What is a Personal Testimony?
Generally speaking, our "testimonies" are organic accumulations of
life experiences, as relating to our relationships and interactions with our
Creator, before and after we submitted our lives to Him. We can, and naturally
do, appeal to these "stories," as needed, when we want to strengthen
our own resolves, exhort or encourage others, share how the Holy One has
manifested His presence in our lives, etc. The subject of this teaching
involves a specific subset of our accumulated "life" testimonies,
that subset being our "personal" testimonies.
In the context of this study, one's "personal" testimony is a
self-contained "package" of information, used to share how we came
to become a part of the Commonwealth of Believing Israel, or G_d's family of
In order to be effective, this package must contain each and all of the
essential elements, or ingredients. If any element is missing, the testimony
is defective, simply meaning that it is missing something essential. Therefore,
it is likely not going to accomplish its goals. We will list and examine each
of the essential elements as we go.