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Title: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: father ira on March 26, 2007, 08:38:41 PM
Everyone share your different witnessing methods so that others who doesn't know about witnessing will have an idea on how it goes. Here's mine:

1.) I approach my "prospect" and try to introduce myself (don't mention anything about God first or don't give a hint ). Get to know him. Know where he lives, his hobbies, his likes, dislikes. Be friends!

2.) Ask him if goes to church. Know his church background.

3.)If he says he's a Christian then he's easy to talk to but then, we have to assure his salvation. So I ask him two questions:
   a.) If we are going to die today, are you sure you are going to heaven? (I have to say "we" because I don't want him to feel uncomfortable) ~if his answer is yes, proceed to the next question, if no still proceed  :D

   b.) If we did actually die and we arrive in heaven but God asks us "Why should I let you in my heaven?" what would you say? (He is most likely to answer "Because I go to church" or "I'm a good boy")


4.) Then I say "There is a good news. Heaven is free. You don't have to pay for it because Jesus has already paid for your sins. As Romans 6:23 says "For the wages of sin is death". He was crucified  on the cross.   He gave the ultimate sacrifice. Hebrews 9:22 says "without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin." ~improvise from here because he will be likely to ask questions

5.) Then ask him again: "Now , I we are going to die, are you sure you are going to heaven?" "(If he is not sure, review him  the last part again) "Do you want to accept God's forgiveness for you sins?" (If he answers yes then pray for him and let him follow you in the prayer of salvation:

Dear Lord,
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that donít please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

Amen

6.) Within 24 hours, call him. Then at 72 hours visit him in his home. We don't want to lose a lost soul. Bring him to church, be good friends with him, pray for him, pray with him, and most importantly: grow stronger in Christ with him




 


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Debp on March 26, 2007, 08:53:14 PM
To be sincere and a true friend....willing to listen or to help those in need or ill.....in my older years I have found this to be my way of sharing Christ.....that people are more apt to listen when they know you really care.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 26, 2007, 09:07:16 PM
I let the Lord lead me each and every time. Yes, the Gospel is the same each time but the manner in which it is presented may be different. I try to listen to the person. See where they may be in their knowledge and where they may be in seeking or not. Showing them the love of God through us is an important portion of it. In all it must be how the Lord leads us.



Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: 2nd Timothy on March 27, 2007, 08:11:39 AM
I love this thread already!!!   Everyone has good advice.  Letting the spirit lead is great advice PR.   

My wife and I recently purchased the "Way of the Master" evangelism kit.   I can't say enough about this program.   It has revolutionized not only my desire to reach the lost, but my ability to.  It is somewhat of a formulated approach to witnessing, but its Gospel truth, and is built on biblical methods that Jesus used when speaking to others.   

Its a simple principle that you can use when speaking to anyone without having to study various beliefs and religions etc.

You start out with normal converstation...how you doing etc.  Then you make a deliberate shift to the spiritual things, by either using a gospel tract, or asking them if they have a Christian background, or believe in God etc.

Then you ask them if they consider themselves to be a good person.  They always answer yes...lol
Say;
Ever told a lie?   
Yes! 
What does that make you?   
A liar.  (allow them to say this...that way they are admitting the guilt, rather than  you accusing them)

Ever stolen anything?  (even something small) 
Yes! 
What do call someone who steals? 
A thief!
Ever looked with lust? 
Yes. 
Jesus said if you look with lust you have committed adultery in your heart.

You can pretty much use any of the ten commandments you wish, and an honest person will admit their guilt.   This is called addressing a persons conscience....even people in distant countries, obscure tribes will know its wrong to lie, steal, commit adultry...because God gives light to all men in their heart/conscience.

After you ask these questions, say..."you yourself admit that your a liar, a thief, and adulterer at heart, when you stand before God facing His holy law, will you be innocent or guilty?"

Many will say innocent, "because God is merciful and would not condemn me to Hell."  You can then point out that they have violated the 2nd commandment by making a false image of God in their mind...one who is not biblical.   

Once they admit their guilt (which they have already by admitting to breaking Gods laws) You can ask them if they believe they would go to Heaven or Hell?   

If they say Heaven, ask them if they believe God should allow liars, thieves, adulterers into heaven?   An honest person will agree this wont happen.  If they say Hell, then magnify the Gospel!   Show them Christ took the punishment for their breaking Gods law, and paid for their freedom with His blood. 


This entire principle is built on...

Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Using the law as Jesus did in many examples of the Gospels.   Every man knows right from wrong.  And Jesus always gave Law to the proud (to shut their mouth and bring them to the knowledge of sin Rom 3:20 for by the law is the knowledge of sin.), or Grace to the humble.   


I have literally had unbelievers shaking their heads in agreement with me when asked...you know its wrong to lie don't you, you know its wrong to steal don't you?   And I have yet to run into the typical arguments of evolution etc.   

If they are wishy washy once you give them the truth of Grace, you can follow up with how they should value their souls.   Ask them, would you sell one of your eyes for a million bucks?  The answer will be no!  Because your eyes are valuable aren't they.   Your soul looks out of those eyes.....Jesus said you should despise the value of your eyes over the value of your soul when He said if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you.   And what does it profit a man, if He gain the whole world, and yet loose His soul.

I have seen the light come on in some peoples eyes when you give them this nugget of truth.   


Anyhow, thats been my approach.   Its a great program, I recommend anyone interested in evangelism, but may be having a hard time knowing what to say, or what to do.   Check out "way of the master" on the web.   Its an outstanding resource.   It will challenge you to get involved with sharing your faith, and it will give you courage, because you will be prepared with scirptural principles to do it!   Even has video clips showing actual witnessing on the street.

Blessings!


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 27, 2007, 08:55:16 AM
I have seen the "Way of the Master" techniques and in fact have used them before I had even seen it. It is an excellent method.

Be careful using that fake money tract though, the FBI might get you.  ;) :D Ridiculous what is going on with that, isn't it.

Not only do we see this principle in the verses that you mention but also in the following:

Gal 3:21  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Gal 3:25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Praise God for His wonderful mercies!



Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: airIam2worship on March 27, 2007, 09:17:30 AM
GREAT THREAD !!!!

Pastor Roger hit the nail right on the head.

Let the HOLY SPIRIT be your GUIDE. GOD always has a Word HE wants to get across to us, we always have to be alert, and train our spirit to be tuned in to GOD'S SPIRIT.

There are many different ways of witnessing to people. There is no right or wrong way. Each person is different and has different needs and different preferences. Each of us has the ability to witness to anyone, at anytime.

I mentioned this in another thread, but I find it suitable to mention it here as well.

One day after leaving Church I asked my husband to stop at a certain supermarket, where I had never been, I don't recall what I was going to buy, but I know that once I got into the store I totally forgot what I went in there for, so I slowly walked up and down the aisles trying to remember what I went there for. I didn't realize it, but I was singing a praise song. As I got to a certain aisle I felt that what I was looking for might be there so I sort of took my time while looking and singing all the time. Finally a lady who was standing nearby came to me with tears in her eyes and asked me "How is it that you are so happy?" I turned around and looked at her and saw her pain and suffering. I don't usually do this, but I was impelled to hug this woman, as I did she cried on my shoulder and told me that she had just buried her husband that week. I too had buried my 25 year old nephew, who had drowned that same week. As I shared with her my loss as well and my reason for my joy, I asked her if she knew Jesus Christ as her own Savior, she said she did. As we talked I realized that she was not placing her faith in Jesus, I asked her if she attended church she told me she had not been to church in a long time, at this point I invited her to my church, she told me she did not live in Florida, she was just here spending some time with her daughter because she did not want to go back home to an empty house. I gave her my phone number, we prayed and by the time I was done talking to her she was smiling and thanking GOD for sending me to her. Needless to say, I never did buy anything at the store, because I couldn't remember what I went there for. But I know that GOD sent me to that store for this woman.  :D :D I still pray for her. I had a real peace about what we talked about and I know the lady was also happier when we parted. By the way, she didn't know why she went to that store either she was just passing time.  :D


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: 2nd Timothy on March 27, 2007, 09:22:52 AM
LOL @ the fake money.   Those are my favorites....I have so much fun with those million dollar bills!   :D    You can leave them sticking out of an a ATM dispenser, or just drop them anywhere.   But its fun to hand them to people as ice breakers too.  Or asking someone if they can break a large bill.....lol    AND, people will keep those unlike other type tracts that get discarded.   


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Not only do we see this principle in the verses that you mention but also in the following:


Yes there's quite a few passages that go right along with the one you quoted PR.   I like this one...

Psa 19:7  The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
 

I had never really considered the Law as a witnessing tool in this fashion until I started studying this program.   It really does speak to a sinners heart in preparation for the Gospel.   Scripture even says that preaching of the Cross is foolishness to them who are perishing....

