How to witness:
I think the Holy Spirit is most important thing in witnessing. My dad tells how the Holy Spirit brings him to people who need help. God can do so much more than we can. Our message is Jesus. Our power source is the Holy Spirit.
John 6:44 (ESV):
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.
I went to church all my life, but I wasn't listening. I found Jesus when I came to the end of myself and started looking for answers. Many people just aren't open to spiritual things. They don't see a need. Preaching at someone is different than getting asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30 ESV). Dad tells how The Holy Spirit tells him when to ask for the sale and when to let it go.
Matt 7:7 (ESV):
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."
The Bible is a witness.
The message of the Bible is Jesus.
It's God witnessing to us.
Keeping it Real:
A courtroom witness is supposed to tell what they've seen. I'm not responsible to answer everyone's questions or to know everything.
It's also pretty fake to talk about stuff you don't understand. Keep it real. Say you don't know if you don't.
We all have a skill or specialty. My specialty might be the Bible. It isn't evolution or homosexuality or climate change or sex. There are evolutionary biologists. They probably know more about evolution than me. It's my job to share Jesus, not run down evolution.
Sometimes people are hung up on a specific issue. Jesus is the answer to everything, but only the Holy Spirit can show them that.
You're witnessing all the time. You're witnessing to everyone.
Psalms 22:22 (ESV):
I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the congregation I will praise you...
How did I find Jesus?
How did I find Jesus?
Did someone witness to me?
Long story short, I was at the lowest point of my life right after I graduated. I was depressed, confused, guilty, embarrassed, afraid of dying, and just generally unchristiany. So I asked a friend what it meant to get saved and ask Jesus into your heart. She mentioned Romans, so I started reading Romans. I got to chapter 3, verse 20, where it says...
20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
21 But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.
And I understood. You know, I had gone to church all my life, but it just didn't make sense till this moment. In the Old Testament God required animal sacrifice as a penalty for sin. The animals were to be perfect. God gave Jesus as a sacrifice for our sin. Jesus was the perfect, sinless lamb of God given to save us. And all I had to do was believe that and trust Jesus, instead of trying to save myself.
I didn't really understand it. I prayed something like, "I don't really understand why I'm bad enought to go to hell. I don't really understand why Jesus takes care of that, but I believe it. Help me to understand." And I had peace. The world doesn't know what peace is. The only time you hear about peace is when they're talking about the absence of it. Jesus brought me peace. I don't have to worry anymore--about death or about answering all my questions or deciding what I wanna be when I grow up.
the gospel for dummies:
The gospel is simple. Don't make it all churchy.
Here's my understanding of the gospel
Here's a gospel presentation that's a bit cluttered.
I don't use it anymore, because the first one above is simpler.
Verses that explain Jesus:
The whole Bible is about Jesus.
(This is a PDF from my Bible School)
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