This outline of a recent Bible study at my home church may be helpful for some readers. It was entitled Principles of Personal Witness and delivered by one of the church deacons, Martin Sellens.
Biblical examples of personal witness
- Philip (John 1:43-51)
Philip was called by Jesus (v43) and had a desire for others to meet Jesus (v46), so he found Nathaniel, told him he had found the Messiah, and invited him to come and see. Christ promises great things for believers.
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- Samaritan woman (John 4:29-30)
Again, the invitation is to come and meet Jesus. The question is asked “Could this be the Christ?” and investigation is encouraged.
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- Demoniac (Luke 8:38-39)
In v38 the healed demoniac begs to stay with Jesus, naturally enough, but is told to go and share with others what Jesus has done in his life.
Four principles for personal witness
- Let your light shine (Matthew 5:13-16)
The Lord commands us to let our light shine so much that God is glorified. The light will be attractive to some, because it is godly, but others will prefer darkness because the light reveals their sin. We live in dark times, and if our witness is weak, what will show the world their need for the Saviour? We need a living relationship with God for our light to shine, just as a torch needs batteries for it to work. We need to ensure our spiritual batteries do not go flat.
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- Be ready to give an account
We not only need to believe in our hearts, but also confess Christ to the world (Romans 10:9). A readiness to speak about Christ is part of our preparation for life (Ephesians 6:15). It is a vital part of who we are, and it is as foolish not to prepare as it would be to go for a long walk without shoes. We need to be ready for this with reverent meekness and fear of God (1 Peter 3:15).
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- Recognise the need of people to be saved
We will only reach people if we see their plight. Jesus was moved with compassion, seeing people like sheep without a shepherd (Mark 6:34) and weeping for a whole city (Luke 19:41) because He saw the urgency of the situation. The reason Christ came to earth because He saw our lost and helpless state. We need a Biblical sense of urgency (1 Corinthians 7:29-31) and must make the best possible use of our time (Colossians 4:5).
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We need to pray for ourselves and others (Colossians 4:3), making use of practical planning such as prayer partners. We must be watchful to pray continually (Ephesians 6:18-20). Paul knew his responsibility as an ambassador of Christ, and knew he was to “go and make disciples”. This responsibility requires prayer for the Lord’s strength, opportunities and boldness.
I hope you find that interesting and, more importantly, helpful.