Of the five vows that we take when joining the church, one of the most important is Witness.
1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Witnessing to others is hard for most of us. Inviting someone to Sunday church service, sharing your faith, and inviting folks to church activities are all examples of witnessing.
One way to witness is to simply tell the story of how you came to Christ. The way we live needs to show that Christ is real. How does your story go?
The following is an excerpt from a young man’s story: “My story continues. I’d be the first to say I’m not a perfect Christian. Far from it, I still make a lot of mistakes, but I even see those mistakes as a part of my story. I make sure I confess my sins to God and, when needed, to others. I then try my best to make changes that will help me live more the way God wants me to. And I try my best to be the same person at church as I am at school or on the court or on the football field. I just know that each experience I have is a part of my continuing story of faith. The story I live today isn’t dramatic. But it is still my story—and it’s still the best way to let others know that Christ is real in my life.”
Matthew 5: (ESV) 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
But have you ever thought how much you witness in your everyday activities? Your personal example is a part of your witness.
The Shawl Ministry is a powerful witness
People watch us and how we react to situations with our words and actions. These reactions are hopefully positive but sadly in some cases become a negative witness. How do we speak of our church to others? How we react to a driver that cuts us off in traffic? How we interact with the person in front of you in the grocery store in the “10 items or less” check out but has at least 40 items? We never know what personal crisis people are dealing with. A smile and a pleasant “Hello” is a great witness.
Lending a helping hand
UM Army at work and in Witness
Witnessing through Service