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Fufilling the GREAT COMISSION via WITNESSING: The REAL DEAL…….

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on January 5, 2008

  Matthew 28

  
The Great Commission

 16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

  

  

Mark 16:14-29 

 14Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.

 15He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

 19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

This is another one of those videos from 2007 THAT I wanted to not leave back in that year, for the relevance of them is at an ALL TIME HIGH….especially at a time when many people rarely hear of what the Gospel is truly about. If someone were to come up to you, asking you to witness to two RANDOM STRANGERS, what would’ve been your response? Would you choose “Fight” or “TAKE FLLIGT” (i.e. Run Away)?

In all honesty, though many of us would automatically say the former, the reality is that we often choose the latter.

Whether it be with the co-worker we see on the job, or our peer in class, or any other person we see who may be in need of Hearing the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST, the reality is that we often are too AFRAID TO WITNESS. You all realize the classic line:

“I’ll get made fun of…”

“What if I get hurt?”

“I could never do that. I’m just not…CALLED to be an Evangelist

The list could go on, but as stated before, Christians (Myself included) are often too fearful to witness effectively……..but the sadder thing, though, is that it we may be afraid for NO REAL REASON…..FOR IT MAY BE EASIER THAN WE’VE BEEN TRAINED TO BELIEVE……

For example, Check out this video I discovered recently on the issue. It’s by an African American Evangelist team ( http://www.godtube.com/uvideos.php?UID=61149&type=public

Needless to say, it was quite interesting:

Also, here’s one dealing with an INTERVIEW at the BET 2007 Music Awards (PROBABLY THE MOST INSIGHTFUL ONE YET). It was QUITE INTRIGUING……….In order of sequence, the links are in order:


Also, here’s another one that was pretty eventful, as it concerned witnessing to some girls who were bent on defending their music artists at ANY COSTS…..

To check out all of the rest of their videos, go here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcNlreVQW5A&mode=related&search=pretty%20ricky%20p4cm%20grind%20with%20me%20push%20it%20baby%20honey%20akon%20tpain%20beyonce

http://www.godtube.com/uvideos.php?UID=61149&type=public    http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?p=r&user=P4CM&page=1 

Again, after viewing THE VIDEOS, I WAS FLOORED……..but not because of how spectacular presentation was, but becuase of how EASY/EFFECTIVE & SMOOTH IT SEEMED!!!

Granted, there are some who may disagree with that style of ambush journalism/ questioning as it can border on unethical. However, IMHO, , THEIR style was perfect for the situation.

Proverbs 16:21

21 The wise in heart will be called prudent,
And sweetness of the lips increases learning.

Her approach seems akin to what Nathaniel did with King David when he was CLEARLY IN SIN (II Samuel 12). He was required to confront sin, yet he did so with a great amount of skill/tact & in a way that’d make David aware of his sin….& COMPLTETLY SPEECHLESS/WITHOUT EXCUSE, just as the men in the video were.

Moreover, her style is something that many are so unaccostomed to seeing that it may seem abnormal at first, when the reality is that it’s what should be considered NORMAL for the Christian seeking to witness to someone.

the countless examples of poor Street Preachers you see nowadays.

We had some come to my college recently, who used a loudspeaker/ began calling out sins, quoting Scripture & blasting everyone in sight. Some things said:

• “Homosexuals/Masturbators & Fornicators are going to Hell!!!!

• You’re nothing but a bunch of animalistic beasts!!!! God hates Sin, & Heaven’s a perfect place for perfect people, so REPENT NOW!!””

ANYTIME they were questioned for their methods, they’d say that prophets in the OT/NT denounced sin publicly in that manner.

If opposition requested reasonable dialogue, they’d write them off/ continue shouting “Heaven or HELL!!!!” Got so bad that the police had to eventually come & calm things down……

Can you imagine if the people in those videos?!!! That’d been even crazier than the responses those men gave….but thankfully they gave an example of what effective witnessing looks like:

Colossians 4:5-6

5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Her courtesy, graciousness, as well as “saltiness” (both in gaining enough rapport to have them wanting more, but leaving them with enough of the truth of God’s WOrd to be “stung” in their consciences” was what was needed to do the job effectively….& that’s something all of us are capable of.

Below are some links to a couple of articles that might be of use regarding what it means to witness & what the Word says on the issue:

http://www.watchman.org/reltop/christiandialogue.htm

http://www.biblebb.com/files/livingthelife.htm

Also, here’s an article on the subject from people similar to the style that those individuals in the videos employed. Their names are Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron, from “Way of the Master” ministries (www.wayofthemaster.com ). Pray everyone enjoys:

Jesus gives us the example for personal witness in John 4:7-26 with the
woman at the well. He first starts in the natural world by asking for a drink
of water then swung the conversation over to the spiritual, referring to
Himself as the Living Water. He then revealed to her that she had broken
the seventh commandment and finally Himself as the Messiah.

