How should I share my story?
Consider modeling your testimony after Paul’s conversion story to King Agrippa in Acts 26:4-23. In this section you will see that Paul’s story includes:
Who he was before he met Jesus (vs. 4-11)
What was your life like…what characterized you? How did you think of the Lord?
- “My family, friends, interests were…”
- “My most important value was…”
- My religious background and attitude about Christ were…”
How he met Jesus (vs. 12-20)
Describe the world around you that drove you to consider Christ, whether it was circumstances or time.
- “I was awakened to my need by (people, books, circumstances)…”
- “What I thought or noticed (about myself, God) at this point was…”
Share the specific steps of how you became a Christian (e.g. scripture, word, person, church, etc)
- "The aspects of the gospel that touched me were…”
- “I came to understand that Christ…”
- “I saw my need was…”
Explain the gospel clearly. For example:
- “I saw that I was a sinner fully deserving of God’s wrath.”
- "But, I then understood that Jesus died in my place, bearing the wrath of God, on the cross for me.”
- "When I repented of my sin, turned from my old lifestyle, placed faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, I was forgiven of all my sin, became a child of God and received the gift of eternal life.”
How his life has changed after becoming a Christian. (vs. 21-23)
Describe your journey with God since conversion, detailing church experiences, developments in your theological understanding, influential authors or mentors, and major moments of repentance or growth.
What difference has Christ made in your life? In the way you act? Think? In the way others see you?
Don't be afraid to share that you still have struggles, but how Christ helps you with these struggles.
- "What changed was…”
- "My desires now are…”
- "I’m now doing…”
- "A difficult area of obedience is…”