Scriptures about Testify

Are you afraid to share your personal testimony with others? Are you thinking, why? What’s the point? Or, if you do share, are you worried you might say something wrong?

Christians use the term “to testify” or “to give one’s testimony” to mean telling the story of how one became a Christian. Commonly it refers to a specific event in a person’s life in which God transformed them or a situation in their life that caused them to believe in Jesus Christ.

Testimony is a powerful tool in sharing what God has done and is continuing to do in our lives. Sharing our testimony can lead a person to salvation, as well as healing and bringing us closer together.

Let us look at the Samaritan woman in John 4. Her testimony is simple. “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” Simple enough for many to be intrigued to see for themselves, and when they did, they realized and believed that he was the Savior of the world.

The main reason to share our testimony is because God tells us to in 1 Peter 3:15-16.

“Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.”  1 Peter 3:15-16 NLT

This verse reminds us to worship Christ as Lord of our lives and if someone asks about our hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it with the utmost courtesy.

Another benefit of our testimony? When we speak about what God has done in our lives, we remember all of God’s goodness. When we look back and see all that He has done in the past, it gives us more faith and courage to spur us on in our present living.

Stories about how God has worked in our past helps us to encourage others who may presently be going through a similar situation. They see in us the hope that they long to have. Our story can be a key that unlocks someone else’s prison. God uses people as His hands and feet.

Our testimony shows that God is greater than our story or our experience. It’s not about us. It’s about God and His work in and through us.
Read more about Testify in the Issue 4 of Sweet To The Soul FAITH Magazine.
To dive deeper into the power of testimony, we’ve curated 31 scriptures to help you understand that sharing our testimony is sharing the Gospel because we’re sharing a story of God’s hope.


1 Peter 3:15               

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Acts 10:42
And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.

Acts 23:11The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.”


Romans 1:15-16                                  

So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome. For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Luke 12:8-9
“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.


Romans 10:14-15                                                                  

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

John 5:39

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

2 Timothy 1:12

which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.

Matthew 5:13

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

Acts 4:33

And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.



Romans 1:11-12                                  
For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine

Acts 5:32

And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.

Acts 5:42

And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching that the Christ is Jesus.

Mark 5:19

And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.

Isaiah 43:10

“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.


2 Timothy 1:7-8                        

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,

Mark 16:15

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Colossians 4:3-4                            

At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.

Romans 12:1

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”




2 Timothy 2:1-3                                                         
You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, a who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 2:14-15

Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Luke 12:11-12

And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Titus 2:1

But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

John 20:21
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”


Matthew 5:14-16                                                             

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 4:19

And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Matthew 24:14

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

Acts 22:15

for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard.

Dear Lord, may my life be a testimony of your goodness and faithfulness.  May my actions, more than my words, show love and compassion to those around me.  In every circumstance, I pray I would be an example of the grace and mercy you have so generously given. When conflict arises, or I find myself in disagreement with others, please give me the boldness to share your truth with a gentleness of spirit and kind words. May my attitude be one of love and kindness, even as I stand firm in your word. Give me faith when I face challenging situations, and my heart is heavy.
Please remind me of the ways you have been faithful in my past. You give me hope to face the unknown; may know they can also have hope during life’s storms. Thank you for writing your story on my heart. I pray you will use me to help someone else know of your steadfast love and faithfulness to pour out goodness for your children.
May my life be an example of the hope we have in you.
Amen.

~ Stephanie Adams

Diving Deeper

To learn more about a personal testimony, let's look at three examples in the Bible.
Read these chapters and consider each testimony.
Record certain characteristics concerning the audience, content, approach, doctrine etc.

  1. Acts 7 – Stephen‘s address before his execution
  2. Acts 22 – Apostle Paul’s defense before the Jerusalem Mob.
  3. Acts 26 – Paul’s defense before King Agrippa

Resources

Download this printable TESTIFY Scripture List and keep in your Bible or journal for quick reference.
Tyanne Rakowitz is married to her high school sweetheart for 40+ years.  Mom to 6; 3 by blood and 3 by love.  Grammy to 5 little boys and 1 little princess.  Humbly serving Christ Lutheran Church as the Office Administrator.  And serves as the Business Administrator for Sweet to the Soul.  Planner and organizer extraordinaire!   

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