Writing Your Testimony | Grace Church

Writing Your Testimony

As you write your testimony, focus on the elements of your story that illustrate God’s work in your life, how He drew you to Himself, how your heart turned to Him in repentance, and the trust you have in Christ as your Lord and Savior. It should also include what a new life in Christ is like. It is important that it is God-honoring (vs. sin-honoring) and that God’s work of redemption is shown throughout the story. It is important that all the glory goes to Him and not ourselves.

Tips and guidelines for writing your personal testimony

  1. Write your testimony in 500 words or less.
  2. Have an attention grabbing opener.
  3. Include the major turning point in your spiritual journey. Your story should have three parts:
    a. Before the turning point – What was my life like before I was a believer.
    b. How the turning point took place - How I became a believer.
    c. After the turning point - How Jesus has changed my life.
  4. Be realistic. Do not imply that Christ removes all of life’s problems.
  5. Speak clearly about Jesus. He is the main focus.

What not to do:

  • Do not make statements that reflect negatively on churches, organizations, or people.
  • Avoid mentioning denominations or churches by name.
  • Avoid sounding like a preacher.
  • Do not use vague terms as “joyful,” “peaceful,” ”happy,” or ”changed,” without explaining them.
  • Avoid using biblical or religious words such as “saved,” ”converted,” ”convicted,” ”or “sin” without clarifying what you mean.

Writing Style:

  • Write as though you were speaking to a friend rather than giving a formal speech.
  • Be positive from start to finish.
  • Be specific. Give enough details to arouse interest.
  • Be accurate.
  • Include interesting, but compelling experiences.
  • Use one or two Bible verses, but only where they relate directly to your experience.
  • Include an attention-grabbing first sentence.
  • Write a closing that provides a finished and logical conclusion.

See these samples of personal testimonies:

Editing:
If you would like someone to edit your testimony, please send it to Kimberly Johnson at kimberly.johnson@grace.church. Kimberly will connect you with someone on the editing team for revisions. This is important to the overall success of your tract.

SHARING YOUR TESTIMONY AND TRACTS WITH OTHERS!

This is the most important step! Your tracts serve no purpose if they are not used. Ask God to open doors of opportunity for you to be bold and deliberate in sharing your tract with others. He will do the rest!

SHARE Life
If you reside in proximity to Eden Prairie, MN, Grace Church periodically offers a SHARE Life evangelism class. You will learn how to engage people in a spiritual conversation that leads to a clear presentation of the Gospel using Scripture, the Bridge illustration, and the G-O-S-P-E-L-Life in six words.

The SHARE Life process is:
S - Ask about their SECULAR life
H - Ask about their HOME life
A - Ask about their ATTITUDE or how they feel about a topic you are discussing
R - Ask about their RELIGION, i.e. their religious or spiritual background/journey
E - ETERNAL Life - Ask for permission to tell your story or give them your My Story tract which contains the story that changed your life, i.e. when someone told you what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Simply share the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results up to God!

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May God bless you richly as you use this powerful tool in spreading the Good News of the Gospel to others!