How to Prepare Your Personal Testimony Guidelines for Writing Your Testimony
What to Do:
- Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and guidance as you write.
- Keep your testimony within a three-minute time limit· Consider your audience.
- Communicate personally with the particular individual or group so they can identify with you.
- Be realistic. Relate that as you walk in obedience, Christ enables you to live through your problems rather than removing them from your life.
What Not to Do:
- Make statements that reflect negatively on any church organization or individuals.
- Mention denominations or churches by name.
- Speak in a preaching manner. Instead, keep to a normal, conversational tone.
- Use vague terms such as joyful, peaceful, or changed without explaining them.
- Also, avoid using religious terms such as saved, convicted, or sin without defining them. These words do not communicate to non-Christians.
- Begin with an attention-getting sentence or incident.
- Be positive. Be accurate. Be specific--details arouse interest.
- Use one or two Bible verses, but only where they relate directly to your experience. Explain the reference--for example, say, "One of Jesus' disciples said..." rather than "1 John 5:11-13 says..."
- Write a finished and logical conclusion.· Edit and rewrite as needed.· Rehearse your testimony until you can give it naturally.
Excerpted from Bill Bright's 5 Steps to Sharing Your Faith, ©Campus Crusade for Christ.
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