1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Opening the veil of a sinful heart, and allowing Gods law to shine in with a few simple questions, reveals a sinners need for Gods Righteousness, through the blood stained cross, making the good news...GOOD NEWS INDEED!   I am so thankful to God for Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron's ministry....It has made a big impact on our life, and given us such a passion for the lost.   It really is a God send.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: 2nd Timothy on March 27, 2007, 09:25:29 AM
airIam2worship,

Great story, and example of following the Holy Spirits lead!


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Soldier4Christ on March 27, 2007, 09:50:06 AM
The fake money tract is not a new idea. It has been around for many, many years. I remember having one as a child ( now that is old  ;)  ). I believe that it came out shortly after monopoly money did. Yet the IRS is now taking the Way of the Master group to court for using them with charges of counterfeiting. The way I see it is that they are just attempting to stop someone that is affectively witnessing for the Lord.

I like your ideas of how to use them. Yes, I haven't had anyone yet that turned one down.

Amen, Sister. Even in our own grief we can still be a wondrous witness.



Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: 2nd Timothy on March 27, 2007, 06:25:00 PM
I heard the FBI gave Ray Comfort a visit...hadn't heard about the court thingy.  Should be a short case though.   Considering there's no such thing as a real million dollar bill...not sure how you can counterfeit something that doesn't exist...lol   On top of the fact that it says right on there "Not legal tender".   :D    I think what happened was, some lady tried to deposit one in her bank account  ::)

Anyhow, It is nice to know folks at the IRS and FBI are getting the gospel shared with them too through this whole ordeal!    ;D

They have another tract designed for court which I haven't tried yet, but it sounds great.  It says on the front..."Your day in Court" what to expect!   He recommends showing up early when there's a line of people before the court house opens, and start at the front of the line handing them out saying, "please turn off your cell phones and pagers, and don't litter or you could be fined"...lol

The information really is about their day in court...GODS court!   Good stuff!   :D


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Debp on March 27, 2007, 07:33:23 PM
GREAT THREAD !!!!

Pastor Roger hit the nail right on the head.

Let the HOLY SPIRIT be your GUIDE. GOD always has a Word HE wants to get across to us, we always have to be alert, and train our spirit to be tuned in to GOD'S SPIRIT.

There are many different ways of witnessing to people. There is no right or wrong way. Each person is different and has different needs and different preferences. Each of us has the ability to witness to anyone, at anytime.

I mentioned this in another thread, but I find it suitable to mention it here as well.

One day after leaving Church I asked my husband to stop at a certain supermarket, where I had never been, I don't recall what I was going to buy, but I know that once I got into the store I totally forgot what I went in there for, so I slowly walked up and down the aisles trying to remember what I went there for. I didn't realize it, but I was singing a praise song. As I got to a certain aisle I felt that what I was looking for might be there so I sort of took my time while looking and singing all the time. Finally a lady who was standing nearby came to me with tears in her eyes and asked me "How is it that you are so happy?" I turned around and looked at her and saw her pain and suffering. I don't usually do this, but I was impelled to hug this woman, as I did she cried on my shoulder and told me that she had just buried her husband that week. I too had buried my 25 year old nephew, who had drowned that same week. As I shared with her my loss as well and my reason for my joy, I asked her if she knew Jesus Christ as her own Savior, she said she did. As we talked I realized that she was not placing her faith in Jesus, I asked her if she attended church she told me she had not been to church in a long time, at this point I invited her to my church, she told me she did not live in Florida, she was just here spending some time with her daughter because she did not want to go back home to an empty house. I gave her my phone number, we prayed and by the time I was done talking to her she was smiling and thanking GOD for sending me to her. Needless to say, I never did buy anything at the store, because I couldn't remember what I went there for. But I know that GOD sent me to that store for this woman.  :D :D I still pray for her. I had a real peace about what we talked about and I know the lady was also happier when we parted. By the way, she didn't know why she went to that store either she was just passing time.  :D

Amen, God does truly lead people across our path to help....and by being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and of the person's need, God can really use us.  When people are in any need such as this woman, I find they are much more open to hear the things of God.

In my younger years I often used the "3 Spiritual Laws" approach....(I have also seen The Way of the Master program on TBN a few times).


