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One-Day Witnessing Workshop. Session One Welcome!. Session One Purpose of Session:. To verify the biblical mandate for personal witnessing and the claim that Jesus is the only way to salvation. Matthew 28:18-20.

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Witnessing Workshop


Session One



Session One

Purpose of Session:

To verify the biblical mandate for personal witnessing and the claim that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”



What does this passage tell us to do?

Go and tell, make disciples, teach, baptize, make believers, and so on.

Clearly this passage tells us to be a witness for Christ. It is the biblical mandate. It expresses the marching orders of the church and every individual that has been saved. This passage is referred to as the “Great Commission.”


Thank you for making a commitment to be present at this training. It reflects your desire to be obedient to the cause of Christ and to be vitally involved in His commission.



Acts 4:12

Acts 4:12

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

What does this passage say about


The message of this text is clear. It is only through Jesus, there is no other way to salvation.



So, if we have been given a commission, and if there is no other way to be saved other than through Jesus Christ, how should these two verses affect the way we live our Christian lives?

The answer is obvious: We should be obedient to the commission of Christ and to seek to share with others the good news that salvation is available through Him.



This is an issue for many believers.

They want to be obedient in this area, but they simply don’t know how to share this good news.

This causes them to be fearful.

Today, we will teach you a very simple process by which you will be able to share this good news as you seek to be involved in this commission.



Prayerfully make this commitment:

To the best of my ability and with the Lord’s help, I will share Christ as opportunities arise.

If this expresses your desire, sign your name on the line as a confirmation of your commitment.

Your name



Session Two

The Work of the Holy Spirit


Session Two

Purpose of Session:

To help the believer understand and apply the work of the Holy Spiritin evangelism.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

What did Jesus say about the Holy Spirit in John 14:16-18?

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.



Session Two

Purpose of Session:

To help the believer understand and apply the work of the Holy Spiritin evangelism.

The Work of the Holy Spirit

What did Jesus say about the Holy Spirit in John 14:16-18?

He is the Counselor

He will be with us forever

He is the Spirit of Truth

He lives in us



Effective witnessing depends upon the work of the Holy Spirit.By understanding His work, we will be better prepared to share our faith.



How the Holy Spirit Works in a Believer’s Life:

1 Corinthians 12:13

For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free--and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

Hebaptizes us into one body

This simply means that each believer has received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and because of this, we are all united into one body: the body of Christ.



How the Holy Spirit Works in a Believer’s Life:

Ephesians 4:30

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Heseals us for eternity

This simply means that each believer is eternally secure in Him.



How the Holy Spirit Works in a Believer’s Life:

Ephesians 5:18

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

Hefills us

This simply means that each believer should consistently walk in fellowship with Jesus and to live a life of submission under God’s control.



How the Holy Spirit works in an Unbeliever’s Life.

In John 16:8-11, what does the Spirit do?

When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

He convicts of sin, righteousness, and judgment.



How the Holy Spirit works in an Unbeliever’s Life.

In John 15:26, about Whom does the

Spirit testify?

When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about me.

He testifies about Jesus.



How the Holy Spirit works in an Unbeliever’s Life.

In John 3:5-6, how can one enter the

kingdom of God?

Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.

Only those born of the Spirit.



The Holy Spirit in Life of the Witness

He goes before the witness (Acts 10:1-6)

At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, Cornelius!”

Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”



The Holy Spirit in Life of the Witness

He gives the witness boldness (Acts 1:8)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.



The Holy Spirit in Life of the Witness

He guides the conversation, if allowed

(John 14:26)

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.



Knowing these truths about the Holy Spirit will help you share Jesus in your relationships with power and boldness.



Session Three

How to Build Witnessing Relationships


Session Three

Purpose of Session:

To help the believer identify unbeliever’s and to intentionally build witnessing relationships with them.

How to Build Witnessing Relationships

Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23



Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews . . .To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

In this passage, Paul was giving us his life’s mission statement.

He wants people saved and reveals what he considers to be his role in helping them come to Christ.



What do you think Paul meant when he said, “I have become all things . . .?”

Becoming all things is about relationships. What you “become” to someone describes an ongoing relationship with that person. As Paul lived out his faith everyday, the lost could easily see that he was different. Since Paul was ministering through relationships, the lost felt free to ask him why he lived the way he did. They were also receptive to hearing Paul’s testimony.



Relationships are like bridges that enable us to cross over to share the good news of Christ.

Like Paul, because of these relationships and a God-honoring lifestyle, we may be granted passage into the lives of lost people to discuss spiritual matters.

