How can I be an effective witness for Christ in a lost world?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
A "witness" is someone who attests to a fact, so in order to be an effective witness for Christ, one must have firsthand knowledge of Him. John the Apostle speaks of this in 1 John 1:1-3, when he s...

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Me2012 Gerritt Schuitema Persecutor & Mocker transformed to Faithful Believer
Your desire is good, created in you by God. This is the Spirit of the Son in you. To manifest God to the world and to give the world a good picture of Him, that they might not meet us, but Him. That they might encounter His love and grace, and in seeing Him come to know Him. 

Your desire was given by God and as He is the Alpha and beginning of it, He is also the Omega, the End and goal, and all in between. So here is the hard truth, you cannot testify of God. 

The Bible is very clear on this, saying:

'I receive not testimony from man' - John 5:34

And in another place, speaking of the Holy Ghost:

'He shall glorify me' - John 16:14

Testimony of God, is and can only be given by God. This is first and foremost. 

Now, your testimony does not need to be a ten point sermon. Your testimony is first and foremost, your life. Your renewed life in Him, led by His Spirit (2 Cor 3:3)

The first practical step is to quit 'seeking' to tell Him to the world, and start seeking Him. Seek His presence and face. And when He, the Holy Ghost fills you, then, you will walk like Jesus, talk like Jesus, care like Jesus, have compassion like Jesus. This is first and foremost. 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.' (Rom 8:14). And the entire world cries out for this exact thing! Indeed, all of creation groans waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. 

We need His Spirit, the Spirit of the Son, the Holy Ghost. And filled with Him, Jesus will be manifested to the world as a testimony unto them. The love of God will pour out from you and you will be like a tree growing up by a river of flowing water, who yields its leaves every season. And those leaves are for the healing of the nations. As our Lord said 'He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water' (John 7:38).

You are called to be a Son (Rom 8:15-16). Your ministry is prayer, intercession and reconciliation. Now, march forward in that truth, as a son of God, looking to and adoring THE Son of God, and, being filled with His Spirit, His Love, you are free to love a dying and lost world. Free from looking for anything in return and free from expectation of re-payment. That is how the world loves, expecting something in return. That is not how we love. We love even our enemies and those who would smite us and use us, indeed, we are to love and forgive even those who crucify us, as or Lord loved and forgave us who put him on the cross (Luke 23:34). This is the kind of Love we need to fill us, and His name is Holy Spirit. He is that eternal Love, always existing between the Father and the Son. And this Love no one can take away from us, for they are not the ones who gave Him. So love unashamedly, love boldly. This is first and foremost. 

Secondly, allow His Spirit to fill you up and change you, fashion you, and remake you. Then, and only then, and only after you have loved on those around you so much they begin to ask you, 'why do you do these things?', 'why do you act like this?', 'how can you forgive this?', etc. THEN, then tell them, tell the world of your hope. Share the Love you know so well. Share the Love that has changed you! But know this, if what you are sharing has not changed you, know it will not change them.

Finally, be full of faith. He will come. He will testify. He has begun the work, He has given you the true desire. He will not now, after beginning the work, leave it unfinished. 'Be confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ'. 

I rest on one word:

'and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple' (Mal 3:1)

Even so come, Lord Jesus.

May 01 2017 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Mini James Kraft 74 year old retired pipeline worker
All we can do is preach the gospel. John 3:16-18 First Corinthians 15:1-4. Romans 1:16. 

First Corinthians 1:18 and First Corinthians 1:21. John 3:18. First John 2:2. Since Jesus died and paid the sin debt of everyone in the world, and you believe it, where will you go when you die? Heaven is the only answer.

December 21 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Grant Abbott Child of Father, Follower of Son, Student of Spirit
Jesus gives us the 4 steps to being an effective witness in Matthew 5:7-10:

1) Blessed are the merciful for they will receive mercy 
2) Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God
3) Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called Sons of God
4) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven 

When we are merciful, that is, delivering unconditional love to other people, God is pleased to pour out his mercy upon them to soften their hearts towards him.

When our lives have been transformed by the Spirit of God, our holiness shines like the sun and God is pleased to open their eyes to see what he is truly like.

When we are committed to our mission of reconciliation, God will give us the words to speak that will enable people to make peace with him, to receive his salvation.

When we are zealous for God’s kingdom to come into our world we will fight for justice, righteousness, love and faithfulness, then God is pleased to bring people into our circle of influence, so we can show them mercy and purity and peace with God.

People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.

People won’t believe that becoming a Christian makes any difference until they see a transformed life right before their eyes.

People won’t know how to respond until we present them with the gospel and explain biblical truth with the words provided by the Holy Spirit.

People won’t believe our message is the truth until they see how much we are willing to suffer to bring honour and glory to God and see what a difference his kingdom brings upon the earth.

December 25 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
I took a class @ Dallas Theological Seminary called "Evangelism Explosion" with Dr. Thomas Constable as our teacher. It was wonderful. We'd go out 1 night a week and witness in Dallas. We'd use principles Dr. Tom Constable taught us from our textbook of the same title by D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge, FL. You start out with the question, "Say you were to die tonight, and God were to ask you, 'Why should I let you into my heaven', what would you say?"

From there, depending on their answer, you present the Scriptures that state all men are sinners, salvation is a gift, not of works, the need for repentance, etc. 

Dr. Constable has lots of stuff online to use, He was one compassionate professor and was/is from Plano Bible Chapel in Texas.

December 26 2021 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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