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Should I Witness To People

I am a very shy person. Should I even try to witness to others since I would make a mess of things?

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 ---Jamie on 6/13/06
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Definitely yes.there will be instances that when you talk to other people,God will open the window of opportunity wherein you can share the gospel.You will know this because the Holy Spirit will prompt you to share.This gospel sharing will come smoothly and naturally.
If you are shy,do not focus on your weaknesses because it is God who will arm you with strength to do the task that He asked you to do.Trust in Him.
---mj on 2/16/13

When the Person of the Holy Spirit come upon you, your shyness shall leave you.
---pat on 2/15/13

Hello, had put in a post - blogg. my posts don't get online. I am not shy. Best witness (Lifestyle) changes in my life, attitude,etc,our neighbors & friends,etc.. the ones WHO really see your witness!. Your life speaks volumns! I am not against going out & witness, my neighbors are all talking & a lady ask me " They say you live for God?" She spoke in spanish.She said people talk about me have God in my life.They are carefull now how they talk in my presense. Even the aethiest started be more respectfull. That's a miracle! He had a foul mouth.He loves to bully women.God has shut his mouth a few times, just a look! He straighten up! It's yes Ma'm. etc. Glory be to God! Love of Jesus
---ELENA on 2/14/13

If you are shy, let your life be you witness
---francis on 2/14/13

I don't come up to people and buttonhole them, but if they ask me about the unique 3 barred Cross I wear, I tell them, and mention how Jesus has worked in my life and the lives of others I know.

The greatest "witness" in the world said, "I plant, Apollos waters, but God gives the increase."

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/14/13

gordon, I am shy also. It is hard for me to just walk up to someone and witness to them. I hate rejection...and people this day and age laugh right in our faces. that is why I like my t-shirt. some have come up to me and ask what "just a place to spend the night". we know when we are in the grave its more than just spending a night but on the other hand, when we are carried to heaven, it will only seem like a night. get you a t-shirt that will be interesting to people around you.
---shira4368 on 2/14/13

Thankyou, bro.Cluny, very much for your correction. May the Lord richly. bless you! Love of jesus..ELENA
---ELENA on 2/14/13

Jamie, GOD understands you are shy. Ask HIM to either, give you Holy Ghost Boldness OR, actually, you can at least share some good Gospel Tracts with people. Either give them to them personally, or, leave them where people can get to them. Just do SOMETHING to get the Word out. For, GOD loves you, and, HE loves those other people who are either Lost, back-slidden or Saved. HE wants HIS Gospel out however it can be. If you decide with Tracts, use some that tell the Truth about Eternal Life in Heaven and that warn about Hell and the everlasting Lake of Fire. That way they can make an honest Choice! YAHUSHUA (JESUS) Bless you for your heart in this! :-)
---Gordon on 2/14/13

I believe that many make a mess of things when they try to use their own idea's to bring the gospel to people. When we are patient, God begins to work in someone's life, and then He will bring both you and that person together, where you then are guided by the Spirit to bring the gospel to that person. You are guided by the Spirit on what to say, and from there on, it is the work of God that brings salvation. We don't save anyone, God does the saving through the Word.
Sometimes the person might hear the gospel and not make a decision until many years later, when the Spirit regenerates the heart of the person. Other times it is instantly. God is in control of that.
---Mark_V. on 2/14/13

Witnessing to people does NOT involve giving them a sermonette and then demanding the quick decision for Jesus RIGHT NOW.

We ALWAYS witness to people by our actions. The question you should ask is do your ACTIONS resound with your faith.

Francis of Assisi said, "Preach the Gospel always. If necessary, use words."

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/14/13

Jamie: Usually it is God that empowers people to do His work/will. If you read Moses, Jeremiah's answers when God called them, you will find them similar to yours. Easy way to start is: Start praying that the Lord should use you to minister to others, HE will work out the rest.
---Adetunji on 2/14/13

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

It should not be hard to witness. you sort have to pick times. I have a t-shirt that is an attention getter for Christ. it is a randy perry shirt that says..."just a place to spend the night".
---shira4368 on 2/13/13

You will not make a mess of things if the Person of the holy spirit is in you and upon you. You may not always be thrill with your performance, but, God is looking for faithful people who will obey Him and follow Him. He is not looking for perfect people. If you belong to Him, He loves you, try to learn to relax.
---pat on 2/13/13

