Category: What is a Christian Testimony?

The word “testimony” is used in few different ways. One common usage is when a person is brought into a courtroom and placed under oath to tell, attest to, or give witness to his or her personal knowledge or experience with reference to the case that is being heard. To link the word “Christian” to the word “testimony” is to narrow the focus of the testimony and who can give it. Only a Christian can give a Christian testimony, and a Christian is one who has received forgiveness for sin by trusting alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ for that forgiveness.

A Christian testimony is given when Christians relate how we came to know the God of the Bible through the moving of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Most commonly, we are sharing how we became Christians by God’s miraculous intervention and work in our lives through specific events. Often we can only see that in hindsight, but sharing that experience is vital. Also, when giving this testimony, a sharing of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is always a necessity. Though we can include specific information about how we came to accept Christ as Savior, those details should not be the focus of the testimony. The focus should be about the death, burial and resurrection of Christ.

A Christian testimony should not end with the conversion experience, but should also include the ways in which the Lord has worked in our lives to sanctify us for His service. As an example, a testimony could include how He brought us through a difficult time in our life (such as a loss or some sort or a severe illness) and built our faith in Him through that experience. We should also be able to describe the continual process by which the Spirit who now indwells us leads, guides, molds and shapes us into mature Christians. Again, the focus should be on the Lord and His faithfulness, and should include at least one verse that speaks of that faithfulness (Psalm 18:2, 6).

Your testimony is one of your most powerful tools in witnessing for Christ and converting non-believers to Him:

In the categories I follow I have the opportunity to read many posts. Some I comment on, some I do not.  Some I find interesting, some I do not. But what I do find is truly this: “seldom is there a testimony and; Christians witnessing to Christians…… ” How do I know this? because we all post in the same categories of Christianity, Christ, Faith, religion and so on. I’m guilty of it too…. What I, and others are doing, is Preaching to the Choir.

Personally, I think I have it wrong. Where I (we) should be posting articles; and, giving testimony about my God and what He has done for me,  is in the categories of “homosexuals”, “atheists”, “Muslims”, “agnostics”, “community”, “family,” ‘the sick and the addicted,” and “many others.” For it is they who need the Word of God and receiving salvation through Jesus Christ the true Messiah. And, that is now part of my testimony.

Fellowship is important I agree. Being a strength in another’s time of weakness is being true to your faith; yet, “are we not called to be “Fishers of Men?” Your life’s experiences are your testimony of what God has done in your life.  “For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.” (Acts 22:15).

An  effective testimony is one that conveys both your own experience and the Gospel  of Christ so that someone else has the information about the process of  salvation.

(1) Start by writing down the details of how you came to trust in  Christ to save you. Answering the following questions to help you: (a) Who told  me about Christ?  (b) What events led up to me trusting or believing in Christ? (c)  When did I trust in Christ? (d) Where was I when I first believed? (e) How has  faith in Christ been a blessing to me?

(2) Next write this out so that  it flows well as a story. Try to be as concise as possible. As a goal, try to  make the length of your testimony so that it can be effectively shared in three  minutes or less.

(3) Make sure you have included the appropriate  Scriptures in your testimony. Remember that it is Scripture that is  authoritative because it is God’s Word. As an example, your testimony should  consist of your becoming aware that you were separated from God by your sin (Romans 3:23), the  realization that you would spend eternity away from God if you did not receive  forgiveness (Romans  6:23), the understanding that God sent His only perfect Son Jesus to die and  pay for your sin (Romans 5:8),  and finally your receiving forgiveness by trusting alone in Christ’s payment for  sin (Acts  16:31).

As an example, below is a testimony of how this person came to trust  in Christ as my Savior.

Though as a child and teenager I spoke with a  pastor three or four times about how I might go to heaven when I died, I never  really understood the Gospel of Christ until I was a young adult in my mid 20s.  Over the course of a few years, I began reading the Bible, listening to a couple  of good conservative Bible teachers on television, and discussing what I had  heard with Christians at work. Through this, I came to realize that I was sinner  separated from God and deserved to be eternally separated from God. This was  based on Romans 3:23 “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and Romans 6:23 “ the wages of sin is death.” I also came to  understand that God loves me so much that He sent His Son Jesus, and Jesus came  to earth specifically to die for my sins (and the sins of the whole world) so  that I could be forgiven (Romans 5:8John 3:16).

Finally, I  came to understand that there was no way I could be good enough or work my way  to heaven. Romans 3:10 says there is none who does good and Ephesians  2:8-10 declares that salvation is a gift of God, not something earned, and  it is received only by faith, which is to simply trust in or rely completely on  the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ as payment for my sin. After I  came to understand these truths from Scripture, I had a sense of assurance that  since I could not work for my salvation, I could not lose it either since it is  a gift from God.

There was a great sense of relief in knowing that I was  forgiven and that God was on my side and wanted and still wants what is best for  me. Since beginning my life with Christ, He has, by the power of the Holy Spirit  who lives in my heart, continues to sanctify me through His Word and His working  in my life. This forgiveness and security that I have from God can be yours too  if you will trust Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins.