Sharing Your Journey of Faith

Stories are powerful. We all love stories, especially ones that give us an “inside look” into someone else’s life.

As a child of God, you have a powerful story to tell. Sharing how you came to Jesus and the difference He’s made in your life can help others discover how they, too, can know God personally.

But how do you distill a lifetime of experiences into a few minutes and communicate the significance of your faith in a way others can understand? This is the challenge.

It’s also the reason we’ve put together a template and some tips to help you draft your personal testimony. This guide will help you develop a three-minute synopsis of your story that you can share with individuals or groups. A carefully prepared testimony, empowered by the Holy Spirit, can be a tool you can use anywhere to effectively share the message of God’s love.

Getting started

As you set out to gather ideas, begin by asking God to bathe the process with His Spirit, and give you wisdom as you write. Your objective at this point is to write freely without editing–to just get all your ideas on paper.

The outline below will provide a solid frame to build your story on. Try to think of specific examples and details that relate to each question.

1. What was your life like before you trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?

  • What were your attitudes, needs and problems?
  • What did your life revolve around? What was most important to you?
  • Where did you look for security, peace of mind and happiness?

2. How did you come to accept Christ and give Him complete control of your life?

  • When did you first hear the gospel? When were you first exposed to dynamic Christianity?
  • What were your initial reactions to Jesus Christ?
  • When and why did you begin to feel positively about Christianity?
  • What was the turning point in your attitude?
  • What feelings did you struggle with right before your decision?

3. What happened after you trusted Christ?

  • What changes did you see in your life? In your attitudes? In your actions?
  • How long did it take before you noticed any changes?
  • What does Jesus Christ mean to you now?

Threading it together

During this second step, it’s time to get selective and decide which details to include. Read through your ideas, and using a highlighter, underline the most important feelings, examples or incidents that relate to each of the three points in the outline above. Use the ideas you highlight to begin writing your story, and make sure you explain what your life was like before you knew Christ, how you came to know Him, and what your life is like now. These guidelines will help you shape your story.

  • Begin with an attention-getting sentence or incident.
  • Be positive from start to finish.
  • Be specific. Give enough detail to arouse interest.
  • Be realistic. Do not imply that Christ removes all of life’s problems, but, rather, that He walks with you through them.
  • Use one or two Scripture verses, but only where they would directly relate to your experience and fit in naturally.
  • Edit and rewrite as needed. Consider writing your first draft and setting it aside for a day so you can go back to it with a fresh perspective.
  • Write a conclusion that makes your testimony sound finished and complete.

There are certain things you should filter from your story to avoid detracting from its essential message.

  • Don’t harshly criticize the church, organizations or other people.
  • Avoid mentioning denominations; the concept of different kinds of churches can be confusing to non-Christians.
  • Be careful not to glamorize how “bad” you used to be.
  • Steer clear of vague terms such as “joyful,” “peaceful,” happy,” or “changed” unless you explain in a concrete way what you mean.
  • Do not use Christian jargon such as “saved,” “convicted,” “born again,” “sin,” or “repentance,” without clarification.

Telling your story

It might seem tough the first time or two, but the more you share your story, the easier it will get. Most people will appreciate your willingness to talk openly about your life, and no one can argue with your personal experience.

  • Rehearse your testimony until it becomes natural. Practice sharing it with a Christian friend or family member.
  • Share your story with enthusiasm, in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Smile often. Ask the Lord to give you a pleasant expression.
  • Speak clearly, in a natural, relaxed tone. Speak loudly enough to be heard.
  • Stick to your time limit. Go too long and you’ll lose your audience.
  • Tailor your story to your audience. Use examples from your experience that will relate to theirs.

Beware of nervous mannerisms that can distract others as they listen to your story, such as rubbing your nose, swaying, jingling coins in your pocket, playing with a pencil, clearing your throat, or using many “you knows” and “uhs.”

Also, remember that a testimony should never be a “preachimony.” Stay humble; never argue or use high pressure methods to persuade people to make decisions for Christ.

Keep it fresh

New chapters of your life are being written all the time, so in one sense, your story is never complete. Feel free to add new content and revise to keep your testimony fresh and reflect God’s ongoing work in your life.

Look for openings

Ask God to give you opportunities to tell your story, and look for openings. People you meet may comment that there’s something different about you, or even ask you why you’re such a “religious” person. Such situations are windows of opportunity to tell your story of faith.

Besides sharing your story one-on-one or in group situations, consider putting your testimony in written form to give to people you meet.

Be creative in sharing your life! And enjoy sharing with others the incredible story of what Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, is doing in you!

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67 Responses to “Sharing Your Journey of Faith”

  • Sharon Sharon says:

    my journey of faith is I grew up in a Christian home I went through some years after I got married with depression from five people I knew died in one year pretty much and other family and personal issues after we moved from one area to another area I went to a church where we still go and from there I met JESUS even though I went to church growing up I never accepted JESUS as my LORD, it was accepted I still go through struggles but now JESUS is enough HE wasn’t enough then after I got married for awhile. HE IS NOW.