There is more then one way to witness. You should find a way to spread the Gospel. Even if you just send books of papers to people. Or if you give money to ministries that help people.
---Samuelbb7 on 2/13/13

It is what we are called to do. We are to bear fruit in keeping with repentence. The unprofitable servant is dealt with harshly. To be in Christ is to bear MUCH FRUIT. But some of us have nothing to say as Christ is not living within us so there is nothing to say. It is seen in the church. What is in us SHOWS.
---bike on 2/13/13

\\Christ fed the poor and hungry on the mount.\\

ELENA, you are confusing the feeding of the 5000 in John 6 with the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5.

The feeding of the 5000 took place on a PLAIN--a flat place, not on a mountain.

They are two different events.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 2/13/13

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Moderator permit-Beloved,Family of God and also, those who are not believers one the way we share and I am very gratefull, we have a new pastor and we once again have our food pantry which is a good witness,Christ fed the poor and hungry on the mount.welcome anyone on the 2nd & 4th Wed. Our food pantry LaComunidad Presbyterian Church, Southwest Detroit,Michigan 12:00 noon till 1:30 pm. May God bless anyone in need. Thank you Jesus!
---ELENA on 2/13/13

An old song - "Oh Christian do you know you are a sermon in shoes?"
Your life is witness to what you believe
"Love them til they ask why - then love them more" as you answer their questions
---Fleur on 8/2/12

The correct way to accomplish your desires/goal is to mind YOUR business and accept that they wish to ignore God. Their intention is to SHUN the one you love,......AND YOU'RE GOING TO FEEL SORRY FOR THEM????/

The Great Commission was fulfilled in the first century by those that Jesus spoke to.

1 Thessalonians 4:11
---more_excellent_way on 8/2/12

Evangelism today is usually a marketing tool. The Good New is not what is being preached by most street preachers.

Ro 5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

2C 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

It is plain from Scriptures that hell and damnation are not a part of the Evangel of God.

Sin was dealt with by the perfect Sacrifice. It is now about unbelief, not sins.

It is about being a new creation in Christ through belief in His death, burial, and resurrection.
---Phil on 8/1/12

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It is the gospel which is the power of God unto salvation. His Word, Truth, not our own clever words or tactics, as He leads in any GIVEN situation. We dont even have to plan it, God brings it about as He Wills. When one sees Christ and not a good person as in many religions or many of the religious, they are drawn by and to Christ in us, the (only) hope of glory. Do not worry ahead what to say, God will lead as the individual circumstance and need requires. Trust totally in Him. 1 Cor 1:17,18, 1 Cor 2:1-5, Rom 1:16
I too am shy when speaking with others, and think of Moses and how God used him for His purpose and glory. He is able. Also, I agree that how one lives is testimony
---Chria9396 on 8/1/12

More damage has been done to the cause of Christ by inappropriate "witnessing". A Christian "witness" is not just any given Christians opinion about any controversial issue. A friend of mine pickets abordtion clinics and calls it witnessing! Christ and his love and his mercy are the theme of the great comission. If you have experienced these, you may have something to say that will help someone. but there is a time for silence too. Your primary witness is a life lived in the is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. that arise from the Spirit of Christ in you. As a wise man once said----"always witness----if necessary, use words".
---joao on 8/1/12

Jesus COMMANDS (NOT suggests) that we MUST witness to people. You must witness if you are to be obedient to Jesus. Ask God for BOLDNESS to minister His Word to others, and just as He did for me (a shy person), He will do it for you.
---Leslie on 2/9/08

Don't expect to mess things up. That is a lie from Satan. Instead, pray and ask God for opportunities to discuss God with the people you already know, like coworkers and friends. Pretty soon, it will come naturally.
---Madison1101 on 2/9/08

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Yes when you see Jesus face to face you will be judged because of all the people who will be lost because you did not witness. The way of the master by Ray Comfort is a great teaching to enable you. God bless.
---Susan on 8/1/06

Hi; I was really interested in the heated discussions about the "cold" question and all. I once did door-to-door with a college group (many years ago) and we asked strangers the question; well I will NEVER FORGET the woman who started crying and said angrily "I just lost my son 2 weeks ago"! Did we minister to her? I don't think so. Tact and letting Christ be the guide are the keys. He knows what a person's been through; we do not.
---Mary on 7/31/06

