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Do You Witness On The Streets

Do people still go out into the streets and Evangalize? Does anyone know of a good Evangelism class that is effective? What do you ask people when you walk up to them and witness to them?

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 ---Donna9759 on 5/25/06
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Witnessing on the steets is not for everyone but everyone can do this, if they so choose. We have myriad ways to share the gospel with others(The Great Commission).I have witnessed on the steets. I simply start a pleasant conversation with someone.I ask where do they attend church and so forth. I may invite them to my church. I might ask to pray for them right on the street. Most of the time what I offer, is well received. If not--I move on. Wish them well. There is some rejection in this approach. Some people can not handle rejection well, so they do not use this method. I personally like to leave gospel tracts with others. They will fit most anywhere. And still get the gospel message across.
---Robyn on 4/23/11

Street evangelism takes many forms.

Mima's approach is good in getting into conversation and leading it to the gospel.

Others preach from street corners. When pedestrians stop to wait for the Walk signal you have a captive audience who get to hear the gospel. Some will even approach you to talk.

No need for classes. Use the approach your most comfortable with. Whatever your approach don't worry if you see no results. They may come to the Lord later after hearing you share the gospel.
---Haz27 on 4/23/11

Donna, whatever you decide to do or who's information you follow, the Spirit will guide you to those He has prepared for you to come in contact with. Just trust in God.
---Daniel on 4/23/11

Recently I witnessed to two young boys about 15 years of age at a funeral service both young men received the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior. So you see Dot any place any time is a suitable time to witness. One of my strangest cases of witnessing took place in a grocery checkout line in Phoenix, Arizona, and the lady who had met my wife before, received the Lord Jesus as her personal savior and she happened to be Jewish.
---mima on 4/21/11

---Dot you desire a good thing. Witnessing unto soulwinning is the highest work you can do for the Lord.
The number one requirement is to START. Nothing equals effort and the Holy Spirit has promised to go with you and before you in this endeavor. I always start off with, may I ask you a question? I have never been told no. At which time I asked them are you absolutely positively certain sure that you will go to heaven you die? Stop talking let them answer.
---mima on 4/20/11

Dot. I highly recomend the book by Bill Hybels called "A walk across the room". It is about listening to the HS to know how hard to press Jesus correctly without being seeming to be hateful and cruel. We sometime can come off that way.
---Scott on 4/20/11

I know some Christians that still go to the streets and witness to the unsaved. I want to go out and win souls for the Lord too, but I don't know what to say when I walk up to them. Can anyone help me?
---Dot on 4/19/11

Andrea, there are a few true teachers and many false teachers. Just as there are few true Christian and many false apostate Christians. If I see a teacher talking just like Jesus. If his message is a mixture of repentance,hell,love,obedience,Jesus,Jesus is God, the gifts of the Spirit and blood atonement then you most likely got yourself a Godly lead preacher. If any of these things are rejected or avoided by the preacher, you throw that preacher out the window(not literally).
---Matthew_from_LA on 9/24/07

No one can teach you how to use a gift of the Spirit for they are given by God as he wills. Classes for learning how to use a gift leads to false gifts.
---Matthew_from_LA on 9/24/07

Someone in my family was going to go to class to learn how to heal people. Now, this is a gift of which God gives the true believers. No need for classes. Is this person saved? No. Is this person a false teacher in church? YES. When she first told me about this I was a babe in Christ. Now I know more and better. No need for classes you only need God.
---catherine on 9/24/07

Catherine - you sound like you love the Lord and the Holy Ghost is our instructor - God said He will write His law on our hearts.