  • Karen Rice says:

    Thank you Elkay for those beautiful words, concerning my survival story. That’s the point of my story, as well as my survival; to share with others, in giving hope. I will continue to share my story. The more I share, the more I can inspire.

    Thank You,

    K. Rice

  • Elkay Elkay says:

    Karen, you have a very courageous story to share and be a blessing to many people who are tempted to ask Why me? Why must people suffer? Why can’t someone else get sick? Tony Snow told Christianity Today, we can’t answer such things and quickly learn that we are fallen and imperfect but because of this, God offers the possibility of salvation and grace. We don’t know how the story of our lives will end, but we get to choose how to use the interval between now and the moment we meet our Creator face-to-face.

    I went to your Shutterfly page and found your words, “No one can interfere with Gods’ plan” that imply we don’t know much, but we do know that no matter where we are, no matter what we do, no matter how bleak or frightening our prospects, each and every one of us lies in the safe and impregnable hollow of God’s hand. May God richly bless you with full healing and deepen your faith as you continue your journey.

  • Karen Rice says:

    “An Awakening”

    When I was diagnosed with Breast cancer a few years back, I reacted like most who receive a cancer diagnose; first thing came to mind was a “death sentence”. However, I found out later that it was truly “an awakening”. I began questioning God, why would you do this to me? What had I done in life so bad to have this placed upon me? But instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side of it. There has to be a reason for it all.

    I also realized that I was about to face a new beginning, new hope, do and see more with a whole new prospective on life. When I think of the “gift of life” that was given to me, I know that I will develop and gain strength from all my experiences. After going through all that I did during my breast cancer period, I was left with a few complications I now have to live with; one being daily pain. For a while, I wasn’t happy with the way I looked around my breast area, nor the pain I had to endure each day, but I decided to snap out of it. Even after being diagnosed with another cancer (colon) a few years later. Which totally took me by surprise. But even with the pain I had to endure through each diagnose, and all the struggles I’ve dealt with all my life, I still feel truly blessed. I think about the individuals that are no longer among us. I also realized that there will always be someone worse off than I am. I reminded myself, that I “still have my life”, so who am I to complain.

    One day during one of my surgeries, I experienced something of a miracle, as if I went to the other side, so I felt the compulsion to write it down. I turn that experience into a poem and I called it “Peace”. Writing had become therapy for me. I took that poem, along with many others I had composed during my breast cancer period and placed them into book form. I was blessed enough to have that book published, called “True Simple Poems of Life, Faith and Survival”. I later had another inspirational children’s book published, with a third one on the way. I’m hoping that anyone who has the opportunity to read my first book of poems, get out of them, what I placed in all of them. My poems are from the heart, as real as any could ever be. With the words and phrases of each poem of statement, I wish to make a positive impact on someone who’s ill or otherwise, where they could develop the strength to embrace life in a whole new way. I never anticipated becoming a writer, I just became one. I truly believe when you survive a horrific tragedy or a horrible disease as cancer, it’s for a reason, “you have a purpose” and I want to live to find find out exactly what that is for me.

    That’s what I’m all about now, inspiration. I would have never become a writer, producing inspirational poems and stories, if I had not gone through all that I did. I’m a true example that you can survive cancer not once, but twice, providing you catch it in time, have faith and allow that faith to direct your path.

    Karen Rice
    x2 Cancer Survivor/Author
    Houston, Texas
    http://www.karensfaithandsurvivor77.shutterfly.com

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    You welcome, may the Lord our God bless you both.

  • thanks to the info from my father added insight thank you so much, may be useful for us all
    please aprove mister.

  • Thank you .That was exactly what I was looking for. You have done a wonderful job communicating your message. good work.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    Sharon Kim…we pray jesus highest blessings upon you today!

  • Rashid says:

    Hi
    Pray does work it is working for me. We all can change our surrounding by thinking.
    Following God

  • Sharon Kim says:

