How To Write Your Christian Testimony: 10 Great Tips

by David Peach on June 4, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

One of the greatest witnessing tools we have available to us is the testimony of a changed life. We can look at many examples in the Bible of people who came to Christ, were saved and walked away changed. That same thing is happening today. You have the ability to share your story of a changed life. When sharing your Christian testimony through written word you want to remember that while this is a blessing to those who are saved, it can be used by God to reach the unsaved. Always write with the thought in mind that unsaved people will be reading your testimony.

Even if you will be sharing your testimony verbally in front of a group, it is helpful to write it down so that you can say exactly what you plan to say. It does not need to be memorized, but you should have a plan of what you want to share before you stand up to speak. Writing your testimony beforehand will be a big help in keeping you on track.

Before you begin: Pray

Take time to talk with the Lord about writing out or speaking your testimony. Each opportunity is a witnessing tool that God can use to touch a life. Allow Him to guide your words.

Things to Include in your Presentation

Explain the Problem – Sin

Tell your readers or listeners what brought you to the realization of your need of a Savior. You don’t need to give a laundry list of your sins, but you should tell how you were brought to conviction. The Bible tells us that God’s law is what brings us to a knowledge of our need of salvation (Galatians 3:24). Sharing with the audience what God says about sin is an important element of your Christian testimony. You can do this by sharing various parts of the Ten Commandments and how they were convicting to you personally. Your audience needs to know that the reason they should consider Jesus Christ is not because He can make them happy, but because they are sinners and He can forgive them.

Share the Solution – Jesus Christ

When you are done with your testimony everyone should know that Jesus is the answer to their problem of sin. Your salvation is not what you were able to accomplish on your own, but it was purchased by Jesus on the cross (Titus 3:5-7). Focus your testimony on pointing people to Jesus.

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Writing your testimony beforehand will be a big help in keeping you on track.

Avoid Church Words

Be careful about using words that unsaved audience members won’t know. The longer you are saved, and the more time you spend in church, the harder it is to remember that people outside the church don’t understand all of our vocabulary. Also remember that other religious groups use the same words we do in Christian churches, but have a different meaning to their vocabulary. The more you can give your testimony using common words, the clearer your communication will be.

Stay Focused

Try to give the important elements of your testimony clearly and succinctly. If you have time or space you can give more information that will help illustrate your points. But don’t waste precious time telling stories that won’t help people know about how the Lord drew you to Himself.

Be Honest

Share your testimony in an honest way. There is no reason to sensationalize or lie about the events in your life. Just because other people may have been saved out of a horrible background and you haven’t, doesn’t mean you are any less saved. There will be people in the audience who can relate to your real story, even if it sounds boring compared to someone else’s testimony. When you are honest God can use your words to reach others.

Give Specific Examples

Give your readers and listeners specific examples of how God worked in your life. Again, you don’t need to share the details of your sin. However, the more examples of real events you can give, the more the audience will relate. Those who are not saved will see more credibility in your testimony if you tell the real ways God has changed you.

Share your Current Situation

What is God doing in your life today? It is great to hear what He did last year (or 30 years ago) in saving you, but your audience will want to know that God is still at work in your life today.

Watch Your Time

If you are told you have 3 minutes to give your testimony, then you need to stay within that time limit. This shows respect to your hearers and those speaking after you. If the listeners know you only have 3 minutes and you speak for 7 then it can be seen as boastful on your part. Make sure you honor God the one who saved you when you share your testimony with others.

The beauty of writing your testimony is that you can say exactly what you want to say in the space limitation you have. You can edit out the unnecessary information.

Writing your Christian testimony is a wonderful way to share the miracle of a changed life with an unbeliever. I hope these tips are helpful. Get started today in preparing your testimony so that you can share it with others.

Why Your Testimony is Important?

Events and testimonies in the Bible are examples for us today. The Bible says in the New Testament that the things written in the Old Testament are there to serve as examples and encouragement for us today (1 Corinthians 10:11). Your testimony can be the exact same thing for others who will read it in the future. Do you have something you think is important that should be mentioned to other readers concerning sharing their testimony? Leave a comment and let us know.

Need Some More Tools? Here are some other articles that might be helpful to you as you write your Christian testimony:

What is a Life Verse? Christians talk about life verses. Read this article to find out what this is and to get some great examples so you can choose your own.

