Community Tabernacle Outreach Center
                                            Ministry in action

                                                                             Pastor W. James Johnson

Effective witnessing

Acts 1: 8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”.

Our desire should be that we become effective witnesses of the gospel. To be effective in our witness we must remember some basic things:

1. Have the power of the Holy Spirit-it is the holy spirit who transforms lives (Titus 3:5). We can witness without being filled with the Holy Spirit, but our witness is more effective if we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Think of it this way; a car with half tank of gas will only go half but a car with a full tank will go all the way.

2. Be knowledgeable of the word-we must be familiar enough with the scriptures to be able to accurately present this gospel to others. 1st Peter 3:15 says we must always be prepared to give an answer to all who ask what our reason for hope is. You do not have to know every scripture or even every book in the bible but you need to know some scripture. The more you know the more effective your witness will be; increased knowledge leads to increase power.

3. Have a passion for souls - Paul says in Romans 10:1 “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved”. We have to meet people where they are and be willing to go the extra mile by whatever means necessary. We must have a heart for God and for his people, regardless of who they are or their station in life. Then we must exercise patience while God is molding and making his people. We must show grace while people are being transformed and have enough love to cover it all. We should embrace the reality that God showed grace and patience towards us, therefore we can do the same for others.

Finally, remember true witness will lead to the worship of God, not the person witnessing. Keep God as the focus of your witness and he will do the drawing.