A few weeks ago the church we are attending had an emphasis called, “We are Witnesses.” The pastor was preaching a series from the book of Acts where Paul tells of the beginning of what we know as Christianity. The members of our church were challenged to share with their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers a 3-sentence testimony of how they came to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord.
Have you ever been challenged to share your testimony?
Statistics say that 61% of regular church attenders never share their faith. Why is this?
Most of us know we’re supposed to tell others about Jesus. Why do we not speak up?
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8
I’ve heard many people say they don’t share their personal testimony because they don’t know what to say. There is no exact formula for being a witness for Jesus Christ, but here are three steps to telling others about Him:
1. Share about your life before you came to know Jesus. What did you struggle with before you gave your life to Christ? Were you a child, a teenager or an adult? What feelings did you experience in your life before Jesus? Give them a glimpse of how you were living without hope or how you were searching for something you couldn’t seem to find.
2. Tell the story about how you came to realize that you needed to put your faith in Jesus as Savior. Do you remember the day that you realized you needed Jesus? What circumstances surrounded that time in your life? What did God reveal about Himself that drew you to trust Jesus? Let them know that you believe that Jesus is who He says He is.
3. Share about what life has been like since you trusted Jesus as Savior. How has your life been since you gave your life to Jesus? Has it all been good or have you still struggled? What has God done to change you? What is your relationship with Jesus like today? Encourage them to marvel at the changes that have happened in your life and the hope you now have.
You don’t have to be an eloquent speaker or even know all the answers to share your personal testimony. Your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers just need to hear how God changed YOUR life. All you have to do is tell them YOUR story. That is how to BE A WITNESS for Jesus.
What’s your story?
Tell us how you came to put your faith in Jesus – leave a comment below! Or take the #wearewitnesses challenge!