by Craig Etheredge: You have a powerful story.
Believe it or not, you already have a very effective tool that will help you point people to Jesus Christ. That tool is your personal story.
Every believer has a story, and when you tell how Jesus encountered you and changed your life, it yields powerful results. Just think about the woman Jesus met at the well on that hot afternoon in Samaria. Jesus had a nice conversation with her about the “living water” that only He could give her. Then He exposed a dark part of her life, some things about her that no stranger could know. Her life was a wreck. She had been married five times. She was living with a man who wasn’t her husband. The women in her little village ostracized her. She was hurting deeply. But in all of her pain, Jesus offered hope — a clean heart and a new start.
After her encounter with Jesus, she ran back to her village and said, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”, (John 4.29 ESV). The whole town came out to see Jesus, simply because of one woman who encountered Jesus and was changed. Her story had such a powerful effect that we read later, Many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me all that I ever did,” (John 4.39 ESV).
The story of how you met Jesus is often called your personal testimony. Just as a person may give a testimony in a courtroom as to what he has seen and heard, when you give your personal testimony, you are sharing about your personal experience with Jesus and how He changed your life. I like to call it your “Christ story.” It’s the story of how you met Christ, and that is a powerful thing.
Source: The Power of Your Story