How to Write My Testimony/Story

--A guide to help you write your own recovery story. This is a suggestion only, because there are no "have to's"... And don't forget to phone your Sponsor, Accountability Partner, and/or Friend for help and encouragement.

God's word tells us: "It is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the good news of Christ- the gospel you say you believe- and because you freely share with them and with all others." (2 Cor. 9:13 NCV)

Testimony Guidelines

1. Before you start writing, pray and ask God for help and the words to share.

2. It is best to write out your testimony. It should take no longer than 20 minutes to read aloud.

3. Be sure to include 1 or 2 of your favorite scriptures.

4. Be honest.

5. Remember that you are not cured.

6. Do not use religious cliches.

7. Keep it to the point; don't wander off on a tangent.


Four Parts

There are four major parts to your story. It won't be perfect, we are all works in progress! Relax and get started!

I. First: The Old Me (What I was like before)...
        1. Start out with: "I'm a believer who struggles with __."

        2. What was the insanity of my life before recovery?

        3. What are some of my circumstances that other could relate to?

        4. What was my relationship to God like?

        5. How was my attitude and relationship to others?

        6. What was my "bottom"?

II. Second: My Experiences and Changes in working through the recovery program (What happened)...
        1. How I got into recovery.

        2. How has my growing relationship with Jesus Christ influenced my recovery?

        3. How did working the program help me? (specifics)

        4. Did a single step touch my heart in a special way?

III. Third: The New Me (What I'm like now)...
        1. How have my relationships with others changed?

        2. What areas of my old life are gone and how am I changed?

        3. How has my walk with God changed?

        4. What are some of the great benefits that I have received from working the program?

IV. Fourth: Outreach
        1. What encouragement can I give a newcomer?

        2. What service opportunities have you had?

        3. What service opportunities do you pray that you will have?

        4. Am I sharing the Good News (the Gospel) with those around me? The world?
            Where? With whom?

**Note: If you'd like a PDF version of this and a worksheet to work through writing your testimony, please request a copy at C.R. on Tuesday night.

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