Heaven Facts As you share the good news of Jesus in your testimony you might want to know some facts about Heaven. Read this encouraging article to learn about the real place that God lives and the place that believers call their home too.

What will Heaven be Like As you prepare your testimony read this article to remind yourself of the great hope that all believers have. Imagine the beauty of Jesus’ face in our Father’s house!


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Jack Wellman June 4, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Simply superb work David. I must say that this is the one thing that an unbeliever can not dispute…that of personal testimony and the power of God that He has wrought in those of us who are saved by His grace and in accepting Him as Savior in faith. Another sterling work. Thank you and I thank God FOR you friend.

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David Peach June 4, 2011 at 8:25 pm

You are right, it is hard to dispute the testimony of a changed life. The New Testament early church did not have all of God’s Word yet, but they certainly were witnessing to others because of being able to share what Jesus did for them. We have that same witness available to us today.

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knowing Jesus December 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm

this is a great article but i would add just one more thing. Don’t stop the testimony at Justification when you were initially saved, but talk about your growth and what you have learnt about Christ and what He has taken you through ever since the day you were declared right with God and started the walk of faith in Him.

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Julie January 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

Acts 26 is the testimony of the Apostle Paul. As i read the words penned by the hand of one of the most infamous persecutors of the children of God, i found inumerable parallels bw my life and conversion. I think anybody preparing to share their testimony should prayerfully study this section of scripture. i am in awe this morning as i prepare my own testimony, and i know God put this scripture in my lap before i went any further. God Bless you all!

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Paul February 29, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hi, I have for years felt God was preparing me to tell my testimony. After many years of running, Ive come to a point where, I simply want to obey Him in doing this. Its a very long road to compile in anything less then 45 minutes. I think ? I just feel there are so many times I knew God was convicting me, and I absolutely ignored. I feel that is a key point. Im also feeling exposure of what is considered in our human minds here on earth as, more then severe sins. Although sin is sin, some nonbelievers think they cant come to Christ because of the severity of thier sin.
Advice ?
Paul

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Jack February 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hello Paul. David actually wrote this so he may have a better answer than I do, but I worry for those who claim to be Christians and continue in sin without any remorse at all. Now we all sin, but believers feel convicted by the Holy Spirit and they seek for God’s forgiveness. In fact, 1 John 1:10 says, “If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”

On the other hand, 1 John 2:4 says, “The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” So no one who continually makes a practice of sinning is of God. Read 1 John 3:9-10 for more proof, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. 1 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. ”

Matthew 7:21-23 says, ““Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

I hope this helps Paul. Thank you for your comment and visiting us.

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David Peach March 1, 2012 at 9:14 am

Paul, it excites me to read that you are wanting to be a witness to others by using your testimony. Coupled with the Word of God, the testimony of a changed life may be exactly what God will use to show some people their need of a Savior.

As for your situation, I would recommend you focus on 2 or 3 specific sins and the way God helped you see your need for salvation. Be careful to not glorify the sin. Sometimes people make a bigger deal out of their sin than they do the fact that they were saved from that sin. Because you have so many ways that the Lord convicted you about your need for salvation, you can give your testimony to the same person multiple times showing a different aspect of the way God has worked in your life.

But, again, don’t glorify the sin, especially when talking to younger people. A young person can look at your testimony and think that they could wait until they’ve “really lived” before coming to the Lord. You can’t change your past, but you can be wise in the way you present the events God brought you through to others.

Because I was saved at a young age, and thankfully spared from what we would consider some of the “worst” sins (though, as you say, all sins are equally bad in God’s eyes), I sometimes feel inadequate to use my testimony to reach people in wicked lifestyles and environments. I have had some people in prisons (where I have been privileged to preach several times) tell me that I don’t understand the struggles they go through. You might be able to connect with people that I could never reach.

God bless you as you prepare your testimony to share with others. May God use you in a special way to bring others to Him. And remember, you may not know how your testimony impacts others. Don’t be discouraged if people seem to “blow off” your words. If God is in it, He will do a work. It is not our job to save people. It is our job to be a witness and the Lord will do the saving.

God bless you Paul!

