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     Without any doubt, the greatest and most notable difference between apostolic New Testament Christianity and present-day New Testament Christianity is witnessing!  The early churches were most noted for their witnessing of Christ.  They were accused of “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). 

Notice their influence:

The church at Rome(Romans 1:8) “your faith is spoken of throughout the W__ __ __ __ world.”

The church at Thessalonica – (1 Thessalonians 1:8) “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in E__ __ __ __ P__ __ __ __ your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.” On the contrary, many 20th Century churches are characterized by their lack of witness.  In this lesson, you will learn that it is God’s will for you to witness and be a soul winner for Him.  You will also begin learning how to be a soul winner; that is, how to lead someone to Christ.  The value of all the other lessons you have learned through this series will have been greatly diminished if your life does not bear fruit.  There are many Christians who want to be an effective witness for Christ; they just need training. Our church we will train you.

 

I.      WHAT DOES “WITNESSING” MEAN?

A.     A Courtroom Witness

A witness in a courtroom trial is expected to tell what he knows, that is, what he has seen and what he has heard.  He cannot tell what others have said; he must relate his own personal experience in his own words. This is what the Apostle John is saying in 1 John 1:1-3.

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we

 

 

have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;...That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you....”

Witnessing for the Lord Jesus Christ is the same.  It is

YOU telling in YOUR own words what happened to YOU as you came to know God in a personal way, as you were saved.

B.     Read the story of how Jesus healed the blind man in John 9:1-38.

1.     When questioned by others, do you think this man was able to give a detailed explanation of what had happened?

Yes          No

2.     What was this man able to say?  John 9:25 says, “Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that,                                                                                                                                      

C.     Read the story of how Jesus won a woman to Himself in John 4:5-30.

What was the first thing this woman did when she realized she had actually met Christ? (verses 28-30)

                                                                                                                                                                               

 

II.     ARE “WITNESSING” AND “SOUL WINNING” THE SAME THING?

A.     These words are often used interchangeably; but there is a slight difference.

1.     WITNESSING is relating your own personal experience of salvation.

2.     SOUL WINNING is using your witness and the Word of God to bring others to salvation.

B.     God’s desire is that you both witness and win souls.

1.     (1 Peter 3:15) “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope

 

that is in you ....”

2.     (John 15:8) “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye B__ __ __ M__ __ __ F__ __ __ __ .”

(Pro. 11:30) “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that W__ __ __ __ __ __

S__ __ __ __ is W__ __ __ .”

 

 

 

 

 

 

III.     WHY SHOULD I WITNESS AND WIN SOULS?

Here are nine Bible reasons why each of us should tell others of Christ and attempt to win them to Him.

A.     It is commanded.

Look up Acts 1:8 “ . . . and ye S__ __ __ __ be witnesses . . . . “

B.     It is our responsibility.

Evangelism becomes our responsibility since God has commanded it.  John the Baptist’s ministry included warning sinners to flee the wrath to come, and many heeded.  Jesus preached “repent,” as did the Apostles and early Christians.

An Old Testament Analogy

Read Ezekiel 3:17,18.  Ancient fortified cities were surrounded by high walls with ramparts and towers strategically placed thereon.  According to the historian Herodotus, the walls of Babylon were two hundred feet tall, one hundred and eighty-seven feet thick at the base, and had towers that reached a height of three hundred feet!  Guards were stationed in these towers to alert the city of invading armies.  Negligence on the guards part was a capital offense for it endangered the

 

 

entire city.  With this analogy in mind, answer the following questions:

1.     In a real sense, God has made us

W__ __ __ __ __ __ __.

2.     The duty of watchmen is to W__ __ __ those in danger.

3.     If we fail to warn the wicked, they will die in their

I__ __ __ __ __ __ __ .

Though a watchman would be held accountable for the blood of the city’s inhabitants if he failed to warn the city, the Christian is not held accountable for the eternal death of the wicked. They are responsible for their own sins.  Our motivation to witness is not fear of being held accountable for unbelievers; it is love for Christ and for unbelievers.  We witness because it is the most benevolent act we can do for the lost, and because it is our responsibility.  If Christians don’t witness, who will?  Who can?

C.     It is our duty.

Look up Matthew 4:19. “F__ __ __ __ __ Me, and I will make you F__ __ __ __ __ __ of M__ __ .”

D.     It is our debt.

Look up Romans 1:14. Paul said, “I am

D__ __ __ __ __ both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.”

