Your 120 Second Testimony
If you have never thought of putting your testimony into 90 to 120 seconds, you should consider it. This should be something you have worked out with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It needs to be ready when someone asks you why you are a Christian, or why you are such a happy Christian. We are saved. We should be the happiest people in the world. We have salvation from death and eternal life. So where do we start?
James 1:5-6. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. NIV
There are some basic questions you need to answer for your testimony:
- What was my life like before I had a relationship with Christ?
- How did I meet Christ or how did Christ find me?
- What is my life like now that I understand the love Christ has for me?
By the way, don’t use “church speak.” Use words everyone will understand. You may or may not be talking to someone who has ever gone to church or gone very little, or who have gone every week but did not understand what was being said.
So let’s start with question 1. What was my life like before I had a relationship with ChristDid you know something was missing?
- Did you think that there had to be something more?
- Were you happy?
- Did you see others who seemed happy?
Now let’s look at question 2. How did I meet Christ or how did Christ find me?
- What were some of the steps you took, Holy Spirit guided, that lead you to a better understanding of Salvation?
- Were there others who guided you in your quest?
- Were there any Bible texts or books of the Bible that helped in your search?
And now question 3. What is my life like now that I understand the love Christ has for me?
- Are you a happier person?
- Do you have a desire to share this joy with others?
- Are you so excited that you can’t sit still and you want to dance with reckless abandon?
Now, “Would you like to give your heart to Jesus?
Keep in mind that unless the Holy Spirit is talking to this person, and telling them to listen, you may not get a positive response. Never give up though. It may take years or a few minutes.
When you reach the end of question 3, wait. Pause for the Holy Spirit to work on their hearts. This is a time for you to be silent. This should be about 90 seconds. The last is for the Holy Spirit to speak to their hearts. This is something you cannot do.
When they say they want to give their heart to Jesus, guide them in a simple prayer:
Dear Father God, I know that I am a sinner. And I accept the blood of Jesus Christ as washing my sins away, washing me clean and white. I accept the free gift of salvation given to me. Come into my heart. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
In the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Remember this is not about you, but lifting up Jesus Christ. We are just the voice, the arms and legs for the Holy Spirit.