How to Witness?

Discussion in 'Missions / Witnessing / eVangelism' started by LauraB, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. LauraB

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    Hi, [​IMG]

    I need some help. I want to witness to people but am afraid I will not know what to say. I have done it before and then when questions started to be asked I was at a loss. I read the bible but I don't retain a lot of memory. Is anyone else in this situation and if so what helps you?
     
  2. JonathanG

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    Well I will tell you I have friends that aren't saved and I say to myself if I don't tell them about my Saviour Jesus Christ who will.

    Then I thought like you did how do I start up the conversation or break the ice.

    Well guess what God gave me the strength and opportunity each time and they are very small leads.

    I thanked God the first time when I got home like WOW I don't have to do this at all God is doing it. I give my testimonial and state who i am now and how I got there. I never push I just give them my backround and how Jesus has effected me. I then slipped tracts to them afterwards in mail , I had to mail back shoes the guy forgot and i slipped them in his sneakers

    May that hel[[

    Jon
     
  3. MissAbbyIFBaptist

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    What kind of questions are they asking you? I'm no theologin, and I sure don't claim to understand the whole Bible {If anyone does, I'd sure love to meet ya} but I'll do my best with GOd's help to help ya.
    If you have troble remebering verses, then you might want to see about getting a pre-marked New Testiment. I have the same trouble remembering where the verse is found, so I bought a pre-marked Bible from my church. What it does is in the front of the BIble tells you the pages to turn to in your Bible for verses on salvation, and on those pages it is underlined where to read. If you can't find one of these then you could always put tabs in your Bible were the verses are found.
    If you ever want to contact me, just send an e-mail to [email protected] and I will answer as soon as I can.
    Other than that, pray. Pray before you go on visitation, and ask God to forgive you for any sin in your life, and ask Him to help you and guide you. Ask Him to speak to others threw you.
    I hope this has helped.
    ~Abby

    [ October 17, 2002, 06:30 PM: Message edited by: saved by grace 1999 ]
     
  4. Baptist Believer

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    Fears like that are common but usually blown out of proportion. If you have non-Christian friends, then just share your life. Don't be afraid to mention your church life and spiritual issues. Just share then naturally as part of your faith experience. You don't have to go into every conversation with an agenda... Just pray that the Spirit will naturally guide your conversations toward spiritual issues when appropriate. If you are serious with your prayer, God will honor it and you will have opportunities sooner or later.

    Just don't stress! :eek:

    Don't assume you have to know all the answers. Sharing Christ with someone is not so much about sharing a bunch of doctrine (though doctrine is important!), but it is sharing your relationship with the living God. Read the gospels and see what Jesus said to people -- "Follow Me!"

    The gospel is simply "trusting all you know yourself to be unto all you know Christ to be."

    Make Bible reading a regular activity in your week. You don't necessarily have to read it every day (although that's a very good idea), but just set a regular pattern of reading. You may want to concentrate on the gospels for a while until you get a strong sense of the life and teachings of Jesus. Then try the first few books of the Old Testament or some of the New Testament letters. Don't worry about setting a rigid reading schedule -- not everyone reads at the same pace and many of us like to linger over the words and read them several times to make sure that I understand what is being said.

    Most of all, pray for leadership, understanding and discernment as you try to be a witness of the good news of Jesus Christ!
     
  5. Johnv

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    Different people have different ways of witnessing.

    I'm not a very good talker about CHrist in public. I prefer that my actions are my witness. Jesus was good at not talking about spiritual matters until he was asked. I like to do the same. I don't share my faith unless someone asks me about why I do / don't do what I do.
     
  6. g'day mate

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    LAURAB
    Try going to a christian book shop they have books that help to explain the bible, or even better your church may have a library,that way you pay nothing,and what about the websites the are also free.
    John
     
  7. LauraB

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    John,

    That is a good idea. I am going to take you up on that one. They do have a whole bunch of online material for free.
    Thanks [​IMG]
    LauraB
     
  8. Rev. G

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    Even if you have difficulty with "memory" work, it is always a good idea to memorize Scripture verses.

    Here is a simple / "bare bones" outline that can be used in evangelism.

    I. CREATION
    * God created the world and everything in it.
    * When God created human beings, He created them
    good and in His image.
    * Human beings are created, and therefore are
    accountable to God for all that they say and
    do.

    II. FALL
    * Adam & Eve rebelled against God's Word /
    command (they ate the forbidden fruit).
    * Because of this rebellion, death entered the
    world. All people will die because of sin,
    and are already spiritually dead - separated
    from God's blessing and under a curse.
    * Now all people are born in rebellion against
    God, and act against Him by nature and by
    choice.


    III. REDEMPTION
    * Because of His love, God the Father sent His
    Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty owed to
    sinners.
    * Jesus is fully human and fully God.
    * Jesus lived without sin, died to pay the
    penalty, and rose from the dead.

    IV. RESPONSE
    * God now commands all people everywhere to
    trust Christ alone for salvation, and to turn
    away from their sins.

    Hope this is helpful.
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    Rev. G
     
  9. tfisher

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    LauraB,

    In starting a conversation it can be helpful to remember the acrostic "FIRM" to guide the conversation to spiritual matters. "F" is for family. "I" is for interests. "R" is for religion. "M" is for the message. I'm not saying that you have to use this every time or force yourself through this conversation guide. It is just a tool to help.

    It is also helpful to know your own testimony well. There are numerous guides for preparing your testimony. The one I use is divided into four sections. 1) My life and attitudes before following Christ 2) How I realized God was speaking to me 3) How I became a Christian 4) What being a Christian means to me. You need to be able to get through all four sections in about 2 and a half minutes without glorifying section 1. It helps to write your testimony down and practice sharing it with another Christian so you don't have as much pressure.

    When you get to the gospel message you may want to use a gospel tract at first until you are familiar with the scriptures. You can stand beside the person and go through the material with him/her. Before long you will know the material well enough that you can explain it without a tract.

    If you would rather use your Bible than a tract you can mark the verses in the method you use. For instance, in the Roman Road method the first verse is Romans 3:23. I highlight Romans 3:23 and beside of the verse I write "TTP 1409". "TTP" stands for "turn to page". Page 1409 is where the next verse, Romans 6:23 is located. Continue in this fashion until you are through the plan.

    Even with a bunch of evangelistic tools the most important thing is to rely on the Holy Spirit for leadership. (Acts 1:8)

    If I can be of any further help, please let me know. I am taking a class on personal evangelism this semester in Bible college and have quite a bit of material. I still haven't sifted through it all. I hope I haven't overloaded you with too much information.

    [ October 26, 2002, 12:23 AM: Message edited by: tfisher ]
     
  10. Thankful

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    Johnv, This is the way I feel, but I am not sure it is enough. Many people will not ask so we have to bring up the subject.
     

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