True Story, His Story, Your Story

A new journal coming soon, True Story John 3:16 – A journal journey through scripture to deepen your faith  

With John 3:16 as our central focus, we’ll take a slow journey through the Bible to help you deepen your faith as you explore the foundation and root of your salvation and your salvation story. I’ve curated scriptures, journal prompts, and the testimonies of others to encourage you as you journey through the scriptures. This journal invites you to discover the power of introspection and personal connection as you reflect on each passage and journal prompts as you record your insights, questions, and revelations.

So, picture this – I grew up in this small church where Wednesday nights were all about prayer meetings and personal testimonies. As a kid, I was captivated by the stories of the folks in our little congregation. I mean, they came from all walks of life, and it was fascinating hearing how God became a personal thing for each of them. I remember one dear old saint sharing how as a pre-teen she walked beside her parent’s covered wagon when they moved to Tennessee. Her steadfast testimony every time was “I got saved to go with Jesus every day of my life.” Everyone then had their unique journey that led to their moment of personal salvation.

Now, our new pastor has this cool thing he does. He asks everyone to write down their personal salvation story and keeps them all in a binder. And get this – he’s not just using them for a memento of his pastoral duties. 

Nope, he’s pulled them out for funeral services and as a pick-me-up when he’s navigating the challenges of leading the flock. He said having their handwritten personal testimonies has allowed him to share a personal history that even some family members didn’t know.

Everyone now has their unique journey that led to their moment of personal salvation. Your personal salvation story isn’t just your thing. It’s not just a neat entry in a binder. It’s a tool, a witness to God’s incredible grace in action. 

And you know what? Even the Bible backs this up. Take the Apostle Paul, for example. In Acts 26, he’s standing before King Agrippa, doing his defense thing, which, surprise, is actually his testimony. And the crazy part? He’s not all formal and legalistic; he’s chatting like he’s with a buddy.

So, here’s my gentle nudge – write your personal salvation story. Not because you need to memorize it for some public speaking gig. It’s more about deepening your connection with Christ. He’s the root of your salvation, the reason you’ve got this amazing story to tell. His story, encapsulated in John 3:16, is the birthplace of our salvation. 

The Beginning of your testimonial story

What’s the birthplace of your testimony? Easy. Go back to the beginning, but not necessarily your physical birth. That’s a little too far back to the beginning. Think about your life before you met Christ. What were your needs, where were you lacking? What did you try to fill those gaps that totally didn’t work?

The middle of your testimonial story

Then comes the Christ awareness part. What event or time made you notice Christ? How did you end up considering following Jesus? Were there any special songs or scriptures that played a big role in your journey?

Wrapping up your testimonial story

And of course, the big moment – your “How.” What were the conditions around you when you prayed and asked Jesus to forgive you? Where were you, what was the time, and what was going on?

Now, wrap it up. God’s still in the business of meeting needs, right? Share a couple of examples of how He’s helped you out, physically or emotionally, since you said yes to Jesus. Every day is a new day, but right now, in this moment of writing your testimony, spill the beans on what you’re most grateful for in your relationship with God. 

Go ahead, make it authentically you!

Now that you have written your testimony, consider submitting it to my next anthology… 

*Coming Soon* A Scripture and Prayer Journal called True Story John 3:16, A journal journey through scripture to deepen your faith 

With John 3:16 as our central focus, we’ll take a slow journey through the Bible to help you deepen your faith as you explore the foundation and root of your salvation and your testimony. I’ve curated scriptures, journal prompts, and the testimonies of others to encourage you as journey through the scriptures.

You can click here to read more about the journal to see if you would be interested in submitting your testimony. The deadline for your best-edited piece is December 31, 2023.

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