Writing Your Testimony

This is a guide to help you write your Celebrate Recovery testimony. 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:
a. Before you start writing, pray and ask God for help and the words to share.
b. Your testimony needs to be about 12 to 15 minutes long. It needs to be written out. (about 7-9 double-spaced pages with a 12 font size.)
c. Be sure to include 1 or 2 of your favorite scriptures.
d. Be honest.
e. Remember that you are not cured.
f. Don’t use religious clichés.
g. Keep it short and to the point.

There are four major parts to your story. Relax and let’s get started.

1st The Old Me

a. Start out with, “I’m a believer who struggles with __________.”
b. What was the insanity of my life before recovery?
c. What are some of the circumstances others could relate to?
d. What was my relationship to God like?
e. What was my attitude to others like?
f. What was my bottom?

2nd My Experiences and Changes in Working through Celebrate Recovery

a. How I got into recovery.
b. How has my growing relationship with Jesus Christ influenced my recovery?
c. How did working the program help me? (be specific)
d. Did a single step touch my heart in a special way?

3rd The New Me

a. What changes God has made in my relationships with others?
b. What areas of my old life are gone and how have they changed?
c. How has my walk with God changed?
d. What are some of the great benefits that I have received from working the program?

4th Outreach

a. What encouragement can I give a newcomer?