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Guel Sugano April 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I suggest we can present 3 stages of our life to make our testimony simple and easy for everyone to follow:
1st stage: Old life- sinful life, no direction, no inner peace/joy, no Christ, devastated life, no meaning
2nd stage: Encounter with Christ- Realization and conviction of sin, repentance, acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, forgiveness of our sins
3rd stage: New life- changed life, holy life, assurance of salvation, inner joy/peace.

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Alyssa May 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I too came to Christ at a young age, but for a chunk of time, i was away from the church, those who lived for Christ, and didn’t Open the bible with any consistency. I didn’t stray far, but it was far enough.

The opportunity came up for attending a student bible study at the college i was attending, which helped me immensely. About half a year after joining, on an ordinary day, in a fraction of a second, the world literally changed, yet was still the same, after simply finally realizing that there is no hiding from God. He knows me like no other can, and he left us with an entire manual to get to know him.

I could equate this moment to me keeping God in a waiting room in my heart, then unlocking the door within my heart, and the holy spirit smashing the entire wall around it rather than walking in through the tiny door.

I am hesitant to label this as testimony, as i was technically already a Christian making her way towards a more Christ-like life. Yet the world changed so much in that moment… if i were to testify anything, it would be just how important the bible is, and fellowship with other Christians is just as important. But, it’s not strictly “A testimony” so i’m wondering if there’s a different word for it, or if this is just a different sort of testimony?

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David Peach May 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I thank the Lord for what He is doing in your life. It is a blessing to grow closer to Him.

It is still called a testimony. You are giving witness to something that happened in your life. Typically when we talk about a person’s ‘testimony’ we are talking about their salvation testimony. Though it is appropriate to call the telling of your story a testimony too.

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Leslie Johnson May 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I have a question I do a post to my facebook page talking about my daily growth in christ and how god is guiding me daily and how I am constantly taking step to walk right in life. I of course mention how it is hard sometimes but the reward of eternal life is worth the test and lesson I go through to get there. It has been told to me that I am not suppose to tell about my person growth all the time. I do not see it that way if i have learn something through a storm why should I not tell it, cause to me it is a part of my testimony and if someone reads it and is going through something and can see that they can get through it with faith in God like I did I do not understand what is wrong. Can you give a better understanding of this issue perhaps with scripture that i can study.

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David Peach May 15, 2012 at 9:03 am

Leslie, I am not sure why someone would say that you should not share the way the Lord is working in your life. I understand that some people may want you to back off because they are afraid you are setting yourself up for failure. The more you publicly proclaim what is going on in your life, the harder it is to go through defeats. However, it is not you who is changing your life. It is the Lord. Trust that He knows how to take you through valleys and mountaintops.

May God bless you as you share about Him.

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Paul May 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

How do we truly conquer the temtation along with the continuos thoughts of sinning. I want to be faithful and tell my testimony so bad but i cant seem to let go of a relationship that had tak en me so far from Christ. I need that advice so bad :(

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Leviathan8 May 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I’m hardly one to be answering a comment on someone else’s page, and I claim no authority on the subject, but i felt compelled to reply, so i am… hopefully this is relevant.

You can want change with all of your heart, and you can beg god to lead you back to him, and even if/when he does , it is still extremely easy to fall back on old ways. You see, sin in general, be it thoughts or deeds, when you don’t give in to them, they leave a gap in your daily life and a hole in your heart that you fight to keep empty and sometimes it seems a hopeless battle.

The word of god and prayer are the greatest weapons and shields against sin that humanity could ever ask for. Keep a few bible verses stocked and at the ready, and keep god in mind, on speed dial if you will. Whenever repetitive sin knocks, call on God to replace the sinful desire, with a holy desire… the desire for God’s boundless love.

You don’t have to fall back on sin to keep those gaps and holes filled, God fills us up much more than sin ever could. And if those gaps and holes are full to the brim, with no room or want for sin, then there is no battle to be fought.

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Jack May 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Amen Leviathan8. Such a blessing you are my friend and your answer is spot on the mark of truth. Even being a pastor, I could not have said it any better. Thank you so much for such a biblically wise and godly answer. I pray you return soon to our website.

