Lesson 12 -

HOW TO WITNESS (Share Your Faith)

What is soul-winning?
Ø        Sharing God’s love with others and leading them into a relationship with Christ.
Ø        Revealing truth to a lost and dying world.

Why witness?
(your motivation is of primary importance here.)
Ø        They will die and go to hell without it.
Ø        The love of God should compel us to share with others.

Qualifications
Ø        Born again - you can’t give what you don’t have
Ø        Live it - before you tell it, you must do it - actions speak louder
Ø        Genuine love for people - you are doing it for them, not yourself
Ø        Baptized in the Holy Spirit - that’s what it’s for (Acts 1:8). You need His guidance, wisdom, and
power.

Types of witnessing
Ø        Street evangelism - sharing with strangers - planned witnessing
Ø        Visitation - going to homes, knocking on doors, following up church visitors
Ø        Lifestyle - just let them see it in you.  How many people could you reach if you never said a word?  
(This method is natural with friends and family, though sooner or later, the word must be spoken.)
Ø        Home outreach - use your home as an outreach center - home Bible studies, inviting neighbors for
coffee, prayer, dinner, etc. -  be a good neighbor.
Ø        Tract distribution - handing to people or putting on doors
Ø        Invite others to church - volunteer to bring them
Ø        Telephone outreach

Methods
Ø        John 3 - When they ask you (1 Peter 3:15
Ø        John 4 - When you go to them.  Find a point of need and work from there.

Approach
Ø        Be loving - Don’t just try to meet your quota or score another notch in your belt.
Ø        Be gentle - Don’ touch.  People don’t like to be pushed, rushed, or condemned.  Consider their
feelings, opinions, preferences, time, etc.
Ø        Be honest - Don’t try to sneak the gospel in.  Be subtle, but be open.  (Sometimes people will just
get irritated and still not know what your point was.)
Ø        Be natural - Don’t force of manipulate it.  Seize the opportunity, but take it easy.
Ø        Be specific - Don’t just hint - give it to them straight.
Ø        Be wise - Know when to move in and when to back off.  People are receptive during times of crisis
- moving, death, sickness, changes, etc.
Ø        Don’t argue or get side-tracked - but do try to answer sincere questions. (Above all, don’t get mad.)
Ø        Stay alert - If you pay attention, you’ll get plenty of opportunities to share you faith.  People are
always looking for real answers.
Ø        Know your message -

What is the gospel?
Ø        God’s love - God loves you.
Ø        Man’s sin - all are sinners and out of relationship with God.
Ø        Sin’s penalty and God’s judgment - God is just, but merciful.
Ø        Christ’s atonement - Jesus bridged the gap between you and the Father. (He died for you.)
Ø        Faith required - You must believe in order to receive.

John 3:16; Romans 3:23; 6:23 ; 5:8; 10:9; John 1:12

Have a plan
Ø        Be ready for every opportunity, but make a deliberate plan and effort to share the message.
Ø        Ask God to show you who to talk to.  Choose your target - pray through before you go - get in the
door (establish a relationship) - gain their confidence - give it to them.

Evangelism Approach

Have you come to the place in your life that you know for certain that, if you died today, you would go to
heaven?

What would you say to God if He were to ask, “Why should I let you into heaven?”

Did you know that you can be sure? Here are the facts:

1. Heaven is a free gift. You cannot earn it, and you will never deserve it.
Romans 6:23  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:8-9  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it
is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no-one can boast.”

2. You are a sinner and cannot save yourself.
Romans 3:23  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
James 2:10  “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all
of it.”

3. God is merciful - He loves us - but, He is just - He must punish sin.
Jeremiah 31:3  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”
Ezekiel 18:4 “The soul who sins is the one who will die.”

4. Jesus is God in the flesh, and HE came to earth to die for our sins and save us.
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. . .”
Isaiah 53: 6  “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has
laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

5. It is faith that saves us - that is, believing in Him and trusting Christ alone for salvation - nothing else.
Ephesians 2:8  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is
the gift of God--”
Acts 16:31  ”They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household."

It’s that simple. Just put your life in His hands, follow Him every day, and watch how He will change your
life.

Personally, I made that decision 24 years ago - in 1973 - and I have never been the same. My life is a
miracle of God. The change has been drastic.
                                                    Pastor Rick Roberts
Please be as polite as possible - no matter what.
Keep your visit brief, but don't rush.
Please make notes of your results and give them to the Pastor.                 


