PTR JEFF QUEEN
PTR JEFF WITNESSING CLASS 101
"JESUS EXAMPLE OF
SHARING THE GOSPEL"
JOHN 4: 1 - 42
devout Christians fail miserably in their efforts to introduce others to Christ
simply because they do not know how to go about it. They understand that there
is a calling in their life but due to either being a babe in Christ or not
spending enough time in the word which builds faith and the understanding of
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and it's power to give us the words to say
they often become embarrassed or shy. Satan can also use this shyness and embarrassment
as a devise to keep you from what God has ordered us to do. Knowing how to
share your faith often makes the difference between effective and ineffective
Before you can introduce others to Christ, you must:
- Know that you are a
- Understand the empowering
ministry of the Holy Spirit in your life personally.
- Learn how to present the
distilled essence of the gospel so simply, clearly, and convincingly that
the one with whom you are sharing will be able to make an intelligent
decision for Christ as Savior and Lord.
lesson we will observe Christ's example in witnessing. Jesus demonstrated how
to witness in the most effective manner as He talked to the woman of Samaria.
Study John 4 carefully to discover new approaches and techniques of witnessing.
Example of Jesus
- Read John 4:1-42. What
everyday experience did Jesus use as an opportunity for witnessing?
- What do you think is the
advantage of beginning to conversation on the level of a person's
immediate interest? Think of an occasion in which you used a person's
special interest to share Christ with him. How did he respond?
- List some of your natural
opportunities to witness for Christ.
- Why do you suppose Jesus
sent all twelve of his disciples to buy provisions when two of them could
have done it?
- Who spoke first, Jesus or
the woman of Samaria? Why is this significant when considering how to
- What did Jesus do repeatedly
when the woman tried to divert His attention from her sin and her need?
Responses of the
- How effective was the
approach Jesus used in witnessing to this woman of Samaria?
- What was the result of His
- How did the people to whom
she witnessed respond, and why?
witnessing can seem like breaking a sound barrier, like when an airplane
accelerates to supersonic speed. Introducing the subject of Jesus can produce
much stress and nervousness.
sound barrier occurs when we first mention the name of Jesus Christ and the
value of knowing Him. Once we
turn the conversation from dating, fashions, politics, work, sports, or any
other topic to spiritual things, we have broken the first barrier. It is
sometimes hard to do, and it does not always come easily.
second sound barrier comes when we present the gospel. That nervous feeling returns
once again. We must blast through this one also because many people, when they
understand who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for them, will want Him in
barrier, asking the person to receive Christ right now, is the most difficult. But this is the most important
step. Often we tell the person how to become a Christian and then just leave
him high and dry. Until we ask the person to trust Christ as his or her Savior
and Lord, our witness is not complete.
- Think of the last time you
encountered the first barrier to witnessing. How did you begin your
conversation about Christ? How could you have handled it better?
- How did the person respond
when you asked him to receive Christ? If the person did not receive
Christ, how could you have been more effective in your approach?
- What is the one thing you
have learned from Christ's example that you can apply most in your own
- What do you think hinders
your witnessing most? List some practical ways you can overcome it.
hear all the time about what Christ has done for others and what He can do for
them. The salvation of Christ is not new so it is our task as "ambassadors
and ministers of reconciliation" with the Holy Spirit's help to find
new and interesting ways that help us to share the message of Christ to others.
Use the example of Jesus where we used symbols that were very important in
everyday life such as LIVING WATER. Relate to people as to what they are going
through in life as Christ related to her MANY HUSBANDS. You and I do not need
to know the intimate secrets of people to get their attention but we do know
the things of this present day that many are going through and therefore that
offers up MANY OPPORTUNITIES for us to witnessing to many!
He made me able,
Ptr Jeff Queen