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The Gospel of Luke - Approaches to Witnessing

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When and Where to Witness

To Family

Mark 5:18–19 ESV
As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him. And he did not permit him but said to him, “Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”
See also 2 Ki 5:1–3; Jn 1:41

To Friends

John 1:40–42 ESV
One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
See also Jn 4:7–26; Ac 8:30–35

To Others

Acts 17:17 ESV
So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.
See also Ac 5:42; Ac 16:13; Ac 19:8–9

Methods of Witnessing

Sharing Personal Testimony

John 4:29 ESV
“Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
See also Ac 22:3–8 Paul uses the account of his conversion in witnessing.

Explaining the Scriptures

Acts 8:30–35 ESV
So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
See also Is 53:7–8; Ps 119:172; Ac 17:1–3; Ac 17:10–12

Using Prophetic Gifts

1 Corinthians 14:24–25 ESV
But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or outsider enters, he is convicted by all, he is called to account by all, the secrets of his heart are disclosed, and so, falling on his face, he will worship God and declare that God is really among you.

Answering Tough Questions

Colossians 4:6 ESV
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
See also Jn 9:8–11; Jn 9:15–17; Jn 9:24–25; 1 Pe 3:15

Through Writing

John 20:31 ESV
but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
See also Lk 1:1–4

Through Holy Living

Matthew 5:16 ESV
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
See also 1 Pe 3:1–2

Through Acts of Devotion

Matthew 26:6–7 ESV
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table.
See also Lk 7:36–38; Jn 12:1–3

The Manner of Witnessing

With love

Mark 10:21 ESV
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
See also Php 1:15–17

With Urgency

2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
See also Eze 33:7–9

Fearlessly

Ephesians 6:19–20 ESV
and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
See also Ac 4:29

Clearly and Courteously

1 Peter 3:15 ESV
but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
See also Ac 26:1–3; Col 4:4–6
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