Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Your Story: A Powerful Witnessing Tool - Part 1

What's your story? Many believers don't realize that they have one of the most powerful witnessing tools already at their disposal. Using this tool doesn't require a lot of training or scripture memorization and it is very personal. It even works well with our post-modern culture.

I'm talking about a personal testimony.

A personal testimony is simply retelling the way in which Christ has worked in your life. It is natural and easy because it comes out of your own personal experience. It is relevant and relational. People may attempt to debate you when it comes to the gospel, but for the most part, they cannot debate your personal testimony.

Consider these Biblical examples examples of a personal testimony...

In John 4:1-42, Jesus encountered a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. He talked to her about living water and challenged her sinful lifestyle. She left the well and ran to town. The Bible says: "Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, "He told me all that I ever did." John 4:39 ESV

In John 9:1-38, Jesus encountered a man blind from birth. Jesus made mud, placed it on the eyes of the man, and commanded him to wash in the pool of Siloam. When the Pharisees confronted the formerly blind man about this miracle, he said, "Whether he is a sinner I do not know. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see." John 9:25 ESV

In Acts 26, Paul stood before King Agrippa and gave his testimony as he did several other times in the book of Acts to others. Agrippa may have been under conviction from the Holy Spirit when he said, "In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?" Acts 26:28 ESV

These are only three examples of personal testimonies in the Bible. In each instance, God used these personal testimonies to glorify His Son Jesus. If God used these testimonies to bring about conviction and conversion, he can surely use your testimony.

What about your story? How has Jesus made a difference in your life? Have you shared your story with someone recently? Be sure to read each of the above accounts and ask yourself, "How did God use each of these accounts to bring conviction in the lives of the hearers."

Here is a link to my personal testimony.

In the next article, I will share how to organize your testimony and share it with others.

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