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Jack May 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Paul, as Leviathan8 just said, you can not battle sin alone. You need to get into the Word of God and the God of the Word will get into you..and you can not conquer sin by yourself but the Holy Spirit will help you. Just the fact that you are trying to overcome sin is evidence that the Holy Spirit is doing His work in convicting you of sin and that’s great news friend. Thank you for being so honest for we ALL struggle every day with sin. Let me point you to this article we wrote called “How Can I Overcome Addiction and Sin in my Life” and I pray you will read it and receive some aid from it. Please do let us know how its going and do come back again soon Paul.

http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-can-i-overcome-addiction-and-sin-in-my-life/

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Denise May 15, 2012 at 11:40 pm

My classmates and I were invited to a Breakfast Prayer Event by our teacher this coming Saturday. She asked if any of us wanted to share a testimony and share what God has done in our lives, so I told her I would love to share mine but have a fear of public speaking which by the way I’m working on through Jesus Christ who continues to strengthen me. I decided today I will share my story on Saturday so I needed tips on how to go about it. I googled testimony stories and ended up on your website after researching other sites. I found everything on this page very useful so thank you. I am now an official fan of your site so I can stay up to date with any valuable & useful information.

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David Peach May 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

Denise, this is a great opportunity you have to share with your friends and teacher about what God is doing in your life.

I understand that public speaking is often hard for people. Here are a couple of suggestions to help you with your event.

First try to dress in something that is comfortable and appropriate. When you are speaking in front of others you don’t want to have to worry about whether your clothes look right or not. Wear something you know looks good and you are comfortable in. Try to avoid wearing anything for the first time.

I would also say that you should tell your testimony as if you were speaking to one friend. Don’t think of the whole group, think about one or two people that you are most comfortable with who will be there. Talk to them one on one and let everyone else listen in. You can move your eyes around the room looking over everyone else’s heads and then come back to your friend. This gives the sense you are connecting but does not scare you by seeing everyone looking back at you.

I know God can use your testimony to be a blessing to others.

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lauren June 26, 2012 at 6:55 am

hey
I’m writing my testimony for this Sunday and it helped a lot, thank you :)

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Rena August 19, 2012 at 12:45 am

For I am a scatter abroad,nevertheless NOT LOST-just scatter. I sat among unbelievers who made Holiness into Whore-ness and lies into their truth.For of this sort are they creep into houses, and lead captive silly woman laden with sins, led away with divers lust. I continue to spit shine my armor for I must and will endure hardship as a good and faithful soldier-like the students a Berea in that they received the word with all readiness of mind and searched the scriptures daily. whether those things were so. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth, THE TRUTH INVINCIBLE.So therefore I continue to study to show myself approved unto God-for I am not ashame of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I must encourage myself with songs and the Word of God. I have not left God-just the place/environment I was at. I’m here to stand like that tree by the living water I shall not be move-for I am the church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against me For I have the POWER of the HOLY GHOST to overcome, for my heart is fixed and my mind made up. This situation has been and is a very serious blow to me for they had made a mockery out of the word of God-I became angry,sad,mad, scare, strange even a little glad but yet the Lord allow me to stand and endure.Some people would have perhaps fell away/ engage with the mess/stayed not knowing what to do. I Praise Jesus for protecting my child and my self during this and keeping us-we have a DESIRE to be keep, We continue to live Holy,Obedient,Faithful we practice these thing in our life for this is OUR life.Didn’t Jesus say if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask ye will, and it shall be done unto you. I believe this had to happen for a reason to see what I was made of-despite what has and is going to happen to the other souls. It hasn’t been easy, but yet fascinating. A whole lot of praying a source of joy and power, fasting, study. To sum it up; You know how you feed a baby and that baby gets so excited when you put that spoonful of food in it’s mouth he/she will kick their little feet and just giggle and laugh and may scream with joy. That’s how I react to Word of the Living God. Have a Jesus Day :)

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Tiffany August 27, 2012 at 8:21 am

This has been really helpful. I keep getting this feeling that I need to somehow tell people my testimony and that I went through alot for a reason. I was saved young, but at about 18-22 I completely strayed away. Enough to where I was constantly making excuses for my actions and talking to God and trying to bargain with him that what I was doing was okay and it wasn’t like I was killling anyone. I stopped going to church because everytime I went I would cry from the opening song to the alter call. I want to write my testimony and do something with it, give it to someone, tell someone but like I saw earlier, I’m not sure how much laundry to break out for people to see. I would tell it all, no problems. But honestly, I’m afraid of what other people may think or say if I do. Even though I know I shouldn’t care what anyone thinks. I just have this burning feeling of needing to do something and needing to help someone.

