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The unity of believers (that can only come through a genuine, God-given love) is the greatest tool for telling people about Jesus that the Church will ever have. No wonder the devil does everything possible to divide Christians and have them at each other’s throats. Christians spend millions of pounds each year on conventions, evangelistic missions, television and radio programmes; yet few people become Christians because the body of Christ is not united in His love. The love of God is the strongest tool for evangelism. Do not argue about His word; just love one another. People don’t need more arguments; there are plenty of those around already, but they do need love.

Jesus clearly expressed the importance of every Christian being a witness to Christ in front of others. The Bible indicates that our salvation is confirmed when we are willing to acknowledge and confess our allegiance to Jesus Christ. "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

When something life-changing happens to us, we want to tell everyone, whether they want to hear all about it or not. Surely, when we have come out of darkness into the marvellous light of the good news about Jesus, we should make people aware of what has happened. Also, when they have the same desperate need as we do and can have the same blessing, we should not hold back. If we had a cure for cancer, it would be very selfish if we only shared it with other people who already knew about the cure. We need to tell all the people with cancer. For all those going to a loveless eternity, we have the perfect answer: salvation is in Jesus Christ!

What does it mean to be a “witness”?

  1. Witnesses testify to the truth that they have experienced. They are those who have knowledge of a fact and can give information concerning it. (From "The Spirit-filled Bible")
  2. Witnesses are those whose lives and actions testify to the worth and effect of faith. (From Vine's "Dictionary of New Testament Words")
  3. The Greek word for a witness was the word that we translate as "martyr". Giving one's life for something was the ultimate expression of being a witness.

By His death and resurrection, Jesus has brought us into a whole new dimension of life. This is not an enhanced version of our previous life. Our “old lives” are buried and we have been raised to live new lives “in Him”. (Romans 6:4; Galatians 2:20) As we live these new lives, we are, all the time, witnessing to the reality and power of Jesus Christ.

Why Share?

God's word shows the importance of "witnessing".

  • We have been given the ministry of reconciliation and need to fulfil it. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
  • We have been given instructions to take this gospel message all over the world. (Matthew 28:18-20)
  • We are baptised in the Holy Spirit so that the body of Christ may continue the ministry that Jesus began. (Acts 1:5-8)
  • We have been chosen in Christ Jesus to be fruitful. (John 15:16)
  • Jesus is God’s faithful witness, as He lives in each of us. As we are made like Him, we will also be faithful witnesses. (Revelation 1:5)
  • Faith undoubtedly grows as we share the life of Christ with others. (1 Timothy 6:12)

The fact is that, if people do not believe on the Son, they are lost. It is that simple. Many other scriptures speak of the need to be a witness for the Lord Jesus, because the witness to Him is in our hearts.

Who Should Witness?

Every Christian needs to develop a heart-felt desire to tell people all about Jesus. (Proverbs 29:18) Seeing others respond to the move of the Holy Spirit in their hearts (Ephesians 3:5) and accepting what the gospel (the good news of Jesus) says and giving their life to Him is such an amazing thrill for any Christian.

Witnessing is for all believers to do. We must also realise that everything we do is a witness to who we are. This can be a blessing to the name (reputation) of Jesus or it can bring Him into disrepute. Furthermore, witnessing is not just for church leaders or those who are able to talk well, but for all of us. (Mark 16:15)

What is the gospel (or the "good news")?

1 Corinthians 15:1-8 says:

  1. Christ the Messiah died for our sins.
  2. Jesus Christ was buried.
  3. Jesus rose on the third day.
  4. Jesus died and rose, just as the Bible foretold.
  5. He appeared to over five hundred people to prove the resurrection.

This is good news for all people. Because Jesus has done all this, we know it is the truth and so we accept it and believe it. When we believe this, we realise that God wants us to be whole people. So, if we are hard up and have bills that need to be paid, the good news to us is that God is our provider. (Philippians 4:19) If we are hungry, the good news to us is that God will feed us. (Psalm 146:7) If any are sick, the very good news for them is that they can be healed. (1 Peter 2:24) We walk in freedom to do what God wants us to do, which is nothing but good for us.

How do we share?

We cannot meet the needs of ordinary people ourselves; only God can save them. Before going to speak to people about God, we need to go to God about people. This means that we need firstly to pray. In our prayers we should:

  • Be led by the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8)
  • Lift up Jesus. (John 3:14)
  • Use the name (authority, character and reputation) of Jesus. (John 3:17)

We also need to do some initial preparation. This may include some or all of the following:

  • Learning key Scriptures. (It's not necessary to learn the entire Bible by heart!)
  • Preparing your own story of how you met Jesus and why it changed your life. (Revelation 12:11)
  • Offering some a booklet or tract if that helps you speak up.

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