He has also given us teachers, surprisingly right in the middle of gifts

1Cr 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly TEACHERS, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
---Andrea on 9/24/07

I do not believe in any kind of classes that involves gifts of the spirit or callings on ones life. Speak only the words God gives you and follow His directions. I witness. I talk to Jesus outloud, I take Him shopping with me.. I pray over my food outloud with my head held up. God controls the tone of my voice. And I witness in other ways. Helping people while you are out is a good thing. I know that actions, walking in love is just as effective or more so than quoteing scriptures.
---catherine on 9/24/07

Amen, I also believe that Bible tracts can be very effective in winning someone to Christ. We have a tract ministry at our Church, and we use sandwich bags and make up what I refer to as tract packs. The ones we make up for kids has Biblical childrens tracts in them, and we usually put some candy in them as well.
---Cynthia on 9/23/07

Yes---I do evangelize on the streets.. but not as much as I would like to. Tracts are my favorite way to share the gospel with the Lost. If someone wants to pray and ask Jesus into their heart right on the streets, we do it right there. If they have quesions I will answer them. Sometimes people just want to pray. That's ok,too. The harvest is truly ripe but the labourers are few.I usually ask can I share the gospel with them or leave a tract.Very friendly never pushy.
---Robyn on 9/23/07

Tracts do have a place in evangelism. I know someone who had a total life transformation after being given 2 tracts on a bus. We should be prepared to use all means at out disposal to tell others of Christ.
---RitaH on 9/23/07

Donna 9759 if you are still looking at this blog please contact me I am-- mima3783-- at penpals.
---mima on 9/23/07

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Did Jesus put tracts on doorsteps? No, He didn't. If anyone should have had a reason to do that, it should have been Him since He was only one man. Instead, He interacted with people and knew them intimately. He spent time communicating with them and meeting their needs. He told us to make disciples and it is extremely hard to make a disciple of someone you have never met because you evangelized them with something you laid on their doorstep or table.
---Linda on 9/22/07

Jesus, as just one man with twelve disciples, did far more than that. Those same twelve who followed Him turned the world upside down by preaching the gospel and having the Word confirmed with signs and wonders following. It has always stunned me into immobility to see someone sit at a restaurant for over an hour, never speak to the waitress except to order their food or complain, never speak the name of Jesus in front of her, and then lay a tract on the table.
---Linda on 9/22/07

To me that reeks of cowardice and a lack of desire to get to know anyone outside your "circle". Kind of like saying, "You aren't good enough to speak to, so I'll just leave you my calling card" or "I don't have the time to spend with you so I will just hang this little booklet on your door". For some reason, I have a real problem with that though I am thankful for those folks who got saved in spite of it all.
---Linda on 9/22/07

I know I am going to probably upset some applecarts over this but even Jesus, who knows we have the written word, still sent the Holy Spirit for the purpose of relationship.
---Linda on 9/22/07

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Let's not make The Great Commission complicated first thing THE LORD said to the disciples was follow me, and I will make you to become fishers of men-the last thing in Acts 1:8 was a promise that we would receive power and we would be witnesses.Get a few thousand good Gospel tracts and place them on every house in your town,and when you run out get a few thousand more...We use tracts from Tract Fellowship League and Chick Publications. Tracts are a very simple answer to what seems to be a tough question.
---doug on 9/22/07

Fitst ask them how they are doing. Listen to what their burdens or cares are. Once you have listened ask to pray with them.
The key is do not put yourself first.
Share with them that Jesus cares about them and died on the cross for them. The love of Christ is what won me over.
---Debra on 7/5/07

I start a conversation with them by asking them what time it is or the date. By doing so you can tell if the person is upset or wants to talk. Then you can, somewhat, see how to go about witnessing to them. Then I ask them have they excepted Jesus as their Savior instead of asking them if they are a christian. Many folks believe they are christians because they got baptized, go to church, do or don't do certain things, etc.
---Rickey on 7/5/07

Yes! I live in DC, and I have seen it.I witness all the time,bus,train,and walking! Iam a people person, and can start a conversation, just saying Hello! People are hurting, and need someone to listen.I give out the "Daily Bread" devotional, my church invite cards. There are so many ways we can share Jesus, with the unsaved....Just be creative, allow the Holy Spirit to lead, and be willing to "listen" to people, and meet them where they are.
---sandr5667 on 6/15/06