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David Peach August 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Tiffany, thank you for sharing a bit about your situation. I would encourage you to write down a broad outline of what you would like to share. Then allow God to guide you in each situation. Of course a written testimony is not as easy to change with each situation, but if you are speaking with someone about what the Lord has done for you, then you could adapt it as necessary. Start with a good outline of the main points and I think you will do well in sharing what is appropriate.

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jennifer December 19, 2013 at 9:50 pm

Tiffany, I am recently back in church and I am doing the same crying thru most of the church. I would love to here your testimony hopefully it will help me understand why I am doing this now.

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Bonnie January 7, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I am trying to work on my testimonial, I am not good at writing nor am I very good at putting things in correct order. I will be getting baptized this saturday, and I was told if I wanted to write I could. I do feel very compelled to do so, but finding it difficult just to get it started. I do find these hints to very helpful, so thank you very much…but do you by chance have any other advise for someone like me?

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Nicholas April 10, 2013 at 4:31 am

i MAY HAVE READ THIS BEFORE , BUT JUST AS READING THE BIBLE , I CAN RELATE MORE AND MORE EACH TIME i READ IT AGAIN . THIS IS WRITTEN SO WELL , AND INSPIRES ME TO BE ANXIOUS TO DO THIS AS IT IS SOMETHING THAT COST NOTHING BUT A LITTLE TIME , AND CAN MEAN SO MUCH TO HELP OTHERS AS I KNOW GOD WILL USE IT . I FEEL SOMETIMES JUST HAVING OTHERS AROUND ME THAT HAVE THINGS INCOMMON WITH ME , THE SAME HOBBIES OR JOB OR EDUCATION OR WHATEVER MAY RELATE TO YOU BETTER THAN THEY MIGHT TO SOMEONE ELSE , THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO ! NICHOLAS

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Pedro April 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Im giving my testimony Wensday, and i am so grateful for this adive thank you. “To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice a Gift”, God gave us a reason in this world and potiential to reach others, aswell to bear much fruit. He cares and forgives and dosen’t want our potiential to go to waste. I’ve ran and ingored God for many years, but God never gives up on us he is merciful!! God uses us for his work and prospers us if we are faithful:) thankyou for this website

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two day diet May 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

You guys are actually awesome! i like you guys,i will tell your services to my close friends.

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Mel Moss May 7, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Steven!!!! The greatest testimony one could give was given by Steven. (acts chapter 7) Saul was listening to this testimony… and holding the coats of the ‘stoners’ that day. He must have came under conviction by this word. Later after he was stricken on the on the road (Acts chapter 9) he would reply, ‘Lord what would you have me to do?’ Thus, we see Saul/Paul enter the ministry.

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Nicholas May 8, 2013 at 2:55 am

NOTE TO MEL MOSS , I READ HOW D.L. MOODY , I THINK WAS WITNESSED TO BY THE SHOW STORE MAN , AND SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER , AND LOOK AT ALL THE SOULS THAT WERE SAVED AS A RESULT , AND OF COURSE LOOK AT THE LETTERS PAUL WROTE , “WOW” , I GUESS WE DON’T REALIZE WHAT REACHING JUST ONE PERSON CAN DO FOR MANY ……….

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Patricia Schneider May 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

Hello, David!
Had just read Pastor Jack Wellman’s testimony on another page and all I wrote back was that I didn’t have real “testimony.” Then I wrote about a miracle that happened when I was 18.
Yet, I feel such an “urge” to write more, that it could help someone to know and love God, to live by His Commands, to realize we can gain forgiveness for our sins through repentance to Jesus.
Don’t truly know if it’s Jesus’ Holy Spirit or my sin of pride wanting to give a ‘testimony.’ After I pray on this, and do some more extensive reading of God’s Word, a decision I’ll make.
Thank you for another great article, David! Oodles of God’s blessings for you and your family!
Always, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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David Peach May 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Patricia, well, I highly doubt that it would be pride that makes you want to tell others about what God has done. This sounds like a work of the Holy Spirit.

