How to Share Your Testimony
The Sharing Your Story Conclusion should sound conversational. Avoid literary sounding statements. Use informal language. Share about what happened to you, don’t preach about what should happen to them. Say “I” and “me,” not “you.” This helps keep the testimony warm and personal. Avoid religious words, phrases, and jargon. Don’t assume the listener knows what you mean by terms such as sin, accepted Christ, or even Christian. Generalize so more people can identify with your story. Don’t name specific churches, denominations, or groups. Avoid using dates and ages. Include some humor and human interest. When a person smiles or laughs, it reduces tension. Humor is disarming and increases attention.
- Your sharing your story conclusion should be a summary statement of one or two sentences referring back to your initial basic need and the fact that Christ now fills that need. An example would be, “I made this decision over nineteen years ago. It was the most important decision I have ever made. During this time I’ve had a growing sense of purpose, peace and fulfillment based on my personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not based on my successes in life.”
- Remember that your goal is to explain what Christ has done in your life and to stimulate them to think about their own lives. Do not preach.
- Leave your audience with a challenging thought. Keep in mind that they will generally comment on the last thing you say.
- Avoid tacking a scripture verse onto the end. It is much better to put it in the “Before/How/After” portion where it best relates.
Check out the next post in our series Sharing Your Story, Some Helpful Hints.