Saturday, January 27, 2018

Being A Witness

“he that winneth souls is wise” Prov 11:30b

There is a spiritual battle going on with the people that are around you. Both God and Satan wants their soul. Man has been given a free will. God loves them, and Satan hates them. However, both want spend eternity with them. God wants them to go to heaven, where there is no more pain or suffering, and Satan wants to drag them to hell which is filled with pain, sorrow and hate. When we go to heaven, we will not be able to take any possessions. We will not be able to take our money, our houses or any earthly material. The only thing that we will bring to heaven are the souls that received Christ as their savior. It is wise to reach out to a lost soul, and help them find Christ. Being A Witness, is the wisest decision you can make.

Being a witness, does not require a long speech. Most people are in a hurry, and do not have a lot of time to hear your long speech. The only exception is if they are going to a church service or an evangelistic outreach, where they expect it to last for a while. However, if you are approaching someone on the street, keep it short. All you need to do, is to share a verse, ask if they want to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior and then lead them in a sinners prayer. After the prayer, briefly encourage them to read the Bible, pray and invite them to your church.

The following is an example speech

Hello I would like to share something with you

The Bible say's “if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their ways. I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins and I will heal their land”

Would you like to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins and make him the Lord of your life today

Dear Jesus, I believe you died on the cross for my sin and rose again from the dead. Forgive me for all that I have done wrong, come live inside of me, I choose to make you my Lord and Savior, In Jesus name. Amen

I want to encourage you to read your Bible and pray everyday. I will also like to invite you to (name of your church) and then give them a business card for your church. (Everyone should be invited to your church and offered a business card, even if they did not say the sinners prayer)

Being a witness is not forcing anyone to hear the gospel. God only requires us to share the Gospel. The hearer has a free will. They have the right to refuse to hear the Gospel. If someone refuses to hear the Gospel, the Bible tells us, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Matthew 7:6. If someone tells you they do not want to talk about religion, do not force them.

Being a witness requires us to answer their questions honestly. There will be times that a person will ask you questions mocking your faith, while at other times the hearer is serious and has some questions he or she needs to be answered. Answer all questions honestly. It is better to let a person know that you do not know the answer, than to make up one. Refer them to the leaders of your church, if the questions are too difficult for you to answer.
Being a witness is being considerate of your listener. Some people are willing to hear the gospel, but do not have the time to do so now. They may have an appointment to keep, a bus or train to catch. They may have children they have to pick up. If someone does not have the time, respect them. Do not keep sharing the gospel. It is better to give them a tract, that they can read later on than to make them late for their appointments. Another way to be considerate is by holding a door for someone with a baby or packages. Another way to be considerate is not to block streets, sidewalks or entrances to any building. It is not a good Christian example and it is not legal to prevent cars, pedestrians to pass by or to enter any building.
Being a witness through example. The greatest way that you can be a witness, is by the way you carry yourself. People are more concerned about what you do and not by what you say. Is the life you living a great testimony to God. Do others want, what you have or do they want to keep far away. How do you conduct yourself at home, work, school and in public. The only Jesus someone may see, is the Jesus in you. Do not give them the wrong image of Christianity.

Being a witness is best when done in teams of two or more. There will be times when someone will try to accuse you falsely. Having a team will help you have the testimony of someone else whenever needed. If at all possible, try to go in teams with at least one man and one woman. This way the men can share with the men and the women with the women. If a law enforcement officer asks you to stop, do not fight with the law enforcement officer. You can share your constitutional right of the 1st amendment, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” If you see a fellow christian being arrested for sharing their faith, do not interfere. Call your pastor and attorney for help.

Being a witness is legal on any street or park in the United States. We are free in America to share our faith on any street or park. We can do it through preaching, music, passing out literature, acting, one on one, etc. We can preach, even if someone does not like what we are talking about. However, we are not allowed to force anyone to listen. When sharing in the streets, remember the points I mentioned above.

Being a witness to a large crowd. Some forms of witnessing will create a large crowd. When you are sharing one on one, you will not create a large crowd. However, if you are going to have a sound system or use any of the arts like preaching, music, skits or acting, you may create a crowd. Always check with the police dept in your town to find out what permits are needed to use this form of sharing.

Being a witness at work has a few guidelines. You are allowed to share your faith with other employees. Any employer, public or private has the right to limit your sharing to co workers and not customers. Before sharing with the customers, check with the policy of your job first before sharing. Keep in mind, that when you are sharing your work it must not interfere with your work. Even though you are sharing with a co worker, the boss has the right to ask you to do it when you both are on a break. Remember, you are on the clock and it is stealing not to give your boss a good days job. He or she is paying you to work and not to share your faith. Remember, it is illegal to force anyone to listen. If someone tells you, they don't want to hear the gospel, do not force it on them.

Being a witness at shopping malls and centers are only allowed when you are shopping. You can not go there just to share the gospel. Shoppers will talk to other shoppers about many things, like sports and refer others to vacation spots, etc. Since shoppers can talk to other shoppers about other things, you are covered under the free speech law to witness to others. This does not mean, that you can share your faith with everyone there. You can only share your faith, with those who you are holding a conversation with. So I suggest that you only share your faith, with someone who starts talking to you about anything. It can be about sports, a school play, something on the news, etc. That will protect you if the shopping center, mall or store accuses you of going there with the intention of sharing your faith. In a court room, you will be able to say that the you and the person were talking about sports, a show, news, etc and then the topic turned over to sharing your faith.

Being a witness at a school is limited to students, unless the school invited you to share. A student is free to share his or her faith with teachers or other students. They are allowed to place their Christian viewpoints in any assignments that they are given. Parents can also opt them out of any subjects that violate their faith.

Being a witness as a school teacher, is a little different than that of a student. While you and the student are citizens, you also are a governmental official. The government is not allowed to push any denomination or religion above another. That is what the first amendment is all about. The state officials are not allowed to “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” So the teacher has to go about it in a different way. A teacher can make references to the Bible for its poetry and history, but can not teach it as the Word of God. A teacher has to do it, according to the schools policy. They can only speak about Christianity as education and not with an attitude of converting the student. They have to teach it, in the same fashion they would talk about other world religions. Teachers can react with other teachers before or after school with prayer or Bible study. When a student asks the teacher questions about his or her faith, they must answer it as “in my opinion”. However, the teacher should keep the answer short, and stick to the question. Do not make it a sermon.

Note: I am not a lawyer, I am a minister. I wrote Being a witness, after doing research on legal ways to share the Gospel in America. Laws change, and there are so many different situations you may face when sharing your faith. I suggest that you contact a lawyer, that deals with religious freedom, for additional information if needed.

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