The spotlight is shining on you. You’re sweating. Everyone is staring. Your heart is pounding. This is it. Your shot. The moment you’ve been waiting for. The moment you’ve been praying for. Can you do it? Will you do it?
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
Sharing your testimony is daunting. There’s no doubt about it. Even the most seasoned Christians have felt nervous under that spotlight – the spotlight where your non-Christian friends stare at you with a look of deep expectation on what you’re about to say. The difference is that Christians who have been around the block a few times have had the practice. And we all know… “practice makes perfect”.
We practice before we take an exam. We practice for a job interview. We practice before we lead a small group session… so why wouldn’t we practice sharing our testimony to others, knowing the hope and power we have within us… After all, it is what is asked of us in the Bible!
So keeping this in mind, here at Small Group Central we think it would be a great idea to get practising in your small groups, a safe space, where you can get your “defence” ready in preparation for that next spotlight moment.
Why not put aside a few sessions in a row where each of your small group members can really take the time to share their story? Spend the time listening, sharing, getting to know each other. Bonding. But also, remain aware of their faith strengths and weaknesses so you can encourage and support, while holding each other accountable.
And what about those who might find it overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be your whole life story. There are two different types of testimony, both equally as powerful: salvation – how you became a Christian; and triumph – a shorter story of how God helped you overcome something.
We’ve put together a few practical tips which you might find helpful if you decide to give this a try in your small group…
- Get the person who is sharing to choose the location of the group, so that they are comfortable
- Let the person sharing decide how long it should be
- Suggest a question and answer section so that you can learn more
- Always pray for the person before starting. And afterwards. Encouragement. Affirmation. Ask God to speak into their lives as they become vulnerable.
And remember… You are not there to critique their testimony, but to listen and learn from it so that the next time they are faced with that sweaty moment, they are ready to defend.
About Charlotte Moore
Charlotte is a recent business graduate, working to build her career in digital marketing and web design. When she isn’t working at CWR, she is planning her upcoming wedding!