Many people are led to Christ through someone they know. As a Christian it is important to take an active role in presenting Christ to others. Naturally, as believers, we feel a strong pull to (witness) tell others about our savior the Lord Jesus Christ but might not know how to begin.
God Produces the Results
The ideas for witnessing I am listing are general in nature and you can modify and shape them to use as you see best. This is not a comprehensive list. Its purpose is to give you an idea for a starting point or to help you brainstorm for ideas when you are trying to minister to people.
In addition to this list a thing you should keep in mind when witnessing is, it is God and the power of His word that brings results. It is God who gives the increase,
1Co 3:7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.
Take the Initiative
As believers we need to take the initiative to tell others about Christ, leaving the results to God. We can not let our fear of failure or rejection stop us. We must not remain silent because IN SPITE of us God will take care of the results.
One of the easiest way to tell someone about Christ is if they ask you about Him. But they won’t ask you if they don’t know you are a Christian. This may seem obvious but do the people you interact with everyday know you are a Christian?
When is the last time you spoke to someone about your savior or brought up the teachings of the bible? Do they ever see you reading the bible or Christian based literature? When they are with you do you ever turn on a Christian based radio or TV program?
You are probably getting the idea. You must take the initiative and open the doors of communication. In a way you can think of yourself as a walking talking billboard for Christ.
Imagine a hut muggy summer afternoon when the ice cream truck comes rolling by playing Pop Goes the Weasel through its tinny speakers; suddenly, everyone in the neighborhood has the desire to quench the heat with a cool ice cream bar. This is the same effect you can have to the world when you proclaim Christ. Those who are lost and searching to fill the void where Christ belongs will have the opportunity to hear the Word and fill that empty space.
Starting the Witnessing Conversation
Of course you don’t always want to sit back on your heels and wait for others to approach you. Sometimes you have got to take the battle to them.
One of the easiest ways is by asking questions. If you died today, would you go to heaven? If they answer yes follow up with: How do you know you are going to heaven? This is a great opening to explain salvation.
I have a friend that before he talks to a person about salvation, will often rehearse the conversation, practicing what he is going to say and having answers ready for any objections he thinks they may bring up.
Literature is always good to give but in this fast paced world with all its distractions, some people may not sit down to read. One option is to provide them with audio to listen to. Most people are not lucky enough to work at home, so they must fight the daily congestion of traffic to go to work and this time in the car can be a great opportunity to listen to a salvation message. It might even to help keep their mind off the agony of fighting the traffic.
With the barage of information we receive through email and social media, a lot of messages become lost or ignored. A way to help get the salvation message to stand out is instead of using electronic means is by using old fashioned technology. Around holidays, birthdays, or special occasions take the opportunity to send cards or a short note to friends and relatives with a personalized salvation message included.
Multimedia can be short and impactful. Give them a video on salvation or link to a video salvation message.
The Personal Touch
When looking for ideas for witnessing, the personal touch can make a big difference. People want to feel that you genuinely care about them. Since, you know the people around you the best, you can build your relationship up through shared experiences. By investing time in people, you will have more opportunities to share Christ with them.
Include a personal note with your Christmas and birthdays gifts as well as including with your gift a tract or booklet on salvation, a bible, bible dictionary, concordance, a calendar with bible versus, etc. It may get them thinking about Christ or open the door of communication for them to ask you about God.
Hearing you happy voice can also do wonders. Sometimes nothing beats a holiday phone call to relatives & friends as another opportunity to discuss salvation.
Send them an occasional letter or tract through the mail. Sign them up to receive a Christian magazine like the Berean Searchlight or newsletter. As with everything you send be sure it is not full of false teachings.
Sometimes one of the simplest ways to share Christ with others is to invite them to attend church with you.
Other Ideas for Witnessing
When you eat out at a restaurant leave a salvation tract with your tip, but make sure you at least left a good tip. In fact you may want to keep a bible and a supply of tracts in your car. You never know when the opportunity to witness will show itself.
Take advantage of the Internet. Send them addresses of web pages that deals with the subject of salvation or occasionally send them a friendly e-mail about salvation or use your favorite social media outlet.
Timing is Everything
Maybe the people you reach out to will open their ears to Christ, maybe these items you give them will bear fruit, or possibly they may end up sitting on a shelf collecting dust. You can never know. However, if you never try you are not being a good workman for Christ.
You just never know when the hardships of life and reality of pending death will cause a person to search for God. Perhaps the day they received your card, cassette, tract, etc they are having a bad day, suffered a tragedy, or experiencing depression and your message arrived at an opportune time to open their eyes to God.
When things are not going smoothly people tend to be more open to hearing the word of God. It is at times like this that people are looking to fill the void inside them where the Holy Spirit is missing.
Even if everything is going well in their life they may still may be open to hearing the Word of God. You can never know but the grass won’t grow if you don’t water it.
There are many creative ways to introduce others to Christ. You will need to tailor your approach according to the unique personalities of your relatives and friends. One approach that works for one person may not work on another, so keep on trying. Remember if you don’t tell them about salvation who will!
How do you witness? I would love to hear your ideas for witnessing.