How do I witness to my Dad?

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by Mission Man, Jan 14, 2004.

  1. Mission Man

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    My dad attends church yet does not live a Christian life. I have tried to witness by example but does not help. He curses alot and just is a bad example. He has said Gd a couple times infront of me and I really do not like it.
    Any Advice?
     
  2. Servent

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    Why not just pick a quite time and sit down and talk to him, if he is a christian he should understand, if not you need to pray for him to be saved, and find someone that can witness to him.
     
  3. Walls

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    Bender, do you still live at home? You said your father goes to church, invite him to go to church with you.

    It is very hard just to be a witness in those instances with out words. If he cusses in your presence, your countenance should show that it displeases you. My family will try to watch what they say around me, but if they slip and I say that's okay, then that gives them permission to cuss. I learned me lesson. Now if they slip, I just give them a sad look and they try to do better.

    If he gives you any kind of resistance, he is probably not saved and you should pray to that end.
     
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    Bender, at you age, you need to be respectful to your Dad. You don't have to agree and like what he says or does, but Praying is the best thing that you can do. If you can say very nicely, Dad, I would appreciate it if you wouldn't use that language in my presence, but you have to be very careful about doing it.

    Has your Dad ever talked to you about the language you should use or not use? If he has told you what is right and wrong, perhaps you could gently refer to that .....Remember Dad, when you told me not to talk that way.....

    Continue to set a good example and I admire your efforts and beliefs.

    Perhaps your mother could talk to him.
     
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    It sounds like he's a Christian, but is just in a backsliding mode. Hey, who among us has never been there? Ya know the prodigal son parable? If the Bible had pictures, it would be my photo under the prodigal son description.

    First issue: Without being accusatory, kindly ask him (when he's in a good mood [​IMG] ) to respectfully refrain from using the phrase g.d. around you. Tell him it would really mean a lot to you, and you'd be really appreciative and thankful. Tell him if he did, then he'd be helping you out a lot (as a parent myself, I like knowing something I'm doing is making a positive impact on my kids).

    Second, just keep living your life as a Christian example, and let God take care of bringing your dad back to Him in God's time. (don't be guilty of saying "Lord, let your will be done, just do it right now please... Heaven knows, I've been guilty of that one, myself [​IMG] )
     
  6. Mission Man

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    Ok first
    my Dad lives out of state so I cannot bring him to my church. Second my parents are devoreced. And I really dont get it. I mean him and my step mom really are beeing supportive in my life on the rode to be trained as a missionary.
     
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    How do I witness to someone I know, like a family member?"

    For most of us, it is far easier to witness to a stranger than to someone we know and respect. An effective way to soften the message without compromise is to speak in the "first person" or in testimonial form. Say something like, "I didn’t realize that the Bible warns that for every idle word I have spoken, I will have to give an account on Judgment Day. I thought that as long as I believed in God and tried to live a good life, I would go to heaven when I died. I was so wrong. Jesus said that if I as much as looked with lust, I had committed adultery in my heart, and that there was nothing I could do to wash away my sins. I knew that if God judged me by the Ten Commandments on Judgment Day, I would end up guilty, and go to hell."

    "It was when I acknowledged my sins that I began to understand why Jesus died. It was to take the punishment for my sins, and the sins of the world." Then, depending on the person’s openness, you may ask, "How do you think you will do on Judgment Day, if God judges you by the Ten Commandments?"

    YOu can find more answer on how to witness at
    http://www.livingwaters.com/witnessingtool/browse.shtml
     
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    I highyly encourage you to keep a good example and to show a respectful displeasure of his foul mouth. If nothing changes them politely ask him why he thinks it's okay to cuss as a Christian or even as an unsaved person!! Tell him it hurts you and it displeases God.

    "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in converstation [conduct], in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." I Timothy 4:12

    Let him know and PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY PRAY......!
     
  9. Plain Old Bill

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    Do you live with your dad,part of your entry sounds you you do and part of it sounds like you don't.
    In any event the first best thing you can do is be the very best son that you can be,that includes obedience and respect.The second thing you can do is let your dad know how much you love him and how important he is to you.The third thing you can do is be an example.
    You can't beat anybody over the head with a Bible especially a family member.When you demonstrate love and maturity they will seek you out. Pray for your father. If he is a christian pray that he will get his heart right.
    Be so happy and joyful,repectful and obedient, that he will want what you have.If you are going to school get the very best grades you are capable of.Stay out of trouble.Try never to be critical or use unkind words.No nagging allowed.No whining.
    Most of all you lead from the front, if you don't believe me just try keeping a string straight by pushing it.
    Seek your dad's advice and wisdom this will cause him to think about what and who he is.
    Bless you young man for loving your father so much.
     

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