Reaching Your World

Finding Common Ground

Dr. Bill Bright

Sharing your testimony is one of the best ways to find common ground with a non-believer. Your testimony is simply the story of what Christ has done in your life. It doesn't have to be long; in fact, three minutes is just about the right length for any situation. As you tell your story, divide it into three parts:

A well-prepared testimony can have a direct impact in nearly every witnessing situation. It can be one of your most effective tools in witnessing, helping you to present Christ in a clear, attractive, and personal manner.

(By the way--if you became a Christian at an early age, your testimony should be presented from the perspective of when you began to experience significant growth in your Christian life.)

If you feel as though you have not developed your testimony to its fullest potential, the following "do's" and "don'ts" will help.

What to do...

Link your testimony to the conversation.

Be clear on how you came to Christ.

Use specific examples to make your story real.

What not to do...

Don't use Christian Jargon that non-Christians will not understand.

Don't exaggerate.

Don't mention the names of denominations or church groups.

When telling your testimony, be as specific as possible, humorous if appropriate, and very clear when explaining how you invited Christ into your life.

You should write out and memorize your own 3-minute testimony.

Practice delivering it conversationally, perhaps with a friend.

You'll be surprised at how often it will come in handy - - and at how effective it can be in helping you move from casual conversation to the actual gospel.

Next: Sharing With Confidence