The gift of salvation is free, but a moral debt exists for us to tell others.

E.     It is our calling.

Look up 2 Corinthians 5:20. Each believer is called an A__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ for C__ __ __ __ __ .

This is a very important position with which to be entrusted.

What is an Ambassador?

It is a person who represents the sovereign from whom he has received his commission.  The ambassador acts

 

 

and speaks on behalf of his king or president.  It is his duty to proclaim faithfully and precisely the message entrusted to him by his sovereign.  The Christian is called to represent God, and His proclamation is the gospel. (Mark 16:15) “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

F.     There is a need.

Look up Mark 8:36. Why is soul winning so important?

                                                                                                                                                                               

G. There is a reckoning day coming.

Look up 2 Corinthians 5:10,11a.

1.     One day you will stand before your Lord at the

J__ __ __ __ __ __ __ S__ __ __ .

(This is a judgment for how you served the Lord. See the T Lesson, VII.)

2.     What was Paul’s motivation for persuading men?

                                                                                       

H.     It is caring.

1.     So much of today’s compassion centers on the physical needs of man.  Godly caring focuses on all the needs of a person – physical, spiritual, and eternal.

2.     Look up Psalm 142:4.  This verse expresses a tragic reality – “ . . . no man C__ __ __ __ for my S__ __ __ .”

I.      It brings joy.

1.     Look up Acts 8:5, 8, 35, 39.  There is joy on the part of                                                                  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

2.     Look up Luke 15:7, 10.  There is joy on the part of

                                                                                       

 

 

3.     Look up Psalm 126:5, 6.  There is joy on the part of                                                                               

 

IV.    IS WITNESSING THE DUTY OF EVERY CHRISTIAN?

Reject the thought that witnessing and soul winning are only the duties of the pastors, the deacons, the Sunday School teachers, or those with the “gift of gab.”

A.     The Bible clearly shows that evangelism is the task of every Christian.

1.     “Let the R__ __ __ __ __ __ __ of the Lord

S__ __ __ __” (Psalm 107:2).  If you are saved – speak up about it!

2.     “Therefore T__ __ __ that were scattered abroad W__ __ __ everywhere P__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ the W__ __ __ “ (Acts 8:4).

3.     Look in Acts 8:1.  Did this group of people referred to in verse four include the apostles (pastors)?

                Yes          No

B.     Christians are given the ministry of reconciliation.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.

1.     According to verse 17, who is a new creature?

                                                                                       

2.     According to verse 18, who has God reconciled to Himself? __ __

3.     According to verse 18, what has God now given unto us?                                                                                                                                                     

4.     According to verse 19, what has God now committed unto us?                                                                                                                                

 

V.     HOW OFTEN SHOULD I WITNESS?

What words in Acts 5:42 and Acts 20:31 indicate the frequency with which the New Testament Christians testified of Jesus Christ?                                                                                                                                                                 

 

VI.    WHAT QUALITIES ARE FOUND IN EFFECTIVE SOUL WINNERS?

A.     They are compassionate people – having a burden for the lost.

Read Romans 9:1-3; Romans 10:1 and ask God to burn their message upon your heart.  Many Christians don’t witness because they have no burden to do so.

1.     How did Paul described his burden in Romans 9:2?                                                                                                                                                                

2.     According to Romans 10:1, what was Paul’s heart’s desire and prayer?                                                                                                                   

3.     In Mark 6:34 Jesus was “moved with compassion” when He saw the people as sheep without a (spiritual) shepherd.  What did He do?

                                                                                       

B.     They are loving people – reaching out to those without Christ.

According to 2 Corinthians 5:14a, it is Christ’s love that “constraineth” or compels us.  Love is a verb – an action word.  The action of love is giving.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He G__ __ __ His only begotten son....”  Love motivated God to reach out to mankind, and love will also motivate you to reach out to others.

C.     They are “modeling” people – living Christianity themselves.

1.     Read Matthew 4:19. Jesus said, “F__ __ __ __ __ M__ , and I will make you fishers of men.”  A Christian who is following Christ (modeling Christianity) will be a fisher of men (soul winner).  In fact, one who is not a fisher of men is not really following Christ.

2.     Read 1 Peter 3:1-4. God is instructing Christian wives to live Christianity as a testimony to their

 

unsaved husbands.  A wife can only verbally witness so much before it becomes “nagging” from the husband’s viewpoint.  Her godly demeanor becomes a powerful witness to her spouse.  The saying, “Actions speak louder than words” has no greater relevance than in the matter of soul winning.

