One of the easiest ways to share the gospel with others is to share with them how you got saved…share your testimony. This post will teach you how to write your testimony. It’s really quite simple to do.
If you are a born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, then you likely already have learned that God expects each of us to share what we know about Jesus with others. This is the way God has ordained that His message of hope and forgiveness be spread throughout the world. God has chosen to allow you and me to have a part in the work He is doing to save souls!
But we have to learn how to do that and how to do it effectively. Just as babies must grow and learn in order to mature and become contributing members of society, each of God’s children must also learn and grow spiritually to mature in faith and then share the way of salvation with others.
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How Do You Start Writing a Testimony?
Usually with any task, the hardest part is knowing where to start. Writing your testimony is no different. So, let me help you with that.
Before you begin…
- Spend a few minutes in prayer and praise.
- Get rid of wrong notions about your testimony.
- Think of the events of your life leading up to your salvation.
The first step in writing your testimony is the same as with any other endeavor. Begin with prayer. Spend a few minutes praising God for helping you to understand and realize your need for His salvation. And thank Him for sending that special person into your life that He used to share the gospel message with you. Then ask Him to help you write out your story to share with others.
The next step is to, once and for all, get rid of the notion that your testimony is somehow “less than.” This is a very real temptation for those of us who grew up in church and maybe never got into what we mistakenly call “the bad sins.”
First of all, ALL sin is BAD. Really bad. So, we ALL need forgiveness and salvation, no matter what our lives looked like to those around us before we accepted Christ as Saviour.
Your testimony is precious! And powerful! And God wants to use it to make a difference in the lives of others. Also, how to write your testimony if you grew up in church, is just the same as for anyone else.
Finally, spend a few minutes in thought about your life and what events led up to you finally understanding that you needed forgiveness for your sins.
What Is an Example of a Testimony?
As you begin writing your testimony, you will likely include more detail than is necessary. That’s Ok. You can edit it later. It’s important just to jot down all that you can think of to begin with.
Depending on where and when you may be led to share your testimony, you may want a longer version to share. But for most occasions you will want to share a short personal testimony.
For me, I learn better from others’ examples. So, let me share with you a personal testimony example.
My Personal Testimony…the Short Version
The summer before 8th grade, when I’d just turned 13, my church youth group attended a week long youth camp. During the service on Wednesday night, the Lord convicted my heart that I needed to be saved. I knew that if I died, I’d go to hell. And I knew that Jesus died to pay for my sins for me.
Once we all returned to our dorm rooms, I told one of the mothers who came as a chaperone that I needed to be saved. She showed me verses in her Bible and led me in “the sinners prayer,” phrase by phrase. Afterward, she asked me how I felt. I responded, “No different.” So, she asked a camp counselor to speak with me.
This lady told me, “Before you go to bed tonight, pray in your own words and ask Jesus to save you and help you know you’re saved.” So, I got in bed, and before I went to sleep, prayed – “Jesus, please save me and help me know I’m saved.” I even fell asleep in the prayer before I could say, Amen! Camp is exhausting! When I woke up the next day, I knew something was changed in me!
Praise the Lord, I’ve never doubted my salvation since. When Jesus’ Spirit comes into your heart and life, you can’t miss Him. You know it!
Are you saved, and know it? Then God wants you to share what He did for you, too. Your story won’t be the same as mine. But that’s a good thing. God uses different aspects of His children’s testimonies to speak to the different heart needs of others.
There are differents parts of my testimony, that I’ve not included here, that I’ve shared when witnessing because they applied to a particular person’s questions or clarified a point that needed to be made.
I use the above version of my testimony to illustrate how important it is when someone prays for salvation, to pray focusing on God and not just repeating phrases someone tells us to say. Because it’s not any particular words that save us!
But starting out, simply include in your testimony those events right around the moment you accepted Jesus as Saviour. Keep it short. Maybe 2-3 paragraphs.
How Do You Write a Personal Testimony as a Christian?
Ok. So what exactly should a Christian testimony include? When writing your testimony, you will want to talk about your life before salvation, the events surrounding your salvation, and the change salvation has brought to your life.
6 Questions to Guide You
- How old were you when you believed on Jesus as your Saviour?
- When did this take place? Give the date, or the time of year, or maybe your grade in school at the time.
- Where were you when Jesus saved you?
- Did you talk with anyone about your need of salvation? If so, who did God use to help you come to faith in Christ?
- What were the circumstances of your life at that time? In other words, what led to you coming to understand your need of the Saviour?
- What did God change about you or your life after you were saved?
Would you like to have a how to write your testimony worksheet? I’ve got you covered. This worksheet is included in my newest book, Through Open Doors: Unlocking the Mystery of Soul Winning. You are welcome to download and print it out to help you get started writing out your Christian testimony.
How to Share Your Testimony
Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;Psalms 107:2
There are so many ways you can share your testimony, some you may not have thought about. In fact, you already share a small part of your testimony whenever you include in a prayer your thankfulness to the Lord for whatever led you to understand your need for Him and anything else about your salvation encounter.
Other ways to share your testimony is through social media posts or even writing a letter to a loved one. You may feel the Holy Spirit nudge you to share something about your testimony when in conversation with friends. Or, the Holy Spirit may lead you to share in a Sunday school class when the teacher asked for volunteers to share how Jesus saved them.
And certainly, whenever you are in a witnessing or soul winning situation, your personal testimony may be used to give more power to what you are telling that person as they see that you fully believe what you are telling them!
Practical Tips for Sharing Your Personal Testimony
Here are some practical tips to keep in mind whenever God gives you those open doors to share Jesus and how He saved you.
- Show excitement.
- Show humility.
- Show thankfulness.
- Be genuine.
- Don’t just recite.
- Keep it short.
This shouldn’t be rote memorization but something you are excited to tell someone. And more about Jesus and how you met Him than about you and your life before Him. Remember, we want to exalt Christ and not glorify our sinful past.
I’m praying for you as you get started sharing the gospel through sharing your personal testimony! May God open many doors for you to share with others the wonderful work He has done in your own life. And use it to bring conviction that leads to others seeking His salvation!
Howbeit Jesus…saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.Mark 5:19
Here is a Free Salvation Testimony worksheet for you to work through and organize your thoughts, so that you can one day share your testimony with others.
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Keep drawing nigh to Him,
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
How did you come to know Jesus as your Saviour? I’d love to hear about it! Leaving your testimony in the Comments below is just one more way you can share Jesus and the gospel, and be a blessing to others.
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