God bless you as you share what Christ has done for you in an effort to show what He can do for others.

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Nicholas May 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm

IT IS A TESTIMONY TO JUST FOR YOU TO GIVE THE WORDS I SEE ABOVE THAT YOU JUST WROTE , JUST FROM A READER , BUT IT BLESSES ME TO SEE OTHERS SHARING CHRIST LOVE IN THEMSELVES , I KNOW THAT WE CAN PRAY FOR EACH OTHER , EVEN THOUGH WE WILL NEVER MEET HERE IN THIS WORLD NOW , WE HAVE THE SAME DESTINATION TO LOOK FORWARD TO LATER ON , “WOW” , WANT IT BE GRAND !!!

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Nicholas May 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm

I WANTED TO SAY , I AM JUST A READER TO CLARIFY MY NOTE ABOVE TO THE OTHER PERSON , JUST READING THE MESSAGES IS GREAT BUT TO SEE OTHERS SHARING IN HOW THIS BLESSES THEM , I SEE IT BLESSES ME TOO , AND SHARING WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS THIS AWARENESS THAT WE ARE BELIEVERS TOGETHER , PROBABLY WILL NEVER MEET EACH OTHER IN OUR SHORT LIVES NOW , BUT WE HAVE ETERNITY TO LOOK FORWARD TO , MY TESTIMONY IS THAT I CERTAINLY GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY , AND WANT TO THANK HIM THAT I WAS BROUGHT UP IN A CHRISTIAN HOME , WE WERE TAKEN TO SUNDAY SCHOOL EVERY SUNDAY , EVEN ON VACATION WE WOULD ATTEND A NEAR-BY CHURCH , MY MOTHER JUST TURNED 83 YEARS OLD , MY DAD WAS SO WONDERFUL TO ME , I HAD A NEW FRIEND TO ASK ME ONE TIME WAS MY DAD FAMOUS OR SOMETHING , BECAUSE I SPOKE OF HIM SO MUCH , SEE MY DAD DIED WHEN I WAS JUST 24 YEARS OLD , I TOLD THE FRIEND , HE WASN’T FAMOUS TO THIS WORLD BUT HE WAS OH SO FAMOUS TO ME , BECAUSE I LOVED HIM , OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST IS SURELY FAMOUS TO ALL WE CHRISTIANS , I FEEL I SHOULD GIVE HIM THANKS AND GRATITUDE ALL THE TIME FOR WITHOUT HIM I WOULD BE NOTHING , MY WORKS ARE AS FILTHY RAGS , BUT WITH HIM AS MY SAVIOR I HAVE THE REASSURANCE OF ETERNAL LIFE , I AM NOT MUCH OF A WRITER YOU SEE BY READING THIS , WITH ALL MY ERRORS , BUT I WANT TO SAY I SURELY DO HAVE ALL THE REASON TO PRAISE GOD FOR HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON , AND I JUST CAN’T SAY ENOUGH OF HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO KNOW WE CAN HAVE LIFE EVERLASTING WITH NO PAIN , NO WORRIES , NOTHING TO BOTHER US EVER , AND I KNOW I NEED TO SHARE THIS WITH AS MANY OTHERS AS I POSSIBLY CAN TO SHOW THE SAME LOVE JESUS SHOWS TO US , THANKS FOR THIS MEANS OF SHARING CHRIST WITH OTHERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Patricia Schneider May 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Hello, David!
Well, I finally wrote my ‘testimony’ on Pastor Jack Wellman’s site, “How I Was Set Free in Prison.” So you can read it there, if you want.
Because of your 10 Tips above, your reply to me, and Pastor Jack’s encouragement, plus a lot of praying, made the decision today to do so. Even felt “compelled” to share something really personal with my brothers & sisters in Christ. (And I mean, “compelled.”) Hope it was by Jesus’ Holy Spirit. (Sure it was, ’cause after I wrote the words, I felt calm and reaffirmed.)
Thank you ever soooo much, David, for this article above. It truly helped me a lot!
Oodles of God’s blessings upon you, David, and your family!
Always, in Christ, Jesus….Patty

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David Peach May 27, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Great! I look forward to reading it.

