As the mornings service ended, I was feeling blessed. My spiritual gas tank was on full, enough to carry me through the week. As I gathered my belongings to exit the temple, I could hear my pastor in the background urging the ushers to give each member eight flyers to hand out for our upcoming evangelistic series.
I was excited about the upcoming series but I scrimmaged at the thought of walking up to a stranger and handing them flyers. Years ago, it would have been no big deal as I was a child. Now an adult, I felt uncomfortable talking about my beliefs, even the simple act of handing out a flyer for fear of what others would think of me.
Such a tiny task, yet I found it so difficult. In the grand scheme of things when witnessing for Christ should we really care what others will think of us for branding ourselves as Christian?
The lord gave us one simple task as Christians. Go ye out into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost. Through witnessing, we help to spread the word and it also helps to deepen our understanding of scripture.If you are interested in witnessing but just not sure where to start, here are five tips on how to get started with witnessing.
Start a Blog
In the digital age in which we currently live , blogging is a fantastic way to share the message and engage with others. Blogging has become a popular way to express yourself and to spread information. By starting a blog you can share what God is doing in your life as well as practical lessons you are learning from the bible that can serve to encourage others.
To get started with your Christian Blog Ministry, you can get started with a free WordPress or Blogspot site. For this blog, I use Namecheap for my domain as well as my host, followed by installing WordPress.org to build my site. Namecheap made it easy to install WordPress with a 1-click option and I found their prices to be attractively priced.
Other popular host you can choose to use include: BlueHost, SiteGround and HostGator. I then used a free WordPress theme and modified it to suit my preferences. If you are not very tech savvy consider a Square space website . It gives you the ability to create beautiful websites through its visual focused layouts. What’s cool about square space is that they start you off with a free trial, allowing you to test drive the platform before making a commitment. Pricing for square space starts at $12 a month if billed annually. Square space has done an awesome job at putting together a helpful video series to help you, you can check it out here.
The lifestyle we live also serves as a witness to others. Be mindful of how you dress, your behavior, as well as how you converse with others. 1 Timothy 2:8-10 says: “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.”
I strongly believe that one can still dress modest and look fashionable, we will talk more about this in the upcoming weeks. When it comes to dress we often only think females are the only culprits but men should be modest as well. As a Christian, we are on display for our master. You may think persons aren’t watching you, but you would be surprised to know that they are and the indirect messages you are sending your community.
Leave Christian books or tracts in public areas. People read, although print not so much these days. Reach out to local offices and leave Christian magazines, books, flyers etc. in the waiting rooms or even in your apartment foyer. You can even place tracts in mailboxes .
Your local Christian book store or even Amazon, are great places to find resources. You can also rent or purchase community newspaper bins, these are similar to the stands that have your daily newspapers either free or at a cost. A few years back, I read of an individual who purchased one of these stands and placed Christian reading material for persons to take, free of charge and saw great results, that was his way of witnessing.
Your greatest witness is the life that you live, your testimony. Share what God has done and is doing in your life with family and friends. Through your life they will see God and the impact he is having on your life. The Holy Spirit working on their hearts may then peak their interest to want to learn more about your God. God just wants willing vessels, willing to be used to do his work. Just through regular conversations you can share how God is working in your life.
Start a Bible Study Group
Get a group of friends together, let them invite a friend and the group can study the bible together. You can even get a group of believers together from church and visit a nursing home or a children’s home, sing, play with the kids and tell them stories. That too could be a witnessing medium. There isn’t a formula written in stone on how you need to witness. Choose a method that you are comfortable with and ask God to guide your actions. What methods have you been using to spread the gospel?