9/31 How to give a Testimony to share God’s love

Sometimes, it’s too easy to say we need to share our faith with others….but how?  Here is a short post on learning  HOW TO GIVE A TESTIMONY.

Every Christian has a testimony.  We have been involved in the greatest miracle ever – we have become a new creation being!  A well present testimony can be a mighty weapon in the Holy Spirit’s hand to reach others.

1.  Always be prepared to give your testimony, 1 Peter 3:15:

      “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be prepared to give a defence to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

a)  Ask and allow the Holy Spirit to give you the words you need.  Relax in the knowledge that it is the Holy Spirit that convicts; you don’t need to convince others of your truths.

b)  Know that your audience, or single listener.  They are not there by accident.  What does God want to say to them?

c)  Have a life testimony; consciously feed yourself everyday so that you will have something to give others.  Keep your testimony up-to-date; list and share what the Lord is doing currently.

2.  Some Practical Points:

a)  Keep your testimony simply and to the point.  Eliminate unneeded details that complicate your story.  Most people lose track of details after 8 to 10 minutes.  Remember brain capacity?

b)  Have an overall theme, or purpose to your talk.  Watch being sidetracked or bogged down in too many questions.

c)  Speak loud enough for all to hear, slowly and clearly.

d)  Apply the testimony to you, rather than your friends, mother, pastor, or others.  They want to hear the impact of God’s work on you.  Be yourself in your presentation rather than copy another’s style or message.  Keep an eye on the time as well.

e)  Avoid religious jargon, especially with the pre-Christian.

f)  Ask for and accept the power of the Holy Spirit.  Work on any nervousness by stepping into His authority and words for you.  Ask Him for the theme, put some thought and planning into your message.  Then write some notes for yourself.

g) Avoid empty controversaries and angre arguments!

3.  What you could include in your Testimony?

Obviously, you cannot present your whole life’s testimony in 8 to 10 minutes.  Select only one segment, especially when talking with ‘pre-Christians’.  If they are interested and want more, than expand.  It’s called ‘The Fishing Principle’.  You throw out a little ‘bate’, some comment or thought.  If the person is interested, they will respond and take the ‘bate’.  Then you can add more.  Again don’t over-talk their questions but listen to what they are really trying to ask.

      a)  Your past – what your were like prior to finding God,

      b)  What drew you to ‘God and what caused you to change,

      c)  What difference did it make in your life,

      d)  Add a key verse from the Bible to reinforce God’s theme,

      e)  Finish with a challenge.

Learning to share the miracles in your life can have more influence on others than you can could possible know.  Practice, practice and practice.

(Adapted from Ministering in the Power of the Holy Spirit, by the Subritzky Family, page 45-49.)

A quick Summary:

If we know about our Heart and we have learned to listen to its messages …

If we have tapped into Jesus and His healing for our Heart …

If our Heart has heard and accepted the Good News of Grace versus works ….

If our Heart has faced how to handle hurt ….

If our Heart sees life as a Journey with God ……

Then why do we hesitate to share these truths with others?

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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