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jess titus December 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

hi mr david , i wud lyk to say dat ur article help a lot in writing my testimony n i a bit nervous coz i hv to say my testimony dat i hv prepared for my communion on january 3rd 2014 i hv debated n conducted class for about 45 students in my school based on differrnt topics we learn at school bt nw i am very scared because on my communinon i hv to say it infront of 400 + people in my church n my family members i want advice on how to face such a large crowd without being scared or mumbilling my testimony before plz helpp

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Jack Wellman December 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Hello Mr. Titus. I don’t believe that the author may get this so let me say as a pastor that it is actually good to be a little scared when you speak in front of others but pray that you do say things that will glorify God and that you cannot do this on your own power and God will hear and answer that prayer and honor your request to be more calm when it is done in His power and for His glory. Pray that and I am sure you’ll be fine. The day that you are not afraid is the day that pride may cause you to stumble. Make sense sir? I would write it down…rehearse it and speak from the heart. God bless you in your speaking for His glory.

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Sebbe January 27, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I really enjoyed this article, as well as the comments. I have been asked to give my testimony this weekend at my church’s mens retreat. I grew up in the church, the son of a preacher. The son of a Salvation Army officer. I was saved at a young age, or I believe I was. Then in my teenage years I ran away from home, ran away from the church, and ran far away from God. At least, that’s what I tried to do. I hated God, and even tried my hardest not to believe in him. No matter how hard I tried though, he was always there. I was always convicted of my sins. And then I would ignore that conviction the best way I knew how. For years I escaped by the use of drugs. I had a child at a young age, and got married young. I spent my 20s and most of my 30s (I am 39 now) trying to be self sufficient. It was MY responsibility to make my marriage work (I failed), to be a man my daughter could look up to (I probably failed here more often than I succeeded), to find success in my career, to love my neighbor as they loved me. Only what I found was that even when it looked like I was successful, that success had a shelf life. The philosophy that I tried to live my life by was impossible to sustain. I fed my brain with knowledge, trying to be an intellectual. I fed my body food for nourishment and sustenance. I fed my mind and I fed my body, but I starved my spirit. I tried and I tried and I tried to be a good, kind, intelligent person. And when times got tough, I got high or I got drunk. And I’d start again the next day. But I constantly felt as though I was missing something.
Over the last few years, my daughter (18 years old now) began to find her path with Jesus. She had been going to church with her mom and then around a year and a half ago she changed churches. She did this on her own. She found another church here in our small town who has an amazing youth fellowship. So she advised her mother and I that she wanted to start attending this other church. Of course we allowed her to do so. And because she was not yet driving, it was my responsibility to drive her to and from church. But she didn’t just start attending on Sundays. She got very active in her church, the scripture, and her walk with Christ.
She would be in bed at night reading her bible until I could finally coax her into turning out her light and going to bed. She was going to bible studies every week. She was going out with friends or bringing them home who were examples of Christ. I was witnessing teenagers living their lives as an example of Christ! This was very different than my life as a teen. And it was refreshing. I was so happy for my daughter. And I know now that God was working on me. He was pursuing me. My daughter and her friends (unbeknownst to me at the time) were praying for me on a very regular basis.
(I really do have a point and will get to it very soon)
Last summer, God pursued me and because He knows how stubborn I can be, He came at me hard. Or maybe he has always been coming at me hard, but I finally began to come around. It has now been 6 months since I knelt and prayed to God and asked him to forgive my sins. I felt him lift the weight of those sins off my mind and my heart. I began going to my daughter’s church, I go to two small groups a week, and I enjoy volunteering at the church for our town’s youth.
But then there are days or nights when I don’t feel as close to God. There are times when I fall back on me and the way I lived my life before I had Jesus in my heart and at the forefront of my thoughts. And on those days I divert back to my old ways. Sometimes it means drugs and alcohol. Sometimes it means relying on myself and finding my own strength instead of asking for and living on God’s strength. This is the battle I fight on a regular basis. And here is my point: How – when I struggle on so many days to live my life as an example of Christ – can I possibly stand before a group of men in my church to give my testimony? I don’t want to be a hypocrite. This is my struggle. I pray to God about my sins and about my struggles but I am apprehensive to be a witness to unbelievers, or anyone else for that matter.
Thoughts? Advice?

