“Testimony” Versus “Story”

When asked to share our faith, the word "testimony" sends shivers down the spines of many believers. Yikes. Not that! However, the word "stories" seems somehow a little safer. More believers are willing to share their faith "story" than their "testimony"; even though they are the same thing. That's fine. However, at Gramazin, we use the word "testimony" and here is why.

Jesus Christ is on trial. He is on trial in the court of public opinion. Is He really the Son of God? Is He really who He claimed to be? Does He really change people's lives?

Imagine that you have been called to the witness stand. There is Jesus Christ, sitting in the defendant's chair, looking at You. What are You going to say? Is He really the Son of God? Is He really who He claimed to be? Does He really change people's lives? The courtroom awaits your answer.

Are you there to share your "testimony" or your "story"?

tes·ti·mo·ny
ˈtestəˌmōnē/
noun

a formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law.
evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something.
a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.

sto·ry
ˈstôrē/
noun
an account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.
an account of past events in someone's life or in the evolution of something.

At Gramazin, we use the words "testimony" and "testimonies". We can't shake the image of Christ being on trial and it is our responsibility to give evidence that He is real and relevant in 21st century America.

However, we love the "stories" that are shared by believers in Jesus Christ. We aren't going to lose sleep over word usage as long as what the person has shared gives evidence that Jesus Christ really does change people's lives.