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Ownership - Part 2, Testimony Planning Guide
Miles McPherson - October 30, 2016

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Have you ever thought that living your life in a Godly way should be enough of a testimony to others that they will come to know Christ just by knowing you? It’s not enough! People may notice that you are different, but if they don’t know Christ, then they can’t understand why; you need to be able to articulate the reason for the hope that is in you.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15

Do you know five people in your life that need Jesus in their lives?

Do you know five people in your life that need Jesus in their lives? Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily share what He’s done in your life so that they might be able to find Him, too? The devil would like to intimidate you into holding back from telling the most powerful story you have. But this shouldn’t be difficult or daunting; it’s Good News!  

In Mark 5 as Jesus has just cast out the demons from a demon-possessed man, the man asks if he can follow Jesus, but Jesus has other plans for him:  

However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” Mark 5:19

This directive from Jesus is our focus for today. In three parts, you will simply work out your own way to share how God has saved your life and how His love transforms you so that you can invite others into a relationship with God as well.

Miles’ daughter Kimmie shared her written testimony as an example for us so that we could see how completing this simple structure can turn into a complete, powerful testimony that makes sense. As we work on this together, remember that this is only your first draft!  You can continue to practice and perfect it over time, but today the important thing is to get it started! 

I WAS…

In the first section, you will explain how your life was before you accepted Christ as your Savior. Were you lost? Prideful? Depressed? Addicted? Seeking after emptiness? Remember as it says in Romans 3:23 that all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory and the result is death -- death of relationships, perspective, dreams, health, hope, etc. This is your story of how you have fallen short and how it affected your life.

My name is _____________ and I grew up in __________________. Before giving my heart to God, my life/heart was ________________. I believed I would be happy if I _______________________________. For example, it wouldn’t be uncommon for me to ________________________________ to try to fill the emptiness in my heart. After awhile, my behavior began to make me feel _______________, and that wasn’t working for me.

THEN JESUS…

What happened when you met and accepted Jesus? When Peter and Andrew accepted Jesus’ invitation, they were fishing. James and John were mending nets, Matthew was sitting in the tax office, and Zaccheus was in a tree - they left all that was in front of them and followed Jesus. What happened when you were confronted with this invitation into relationship with Jesus?

At this point in my life, my belief about God was ______________________. But it wasn’t until I heard (or experienced) _____________________ and that Jesus _________________________ that I began to consider trusting God with my life.

I finally decided that I wanted to receive Jesus as my savior, so when I was _______________________, I proceeded to ___________________________________. Afterwards, I didn’t view _______________________ as my ultimate source of happiness anymore. I now know that the only way to nally receive joy and contentment is ___________________________________.

SINCE THEN...

When Jesus healed a blind man in John 9, the religious leaders objected and were upset with all that Jesus was doing, and claimed that he was a sinner.

He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” John 9: 25

Sharing your testimony is simply sharing what God has done in your life, not telling someone what needs to happen in his/her life. It does not require knowing all the Scriptures by heart, earning a seminary degree, or winning a theological debate. No one can refute your testimony of how God has changed your heart, your perspective, the peace you have found, or your sense of purpose and direction. This is simply your chance to share what has God done in your life. People all around you are searching for the wonderful fulfilling gift that Jesus has given you, and this is exactly what you have to share!

In my old life, before trusting God, I found comfort, identity, and fulfillment in ______________________ and used to take every opportunity to __________________________. After I received Jesus, the things I did with my time completely changed.

Now I ________________________. My life has changed dramatically. Though I may still struggle with things, they’re getting better, and I’m different in so many ways, such as ______________________________________________.

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR OTHERS

This is where you can issue an invitation for someone else to receive God’s gift of forgiveness and salvation.

Let me encourage you to trust God with your life. He has been so faithful to me and has never ________________________, but has always _______________________________ and I know He will do the same with you. 

Practice sharing your written testimony with others. It so simple that can be done in only 30 seconds! 

Don’t throw it away because it’s gold!  It could be the seed that sows salvation in someone else’s life. 

Ownership

This 6-part series reveals what it looks like to take ownership of our spiritual journey. In Part 2, Pastor Miles teaches us how to share our faith and proclaim the hope that we have in Jesus.

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