Back in 1990, I went on a mission trip to Prauge and was asked to share my testimony in front of a large group of people in the Old Town Square. I was scared to death! Not because of public speaking, but because I didn’t know what to say. I was a missionary who didn’t know the message of the mission!
So, what do we say in a personal testimony?
It’s really simple. Just tell about how you came to understand and embrace GRACE. Don’t think you have to share with them what they need to know, but what you have experienced and come to know is true. You can do this using several avenues.
- Use the specific event where you came to understand grace – a Sunday message, a conference, a friend
- Use theological categories: creation, rebellion, redemption, restoration
- Use a Bible passage like Rom. 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Use an illustration such as “The A+ for the F” (posted on this blog as a free download)
A Personal testimony is nothing more than a story of grace and how grace is changing you—how you know that Jesus is your sin bearing substitute who has forgiven your sin, given you his own righteous moral record and brought you into the family of God through adoption and how you are resting in God’s grace, enjoying his love, repenting more deeply, forgiving others more freely, etc.