Sermon Notes: Practical Biblical Ways to Witness

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Practical Biblical Ways to Witness

This Teaching is designed to give you the understanding, tools, and a few practical ways to share with others what Jesus has done in your life.

/// Opening Scripture:

2 Peter 3:8-9

8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Timothy 4:2

2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

/// OUTLINE

Talk is Cheap, Put Your Money (Your Action) Where Your Mouth Is

  • It’s Not What You Know, But What You Obey
    • James 1:22-25 (Not Just a Hearer, but a Doer of the Word)
  • It’s not what we say, but what we DO.
    • Matthew 21:28-31 (Two Sons. One did what was asked, the other just said it)
    • Matthew 12:36 (We will answer for every idle word – inactive, barren, free from labor)
  • It’s Not How Much Faith You say You Have, But How Much Action is with that Faith
    • James 2:14-17 (Faith without Works is Dead)
  • It’s Not How Much Knowledge You Have, but How mch You Use that Knowledge to Love
    • 1 Corinthians 8:1 (Knowledge puffs up, Love Builds Up)
  • While it is true that we can use our mind to love God and others, how smart you have never been a limitation on how much God can use you.
    • 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (God uses the foolish things to confound the wise…)
    • Sometimes our trying to look smart can make the Gospel weak. 
      • 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (I didn’t come with fancy speech)
  • It Comes Down to What We Do with What We are Given

Witnessing

First and Formost we are to be Witnesses (Acts 1:6-8 – You Will be My Witnesses)

  • Martyrs
    • We Must Lay Down our Flesh and Fear
  • Witnesses
    • Telling of What You Know First Hand, Not What You Don’t Know
  • We Need Love More than Knowledge
    • It Tears Down Opposition a Brick at a Time
    • Indonesia
  • We Need the Power of the Spirit for than to Be Impressive
    • Zechariah 4:6 (Not by might or buy power, but by my spirit)
    • Acts 1:1-5 (WAIT Until the Holy Spirit Comes Upon You)
  • The GREATEST WAY, is LOVE.
    • I Corinthians 12:31 & 13:13 (Paul says LOVE is the BEST tool to Reach People)
  • You Have one of Four Jobs – 1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (I planted, Apollos watered…”
  • Seed, Water, Atmosphere (2 Corinthians 2:15 – aroma of Christ), Harvester

Practical Methods:

If You Know the Person

  1. Connect with God in Prayer
  2. Ask Him Who He is Leading you To
  3. Ask Him To Show You How to Love this Person Right Now
  4. Connect with this person and show them the love of Jesus.
  5. Ask them for permission to pray for them, share with them, and don’t be in a hurry.
  6. Share what JESUS has Done in Your Life then Share the GospelLet God prove His Gospel
  7. Follow Up!

If You DON’T Know the Person

  1. Connect with God
  2. When You Feel Drawn to a Person, take a Moment and Pray (Guidance and Courage)
  3. As you are led, obey.
  4. Open up with a friendly gesture to remove awkwardness. 
  5. Be Honest: “I was sitting here and…”
  6. Be Humble: “I just felt in my spirit that…”
  7. Never Assume: Jesus always asks…
  8. Pray, Share Your Story, Share the Gospel as LED.
  9. End with a Smile and Love
  10. Try to Follow Up!

/// SCRIPTURE

2 Peter 3:8-9

8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

2 Timothy 4:2

2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.

James 1:22-25

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not just hearers who deceive themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who has looked intently at the perfect law, the law of freedom, and has continued in it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an active doer, this person will be blessed in what he does.

Matthew 21:28-31 (NASB 2020) 

28 “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ 29 But he replied, ‘I do not want to.’ Yet afterward he regretted it and went. 30 And the man came to his second son and said the same thing; and he replied, ‘I will, sir’; and yet he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They *said, “The first.”

Matthew 12:36

36 But I tell you that every careless (idle) word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.

careless (idle)
g0692. ἀργός argos; inactive, unemployed; lazy, useless: barren, idle, slow. free from labour

at leisure lazy, shunning the labour which one ought to perform

James 2:14-17

14 What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 In the same way, faith also, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

1 Corinthians 8:1

1 Now concerning food sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes one conceited, but love edifies people.

1 Corinthians 1:26-29

26 For consider your calling, brothers and sisters, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28 and the insignificant things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29 so that no human may boast before God.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NASB) 

1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

Acts 1:6-8 (NASB) 

6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 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.”

Zechariah 4:6

6 Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.

Acts 1:3-5

3 To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of things regarding the kingdom of God. 4 Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

1 Corinthians 12:31 (NASB)

31 But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way.

1 Corinthians 13:13

13 But now faith, hope, and love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

2 Corinthians 2:15 (NASB)

15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;

1 Corinthians 3:5-9 (NASB) 

5 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. 7 So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.