Before You Received Christ

How to Share Your Testimony

One of the most effective tools you have for sharing your faith is the story of how Jesus Christ gave you eternal life and how He has enriched your life. The Apostle John wrote, “We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard” (1 John. 1:3), testifying about his relationship to Jesus Christ.

  1. What things were most important to you? What did your life revolve around? (Examples: money, marriage, career, etc.)
  2. Why were they so important? What basic need were you attempting to fulfill?
  3. How did you try to satisfy that need?

Some Tips

Many people’s actions spring out of their unsatisfied deep inner needs. What were one or two of your unsatisfied deep inner need s before you received Christ?

Start at a time in your life which relates to your experience with Christ. Remember that this is not a biography from childhood.

If you became a Christian as a child, but cannot remember making a specific decision to accept Christ, concentrate on describing your life before it began to change and use that material as the “before” portion.

People do not like to identify themselves as sinners. Therefore, emphasizing your depth of sin as a non-Christian probably will not relate best to your audience. Rather, point to your outward “goodness” (e.g. church attendance, morality, generosity, etc.), as well as to your inward inadequacies. An example would be to say, “Even though my life looked all together, I knew something was lacking.”

Don’t be discouraged or intimated by other testimonies you may have heard involving dramatic conversions and radical lifestyle changes.

Check out the next post in our Series Sharing Your Story, How You Received Christ.