The Key of Being a Witness – We are called to be a Witness not just to witness
Witnessing – This is a common term for spreading the Gospel. Paul gives us instructions on how and when to witness. He said to “Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with longsuffering and teaching.” (2 Timothy 4:2) Let’s look at some keys to being a Witness.
- Earn the right to witness – First you must get to know the person. This is not a superficial kind of getting to know them. A person will quickly turn away from you if they feel you are just trying to fill a quota and not really interested in them. If it is right, the Holy Spirit will let you know when to move on to speaking about the spiritual. Listen for Him!
- Use Tracts – Tracts are a great bridge from talking about everyday things to the spiritual.
- Use God’s Ten Commandments – This way you are showing them their sickness (sin) before you give them the cure (Grace). Simply ask if the person has kept the Ten Commandments. They will most likely say yes. Then go through them:
- Have you ever told one lie (even a “white” lie)? What does that make you? A liar!
- Have you ever stolen something (even if it’s small)? What does that make you? A thief!
- Have you ever lusted after someone? “But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:28). Then you have committed adultery of the heart. Let them know that they are a lying, thieving, adulterer at heart and in big trouble, thats only 3 of the 10 Commandments.
On Judgment Day, would you be innocent or guilty? Of course, you would be found guilty and end up in Hell. (They will know that they sinned and need a Savior).
But God sent His Son to die on the Cross for you and me. Jesus took your punishment upon Himself and then rose from the grave – defeating death.
This is a powerful way of witnessing We know that God has placed the law on the sinners heart”…the work of the Law written in their hearts…” (Romans 2:15).
- You can not mess up bad enough! – What we mean by this is that most of the work is done by the Holy Spirit. He is certainly powerful to overcome anything that you may do. This is not to say that you do not need to do your best but, like stated before, you cannot save anyone so you cannot make someone lose salvation. So relax and talk in love.
Sample prayer – Here is a sample prayer that you can suggest that a non-Christian use to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
“Dear God, I understand that I have broken Your Law and sinned against You. Please forgive my sins. Thank You that Jesus suffered on the cross in my place. I now place my trust in Him as my Savior and Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
I encourage you to practice on someone you know who is saved. Or just go out a try it on non-Christian, either way your practicing (“practice makes perfect”). Once you witness to someone, whether you lead someone to the Lord or not, but feel the Holy Spirit moving through you, you will feel more encouraged to go and do it again. Remember, if that person doesn’t come know Christ as their Lord and Savior, be encouraged, you just planted a seed! And God is the only one that can grow that seed. In your prayer, pray that God will give you boldness like a lion.