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I witness to people just about anywhere -- usually waiting for the Bus or Train. Have witnessed on the Bus to a young lady whose whole family had got saved, but she hadn't come in yet. I find it extremely helpful to say silently "Lord, speak through me"... when I don't I get in the Lord's way and mess it up I reckon.
---Helen_5378 on 5/28/06

I don't go to the streets to witness. I do get a lot of chances when I am shopping and strike up chats with others.
I often am humming Christian songs and don't even realize I can be heard and have people close by ask me what I'm singing, and that starts a good conversation. I know of at least 5 families who have visited our church after witnessing to them in the grocery store in the last year.
---NVBarbara on 5/28/06

Donna, thanks. Praise to God, for he is not willing that any should perish, but that all should righten and be saved.
---Eloy on 5/28/06

Eloy-I think how we evangelize depends somewhat on our individual personalities, knowing that the Holy Spirit can use anyone who is willing. Maybe, as a woman, I am a little more suspicious of strangers than a man would be, esp. those that are assertive or ask personal questions (thus my remark about people walking away) Perhaps, I'm even more suspicious than some women, having had some bad experiences. But I pray that the Lord will bless you and your ministry to the max!
---Donna2277 on 5/27/06

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Okebaram---yes, there are 2 Donnas. I'm Donna2277, who said the average non-Christian doesn't understand what "saved" means. I understand that that doesn't apply to ALL non-Christians. In fact, Eloy, says he has won many to the Lord with the methods he described. The results are what's important...whatever helps open peoples eyes! There's no ONE way to reach everybody. The 85 word limit can make one sound as if they are generalizing more than they really do.
---Donna2277 on 5/27/06

We are to share our faith with the lost so that they too can become saved, but some people just do not know how to be friendly and talk to others. If we are walking in prayer, in the Holy Spirit, then evangelizing or conversing to others should not be a burdensome task but a joyous pleasure. To the simple I speak simple, to the intellectual I speak intellectually, and to the vulgar I can speak vulgar, in order to win as many as will come to God's saving grace.
---Eloy on 5/27/06

Donna, my conclusion about why you posted this blog might be wrong because I drew it from by interpretation of the two Donnas as one Donna. Sorry if I was wrong.

Honor, one of the mistakes you and others are making concerning this topic is speaking on behalf of ALL unbelievers. You shouldn't completely rule out a decent method without considering that there are different people with different mentalities and ways they relate. There could be different approaches depending on the listener
---Okebaram on 5/27/06

Hold on... are there two Donnas?
---Okebaram on 5/27/06

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Wouldn't streets dwellers prefer to see the more practical workings of Christ's love for them rather than challenging words about their beliefs?Would I want to know about God if I were in their circumstances?I think not.I might want to know what He's going to do to help me help myself.We all have the power to make a difference.Isn't witnessing about making that difference.To reflect the love that we've received and to give it back through the love we give to others..unconditionally,non-judgementally.
---Honor on 5/27/06

Donna I agree that the majority of people would not understand terms such as born-again saved. Even many who profess to be Christians have problems with these terms. I don't think we get very far witnessing unless we use words that we know will be understood at the first saying,and speak in a non-threatening way. I shall remember "If God were to say to you why should I let you into my heaven, what would you tell him?" I think that is going to be really helpful.
---M.P. on 5/27/06

donna, no not at all, for I have had the opportunity to lead many in prayer up to Christ, and what a blessing it is to see them later on attending a church I visit and worshipping the Lord. Of course they are personal questions, they are meant to be; I am a personal person, and so is my Lord.
---Eloy on 5/27/06

(Mod, what happened to the examples of "starting a conversation" that I posted. Did you erase them because I said they were an excerpt? Well, they were an excerpt from my own original writing on the issue and not from any publication or whatever you thought. Was there another reason why you didn't post them?)