“Because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” 1 Thessalonians 1:5



Ten Descriptions of a “Becomer”

He or she wants his or her life to bring glory and souls to God

He or she has died to them self

He or she knows that being a friend is a part of evangelism

He or she is willing to go the second mile

He or she is genuinely concerned for others

He or she knows it is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict of sin

He or she knows his or her possessions are to be used for service

He or she keeps his or her eyes on the harvest

He or she invites lost people to their parties

He or she always has a “Most Wanted for Christ” list



In the space provided on your Listening Guide, write the names of those you know who need Christ.



How do we begin to reach them?

Begin praying for them

Build or expand your relationship

with them

Look for opportunities to talk about

spiritual matters



What will you “become” to those

whose names you have written?



Session Four

How to Begin a Witnessing Conversation


Session Four

Purpose of Session:

To help the believer understand how to begin a witnessing conversation.

How to Begin a Witnessing Conversation

In any witnessing conversation, it is very important to be natural. Just be yourself and allow your own unique personality to come out in the conversation. Smile and enjoy people with whom you will have an opportunity to share. Remember, you are reflecting the life and love of Jesus Christ!



When you are in a conversation with others, what areas are typically discussed?

Hobbies, interests, things you have in common, backgrounds, work, family members, current issues, religion, and so on.

Starting a witnessing conversation is really no different than starting any other conversation!

To assist you in starting a witnessing conversation, use the simple acrostic C.A.S.T. to help keep you on track.



Using C.A.S.T.

C: Stands for Connection

Seek to make a connection with the person.

Talk about the person’s background:

Where are you from originally?

How long have you lived here?

Other questions:

If you are already acquainted, ask about family members or mutual friends.



A: Stands for Activities

Find out about the person’s work, hobbies, or interests.

You may ask:

What kind of work do you do?

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

For students:

What courses are you taking?

If you notice evidence of their interests such as sports, books, and art, you may ask a question or comment about these.

Seek to discover commonalities.



S: Stands for Spiritual Matters

This is the real heart of the conversation. Find out whether the person is open to discussing spiritual matters.

Questions you might ask:

Would you consider yourself to be a spiritual person?

Do you ever think about spiritual things?

If they aren’t sure what you mean, say things like heaven, prayer, God, and so on.

Some like to use diagnostic questions such as:

Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven when you die?

Can I share with you my story of how I came to be sure?



T: Stands for Tell Your Story

If the person is open, continue by sharing the gospel.

Practice sharing the C.A.S.T. acrostic with your partner.



Session Five

Your Personal Story/Testimony


Session Five

Purpose of Session:

To help the believer understand the importance of a personal story/testimony, how to develop it, and share it with an unbeliever

Your Personal Story/Testimony

A personal story/testimony is one of the most basic tools that can be used for witnessing. It is simply your story of salvation.



A personal story/testimony is divided into three areas:


Your life before you made a commitment to follow Jesus.

This section includes what your life was like before coming to Jesus. Loneliness, lack of purpose, no hope, and so on, may all be part of your story. It culminates in the discovery that each of us are in need of a change and a recognition that humankind’s most basic problem is sin.




How you came to know Jesus personally.

How did this occur in your life? Was it in a worship service that you came to know Christ? How did you discover that God loves you and that Jesus died for your sins? When and where were you when you received Jesus as your Savior?

This part of your story communicates the circumstances and events surrounding your life-changing encounter with Christ.




How Jesus has changed your life since you came to know Him personally.

The last part of your story communicates briefly how your life is now different as a result of salvation.

Indicate the impact He has had on your life.



An excellent model of a personal testimony and its use is found in

Acts 22:3-16.

Acts 22:3-5

Describes Paul’s life before Christ.

Acts 22:6-13

Describes how Paul came to know Christ.

Acts 22:14-16

Describes how Paul’s life was changed.



Your personal testimony is very important:

It has ___________________

No one can refute it, it happened to you!

It ________________________

It is a wonderful resource to communicate the reality of how Christ has changed your life!

It ________________________

Everyone alive has a spiritual void that can only befilled by a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.

It is ______________________

God can use your story/testimony to impactlives and to reveal the life and love of Jesus Christ to a lost and dying world.







What if you accepted Christ at a very young age?

Focus on a defining moment in your life

Focus on how Christ has protected you

Focus on the direction your life could have gone

Focus on what Christ saved you from



When I was young, I was taught a lot of wonderful things about God. My parents took me to church and gave me a Bible when I was little. I read it often. As a young child, I entered a personal relationship with Him. When I turned 10 years old, my grandmother passed away. My mother told me that one day I would see her again in heaven. I came to understand that had it not been for my relationship with God, I would never go to heaven.Even though I was young, I realized that I needed to be changed.



Use the form to write out your story/testimony.

Be brief.

Leave out unnecessary items.

Try to avoid Christian lingo and words that the hearer may not


Stress that even though Christ has changed your life, you are still not perfect.

Personal Testimony Worksheet

My life before making a commitment to follow Jesus:

How I came to know Jesus personally:

How my life is different since I came to know Jesus personally




When you and your partner have finished writing out your personal story/testimony, recite/read it to each other.



