Supporting your testimony with scripture
“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.” —Psalm 139:13-14
Phyllis is a Pocket Testament Member experienced in ministering to women at abortion clinics. She shares that once someone gets out of their car and heads toward the entrance of the abortion clinic, she only has about 15 seconds to try to catch their attention. It can be especially challenging if the woman is escorted by someone who is trying to shield her from distractions.
This is why it is vital that you prepare ahead of time for what you will say. You’ll also want to be familiar enough with God’s Word to share appropriate scriptures.
When Phyllis is at an abortion clinic, she says she quickly calls out her name, stating she is a Christian and that she’s there to love on her neighbor. She informs them she is there to help and can lead them to people willing to adopt if only they would grant life to their child. She boldly asks, “What is so daunting in your life that you feel you must destroy your baby?”
She shares scripture, including Psalm 139:13, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Power in your testimony
When she has the opportunity to speak to a man, she shares that children are their heritage and he is blessed through his children. Psalm 127:3: “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.” She follows up by telling men they are supposed to be the protectors of their families, not bring them to destruction.
That’s about all she can say in the short window of opportunity as someone crosses the parking lot. Before they enter she shares her testimony, short and focused on how she understands these women. Phyllis says, “I often call out that I was once doing exactly what they are planning to do and that I can assure them that the consequences of such a course of action will bring nothing good into their lives. They need to repent and turn to Jesus, trusting in Him.”
This is why yesterday’s assignment focused on how you can share your testimony quickly and boldly. After reading the example above, how do you feel you did in crafting your testimony into a couple of concise sentences? Practice saying it out loud. Become comfortable with your words. Next, practice saying it as if speaking to someone across your house while the television is on. In effect, you’re shouting, but learn to do so without taking an aggressive tone in your voice. You’re likely going to be calling out from a distance (usually the edge of the driveway) up toward the entrance of the abortion clinic. You’ve got to prepare to project your voice and deliver your message with boldness and clarity.
Once you’re feeling comfortable with your testimony, focus on supporting it with scripture. Spend time studying your Bible and asking God to lead you to verses you can share with impact. Consider a verse that speaks to the sacredness of the life she is carrying. Choose another that shows how God is willing to help her and give her strength to have this child. Lastly, find a verse that shares God’s ultimate sacrifice and our need to accept Him as Savior.
Write down the verses you select and pray over how God would have you deliver them. Next, commit your verses to memory. Your time to share them is so short and you will be focused on watching the women walking past you. There won’t be time to look down and read from an index card or even your Bible. You’ve got to commit God’s Word to memory and have it ready on the tip of your tongue. Furthermore, tucking God’s Word in your own heart will empower you in your ministry.
For me, I have found that if I say the verse out loud three times in a row, I start to recall pieces of it on the third time. I then try again later in the day. I keep at it day after day until I have successfully locked it in place. Even after memorizing, I continue to repeat it three times each day so I don’t forget.
Thank you, Jesus, for a mother who chose to give me life. You have created my inmost being and have a plan for my life. I pray you would continue to guide my study and prepare me to live out my mission of serving you by helping encourage other women to give life to their own babies. Please show me the scriptures that you would have me use to convey your heart’s desire. I love you Lord and thank you for saving me. In your precious name I pray. Amen.
Join the Conversation!
Share your thoughts, insights and questions in the comments section below. Below are some discussion questions to get the conversation started:
- There can be a lot of pressure and tension in having to respond so quickly to women entering an abortion clinic. How do you feel about having to speak under such hurried circumstances?
- After reading today’s lesson, in what ways do you feel you can prepare yourself to be ready to respond quickly without adding duress to your state of mind?