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Witnessing with the Word
Peter 1:23

EXCEPT a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). But how is he born again? "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever" (I Pet. 1:23). The seed planted in the heart of an individual which brings forth eternal life is the Bible, the Word of God. Soul winning is essentially planting the seed until life is produced by the Holy Spirit.

Successful soul winners saturate their hearts with the sacred Scriptures and use it with holy fervor. At times the Word is "like a fire" to burn in a man's heart. Again it can be "like a hammer that breaketh . . . in pieces" (/er. 23:29). Used in witnessing, the Word is "the sword of the Spirit" (Eph. 6: 17) and can "cut to the heart" (Acts 7:54). You need not defend a tiger, just turn it loose. Don't defend the Word, just use it.

Salvation is by faith. How do the unsaved get faith? "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10: 17). People are not talked into believing the gospel, "but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through his name" (John 20:31). It is not faith in our word about Christ but in the Word of Christ itself.

Even assurance of salvation comes from the Word of God. "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life" (I John 5:13). The stated purpose of the written Word is that men "might have life" and "know" it! How important that we use the Word.

When possible, it is good to have the one to whom you are witnessing read the Word with you. Then he has the ear-gate and eye-gate to help him receive it and remember it. Often when time is short such as with a clerk in a store, it is important to have the Word memorized and be able to quote it. Remember it is the Word of God which we must sow if we expect results (Matt. 13:18-23; Rom. 10:17). The Word produces conviction and conversion. If men reject the Bible, it is not because it contradicts itself, but them.

 

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