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Witnessing Without Speaking

Is it possible to have an effective witness without verbalization? In other words without speaking can a person have an effective witness?

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 ---mima on 2/25/09
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The witness I aspire to, is a soul humbled to accept and live out the Father's principles for life. That I may know, believe and truly rely upon HIm, to fully understand that He is ever present, and exactly what that means in the life of man. Recognizing that before Him [Jesus] there was no God formed, neither shall there be after. My greatest testimony would be a 'life' - way of being- laid down and made new through the power of Christ, to test, demonstrate, prove and approve of the fact, that the Father's Way is true and just.
---josef on 3/9/09


If your life doesn't reflect what you believe, you've got a problem. First of all, that holds more weight than anything that comes out of your mouth. The way you live will either confirm that your actions are consistent with your beliefs, or label you a hypocrite.

The Bible calls us to be salt and light. Light, because your life cannot be hidden and should model godly living, that's the first thing people see. Salt, because your beliefs should be an important ingredient in your speech. Without light, dark prevails. Salt, left unused, loses its flavor and is good for nothing.

Although your lifestyle can be a powerful witness for your faith, it is also important to be ready to give a defense for the hope that is in you.
---Laurie on 3/6/09


Sometimes it is good to just love. Allow the Holy Spirit to work.
---Denny on 3/6/09


Come on now! God's people cannot do anything without His power upon them and in them. You must wait for my Power to come upon you, then you can become my witness. Jesus said it. [Luke 24:49].I will suggest to each man or woman of God do not attempt to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ, until His power comes upon you. No flesh should be involved.
---catherine on 3/6/09


Setting a good example is important but come on now...

What if Jesus Christ, the apostles or 1st century disciples "Witnessed without verbalization?"

"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come." NASV

Is that a reference to Christians universally simply setting a good example? Hardly.
---scott on 3/5/09




"This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come." NASV

"shall be preached" Greek= "Kerysso" (Strong's G2784)

1) to be a herald, to officiate as a herald
a) to proclaim after the manner of a herald
b) always with the suggestion of formality, gravity and an authority which must be listened to and obeyed

2) to publish, proclaim openly: something which has been done
---scott on 3/5/09


Hypocrites can witness. They do it all the time. They don't practice what they say. Actions are louder than words. Thoughts, pure ones, is a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ that He lives in you. Deeds are a witness either for the devil or for the Lord Jesus Christ. Too many are a witness for Satan. Have a great day. For Jesus.
---catherine on 3/5/09


When a women gets pregnant, how long before people know she is? Even without saying a word it WILL show if she continues in it and "grows" with it and dresses the part, etc. Sure it is good to profess our faith but if you talk the talk, you better walk the walk...
---MikeFL on 3/4/09


Bruce, I don't disagree with you. My point was about the absurdity of literalism. Deaf people are saved like everyone else. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 2/27/09


Yes we can and many Christians witness mainly through their actions rather than by words most of the time.

People observe us and look out for our slip-ups. They also notice when we do good things for our neighbours and even strangers. Often our actions prompt questions and then that leaves the door open for witnessing.
---RitaH on 2/27/09




JohnnyB,

What about deaf, dumb and blind? In that case, I'd say the "witness" better lay hands on them and heal them. I doubt many with such infirmities, upon being healed, would not become believers - through faith. And even if not, how about those around them?

Of course, that "witness" had better have a double dose of the Holy Spirit to pull it off: eh?

I have to wonder how many deaf, dumb and blind there are -- witnesses aside. It's much easier to save those sound of body: yes? Much easier to be sound of body and "witness", as well.
---BruceB on 2/27/09


I believe we can be a witness for Christ without verbalisation.
1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT) So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
Speech is one of many ways to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Blessings to you.
---Bob on 2/26/09


joe-- How right you are!

Another advantage of listening first is that a person is more likely to listen to you if you first listened attentively to them.
---Donna66 on 2/26/09


joe-- How right you are!

Another advantage of listening first is that a person is more likely to listen to you if you first listened attentively to them.
---Donna66 on 2/26/09


If "faith comes by hearing," then it would seem that totally deaf people can't have faith, that is, if we must take the Bible literally. God bless.
---JohnnyB on 2/26/09


Only with a deaf population using American Sign Language:). Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Speaking the word is essential. Even those who attempt to witness by example, must be ready to explain the Gospel if/when it comes up. Otherwise, they will not understand. I suppose one could point to scriptures and grunt:). The Holy Spirit is capable of saving a person in the absence of another person but that would not qualify as A WITNESS in a human form.
---jody on 2/26/09


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Francis of Assisi once said, "Preach always. If necessary, use words." (Or something to this effect.)
---katavasia on 2/26/09


mima,

Mt 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Pretty hard to follow that command without talkin': eh?
---BruceB on 2/25/09


I believe you can witness without speaking. Because you have to listen to others before you can witness to others. Some people witness before they listen and that can lead you to say the wrong things and make the person back away from what youre saying. What you may need to is listen before you witness. Sometimes being verbal may bring your seed that you planted to the surface and it will wither and die. And you sometimes need to listen to them and listen to God. And listen for God to tell you what you need to do.
---joe on 2/25/09


No, you need to do both. You need to walk the walk and talk the talk. The witness is the Holy Ghost living through your life. It is the Holy Ghost that convicts people, not you.
---SusieB on 2/25/09


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Our life is definitely an example to people and witness to them but according to Rom 10:14-15 how can they hear except there be a preacher. Quiet evangelism can only go so far and then it stops. People need to hear the word and receive it in order to get faith.
---john on 2/25/09


Our life is definitely an example to people and witness to them but according to Rom 10:14-15 how can they hear except there be a preacher. Quiet evangelism can only go so far and then it stops. People need to hear the word and receive it in order to get faith. Just being a nice, loving person isn't enough.Luke 12:8 says that the one who confesses Jesus to man will be confessed in heaven and the one who won't will not be confessed in heaven.
---john on 2/25/09


Mima: Do you mean total silence, or just not speaking about salvation? I believe the answer is yes to both, silence and without speaking about salvation.
---Trish9863 on 2/25/09


"without a word" (1 Peter 3:1)
"rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (1 Peter 3:4)
"nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3) However >
"'So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth,
. It shall not return to Me void,
. But it shall accomplish what I please,
. And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.' "(Isaiah 55:11)
So, God's word is unconditionally guaranteed to do whatever God Himself means by His word. This would include words *He* has us thinking (o:
---Bill_bila5659 on 2/25/09


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