PART 10. TESTIMONY – SHARING YOUR STORY
“Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart.” 1 John 5:10 (NIV)
My testimony is: telling someone what has __________________________ in my life
“I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” John 9:25 (NLT)
“John faithfully reported the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ – everything he saw.” Revelation 1:2 (NLT)
What are the ways I share my story?
The way I _________________.
“Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16 (NLT)
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity….” Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)
What I _______________.
“Tell everyone you meet what He has done!” Psalm 105:1b (MSG)
Tips for telling others about Jesus:
• Use ___________
• Consider _______________
• Demonstrate ________________
• Be _____________________
Why is my testimony important?
It is ___________________!
It is ___________________.
I am the _____________________ on it.
People love __________________.
Others can ___________________ to it.
Why should I share my story?
God is _______________________ on me.
“You are the ones chosen by God,…God’s instruments to do His work and speak out for Him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference He made for you….” 1 Peter 2:9 (MSG)
Jesus has ________________________ me.
“God authorized and commanded Me to commission you: Go out…” Matthew 28:19 (MSG)
What do I say?
When I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who He is; then Jesus and what He did—Jesus crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (MSG)
How to keep my testimony plain and simple:
What my life was like _______________ becoming a Christian.
What caused me to __________________ I needed to become a Christian.
How I ____________________ a Christian.
How my life is _____________________ since becoming a Christian.
The Testimony Pyramid
From “C.L.A.S.S. 401” by Rick Warren. Used by permission.
My first attempt at putting together my testimony:
Part 1: What my life was like before becoming a Christian.
Part 2: What caused me to realize I needed to become a Christian.
Part 3: How I became a Christian.
Part 4: How my life is different since becoming a Christian.
Pulling it all Together
These are the 10 gifts that God has given you for a Fresh Start!
Forgiveness – Accepting God’s Grace
Relationship – Worshipping
Encouragement – Handling Failure
Scripture – Understanding God’s Word
Help – Following God’s Guidance
Shape – Being You
Togetherness – Living in Community
Authority – Serving Others
Recognition – Being Baptized
Testimony – Telling Your Story
What gifts can I give back to God?
Begin to share my testimony by ____________________ others.
Continue to ____________________.
“Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18 (MSG)
“Count yourself lucky, how happy you must be — you get a fresh start, your slate’s wiped clean.” Psalm 32:11 (MSG)