Witnessing to Family and Friends
Although witnessing to family and friends might not seem to fit in the cult profile; it very well could. Often family members or friends have fallen prey to a specific cult or the occult. We all know that one of the most difficult groups of people to share the Gospel with is family and friends. Why is that? Because they know us, have watched us, have seen our weaknesses, failures, attitudes, etc. Jesus even said this in Mark 6:4 that “a prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house.” With this in mind, there are some things that we can do to reach lost family members and friends:
- Pray! Pray! Pray!
Remember, GOD loves them more than you ever could, and desires to have an intimate personal relationship with them. HE is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). The great theologian RA Torrey said that prayer is the key that unlocks the storehouse of God’s unlimited power. So pray believing and continuously pray for them. Put them on your prayer list. Have your church and other believers pray for them. Then watch what the LORD does!
- Live godly.
Since our family and friends know our many weaknesses and failures, strive to always live a godly, holy, and blameless life. Be transparent about your weaknesses and failures. Be quick to ask for forgiveness when you’re wrong. Never let filthy communication come out of your mouth, but that which is encouraging (Colossians 3:8). If there’s any inappropriate talk or conversations, don’t take part or respond affirmatively to it. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14)! They will see that you’re different then you used to be.
- Speak clearly.
The LORD will open the door at some specific time for you to share the Gospel, so be ready (1 Peter 3:15). Don’t chicken out! GOD promises that HE will give you the wisdom and the words you need to speak when you need to (Luke 12:11-12).
If possible, speak to them alone, especially where there are no distractions. When the LORD opens the opportunity, gently move the conversation from the natural to the spiritual (SEE Session 2).
It’s often a good idea to speak in the first person when sharing the Gospel. For example, “John, I used to think that GOD had this big scale, and if I did more good than bad, HE would eventually one day let me into Heaven. But then I read in the Bible, that we’re all sinners and our sin has separated us from GOD…”
- Make an agreement with a friend.
Since it’s often difficult speaking to your own family, make an agreement with a friend. You can speak to his family member(s) and he can speak to yours. Make sure you’re practiced up and prepared to share Jesus. You can make it a planned event (like dinner or meeting in the park, etc.) or you can make it a spontaneous visit (like visiting them in the hospital, nursing home, coming by the house, etc.) When you visit them, you might tell them many people love them and are praying for them.
- Be rich in good works.
When your family or friends see a changed life, they will take notice!
They don’t need to hear sermons from you, they need to see “a new creature in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17)! Look for opportunities to serve them, bless them, and encourage them. Remember important events in their lives, then call them, write them, visit them. Bring them flowers, go to important events, be there during discouraging times (1 Peter 2:15). They will see Christ living in you (Galatians 2:20) and will be thinking, “What’s going on, this person is different!”
- Be full of joy.
The Bible says, “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:10). The old saying, Happiness comes from happings, but joy comes from Jesus is so true. When your family or friend(s) see a transformed life by JESUS, a life full of joy, optimism, and full of peace, they will take note. Let all of your thoughts sift through the screen of Philippians 4:4-8 and 2 Corinthians 10:5.
- Be Faithful!
Learn to share the Gospel and be a faithful lifetime witness for JESUS!
The Bibles says, Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2). If the main priority of Jesus was “to seek and to save that which is lost”, can it be any less our priority? Jesus said, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19. If we’re following Jesus, we will be fishing for men. So let’s be faithful to our Wonderful Awesome Savior till we see Him face-to-face. Oh, to hear those words, well done thou good and faithful servant, it will be worth it all! Hopefully these principles will assist you in sharing the Gospel with this precious group of people. Let’s go fishing!
When I enter that pearly white city, and all the saints around me appear;
I want to hear somebody whisper, it was you that invited me here!