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Maryjane on June 05, 2007, 03:36:18 PM
To witness effectively is to walk the talk...When friends, family are troubled..and especially when they do not have a prayer...they will seek you out..because they will know you are genuine by the way you live day by day...not just on Sunday and Wednesday night...but day by day...applying what God has instructed in His word to your life...We are to let our light shine before men..and lights do not make a sound, but the brightness draws people to the light when they are in darkness...It is easy to live for the Lord when things are going well but not so easy when things fall apart and believe me..people watch you and how you react to each circumstance...

Sincerely,
Maryjane


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Debp on June 05, 2007, 03:42:33 PM
To witness effectively is to walk the talk...When friends, family are troubled..and especially when they do not have a prayer...they will seek you out..because they will know you are genuine by the way you live day by day...not just on Sunday and Wednesday night...but day by day...applying what God has instructed in His word to your life...We are to let our light shine before men..and lights do not make a sound, but the brightness draws people to the light when they are in darkness...It is easy to live for the Lord when things are going well but not so easy when things fall apart and believe me..people watch you and how you react to each circumstance...

Sincerely,
Maryjane

Amen.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: nChrist on June 05, 2007, 03:55:02 PM
ANOTHER AMEN MARYJANE!

Beautiful and SO TRUE!

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Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: islandboy on June 08, 2007, 11:37:40 AM
Most of the witnessing I do has been by having God place me in the right place at the right time. I have done special programs in churches and have spoken one on one to people I have met by accident or of people who have come to me for help. My parent's taught me to care for and be friends with all people regardless of race or color. Growing up many of my friends were the ones no one else wanted. Some were poor, disabled, had freckles, the quiet or shy ones etc..........the forgotten ones. My mother always  said of me that I  put everyone else before myself. I had never thought about i, I was just doing what I had learned about how we should live our lives from the Bible. I truly believe that "LOVE" of others is more important than "LOVE" of self.
When you strive to live a good Christian life, people who see this want to know more and will listen when you speak about God, and learn something from it that they in turn can apply to their lives.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: nChrist on June 08, 2007, 06:49:52 PM
AMEN ISLANDBOY!

LOVE is a key ingredient to the best things in this short life.

GOD Loves us and wants to rescue us.

JESUS CHRIST Loved us enough to take our place and die for us on the CROSS.

Many young people don't have any real experience with LOVE these days. Many have parents who could care less about them, abuse them, or worse. They also lack anyone in their lives to respect, or they respect the wrong things because of the horrible role models they had or the horrible raising they had. SO, many of them become perfect candidates for street gangs - just to belong and feel that someone cares about them. It's also true that their respect and values system is turned inside-out because of what their lives have been permeated with (i.e. drugs, alcohol, violence, criminal activity). In all reality, many of them have been programmed all of their lives for being a loser, prison, and death. Christian LOVE and the LOVE of JESUS CHRIST might be the only thing that can break through the hard shell of protection they have devised for themselves over their short lives just to survive. There are 6 year-old children now who think about suicide. If they live to their teen years, they turn out the way they have been programmed unless someone intervenes. This is why so many Christian volunteers give their time in Vacation Bible Schools, sports programs, the YMCA, Boy Scouts, etc., etc.

Christian LOVE from someone is many times a glimpse at something that is foreign to everything they know. Wholesome activities might also represent a temporary escape from the torture they are receiving at home. Some of them escape completely with JESUS, but their young life is harder than anything we can imagine. Their parents could be drug addicts, criminals, and who knows!

Love In Christ,
Tom

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Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: faithgranny on June 21, 2007, 11:09:56 AM
Amen islandboy. You sound like me in what I do.  To reach the youth and young adults I hunt for good CDs to give out.  Most are not in the mood for reading the Bible yet, where I go, but have access to a Player. It works well with them and then the next time I see them I have the Bibles for them and any Bible based books and study guides I can get   This is my ministry.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Soldier4Christ on June 21, 2007, 12:09:45 PM
Amen, children are so important and often so neglected in the hearing of the word of God. It warms my heart to hear of others that also have a mission to children.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Debp on June 21, 2007, 07:03:14 PM
Most of the witnessing I do has been by having God place me in the right place at the right time. I have done special programs in churches and have spoken one on one to people I have met by accident or of people who have come to me for help. My parent's taught me to care for and be friends with all people regardless of race or color. Growing up many of my friends were the ones no one else wanted. Some were poor, disabled, had freckles, the quiet or shy ones etc..........the forgotten ones. My mother always  said of me that I  put everyone else before myself. I had never thought about i, I was just doing what I had learned about how we should live our lives from the Bible. I truly believe that "LOVE" of others is more important than "LOVE" of self.
When you strive to live a good Christian life, people who see this want to know more and will listen when you speak about God, and learn something from it that they in turn can apply to their lives.

