How To Witness Effectively”
One day as Jesus walked by the sea of Galilee He saw two men, Simon, called Peter and Andrew, his brother. They were fisherman. “And He said to them, ‘Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men'” (Matt. 4:19). Soul winners are made, not born. Therefore, to be an effective witness, you must be taught, trained, and motivated by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus took three years to teach and train His disciples in the art of soul winning. After His resurrection He instructed them to stay in Jerusalem and, “wait for what the Father had promised” (Acts 1:4-8). When the disciples asked Jesus if the time had come for Him to restore the kingdom of Israel, He answered, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses…”
On the day of Pentecost, the hundred and twenty received power to witness; and any believer who will acquire the know-how can be an effective soul winner.
He can know that he and the Holy Spirit are a witnessing team. Peter said, “And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him” (Acts 5:32). Therefore, when you witness remember that “your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you (1 Cor. 6:19).
1) When you witness, trust the Holy Spirit to do three things:
2) The Importance of Witnessing (Rom. 10:13-17). 13) For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” 14) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15) And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16) But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
… for “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom. 10:13). Do not lift this text out of context. There are three questions in verse 14 that must be considered along with verse 13, they are:
3) The Qualifications of a Witness (Col. 2:6-7) 6) -As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7) rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
4) The Approach (John 1:40-42). 40) One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41) He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42) And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
There are two ways to approach the prospect.
5) The Follow-Through (Matt. 13:3-8 and 18-23). 3) Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4) “And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5) “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6) “But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7) “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8) “But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 18) “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19) “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20) “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21) “yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22) “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23) “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
6) How to Share God’s Plan of Salvation (Acts 4:12). Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
At this juncture, the new Christian should be fully prepared to “go with the gospel!”
You have accomplished a great thing! Now, don’t rest on your laurels, go find another lost soul!