Share Your Story

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So often, people here at Grace mention how their spiritual journey got going when someone shared winsomely about what Christ means to them, invited them to an event, or lived with contagious faith. Over and over I hear encouraging stories like these.

How can we have that kind of impact?
The Bible teaches that when someone becomes a believer, he or she also becomes God’s messenger (2 Corinthians 5:18-19). One of the ways to do that most effectively is to learn how to prepare a testimony.

Tell your story
Your testimony is the story of how Christ has made a difference in your life. Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses,” not “You will be my attorney.” He wants you to share your story with others. You may not be a Bible scholar, but you are the authority on your life, and it’s hard to argue with personal experience.

This is the essence of witnessing—simply sharing your personal experiences regarding the Lord. In a courtroom, a witness isn’t expected to argue the case, prove the truth, or press for a verdict; that is the job of attorneys. Witnesses simply report what happened to them or what they saw.

Be ready
The Bible says, “Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). The best way to “be ready” is to write out your testimony and then memorize according to these main points.

1. What my life was like before I met Jesus.

2. How I realized I needed Jesus.

3. How I committed my life to Jesus.

4. The difference Jesus has made in my life.

Many people who won’t accept the authority of the Bible will listen to a humble, personal story. That is why on six different occasions, Paul used his testimony to share the gospel instead of quoting Scripture. I hope you have opportunities to tell your story to a few people this week!

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