Another Approach (Telephone or Door-to-door)

Opening: Hi, We're from New Life Assembly of God.  May we visit with you for a few moments.
(If they say no, thank them for their time and leave. Always get permission before trying to witness.)   

Converse: Comment about their home, or ask how long they have lived in the area - ask about their
occupation, hobbies, kids, etc.

Witness: If you don't mind, may I ask you a couple of questions?  
Question 1. Are you currently active in a local church?       
(If yes - We're so happy you have a church home. I appreciate your taking the time to talk with me.) Then
hang up, or excuse yourself and leave politely.  
If no - Question 2. Do you feel that it would be important for you to find a church home?               

Two more quick questions, if you don't mind:              
Do you feel that if you died today you would go to heaven?
If no - May I tell you what the Bible says about how to get to heaven?             

The Bible tells us that heaven is a gift from God.     
"...but the gift of God is eternal life..." Romans 6:23
We cannot earn our way to heaven, and we don't have to try.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8

That is because God is a holy and righteous God and He must judge sin. "For the wages of sin is death..."
(Romans 6:23)
And we are all sinners. (Romans 3:23)  

But God is also a loving God and does not want you to go to hell. (The Bible tells us that "God is Love" 1
John 4:8. He loves us with and everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3)

Because of this, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for your sins.  "For God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting
life." (John 3:16)   (Who is Jesus? He is God come in the flesh to pay the wages of sin for us.)

All we have to do is put our faith in Jesus to be saved.  We are saved BY GRACE - THROUGH FAITH. Faith
is trusting Jesus alone for your salvation. (It's like putting your weight in a chair and trusting it to hold
you.)                
"To as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God." John 1:12                       

Does that make sense to you?  Would you like to ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Savior
and Lord?

Follow Up

It is vital to follow up new converts.  They need to know someone really cares.  They may need the
nurture in order to hang in there.

It is important that the person who led them to Christ follow up on them.

Call within 24 hours and ask how they are doing.  Be specific about their faith.  Ask if they have any
questions.  If they have some you cannot answer, promise to get back with them, and be sure to do so.

Encourage them to 1) read their Bible, 2) pray, 3) get in church, 4) tell someone about their conversion.
Offer to pick them up for church, if necessary.  Offer to sit with them.  Introduce them to other believers.

Call again within one week, or after the next church service.

Offer to Study the Bible with them at least a couple of times.  (You don’t have to commit to an ongoing
study, just get the basics covered so they can go on with God.
A Study For New Converts

THIS IS THE LIFE!

1.  What does it mean to be saved?  

Ephesians 2:4-10 “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, MADE US ALIVE with
Christ and sealed us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ  Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He
might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in His kindness to us in Christ Jesus.  For it
is by GRACE you have been saved, through FAITH- and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God- not
by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, CREATED in Christ Jesus TO DO
GOOD WORKS, which God  prepared in advance for us to do.”   (NIV )

Saved - refers to salvation.  Man is on a one way course for destruction and death because of sin. “For
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and “the wages of sin is death”, BUT “…God so
loved YOU that He gave His only son…that if YOU believe in Him, you will have eternal
life.”                                                                                         

Eternal life - is God’s life in us.  It is real life.  He MADE US ALIVE;  He put life in us.  This life is greater
than what we have known previously and lasts forever.  We will live with Him in Heaven
forever.                                                                                                            

Grace - is undeserved favor.  We do not deserve salvation.  We do not deserve Christ dying in our
place.  We deserve punishment.  But God, because of His love,  gave us Another CHANCE.  

Faith - means more than to admit something exists.  It means to put your trust in (Saying a chair will hold
you is one thing;  sitting in it is another.)

Created to do good works - Christianity is more than words.  It is living.  God doesn’t just want us to say a
prayer and make the right moves.  He wants us to Follow JESUS_  to live like He did;  to do the same
things He would do.                                                                          

Romans 8:29 “ For those whom God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to  the likeness of
His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.”  Predestined simply means that God had a
plan in mind before He started His creation.  His plan was that “…all should be saved and come to the
knowledge of the truth.”  

WHAT GOD WANTS MOST OF ALL IS FOR US TO BE TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON HIM AND NOT ON
OURSELVES.  

