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How can I write a powerful testimony?

How to Write a Four-Part Testimony
communicating how God has worked in your life

No one else has had the unique set of experiences that God has given to you. However, many people have had similar experiences and will identify with your problems, because “there hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man” (I Corinthians 10:13).

An effective testimony shares with others how you have experienced the power of God in your life through obedience to Christ’s commands. Therefore, the goal in sharing your personal struggles with others is to help them find God’s solutions for similar problems they may be facing. One way to share with others how God has worked in your life is to use a four-part testimony.

The Basic Outline

  1. Define the problem. People relate to problems. In fact, sharing problems can promote healing. We are told, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” (James 5:16). Problems should be stated in general terms rather than using specific details that may have happened only to you. For instance, if you had a disagreement with your parents, do not focus on the details of the disagreement; rather, state the problem in a more general way, such as: “For many years I had reoccurring conflicts with my parents.” Most people will be able to readily identify with this problem.

  2. Describe your “solution” to the problem. Explain how you tried to solve the problem in your own way, only to make it worse. For example, you could say, “I tried to reason with my parents, but it always ended up in heated arguments that caused further separation.”

  3. Explain God’s answer to the problem. What command of Christ or Biblical principles did you apply in order to resolve the problem? “I finally realized that I was not honoring my father and mother, and they were reacting to my spirit of pride and disrespect. I asked them to forgive me for these wrong attitudes and for my resistance to their position in my life.”

  4. Report the results. Describe how God’s solution has brought new resolution to the problem. “When I humbled myself, my parents also asked me to forgive them for their actions, and we now are able to enjoy open communication with each other.”

The Power of a Four-Part Testimony

The more precise and practical these examples are, the more others will want to hear them. Sharing these testimonies with others will result in a growing sense of fulfillment in your life as you see that God is making you a “living epistle” that He wants those around you to know and read. (See II Corinthians 3:2–3.)

Too often we not recognize God’s “classrooms” as opportunities to learn and apply His commands. The next time a conflict arises in your life, ask yourself what commands of Christ and Biblical principles relate to the situation. Apply these concepts in obedience to Christ so that you can enjoy God’s lasting solutions. Then take the time to write out your testimony in a four-part format. These documented experiences will give you a powerful platform for discipling others.

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