1 Year

Hey it’s the one year anniversary of Witnessing Encouragement! To celebrate, I’d like to review some resources, teaching and ideas featured on this site to help you become equipped to biblically share your faith. Get trained, and then teach others!

And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. 2Tim.2:2.

Read The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, by Mark Dever.

Read The Way of the Master, by Ray Comfort.

Read One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven, by Mark Cahill

Learn about how the Law and Grace work together in Biblical evangelism.

Study to learn what the Biblical gospel is, in order to communicate it.

More on knowing what the gospel is, so we can witness.

Understand the difference between modern evangelism and Biblical evangelism.

Understand that Biblical evangelism always uses words. 

Understand the issue of Postmodernism and the gospel.

Understand the issue of the Emergent/Emerging church and the gospel.

Learn why we must be “direct” when witnessing, as well as “relational”.

Consider the many different ways to witness.

Check out Way of the Master ministries, which trains and equips believers in how to share your faith. They have audios and videos online to get you started.

Here’s one example of a basic gospel message:
Audio: THE GOSPEL, or Click here or here for high quality audios of this message for burning your own “audio gospel tracts” to give out.

The Sacrifice Lamb

Why are Christians celebrating “Easter” this weekend when Jesus actually died and was resurrected at Passover time, which this year is a month away on April 20? It’s because the Jewish calendar (and thus Passover) is on the lunar cycle, and the Roman calendar (and thus Easter) is on the solar cycle. “Easter” is really a Roman/pagan celebration.

Easter is the name of Ishtar/Astarte/Eostre, the “goddess” of the ancient world, who also goes by a handful of other names. At some point in the past, someone changed the Christian calendar to coincide with Roman paganism (now who could that be?) and the focus is back on some pagan fertility goddess rather than on Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.

But no matter. We know Jesus laid down His life at Passover, as the sacrifice Lamb, and He took it up again when He rose from the dead. He has now written His Word on our hearts, and we celebrate his death and resurrection every week, and every day.

Here is a beautiful song (an oldie) which lifts up Jesus and His sacrifice for us. I just love the words in this song. I first heard this on Sounds of Shalom on live365.com.


The Sacrifice Lamb, by Joel Chernoff

Have you ever heard, Messiah has come?
It says in His Word, to cleanse everyone
Atonement He made, iniquity bore
That we can find life, in Him evermore

The sacrifice Lamb, has been slain
His blood on the altar, a stain
To wipe away guilt and pain, to bring hope eternal
Salvation has come, to the world
Messiah, the one, for the world, Yeshua is He

The prophets of Old, Speak much of Messiah
His death is foretold, the purpose is clear
Isaiah did say, ‘twas for an atonement
To give us a way, that leads not to death (chorus)

So brothers of mine, look not to yourselves
For we are but one, we all need His help
We’ve broken the Law, but He paid our debt
That we can find life, by Yeshua’s death

The sacrifice Lamb, has been slain
His blood on the altar, a stain
To wipe away guilt and pain, to bring hope eternal
So final atonement has come and brought us new hope by God’s Son, if you believe…in your heart…Yeshua you’ll know

Keys to Biblical Evangelism

Here is an interesting article by Mike Ratliff:

Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, Lest you also be like him. Answer a fool according to his folly, Lest he be wise in his own eyes. (Proverbs 26:4-5 WEB)

Evangelism that is biblical is not numbers or results based as if it is a process we can control through methodology. The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism, on the other hand, is totally numbers or results based, and, therefore, uses methodologies to boost perceived effectiveness by increased numbers of “decisions for Christ.” The seeker-sensitive form of evangelism assumes that God is helpless to save anyone outside of their efforts. It ignores passages such as John 3:5-8 and Ephesians 2:1-10.

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I tell you, unless one is born of water and spirit, he can’t enter into the Kingdom of God!That which is born of the flesh is flesh. That which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born anew.’The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8 WEB)

In this passage, Jesus tells us that people are Born Again by the Spirit and His work in this is like the wind which no one can control or perceive.

Read the rest of the article here.

Biblical Evangelism

Here is an article excerpt by Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel ministry.

Many Christians have substituted God’s blueprint for evangelism with methods of their own in order to fabricate a greater number of decisions. Instead of following the biblical model for evangelism, demonstrated by the early disciples who were trained by the Lord Jesus, the modern church has invented its own traditions. Rather than calling sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, evangelicals are asking unbelievers to repeat a prayer, sign a card, raise their hand, come forward or “accept” (rather than trust) Jesus as their Savior. None of these modern traditions have any biblical foundation. Not only do they dishonor the Savior, but they often mislead souls into a false hope of salvation. No one has the right to lower God’s entrance requirements into His Kingdom. Unless we evangelize God’s way, we run the serious risk of deceiving people about their eternal destiny. True saving faith always involves repentance (Acts 20:21).

Biblical evangelism requires making disciples not decisions. This involves teaching people to observe all that Christ commanded (Mat. 28:18-20). His first command was to “Repent and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15). Repentance is a change in mind that is granted by God and leads to a knowledge of the truth. (2 Tim. 2:25). It results in turning from idols to God, from dead works to faith, from sin to righteousness and from the traditions of men to Christ and His Word (Acts 26:20; 2 Cor. 12:21; Col. 2:8; 1 Thes. 1:9; Heb. 6:1). The importance of calling sinners to repentance is also confirmed in the last command Jesus gave: “Repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations” (Luke 24:47). Remember, Jesus did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32). Those who respond to the Gospel with repentance and faith will depart from the kingdom of darkness and follow the Light of the world (John 8:12). They will gladly get off the broad road to destruction and enter the narrow way that leads to life everlasting (Mat.7:13-14).

Biblical evangelism also requires teaching people the attributes of God. The God who created us is also the One who will judge us. He is majestic in holiness (Exo.15:11). Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne and He will not let sin go unpunished (Psalm 97:2; Rom.6:23). He is sovereign, and everyone is accountable to Him (Dan. 4:35; Heb. 4:13). The Father demonstrates His love by sending His Son to die for His people (Rom. 5:8). God opposes the proud but extends His grace to the humble (Luke 18:14; Jas. 4:6). By His mercy He saves believers from the eternal lake of fire (Titus 3:5). Modern evangelism puts too much emphasis on God’s love and too little on His holiness and righteous justice. This is a stark contrast to first century evangelism where, in the Book of Acts, the word “love” is never even mentioned. Clearly, without a true and balanced knowledge of all God’s attributes, sinners will not know Whom they have offended. Nor will they know Who condemns them with eternal punishment or Whom they must call on to be saved. The world is perishing for a lack of the knowledge of God’s glorious attributes.

Article: Calling People to Repent and Believe the True Gospel, by Mike Gendron, Proclaiming the Gospel ministry newsletter, Oct-Dec. 2007.