Session Six

Using the

One-Day Witnessing Card


Session Six

Purpose of Session:

To learn how to use the One-Day Witnessing Card in a witnessing conversation

Using The One-Day Witnessing Card

This card is to assist you in sharing the gospel. What makes this card unique, is that you personalize the gospel presentation by including your own story/testimony.

Keep several handy as you seek to be a faithful witness for the Lord.



Sit or stand beside the person.

Fold the card so the person can see only the page you are using.

Point to words/verses with finger or pen.

Call the person by name while using the card.

When Using The One-Day Witnessing Card



The Witnessing Card contains Scriptures, transitional statements, questions, and arrows. Scriptures are in black. Transitional statements and questions are in purple. The arrows let you know when and where to include the various components of your personal story/testimony.



As you begin to use the card, you will probably need to use it throughout a witnessing experience. However, as you memorize or become more familiar with the verses and transitions, you will discover that you will use or refer to the card less and less.



How to use The One-Day Witnessing Card

The card is only a guide to assist you in communicating the essentials of the gospel. It does not contain every word you will say in your witnessing conversation.

Practice using the card, put your personality into it and feel free to include further transitional statements and concepts. Learn how to smoothly transition from one area to the next.

For example:

When you come to a Scripture reference, say something like:

“The Bible says,” or “I discovered the Bible teaches that,” or “God says.”



Begin a Witnessing Conversation by using the ideas found in Session Four: C.A.S.T.

As the Holy Spirit leads, begin to share the first part of your testimony: “My Life Before Making a Commitment to Follow Jesus.” (as indicated by the small arrow) As you proceed, use the Witnessing Card to assist you in sharing the gospel.



The first part of your story/testimony should culminate in the recognition that you needed a change in your life because of sin. The diagram on the first page illustrates mans separation from God because of sin.

The clouds represent God and Heaven. The people at the bottom of the card represent humanity. The dark blue section of the card illustrates the truth that man is separated from God because of sin.




“Before I made a commitment to follow Jesus I found myself at the age of 12 asking, ‘why am I here?’ I remember wondering if the only purpose that a man had was to spend 20 years of his life getting an education, going to work every day, coming home, reading the newspaper, watching TV, going to bed only to get up and start all over again the next day for the next 30 plus years. That question created a thirst for an answer. Even though my parents seldom attended church, they made sure my sisters and I attended. It was through attending Sunday School and church thatI realized I needed a change in my life. I discovered the Bible says, ‘All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ I realized that ‘all’ included me and that the consequence of sin is spiritual death. The Bible says, ‘The wages of sin is death.’”



Continue sharing the card until you come to the second arrow, share the second part of your testimony:

“How you came to know Christ personally.”

Then continue the witnessing conversation by simply referring to or reading the card. The diagram may be used to explain that it is only through the cross that man can experience God’s forgiveness and the joy of becoming a part of God’s family.




“Through a series of people in my life, I discovered the truth about God. He lovesuseven though we are sinners. The Bible says, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.’

I came to understand that ‘the world’ means people; ‘only begotten’ means one and only; ‘Son’ refers to Jesus, that ‘whoever’ includes everyone and ‘believes in Him’ means to place your trust in Jesus alone.I also discovered

He sent His Son, Jesus to die for our sins The Bible says, ‘And the Word [Jesus] became flesh and dwelt among us…’ . It also says, ‘Jesus died for our sins … and rose again the third day.’

Though Jesus, God offers us forgiveness of our sin and the gift of eternal life. The Bible says,”…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’

When I discovered these truths, I realized that Jesus was the only way to experience true spiritual life.So one summer evening while listening to a guest speaker, I realized that the only way Jesus could change my life was for me to receive Him, so by faith I did. The Bible says, ‘But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…’ (John 1:12).



At the third arrow, share the third part of your testimony:

“How my life is different since I came to know Christ personally.”



Every believer could write a book describing the impact that Christ has made on his or her life! Keep your presentation brief and to the point, simply sharing in a sentence or two the impact He has made.


And since then, He has become a friend that is always there.

And since then, He has brought me peace.

And since then, He has brought purposeand meaning to my life.

And since then, He has been a daily source of strength.




“And since then, He has brought a great sense of direction and purpose in my life. He has set me on a journey that is exciting and fulfilling. He’s become a friend who is always there to give me wisdom, encouragement and strength. You see Jesus said, ‘I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.’ And I have certainly found that to be true.”



Drawing the Net

Look at the question at the bottom of the card:



The question used after the Scripture begins a process of “drawing the net,” beginning the invitation process, affirming the fact that God’s desire is that we be in His family.

Be sensitive to the person with whom you are sharing at this strategic point.

Be prepared for questions.

