Verbal Witness: How to Change Conversation into a Spiritual Witness
First you must:
1. Have a burden for the lost.
2. Earn the right to be heard.
3. Start with an integrity friendship.
How to switch the conversation to Spiritual: ask questions
Why Ask Questions-
1. They are not offensive – not preaching.
2. Nudging open the door.
3. Leaves them in control of the conversation.
4. Leads to further witnessing.
5. Excellent way to handle hostility.
Four kinds of questions
I. General questions – everyone, everyday questions
5. Many others
II. Purposeful questions – What is the purpose of their life?
1. What career would you like?
2. What are you doing for college?
3. How do you define success?
4. What are your plans after high school?
5. What kind of house would you like?
6. When you die what would you like to be remember for?
III. Initial Spiritual questions – use questions as a springboard into the deeper Spiritual questions
1. Do you think there is life after death? Why do/don’t you think so?
2. How do you believe the world started?
3. What do you believe about Easter?
4. What do you believe about Christmas?
5. Do you ever think about spiritual things?
IV. Deeper Spiritual Questions
1. Do you think that Jesus is the only way to get to heaven?
2. If you died where would you go?
3. What do you think it takes to go to heaven?
Giving Your Testimony –what has happened to you
But in you hearts set apart 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. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. I Peter 3:18
Things to remember –
1.Don’t preach at the person – tell what has happened to you.
2.You will never save anyone – only the Spirit of God can save and convict.
If you can talk some to Christ, someone can talk that same person away from Christ.
3.After the Deeper Spiritual Questions wait for them to respond – they may ask to go to church or desire to get saved – don’t push. The best thing to do is pray. I pray that they could not sleep at night.
4.Be a good listener – listern to what the person has to say and don’t drift off – if you don’t have many friends check your listening skills.
5.When giving your testimony, a clear plan of salvation can be made to the person – be ready to give this at any time during the questions.
6.Don’t be discouraged – you may only get to the general questions before the person stops talking to you.
7.Spiritual desire – After the first few questions you will be able to tell if they are open to the gospel – with some the person might be ready for the deeper spiritual questions.
8.Be yourself – Don’t have the “stained glass” talk. Some people think that to talk to God that you have to talk in the old English style. Talk like normal and be yourself around the person.
9.Don’t disobey authority to witness – Don’t try to witness when someone tells you not to talk.
10.Try to be one on one – If the person you are talking to is talking in front of their friends they may speak to please their friends and not think about the questions.
Here is a baseball illustration:
Conversion - happens when a person accepts Christ
Service – The first step starts with Service by leading a clean life and being willing to tell others.
Integrity – Have a relationship with a person that does not cause you to compromise your beliefs.
Verbal – Tell the person what has happened to you
Supplemental Witness – Somewhere that will backup what you say and give an opportunity to saved. (the best place is church, if it gives a public invitation)
Discipleship – After accepting Christ the person learns and grows in the Lord, denoted by the dugout
Service – The person that you lead to Christ after discipleship should be able to do service and start the whole process over again.