Have No Fear!
There has been a lot of discussion among the assemblies about why we are not seeing as many people saved as in the past. I’m sure we could come up with dozens of reasons and many would be accurate.
One elder recently remarked how they had not seen anyone saved from the community in 14 years. That is not encouraging for the future of the local church.
Where has the witness gone?
One area that has been evident is the lack of personal witnessing. The finger is directly pointed at me. There seems in most assemblies and in many believers (not all) a fear to witness.
With this in mind, author and speaker Dr. John Lennox has written an excellent little book titled “Have No Fear”. He has appropriately subtitled it “Being Salt And Light Even When It’s Costly”.
For only $3.99 USD (or get 25 copies for $50 USD) and only 70 short pages, it’s worth giving to anyone who struggles with witnessing. https://www.10ofthose.com/us/products/3206/have-no-fear
Throughout the book, Lennox shares many tips and tools to help us be an effective witness. He tells personal stories that put these tools into perspective.
One of the things I enjoyed most was how Dr. Lennox weaved the power of the scriptures into our witnessing. His emphasis on using the Word of God and letting God do His work was very encouraging.
So often we become fearful when we feel we must have all the answers and to carry the conversation. As Dr. Lennox points out, one of the best methods he uses in witnessing is asking lots of questions.
Asking questions causes the person we are talking to, to think for themselves and to draw out conclusions. Here is a quote from Dr. Lennox.
I learned very quickly two things: firstly, that it is much easier to ask questions than to answer them; and secondly, that questions are a great way to get into conversation with people – whether friends or strangers – and to know them better.
Explaining the gospel
To close his book Dr. Lennox gives an explanation of the difference between Christianity and other religions and how to explain the essence of salvation.
It is fitting to finish this post with the closing words from the book.
There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing God working in the lives of those people to whom we are witnessing. Seeing them cross the line from darkness into light, from death to life, and subsequently demonstrating the reality of their conversion in their lives, is one of life’s richest experiences for a Christian. My prayer, as I come to the end of this little book, is that it may be your experience too.