See your sharing as a conversation, rather than an uninterrupted presentation.



Would you like to receive God’s forgiveness and His gift of eternal life?

If the answer is “yes”, continue to by leading the person into repentance. Go to the top of next page.

If the person hesitates or says “no,” deal with their response in a positive manner. You may say, “What do you feel is keeping you from making a decision?”

If the person continues to hesitate or refuse, leave the door open for future opportunities.



Repentance is turning to God through Jesus and away from our sins. It is like making a U-turn. The u-turn has been reversed to illustrate that repentance is only available through Jesus Christ.



You can become a follower of Jesus by turning away from your sin and trusting Jesus alone as your Lord and Savior.

You can do this now by inviting Jesus into your life through prayer.

If the person is being led by the Holy Spirit and desires to receive Jesus,lead him or her in the prayer of salvation found at the top of the next page of the card.



If the person hesitates or says “no” to your offer to lead in a prayer, you may say, “Let me share with you a prayer that is very much like the one I prayed when Jesus came in and changed my life.”

Then read the prayer in the card.

Ask, “Does this prayer say what you would like to say to God?”

Again, seek discernment from God to know whether to continue. He or she may want to pray this prayer at a later time. Always seek to leave the door open for further ministry at the same time recognizing the urgency of accepting Christ today.



Session Seven

Immediate Follow-up


Session Seven

Purpose of Session:

To help the believer understand the importance and process of immediate follow-up.

Immediate Follow-up

If you have the wonderful privilege of leading someone to Christ, the necessity for follow-up falls squarely on your shoulders! Make this just as much of a priority as when you originally shared Christ.

Evangelism and discipleship are two sides of the same coin.



How does 1 Peter 2:2 refer to a new believer?

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

a newborn babe

Who did Jesus tell Peter to feed in John 21:15?

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed My lambs."

“my lambs”



What are some of the immediate needs of a new believer?

Bible study, baptism, discipleship, friends, a Sunday School class, a church home, and so on.



Immediate follow-up is imperative.

It begins at the point of conversion.

Just like taking care of the needs of a newborn, God expects you to attend to the needs of the new believer.



There are five areas that new believers need to immediately embrace as they begin their new lives in Christ.



Every effort should be made to assimilate the new believer into the life and ministry of the church.

  • Continue weekly contact with the new believer, providing him or her with Bible study materials, such as “Beginning Steps,” “Let the CelebrationContinue,” or other resources for new believers.
  • Enroll the person in your Sunday School/small group ministry.
  • Visit with the person in his or her home.
  • Be sensitive to the spiritual needs of other family members in the home and share Christ with them.
  • Provide the person transportation to your church, if needed.
  • Sit with him or her in worship and introduce the new believer to your friends.



Session Eight

How to Pray Evangelistically


Session Eight

Purpose of Session:

To help the believer understand the importance and power of prayer in witnessing.

How to Pray Evangelistically

What does Romans 10:1-2 imply?

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge.

It implies that we should be praying for the lost.



Just as Paul prayed for the lost to be saved, so should we. Earnest prayer for the lost is the believer’s never-ending task. Prayer not only releases the power of God in the lives of the lost, but also motivates believers to be faithful in witnessing.



Luke 8:5-12

What does the devil seek to do in this passage?

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown. When He said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that ‘ though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.'This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.



The seed that fell beside the road was

trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air ate it up. Jesus explained that the seed is the Word of God and the seed that fell beside the road represents those who heard the Word. The devil then takes away the Word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved.

We need to pray that God will prepare the heart so that the seed would take root.




Pray for receptive hearts.



Matthew 13:15

For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.



The lost person is blinded by Satan. “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:3-4.

Only God can open their eyes.




Pray that God may open theireyes and ears.



John 16:8

When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.



This will require that they admit they are sinners who face judgment and are in need of the righteousness of Jesus. The Christian, on the other hand, with God's attitude toward sin, will be proactive.

The role of the Holy Spirit is to convince of sin.




Pray that they have God’s attitude.



2 Corinthians 10:3-4

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.



Praying specifically for a lost individual is warfare. Satan will go to any extent to keep a person lost and in his kingdom.

In this spiritual warfare, we do not fight with weapons of flesh, but with mighty weapons of God. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms (see Eph. 6:12).




Pray for the person to be rescued.



2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

God desire is for man to experience the transformed life only available through a personal encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.




Pray for a transformed life.



Matthew 9:35-38

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.




Pray for God to send laborers into His harvest field.



As a believer in Christ, you have a harvest field. You have also been called to go into that harvest field. Think about the people who are lost and in your sphere of influence.

For the next few minutes, use the HEARTS acrostic to pray for those whose names you wrote down in Session Three.



Put into practice what you have learned to do by sharing Christ with someone you know who needs Jesus!