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Tips for Witnessing to Others!

In my recent post Why God Needs You to be a Leader we explored the importance of witnessing to others through our actions. However, God sometimes expects you to speak up and witness with your words, too! So what do you do when you’re having trouble witnessing to others?

When people reject the Gospel it’s often because they feel ridiculed. They may know deep down inside that their behavior is not pleasing to God, but instead of acknowledging that, they become angry with the person witnessing to them. God knows this human tendency and that’s why the Bible tells us in 1 Peter 3:15:

But in your 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.

Tips for Witnessing to Others

1. Avoid a critical tone when witnessing to others. The Bible says that “an offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city” (Proverbs 18:19.) It’s difficult for someone to receive information when s/he is offended. Therefore, it’s better to speak in love even when it’s clear that the nonbeliever is in the wrong.

2. Being kind doesn’t mean remaining quiet. Pray for boldness to witness to your friends even when you’re afraid that they’ll get angry or make fun of you for your beliefs. You never know how God will use your words to help someone!

I experienced this very dilemma at the park recently. There was a woman who was sitting next to me on the park bench. She was cursing a lot and saying how she wanted to go home to drink beer. I tried to ignore her, but God had other plans! When she nudged me, laughing, attempting to get me to join in the ruckus, I could no longer ignore her behavior. So, I smiled nicely and invited her to my church. Her smile faded and I thought she was upset, but instead she asked me, “What did God tell you today?” It was great because I took the following thirty minutes to give her my testimony!

3. It’s always okay to set limits and boundaries. You can end any conversation if things get too extreme. Try not to get sucked into unnecessary arguments.

Remember: Your responsibility is to plant and water the seed, its Gods responsibility to grow it!

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  1. Posted by on August 15, 2011 at 19:59

    I sometimes have problems with #1. But here is a good thing to say. “Christianity is really the most logical choice, compared to believing in something like the big bang. Their are several reasons. If You choose to believe that God does exist, and when you die, find that he doesn’t, you are fine, because obviously, something like hell would not exist, and you just poof from existence. If you believed in his existence and it is TRUE, you still have nothing to worry about. But . . . If you choose not to believe . . . and you are wrong . . . what happens then? ” I know it does not exactly work that way, but this is really a good way to LEAD someone to salvation.

    • Posted by Nicole on August 16, 2011 at 14:39

      well, God and Hell both exist, and people need to make a choice. But I liked where you were going with that!

  2. Posted by AyshaIves on June 7, 2011 at 08:53

    I will pray for you too, Symone! Let The Holy Spirit guide you! =)

  3. Posted by on June 5, 2011 at 07:56

    I have an aetheist friend who is really into science and logic. She started to ask me why i went to chruch on wednesday (its for confirmation classes) and when I tried to explain, I realized she didnt even know what sunday school was. I told her about repentance and other things but she tought that GOD is trying to guilt us into being sorry and kept questioning me about evolution and how i could go agianst thousands of years of evolution. I’m too scared to bring it up again with her because she is really good friend. She really opened my eyes to how not everyone knows and believes the same things as I do. I realized I have many friends that are dont really believe in GOD . My friend really helped me want to try harder and show people the love of GOD in my life. I’m really going to use these tips whenever I can. Thanks!

    • Posted by Nicole on June 5, 2011 at 18:02

      Hey Hannah- I know exactly how that is, trying to witness to unbelievers and have them doubt. It’s so frustrating isn’t it? Because the truth is SO obvious! Tell her YES evolution did exist, but God put those laws into place so animals could evolve over time. He DID create the first human beings though, that were spiritual beings- called Adam and Eve. But before them, yes there were cro-magnum type people that were evolved from apes, but they were not fully human. Tell her, the Big Bang that happened over 14 billion years ago which created the universe, had to be PERFECTLY correct, with no molecule or physical law out of place- that human life would cease to exist. This is called the Anthropic principle- that EVERYTHING in the universe, the air, the atmosphere, the location of the sun- was just EXACTLY right, and designed for humans. Print this out, and look up the anthropic principle more! You’ll blow her away with all the knowledge you have.

  4. Posted by on June 3, 2011 at 21:03

    I tried to witness to people,but they didin’t listen to me. I am not giving up, though. God has been telling me to ask this girl if she is saved and if she knows how to be saved. I’m extremely nervous,so can you all pray for me?

    • Posted by Nicole on June 5, 2011 at 17:57

      Yes I will! Symone, if you do that- God will be SO happy, and reward you tremendously. I promise. The best way we can serve God is by sharing the good news with other people! The rest is in the hands of Him.

  5. Posted by on June 3, 2011 at 14:52

    I try to tell my friends about God. But to be honest, they seem like they will never change. They are quite comfortable in their sinful ways. Most of them are lesbians or bi-sexual. It is really hard to get through to them. They insist that God made them that way, and God is completely okay with it, and that the Bible is incorrect.. Oh my gosh, it gets so frustrating! I really want them to see that they CAN break free of that life style. But I myself have been struggling with that. BUT I have refused to date girls anymore. So I guess they think I am some freak who “doesn’t accept” myself/the way I was made. I could really use some help with this. Because I really don’t want to see them go down that path. I don’t have the courage to tell them that THAT is wrong. I don’t even bother much talking about God with them because their opinions are set in stone. :/ Any suggestions?

    • Posted by Nicole on June 8, 2011 at 15:47

      Hey Jasmine- Keep being a witness to them, and telling them that they are not doing what God wants for them. Ask them how they feel after they hook up with someone of the opposite sex. Does it make them feel good deep down inside? Are they doing it for attention or just for temporary pleasure? i guarantee that they aren’t realizing the repercussions of their engagement in same sex actions. How would their parents feel if they knew? Satan is telling them it’s ok, and that it’s cool, when reality is it’s not at all what God wants! Also not to mention the increased risk of sexual disease, including HIV. Do they really want to risk that? I hope this helps!

  6. Posted by on May 31, 2011 at 12:32

    I try to witness to my friends, but sometimes it’s extremely hard. I clam up when talking to my friends about Jesus because I want them to understand how cool Jesus is, and in doing that I try to stump them with a debate. I am not good at debating at all, but I still try. Most of my friends are either Agnostic or Athiest, and it’s hard to witness to them because they deny that there is a God or they just quit talking to me.

    • Posted by Nicole on May 31, 2011 at 12:37

      Hi Audrey- I know how hard it can be to witness to friends who are atheists, trust me I know! All you can do is keep spreading Jesus’ love, the power of God that all things are possible, and lead as an example through your own life in the light of God. Pray for them continually, that the Lord will open their hearts to the truth. I will be praying for you!

  7. Posted by AyshaIves on May 31, 2011 at 08:30

    Hi Kayla. I haven’t seen that lady since that day, however I pray that she has received Jesus in her heart. I never know what God is doing for another person through me, so I just say and do what the Holy Spirit leads me to do and say. We plant the seed, it’s up to God to grow it! =) And MCB, I’m so very glad that you found this article inspirational! You might want to print it out and share it with others! Be blessed Kayla and MCB!

  8. Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 14:55

    Thank you so much for this article! Words are so powerful- though actions are what make us who we are, words are what let other people know what and Whom we stand for! I loved this, and that verse has been making me think especially, as I just heard it at Mass earlier! Thank you again, this was truly lovely!

  9. Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 14:12

    *heart

  10. Posted by on May 29, 2011 at 14:11

    did that women eventually go to church with you or accept Jesus Christ into her hear?