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15-Second Testimony  
(Practical Skill)

⤷ FOUR STAGES: Bridge
Attender—Advancement

10 min

A very brief way to share one's personal experience of Jesus.  The 15-second testimony is very easy to learn and minimizes the stress of bridging to the gospel.  It also leaves much unsaid, inviting conversation with people who are far from God.

Includes a handout sheet if needed.



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Instructions:

This method is a study of contrasts based on four simple words or phrases that describe the life of the witness. 

To begin, get participants to do the following: 

  • Think of two words that describe your life before you met Jesus.
  • Think of two words that describe how Jesus changed your life.

Then let them as follows, using their own words or phrases:

“There was a time in my life when I was (insecure) and (angry).
But then I put my trust in Jesus, and I made Him King of my life.
Now I am (secure) and (full of joy).
Do you have a story like this?”

When you practice this method in a group, use that last phrase to pass it  to someone else in the group to practice it…and on and on until everyone has practiced in several times. 

For people who became believers at a very young age and don’t remember their conversion experience, let them think of two words that describe a time of crisis or uncertainty and how Jesus brought them through that time. 

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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

  15-Second Testimony
  411
  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
  Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
  Big Vision
  Blind Spot
  Breaking the Rules
  Church Identity Triangle
  Coaching Plan
  Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
  Community Survey
  CPM Continuum
  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
  Disciple-Making and Raising Children
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
  Forces of Light and Darkness
  Four Kinds of Disciples
  Four Stages / Four Fields
  Generational Growth Mapping
  Gospel Bridges
  Gospel Encounters Record
  Gospel on the Hand
  Great Commission Partnership
  Hope in a Broken World
  Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
  Inward & Outward Focus
  Iron-on-Iron
  Know - Be - Do
  Lessons from the Thessalonians
  Lockridge, SM - My King
  MAWL
  McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
  McGavran, Donald - People Movements
  Models
  Multiplication Exercise
  New Life in Christ
  One Anothers
  One Mission
  Parable of the Cornfield
  Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
  Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
  Paul's Discipleship Model
  Paul's Three Journeys
  People in the Harvest (Four Soils)
  People List
  People Map (oikos or network)
  Person of Peace
  Positive Accountability
  Prayerwalking
  Problem Solving Exercise
  Quotes & Verses Posters
  Reboot
  Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
  Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
  Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
  Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
  Sending Narratives Study
  Seven Generations
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
  Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
  Testimony (Personal Story)
  The Bold Parts
  The Complete Package for Church Planting Movements
  The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
  The Four Fields and the Great Commission
  The Great Commission of Abraham
  The Great Story
  The Left Side of the Graph
  The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
  The Modeling Sequence in Luke
  The Peter Pathway
  The Romans Road
  The Traffic Light
  The Word on the Street
  Three Circles
  Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
  THUMB - Religious Groups
  Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
  Triangle and Square
  Vision-Casting Vignettes
  Witness Model Zone
  Witnessing to Catholics
  Your New Journey

 

David served the purposes of God in his own generation, and then he died... - Acts 13.36