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Witnessing

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  • Okay, as Christians, we all know what we are called by God to do, spread His Word.  Lead people to Him.  I've tried time and time again to witness to a particular friend, but she just won't listen.  I'm honestly a little new to witnessing although I've been a Christian for four years (error on my part there).  How do you try to witness to others?

    Revelations 21:6

  • I am in a very similar situation with some of my friends, and this is what I have seen be effective:

    1. Pray for them daily. James 5:16b says "The effective prayer if a righteous man can accomplish much" Pray that God would reveal himself to her, and that he would use you as a tool in doing so. Remember that you are doing God's work, so you need to be sure to ask God to work, because we cannot do it on our own. Only God can change somone's heart.

    2. Selflessly love them in every way you can. Putting others first to a point of personal loss is one if the biggest ways that we differentiate our lifestyle. Doing so joyfully makes this lifestyle attractive to others and makes them want to take part

    3. Be sure to be reading the bible daily. Luke 11:25 "Blessed are those who are near the word of God and observe it." This will not only ensure that your doctrine is sound, but will prepare you for the tough questions she is bound to ask

    I would also caution you if you are a guy, because when you present the gospel to people of the opposite gender, they dont know how to take it, and often your feelings get mixed up and you may feel like you are developing a "crush" (so to speak) when you are really loving them in a different way (and missionary dating begins) and she may feel like you are coming onto her as well.

  • One thing that people will automatically do when you come outright with them is they will put up a wall. No matter how much you say it's out of love or whatever, they will just feel threatened because you are asking them to change a huge part of their life. We unfortunately cannot do what Luke and Peter did in Acts and merely preach and thousands will be converted.

    What's more important is being an example. If you show them the grace of God through your actions, they will come to you. You influence people through how you treat them and that can be used as a sort of spiritual hook. They develop an interest through your actions and personality and you can then use that to tell them about the word of God.

    Also like what Luke says, pray for them. You can't do it alone as your strength comes from God. You also need to have a firm knowledge in scripture as people will want to attack you for your beliefs.

    "What we do in life, echoes in eternity"

  • I actually discuss god with a former atheist friend of mine and he is now a Christian.

  • That's great!  I've decided now that since I've gone through the entire plan of salvation with my friend, all I have to is pray and not worry about it anymore.

    Revelations 21:6

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