Top 10 Tips for Sharing Your Testimony

Did you catch our “8 Reasons Christians Don’t Share Their Faith” post last week? What can you do about any hesitancy to share your faith? Well, here’s our follow up from author Len Woods from our book Rose Guide to Discipleship!

10 Tips for Sharing Your Testimony (Even If You’re an Introvert!)

  1. No two testimonies are alike because no two lives are. Don’t try to copy someone else’s story. God can and will use your own unique experience to speak to others. Be real. Be authentic. There’s an old Yiddish proverb that says, “If you try to be someone else, who will be you?”
  2. If you met Christ as an adult, you may have a distinct before, how, and after. If you trusted Christ as a child, you may not be able to report radical changes in behavior; nevertheless, you ought to be able to point to some concrete ways Christ is changing you now or has changed you in the past (in attitudes, goals, challenges, desires, etc.).
  3. Avoid Christian clichés. Many Biblical words and phrases that are meaningful to believers (saved, sin, lost, born again, live in your heart, washed in the blood, sanctified, etc.) are meaningless to unbelievers. Translate Christian jargon into normal English.
  4. Avoid controversial statements or subjects. For example, going off on a rant against alcohol may turn off a skeptical person.
  5. Don’t criticize specific churches, individuals, or groups.
  6. There is no need to share a lot of the seamy details of your life before meeting Christ. Be discreet.
  7. Keep your testimony warm and personal. Don’t get preachy and wordy. Make it a point to say “I” and “me” rather than “you.” This is your story, and yours alone. God deals differently with each person.
  8. Practice sharing your testimony with a spouse, child, parent, Christian friend, or small group until it becomes second nature. Then ask God for opportunities to share your testimony with non-Christian friends and acquaintances.
  9. Don’t bore people with tons of unnecessary details. A succinct summary—three to four minutes at absolute most—is sufficient. You want to arouse curiosity. You want, when you’re done, people asking for more details rather than thinking, “I thought he or she would never shut up!”
  10. If you can, include a meaningful Bible verse. God’s Word is far more powerful than anything we might say. It has the power to change hearts and lives (2 Timothy 3:16–17). If you quote a verse, make sure it’s one that speaks about the hope that Christ brings or about the free gift of the gospel (John 10:10, Ephesians 2:8–9). It’s usually a good idea to do this from one of the more modern, easy-to-understand translations like the New Living Translation (NLT), the New International Version (NIV), or the English Standard Version (ESV).

We hope these tips have been a blessing for you and others that you walk with. If you want to learn more, check out our handbook, the Rose Guide to Discipleship!

Rose Guide to Discipleship: 30 Topics for Spiritual Growth

Ready-to-Teach Diagrams Infographics Life applications

You already know that discipleship is important. So, the question is not should you disciple, it is how to disciple: How can you help others become more Christ-like? What topics do you need to cover to make sure they mature in their spiritual journey? How do you help develop spiritual growth.

Each Discipleship Topic Includes

  • Core truth or theme sentence
  • A memory verse
  • A basic Bible study of the key passages with questions
  • A handout on the topic to fill out and take home
  • Graphics: Charts, diagrams, infographics
  • Questions to draw out the key principles
  • Life applications

Enjoy having this easy-to-understand guide includes 30 ready-to-use lessons on 30 discipleship topics: Becoming more like Jesus, salvation, forgiveness, prayer, trusting God, how to study the Bible, and other spiritual growth topics!

Featuring simple summaries, charts, and illustrations, this reproducible guide is perfect for the church leader who wants ready-to-use lessons for discipling new believers. Every leader knows it isn’t enough to lead a person to Christ, and stop there. You probably need to assist that person grow and become more Christ-like. Rose Guide to Discipleship helps you do just that! With its practical life applications and discussion questions, believers learn what the Bible says and HOW to apply its truth to their lives. The church leader can pick and choose topics, or do all 30 lessons. And you can do them in any order. Each topic takes about 1 hour, so they are perfect for busy people.

Perfect for personal or group use. Hardcover, 296 pages, full color, fully-reproducible. Size: 8.75 x 11.25 inches.

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