How to Give Your Testimony
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
Three things usually happen when a man comes to faith in Jesus. First, he sees the life of Christ exampled (that’s you). Second, he hears that man’s story attributed to Christ. Third, he hears how he too can embrace the life-transforming gospel of Jesus.
Do you know how to share your own faith story with another man? Do you know how to explain to a man how he can receive Jesus? In this Just a Thought I’ll give my take on the first question, and I’ll do the same for the second question next time.
Once you’ve listened and sense a man knows you are on his side (reference Weekly Briefing #19, An Apologetic Approach To Witnessing), give him your testimony. Your own story is 100 times more powerful than telling him the “theology” of Christianity alone. Be prepared to do this in not more than 10 minutes, but also in 3 minutes if the time is short. In equal time segments tell him three things…
BEFORE: What was your life like before you embraced Jesus? Empty, confused, lonely, disillusioned, futile, lacking significance, without purpose or meaning, successful but still not happy? As much as possible, relate your story to what you know about his story.
HOW: How did you come to profess faith in Jesus? Where? Who showed you the way? Why did you respond? Be sure to mention the love and holiness of God, conviction of your sins, hunger for truth, understanding who Christ is, repentance, and faith in Jesus.
AFTER: What has Christ done in your life since? Pick areas that have changed which relate to his struggles
A CHALLENGE: If you want to get serious about sharing Christ with men (or already are), don’t shoot from the hip. Take a couple of hours and write out, time, practice, and memorize a 3 minute testimony. Pick words that sparkle and emote. Mark Twain said, “A powerful agent is the right word.” And you already know what would happen if Michael Jordan didn’t practice.