How To Witness
Monk Preston visiting a Lighthouse on the Pacific Coast. _____________________________________________
"An té nach gcuireann san
“Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.”
-D. T. Niles
"...and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
-Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8)
The Letter We Received:
Sharing the Gospel: Three Different Approaches
There are perhaps as many ways of sharing the Gospel as there are Christians who do so. Here are three distinct ways that we see exemplified in the approach of three different individuals.
Monk Bob's Way:
Monk Bob's advice: "Stay close to the Lord. Your courage and strength and leading come from above. Pray always for these things. Start out with a smaller group, maybe only three or four people. You will soon find out the reaction in your town of the Police and the City authorities."
Often there is much persecution, and you will have to learn the laws in your favor--those who are supposed to enforce these laws may harass you, instead. Right now in our city, many policemen are totally unaware of a Citizen's laws of protection and rights under the U.S. Constitution. Also, the Mayor's Office and other City authorities have been trying to enforce ordinances to arrest (but only selectively, which is blatantly unconstitutional) against persons who stand still in one spot on a public sidewalk, or even sit on a public bench.
Friend Jeff's Way:
As You Go About Your Daily Life
One day Monk Bob and Monk Preston went over to visit Jeff at his house but arrived a half hour early. Jeff was gone. He had (he thought) extra time before they were to arrive, and had taken two of his children (age 10 and 8--the other is 3) on a witnessing walk around to his neighbors (he lives in a quite upscale neighborhood), talking about Jesus, asking people if they were saved, if they knew Jesus as their personal Saviour, handing out Bible tracts and literature.
Monk Preston's Way: One-On-One Witnessing
How did Monk Preston first begin telling others about Jesus? He had received Christ at age 19, going forward during the altar call of an Evangelistic meeting. He next attended a home Bible study for three months. Then one day he just went out and began telling people the Good News; talking to anyone, anywhere...asking them if they knew Jesus as their personal Saviour; were they born-again?
...Monk Preston sold everything he had and gave it away and walked out the door to preach the Gospel and live on faith. He didn't know where he would stay that night and had no money...
He went and told students about Jesus in his former High School for three eight-hour days until the bouncer wouldn't allow him to be on the premises anymore (yes, the High School had a bouncer! It was a very tough ghetto school; students hit teachers and pulled guns on them. You didn't want to enter the bathrooms because the gangs were using them as gambling rooms). The bouncer sold drugs to the students and was sleeping with some of them. He left Monk Preston alone until he realized that He was talking about Jesus, and then threw him out.
At that point Monk Preston sold everything he had and gave it away and walked out the door to preach the Gospel and live on faith. He didn't know where he would stay that night and had no money; he had kept two changes of clothes, a winter coat, and a guitar (for ministry). He went out and began talking about Jesus and the Bible. The Lord provided a place for him to stay that night and for the next three years, as he traveled around the U.S.A., sharing with others about Christ
..."Faith Outreaches" across the U.S. and Canada...
(Later he would go at times in a car with 5 other Christians on 2-week "Faith Outreaches" across the U.S. and Canada. These were to preach the Gospel and show those he was with how they could live by Faith. They started off by taking only $50.00, and no one was allowed to mention any need, unless asked for instance, when asked where they were staying, they were allowed to say that they didn't have a place to stay, but not to ask for one. God always provided).
In the first three months of witnessing one-on-one on the street, many were brought closer to the truth, but none accepted the Lord. The second three months the Lord blessed him with over 50 accepting Christ. From that time on, it remained that he prayed with about one person to accept the Lord every three days. The first time He preached in a Church service was in a Maximum Security prison in Michigan (its the one where they "house" the most hard-core criminals from Detroit), and nine convicts accepted the Lord. The first time He preached in a public rented hall, 7 came forward.
You already know all that you need to know to begin witnessing; your own personal testimony of how you became a Christian.
On the street when you can't answer a question or remember where a verse is, you go home and find out the answer and memorize the verse. Some of the people Monk Preston led to the Lord would go out witnessing the next day, knowing no Scripture. He led one sixteen year-old to the Lord and the next day that young man led three of his friends to Christ.
All that this new Christian knew, was that he was saved by Jesus, and that's what he told his friends. You already know all that you need to know to begin witnessing; your own personal testimony of how you became a Christian. The next step is to learn some of the wonderful Salvation verses that are found in the Bible (see our page: Memory Verses: Salvation! and the verses found on our page: Plan of Salvation. Also see our pages: Statement of Faith). After this, you learn by doing. God's Word and the Holy Spirit are our teachers.
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