I've used Chick tracts, and I remember some of them are pretty good: the classic "This Was Your Life" (whole life accounted at Judgment Day), "The Long Trip" (2 paths in life), "Doom Town" (about homosexuality), "One Way" (simple pic gospel) and "The True Path", "Somebody Loves Me" (simple pic gospel of abused child). I haven't been to their website or purchased any of his tracts lately, so no doubt by now they probably have some new ones.
---Eloy on 6/15/06

You need not witness in words. Witness in deeds! Help. Cooperate. Share. By helping, cooperating, and sharing your time and resources you are living the life of a good Christian. Doing and setting the example is more effective than witnessing in words.
---Bebet3754 on 6/15/06

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Mima, (cont'd). The EASIEST way to witness is to leave a (Chick) tract on a bench or somewhere where many will see it, stand back a ways and watch someone pick it up and read it. You can put either your first name & phone # or your church's name and #. You don't have to say a word to anyone. It's fun to see what they do with the tract. Blessings.
---Linda_P. on 6/14/06

Mima, thre are many ways to do soul winning. I prefer using CHICK TRACTS (small comic books). I walk up to a few people, or more, handing out my tracts and saying..."Hi, my name is Linda and I have something for you." When they ask what it is I say something like..."It tells you how to get to heaven", or if it's just all guys I say..."It tells you how not to go to Hell."
---Linda_P. on 6/14/06

Donna2277, that's EXACTLY what I meant.

St. Peter says to "always be ready to give a reason for the hope that lies in you--but do it with gentleness and respect."

G&R specifically excludes impaling people all of a sudden with unexpected, tactless, embarassing, and personal questions.
---Jack on 6/14/06

I understand what Jack meant about the question "Why would God let you into heaven"...or words to that effect. He did not say it was a COLD question, rather that asking it "cold", (that is, without some conversational prelude, or to some one who doesn't know you) could be a real turn off. I think it's a VERY good question if used with some sensitivity. It tells you immediately if one is a Christian or just thinks he is. Then it is easy to explain the Gospel clearly.
---Donna2277 on 6/14/06

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My Uncle got saved 6 months before he died when I asked him: "Unk, if you were to die today, and God asked you, why should I let you into my heaven, what would you say." I had NO idea he was going to die in 6 months, but the Holy Spirit did. Is this still a cold question Jack? Don't think so....
---Donna9759 on 6/14/06

Jack, some of your answers I like, some I don't. If you must know, that was taught to me at an Evangelism class and every Thurs. night for 2 years we went door to door and won souls with that question. The folks let us in their house, some gave us tea, and some of them accepted Christ. It is NOT a cold question, only to you it is. Could it be Jack, you're just seeing it that way? You seem so hard and cold, so I wonder if it's you that sees it that way and not those we witnessed to all those 2 years.
---Donna9759 on 6/14/06

I think a better question would be: what did you do to deserve heaven being brought to you in the person of Jesus? When you place the focus on the heart of God who initiated it all to begin with, folks can't pass by that wisdom. It is a river that is over the head.
---Linda6563 on 6/14/06

Last Friday I went Soulwinning. I sat down on a public bench on the sidewalk. As people walked by I witnessed to them. I saw not one person saved in three hours. First a 65-year-old atheist wanted to argue. After being turned down by several people I had a college student who had just discovered the word "absolutism" talk to me for over on hour. So this was one of my worst experiences at Soulwinning.
---mima on 6/14/06

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There is witness through:

1. Our lives

2. Our lips

3. Our love one for another.

The places we miss it the most are numbers 1 and 3. When we miss it there, all we have left is number 2.
---Linda6563 on 6/14/06

Jamie, all you have to do is to just be yourself when you talk to others, and God will bring up to you the right words to share the person you're talking to. And don't worry that you might glorify yourself, because that could never happen when you're walking in prayer as all real Christians do, and if all you're doing is bragging about Jesus. You may even become good friends, and if you get to lead them in a prayer together we will all gain a new family member, and you could invite her to church.
---Eloy on 6/14/06

Qualifications for being a soulwinner are minimal, very minimal, the overriding consideration I believe is eternal security. A person who does not believe in eternal security is of little use as a soulwinner since by definition he is teaching works. Do this, do that, person being saved must do something to retain (or keep) their salvation. Because according to their beliefs God is unable to keep them. So I would encourage you to ask yourself do you believe in eternal (OSAS) security?
---mima on 6/14/06

"Why should God let you into heaven" is quite a question to ask someone cold. It's NOT a conversation starter, especially at work.

