Ministers by guiding lost persons through the conversion experience under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Focuses on soul winning by presenting the Gospel – “Good News” to the community and abroad.
Personal Witnessing: How Jesus Did It
In John 4:7-26, the Bible gives us the Master’s example of how to share the gospel. Notice that Jesus spoke to the woman at the well when she was alone. When witnessing, we will often find that people are more open and honest when they are alone. So, if possible, pick a person who is sitting by himself.
From these verses, we can see four principles to follow: relate, Create, Convict, and Reveal. Here’s how Jesus put them into practice:
- Relate: Jesus began by relating to her in the natural realm (v. 7).
- Create: Jesus created an opportunity to talk about the spiritual realm (v. 10).
- Convict: Jesus brought conviction using the Law of God (v. 16-18).
- Reveal: Jesus revealed Himself to her (v. 26).
Before I can preach love, mercy, and grace, I must peach sin, Law, and judgment. John Wesley
WHY WE WITNESS
In Matthew 22:36-37 Jesus was asked,” Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Do you remember how Jesus answered? He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Notice that he first mentioned the heart. Throughout Scripture the heart is the key to all emotions, beliefs, or actions. Evangelism starts in our hearts. Why? Because people talk about what is in their hearts not what is on their brains. Sports, children, destinations, or whatever are issues in your heart and will eventually come out in every conversation. So, it is with Jesus. He has changed our lives! The debate over evangelism is sometimes ridiculous. The desire to evangelize should not come out of duty or devotion but out of delight. Psalm 37:4 says, “delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.” If Christ lives in you, whose heart is it? How can we keep him from our conversations if he is truly in our hearts? We cannot! The reason we are able and energetic about sharing Christ is because of the place he holds in our hearts. What place does Christ hold in your heart? /p>
The message is God’s. The meaning of getting the message to those who need to hear it is people communicating through words and actions that are consistent with the lessons in the Bible. • God can, has, and will use anybody who is open to serve him to convey the gospel. He will bless the efforts of his servants whether they are gifted as evangelizers or not. We are called to take advantage of opportunities to share our faith in Christ and to make Through the work o f the Holy Spirit, through us, God can complete his transformation of a person for his purposes and glory. • We cannot give away what we do not have. Therefore, we must be in close relationship with God and must be open to being used by him as a conduit of his grace. • Every Christian must be ready always and, in all situations, to share his or her faith in Christ with those who do not have a relationship with Christ.
God has put a life message with you. When you became a believer, you also became God’s messenger. God wants to speak to the world through you. Paul said, “We speak the truth before God, as messengers of God” (2Cor. 2:17). The Bible says, “those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of God in them’ (1John 5:10). There are four parts to your life message: • Your testimony – the story of how you began a relationship with Jesus • Your life lessons – the most important lessons God has taught you • Your godly passions – the issues God shaped you to care about most • The Good News – the message of salvation Your testimony is the story of how Christ has made a difference in your life. Peter tells us that we were chosen by God “to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you’ (1Pet. 2:9).