The story of your journey to faith is one of the most crucial ways that people see how Jesus is relevant to life.
But as I’ve given many evangelism seminars, particularly in more traditional Protestant denominations, I find that many people don’t know their own story of faith in Christ.
Because you want to learn about evangelism, you’ve already had an encounter with Jesus Christ that you want to share with others.
You might have been a dramatic conversion like the Apostle Paul, or a gradual awakening like Timothy.
You might be able to point to a day and time (like walking forward to an altar call, or kneeling alone in your bedroom), or might be able to say “It happened, but I’m not sure when.”
No matter how it happened, you need to know the story of your conversion.
You need to know it well so that you can share relevant portions at a moment’s notice.
The purpose of this conversational guide download is to give you some guidelines to
- remember, and
- see the evangelism process of your conversion experience.
Your conversion did not happen in a vacuum or in a microwave.
Your conversion to Christ was the fruit of a process that God used in your life.
If you are not sure what I’m getting at, watch the Macaroni video at: https://www.evangelismcoach.org/links-in-the-chain-video/
Likewise, the non-Christians you encounter will be in some part of their process of conversion. Gaining an understanding of your own story will help you see where your conversational partner might be in their journey towards Christ and will release some of the pressure to “get them converted.”
Do this Personal Testimony Exercise
This may not be easy to fill out in 5 minutes.
Some of these questions are meant to provoke deep thought.
So I suggest you take the time to journal and reflect and ask the Lord to help you remember if it was some time ago.
Your experience of personal evangelism will be much richer if you can master your own story.
The questions might seem like they overlap. That’s ok. Sometimes we get insight by answering the same question in a different way. You also might not have answers to some of these. That’s fine as well.
All of us have unique stories, and if we’ve not thought about our story, this exercise may be a little hard.
Key principles I hope you see
- Your conversion was a process that had a back story to it.
- There were significant moments/events along the way.
- Through the Holy Spirit, God was at work in bringing you to faith, probably before you even realized it.
- You had some restlessness (spiritual thirst) that began your journey to faith.
At the end of the day, I’d like you to know your story of transformation. You can learn to summarize elements of your story and expand elements when needed.
What people need to hear is
- HOW God has worked in your life to answer your deepest questions, and
- HOW you are experiencing transformation right now.
I’ve learned this often sets up further conversation towards their own journey.
Download Your Personal Testimony Questionnaire Here
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