Submitting Your Personal Testimony

     Testimonies of salvation are the Gospel in action. Nothing is more convincing than hearing how someone was converted from a mean spirited, nasty person who lived in bondage to sin, to a child of God through the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Your personal testimony may be the very vehicle that causes some hurting person to look to Jesus. Please submit it now.

     A personal testimony is a powerful witnessing tool. Be it the web, your home page, or witnessing on the street, having a well written testimony available provides immediate means to answer the question of, "...Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" Acts 16:30. Your testimony shows not only how you found Christ, but how they can.

     Be prepared to spend adequate time on writing your testimony. Then allow a friend to read it and receive suggestions with an open heart. Rewriting yourself is quit common and is part of the process.


WHAT IS A TESTIMONY?

Funk and Wagnalls says...

Testify.             1. To make solemn declaration of truth or fact.
                        2. To serve as evidence or indication: Her rags
                             testified to her poverty.
                        3. To bear witness to; affirm positively.
                        4. To be evidence or indication of.
                        7. To make known publicly; declare.

Testimony.       1. A statement or affirmation of a fact, as
                           before a court.
                        2. Evidence; proof; also, the aggregate of proof
                            offered in a case.
                        3. The act of testifying; attestation.
                        4. Public declaration regarding some experience.

DOís AND DONíTs WHEN GIVING PUBLIC DECLARATION

     This list of Doís and Doníts is compiled from experience and from talks with other people involved in testimony gathering. It is by no means intended to be a limiter as to what is or is not your testimony. However, the lost always see things differently than those that have the testimony or witness of the Holy Spirit, Psalm 19:7; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 John 2:20; 5:20. For that reason, we have a responsibility to ensure nothing in our testimony detracts from the message of salvation, which is by grace alone, paid for by the sinless perfect blood of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

DONíTs

Donít say things like, ďI think I was saved at that timeĒ. Be as specific as you can. While people who were saved as children often donít remember the exact dates as most adults do, please try to say ďI was saved...Ē.

Donít say you were saved at 10 etc., then detail 35 years of sin, drinking, drugs and sexual sin followed by, ďIím glad Jesus was always by my sideĒ. Remember, you canít lose salvation, but salvation is evidenced by a changed life. So, when did your life really change? It may have changed when you were really saved. Also, many years of such activity does not show much to hope for to the lost. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1Thessalonians 5:22; Hebrews 12:8; James 1:26; 1:14-16; 2:19-20; 1 John 1:6; 2:4; 3:2-3; 3:8.

Donít get wrapped up in doctrinal issues or issues specific to your church or denomination. These are very important to you but may cause a lost person to say, ďI donít believe that that happensĒ about a particular issue and miss the whole point of salvation by grace through the blood of Jesus Christ. Salvation is by grace, not works, please show that in your testimony. Ephesians 2:8, 9

Donít get overly involved in horror stories. Tell that you passed through these things but donít spend a great amount of time detailing everything you did.

Don't say God made a phone call causing you to believe, or Jesus visited you, etc. unless you can backup these statements with scripture proof.

DOís

Do keep most of your testimony pre-salvation. This shows your life before salvation and therefore makes any changes in your life more dramatic.

Do tell how you started hearing and thinking about Jesus and how you made the decision to receive Him into your life.

Do tell how your life has changed for the better. We know you may have had problems since then but a testimony to stay positive to unbelievers should not dwell on how Satan fights to defeat you now.

Do include scriptural verses to support your story, this adds strong impact.

Do remain positive in your testimony. No badmouthing of people, organizations or denominations.
 

YOUR TESTIMONY IS VALUABLE TO THE LOST AND TO THE BODY OF CHRIST

Things to help you prepare:

  • Read many of the testimonies online at this site. They will give you a flavor of where you are going. I do not agree they are all perfect, but God has never yet used mans perfection to do His work. Spend time in prayer asking for wisdom and guidance. ReadJames 1:5-6, then ask according to the scriptures.
  • Tell a friend that you are writing your testimony and ask them if they will pray about reading yours and helping with it. Prepare a crisp head and shoulders photo (black and white or color) to send with your testimony.
  • Plan your time and write your testimony in one setting, if possible. Then, leave it alone for the remainder of the day. I have seen to many great testimonies ruined because the author wants to add just "one more idea". The next day, reread and correct errors, etc. without giving in to the urge of adding or subtracting form your testimony.
  • Pass it to your friend and let them proof read it. Be open to their suggestions.
  • Send it and a picture to me. You can send it via E-Mail or snail mail. If you want the picture back, please consider helping with postage. (A crisp head and shoulders picture, 5x7 is a good choice and will give good results.)


Before you begin, get your ideas on a scratch pad. Use the outline method just as you learned in school. This will help with arranging your story and thoughts in a logical order and will increase the impact of your testimony.
 
  • Before receiving Christ, this was me:
    1. My life revolved around?
    2. The important things to me were?
    3. What did I think of Godly things?
    4. My security and happiness came from?
  • How did I start to see Christ? :
    1. What made me start to realize that Christ was real?
    2. What scripture opened my heart?
    3. How did I fight against salvation?
    4. How did I receive Christ? What did I say?
  • After receiving Christ, my life has changed:
    1. My life is different because?
    2. How does God answer your prayers?
    3. What different direction is your life moving in now?
    4. Others see me differently now because?