2.  What does it mean to be BORN AGAIN (John 3:3-5)?  

It means that you are born spiritually;  you are a CHILD OF GOD (John,1:12);  you are a NEW
CREATION.                           
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;  the old has gone, the new has
come!  You may not always feel like a new person;  you may not feel saved, but God’s Word says you are
because you have put your faith in Him.  Salvation is not based on how you feel or what you think, but on
what God says.  The facts are in God’s Word- You are a new creation.  Put your faith in the facts.  The
feelings will come and go.

3.         As a new person, you must GROW- by feeding on God’s Word, the Bible.                                  

1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
thereby.”                                                                                                                   2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is
God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the
man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good
work.”                                                                                          
James 1:22-25  “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.  Anyone
who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror, and
after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  But the man who looks
intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has
heard, but doing it- he will be blessed in what he does.”

4.    Sin can no longer control you.                                                                                        

Romans 6:11-14  “ In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.  
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires…For sin shall not be
your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Man was not created to sin.  God will
give strength to resist temptation.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man.  And God is faithful;  
He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide
a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

5.         Unfortunately, because of our fallen natures, we do fall victim to sin from time to time, but God has
provided forgiveness for all our failures.

1 John 1:18-21 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we
confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  
If we claim we have not sinned, we make Him out to be a liar and His Word has no place in our lives.  My
dear children;  I write this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anybody does sin, we have one who
speaks to the Father in our defense- Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.” You couldn’t save yourself.  That’
s why you needed a savior. Neither can you keep yourself pure.  Just do your best and trust Jesus to
help keep you from sin and forgive and cleanse you when you do fail.

6.         You must not try to use God’s grace or suppose that you can freely and deliberately
sin.                                                                                                                                    

1 John 2:3-4 “ We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commandments.  The man who
says, I know Him, but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
Hebrews 10:26-27 “If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth,
no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume
the enemies of God.”                                    

HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY LIFE

1.  Few will agree with your commitment to Christ.

John 15:19 “If you belonged to the world. It would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the
world, but I have chosen you out of the world, that is why the world hates
you.”                                                                                                                    
Matthew 10:32-33 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge before my Father in
Heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown before my Father in
Heaven.”                                                                           

2.  You must go God’s way, and not your own.                                                                   

Mark 8:34-38 “…If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow
me.  For whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.  What good is it for a man to gain
the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?  If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous
generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in His Father’s glory with the holy
angels.”                          
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” Your will, your
desires, must give in to God’s.  We must obey His Word instead of following our own feelings and
plans.                                                                                 

3.         You must base your life on the teachings of the Bible.                                                     

Matthew 7:24-27 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like
a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down and the winds blew against that house;
yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine
and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his hand on sand.  The rain came
down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and if fell with a great crash.”  
Only what is based on God’s Word will last. Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the
Word of God stands forever.”  Salvation in not the end of the road- it is a new beginning.  Don’t stop as if
you had arrived.  Continue to pursue God.

4.         You need other Christians.                                                                                                       

John 13:34-35 “A new commandment I give you; Love one another.  As I have loved you, so that you must
love one another.  All men will know that you are my disciples if you love one
another.”                                                                                              
Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one
another- and all the more as you see the day
approaching.”                                                                                                                       Proverbs 15:22 “Plans
fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed.”

5.  Expect God to work in your life.                                                                                          

John 14:12-14 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.  He will do
even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  And I bring glory to the Father.  You
may ask for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

6.         Do God’s work- spread the gospel and He will back you.                                         

Mark 16:15-18 “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.  Whoever believes and is
baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.  And these signs will
accompany those who believe; in my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all;
they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.  Tell your friends and family what has
happened to you.

7.  Keep your eyes on Jesus and not on other Christians.                                                       

Man will disappoint you.  Jesus never will.  Don’t expect others to be perfect.  And don’t stumble over
hypocrisy or failure in church people.  We are all people in process- learning and growing.  Don’t let a
few rotten or half-ripe apples spoil you. God forgives you as you forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15).  
Nobody needs condemnation.  Everybody needs love and understanding.  That is why Jesus came- not to
condemn, but to save.  When we get to heaven, we’ll all be perfect.  Until then, we have to forbear one
another (Ephesians 4:32).                                                               

Remember:  YOU WERE SAVED TO PERFORM GOD’S WORKS AND TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF
HIS SON JESUS.