What makes your testimony an effective way to share the gospel?
- It’s YOUR story…edited by you, filtered by you, qualified by you, and told by you.
- You can tell it anywhere.
- It includes how you came to Christ, and how they can come to Christ too.
How can you craft your personal testimony beginning with only three words?! It’s easy.
Choose your first word to describe your life, feelings, situation, thoughts, etc. before you placed your faith in Christ:
Consider one of these: Angry, Independent, Manipulative, Miserable, Hopeless, Empty, Addicted, Aimless, Restless, Striving, Confused, Insecure.
For example, you might choose the word “confused.”
Choose your second word to describe how you came to place your faith in Christ.
Consider one of these: Creation, Studied, Concert, Grew, Bible, Friend, Trouble, Observation, Evangelist, Spouse, Loved.
For example, you might choose the word “awakened.”
Finally, choose your third word to describe your life, feelings, situation, thoughts, etc. now that you have placed your faith in Christ:
Consider one of these: Approachable, Peaceful, Generous, Loving, Brave, Caring, Teacher, Mentor, Servant, Elder, Hopeful, Compassionate, Confident.
For example, you might choose the word “assured.”
Once you have your three words, you’re ready to come up with one or two sentences for each word. Just a brief explanation of how each word relates to your story.
Here’s an example:
“Although I believed in the existence of a God, and even knew the story of Jesus, I didn’t fully understand how it all fit together. I was confused about the nature and character of Jesus as God, and how He had provided a way for me to be reconciled to the very Creator of the universe!
Through a series of conversations with new Christian friends in college, as well as exposure to some Christian music with meaningful lyrics, I came to understand Jesus as Savior. I was awakened to the reality that Christ died for my sins and rose from the dead.
Now I am assured that through my trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation, I have an unbroken relationship with the very God who created the universe and everything in it. This relationship is for eternity and my life with Him will not end when my time on earth does.”
Remember: 3 words + 1 or 2 sentences per word = 3–6 sentences to tell your story
Editor's Note: This article is adapted from a post that previously ran in May 2017.