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ENCOUNTERS OF A SPIRITUAL KIND

Written by | June, 2013
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Introduction 

In the following examples from Scripture we try to learn ways and attitudes which will better enable us to witness of our Lord to others. These examples are drawn from the four Gospels and from the book of the Acts of the Apostles. These examples are by no means exhaustive. As with the basketball strategy of one-on-one, we are looking at examples of one Christian witnessing to another individual. We are not considering what was said to individuals already in the faith, though that is also applicable. We are not considering what was said to groups, though that also is applicable to a witnessing technique. We are considering these various situations where it was one-on-one, and the one witnessed to was living in unbelief.

Not all those individuals witnessed to were also brought to believe on Jesus as their Savior. But the point we consider is that they were witnessed to. We know God’s power and mercy. We know His Word will accomplish what He wills (Isaiah 55). We should not be surprised if some and even many do not believe when witnessed to, for we know man’s stubborn and rebellious heart.

We should be disturbed though with ourselves if we do not make every effort to reach out with the Law and especially with the Gospel that the Spirit may work. Our laziness, fears, indifference, and doubt so often interfere. We are unprofitable servants and people of such little faith. Through these examples we seek to build ourselves up in our witnessing
desire and ability.

The ultimate goal in all witnessing is to be like John the baptizer and point to Christ, saying that He is the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. And while we try earnestly to develop our skills in this area, we don’t want
to forget John’s motto, “He must increase, but I must decrease”
(John 3:30). No matter what gifts we have and how we develop them, we are not looking for glory for ourselves. We are looking to have another soul join with us in glorifying our God.