Sunday, June 26, 2011

Writing Our Testimonies: Why We Share

I love hearing a person's testimony! For many years my husband and I taught Confirmation and Membership classes at our churches. As part of the process for joining the church, we asked that each participant share with the class how they came to know Jesus as their Savior. The accounts of their unique encounters with Jesus always warmed my heart and thrilled my soul. We serve an awesome God who loves us beyond measure and will go to any lengths to bring us into a right relationship with Him. Hearing those testimonies truly has taken top billing in our ministry.

While we may know the story of our spiritual journey, putting it into words can be quite daunting. To help our class members gather and organize their thoughts, I shared some guidelines for writing their testimony. Often writing out their story clarified thoughts and warded off rambling. Over the next few weeks I will be posting those tips and suggestions here at 1st Writes.

John White, medical missionary, said, “A good witness isn't like a salesman—the emphasis is on a person rather than a product. A good witness is like a signpost. It doesn't matter whether it is old, young, pretty, ugly; it has to point the right direction and be able to be understood. We are witnesses to Christ; we point to Him.”

Each person who has encountered Jesus as Savior has a witness for Christ--a story of their faith journey. Our story is uniquely our own; no two are alike.  And as long as our testimony points to Jesus, the Holy Spirit can use it to bring others into a right relationship with God.

God's Word gives us many reasons for sharing our testimony:
  • Psalm 105:1 So others can know what God has done.
  • 1 Peter 3:15 So we can explain the hope we have.
  • Romans 10:13-14 So others can hear about salvation through Jesus.
  • Hebrews 10:32-37 So our faith will be renewed.
  • Matthew 28:19 Jesus commanded us to make disciples.

Next Sunday we'll be looking at an example of a testimony found multiple times in the New Testament. Can you guess whose story that might be?

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