The Approach -
PAUL used his testimony to open the door for
witnessing! Two occasions are recorded in Scripture--one in Acts 22,
the other when Paul was before Agrippa in Acts 26.
Paul was tactful and respectful in his approach. In his The Acts o!
the Apostles, Dr. Charles C. Ryrie comments, "This was a remarkable
speech, for in it Paul showed great tact and courtesy, yet he was
pointed and truthful. There are at least four personal appeals to the
king himself (vv. 2, 13, 19, 27)." A Spirit-filled soul winner will
show the fruit of the Spirit which is love, and love is kind (I Cor.
First Paul told what he had been before he met Christ: "That after the
most straightest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee" (v. 5). He
not only told the good things graciously but also the bad. His
attitude toward the Christians: "I persecuted them even unto strange
cities" (v. 11 ). He did not overly stress his goodness nor try to
make himself worse than he was. He just stated the facts. His
testimony was relevant, for the Jews should have realized he was no
outsider but a sincere, faithful Israelite.
What a pattern for witnessing! Several things in a testimony easily
lend themselves to witnessing. Tell with genuine joy and enthusiasm
what Christ means to you personally. Even unsaved church members will
see a definite difference and want the reality you have. To speak of
your assurance of salvation can cause those in doubt to search their
hearts or ask questions. It is important to tell how you came to know
the Lord and to present the gospel, for you may not have another
A student went to a rescue mission asking the Lord to let him lead
someone to Christ. His only part in the service was to give his
testimony. At the close he was asked to counsel. As he went into the
counseling room, a man looked up and said, "Your testimony is the
reason I'm in here"; and the student led him to Christ.
Many people have never entered into the joy of winning someone to
Christ simply because they have never tried the door. Share your
testimony with others. It may be that the Spirit has prepared a heart
to open to Christ.