Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Witnessing to Witnesses Part 5

Practical Tips

Well what are some practical guidelines we can use in dealing with Jehovah's Witnesses? I will be going into more depth on this subject next week, but we can look at a few here this afternoon.

Identify with them – They are brothers in Adam. They are people too. They have families and jobs. They have burdens and cares.

Labor persistently - They may not come around right away but until they pull the plug we need to hang in there. The longer we work with a Witness, the more time the Holy Spirit has to work on them. Be patient. Remember how dense you were before you accepted Christ?

Be informed - Know what you believe and why you believe it. Do your best to let all things lead to Christ. Proclaim Christ. If you are unsure of an answer, don't be afraid to get back to them. Do research.

Don't beat 'em when they're down - If you've shaken them up by showing that the Organization is a false prophet, or won an argument, or stumped them, don't beat on them futher. That is the time to show them love! They are feeling vulnerable, confused, lost, and you need to show the love of Christ. You may say, "For a moment just forget you are a Jehovah's Witness and that I am a Baptist, and let's look at this as two reasonable people who value God and truth."

Be humble - Don't think you're better then they. Realize that you were in their shoes once. You also were a lost sinner in need of Christ. Remember you have nothing to offer them of yourself. The only thing you offer is Christ.

Love them - "When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd."(Matthew 9:36 NIV) That's what the Witness at your door is like. They are trapped in a religion that has diminished and replaced Christ with an Organization. They have no concept of personal assurance of salvation. They are deceived and need Christ. Do you have compassion for them? Do you love them? Do you show it?

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