Writing Your Testimony - tips to narrow it down
Do your thoughts and words get muddled?
Here are some tips to help you narrow it down.
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Some ideas to get you thinking...
Before I received Christ, I lived and thought this way:
- What did my life revolve around?
- What issues or things were important to me?
- What did I think of God? Of Jesus?
- On what did I rely for security and happiness?
How I received Christ: paint a "word picture" of the situation.
- Where were you?
- Alone in your room?
- Driving in your car?
- At a church service?
- What thoughts went through your mind?
- What feelings did you struggle with just before your decision?
- How did you yield your life to Christ? What did you say?
After I received Christ, these changes took place:
- Did you struggle with your faith?
- How did God answer prayer, or strengthen you in difficult situations?
- How are you different than you were before?
- How have the changes in your life influenced others around you?
Do's and Don'ts of a strong personal testimony
Do's of a strong testimony
- Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and guidance as you write (James 1:5-6).
- Follow the three-part outline shown above (A. Your life before Christ, B. How You came to know Him, and C. How things are now).
- Emphasize the final point (how things are now) if you became a Christian as a small child.
- Begin with an interesting, attention-getting sentence and close with a strong conclusion. Make sure you tie everything together. Include relevant, thought-provoking secular facts and experiences.
- Write in such a way that others will feel associated with you in past and present experiences. Talk about things others can relate to.
- Give enough details to arouse interest.
- Use at least one, but at the most two, Scripture verses.
- Edit carefully and rewrite as often as necessary.
- Have someone else look it over, and welcome their comments, even if some of those are critical. It may be difficult to accept criticism, but seeking sincere feedback is a sign of wisdom. If your church is already a part of this program have your Internet Evangelism Coordinator look it over.
- Don't use Christian "jargon." Avoid the following words, which do not communicate truth to the average non-Christian. Though these words and phrases are precious to us, they are often misunderstood and consequently ridiculed by non-Christians: saved, convicted, converted, born again, sin, repentance
- Don't be too wordy, beat around the bush, or emphasize how bad you used to be. People feel uncomfortable if you dwell on it.
- Don't speak in glittering generalities or superlatives. Avoid words like "wonderful," "glorious,"
- Don't mention church denominations, especially in a negative way. Never speak critically or negatively about any other individual or group.
- Don't give the impression that the Christian life is a "bed of roses."
- Don't preach to people. Make it a testimony, not a "preachimony."