Scripture Reading: Acts 1:1-11
Memory Verse: “Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.” (1 Chronicles 16:8)
Introduction: In the general sense, every person who becomes a Christian, by repenting of sin and trusting Jesus Christ for salvation, becomes a qualified witness. Once Christians have felt the transforming power of the Gospel in their own lives, gratitude demands that it be shared with others by telling them of this experience.
In the early ministry of Christ, we find active witnessing on the part of those men who found Christ to be the Messiah, or “Anointed One” of the Lord. One of the first witnesses was Andrew who immediately introduced his brother, Simon Peter, to Christ. Next, Philip of Bethsaida went to Nathaniel and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the law and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” (John 1:45).
The Lord does not require us to perjure ourselves. He needs no one of us as His lawyer. He only desires that we tell others exactly what we have found Him to be. The early disciples who walked and talked with Christ did not need to build a case for His being the Messiah. They only needed to state the things that He had done. The life and deeds of Christ and His own statements concerning His identity will always suffice.
Many words of great worth have been penned urging us all to become soul-winners. It is time well spent that Christians devote themselves to learning techniques of winning others to Christ. And yet, there is no patent formula that improves upon the practice of constantly telling others what Christ has done for you.
Witnessing should be as natural to a Christian as talking about fishing is to the man who loves to fish. Indeed, Christianity is so much more wonderful than anything else in life that it should always remain our first order of business and our favorite topic of conversation. We are witnessing to its vitality when we treat it as the primary concern of our lives.
Some would relegate all witnessing to the ministers while others would shift this responsibility to a non-existent class of “laity.” The evident truth of the Scriptures demands, however, that we recognize witnessing and testifying to be the duty of every believer.
- Why was John the Baptist sent into the world? John 1:6-8. What did Christ say about him? Matthew 11:11.
- What two things are mentioned in Psalm 89:1 that we can talk about to others in our witnessing endeavors?
- What other testimony is valuable in attempting to win others to Christ? Psalm 40:1-3; Acts 26:9-19.
- Is it characteristic for a converted person, who truly knows Jesus to tell others about Him? Matthew 12:34-35; Acts 4:19-20.
- How effective was the early apostolic witness? Acts 2:37; 4:33; 10:44.
- What factors account for successful witnessing? Acts 5:32; 18:28; Romans 1:16.
- Discuss what factors hinder our witnessing for the Lord. 2 Timothy 2:15; Matthew 26:69-74.
- What supernatural element is involved in assuring believers that what they have accepted is truth? Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:9-13.
- According to John 7:38-39; Revelation 22:17; Acts 1:8, who should witness and invite others to come to a knowledge of Christ? Is it only the pastor’s job?
- How far should a person go in witnessing for Christ? 2 Timothy 1:7-8; Revelation 12:10-11.
- What distinction is made in the Scriptures about the rewards of effective witnesses? Daniel 12:2-3; Proverbs 11:30; James 5:20; Luke 19:15-27; Matthew 25:20-30.