The goal of this exercise is simply to help you more clearly and lovingly share with others what Jesus has done and is currently doing in your life. You sharing your Jesus story is one of the best ways to begin sharing the gospel with those far from God. There are some resources below to help you get better at sharing your story. To some people this comes naturally, to others a bit of practice is needed. Remember, many people today will not listen to a prepared speech or a monologue. This is why we encourage you to be able to share in 2 minutes, the essence of what Jesus has done in your life.
HOMEWORK FOR TNT THIS WEEK
Write down your "personal testimony" with just enough of your story that takes you about 2 minutes to tell. There are many formats you can use. We have included a short article by pastor Rick Warren that can guide your thinking as you prepare. Then below that is a video of a young man that is also helpful as you prepare your story. At TNT this week we will have several of you share. Practice a few times to see if you can be about 2 minutes. We are not asking for perfect people (ain't gonna happen lol). We do ask that you pray and give it a try!
The THREE KEY COMPONENTS you will want to share are listed below. Also, please read the document and watch the video below. In the document, Rick Warren shares 4 parts to a testimony. Don't let that throw you. 1 and 2 are usually shared together. Choose whichever way feels more natural to you.
1. What was your life before Jesus became real to you? (sins, struggles you faced, doubts, fear, etc.) If you grew up in church - when did you discover that Jesus was more than what your parents or church told you. When did He become a real person to you? Now, this may not have happened yet so you may not be able to share that yet. We encourage you to talk with your group leaders about where you are and how you might take some next steps in discovering a closer walk with Jesus.
2. What happened? How in the world did you become a follower of Jesus? At some point in this part of your story is an opportunity to share with them a key verse from scripture that helped your faith journey. Let God speak directly to them through His Word!
3. What is your life like now as a follower of Jesus? How does He make a real difference in your daily life? What makes you different that those that do not follow Jesus? You may want to share one fresh way that Jesus impacted your week!
2 Resources: how to share your story (video/article)