I agree....when we sincerely love people with Christ's love, they are more apt to be open and listen to what we  have to say.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: islandboy on June 21, 2007, 10:00:58 PM
Amen to that.
It is putting that best foot forward and actively helping our people not just thinking about the grand things you could do, but getting out there and doing something. When I first came to Florida, I met a young woman who had a child, and in trying to keep this child clothed and fed she had no money to buy clothes for herself. Well, I was broke at that time, and yet it weighted on my mind. So I prayed about it long and hard asking God, for a way I could help. A few days later I went for a ride with a friend back in a wooded area  along a country rode. We found a bunch of stuff someone had dumped out along the road. Turns out there were bags of clothes just the right size for this woman and even a few toys in good condition. We loaded up everything we thought she could use and cleaned up the toys and washed the clothes and gave it all to her. There were tears of gratitude in her eyes and I felt humbled by the whole experience. God answered my prayers and hers as well.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Debp on June 22, 2007, 07:46:01 PM
Amen to that.
It is putting that best foot forward and actively helping our people not just thinking about the grand things you could do, but getting out there and doing something. When I first came to Florida, I met a young woman who had a child, and in trying to keep this child clothed and fed she had no money to buy clothes for herself. Well, I was broke at that time, and yet it weighted on my mind. So I prayed about it long and hard asking God, for a way I could help. A few days later I went for a ride with a friend back in a wooded area  along a country rode. We found a bunch of stuff someone had dumped out along the road. Turns out there were bags of clothes just the right size for this woman and even a few toys in good condition. We loaded up everything we thought she could use and cleaned up the toys and washed the clothes and gave it all to her. There were tears of gratitude in her eyes and I felt humbled by the whole experience. God answered my prayers and hers as well.


That's wonderful!!   Wonderful that you were willing to take the time and do this for this lady and her child.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Paulduc on March 23, 2008, 07:34:07 PM
I see that some of you use The Way of the Master. I have tried most all other methods to witness and a few years ago I discovered The Way of the Master thru a friend. I now use this method exclusively. I witness with others around Brown University in Rhode Island where you will find a lot of intellectuals. I love the way The Way of the Master circumnavigates the intelect so I don't get into an argument with them. We have good results with this method. We don't get a lot of decisions but we do plant a lot of seeds. Now I have expanded to witnessing on line. I go to a site called Second Life which is a 3D World with Avatars etc.. I witness there the same way I do on the streets of Rhode Island. I walk up to them and hand them a tract and say, do you have a christian background. Well you know the rest... Try second life, you can witness without even getting out of your PJ's. I now train others at my church, which is not that hard. All you have to do is watch a DVD. If anyone is interested, I have a web site at (       
                     to help those in my class. It has almost all the videos, books, audios, tracts etc. all in one place. If is site will be of any use to anyone here, feel free to use it.
I love The Way of the Master and there tract. What a good way to witness. If anyone is located in the Rhode Island area, maybe we can witness together some time. God Bless


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Debp on March 24, 2008, 02:48:58 AM
To witness effectively is to walk the talk...When friends, family are troubled..and especially when they do not have a prayer...they will seek you out..because they will know you are genuine by the way you live day by day...not just on Sunday and Wednesday night...but day by day...applying what God has instructed in His word to your life...We are to let our light shine before men..and lights do not make a sound, but the brightness draws people to the light when they are in darkness...It is easy to live for the Lord when things are going well but not so easy when things fall apart and believe me..people watch you and how you react to each circumstance...

Sincerely,
Maryjane

Again I say amen to this.

In my early years I would do 3 Spiritual Laws style evangelism.  But now I find that my life in Christ, and my sincere caring for people helps to open doors for sharing about my faith in Christ to them. 


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Maryjane on April 02, 2008, 11:55:24 PM
When I first became a christian..I had so much zeal..everything that moved..I witnessed to..I gave out whatever I could to lead people to the Lord..The more mature I became as a christian..the more circumstances that would try to tear me to pieces would come..I thought I would be pounded down to the ground..and to this day there are still circumstances that try to tear me apart..but I think everyday how we are to endure to the end for to endure is to reign with Him..and because of grace we can..People see what I have been going through and wonder why I keep on going and it is then that God is glorified because it is only because of the greatness and the mercy of God that I keep on going and  live each day  to proclaim the greatness of our Lord and the blessed hope He gives ..We are not by word only christians..but living testimonies to glorify God and the Holy Spirit draws all men to the Lord as He uses those who are available to glorify Himself..in whatever we do..we never cease to witness and we will never be able to count those who have came to know the Lord for the glory is the Lord's..


