How to Share Your Testimony
Written by Christi Given
Posted on December 1, 2015 at 5:45 am
Sometimes sharing your faith can be scary or intimidating if you’ve never talked about your testimony before. For me, in most situations faith tends to come up, because it is the number one thing I care about in life, so naturally I talk about it. When you are around non-believers or those who aren’t used to speaking about the Bible, Jesus or the Gospel, though, it can be challenging or scary.
The first thing to do if you want to share your faith is to pray and ask God to give you the words to say. Every situation and person will differ depending on what you want to share. Sometimes you can just start talking to people about your life and it can come up. For example, I bring up the fact that I lead worship and music at my church, and then that can plant a seed about God or faith, and then sometimes people ask where I attend or how I got involved.
Another idea of how to share your testimony is to ask someone else about their story. Be a good listener and ask questions when appropriate, and then in return people probably will ask you about your story. You can share how your life was changed and how God made you a new person. For example, you can share about how you lived a certain way and that God changed you and so forth.
If you want to publicly share your testimony, ask your youth pastor if you can share your story. Another idea is if you have a Christian club on campus, you can encourage others by sharing your story of hope and change.
How to Share Your Testimony and Scriptures on the Importance of Your Story
1. Be genuine, be you: If you truly love the Lord and He is number one in your life, talking about how Jesus changed you and your life will come naturally. It says in the Bible that out of the heart the mouth speaks, so be you and give people hope, light and love.
For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Luke 6:45)
2. Listen to others: If you are a good friend and good listener, others will hear what you have to say, which hopefully will point to the cross and your testimony of redemption.
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… (James 1:19)
3. Ask the Holy Spirit for help: Ask the Holy Spirit for help and for the words to say.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:26)
4. Publicly share your testimony: Ask for an opportunity in your youth group or with your church. Your story is for God’s glory and is to help others! There is power in not only your story, but in the cross and what Jesus did for the sins of the world so we could live! (John 3)
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)
5. Ask God for boldness and the courage to share: It’s not always easy to share our story, but we need to remember it isn’t about us, but rather about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is to get all the praise and glory in our lives.
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God… (2 Timothy 1:8)
PI Girls, have you shared your testimony before?