Develop an Evangelistic Testimony.
People love to hear stories. It is no coincidence that the movie industry is one serious business. Why is it that we pour into the theaters week after week? The reason is simple: we are suckers for a good story. The movies allow us to be transported for a short time into a new world and experience something different.
If one of the characteristics of a disciple-maker is becoming an expert in evangelism. One of the major tools that a disciple-maker needs to develop is how to tell your personal conversion story. We call that a testimony.
The evangelistic testimony differs from your personal story only in that in addition to telling about your life you are also sharing the gospel and illustrating how you came to Christ in such a way that the hearer would know how they could also commit their life to Christ.
Here are some specifics that need to be included in your testimony (I recommend you keep it to 3-5 minutes)
1. Tell about your life before becoming a Christian.
2. Tell about the events leading up to your conversion.
3. Tell about your conversion experience including a clear verbal presentation of the gospel and a specific personal illustration of how you received Christ.
4. Tell about how your life has changed as a result of your conversion.
After hearing your complete testimony someone should be able to understand your conversion experience as well as have a clearer understanding of the gospel and a clearer understanding of how they could commit their life to Christ.
The reality is that Hollywood may never approach you or me about putting our lives on the silver screen but it is possible that God will use our lives to help someone else go to heaven. Now that’s a story worth telling!
If you want to make a disciple-maker you need to develop an evangelistic testimony and help them to do likewise.