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

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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.

 

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              Part 2:  What caused me to realize I needed to become a Christian.

 

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              Part 3:  How I became a Christian.

 

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              Part 4:  How my life is different since becoming a Christian.

 

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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?

 

Be ___________________.

 

 

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)