Growing in God 2021 Season 2, “Developing our Testimonies”

A Christian testimony is simply your story about how God has impacted your life. It could be the story of how you came to know him, or it could be something that he has done in your life since. It could be a small thing, it could be a big thing, but the main thing is that it is a God thing.

You can click here for Sally Murphy’s testimony about how God brought her through the heartbreak of redundancy into new and exciting things
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In the coming week’s up until June 17th, we will be meeting in small groups to
– receive further biblical teaching around testimonies
– share testimonies
– encourage each other in developing and sharing testimonies
– if you feel able to, writing and recording your testimony

SMALL GROUPS
Week 1:

1. READ 1 Peter 3v15 and Colossians 4v2-6.
2. ASK: How do these scriptures encourage us in sharing our testimonies?
3. DISCUSS the “Do’s and Don’ts” below
4. SHARE: Ask someone in the group to share a short testimony next time
5. PRAY into this and any other needs in the group

Week 2:
1. READ Paul’s delivery of his testimony in Acts 22v1-21, when after being arrested in Jerusalem, he took the opportunity given to speak to the very crowd that wanted him dead and to tell his story. His was a spectacular one, but remember ordinary ones are just as good. Our story is what it is and always speaks of a God who is alive.
2. ASK: What can we learn from this account?
3. SHARE: Ask someone in the group to share a short testimony
4. PRAY into this and any other needs in the group

Week 3:
1. READ John 4, the account of the woman at the well.
2. DISCUSS: What was her testimony? What affect did that have on the people she knew? How can that encourage us?
3. SHARE: Ask someone in the group to share a short testimony next time
4. PRAY into this and any other needs in the group

Week 4:
1. READ John 9, the account of the man who was healed from blindness.
2. DISCUSS: Think about how the man was not educated, yet his testimony affected the religious leaders, who could not argue with what Jesus had done in his life. How can that encourage us?
3. SHARE: Ask someone in the group to share a short testimony next time
4. PRAY into this and any other needs in the group

Future weeks
Sharing our testimony on social media

DO’S & DON’TS
Below are a few thoughts about testimonies shared in the launch night
1. Keep it short, don’t waffle, leave people wanting more
2. Be real, don’t be tempted to exaggerate, but don’t play things down either!
3. Watch your language! Try to minimise the amount of “spiritual” words and phrases used. This can be off putting to someone who doesn’t understand
4. Show respect to the other people who are involved in your story in case they hear it
5. Remember, your whole life is a testimony and what you say is always better received if you’re living it out.
6. 1 Peter 5v13 reminds us to “Always be prepared” for the opportunities God gives

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