1) Jesus began in the natural realm (v. 7)
This woman was unregenerate, and the Bible tells us “the natural
man receives not the things of the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:14) He
therefore spoke of something she could relate to, water. We
should be able to start up a conversation with a stranger with a
“How are you doing?” and then if the response is warm then move
on to ask, “Do you live around here?” or something similar.

2) Jesus swung the conversation to the spiritual realm (v. 10)
He simply mentioned things of God. This will take courage. We
may say something like, “Did you go to church on Sunday?” or “Did
you see that Christian TV program last week?” If you receive a
positive response you can get an idea of his background by asking
“Do you have a Christian background?” He may answer, “I went to
church when I was a child, but I drifted away from it.”
Another simple way to swing to the spiritual is to offer the person a
gospel tract and ask, “Did you get one of these?” When he takes
it, simply say, “It’s a gospel tract. Do you come from a Christian
background?”

3) Jesus brought conviction using the Law of God (vv. 16-18)
Jesus gently spoke to her conscience by alluding to the fact that
she had transgressed the Seventh of the Ten Commandments.
He used Law to bring “the knowledge of sin” (Rom 3:19,20)
We can do the same by asking “Do you think you’ve kept the Ten
Commandments?” Most people think they have so quickly follow
with, “Have you ever told a lie?”

 This is confrontational, but if its
asked in a spirit of love and gentleness, there won’t be any
offense. Remember that the “work of the Law is written in their
hearts” and that the conscience will bear “witness” (Romans 2:15)
Have confidence that the conscience will do its work and affirm the
truth of each Commandment. Don’t be afraid to gently ask, “Have
you ever stolen something, even if it’s small?” Show him how God
considers lust to be the same as adultery (Matthew 5:27,28) and
hatred the same as murder (1 John 3:15) Make sure you get an
admission of guilt. Then you can ask the person “If God judges
you by the Ten Commandments on Judgment Day, do you think
you’ll be innocent or guilty?” If he says he will be innocent, ask,
“Why is that?” If he admits his guilt, ask, “Do you think you will go
to heaven or hell?”
From there the conversation may go one of three ways:
1) He may confidently say, “I don’t believe in hell.” Gently respond,
“That doesn’t matter. You still have to face God on Judgment Day
whether you ‘believe’ in it or not. If I step onto the freeway whan a
massive truck is heading for me and I say, “I don’t believe in
trucks,” my lack of belief isn’t going to change reality.”
Then tenderly tell him he has already admitted to you that he has
lied, stolen and committed adultery in his heart, and that God gave
him a conscience so that he would know right from wrong. His
conscience and the conviction of the Holy Spirit will do the rest.
2) He may say that he’s guilty, but that he will go to heaven. This is
usually because he thinks that God is “good,” and that He will,
therefore, overlook sin in his case. Point out that if a judge in a
criminal case has a guilty murderer standing before him, the
judge, if he is a good man, can’t just let him go. He must ensure
that the guilty man is punished.

If God is good, He must (by
nature) punish murders, rapist, thieves, liars, adulterers,
fornicators and those who’ve lived in rebellion to God.
3) He may admit that he is guilty and therefore going to hell. Ask
him if that concerns him. Speak to him about how much he values
his eyes and how much more therefore he should value the
salvation of his soul. If possible read Luke 16:19-31 with him.

4) Jesus revealed Himself to her (v. 26)
Once the Law has humbled the person, he is ready for grace.
Remember, the Bible says that God resists the proud and gives
grace to the humble (James 4:6) The gospel is for the humble
(Luke 4:18) Only the sick need a physician, and only those who
will admit they have the disease of sin will truly embrace the cure
of the gospel.
Learn how to present the work of the cross – that God sent His Son
to suffer and die in our place. Simply say, “It’s as simple as this:
We broke God’s Law, Jesus paid our fine. If you will repent and
trust in the Savior, God will forgive your sins and dismiss your case”
Ask him if he is willing to pray now to accept Jesus as his Savior.

Now of course there are some things to be considered regarding the way in which “WAY OF THE MASTER” tends to do things (specifically in their usage of the Law) that should be considered. Brother Lionel Woods from “Black & Reformed Ministries” DISCUSSES this more in-depth at his site (with some of my thoughts on the issue shared there as well) and if anyone’s interested, I pray that you’ll consider checking his site/post out:

http://anunveiledface.wordpress.com/2007/12/14/a-bone-to-pick-with-ray-comfort-and-way-of-the-master/#comment-120

http://www.layhands.com/CovenantsAndTheTenCommandments3.htm

http://www.bible.org/page.php?page_id=880

Apart from that, however, the information I pray blesses everyone who visits…..

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