If you want to be effective when witnessing to others about Jesus, then this article can help you out tremendously. Before we get into this week’s insight, let’s first recap what we’ve learned so far:
1. It’s a scary thing to share you faith with others but you need to overcome your fear.
2. Some atheists think that you should share the gospel like Penn from Penn and Teller.
3. The best motivator for someone to accept Christ is that they will be judged in the after-life.
4. You can start a conversation with a stranger by first striking up a conversation about anything in front of you.
5. You can pivot the conversation from talking about the natural to the super-nautural by asking one of these questions about eternity.
6. The Law (10 commandments) are what reveal to people that they are sinners.
7. The conscience is your friend when witnessing and you can appeal to the conscience by using the 10 commandments.
One of the best examples of how to take someone through the 10 commandments to show them their need for Jesus is to watch how Ray Comfort does it. If you’re not familiar with who Ray is, he’s an evangelist and the founder of Living Waters, a global evangelistic ministry. So check out this video and notice how Ray shows Elizabeth that she needs Jesus in order to get saved.
How to Take Someone Through the Commandments
So based on the video, here are the questions that you want to ask someone to walk them through the commandments:
- Would you consider yourself to be a good person? Almost everyone answers with a “yes”.
- I’m going to ask you a few question to see if that’s true.
- How many lies have you told? What do you call someone who tells a lie?
- Have you ever stolen something even it was something small? What do you call someone who steals?
- Have you ever used God’s name in vain? That means take God’s name to express disgust instead of a four letter cuss word.
- This is called blasphemy and the Bible says that God will not hold him guiltless whoever takes the Lord’s name in vain.
- Jesus said that if you look upon a person to lust after them then you have committed adultery in your heart. Have you looked with lust?
- So [insert person’s name], I’m not judging you but you’ve just admitted that, you are a liar, a thief, a blasphemer, and an adulterer at heart and that’s after looking at just 4 of the 10 commandments. If God were to judge you based on the 10 commandments,would you be innocent or guilty?
- If they say they would be innocent, then take them back to the commandments. “But you just told me that you’ve lied, stolen etc.”
- If they say that they no longer do those things, then give them the courtroom illustration:
- If you were standing in front of a judge and you were guilty of a crime, like drug-dealing, can you tell the judge to let you go because it’s been a long time since you’ve done your last drug deal? The answer is no. The same thing with God, He is a holy and just God. Do you think God should let murders and thieves off the hook even if it has been a long time since they last murdered or stolen?
- If they say that God is forgiving, then ask them, “Based on what will God forgive you?” If they give you any answer other than “because Jesus Christ died on the cross for me” then bring their answer back to the courtroom illustration.
- Would you go to heaven or hell?
- If they say heaven, then ask them, “How do you figure that?” Continue to give the law to the person until the law has humbled them. It’s only that once a sinner realizes that he/she is on their way to hell, then they are ready for grace (Jesus).
- If they answer “hell”, then ask them, “Does that concern you that if you were to die today that you would be on your way to hell?”
- If yes, then give them the gospel.
- If no, then ask them why not.
- Imagine you were in a courtroom facing judgment for a crime you committed. Let’s say, it was for stealing money. You were about to receive the punishment that you deserved (go to jail) when all of a sudden, someone comes along and pays your fine. That’s what Jesus did for you.
- Jesus paid the fine for your sins. Jesus came in the flesh, died for your sins on the cross, and He rose from the dead. He will give eternal life to all those who believe in Him. To receive eternal life all you have to do is:
- Put your trust in Jesus the same way that you would in a parachute when jumping off a plane. That parachute is going to save your life when you jump off the plane. Likewise you are trusting that Jesus will save your life when you go into eternity.
- Repent of your sins. To repent means to make a u-turn or to change your mind. So abandon your sins and turn towards God.
- Do you have a Bible?
- If they say “yes”, then encourage them to read it and to think about what you said.
- If they say “no”, then encourage them to get one. Reading God’s Word is powerful and changes lives.
If this seems like a lot to remember, then I highly recommend that you watch some of the videos from Living Waters.
It will prepare you for any kind of conversation. The more that you practice both online and in-person, the more that these questions will stick.