Have you ever given your testimony of faith and salvation before a group? What would you say? How would you say it? These are some daunting questions. What sins would you or should you recount? What failures and circumstances would you claim? How and where did Jesus find you? What has He done for you? Will your audience label or judge you? Will relationships change now that they know who you once were? Do you care? Here are some scriptures as well as some guidance to help you develop your God story.
We are called to be His witnesses.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
1 Peter 3:15-16
…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience,
“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.
Taken from http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/witness.htm:
Before: your life before you knew Christ
- Before you came to Christ, where were you spiritually? How did that affect you — your feelings, attitudes, actions, and relationships?
- Before you became a Believer, what were some ways God began drawing you to Christ?
How: your conversion
- What motivated you to invite Christ into your life as Lord and Savior?
- Specifically, how did you come to Christ, receive His forgiveness and submit to His Lordship?
After: your new walk with Christ
- What changed in your life after you accepted Jesus as your Savior?
Let us share our God stories with the whole city to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ and to draw others to the Lord. Thank You Jesus that You have found me, drawn me to Yourself and changed my nature in so many ways. I know that I am a work in progress, and I desire to reflect Your glory to everyone I meet. Help me to be Your witness in a manner that displays Your grace and Love. Pour out Your Holy Spirit on me. Amen.
John Newton : I am not what I ought to be — ah, how imperfect and deficient! I am not what I wish to be — I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is good! I am not what I hope to be — soon, soon shall I put off mortality, and with mortality all sin and imperfection. Yet, though I am not what I ought to be, nor what I wish to be, nor what I hope to be, I can truly say, I am not what I once was; a slave to sin and Satan; and I can heartily join with the apostle, and acknowledge, “By the grace of God I am what I am.”