I would like for you all to read Acts 22. Paul in his defense delivers his testimony to those who so adamantly opposed him. He delivers this testimony with confidence and boldness. He owned this testimony and was definitely able to handle the delivery with strength and assurance. We must do the same with our testimony. It is the absolute best witnessing tool you can use to tell people about Jesus. What He has done in your life is real and powerful. If it can happen to you, it can happen to those around you. The best way I know to prepare our testimony is simply to break it down into three components: 1) This is who I was. 2) This is what happened. 3) This is what I have been doing ever since. This is a great way for us to evaluate our life with Jesus as well. 1. Who were you? Have old things passed away? 2. What happened? What happened when Jesus Christ saved you? What happened when you came to grips with the fact that you were a sinner and needed Jesus Christ to save you and free you from the bondage of sin. There have been situations where people have sat down to write out there testimony and came to this part of the process and realized they have been in church their entire life, they knew the bible, they loved going to church, they even loved their mindset of Jesus. However, they could not remember ever surrendering their life to Jesus. Immediately, they got on their knees and ask Jesus into their heart and the blood of Christ wiped away every sin and every spot. Don't get confused I am not talking about you remembering the exact date or time. Many times this is difficult for lifers (those that have been in church all their life). However, was their a time in your life that you remember recognizing you are a sinner and you need this Jesus Christ you hear so much about.
(If not get on your knees and admit to jesus that your are a sinner. Acknowledge that you believe Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins. Ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and become Lord of your life. This means that you surrender control of life over to Jesus ask Him to fill you with His Spirit and proclaim with joy that your life is His).
Finally, 3. What have you been doing ever since? There have been those who get to this part of the testimony and there is really nothing to write down. There is really nothing to say they have been doing for Jesus Christ. Their life has pretty much been the same. My advice, evaluate number 2. When God touches you, it is for a purpose and He expects you to be just as Him, about His Father's business. Again, I would like for all of you out there in blog land to read Acts 22 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2022&version=NKJV ) identify the three areas of Paul's Testimony. They are there and they are powerful. Then I want you to begin working on your testimony. The beauty of this outline is it can be given in 3 minutes, 30 minutes or three hours you just have to control how much detail you include in each part. So write your testimony begin owning it and the delivery of it. You just never know when you may be called upon to give it.
Reaching for Him,
Brother Big Daddy
Loving Jesus With All I Got