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Is Witnessing A Form Of Works

Called crazy by many of my neighbors because I try to witness to everyone I can. Today a man asked me, is not my witnessing a form of WORKS? I will answer him after I get this blog's advice.

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Mima, your witnessing is a form of works. It is what we are called to do. As believers we are obedient to the Word of God. Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations" that is what our job or calling is. So that others too can hear the word and believe. What we display when we witness is the evidence of our own salvation. Our works demonstrate the fruits of the Spirit who now resides in our lives. If we were lost, we would care less what others believe.
---Mark_V. on 12/28/07

You can tell your neighbor Jesus told us to go throughout al lthe nation &baptizing them & teaching them. this "teaching" is todays word for "witnessing". It is not a "work" because if you really love the lord you'll want to do it, though the witnessing itself will not automatically give you a "ticket" to the kingdom of Heaven, but only through Jesus can we enter.So no it is not "works" it is a humbling opportunity.
---canda3996 on 12/26/07

Witnessing is serving the living God and it is also working. And it is hard work. Ofcourse, there is many ways to witness for the Lord thy God. If anyone ever ask you what kind of work you do, tell them, "I work for God and He pays well".
---catherine on 4/6/07

Linda it reminds me of another story I hear. A boy meets two pretty young ladies at college and to his surprise they wish to be friends with Him. They invite Him to a party. He gets to the party and a little while after the party starts a speaker comes up before everyone claiming "you were brought here to have a chance at accepting the Gospel." He then goes on giving the message(which is fine), except the two girls tell the boy if he doesn't accept Jesus they can no longer be His friends.
---Matthew on 4/6/07

The boy leaves the party in tears. Is that the way to draw one to Christ, through fear? When I heard that story I thought what those girls did was horrible. Using fear and emotions to get someone to accept the Gospel. So sad. =(
---Matthew on 4/6/07

To have a heart for the lost is a wonderful sign of the true believer. It comes from love which is the most important fruit of the Holy Spirit. You can tell that person that told you that, "what I do is proof of my faith and I do it because I truly love the lost. If we truly love other sas God told us too how can we sit on our butts and watch them slowly burn to death in their sins by not sharing the Gospel? Where is the love in that?"
---Matthew on 4/6/07

"Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel" is all the explanation you need to give him. It's been my experience that people who don't believe in following the COMMANDS in the word of God whether it goes against thier 'comfort zone' or not, love to use this "you're preaching a works doctrine" argument more than anything. Oh, and their second favorite is "The bible says 'judge not lest ye be judged'!" (Sometimes it seems that's the only scripture they know)
---Molly on 4/6/07

Witnessing can be a form of works if it is not done in the power of the Holy Spirit. When the Lord moves in us to witness, we know it. If it is done with the wrong heart, it can be damaging. I remember a friend in High School i brought to church with me. Some in the youth group offered to take her home, and terrorized her with the hell fire and damnation approach. That kind of witnessing is not of the Lord. That was the end of our friendship. I didn't blame her either.
---linda on 8/25/06

In this case be as wise as a serpent and as gentle as a dove when you give this neighbor the answer God gives to you.
---Amy9384 on 8/25/06

it is a commandment not a request
---r.w. on 8/24/06

Yes, witnessing is a work commissioned or commanded by Christ. Every real Christian works the works of Christ, one of which is, "Go you all into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15.
---Eloy on 4/22/06

He is doing the work through us, whatsoever He tells us to do, do it. Our works (filty rags) except when we obey His voice and seize the opportunities He sets before us, to answer everyone, of the Hope that is in us. He prepares their heart to hear, and prompts us to go tell. We may sow, water, or reap, even where we have not sown.
---kay3748 on 4/22/06

yes, it is the works of Christ, we are commanded to go into all the world and witness. do not hid your light under a bushel, you are the light of the world. those who do not witness are ashamed of jesus and he is ashamed of them.exzucuh
---Exzucuh on 3/30/06

It may be a command but it is still works. Read your Bible. Jesus even said it when he referred to the fields being white and the workers few. Remember?
---John on 1/14/06

Witnessing is one kind of good works, as well as a command. Not witnessing is a sin of omission. Christians are judged. 1Corinthians 11-15
Our works do not save us. Ephesians 2:8,9,10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works...
---Ulrika on 1/14/06

Witnessing is NOT works, it is a COMMAND (Matt. 28: 16-20 The Great Commission)!!!!
---diane9967 on 1/14/06

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Fellow heirs, witnessing should be an outcome of good works or, an outcome of someone sencing a fragance radiating off us. It dosnt always need to be that way, most times there needs to be a relationship formed or forming. As for witnessing itself, I do believe it is works, since it can be done with a tongue or a hand. As a previous post said, it needs to be done knowing that ALL glory goes to the Father. Also... Phillipians 2:12 dosnt mean that you can loose or gain your salvation by works. God's peace.
---Jacques on 1/14/06

Alan you got it all wrong, we do not "notch" it up because we know only God decides who can go to heaven & whom doesn't , & not based on how many people we speak to while on Earth or how many houses we go to. We go to speak to people door to door to tell them about the good news because we want to, nothing based on "earning"salvation.Unless you're a Witness you do not know the real deal .I was misinformed myself until I witnessed first hand the truth.
---canda3996 on 1/13/06

Now what would be wrong with it if it was works? We are asked to to good works. Jesus came and did a pile of good works. Titus 3:8 says they which believe in God should be careful to maintain good works. Go and be blessed in all the good works you do.
---john on 1/13/06

It is bad "works" if you think that it is going to save you! It is good "works" if you do it BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN SAVED and you want others to know about Jesus and what He has done for you!
---Pierre on 1/13/06

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Yes it is a form of works, but it is not done in order for you to get or keep your salvation. It is done because you have been saved and are working for the Lord, not to get on the Lords good side for salvation.

We don't work for our salvation, we work because of our salvation.
---Rev_Her_b on 1/13/06

Jehovah's Witnesses here are given a number of house calls they have to make in order to notch up points to qualification to get into heaven. That sounds like works. A Christian witnesses, because he loves Jesus, and loves his "neighbour" and therefore want him to know Jesus. He does not witness to get favour with God, but because he loves God. That's not works
---alan8869_of_UK on 1/13/06

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