Monday, June 8, 2015

BE A WITNESS

BE A WITNESS!!!

Galatians 1: 6-9
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

Ephesians 2: 8-9
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.


Taking it to the road
Many of us are intimidated by the idea of sharing faith with others. God meant for us to be witnesses of Jesus Christ through the natural outcome of living for him. We tend make it more complicated than it needs to be. We often are intimidated and feel inadequate by what we perceive the approach should be. It is not necessary to complete a 10-week course on evangelism and apologetics before getting started.
 One of the ways to present salvation to all sorts of people is your personal testimony. The reasons are simple.
People are most interested in a true human interest story (they can identify with other people best), and
You are interested in sharing with others what Christ and salvation mean to you personally.
 When giving your testimony to a friend, a co-worker, someone that you meet on the street, or in a church service. There are a few guidelines that will make your testimony the kind that others will like and will bring glory to Christ:
Realize what is at stake: the destiny of the souls of men.
You are representing Jesus Christ. II Cor. 5:18-20.
Ask the Lord to give you wisdom and guidance in preparing and presenting your testimony.
Begin with an interesting, attention-getting sentence and close with a good conclusion. Include relevant, thought provoking facts and experiences.
Give it in such a way that others will feel associated with you.
Be sure your experiences are scriptural before you share them with others. Interpret your experiences by the Word of God and not vise-versa. The Bible is our authority
Give enough details to arouse interest.
You should always have a general outline already in your mind. By this, we mean that you can give your testimony in two or three minutes to an hour or more. You never know when or for how long you may be called on to give a testimony.
If you are the first or only one to give a testimony, always give the plan of salvation.
Be lovingly enthusiastic. Let them know you really believe in what you are saying. Don't bore people with the greatest thing in the world.
Speak loudly and clearly, in a relaxed tone of voice.
Smile often. A smile tells a person, "I like you," and "You're worth smiling at." Ask the Lord to give you a happy, radiant face. Eph. 4:15.
Avoid mannerisms when you speak, such as: rubbing your nose, playing with your ring, jingling coins in your pocket.
Feature Christ, and not yourself.
Have a good appearance: clean, good posture, smell good.
Be full of life.
Please remember salvation in a testimony:
Tell the circumstances involved in your salvation.
Spell out exactly what salvation is. Be clear and simple.
Think: Could a person be saved by hearing that testimony alone?
As a general rule, it is good to quote at least one clear salvation verse, and no more than two. Eph.2:8-9; John 3:16; I John 5:13.
Always distinguish between faith and works, between salvation and service, Christ and religion.
Remember the gospel is the power of God unto salvation.
Rom. 1:16. Rely on His Word and the Holy Spirit.
Please observe the following Don'ts:
Don't use Christian jargon. Words such as "born again," "convicted," "converted," do not communicate truth to the average non-Christian.
Don't preach-- Do talk, share something of value.
Don't tear down. Be positive!
Don't let your testimony drag on. When you have finished, you can stop. Don't keep talking just to talk.
Don't apologize. This gives the person or audience lack of confidence.
Don't mention church denominations, especially in a derogatory way.
Don't speak critically or negatively about any other individual or group. You are here to talk about Christ and try to lead a person to a saving knowledge of Christ.
Don't give the impression that the Christian life is a "bed of roses." Some people are told that when they give their life to Christ, that all of their problems will be solved and life will be a complete joy for the rest of their lives. If you have been a Christian for very long, you know that you will still have problems.
Don't give a bragamony.



Example-What is a savior?
We call Jesus our Savior. Here is an example of how to explain to someone that you are witnessing to what a savior is.
Let's suppose that you are 10 miles from shore and your boat sinks and you can't swim. Along comes another boat as you cry out for help. - What is a Savior?
Let's say that the man in the boat throws out a book for you entitled "How to Swim". Would you call this man a savior? I don't think so. You may have a few other names for the fellow with your last breath, but I doubt that it would be savior.
 
Now let's say that he gets out of the boat and shows you different methods of swimming. He shows you the dog paddle, the backstroke, and a few other things. Is this person a savior? NO! You might call him an example at best.
 
How about if he throws you a life preserver, pulls you into his boat, gives you a blanket, some hot chocolate and takes you about a mile from shore and throws you back into the water so that he may continue on his way. Is he a savior? NO! Maybe an indian giver. He really didn't save you because you will still drown one mile from shore just as quickly as you will ten miles from shore.
 
None of these examples are of a savior. A savior is one that gets you out of the water into his boat and takes you all the way to shore.
Jesus did not just give us a book with instructions in it, He was not just an example for us to follow, He does not take us part way to Heaven and then cast us back out again. When Jesus saves us, He stays with us through this life and takes us all the way and sets us on Heavens shore. That's what happens when you accept Jesus as your savior. He has stated that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and He will not cast us out (John 6:37).