Most believers know they should share the gospel, but they don’t know how. In fact, the most often used excuse for a lack of evangelism is ignorance. Below is a plan for sharing the gospel. It involves what is commonly called a “three minute testimony.” By using three different conversation topics, a person can share the gospel quickly and effectively. The method can be used almost anywhere — at the bank, on a ballfield, during a family get together, or in the midst of a casual encounter. One can drop a leading question like, “Can I share something that has been important to my life?” After receiving a positive response to such a leading question, one can then proceed to share his or her “three minute testimony.”
The beauty of such a witnessing style is that it is based on both personal experience and Scripture. It has often been said that no one can argue with experience. By sharing your personal story, you aren’t engaging in a debate. You are simply telling someone what happened to you. Secondly, the method has merit because it involves Scripture. By weaving in select Bible passages into your story, you temper your testimony with the life-changing power of God’s Word (Romans 1:16).
My Life Before Christ
First, describe what your pre-salvation life was like. You can cover this topic in a few short sentences. I like to say, “Before I met Christ, I seemed to have no purpose in life. I tried to find meaning in all types of things. I knew that I was alive for a reason, but I didn’t know what it was.” What was your life like before you met Christ? Did you struggle with an addiction? Were you lonely and depressed? Maybe you were unfulfilled? Take a moment to write down how you can share about your pre-conversion state. In using such a technique, you are doing the same thing a blind man did after he was healed by Jesus. When religious authorities interrogated him concerning his interaction with Jesus, he simply said, “One thing I do know. I was blind, and now I can see” (John 9:25).
How I Met Christ
Next share about your conversion. I usually say, “Then I heard a preacher explain how I was a sinner and how God loved me so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die for my sins. I believed what I heard and I prayed, asking God to forgive me and to come into my life.” Think about your salvation experience. How can you briefly share what happened? There is no need to elaborate or exaggerate. Just tell how you got saved. If possible, weave in a short snippet of Scripture, as I did in my example (John 3:16).
My Life After Christ
Lastly, tell about how your life was changed because of your conversion. Scripture teaches that true salvation brings life transformation (2 Corinthians 5:17). I usually say the following: “After becoming a Christian, I felt like a new person. I now have purpose and direction in life. I know that I know God, and I have assurance that I will go to heaven when I die.” If you use the outline mentioned above, God will bless and use your witness for His glory. Pray now and ask God to give you opportunities to share. Also, take a moment to write out and practice your three minute testimony.
Dr. Patrick Latham