missing ingredient when witnessing to others about Jesus

The Missing Ingredient When it Comes to Sharing Your Faith

Peter Guirguis Online Evangelism 10 Comments

Have you ever shared Jesus with someone and found yourself getting nowhere?

You know, you bring up Adam and Eve, you talk about how sin came into this world, how Jesus died for people’s sins, and the person you were talking to just didn’t get it?

Or has this ever happened to you: someone shared with you that they don’t believe in God because religion is “man-made”, so you argue back and forth and it leads to nowhere?

Well, you’re not alone.

Arguments Often Lead to More Arguments

I began witnessing in 2011. I engaged mostly with atheists and I went toe to toe with them on all of their different objections to Christianity.

I gave them fool-proof logical arguments that couldn’t be disproven and all I got were counter-arguments and attacks on the Christian faith.

I got nowhere in my witnessing attempts and I wondered if there was a better way to reach them with the gospel.

Two years later, I came across a teaching that radically changed the way I witness and evangelize.

For the first time after using this teaching, I saw right before my eyes people being convicted by the Holy Spirit.  And even if they didn’t accept Christ during our conversation, I could tell that they walked away thinking long and hard about what we talked about.

It turns out that I found the Biblical method that Jesus Himself used to bring sinners to repentance and boy was it powerful!

The Missing Ingredient

10 commandmentsYou might be surprised to find out that the missing ingredient in most witnessing conversations is the Law.

Yep, that’s right, the 10 commandments.

We see Jesus used it, Peter used it in his sermons, and Paul used it on a regular basis when convincing others about God.

Take a look at how Jesus approached the Samaritan woman:

1.  Jesus struck up a conversation with her about what was in front of them – a well 

2.  Jesus pivoted the conversation to start talking about eternity

3.  Jesus used the law to show the Samaritan woman that she was a sinner

He did this by saying to the Samaritan woman, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” When she said that she didn’t have one, Jesus said, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’ for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”

Jesus was pointing out to the Samaritan woman that she had broken the seventh commandment.

She was convicted, converted, and she became a follower of Jesus.

Verses That Shows the Value of the Missing Ingredient

Consider these verses that show us how valuable the law is when witnessing to people.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple” – Proverbs 19:7

What is it that converts the soul? God’s law is perfect to the point that it converts the sinner’s soul. How does it do that? Check out the next verse.

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:19-20

The 10 commandments are crucial when it comes to letting the sinner know that he/she is guilty of breaking God’s law. If someone isn’t convinced that they are a sinner and guilty of judgement, then they will have no good reason as to why they should give their live to Jesus.

Are You Guilty?

Scenario #1:

Two copsImagine you are at home when all of a sudden, there is knock on the door.

You open up and it’s the police.

They place handcuffs on you as they tell you that you are guilty of a crime and you are going to jail.

You yell at the top of your voice telling them that you are innocent but they don’t listen. You don’t even know what crime you are guilty of.

Scenario #2:

Now imagine the same scenario where the police show up at your door but instead, they do things differently. This time, before they handcuff you they say:

“Yesterday while you were at a jewelry store, you were looking at a gold ring. When no one was looking, you took the gold ring and placed it in your pocket. The store owner got distracted by another customer and you walked out of the store with the gold ring that you never paid for. All of this was caught on camera and we have reviewed the video footage. You are under arrest and are going to jail for stealing.”

At that point you say, “Oh boy, yes, I am guilty!”

Can You See How Valuable the Law is?

Many times we try to convince people that they need to come to Christ because there is a Day of Judgement. But the non-believer just laughs it off and labels it a scare tactic.

But when we take the time to show someone that they have transgressed the law, their conscience begins to accuse them (Romans 2:14-16) and the Holy Spirit brings upon conviction.

We’re just scratching the surface when it comes to using the Law when witnessing to others and there’s more on this topic next week.

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Comments 10

  1. Thanks Peter, I agree that the role of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of our sin (failure to obey the law) in order to draw us to himself, however when Jesus pointed to the sin of the woman at the well, he was speaking to someone who already acknowledged the authority of the law via scripture, and hence was convicted of her sin. In taking this approach, are we in danger of either pointing to law as revealed via scripture to an audience who denies its authority, or worse still being accusatory about the sin in others and pushing them away from the gospel?

