HOW TO GIVE YOUR CHRISTIAN TESTIMONY
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HOW TO GIVE YOUR TESTIMONY

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason
for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:15
by Rob Lamont 1982,   Updated in 2002, 2009


Aim of a Testimony
A testimony is giving people the story of how you became a Christian. This is to help them make the same decision and to gain a greater understanding on how to become a Christian.
 

TESTIMONY OUTLINE
1.  Ask God to help you through prayer and to guide you in your presentation.
2.  Use the following outline for your talk
  a. Your life before you became a Christian.
  b. How you became a Christian. Include the specific events that involved your decision. (eg. The prayer you may have prayed) your explanation should be such that someone at the end of your testimony will know how they can become Christian.
  c. What changes have happened to your life as a result of becoming a Christian ( If you became a Christian as a young child then this may be the section that you want to emphasise)
3.  Begin with an interesting story and finish with a thought provoking comment or question. Remember that the aim of the testimony is to make other think about becoming a Christian.
4.  Present your material in such a way that the people will be able to identify with it.
5.  Emphasise that a Christian is someone who is forgiven by Jesus dying in the cross in there place.
 

THINGS NOT TO DO
1.  Do not use Christian jargon eg. Saved, born again, faith, sin, holiness etc. As many people may not know what you mean or have a wrong understanding of them.
2.  Do not be vague. eg. Then God told me.. or Then I prayed the sinners prayer
3.  Do not exaggerate what happened.
4.  Do not mention Christians or churches in a bad way as this then may become a stumbling block to them.
5.  Do not be negative about other people or especially your audience.
6.  Do not imply that now you are a Christian you are perfect or better than them. As a Christian you are only better than one person, who you were beforehand.
7.  Don't belittle people in the audience by saying such things as "only a real fool wouldn't understand this."
 

SPEAKING HINTS
1.  Pray before you speak.
2.  Speak clearly.
3.  Know what you are going to say and what you are hoping to achieve.
4.  Do not put your hands across your mouth, mumble or turn away from the audience.
5.  Speak loud enough that someone who is in the back corner can hear you clearly.
6.  Write it out in full, then pick you key points and practice it. (Possibly in front of a mirror)