Feet fitted with the Gospel

Witnessing for Christ

Jesus commands us, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew  28:19). "   It's not just evangelist, preachers, deacons or teacher's who are commanded to spread the gospel of Christ.  Paul taught in the Christian armor, " Ephesians 6:15 … and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace."   

 It is the duty of every Christian to be prepared to give witness for Christ.  Jesus taught in Matthew 13:41-42, 49-50

 “The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”



Think about your family, friends, relative, neighbors and work associates.  Where do you think they will spend eternity?  Then think about this, "You may be their only witness for Christ!"  I like to use the burning house illustration.

 

Let's say you are walking down the street past your friends house.  Let's say his name is Oliver.  You see Oliver and his family through the living room window watching TV.  In fact let's say Oliver a fanatic John Wayne fan and is watching his favorite John Wayne movie.  Suddenly you smell smoke.  Then you see smoke and flames billowing out of a window on the other side of Oliver's house.  You have a choice to make:

 

  1. Look at your watch and tell yourself, "I don’t have time to stop and warn Oliver?"
  2. Walk on past and tell yourself , "Oliver looks soooo comfortable watching his John Wayne movie.  I better not interrupt him.  He'll smell the smoke on his own and run out of the house.
  3. Call the preacher to make an appointment for him to come over and tell Oliver his house is on fire.
  4. Pray that Oliver smells the smoke and runs?
  5. Put a tract in Oliver's mail box and keep walking?
  6. Look for someone else to go tell Oliver his house is on fire?
  7. Worry about offending Oliver by telling him his house is on fire?
  8. Shout "fire" and warn the family to get out?

Sounds silly doesn’t it?  But these are some of the excuses Christians give for not witnessing and many, many more.  Meanwhile your friends house is on fire and God has given you the opportunity to warn them.

The most common excuse Christians give for not witnessing?  I don't know how!  It's not hard to witness at all.  In fact the most effective tool for witnessing to other people about Christ is your own testimony.  Think about how you became a Christian.  Think about how you would like to be led to Christ if you were not a Christian. 

 Then sit down and prepare a testimony for :

  1. Quick five minute testimony.  Often called an elevator presentation.  Can you give an interesting version of your testimony in five minutes or less.
  2. Ten to fifteen minute testimony
  3. Thirty minute's or less testimony
  4. Your testimony should include, "Why 'You' accepted Christ as Savior and Lord."
  5. What God has done in your life
    1. Answered prayers
    2. Lessons learned
    3. God's protection
    4. Learn scriptures for presenting the plan of salvation.
    5. Get to know the individual if you don’t already know them
    6. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to someone to witness to.
    7. Ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you as you witness.
    8. 8.      Things to do:
      1. Look them in the eye
      2. Be warm and friendly
      3. Be prepared with your testimony and scriptures concerning salvation
      4. Have printed materials to offer them if they want them
      5. 9.      Things not to do:
        1. Never, never witness by rattling of rapid fire scripture of like a robot.  You want to turn someone off just start spouting scripture at them.  I've had people do that to me.  Never asking if I was a Christian.  They just rattled off rapid fire what they wanted to say then looked at me like, "Do you have any questions?"  Some had a genuine look of concern on their face.  Many had that, "I know you’re a sinner!" look on their face daring me to deny it.  Made me wonder many times, "Do I look like a sinner?"  
        2. Never just shove a tract at someone and say, "You need to read this!" as you rapidly walk away. I've had this done to me.  They never asked if I was a Christian or not.  They just shoved the tract at me and said, "You need to read this" and nearly ran from me in fright. Of course since I am a six foot four former Marine that could have something to do with it J
        3. Never shout or loudly say to someone, "You’re a sinner bound for hell on a bobsled if you don't change your evil wicked ways!"  Believe it or not I had someone do that to me in a Christian bookstore of all places.
        4. Never beat a person over the head and try to force them to accept Chris As savior.  Your job is to present Christ as Savior and Lord.  Even if the person refuses to accept Christ as Savior at that moment.  God may lead them to Christ at a later date, using your witness as a seed.  The apostle Paul said, " I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." in 1 Corinthians 3:6.
        5. Ways to break the ice to witness:
          1. Ask, "Where do you go to church?"  Please don’t slam them if they do not belong to your denomination. If they belong to a religion that is not Christian then learn about it.  Ask your pastor for insights how to witness to them.  Be discreet!
          2. Invite them to church or a church social
          3. Ask "Do you ever study Bible?

There are countless ways to witness.  Find out what is comfortable to you

  1. Pray for your family, friends, relatives, coworkers to come t know Jesus.  Don’t give up.  Sometimes it takes time.

 

Learn Scriptures pertaining to Salvation

The apostle Paul was the foremost expert on witnessing for Christ in all of Christian history.  Learn what Paul taught about salvation.

Everyone needs salvation because we have all sinned.

Romans 3:10-12, and 23

10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; 11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV)

The price (or consequence) of sin is death.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)

  1. Jesus Christ died for our sins. He paid the price for our death.

    Romans 5:8
    But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)
  2. We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

    Romans 10:9-10, and 13
    If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved ... For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (NLT)
  3. Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God.

    Romans 5:1
    Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (NLT)

    Romans 8:1
    So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. (NLT)

    Romans 8:38-39

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NLT)

Learn other scriptural reference to becoming a Christian:

John 6:44
Jesus said, "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him ..." (NIV)

Revelation 3:20
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in ..." (NIV)

Human Efforts are Futile:

God desires an intimate relationship with us, but we cannot obtain it through our own efforts.

Isaiah 64:6
"All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags..." (NIV)

Romans 3:10-12
"...There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one." (NIV)

Separated by Sin:

Sin separates us from God, leaving us spiritually empty.

Romans 3:23
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (NIV)

It is impossible for us to find peace with God through our own efforts. Anything we try to do to obtain God's favor or gain salvation is worthless and futile.

Salvation is a Gift from God:

Salvation then, is a gift from God. He offers the gift through Jesus, his Son. By laying down his life on the cross, Christ took our place and paid the ultimate price, the penalty for our sin -- death. Jesus is our only way to God.

Jesus said:

John 14:6
"Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."

Romans 5:8
"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (NIV)

Ephesians 2:8

"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." (NIV)

Steps to becoming a Christian:

1) Admit you are a sinner and turn away from your sin.

Acts 3:19 says: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." (NIV)

Repent literally means "a change of mind that results in a change of action." To repent, then, means to admit you are a sinner. You change your mind to agree with God that you are a sinner. The resulting "change in action" is, of course, the turning away from sin.

2) Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from your sins and give you eternal life.

John 3:16 says: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life." (NLT)

Believing in Jesus is also a part of repenting. You change your mind from unbelief to belief, which results in a change of action.

3) Come to Jesus by faith.

In John 14:6 Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." (NLT)

Faith in Jesus Christ is a change of mind that results in a change of action—coming to him.

4) As God for salvation.

There is no special formula. Just pray from your heart to God, and believe that he has saved you. If you feel lost and just don’t know what to pray, here’s a simple prayer of salvation you lead them in.  Here is a simple prayer of Salvation to use as a guideline:

Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."

6) Tell someone about your decision.

Romans 10:9-10 says, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved." (NIV)

7) Explain to them about Baptism

8) Invite them to church! If you are a member of a bible teaching/believing church personally invite them to church next Sunday J.

 

If you would like some resources for learning to witness go to:

www.billygrahambookstore.org  they have inexpensive tools for witnessing.

 

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