In order to witness effectively, and individual must
know Jesus Christ personally. You must be able to appropriately present with
personal conviction the opportunity of salvation by receiving Jesus as Lord
and Savior. Billy Graham's
Steps to Peace with God can assist in this important task.
Jesus must be real to the Christian! There will be very little to share with
someone else if the witness doesn't seek and maintain a close walk with the
Lord through reading and obeying God's Word and through constant prayer. We
do not have to be extra-ordinary Christians to witness, but we must be
genuine, growing, practicing Christians.
Witnessing begins in prayer. Concerned prayer for those who need Christ will
spiritually condition the Christian for witnessing. A prayer list of
potential people you want to reach is a really good way to start. Pray with
Know who you are going to witness the gospel to. The more carefully you plan
the approach, the more effective the witness will be. Knowledge can guide
Begin with one person, at a time. Concentrate on witnessing to only one
individual at a point in time. Be natural, caring and friendly without being
patronizing. Don't overwhelm in your witnessing. Better to move too slow,
than too fast. Be a good listener. Sculpt your witnessing around the
individual, their personal needs and their life.
Share your own personal experiences, feelings and emotions about Christ.
Make it a very personal testimony; share how accepting Christ into your life
has changed you; give specific examples. Tell what His Presence means in
Explain God's plan of salvation for man, generally and more specifically
quoting Scripture. Again,
Steps to Peace with God will help you with this specific process.
Aim for getting an ultimate decision or commitment. Let that be your focus.
Invite the person, lovingly but firmly, to make a decision based on what you
have just presented to them. Explain that the greatest, most important
decision a person makes is the step of surrendering his life to Jesus
Encourage the person to seal this life-changing decision with a prayer.
Guide them and pray with them.
Follow-up this powerful moment with a brief review or recounting of what has
just transpired, stressing the commitment and decision the person has made
The ultimate goal in witnessing
and winning people to faith in Jesus Christ is that they then become
effective, reproducing witnesses themselves! And this process continues,
each witness producing witnesses to proclaim the gift of salvation through
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.