A testimony can share biblical truth and personal experience in a powerful way that exalts Christ and testifies to His saving work.
Writing A Three Minute Testimony Through Relationship With Jesus The purpose of writing a three minute testimony is not to restrict the ministry of Jesus through the Holy Spirit in our lives individually, but rather to aid the ministry of Jesus through the Holy Spirit in our lives.
If a person relied on a three minute testimony as a religion in all of his witnessing pursuits, period, this would restrict the ministry of Jesus through the Holy Spirit.
In order for our evangelism to be effective, it must be motivated out of relationship with Jesus through the ministry of the Holy Spirit; but in order for the Holy Spirit to be able to work through our lives effectively, normally He uses the knowledge we have and works with what we know.
Jesus said in the Gospel of John, "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Jesus in this passage of Scripture teaches us that the Holy Spirit does not work in a vacuum, but leads according to the knowledge that we have that we have learned in the past through study and through past teaching of Jesus through the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Normally speaking, we would not want to restrict the length of our testimony in sharing with others but would want it to be as extensive and as involved as the Holy Spirit would lead us in each individual situation. But sometimes in our sharing the message of the gospel, circumstances beyond our control may not allow for more than five minutes to share what led us to Jesus as the answer to our needs, how we received Him as Lord and Savior, and the change that Jesus has brought into our lives since that day we received Him as Savior and Lord.
On a college campus, for example, a student may be getting ready to go to his next class and only have five minutes to talk with you. When we have only five minutes to talk, what we have to share must be intelligent, concise, and to the point. To be successful in evangelism does not entail getting people to necessarily make a decision for Christ.
Successful evangelism entails communicating to a person what it means to be a Christian and how to become one themselves. If you have communicated this in a way that the person understands, you have successfully evangelized them whether they make a decision at that moment or not.
The reason is because even if he does not make a decision in your presence, later, when he is by himself, thinking about what you have said, and finally decides that he wants to become a Christian, he then knows what he needs to do in order to become a Christian because you have communicated to him clearly how to.
After thirty-four years of Evangelism, I can confirm to you this reality, because over the years people that I shared with on the field have come up to me in church years later and said to me, "Do you remember me?
They will then say, "One day several years ago you shared an Evangelism Tract with me and then your own personal testimony of how you became a Christian before I had to go. I thought about this for several weeks and decided that what you shared was right and prayed and received Jesus into my life as Savior and Lord.
They knew how to because I had communicated clearly to them what it meant to be a Christian and how to become one through an Evangelism Tract and my Personal Testimony. When you have only five minutes to effectively communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to someone, having written and memorized a three minute testimony makes this possible and even leaves room for the person to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord if he is ready at that moment to do so.
If he is not ready, it leaves him knowing how to make that decision when he is ready.
This is why a three minute testimony becomes an aid to the Holy Spirit and not a hindrance. The only time it becomes a hindrance is when the Holy Spirit is not presently leading you in a situation to use it; but having it makes you available to the Holy Spirit if it is needed.
Not having it may leave you half way through explaining to the person what brought you to Jesus yourself; but before you can explain successfully to the person how to become a Christian, he stops you and says, "I am sorry. I am out of time. I have got to go. A three minute testimony will help you to avoid having this happen.
How do we approach writing a three minute testimony? In the second part of this Chapter is an outline entitled, How to Use a Personal Testimonywhich suggests many things that need to be considered in writing a three minute testimony.
First, read this outline. Third, go to Jesus through worship and praise and in Spirit and truth, in light of this knowledge, and ask Him to free you from your own ideas and your own strife concerning how best to write your three minute testimony.
Next, wait upon Him while reading the Bible to show you how He wants you to write your testimony. You want to write your testimony the way Jesus wants you to write it.To be an effective witness of our Lord, we need to have a well-prepared testimony, and it needs to be written out.
In writing out your testimony, you are seeking to .
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. Christian testimonies don’t always paint a picture of happiness, at least as we (as members of the human race) envision happiness.
Marek’s Christian Testimony Marek grew up in a Christian household, but his faith was stagnant. Write out your testimony as a story. Keep it short, simple, vivid, and true. People love human-interest stories because they can identify with other people's journeys in life.
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Your Story is God’s Story: Creating Your Testimony take a few minutes to write out your story as if you were telling it to someone.