Have you ever wondered why new believers bring more people to faith than any others?
They know less, can answer less arguments and don’t know the lingo, yet they are more convincing than seasoned saints. Why? They keep it simple.
The gospel is wonderfully simple and simply wonderful, but we make it complicated. It’s easy to get bogged down and lose the simple joy of salvation and the good news.
You may say new Christians know more unbelievers. I doubt that. If you work, go to school, or shop, you are around people all day.
The difference is witness …. One friend telling another friend what is exciting and important in their life.
No guilt needed just love and the overflow of what fills your heart.
Sunday we will learn about how to get back the simplicity of witness. How you can naturally and honestly share your relationship with Jesus with your friends.
I pray you will come and hear.
STEPS TO PREPARE
PRAY FOR THE SERVICES AND FOR YOURSELF
AND ME AND THE OTHER TEACHERS.
PRAYERFULLY READ THE SCRIPTURES
AND CONSIDER THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND A PREACHING SERVICE AND A SMALL GROUP.
INVITE SOMEONE TO COME WITH YOU.
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY: SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
Please consider and discuss the following scriptures and questions.
Act 1:7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;
Act 1:8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
Act 1:9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
What is a witness?
What the most important quality of a witness?
Who was the first person to witness to you and how did you respond?
What keeps you from witnessing about your relationship with Christ?
Luke 6:44 “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.
Luke 6:45 “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
What part does friendship play in witness?
Luke 7:34 “The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!
How can our fears and biases get in the way to friendship and witness?
John 4:25 The woman *said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ); when that One comes, He will declare all things to us.”
John 4:26 Jesus *said to her, “I who speak to you am He.”
John 4:27 At this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why do You speak with her?”
1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more.
1 Corinthians 9:20 To the Jews I became as a Jew so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law;
1 Corinthians 9:21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.
1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may, by all means, save some.
1 Corinthians 9:23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
How did Paul overcome his fears and biases of others?
Why is witnessing to family sometimes harder?
How can we pray for you?