"Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul" (Psalm 66:16 NKJV).
One of the greatest tools we have in our evangelistic tool belts is our testimony. People love hearing stories. If you are a friendly person (I hope you are!), then be encouraged to intentionally tell people what God has done in your life. Here's a simple outline to help you put together your testimony. It's easy to remember because it's the first letters of alphabet!
“A” stands for ACCEPT the opportunity
Whenever God opens the door for conversation, be prepared to talk about your Faith in a very natural and non-threatening way. For example, you may ask what the person does for a living and what they do on the weekends. They, in turn, may ask you the same. This would be a very natural way to open up the conversation about your Christian life, your involvement at church, how Jesus has changed your life and so on.
“B” stands for begin with your BACKGROUND
Tell people what your life was like before you met Christ. But don't spend two hours glorifying all of your past sins. Keep it brief.
“C” stands for clarifying the CHANGE
Explain the situation or circumstance that lead to your conversion. This may have been responding to an invitation at a church or crusade. It may have been a significant relationship with a Christian. It may have been listening to a radio program or watching a video. Answer the question of what caused your worldview to change. What happened that you really began to understand who Jesus is?
“D” stands for declare the DIFFERENCE
How is your life now different that you have accepted Jesus Christ? What do you now have that you did not have before? Forgiveness. Peace. Hope. People today are looking for these things! They can find them in a relationship with Jesus.
Lastly, “E” stands for EXPECT a reaction
It may be a favorable one, or it may be one that might get you discouraged. But either way, know that God will use your testimony. Check out Acts Chapter 26 and see how Paul shared his. One last challenge, write down your testimony in 100 words or less. It would be a great tool to use, and it would be edifying for others to read. Share it on your social media channels. Memorize it. And may God use it to bring others to new life in Christ!