Witnessing to a Lost Culture

When I talked with you or preached, I didn’t try to prove anything by sounding wise. I simply let God’s Spirit show his power. That way you would have faith because of God’s power and not because of human wisdom.
1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Before speaking with someone about God, don’t prep with your own wisdom. In other words, you don’t MAKE the Gospel powerful, because it already is. You don’t PROVE the Gospel is powerful because it already is. To tell someone about God, it is not necessary to speak with long paragraphs of persuasive words; having countless degrees as an expert in the Law is not necessary either. If you’re just starting out in the realm of sharing your new-found faith, be encouraged by Peter and John who were bold, yet “unschooled and ordinary” men. People were “astonished” by the pair because they realized Peter and John had experienced Jesus, like just you.

“People will not find hope in your opinions.” – Pastor Andrew Evans

By examining any other religion, you’ll find a crucial difference between them and the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which, in Pastor Ken Whitten’s words, is “Any other religion or philosophy wants you to believe because of rhetoric or logic – except Christianity. If you can talk someone into it, someone else can talk them out of it.” People are converted by the power of God, which oftentimes defies logic to those who still remain of the world. If Person A could convert Person B to Christianity, then the glory would go to Person A, however, that is not the case because God shares His glory with no one.

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Telling others about Christ can be an intimidating task to take on, so I’ve listed below some questions and answers that are common in this approach.

Frequently Asked Questions About Witnessing

I don’t know enough. What if they ask a question I can’t answer?

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26.) The Holy Spirit will fill in the necessary gaps in your conversation. Don’t be so focused on saying so much that He can’t get a word in edge wise. Be calm and patient and it will always work out.
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. (1 Pet. 3:15) Don’t slack on your studies. Just as you would want to know the likes and dislikes of your friends or family, God wants you to know Him, too. Lastly, be encouraged, as 1 Corinthians 4:20 says, God’s kingdom isn’t just a bunch of words. It is power. The power that this verse is speaking of is what raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11.)

What if I say something wrong?

Answer what you know for sure. Don’t assume or speculate on what you’re not sure about. What you say can and will be used against you so make sure what you’re proclaiming is the honest truth. It is humble to admit when you don’t know something and a lie to say that you do when it is not actually the case.

What if they don’t listen to me?

Move on. Your job is to spread the Message, not to make people listen. Matthew 10:14 says, if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

What if they reject me or laugh at me?

They rejected and laughed at Jesus. Are you better than Jesus to not receive it? If the world hates you, keep in mind they hated me first. John 15:18. Expect rejection and ridicule, but remember who your audience is as well. They are children of darkness being exposed to the light of the Gospel. Not everyone will have open arms to receive it.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers. (Psalm 1.1) There is a difference between a seeker who asks questions and a mocker whose purpose is to…well, mock God. Stay away from mockers.

People in the Bible DIED because of their faith and I don’t want to die!

Literally, you’re going to die anyway. I’m sorry if that is not the most comforting truth on the planet, but it’s a reality that ten out of ten people face at one point or another. No one lives forever (unless you‘re saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.)
Are you committed to God unto the finished job or unto inconvenience? When you accept the salvation that Jesus Christ offers, your calling is immediately clear – go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19). Jesus never said that going about this plan would be easy, but He did say that He would fight for you (Ex. 14.14), He would strengthen and empower you (Is. 40:29, 31), He would help you in dangerous rivers and through fire (Is. 43:2), and lastly, Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken, nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord who has compassion on you. (Is. 54:10)

I don’t feel like a good enough Christian to tell someone else that they should be a Christian.

Be careful not to miss the point of Christianity, which is not to make bad people good, but to make dead people alive. It is not your place to boast in your strengths and accomplishments when telling someone about Jesus. If it was not for God coming through in the first place, we’d all be destined for eternal Hell fire because none of us are good enough to go to heaven on our own, and that is your testimony.

I don’t have enough time to stop and talk…

Actually, you aren’t the author of your own time. No one is promised tomorrow, according to Proverbs 27:1. Make time for others‘ eternity, please, not just your own.

I don’t have enough patience to stop and talk…

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up, says Galatians 6:9.  Ask God to renew your heart and give you the love for people that He has. You will then see this depraved and God-less culture in a new light. Your mission isn’t to debate people until they change their mind or to absorb every insult they fling your way. It is to tell them about Christ and what He’s done, if you’re able to. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18.

I don’t have the courage to stop and talk…

“Are you going to let your fear be the cause of someone else’s
eternal damnation?”
– Mark Hale

Is your comfort the only thing on the line here? A famous atheist, Penn Jillette, said, “How much do you have to hate someone to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?” I will give you one of the 365 verses listed in the Bible that tells you to fear not: Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6

I don’t exactly want to see that same person in heaven, so I won’t tell them the life-saving Gospel.

“As a true Christian, you are not above the obligations of forgiveness.”
– Timoujin Everidge, Jr.

Know that you are not better or lesser than anyone else and that Jesus was crucified for all. The plain truth is that none of us deserve to go to heaven because all have sinned. Someone may be your enemy, but remember that you were God’s enemy first, yet He still forgave you. Forfeiting your enemy the news of the Gospel does not mean he won’t end up there eventually anyway. It does, however, give an indication of your immaturity in Christ (1 Corinthians 13:11).
2 Peter 3:18, But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
What is grace?
“Grace is free sovereign favor to the ill-deserving.” B.B. Warfield
“Grace is love that cares and stoops and rescues.” John Scott
[Grace] is God reaching downward to people who are in rebellion against Him.” Jerry Bridges
“Grace is unconditional love toward a person who does not deserve it.” Paul Zahl
“Favor in the eyes of the Lord…” Genesis 6:8

I don’t want to risk termination of the friendship (or marriage, employment, etc).
If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sister – yes, even their own life – such a person cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:26.) This verse does not translate to being that person on the news who’s out for revenge and killed their whole family and all their friends, including the dog.
In this chapter of Luke, Jesus does not leave this statement left for open interpretation. There is a cost to follow Christ, just like there is a cost for anything else that is worth is a high price, obviously. Suppose a king wants to go to war but does not sit down to deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet the enemy who comes against him with twenty thousand. An arbitrary and careless decision could ruin his whole kingdom if he is not wise to consider the cost. The same metaphor applies to a commitment to Jesus Christ. When you make the decision to follow Christ whole-heartedly for whatever reason but later “lose your saltiness” (v. 34), or, in other words, refuse to stand out against those who are enhancing the kingdom of this world in order to build God’s kingdom, you aren’t a hater of the world but rather a lover of it and acting as an enemy of God.
The good news is that in Matthew 19:29, Jesus says, And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. If you are totally committed to God in your marriage, your employment, or any circumstance through which you find yourself in and you lose it because of Christ‘s namesake, God will reward you with much more than you previously had.

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