Witnessing for Jesus in a Hostile World!
To be effective witnesses for Christ, we need to recognize that many people will not like our message and therefore they may not like us. If we are faithful, we may suffer persecution or even death. Given that unpleasant prospect, what should motivate us to bear witness? The Lord’s glory: He is now risen from the dead, at the right hand of the Father, returning soon to judge the world in righteousness. He has entrusted to us the message of salvation through the cross. But we can’t compromise the message by hiding the reality of judgment if people do not repent. Don’t be judgmental, but do tell the truth about God’s coming judgment.
Here are a few things you must remember when witnessing for Jesus in a hostile world!
A. To witness in a hostile world without stumbling, you must face the difficulty of the task: you will be persecuted and you may get killed (John 16:1-4).
B. To witness to a hostile world, you must focus on the Lord’s glory, not on your own needs (John 16:5-6).
C. To witness to a hostile world, you must join the Holy Spirit in His witness concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:7-11).