak “Christianese”).

2.Write out your testimony with these key components.

a.Begin with an attention getting sentence or short story.

i. Only use phrases, questions and examples that are natural and wonʼt make

your audience tense or uncomfortable.

b.Be positive from start to finish.

c. Keep the emphasis and focus on Christ throughout your testimony.

d.Be specific. Give enough details to arouse curiosity (but remember to be

appropriate and to not overemphasize your sin - keep the emphasis on Christ).

e.Be natural. Do your best to help people understand and know you.

f. Be accurate and honest.

g.Include relevant thought provoking experiences.

h.Use 1 or 2 scripture references but only when they relate directly to your

experience and fit naturally in your testimony.

i. Donʼt end your testimony with a verse but rather keep scripture in the body of

your testimony.

i. End with a well thought through closing.

j. Edit your testimony and rewrite it as much as needed to get it just right. Then

memorize it so you will “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who

asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” Then use it often!

Write an attention getting sentence or paragraph.

What was your life like before you received Christ?

What led you to put your trust in Christ, why did you give Him complete control of

your life and how did you make the decision (briefly summarize the gospel)?

What happened after you received Christ, what changes have you seen in your life?

Write a good closing.

Write out your testimony

My testimony!

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