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Jack Wellman January 27, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Sebbie…I am not the author of this article but I believe that when, as a pastor, I gave my own testimony, I told the church the cold, hard truth, warts and all. I believe what you have written here is a good one. Pour out your heart. Tell them all your failures. Show them how God sometimes reaches down into our deep, deep pit of 30 feet and sends us a rope of 30 feet and 1 inch. We are commanded to confess our sins or faults to one another and by telling them (or reading this) you might help someone who is at rock bottom and not yet saved (remember that there are tares or false converts likely in every church in America) you might prompt them to humble themselves and surrender their life to God. Say it just like you wrote this. It is precious and spot on the truth. That is my opinion anyway. Truth matters. For an example, read mine own personal testimony here at this link that I gave ALL (on this site and in the world and to my church) to see my own personal testimony at: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/how-i-was-set-free-in-prison/

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Nicholas January 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm

SEBBE , I CERTAINLY ENJOYED READING WHAT YOU WROTE , I THINK ABOUT HOW MANY MUST HAVE FELT IN THE BIBLE , LIKE FOR EXAMPLE PAUL , HE WAS SO AGAINST CHRISTIANS , AND JESUS CHANGED HIS WHOLE LIFE , I FEEL LIKE PETER I THINK SOMETIMES OPENING MY MOUT WHEN I SHOULDN’T , IN READING THE BIBLE I HAVE SAW SO MANY WHO SINNED , EVEN THOSE WHO WERE SO BELSSED , EVEN KINGS , I THINK ABOUT FOR ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALLEN SHORT , IT IS ONLY THROUGH JESUS THAT WE ARE SAVED AND NO OTHER WAY , YOUR TESTIMONY IS LIKE SO MANY , THE GOOD THING IS YOU ARE UNDER CONVICTION ABOUT IT , I AM SO VERY HAPPY TO SEE WHAT A WITNESS YOUR DAUGHTER AND HER FRIENDS ARE , I PRAY AND I FEEL GOOD SOMETIME AND I FEEL BAD SOMETIME , THE THING THAT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD IS GOD’S LOVE , WITH AGE WE SEEM TO GET WISER AND SEE THAT LIVING FOR CHRIST IS THE WISE THING TO DO , I HEARD A PREACHE SAY JUST TONIGHT ON THE WAY TO WORK TO DO WHAT YOU CAN NOW FOR THE LORD BECAUSE WHEN YOU DIE THAT ALL ENDS THEN , THOSE WORDS POUNDED ME IN THE HEART , I KNOW THAT GOD WAS SPEAKING TO ME WHEN THIS WAS SAID , I NOW COUNT YOU AS A FRIEND , A FRIEND I DIDN’T KNOW , I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND ASK THAT YOU WILL RETURN PRAYERS FOR ME , PRAYER IS GREAT , LOOK WHAT YOUR DAUGHTER AND HER FRIENDS PRAYERS HAVE DONE — TO GOD BE THE GLORY !!!!!

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Patricia Schneider January 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Hello, David! This is for Sebbe (January 27, 2014.) OK?

Hello Sebbe!
SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY, BROTHER!! In fact, make notes from what you wrote yesterday here on this site, which was indeed a TESTIMONY! Powerful and encouraging, Sebbe!
Every word you wrote, Sebbe, I could totally relate to. None of us is perfect; even after we accept Sweet Jesus as our Savior, we are all sinners, needing to turn to Him and repent of our daily sins. ALL of us believers understand this, Sebbe. You have to keep reminding yourself that Jesus HAS FORGIVEN you, He will never leave your side nor forsake you.
So thrilled for your daughter, Sebbe, that our Father is ‘using’ her & her friends to help you find your way in Him! Don’t recall who first said this, but daily I remind myself to live according to “God’s Will, God’s Plan for me and patiently wait upon His Perfect Timing.” (Impatience is one of my worst vices, as well as the sin of pride. But as Pastor Jack Wellman told us, “We’re all a work in progress!” And so are you, Sebbe!! LOL!)
God’s wonderful blessings and graces be showered upon you, Sebbe, and your family!!
Your Sis in Christ Jesus ~ Patty

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