And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
Your spiritual preparation would be incomplete without a personal testimony – the simple story of how you became a Christian and the difference it is making in your life. Every member of your team will be given the opportunity to share their testimony. The following are some suggestions to consider when preparing your testimony:
• Remember to keep it short and simple. Keep your testimony short – no more than one typed page.
• Don’t use long words, jokes and idioms since they might not go over well. Stay away from the topics of money and politics.
• It’s okay to say that God provided all the money for your trip, just don’t refer to specific dollar amounts. The cost of your trip may be more than the annual income of many of those listening.
Why do we share our testimony?
- It’s a confession of God’s grace and mercy.
- It’s a bridge to sharing the Gospel that tells how God has transformed our lives.
- An example is given in the life of the Demon Possessed Man (Mark 5:1-20) as well as in the life of the Apostle Paul (Acts 22:1-21).
How do we prepare our testimony?
- Start by telling about your life before God saved you.
- Next, tell how God saved you.
- Then share how God is continuing to teach you and transform you.
- Finally, remember to thank them for allowing you to share.
You are going overseas to build relationships with new friends and share your testimony with them. Your testimony is uniquely yours. No one can share it but you. Your specific story could help others see that they have a need for God’s transforming power that leads to faith and repentance.
So, stop whatever you’re doing now and take time to work through your testimony. If you’ve never shared your testimony before, ask your pastor to go over what you have written. Here is a sample outline you may find helpful:
Personal Testimony Outline
1. My life before receiving Christ
- Include: Your separation from God because of sin, Your inability to overcome sin by yourself, Christ as the only remedy for sin
- Consider: Your religious background
- How you became aware of your need for God, How you became aware of sin in your life, and How you became aware that you were not a Christian. Was it over a long time and series of events, or a short time and a single event?
2.How I accepted Christ
- Include: Your confession of sin, Your repentance, Your acceptance of God’s forgiveness
3. How Jesus makes my life meaningful
- Include: Recent experiences of God’s work in your life
- Consider: Your vision of God’s purpose for your life, How you deal with life’s experiences as a Christian, The joy and peace you have as a Christian