Here are 7 tips for writing your personal testimony and much more information to make it better.
Testimonies are not only stories of God’s glorious deeds, but they are also the way we now live with our new identity in Jesus Christ through our actions, and the choices we make every day.
This is the time to let others know how God has changed your life, and how following Jesus Christ is making your life much better. Testimonies encourage others, and that’s why it is God’s will to share your testimony, even if you are a new believer.
Daniel 4:2 “It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me.”
Your experiences can help others facing the same obstacles, and inspire others who seek to discover the God that completely changed you. Every time we tell our testimony, we give honor and glory to God.
No matter how “spectacular” or “ordinary” you think your testimony is, it is ultimately about God. It is your account of how God rescued you and changed your life as a result.
Don’t be afraid to fully explain the tough/bad details in your testimony; because there are the events that changed you. And your testimony may lead others to a relationship with God. Of course that is the reason we write testimonies. To help others find God and Jesus in their lives.
Psalm 66:16 “Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.”
Steps to Writing Your Personal Testimony
These 7 tips to writing your personal testimony is designed to help you write and help you realize that your testimony has power.
Some Bible verses for inspiration:
Matthew 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven.”
2 Timothy 1:8 “So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our LORD or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.”
Revelation 12:11 “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.”
Study Other Testimonies.
Read the testimony of Apostle Paul in Acts 26 where he describes in detail his miraculous encounter with Jesus and his calling to serve Christ as an apostle. You can also read the testimonies of others since they might give you some ideas and motivation foryours.
Spend Time in Preparation and Prayer.
Pray and ask God to help you share what he wants you to write.
More Helpful Tips for Writing and Sharing Your Christian Testimony
7 Tips For Writing Your Personal Testimony. Follow Your Life With a Simple Outline to Get Started:
1. Before coming to Christ Jesus, what was your life was like. What were you searching for? What was the key problem, emotion, situation, or attitude you were dealing with?
2. When and how did you realize Christ Jesus was in your life. Explain the events, and circumstances, and take the time to identify the steps that brought you to the point of trusting Christ Jesus. Where were you? What was happening at the time? What people or problems influenced your decision? Be include important events and personal insights that clarify your testimony.
4. After coming to faith in Christ Jesus, how different is your life? How has His forgiveness impacted you? How have your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions changed?
5. Be current and tell what is happening in your life with God now, today.
6. Be honest and don’t exaggerate or dramatize your life for effect.
7. Your testimony is a blessing to share with others, either written on in a video.
Additional Ideas and Helpful Thoughts:
Use related Bible verses that fit your situation. You can find them by doing a search at: www.biblegateway.com. Here you can search words specific to your story and find a related Bible verse. Quick, easy, and free to use. Just type in a word in your story into the search bar; then related Bible verse will be listed. Read them and pick the ones that work with your testimony.
Use words that everyone can understand and keep your vocabulary simple and easy to grasp and avoid overly religious terms. There are people who will read yours but might not understand religious terms.
End with a statement that summarizes your story and connects everything back to your theme. If you want, close with a Bible verse that relates to your experience.
Be ready to personally share your testimony. We never know if someone might ask us how coming to Christ Jesus has changed your life. Sometimes, the timing to share is very short. Some say it is time it takes for a match to go out. If you want to practice, light a match then tell your story; once the match goes out you should be finished.
Of course, we can get nervous or forget things when sharing our testimonies, and that can be confusing or distracting for the listener. This is why preparation and practice will be so important. Practice, practice, and practice. Keep in mind you are telling the story of God in your life so, it should be momentous to any listener.
Share how God has impacted your life to everyone…everywhere! Here is a link to our Testimony page for you to post yours.
A Quick Overview
- Pray before you write out and share your story.
- Write the way you speak.
- Don’t be overly negative or positive. Be honest.
- Don’t criticize or name any church, denomination, person, organization, etc.
- Avoid overly-religious terms.
- Keep it short and tell your story in a lighted match time.
- Write a short and long version to publish.
- Practice telling your story until it becomes natural.
“Remember, we all need to testify to how our lives have been changed to encourage others to come to or return to Jesus. And it is needed now at this time, when everyone is divided.”
Blessings to you,
John & Jean