How to Write Your Personal Testimony

Christian Testimony Outline

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Skeptics may debate the validity of Scripture or argue the existence of God, but no one can deny the personal testimony of your experiences with God. When you tell your story about how God worked a miracle in your life, or how he blessed you, transformed you, lifted and encouraged you, perhaps even broke and then healed you, no one can argue or debate it. When you share your Christian testimony, you go beyond the field of knowledge into the realm of relationship with God.

Steps to Writing Your Personal Testimony

These steps are designed to help you write your Christian testimony. They apply for both long and short, written and spoken testimonies. Whether you're planning to write down your full, detailed testimony or prepare a quick 2-minute version for a short-term mission trip, these tips and steps will help you tell others with sincerity, impact, and clarity, what God has done in your life.

1 - Realize the Power of Your Testimony

First and foremost, remember, there is power in your testimony. Revelation 12:11 says we overcome our enemy by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.

2 - Study an Example From the Bible

Read Acts 26. Here the Apostle Paul gives his personal testimony before King Agrippa. He tells about his life before his conversion on the road to Damascus when he persecuted the followers of the Way. Next, Paul describes in detail his miraculous encounter with Jesus and his calling to serve Christ as an apostle. Then he goes on to tell of his new life after turning to God.

3 - Spend Time in Preparation and Prayer

Here are a few things to consider before you start writing your testimony: Think about your life before you met the Lord. What was going on in your life leading up to your conversion? What problems or needs were you facing at the time? How did your life change after that? Pray and ask God to help you share what he wants you to include.

4 - Start With a Simple 3-Point Outline

A three-point approach is very effective in communicating your personal testimony. This outline focuses on before you trusted Christ, how you surrendered to him, and the difference since you've been walking with him.

  • Before: Simply tell what your life was like before you surrendered to Christ. What were you searching for before coming to know Christ? What was the key problem, emotion, situation or attitude you were dealing with? What motivated you? What were your actions? How did you try to satisfy your inner needs? (Examples of inner needs are loneliness, fear of death, insecurity. Possible ways to fill those needs include work, money, drugs, relationships, sports, sex.)
  • How: How were you converted? Simply tell the events and circumstances that caused you to consider Christ as the solution to your searching. Take time to identify the steps that brought you to the point of trusting Christ. Where were you? What was happening at the time? What people or problems influenced your decision?
  • Since: How has your life in Christ made a difference? How has his forgiveness impacted you? How have your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions changed? Share how Christ is meeting your needs and what a relationship with him means to you now.

5 - Important Tips to Remember

  • Stick to the point. Your conversion and new life in Christ should be the main points.
  • Be specific. Include events, genuine feelings and personal insights that clarify your main point. This makes your testimony tangible--something others can relate to.
  • Be current. Tell what is happening in your life with God now, today.
  • Be honest. Don't exaggerate or dramatize your life for effect. The simple truth of what God has done in your life is all the Holy Spirit needs to convict others of their sin and convince them of his love and grace.

6 - Things to Avoid

Stay away from "Christianese" phrases. These "foreign" or "churchy" words can alienate listeners and readers and keep them from identifying with your life. Here are some examples:

Avoid using the term "born again." Instead, use these words:

  • spiritual birth
  • spiritual renewal
  • spiritual awakening
  • come alive spiritually
  • given a new life
  • my eyes opened

Avoid using "saved." Instead, use terms like:

  • rescued
  • delivered from despair
  • found hope for life

Avoid using "lost." Instead, say:

  • heading in the wrong direction
  • separated from God
  • had no hope
  • had no purpose

Avoid using "Gospel." Instead, consider using:

  • God's message to man
  • the good news about Christ's purpose on earth
  • God's message of hope for the world

Avoid using "sin." Instead, try this:

  • rejecting God
  • missing the mark
  • falling away from the right path
  • a crime against God's law
  • disobedience to God
  • going my own way with no thought of God

Avoid using "repent." Instead, say things like:

  • admit a wrong
  • change one's mind, heart or attitude
  • decide to turn away
  • turn around
  • make a 180 degree turn from what you were doing
  • obey God
  • follow God's Word