Question: "How can I be an effective witness for Christ in a lost world?"

 Answer: A “witness” is someone who attests to a fact, so in order to be an effective witness for Christ, one must have first-hand knowledge of Him. John the Apostle speaks of this in 1 John 1:1-3, when he says, “That . . . which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life . . . that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you.” Today, we who have experienced new life in Christ simply give an account of His love and forgiveness. This is witnessing. To be effective in our witness, we should remember several basic things:
 
 1) the THEME of our witness is Jesus Christ. Paul defined the gospel as the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). If we aren’t explaining the sacrifice of Christ, then we’re not really sharing the gospel. See also 1 Corinthians 2:2 and Romans 10:9-10.
 
 2) the POWER of our witness is the Holy Spirit. It is the Spirit who transforms a life (Titus 3:5). As we witness, we should spend much time in prayer.
 
 3) the VALIDITY of our witness will be shown in how we live our lives. Philippians 2:15 sets this goal for us: “that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” The effective Christian witness will live his life above reproach.

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