The Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide emphasizes that “witnessing and evangelism must continue as long as there are people who need salvation.”
- Is the statement above correct? Does witnessing end once we are in heaven, or are there reasons why we might continue to witness even after we have been saved? What would “witnessing in heaven” look like? Should witnessing on earth be carried out in a similar fashion?
- Throughout this quarter, the term witnessing has been used almost exclusively to describe the process of telling others about Jesus so as to elicit a decision for Christ. The Bible, however, talks about witnessing in several others ways.
- According to Hebrews 12:1-3, the heroes of faith that have gone before us serve as a group of witnesses. What is the purpose of describing them in this way?
- In Revelation 1:5 and 3:14, Jesus is called the “faithful Witness.” What does this say about Jesus?
- In John 8:12-18, Jesus and the Father are called witnesses. In Acts 5:32, the Holy Spirit is also described as a witness. Paul repeatedly calls God as his witness (Romans 1:9, 2 Cor. 1:23).
- In what way does the Godhead “witness” to/for/on behalf of humanity?
- How effective is their witness?
- What can we learn about being a witness from the example of the witness of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
- Immediately after describing the addition of three thousand believers, Acts 2:42-47 describes the church meeting together for fellowship, food, prayer, and mutual support–including material support for those who were needy.
- Is this “nurture” of believers something different than evangelism? Is caring for needs of fellowship and food less important than baptizing someone?
- What is the greater need in the church today: to bring new people in through evangelistic endeavors, or, to care for and keep those who God brings to us?
- What are the evangelistic activities that are most exciting to you? Are there trends in evangelism that you are especially excited about? Do you have any success stories to tell that would be of encouragement to the rest of us?
- After healing the demoniac on the other side of the lake, Jesus tells the man, “Return home and tell how much God has done for you” (Luke 8:39).
- Imagine you had three minutes to spend with someone who had never heard of Jesus before. They wanted to know what he was like. What would be the story you would share of what God has done for you?
- Think back to the time when you first fully opened your heart to Jesus. What was it that you heard about him that led you to accept him as your savior?
May God give us a full measure of his Spirit, and may we faithfully
tell of his grace now, and through all eternity.