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FCA Testimony Helps

A personal testimony is simply sharing what God has done in your life. One of the most effective ways to prepare your testimony is to ask three questions.

Example:

1) What my life was like before I met Christ?

I was raised in a Christian home and went to church. But I was always afraid of dying after I had two asthma attacks in the night that almost killed me.

2) How did I come to know Christ?

When I was twelve, I couldn’t go to sleep one night because of my fear of dying in the night. I woke my mom up and she shared with me that if I am a Christian, I don’t have to fear death because I can go to heaven. I prayed to receive Christ as my personal Lord and Savior that night.

3) What has my life been like since?

I no longer stay awake at night wondering where I will spend eternity. It will be in heaven because of Jesus Christ. Now, you try it. Work through the questions below, write your testimony in your own words and practice sharing it. Yours might be long and exciting, or short and sweet. It is important to focus on what God has done, not on what you did wrong in the past. Feel free to use more paper if you need to, but remember, keeping things "simple" is always best when speaking to a group.

Developing Your Testimony

What was my life like before Christ?

How did I meet Christ?

How has my life been since accepting Christ?

Your Salvation Testimony should focus on:

• The key is to share your story. Tell your story how you came to know Him personally.

• Three key parts to every testimony: (1) before Christ, (2) how you came to Christ and (3) how you have grown in Christ.

Helpful Tips to Remember

1. Stay within your time frames. The following chart breaks down each segment of your testimony depending on the time you have been given.

Testimony Sequence

Time Allowed 3-5 minutes 8-10 minutes 15-20 minutes

Introduction 30 seconds 1 minute 2 minutes

Need for Christ 1 minute 2-3 minutes 4 minutes

How you came to know Christ 1 minute 2 minutes 4 minutes

Your "New Life" in Christ 1-2 minutes 2-3 minutes 3 minutes

Closing 30 seconds 1 minute 2 minutes

2. Refrain from using spiritual terminology, clichés or phrases with which the unchurched may not be familiar or cause them to be uncomfortable.

3. When using scripture references, be sure not to use too many, or simply make reference. Read the whole verse(s) that is appropriate, being cautious not to get caught in lengthy scripture readings. Share the main verse(s) that had the greatest impact in your life.

4. Be careful with particular denominational issues which could become tangents to the overall purpose of your message. Any negative comments about people, churches, denominations or issues can be counter productive.

Other (Using Your Platform) Resources: (click on links below)

For Sharing Your Faith articles go to Sharing your faith  

FAITH BUILDING SURVEY  Faith_Building_survey.pdf

Team Outreach Ideas go to: team outreach