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ESSENTIAL WITNESSING TOOLS

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. KJV

Acts 2:42-47 42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. 44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. KJV

Acts 8:1-4 1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. KJV

Acts 20:19-20 19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: 20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, KJV

Introduction:
Recently I read this statement: "There are many Christians who are not doing nothing but there are no Christians with nothing to do."

The Lord Jesus practiced and taught visitation. You can observe Him in the home of the sick, the sorrowing and the sinful. He taught visitation when He sent His disciples and gave them directions regarding their visitation work. What are these seven results of visitation?

1. It warms the church member's heart.

2. It shows the interest of the member in the church. When the member makes time to visit, the member is strengthened and helped.

3. It solves problems. Sensible, kind visitation will help solve problems and bring people together in the spirit of the Lord.

4. It brings souls to Christ. All church members, especially Sunday School workers, should carefully study the art of soul winning.

5. It increases the enrollment and attendance. Classes and the church can grow when visitation is consistently done. The world's greatest Sunday Schools have been built through visitation.

6. It makes use of the only tried and true method for building the church and winning souls.

7. It brings the greatest dividends. One hour of visitation may result in the salvation of lost souls, the strengthening of weak Christians, the uniting of a home and the changing of a score of lives.


I. THE Witnessing TOOL OF OUR . . LIVES.

Our lives must have some things for them to be used of God.

A. Our lives must be . . Converted Lives. Matt 18:2-4
3 and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. NASU


B. Our lives must be . . Changed Lives. 1 Cor. 5:17
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."


C. Our lives must be . . Consecrated. 1 Romans 12:1-2
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. NASU


D. Our lives must be . . Compassionate Lives. 1 Jude 22-23
22 And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23 save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh. NASU


E. Our lives must be . . Compassionate Lives. 1 Luke 19:10
"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."


Luke 19:10 is Jesus' mission statement of the New Testament



2. THE TOOL OF . . LITERATURE

(1) Tracts can go where preachers may not be permitted.

(2) They can provide a means whereby a person can teach himself, weigh arguments, check
references, and meditate on truth without prejudice against a preacher, or a religious body
interfering.

(3) A printed message lasts. It can be read and re-read, copied and passed on.

(4) It can possibly remain for many years and be the means of teaching generations yet unborn.

(5) Gospel literature does not know a time limit.



3. THE TOOL OF LOVE. 1 Cor. 13:1-3
"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as
sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing."

A. We Need To Show A . . Special love. Rom. 9:3
"For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh

Rom. 10:1 "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved."

B. We should have . . Spiritual love. 1 John 4:7
"Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God,
and knoweth God."

C. We Need To Show A . . Sincere love. 1 Tim 1:5-7
5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere
faith. 6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, 7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. NASU

Origination Of The Word Sincere: Without Wax





I Used Many of the Thoughts for this Sermon from a Sermon I Had Copied Several Years Ago from Mike Walls.