Every Christian has a testimony. Put simply, it’s your eyewitness account of how God rescued you from your sin and made you His own. That story — regardless of how “spectacular” or “ordinary” you think it is — is a story about God’s grace and His power to save.
On the one hand, every testimony is the same. We were all sinners doomed for hell who were drawn to faith in Jesus by the grace of God. But on the other hand, every testimony is different since the events and circumstances leading to your conversion are as unique as every one of us. Since every testimony is unique, we believe it’s good for every Christian to learn to share their testimony. And a simple way to do that is by learning to write it down.
Although I love hearing full stories with all their beautiful twists in turns, it’s usually good for your written testimony to be brief. I generally recommend three short paragraphs. For a wonderful example of this, consider the Apostle Paul. In Acts 26, Paul stood before King Agrippa and shared simply and plainly the story of his life. Paul’s testimony includes three main ingredients that can help you prepare your testimony:
1. My Life Before a Personal Relationship with Jesus (Acts 26:4-11)
2. My Conversion Experience (Acts 26:12-20)
3. My New Life with Jesus (Acts 26:21-23)
Again, you don’t have to go into your whole life story when you do this. Usually each paragraph can be no longer than 4-5 sentences (just 12 sentences potentially... easy!) Feel free to include little personal details (i.e. where you grew up, what you studied in school, who has been instrumental in your walk with the Lord etc…) in your testimony. These things only take a word or a phrase, but help hearers to connect with your testimony.
I hope these tips help you write out a clear testimony of conversion. But more importantly is that you actually share that story with others. Remember, the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:16, I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. May we not be ashamed of the way that God saved each one of us who believes.