WITNESSING / SHARE YOUR STORY – WHAT IS IT?
What is a witness? A witness is one who is called to testify before others about what he has seen, heard, or known. Paul stated that when he accepted the Lord, Ananias said to him, “For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard” (Acts 22:15).
Acts 1:8, the last words which Jesus spoke before He ascended into Heaven, commanded His disciples to be witnesses – But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The early church took this commandment literally. As a result, thousands were saved, churches were planted, and Christianity grew rapidly.
The Bible teaches that we are saved to tell others. God has given His Son for each of us. Therefore, we should be anxious to tell others of this wonderful love.
TWO WAYS TO WITNESS
1. Confess Christ to Others – Romans 10:9-10. Our salvation requires that we confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. This confession is given when a believer tells others he has accepted the Lord. It is also given by stepping forward during the invitation in a Bible-preaching church and taking a public stand for Christ.
2. Witness to others to win them to Christ.
In John 1:41-42, we find an excellent scriptural example of leading a soul to Christ. Andrew had come to know the Lord. The Scripture says, The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon, son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
First – He found his brother.
Second – He spoke a witness to him.
Third – “And he brought him to Jesus…” (v. 42).
This should be the result of our witnessing: That we bring others to know the Lord Jesus Christ. This is what we call “soul winning.” It means that we give ourselves to be used to witness so that someone else accepts the Lord Jesus Christ.
WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD WIN SOULS
1. The Bible commands us to be witnesses.
1 Peter 3:15 – But in your hearts, revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
2. The Lord Jesus called His disciples to be “fishers of men.”
Mark 1:17-18 – “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once, they left their nets and followed him.
3. The early church example was on fire, winning souls to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 5:42 – Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.
4. The Apostle Paul set us an example.
Acts 20:20-21 – You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.
5. The soul winner is wise.
Proverbs 11:30 – The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the wise one saves lives.
a. Wise because the soul winner is laboring with the world’s most priceless possession, the soul of a man (Mark 8:36-37).
b. Wise because the only real peace in this world comes through Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28).
c. Wise because the soul winner gains eternal reward (John 4:36).
6. The soul winner glorifies God.
John 15:8 – This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
7. The soul winner delivers souls from an eternal Hell.
Ezekiel 3:17-18 – “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me. When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
8. The soul winner has confidence at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Ezekiel 33:8 – When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS IN SOUL WINNING
1. Personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as Savior (John 1:12)
2. Assurance of salvation
1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
3. Purity of life
II Timothy 2:21 – Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master, and prepared to do any good work.
4. Yieldedness of life
Romans 12:1 – Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
5. Burden for lost souls
Matthew 9:36 – When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
6. A prayer burden for the unsaved – Paul had such a prayer burden.
Romans 10:1 – Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved.
7. A practical knowledge of the Bible
As a person develops in soul winning, he needs to learn more and more in the Word of God. But you do not need to have a great knowledge of the Bible to start out in soul winning work. In John 9, the blind man had just been healed when he was called upon to give his witness to the unsaved Jewish leaders. His witness was simple, but it was a wonderful testimony. He said, “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” (v. 25).
He told them what he knew; he gave them a witness without knowledge of the Bible. You can start winning souls if you use John 3:16 and tell others what Jesus Christ has done for you. Then to continue winning souls, you need to grow in the Lord and a knowledge of His Word.
8. Boldness without being ashamed
This man in John 9 was bold for the Lord and gave forth a clear-cut witness.
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
HOW TO LEAD A SOMEONE TO CHRIST
1. Show him or her the fact of sin.
Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” The first truth that one must see to be saved is that he is a sinner. If a person does not see that he has sinned against God, he will not realize he needs a Saviour. Joe Henry Hankins said, “You must get a person lost before you can get him saved.”
2. Show him or her the penalty for sin.
Romans 6:23 – for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
3. Show him or her that Christ paid the penalty for his or her sin.
I Peter 3:18 – For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
4. Show him or her that salvation comes by receiving Christ.
John 1:12 – Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— The word “power” in John 1:12 means “right” or “authority.” Those who receive Christ have the right or authority to be called the sons of God. To receive Christ is to believe in Him.