D.     They are Spirit-filled people – obeying the Scriptures and thereby are empowered of God.

Read Acts 1:8 and Ephesians 5:18.  God’s work must be done in God’s way in God’s power.

E.     They are persevering people – continually witnessing.

Read Matthew 22:1-10; I Corinthians 15:58; and Galatians 6:9.  Not everyone will listen, and not everyone will be saved.  However, soul winning is one task in which God promises success.

Psalm 126:6 says, “shall D__ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ come again . . . “

 

VII.   I WANT TO WITNESS, BUT WHERE DO I START?

Our church takes witnessing very seriously.  The Bible has the answers to man’s problems – problems of living and problems of dying.  Therefore, we regularly conduct evangelism classes to help Christians become more effective in sharing their faith.  Enroll in the next class.  But don’t wait for a class to begin witnessing.  You may be thinking, “I don’t know how to witness!”  Just tell others how you received Christ.  God will use that. The most common illustration of soul winning found in the Bible is “planting.” Read Psalm 126:6; Matthew 13:3-9; John 4:35-38; and 1 Corinthians 3:6-8.  There are several steps to take before reaping a harvest:

A.     Step #1 = Go

The results of a national survey show that 86% of the people interviewed credit friends and relative with

 

influencing them to salvation.

No farmer reaps a harvest apart from a lot of preparation and hard work.  And you will never win a soul for Christ without this preliminary step!

(Psalm 126:6) “He that G__ __ __ __ forth...”

(Mark 16:15) “__ __ ye into all the world and

preach ...”

 (Acts 5:20) “G__ , stand and S__ __ __ __ ....”

Important!!!

This lesson will be useless to you unless you determine in your heart to take this first step in witnessing.

HOW MAY I “GO”?

Our Church has an organized evangelism outreach. You are welcome to participate in it and will receive valuable OJT (on-the-job-training).  In addition to this, you can make a list of people in your own circle-of-influence who are lost (relatives, neighbors, friends, coworkers, etc.).  Each one will spend eternity somewhere.  Begin a plan of action to witness to them.

B.     Step #2 = Sow

You have to win the confidence and trust of the people you attempt to win to Christ.  Even with this foundation, before they can be saved, the seed must be sown.

(Psalm 126:6) “...bearing precious S__ __ __ ...”

(Luke 8:11) “ ...the seed is the W__ __ __ of G__ __.”

(1 Peter 1:23-24)  This Scripture says the incorruptible seed is                                                                              

It is unnecessary for you to use logic, philosophy, theology, or salesmanship when witnessing.  God’s Word works!

HOW MAY I “SOW”?

1.     First, get into the habit of carrying Gospel tracts with you.  Leave a tract with those you meet – store clerks, garage attendants, cashiers, friends, etc.  Leave a tract in the phone booth, on the restaurant table, or in the waiting room at the

 

doctor’s office.  Include a tract with letters you write.  Many have been saved through the silent witness of a tract.

Note: Make sure our church name, address, and phone number is on the tract.

Note: Be careful not to litter or violate reasonable ordinances by indiscriminate use of tracts.

2.     Second, invite people to the services of our church.  Don’t give up when people decline or make excuses.

3.     Third, be “soul-conscious.”  Ask God to help you become aware that everyone you meet is a soul that will spend eternity somewhere.  Cultivate the ability to insert a witness into daily conversation – share a blessing, a verse, a warning, etc.  Don’t be pushy or over-bearing, but don’t keep silent either.

4.     Fourth, understand and practice “bonding.”  If you repeatedly reach out through genuine personal concern and touch the people you want to lead to Christ, it builds a bond between you that will also make it easier for them to accept you and your Savior.  On an average people need “7 touches and 3 hearings” to respond to Christ.

5.     Fifth, learn a gospel presentation such as The Romans Road to Heaven.  These are simple salvation plans that assist the soul winner in giving a clear presentation of the gospel.  Using the five verses below is a good starting point.  A fuller presentation may be learned in our evangelism training class.

The Romans Road

Romans 3:23 – the FACT of sin

(Romans 3:23) “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Romans 6:23 – the CONSEQUENCES of sin

(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death; but

 

the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:8 – the REMEDY for sin

(Romans 5:8) “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9, 13 – the HOW to be saved

(Romans 10:9) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

(Romans 10:13) “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Note: In the margin of your Bible by each verse put the reference of the next verse.  This will help you flow from one verse to the next as you explain salvation.  For example: in the margin by Romans 3:23 write “6:23.”

