Lutheran Hour Ministries presents. MISSION U School of Witnessing. Who we are. Outreach ministry supporting churches worldwide Flagship program, The Lutheran Hour, began in 1930 Programs proclaim the Gospel, equip Christians to share the Gospel and reach out to believers and nonbelievers
MISSION U School of Witnessing
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To “witness” means . . .
It takes place when:
What hinders your witness?
Lack of . . .
Satan seeks our failure.
He controls us with lies:
Fear is a spiritual problem with a spiritual solution.
Satan says, “Be afraid to witness.”
God says, “You have nothing to fear!”
by His power in us!
“For God did not give us a spirit of fear and timidity, but a sense of power, of love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Are you fearful and feel ill equipped? Ask!
Be empowered by the Holy Spirit!
with common sense!
Follow James 1:19: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).
“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective” (James 5:16).
“… If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19).
Write the name of one person at this workshop. Commit to praying for him or her.
God has chosen and appointed you.
“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).
Satan says: You are not capable or qualified to witness.
God assures you that you are!
In John 16:23b, Jesus says,
“... My Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name.”
Trust He will keep His promise.
Witnessing is not about me!
It’s about Jesus.
It’s all about His mission, His message,
and His power; and the person who needs
to know Him.
It’s our privilege to participate!
Love makes us want to witness—not guilt, duty, or egotism.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear …” (1 John 4:18a).
“And you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and Samaria and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
in my family, with my friends, on the job, in my community, in the grocery line … wherever God leads.
“By this Gospel you are saved … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day …” (1 Corinthians 15:2-4a).
“We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that … we too may have new life” (Romans 6:4).
Consider how this message shapes your story.
How has Jesus changed your life?
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 will be with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
God has shown me mercy as an example to all.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:15b-16).
The witness is not that you’re perfect, but that God is so loving and patient He forgave even you!
We don’t want followers of us; we seek followers of Christ!
“For when one says, I follow Paul, and another,
I follow Apollos, are you not mere men? What,
after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only
servants, through whom you came to believe
as the Lord has assigned to each his task.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God
made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he
who waters is anything, but only God, who
makes things grow” (1 Corinthians 3:4-7).
Only Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Only the Holy Spirit can work in someone’s heart.
Our job is to plant and water seeds.
What is your prayer?
Stop and pray for that person.
Stop! Ask yourself,
Who in my life needs Christ?
Who can I pray for regularly?
Does no one come to mind?
Surrounded only by Christians?
Think again. . .
People at the coffee shop
As a friend, as a learner
For his or her worldview
It’s the set of assumptions
As a Christian, what is our ultimate allegiance?
What alternatives does the world adopt?
Any ultimate allegiance other than Christ ends in failure and disappointment!
Job: What if I get fired?
Family: What if there is a divorce?
Me: What happens when I fail?
Spouse: What if my spouse leaves?
Church: What if my church offends?
Possessions: What if I have everything?
Keep focused on the ultimate allegiance.
The Holy Spirit transforms from the inside out.
to the Holy Spirit’s prompting:
“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” (John 14:26 ).
It will be made known to you …
when to move.
when to yield.
It is God's mission, God’s message, and God’s timing.
Don’t ignore Social Media.
Initiate conversation with kindness.
Use F-O-R-M-S as a guide:
Family: “Is your family around here?”
Occupation: “What do you do for a living?”
Recreation: “What do you do on the weekend?”
Motivation: “What motivates you most?”
Spirituality: “Does spirituality play a role in your life?”
By listening, you can learn what is important to them and where they are spiritually.
Find a partner.
Initiate a conversation using FORMS.
Prepare for typical questions and turn answers into transitions for sharing faith and encouraging conversation.
Family and friends:
Family and friends:
Before each meal, thank God for His blessings, including this person.
If they ask you to back off, then back off (but don’t forget to pray).
Pray for others to witness in their lives.
Identify a friend or family member to pray for:
If comfortable – share and pray now.
“What are you doing tomorrow?”
“Would you like to come to church with us?”
There are three typical responses. All equal success.
Keep the invitation open.
There’s a reason why they stopped going to church.
Remember James 1:19.
“My dear brothers, take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”
Whether a perception or a reality,
– The ministry of presence is vital.
– You don’t need to answer.
– Acknowledge their loss.
– Don’t try to fix it.
– Mourn with them.
Support in practical ways
Point to Christ
Find a verse that supports your image of God.
Scripture is our weapon to combat the devil!
Sin: Romans 3:23
Savior: Hebrews 7:25
Salvation: Romans 10:9-10
New Life: Romans 6:4
God’s Love: 1 John 4:19; Psalm 139
Sorrows: Hebrews 2:18
John 3:16: God so loved _____ that He gave _____ His only Son so that if ______ believes in Him, ______ won’t die but ______ (will) have eternal life.
(Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ)
Identify the source of the objection.
For a serious problem, get professional help.
Empathize: put yourself in their shoes.
Address the objection.
Stay on topic.
Pray with them.
Invite them to church.
Network them with other believers.
My Father in heaven,
I realize I am a sinner and fall far short of what You want for my life. I cannot of my own power save myself or earn eternal life with You in heaven. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to die for me and by the power of His resurrection, make me alive. Help me turn from my sins and follow You. But even when I fall into sin, You have forgiven me through Your gift of faith in Jesus. I am grateful for Your gift of eternal life. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
It’s not about me!
It’s His mission, His message, and His power!
It’s our privilege to participate.
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