“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” – 1 Peter 3:15
SHARING MY STORY:
The most powerful witness you have is your story of the difference Christ has made in your life – this story is called your “Testimony.”
Your testimony is powerful because no one can dispute your experience. While people may argue with the Bible, organized religion or church; they simply cannot dispute your personal study. In a world where everything is relevant, your story is very real.
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Here are three reasons why your story is important:
1. OUR FRIENDS ARE INTERESTED
A natural outflow of our showing interest in our friends, listening to their concerns, and building an authentic relationship is that they will want to reciprocate and find out more about us. Real friends want to understand each other’s thoughts, values and backgrounds.
2. OUR FRIENDS CAN RELATE TO IT
We naturally tend to get close to people with similar interests and backgrounds, and it is likely that our friends will be able to relate our experience to their own.
Remember – don’t discount your story if it is not sensational or dramatic. If you spent most of your life as a “good” person, maybe even going to church, but without knowing Christ personally, then yours is a story that many people will be able to identify with. God uses all kinds of stories because people are in all different places.
Also – If your story has more graphic sin or details, you may want to tone it down and not “over-share”. You do not want the sensational story to outshine what God has done for you. If a story is too sensational, some will scoff: “I’m glad you found religion, because you obviously really needed it.” The focus of your story should be Christ not the details of your past sin.
3. IT IS HARD TO ARGUE WITH
When people see the way God changed our lives, it becomes harder to deny the evidence that Christianity is true. The skeptic may deny your doctrine or attack your church, but they cannot honestly ignore they fact that your life has been changed.
WRITING YOUR STORY
Take the next few minutes to begin writing the story of how Jesus changed your life.
On a sheet of paper, begin to answer the following questions:
1. Where were you spiritually before receiving Christ, and how did that affect you – your feelings, attitudes, actions and relationships?
2. What caused you to begin considering God/Jesus as a solution to your needs or as Savior?
3. What realization did you come to that finally motivated you to receive Christ?
4. Specifically, how did you receive Christ?
5. How did your life begin to change after you trusted Christ?
6. What other benefits have you experienced since becoming a Christian?
AS YOU WRITE, REMEMBER:
1. Be concise and simple in wording.
2. Avoid religious clichés or God-talk
3. Be direct and to the point.
4. Being able to share your story in 2 – 4 minutes is preferred. 3 minutes is ideal.
5. Emphasize aspects of your story that will relate to your friend.