    1. Hi Stuart, I love your question! You bring up a very interesting
      point that I’m sure other people have also thought about.

      When Paul wrote to the Galatians, he was writing to the
      Gentiles. In chapter 3 verse 24 he wrote, “Therefore the law was our tutor
      to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.But after faith has
      come, we are no longer under a tutor.” So to the Galatians who were
      Gentiles and who weren’t Jewish, Paul still points out the importance of the
      law. It was a tutor that teaches sinners that they have transgressed
      God’s law.

      Romans 3:20 tells us “…for by the law is the knowledge of
      sin” Without God’s law, we wouldn’t know that we are sinners.

      Proverbs 19:7 tells us, “The law of the Lord is perfect,
      converting the soul.” It’s perfect not just for the Jew but also for the
      Gentile. There are many more verses that I can share about this topic.
      That’s why at the end of this blog post I said that we are just scratching the
      surface and we’ll be talking about the law more over the next few weeks.

      Also, I’ll be writing about how to bring this up with the
      sinner, so that you are not telling them that they have broken the law but that
      they themselves are acknowledging that they have broken God’s law. You
      can do this by asking very precise questions.

      Thanks Stuart for your question 🙂

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  3. Stuart brings up a very valuable point and this is a stumbling block for many in 2 ways:

    1. Many will avoid the mention of law because they feel it makes them (us) look judgmental
    2. Some will mention the law, but unintentionally are bashing people over the head with it.

    However, If you look at how Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort (Way of the Master) witness…they use the law and do so very effectively, as did Jesus.

    While being true that the law was given to the Jews not the Gentiles, remember what Paul said in Romans 2:14:
    for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things
    in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves

    Everyone has a conscience, a sense of right and wrong, who put that conscience there? God did as affirmed by Romans 2:14.

    One cannot use the law as a witnessing tool without also mentioning love, God’s love. We cannot “hit” people over the head with the rules and expect them to be impressed and therefore want to follow Christ. That makes God look like a judgmental rule bound mean parent. I’m sure there are those who will disagree with this, but think about it. God is to be obeyed, no argument there…now lets talk parenting.

    Parent 1 is all about being obeyed; these are the rules and you had better obey me or else. Few explanations are given and not a lot of love is shown either.
    Parent 2 also has rules and expects (rightfully) to be obeyed. However parent 2 also provides reasons why the kids need to obey, and although parent 2 enforces the rules and punishes infractions…this parent also showers the children with love even though they at times disobey.

    Now…ask yourself a couple of questions, which parent (God) are you going to be inclined to obey more, 1 or 2? Which God is going to be taken more seriously and apt to be followed when we are witnessing to someone, God 1 who is authoritarian or God 2 who although fully expecting to be obeyed and also punishes wrong doing against Himself, and loves those He calls as His children?

    People need to know of the law, in order to be guilty and be convicted. Then they need to know the Giver of the law loves them and forgives them if they but sincerely ask. Grace and forgiveness cannot be extended without law. How can one be forgiven what they do not know they have done wrong? How can one receive grace if one has no knowledge of their own wrongdoing, their sinfulness against God? Grace is all about receiving what we do not deserve, if the person being witnessed to thinks they are a pretty good person in their own eyes…they are apt to think they DO deserve some grace, or “luck, or a break” or whatever they choose to call it. When we realize our sinfulness against God however, we see that we do not deserve grace at all, therefore we also see our abundant need for God and His love and forgiveness.

    Great article Peter, sorry I left you a book here! Have not been able to visit much, missed ya bro! God bless you Peter
    Greg

    1. Those are all really good points Greg! I’m actually basing a lot of these articles from the Way of the Master series. Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort do a great job in showing us how to do this. I’ve been using this strategy for quite some time now and I’ve gotten some great results.

      Since I’m writing about it in a blogging format, unfortunately I can’t write 2000 word articles. I tried to keep my blog posts between 500 and 800 words so that every week I just give out a little nugget. But there will be more on this topic in the next few weeks.

      Thanks for your great insights Greg 🙂

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