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Lesson 15

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 and 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, 20).

When you witness, trust the Holy Spirit to do three things:

  1. Illuminate the mind of the unbeliever. All lost souls are in spiritual darkness (2 Cor. 4:3, 4).
  2. Stir the heart of the unbeliever.  As Peter preached Christ the listeners, "were pierced to the heart" (Acts 2:37).
  3. Move the will of the unbeliever. The prodigal returned home when he came to his senses and said, "I will get up and go to my father" (Luke 15:18).

 

You may be up-to-date in all modern techniques and technologies of soul winning, and able to quote the necessary Scriptures without a flaw; but if you do not evangelize in the power of the Holy Spirit, your soul winning efforts will be ineffective.

Approach this Master Outline with an open heart and receptive mind, willing to be made fishers of men.

I.

The Importance of Witnessing

Read: Rom. 10:13-17

... 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:

First question, "How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed?" The answer is, the lost cannot call on the Lord to be saved until they believe:

Second question, "And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard?"  The answer is, the lost cannot believe in Him until they hear the good news of salvation.

Third question, "And how shall they hear without a preacher (witness)?"  The answer is, they cannot hear the good news of salvation without a witness.

According to the word of God, the lost cannot be saved without a witness.  They must have a witness to hear, they must hear to believe, they must believe to call, and they must call to be saved. But they cannot call until they believe and they cannot believe until they hear and they cannot hear without a witness.

"So faith (saving faith) comes from hearing" (Rom. 10:17). We are not born with saving faith; it comes only when we hear the gospel. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that every born again child of God obey the great commission to evangelize, to go with the gospel!

II.

The Qualifications of a Witness

Read: Col. 2:6, 7

A qualified witness is one who is:

1. Established in the faith. To be established in the faith is to be rooted and grounded in God’s Word.  Peter said, "But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverance" (1 Pet. 3:15).

The fifteen studies in this Bible study were prepared to help establish you in the faith.  Study them, carry your Bible with you and take advantage of every opportunity to ponder a portion of one of the great doctrines. They will give you a foundation on which to build a strong faith (2 Tim. 3:16, 17).

2. Saved and knows it. I know that I am saved because God tells me so in His Word and God cannot lie.

We have the:

 

3. Separated.  Paul said that he was "set apart for the gospel of God" (Rom. 1:1-16). This is positive separation and Paul analyzed it as:

To be separated unto the gospel is to share the Good News with the lost (see BIBLE Study Lesson #11, Section #3).

4. Filled with the Holy Spirit.  "Be filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18).  We are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit (see Master Outline #11, Section #4). Evidence of the Spirit-filled life as seen in the early Christians:

They were accused of:

The 120 Spirit-filled Christians witnessed on the day of Pentecost and the people were:

The gospel proclaimed in the power of the Holy Spirit will motivate the hearer to act or react.

On the day to Pentecost three thousand acted as evidenced by repentance and baptism, while others reacted mocking. No one, but no one, ignored the witness of those Spirit-filled believers!

III.

The Approach

Read: John 1:40-42

There are two ways to approach the prospect.

The first is:

The direct approach. This approach can be used when witnessing to:

The second is:

The indirect approach. This can be used when witnessing to:

The method in either case will vary according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Whether you use the direct or the indirect approach, be sure to follow through until you have presented God’s plan of salvation and invited them to accept Christ as their personal Savior.

IV.

The follow-Through

Read: Matt. 13:3-8 and 18-23

The parable of the sower illustrates the importance of the follow-through. Only one fourth of the soil was ready for the seed, so only one fourth of the seed brought forth fruit.  Jesus explains the parable in (Matt. 13:18-23), and we learn that:

We also learn that there are four types of hearts. They are:

The lesson here is a simple one if we expect the seed, the word of God to bear fruit, the heart must be made ready.  The hard heart must be broken; the shallow heart must be given depth; the worldly heart must be taught that the things of this world are temporal (Mark 8:36, 37).  This requires time, work, and patience.

V.

How to Share God’s Plan of Salvation

Read: Acts 4:12

There are seven simple steps to take in sharing God’s plan of salvation:

1. Share your personal experience of salvation. Don’t give your life story. It should not take more that a few minutes to tell how the Lord saved you. As you come to the close of your testimony, bring out your Bible and say, "May I share with you God’s plan of salvation that changed my life?"

2. Now share fact number one, "It is a fact that God loves you." Read (John 3:16-17) and the study notes with them.  When you come to the close of the study notes, say something like this: "Will you now admit that God loves you?" Lead them to admit it, if you can. This will get them involved in the plan of salvation. 

3. Now share fact number two, "It is a fact that you are a sinner." Read (Rom. 3:23) and the study notes with them.  When you come to the close of the study notes, ask them to admit that they are a lost sinner.  When they admit that they are a lost sinner, say something like this, "Isn’t it wonderful?  God loves you even though you are a sinner!"

4. Now share fact number three, "It is a fact that you are now dead in sin ." Read (Rom. 7:23) and the study notes with them.  When you come to the close of the study notes, ask them to admit that they are dead in sin. When they admit that they are dead in sin, say something like this, "Isn’t it great?  Even though you are a lost sinner, dead in sin, God loves you!"

5. Now share fact number four, "It is a fact that Christ died for you ." Read (Rom. 5:6) and the study notes with them. When you come to the close of the study notes, ask them to admit that Christ died on Calvary for them.  When they admit that Christ died for them, say something like this, "Isn’t it wonderful?  Isn’t it great that God loves you so much that He died on Calvary bearing your sins?"

6. Now share fact number five, "It is a fact that you can be saved by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ." Read (Acts 16:30, 31) and the study notes with them.

7. Now share fact number six. Lead them to call upon the name of the Lord in prayer: for "Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved!"  Read (Rom. 10:13). When you come to the close of the study notes, be ready to ask them to accept, by faith, Christ as their personal Savior!

 

VI.

How to Give the Invitation

Read: Rev. 22:17

To give the invitation is to invite the person witnessed to, to by faith accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior

After reading the above verse (Rev. 22:17) you can simply say something like this, "Will you kneel with me in prayer as I ask the Lord to save you, right here and now?" Don’t wait for them to get on their knees; you lead the way!

If they will not kneel with you, don’t force it.

Pray a short prayer that the Lord will convict them of sin and bring them to repentance.

Get up and make an appointment to return for another witness session.

If they kneel with you, ask them to accept Him now by faith by praying with you (repeating after you) the following prayer:

"Lord Jesus, I know You love me, because You died on the cross bearing my sins. Thank You, Lord, for revealing to me my lost, sinful condition. I confess that I am a sinner, dead in sin, and cannot save myself.  I do now by faith, gladly accept You as my personal Savior, and thank You, Lord, for eternal salvation.  Amen!"

When you have finished leading them in the prayer, stand up, shake their hand, or preferably give them a hug (Christians are big on hugging!) and say something like this, "Welcome aboard! Upon the authority of God’s Word you are now a child of God!"

VII.

How to Follow Up

Read: Acts 2:41-47

When you have led a soul to Christ your responsibility does not end. You have a spiritual baby, and that baby needs help if it is to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  There are some things that you can do to help the new Christian to grow spiritually.

Help them through the 15 Bible Study Lessons. By the time that they have reached Lesson #15, they should be in a church, and have a solid doctrinal foundation on which to continue to grow spiritually. Encourage them to evangelize and to witness. "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so" (Ps. 107:2 OT). 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! <>< Dr. Jim

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