Moderator - Since they are your original writing, please post again.
---Okebaram on 5/26/06

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I usually talk to homeless people around where I work. I just say something about Jesus or Praise God for good weather. I always bring the name of Jesus up and people usually talk back with me.
---Nellah on 5/26/06

Sorry, I must have had atypo error.
I meant to say NON-Christian not Christian.
Yes, the average non-Christian knows what you mean if you ask "are you saved?"... But if they don't, asking you what you mean is a good way to start a conversation.
But your method is very good too.
---Okebaram on 5/26/06

Okibaram-- What I said was: The average non-Christian doesn't know what "saved" and "born again' mean. I did not grow up in church, so I know whereof I speak. I usually try to get acquainted a little before I ask spiritual questions. And I go out of my way to avoid "Christian-ese", trying to use language that ANYBODY can understand. I know that Eloy has a heart for soul winning. I was just asking about his approach.
---Donna2277 on 5/26/06

Comm'n Donna. The average Christian knows what you mean if you ask "are you saved?" or "are you a Christian?". Well, even if they don't, asking you what you mean is a very good way to start a conversation.
---Okebaram on 5/26/06

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I think the most profound thing I was taught when witnessing on the streets is: Ask the person, "If God were to say to you why should I let you into my heaven, what would you tell him?" That's a good opener and I've led people to the Lord after a longggg conversation, but that's a start, amen?
---Donna9759 on 5/26/06

Eloy--You use these questions as "openers"? The average non-Christian doesn't know what "saved" or "born again" mean. "Do you want to become a real Christian?" If a stranger asked me that, I'd feel insulted. If they asked "do you know how to pray?", I'd probably say "Sure, would you like me to pray for you?" Don't you find that a lot of people just walk away? These are all pretty personal questions coming from a complete stranger.
---Donna2277 on 5/26/06

Yes. Some openers are, "Do you believe in Jesus? Do you go to church? Are you a born-again Christian? Do you believe that there is a God? Are you saved? Do you want to be saved? Do you want to become a real Christian? Do you know how to pray? God is good. Jesus saved me when I was...Now I'm never alone...Let me pray for you. etc. etc.
---Eloy on 5/26/06

Definitely, NO! It is very dangerous to be wandering about the streets. Living the life of a Christian is the most effective type of evangelism that a Christian can do. I normaly would say, "hello! how are you?" when I meet a person for the first time. When I witness, I usually would look into the background information first before attempting to share the Lord's message. I don't witness to total strangers.
---Raine on 5/26/06

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The Father has empowers me with a calm, quiet, gentle attitude along with a sincere desire to uplift, edify and benefit all He brings me into contact with. By His grace He is lifted up in all I do or think. My witness is a soul humbled to accept and live out His principles. Some see this as weakness others see it as power. I see it as the Fathers plan and intent for the life He has given me. I ask little and answer all.
---josef on 5/26/06

The best witness is the behavior that you show to people every day. Actions speak louder than words.
---Grace on 5/25/06

Purity breeds confidence in the spirit.

There's no class that teaches courage of conviction. Pray for spiritual gifts.

That's what makes an evangelist different, the conviction of his mission and full devotion to it. (John the Baptist is an ideal example)

The gift can begin as a passion, and while a class can ignite it, some find it naturally at their conversion like a glass slipper in the hand of their prince.

What does anyone say to a dying man weaving his own deathbox?
---Pharisee on 5/25/06

I do my best to witness,s the great commision.
---tom on 5/25/06

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I once wrote an article about this (but it is too big to post it here).
Well, there are different approaches, but try to have a conversation, a chat.
---Okebaram on 5/25/06

So I let them know what Jesus said in John 3:3-5 & Romans 10:9-10. Also, by praying in the Spirit ahead of time you'll be asking the Father how to go about doing things, what to say, interceding for folks, etc.
I hope this helps because I have won many folks to the Lord by doing this.
---Rickey on 5/25/06

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