How to share your testimony in seven steps

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He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.  But He needed to go through Samaria. So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.  A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. (John 4:3-8)

Jesus is the most powerful model and example of an evangelist. In John 4 when the Lord Jesus met the woman at the well, He demonstrated the most effective form of personalizing the gospel in a practical way. The following seven steps will help you share your testimony effectively.

Make contact with people outside of the church (John 4:1-6)

One of the main reasons for Christian’s lack of fruit in evangelism is because they have little or no contact with non-Christians. Jesus was called the friend of tax collectors and sinners (Luke 5:27-32), He made contact with unbelievers; however He was separate from the world.

Do not confuse separation from the world with isolation from the world (John 17:15; 1 Corinthians 5:9-11). Separation is God’s strategy for our sanctification, but isolation is the devil’s strategy to prevent us from influencing people with the life of God. The Lord’s prayer was clear: “I do not pray that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” (John 17:15).

Establish a common point of interest (John 4:7)

If we were Jesus, maybe we would have gotten right to the point and asked; “Do you know who I am?” However, Jesus did not do that, rather He sought to establish a point of contact in order to talk with her. This point of contact was something that she was interested in, water. Here are some practical ways of establishing these common points of contact:

  • Remember, people like to talk about themselves…
  • Discover their interests
  • Use what the other person is doing at the beginning of the conversation
  • There is nothing as attractive as a compliment

Awaken interest (John 4:9-12)

The Lord awoke the interest of this woman in two ways: Because of His attitude of coming to her and being interested in her (4:9) – The woman was surprised at Jesus’s attitude and this caught her attention. Our life has to be like salt that awakens thirst in those around us. Our interior peace and serenity in the midst of difficult circumstances; our sanity and our contentment with that which we have; our quality of life and our attitudes are things that attract people.

We do not have to be perfect to give a testimony, but it is vital that we not be full of contradictions. The devil’s strategy is to convince us that we cannot give a testimony to anyone about Jesus as long as we are not as good as the Angel Gabriel’s twin brother. The lie that we have to be perfect before we are qualified to speak has silenced many Christians. It does no good for people to recognize that you and I are excellent people if we do not share the message of the gospel with them.

Throwing out a lure – A lure is a situation or subject that allows us to put forth a spiritual subject and thus present the gospel to someone. Jesus threw out a lure using a mysterious affirmation (4:10). Normally a lure is something that attracts a person’s attention and curiosity and stimulates conversation. We cannot always awaken interest, but we can discover those who are interested. We do not have to force our testimony on anybody. We must free ourselves from the feeling of embarrassment and begin speaking about spiritual things in a natural manner. When we give a testimonial, we must be as comfortable and natural in our tone and voice as when we speak about a game from the night before, about the escapades of our children or any other thing.

An easy way to begin a conversation is to ask questions. Questions are useful because they allow us to get the feel of the other person’s interests. There are at least three questions that you can ask. The first: “Since you mentioned religion, are you interested in spiritual subjects?” Many will say, yes, but even if the answer is no, we can ask them a second question: “What do you think a true Christian is?”

The person will probably list a number of things that Christians do like: going to church, reading the Bible, giving to the poor, etc. After their answer, we can agree that Christians do these things, but then we can emphasize that this is not what a true Christian is. A Christian is a person who maintains a personal relationship with a living person: Jesus Christ. If after this he continues showing interest, you can ask the third question: “Would you like to become a true Christian right now?”

Don’t try to explain the whole Bible (John 4:13-15)

Stick to what is important and necessary for the person at that moment. Many believers allow others to distract them with irrelevant questions and then try to answer all of the person’s doubts concerning traditions, tithes, etc. However, the only thing that the person needs to know at this point is how to receive salvation, so stick to the gospel.

It is best to present Jesus according to the person’s need. If someone is a prisoner, present yourself as a deliverer and so forth. It is possible to present the gospel without having to expound all Bible doctrine. Using a simple diagram, we can explain the whole plan of salvation.

Don’t condemn the person (John 4:16-18)

There are many ways to condemn people. It could be through an attitude of rejecting an invitation that somebody extends to us to have a beer or through a moralistic comment. The Lord however, never condemned anyone; He always had a word of forgiveness and acceptance for all sinners.

Stay on the main point (John 4:19-20)

The woman wanted to know right off the bat where the correct place to worship God was, but Jesus did not answer her question. He stayed on the central point and revealed Himself as the Messiah. Invariably people ask questions, but we must not deviate from the central point.

Confront the person directly (John 4:21-26)

Once we follow these steps, we must confront the person about making a decision for Jesus Christ. The final objective of our testimony is to expose the person to the gospel so that they can be saved. This implies a personal decision.

Practical tips

  • Never argue and never debate
  • Never stray from the central point
  • Do not preach religion; preach the gospel
  • Do not make comparisons with other groups or religions
  • Do not joke around, but also do not lose your spontaneity
  • Don’t rush
  • Use the Word, but do not pour out a river of verses on a person
  • Be gentle
  • Demonstrate real interest
  • It is better to speak with those of your own social as well as cultural level
  • Engage one person at a time
  • Do not condemn and do not criticize
  • Depend on the Spirit
  • Respectfully confront excuses
  • Make an appeal. The person must decide for, or against Christ
  • Lead the person in a prayer of confession of faith
  • Explain the gospel and do not simply share your testimony