For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16 KJV)
Right from the beginning of the ministry of Apostle Paul to the end of his life, he was a testifier of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Either he was standing before kings or commoners, Paul was never hesitant in opening his mouth to preach the gospel. The great commission as commanded by Jesus in Mark 16:15 was his watchword and this is a trait that we must imbibe from his life.
B. HOW IMPORTANT IS WITNESSING?
i. When you witness, it demonstrates that you are proud of your God (2Kg.5:2-3) and you are sure that He is reliable.
ii. When you witness, you are demonstrating your obedience to the Great Commission (Mk.16:15)
iii. When you witness, it shows that you are not ashamed of whom you have believed (Mark 8:38; 2Tim.1:8)
iv. Why did Peter feel that it was important to witness?(Acts10:38-43)
C. APOTLE PAUL AS AN EXAMPLE FOR US.
i. Read Acts 9:18-22. Paul immediately after baptism started testifying of Jesus. When last did you witness to anyone?
ii. Read Acts 26:19-23. What are your comments.
iii. Why did king Agrippa make the comments he made in Acts 26:24?
iv. Make comments on Acts 26:28.
v. How will you explain Rom.9:15& 16.
vi. Paul said that he was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ Rom.1:16, don’t you think that many people are not testifying because of shame?
D. HINDRANCES TO WITNESSING.
There are three main hindrances which may prevent one from witnessing. They are shame, lack of boldness and ignorance.
i. What does the following scriptures say about shame in witnessing for Jesus Christ? Lk.9:26; 2Tim.1:8. In your own view, what are some reasons why someone may be ashamed of witnessing for Jesus Christ?
ii. Why were the disciples praying for boldness in Acts4:29?
iii. Any Christian who doesn’t witness is an ignorant person (Mk.16:15) Do you agree? Why?
iv. Paul witnessed in any circumstance in which he found himself (Acts17:22-31). Would you have been able to witness in the circumstance in which Paul found himself in the scripture?
vi. What is the place of innovation in witnessing?
We need to learn from Paul, the ability to witness under any circumstances in which we find ourselves. How often do you witness? If you don’t witness, you are disobedient to the Great Commission.