    Trusting in God. People say they trust in God. When you ask them they respond very quickly and say oh yes I trust God for everything. I believe that people trust God for certain things sometimes small things and sometimes big things. I also believe that somethings or situations have been present in a persons life for so long that people give up on trusting God in that situation. They have prayed, cried out to God, fasted from entertainment, water fasted, gone to every church service, try to change their behavior to be a better christian, Tithed, given bigger offerings, volunteer to help Gods kingdom, cried and prayed cried and prayed and cried some more. But most of all everything they did, they did with genuine love for Christ. He has delivered them from many things, many prayers were answered quickly so many blessings given. So you ask yourself and the Lord why then don’t you deliver me from this thing that has been in my life for so long. For example like a sickness. It could be many other things that you could replace it with but I am using sickness because that has been what I can relate to. I myself suffered secretly with a sickness that caused my ovaries to be in so much pain, but I suffered 2 years before I came to Christ, and that was one of the reasons I came to Christ. Was for healing. I tried doctors, medication, holistic doctors and still nothing. Nobody even had a real diagnosis. But Me being in the medical field and knowing the symptoms I had an idea what it was. That still didn’t help me either I was always in horrible to mild pain and I just felt humiliated inside. After 2 years of suffering I gave my life to Christ, and it would get better but not completely healed. So three years into my walk with the Lord it was up and down. Sometimes it was better and sometimes it was horrible. I had gotten so used to being in pain and hiding it that nobody ever really knew. I just kept it to myself because nobody believed me any way they just thought I was making things up. I am not that type of person. If I say I am in pain or if I say I need to go to an emergency room you must know that I feel like I am dying literally. I almost hate hospitals and I really really don’t like going to doctors. I put my complete trust in them before and they messed me up some kinda good. But that’s just me. I am not saying that you don’t need hospitals and doctors because sometimes you do. I just have gotten along a lot of times better with the Lord. After 3 more years of suffering and asking God to heal me and deliver me, after years of crying and suffering, taking herbal pills and pain medications, after fasting and praying, after reading and seeing testimony and testimonies of healing for others I asked God what am I doing wrong? I know you don’ enjoy seeing me suffer like this because things had gotten so bad that it was destroying my marriage and it did for a while. Me and my husband actually separated. This was not the only reason but it played a big part. After trying everything in my power to help the situation that I was in with no success, I just broke down with shame and hurt. I didn’t feel like a women. I felt like my womanhood had been stolen from me. You see I come from a long line of controlling women so I tend to try and control everything in my life too. But that was apart of my problem, God wanted me to trust him and allow him to be in control. I just couldn’t see what I was doing. So I did an extreme fast and asked G to help me to trust him and to increase my faith in him. After the fast I decided I was no longer taking and pills for pain anymore that I was going to completely trust him for my healing and he gave me the strength to trust him. Something that I was never able to do before because for me that was one of the hardest things I could ever do. So when I stopped, Oh Lord the pain was horrible but I prayed and told the Lord that I was going to trust him and not give in. I am not going to lie I was a little scared but I held onto his words of healing and recited them and believed in them. I told God that I would not give up on Him because He never gave up on me. Even when I didn’t deserve it. The pain gradually day by day got better until there was none, and he set me free. All he wanted from me was to trust him in that. How much much time from suffering I could have saved if I would have realized this a few years ago. Please, Please no matter what you are going through please don’t give up on God. Nothing is impossible for him and I mean nothing. We just have to trust and believe. God has helped blessed me. Thank you Lord.

  • Chris Chris Landwerlen says:

    David Robertson….lord you be praised for davids wonderful, new job. your provisions will there for him and for many of those whom he will be able to meet their needs as well. blessings!

  • David robertson says:

    God is the most awesome god. When you feel down he lifts you up. My job came to an end after six years. It wasn’t my fault, I worked hard, proved myself but god decided it was time for that season to end. After three and a half months of not working, praying and fasting and trusting god, he gave a me a new job with European responsibilities, a great salary, prospects, shares, double bonus opportunities and a significant challenge to make a difference to serve and make a difference for his kingdom. I encourage everyone never give up trusting in god. Don’t allow doubt and sorrow to stop you. Believe in gods power of deliverance and he will deliver you. God bless all of you

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Surya, it is good to know that God is trustworthy isn’t it?! He does indeed hold everything we need and gives generously in order to help us accomplish His plans and purposes. I love the promise that, “God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) It is through my relationship with Jesus Christ that I have everything that I need to live out His design for me. Jesus modelled that so well for us when He only spoke and did what God the Father directed Him. If Jesus, who is the Son of God, needed that kind of moment by moment direction, how much more do I need it?! I guess the key is focusing on knowing Jesus better each day. Peter wrote, “By His divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by the means of His marvellous glory and excellence.” (2Peter 1:3)

  • Lama Surya Das says:

    Spiritual growth means taking a leap of faith from time to time. Rather than trying to get everything in place before you start something important, why not follow God’s leading and allow the plan to evolve? This means taking a step of faith and trusting God to provide what may be needed for success.

  • Doris Beck Doris Beck says:

    Mariam,
    Thank you so much for sharing how God touched your body and healed you! We love hearing stories of our God at work and it is always such a blessing to others as they too trust Him in their journey of faith!

  • Mariam Alex says:

    This is one of the miracle God done in my life in the name of Jesus Christ. .I had a severe back pain for more than 2 years. Sometimes I wouldn’t able to walk properly , sit or sleep. Doctors said that it is a disorder in backbone named Scoliosis after a MRI scan.they asked me to take precautions otherwise the condition will be more worse and my backbone will become like ‘S’ shape. I was really worried and my parents too..once the pain got worse and unexpectedly I talked to a aunty who prayed for me in the name of Jesus Christ over telephone..and on the spot itself my Jesus healed me..until now its around an year and I never get that pain again.Recently I picked a filled gas cylinder of around 30 kgs..and at that time I realised the miracle that God done in my life as before I was not even not able to take my laptop or any bag with more than 1 kg. I thank my Jesus Christ for healing me and I believe that if we pray to him with true heart..he will surely hear our prayers and will do miracle in our life…

  • Shelley Shelley says:

    Dear Father God.
    Lord i lift up John to you at this time in his life, that you will heal him and forgive him as You said you would. I pray that you will bless him beyond measure. In jesus name amen

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