Saturday, October 4, 2008

Thinking Rightly about Witnessing

Lesson for this week's Bible Study on witnessing by Eagles Rendezvous focuses on setting the right perspective about witnessing.

Scriptural reference is based on 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. According to the speaker Dr John Ng, "witnessing" in modern day's term, may be referred to as "sharing Christ winsomely, faithfully, sincerely in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the result to God."

The essence of evangelism is therefore to bear witness about God, and witnessing is about God, what He has done in Christ to effect salvation. It is not human-effort alone, but is Spirit-prompted.

A common misconception of witnessing is to package our message using 'superior wisdom' to present Christ to the world, such as the product box attraction shown in the video clip below.

How we see Jesus and our perspective of Christ will determine how we show Him in our lives. Being weak does not disqualify one from being a witness. It validates and manifests God's power and not ours. It is through weakness that God's power is manifested (1 Corinthians 12:10). It is not with wise and persuasive words, so that our faith may not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.

The message of the Cross which is foolishness to the wise is the saving power to those who respond in faith.

Eagles Rendezvous

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