C.     Step #3 = Water

Water is essential to the growth of seed.  You have    sown the seed; now water it with prayer.  Tears in prayer show the concern of your heart.  Pray for them earnestly and fervently until they are saved.

1.     (Psalms 126:5-6) “They that sow in T__ __ __ __ shall reap in joy. {6} He that goeth forth and

W__ __ __ __ __ __, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

2.     (Acts 20:31) “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with T__ __ __ __.”

D.     Step #4 = Reap

There will be a harvest if you continually sow seed and water it.  Witness and pray; you will experience the joy of leading a person to Christ.

 

 

HOW MAY I “REAP”?

1.     Plan to!  Act in faith, take God at His Word, and expect to reap a harvest.  Chances are you will reap where another has sown and watered. Evangelism is often a “team effort.”

2.     Make certain (by asking questions) that the one

you are dealing with fully understands the plan of salvation.  Do not proceed to reap if there is no conviction of sin evident or if there is no understanding of what Christ has done.  Human nature expects to “work” for salvation.  If it is not time to reap, leave the door open for future witness.

3.     Explain carefully that salvation is believing, that this means receiving (Christ) by faith.

4.     After you lead a person to Christ, rejoice with him and encourage him to come to church at the next opportunity.  Share this with your church leadership and get their assistance in helping your convert take his next step.

 

NOW MAKE A COMMITMENT!

I accept that the Bible teaches I am to witness and attempt to win others to Christ.  I now dedicate my life to this Christian duty, first by sharing my personal testimony, second by studying and memorizing the necessary Scriptures, then by praying for the lost and verbally giving the plan of salvation.

 

Signed:                                                    Date:                               

 

There are several methods of sharing the Gospel.  One of the most effective ways is through your personal testimony.  A personal testimony involves 3 things:

1.               Your Life Before Receiving Christ

a.               Tell them that you were a lost sinner before you were saved and deserved to go to Hell.

 

b.                Tell them of the things missing in your life before salvation…no peace, no real joy.

c.                Don’t focus on all the sin that you committed and every bad thing that you have done.  You are only glorifying self and the devil.  The person may think, “I am not as bad as they were so I don’t need to be saved.”

2.               How I Came To Know Christ

a.               Don’t focus on the circumstances that existed on the day that you got saved such as the birds were singing; the sun was shining, etc.  They may think that those same circumstances must exist in order for them to be saved.

b.                Talk about how Christ convicted you that you are a sinner.

c.                Talk about how you heard that Jesus loves you and died for you and if you would pray and receive Jesus as Saviour that you could be saved forever.

3.               What Christ Means To Me Now That I Am Saved

a.               I have a friend “that sticketh closer than a brother.”

b.                I have joy unspeakable.

c.                I have a purpose for getting up in the morning.

d.                If your testimony is only limited to what Christ did for you 10 years ago, then your testimony is not very strong.

e.               Tell them that Christ has blessed you and helped you during trials, troubles, and temptation.

f.                  Don’t lead the person to believe that once they get saved all their troubles will disappear…this is a lie!

 

Also, you need a simple plan for sharing the Gospel.  You have seen the Roman’s Road, but every plan should include the following points:

1.               God loves you.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Titus 3:4-6

“But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;”

I John 4:9-10

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

I John 4:9

“In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.”

2.               All men are sinners.

Ecclesiastes 7:20

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.”

Romans 3:9-10

“What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Galatians 3:22

“But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.”

I King 8:46

“…for there is no man that sinneth not…”

Isaiah 53:6

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

I John 1:8-10

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all

unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

3.               Sin must be paid for.

Genesis 2:17

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Ezekiel 18:4

“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

Luke 16:22-23

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.”

Romans 5:12

“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

James 1:15

“Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”

Revelation 20:14-15

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

 

Revelation 21:8

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4.               Christ paid for our sins.

Romans 5:8

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 Corinthians 15:3

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Galatians 1:4

“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”

Galatians 3:13

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:”

Ephesians 1:7

“In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

Ephesians 5:2

“And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.”

Hebrews 10:12

“But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;”

1 Peter 2:24

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:

 

by whose stripes ye were healed.”

1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”

I John 2:2

“And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Revelation 1:5

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”

5.               We must personally pray and receive Christ as our Saviour.

John 1:12

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

Acts 2:21

“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Romans 10:9-10

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Romans 10:13

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

 

The Next Step is GO!