Using a Personal Testimony
I spoke last week about writing out your own personal testimony. I hope you have been thinking about that and making plans over the holiday break to write yours. (A New Year's resolution?)
This week, I'd like to give you some ideas about how you might *use* your testimony effectively. These are in no special order, but I hope they stimulate your thinking about how effective your own story can be in the lives of others.
1) Share your testimony in your church or to one of the campus ministry groups weekly meetings. Sharing your testimony in a friendly environment makes it easier to share later with people your interact with day to day.
2) Write it out on a single sheet of paper and have it available on your desk at work to hand out. If you want to get fancy, you can put your picture on it as well.
3) Take the written testimony with you whenever you travel, especially overseas. It can be the most effective tool you have to share your faith.
4) Put it on your own web site as a link about your personal life. (Eventually, we would like to have testimonies of many of our profs on our Christian Faculty Web Site so people browsing the Net can read stories of faith).
5) Be willing to share an expanded version with the Christian Faculty Fellowship some time. It is a great way to get to know each other, and "as iron sharpens iron" it is an encouragement and challenge to everyone.
Scripture: I Timothy 6:12 - "Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession (testimony) in the presence of many witnesses."
Action Point: Write out your personal testimony over the holiday break (or sometime soon) and have a few friends look at it. Then make copies of the final draft and have them available in 1998.
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