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Sharing Your Journey of Faith
Stories are powerful.
We all love stories, especially ones that give us an "inside look" into someone else's life.
As a child of God, you have a powerful story to tell. Sharing how you came to Jesus and the difference He's made in your life can help others discover how they, too, can know God personally.
But how do you distill a lifetime of experiences into a few minutes and communicate the significance of your faith in a way others can understand? This is the challenge.
It's also the reason we've put together a template and some tips to help you draft your personal testimony. This guide will help you develop a three-minute synopsis of your story that you can share with individuals or groups. A carefully prepared testimony, empowered by the Holy Spirit, can be a tool you can use anywhere to effectively share the message of God's love.
As you set out to gather ideas, begin by asking God to bathe the process with His Spirit, and give you wisdom as you write. Your objective at this point is to write freely without editing--to just get all your ideas on paper.
The outline below will provide a solid frame to build your story on. Try to think of specific examples and details that relate to each question.
Threading it together
During this second step, it's time to get selective and decide which details to include. Read through your ideas, and using a highlighter, underline the most important feelings, examples or incidents that relate to each of the three points in the outline above. Use the ideas you highlight to begin writing your story, and make sure you explain what your life was like before you knew Christ, how you came to know Him, and what your life is like now. These guidelines will help you shape your story.
There are certain things you should filter from your story to avoid detracting from its essential message.
Telling your story
It might seem tough the first time or two, but the more you share your story, the easier it will get. Most people will appreciate your willingness to talk openly about your life, and no one can argue with your personal experience.
Beware of nervous mannerisms that can distract others as they listen to your story, such as rubbing your nose, swaying, jingling coins in your pocket, playing with a pencil, clearing your throat, or using many "you knows" and "uhs."
Also, remember that a testimony should never be a "preachimony." Stay humble; never argue or use high pressure methods to persuade people to make decisions for Christ.
Keep it fresh
New chapters of your life are being written all the time, so in one sense, your story is never complete. Feel free to add new content and revise to keep your testimony fresh and reflect God's ongoing work in your life.
Ask God to give you opportunities to tell your story, and look for openings. People you meet may comment that there's something different about you, or even ask you why you're such a "religious" person. Such situations are windows of opportunity to tell your story of faith.
Be creative in sharing your life! And enjoy sharing with others the incredible story of what Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, is doing in you!