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: nChrist on April 03, 2008, 08:03:19 AM
Amen Maryjane!

GOD didn't promise Christians an easy time in this life. We will have our trials, but GOD is with us and we will hopefully learn in our trials to grow stronger in CHRIST. GOD does get all of the GLORY!


Love In Christ,
Tom

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Revelation 22:1 NASB  Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,

Revelation 22:2 NASB  in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Revelation 22:3 NASB  There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;

Revelation 22:4 NASB  they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

Revelation 22:5 NASB  And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

Revelation 22:6 NASB  And he said to me, "These words are faithful and true"; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.

Revelation 22:7 NASB  "And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book."

Revelation 22:8 NASB  I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things.


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Chara on April 07, 2008, 12:58:51 PM
Being new at this format I took 30+ minutes to figure out how to find and write something. Please be patient.
As a new ministry with the local jail the opportunities to witness are endless. I have found that most people need to feel that someone cares and is interested in how they feel, think, and fear. If we reach them on the personal level they tend to listen when we offer them solutions that are not general or secular. All of us need to know that someone can help us even if the situation seems hopeless. I try to reach them on a conversational level and then offer Jesus and use examples of things He said and did.
When in other locations or situations, I let the Holy Spirit guide me. I have been known to ask my waitress if she knew the Lord and was saved but after general chit chat to promote some conversation and let her know how I believe. Praying prior to the meal when you eat out is a great witness starter just don't over do the contact by making them feel like you judge.
I pray for boldness to reach as many as the Lord sends my way. Presently, I am seeking to enrich my own studies and memory verses to have available when the situation calls for God's Word and not my own.
1 Cor 13 - says if we can do all things but do not have Love then nothing will be profited. I feel that to reach anyone even a stranger they have to feel the Love of Christ reaching out to them and that is the Holy Spirit working through out submitted lives.
I want to be all He can make me so that is why I look to others to help me remain just His vessel.

God's Best

Chara


Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: nChrist on April 07, 2008, 02:12:06 PM
Amen Chara!

It looks like you learn quickly. You'll be a PRO at posting before you know it.

The content of what you're saying is beautiful, and your posts are looking GOOD.

Love In Christ,
Tom

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Title: Re: Share your witnessing methods!
Post by: Debp on April 11, 2008, 08:58:39 PM
Being new at this format I took 30+ minutes to figure out how to find and write something. Please be patient.
As a new ministry with the local jail the opportunities to witness are endless. I have found that most people need to feel that someone cares and is interested in how they feel, think, and fear. If we reach them on the personal level they tend to listen when we offer them solutions that are not general or secular. All of us need to know that someone can help us even if the situation seems hopeless. I try to reach them on a conversational level and then offer Jesus and use examples of things He said and did.
When in other locations or situations, I let the Holy Spirit guide me. I have been known to ask my waitress if she knew the Lord and was saved but after general chit chat to promote some conversation and let her know how I believe. Praying prior to the meal when you eat out is a great witness starter just don't over do the contact by making them feel like you judge.
I pray for boldness to reach as many as the Lord sends my way. Presently, I am seeking to enrich my own studies and memory verses to have available when the situation calls for God's Word and not my own.
1 Cor 13 - says if we can do all things but do not have Love then nothing will be profited. I feel that to reach anyone even a stranger they have to feel the Love of Christ reaching out to them and that is the Holy Spirit working through out submitted lives.
I want to be all He can make me so that is why I look to others to help me remain just His vessel.

God's Best

Chara

Amen.  We need to love and care for people, not just superficially.  People can tell if you really care or not.   Making friendships/having conversations with people is good and this can open up dialogue about our faith in Christ....especially, if people have seen that our faith in Christ does make a difference in how we get through life and handle our trials.

Recently, I read an article about a man that asked his neighbor to go to church with him for 5 years.  The man never went...always made excuses.  But one day, the Christian man invited his neighbor on an outdoors trip (fishing/hunting) with his men's church group.  The neighbor accepted that invitation...and after being with these men, and having a great time and seeing what they were really like....the neighbor actually asked to go to church with them the next Sunday!!  He and his family showed up at church and became Christians, too, a bit later.