A Capsule Lesson on Witnessing
1 Peter 3:15 provides an ideal pattern for witnessing:
“. . . sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.”
- Sanctify or hallow God within your heart. This reminds us that a good witness comes from a right heart relationship with God.
- Be ready. The opportunities to bear witness are according to God’s schedule, not ours. They can come at any time, anywhere, in any situation.
- Give an answer. You can’t answer something that has not been asked. Ideally, witnessing comes as a response to a question or problem that God wants to answer.
- The hope that is in us: we witness based on a reasonable hope, “the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1b). That hope cannot be our wishful thinking, but must be based on the promises of God in Scripture. It is an inside hope, not an outside chance.
- The attitude of the witness must be with meekness and fear. This refers to a dual approach—humility toward the person to whom we tell the Good News, and reverence toward the God of whom we tell.