Tactless can get doors slammed in your face--literally and figuratively.
---Jack on 6/14/06

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After posting to Jamie about the cards it occurred to me that I do not know anyone's situation. So if for any reason others on this blog would like this information please contact me-- at penpals I am mima3783
---mima on 6/14/06

If you are too shy or feel you have a lack of knowledge. I am more than willing to send you 5 cards (size 4 by 5) that will speak for you and make you a soulwinner. Does this sound crazy? Remember cowards don't start and the weak die along the way, so give this a try. Surely you can give someone a card. I have used this method before with a new Christian and it brought him great success in soulwinning At Penpals I am mima3783.
---mima on 6/14/06

Experience has shown me that both Ricky and Helen are soulwinners. Principally because they understand that it is the Holy Spirit who does the wooing, who does the convicting, who in fact does the saving. Aside from letting the Holy Spirit work you will invariably fall into lifestyle evangelism, behavioral evangelism, and the mythical believe that you are accomplishing something when in reality nothing is happening except self glorification.
---mima on 6/14/06

I like tom2 answer. You can also use some questions to start the conversation. Ask: If God were to ask you today, why should I let you into my heaven, what would you say? Then let them answer. Then give them the RIGHT answer if they didn't give it to you first. Make sure you know what the right answer is. There's only one way into heaven, and that's Jesus. Study the scriptures BEFORE you begin to witness. Don't be scared, be led by the Spirit.
---Donna9759 on 6/14/06

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There is more to witnessing than trying to force someone to make the quick evangelical decision NOW or being a hit man for Jesus.
---Jack on 6/14/06

I reccomend using tracts. The Fellowship Tract League will send you them for free. Tracts don't forget their message, get into arguements with people, or any other things humans tend to do.
---Sam on 6/14/06

Knowledge will increase your confidence. When you know what you're talking about it's easier to talk about it. Study the scriptures to show yourself approved and not ashamed. Walk in prayer, and if you really love Jesus, than just brag about him to people, and tell them the good things that he has done and is doing in your life. Tell them how you asked him to come into your heart and life, and how he has become your good friend who never abandons you, and how he just blesses you greatly.
---Eloy on 6/14/06

Acts 1:8 "But ye shall recieve power when the the Holy Ghost has come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me!"

we have to remember that God give us the words to say. The only reason that you have a burden to witness is because the Holy Spirit convicted you. The Holy Spirit wouldnt give you the conviction and then leave you on your own. He is the helper!
Your not alone.
---eric on 6/14/06

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Jamie, check out Acts 4. When they were being persecuted they prayed for boldness & God gave it to them. So ask God to give you the boldness to witness to folks. That's what I did & I can't count the number of folks that I witnessed to and/or got saved.
---Rickey on 6/14/06

Don't worry about being shy. You are always a witness. Your actions are the most positive witness you have. If a person wants to know more about Christianity, because of your life-style, they will ask you-you don't have to "button-hole" them. The Bible states that you will be given the correct words at that time. So, don't worry about it - just let go and let God.
---WIVV on 6/13/06

jamie, the greatest witness for a young christian is the changed life that others who know you see.start at that point, Study Gods word in a good bible based church and grow from that you learn and begin to understand God word more and more through submitting to his will you will eventually become a witness verbally through the holy spirit.just as good food and excercise lead to a strong body Gods word and study lead to a strong spirit.
---tom2 on 6/13/06

Had the same problem myself. So I would say "Lord speak through me" --- was amazing what would come out of my mouth sometimes. Trust in the Lord with all your heart ... Put no confidence in the flesh.
---Helen_5378 on 6/13/06

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Do you have your own story about Jesus in your life, and want to share it with everyone?

How could you mess that up?
No one else but YOU can do that!
Get out there, and let Jesus make sense of your words, the Holy Spirit WILL take over when your heart is right because this is TRULY God's work.
---Pharisee on 6/13/06

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