The Personal Testimony Package
The following illustrates what a concise, effective, and conclusive
testimony looks like from outside:
A. The Before
This section should contain information about your life, before your new
birth experience. The following lists some suggestions, regarding what should
be included. Your testimony may contain several, but does not need to include
all of these. What your "Before" section should contain is
information that will show significant change in comparison to your
"After" section. The tie-in with your "After" section is
not required for all entries in your "Before" section, but some
tie-in helps with the effectiveness of your testimony.
- What did you believe, about yourself, G_d, and your relationship with
- What hindered your coming to G_d sooner?
- Looking back, what indications can you see that G_d was calling you to
- Was there some event, or series of events, that triggered your interest
- Looking back, can you see indications of G_d steering you toward Himself,
or preserving you until you could make your decision for Him?
- What was it that moved you to let go and yield your life to G_d?
- Other information, or stories, that would be relevant and persuasive.
(Note: Do not do as others have done, and try to impress others with
how bad you were "Before." This could be counter-productive, and adds
little to the mix. You do not need to be an axe-murderer to need Messiah's
B. The Gospel
This is the beating heart of your personal testimony. For those that may
hear your testimony as persuasive, this section should provide them with the
essential information and understanding they would require to make an informed
decision, regarding their own potential new birth. For those that may be trying
to determine if you are a fellow believer, this section should provide enough
information to be conclusive for the hearer.
The following lists the essential elements for your
"Gospel" section. Your presentation must include each of these
elements in some form, or it will be defective (missing something essential),
and it will be inconclusive.
- G_d is absolutely holy, which includes perfection. Anyone, or anything,
that is not perfect and holy cannot abide the proximate presence of G_d's
- If an individual has ever made a decision, or performed an action, that
was not perfect, that individual's perfection is lost. As a result, that
person cannot abide G_d's presence, unless holiness is restored.
- G_d knew this before He began his work of creation. It is an
unavoidable consequence of granting entities free will without omniscience.
In fact, He created this temporary realm in order to provide that very
restoration of holiness. To do this, He extended Himself into the realm
that He had created, as Messiah Y'Shua, clothed in human form, and lived
the perfect life that would be required of us. He then yielded up that
perfect life, as an agent for any who desired to receive the gift of
- To obtain the gift of restored holiness and eternal life in the next
realm, one only needs to ask for it, and yield his life to G_d, to do with
as He sees fit.
- When an individual dies, physically, he continues to exist, and retains
his identity, individuality, awareness of situation and circumstance, and
can still be identified by others.
- At some point in the future, there shall be a judgement, where the
decisions and actions of the individual, when alive, will be compared to
revealed standards of righteousness and holiness. If the restored holiness,
provided via Messiah's offering, was received during life, the individual
is granted permanent membership in a new, eternal realm, in the presence of
G_d. If that restored holiness was rejected in life, the individual will
continue to exist eternally, but will be eternally denied access to the new
realm and the presence of G_d.
While each of the above elements must be included, they should not be stated
exactly as stated above. Rather, they need to be incorporated into your life
story, and personalized. You do not want your testimony to come across as
formulaic, even though it is, somewhat.
C. The After
- You could state that you learned such and such, and it had this effect on
me, or I responded in this or that way.
- You could indicate that such and such was a surprise to you, or such and
such was contrary to some belief that you had.
- You could state that you thought you had responded to G_d, but had never
truly done so.
- Any other of a myriad of ways to incorporate, personalize and present the
- You should definitely include a short story about the moment when
you actually yielded your life to the Holy One...the time of your new
birth. If you do not remember this time, you may be betting your eternity
on hearsay. Do you really want to do that? Why not stop, right now, and
knowingly, of your own volition, make sure you have been born again, by
yielding your life to G_d, on the merit of Messiah. If you are already
in, you will do no harm. If you are not in, but thought you were, or want
to be, or just want to be sure you have, you have potentially gained
everything. Then, incorporate this into your personal testimony.
This section should contain information about your life, after your new birth
experience. The following lists some suggestions, regarding what should be
included. Your testimony may contain several, but does not need to include all
of these. There should be some kind of tie-in with at least some of the
information contained in your "Before" section. This is to provide a
compare/contrast perspective, to show that G_d actually did make essential
changes in you.
- Did you feel any different? How so?
- How did your thinking change?
- How did your interests change?
- How did your relationships with others change?
- How did others respond to your changes? Did they detect any
- What has G_d shown you about yourself, Himself, your past, your
- How did your perspectives on things change?
- Other information, or stories, that would be relevant and