How to Witness, part 3: Afterward

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Today is the final installment in my How to Witness miniseries. In part 1, we looked at the preparation for witnessing; prayer, thought, and friendship. In part 2 last week, I gave some tips for how to approach the person and the actual conversation itself.

You might have thought that was the last post. But there are some things I want to say about the aftermath, what you should do after sharing the gospel with someone. Your work will not be done; it’s important that you continue to be there for the person you witnessed to.

If They Are Open and Interested

If they show interest and are open to learning more about Christianity (or if they want to become a Christian right then!), congratulations! You planted the seeds, God worked, and you are the instrument of bringing someone to Christ.

So what do you do now?

Invite them to church or youth group with you.

If they are interested in learning more, invite them to come to your church or youth group. Go with them. Give them a ride if they need it, and do everything you can to make them feel comfortable. Introduce them to your pastor and help start a conversation about questions they may still have.

Continue to pray for them.

Even when someone accepts Christ, you shouldn’t stop praying. They may be facing a lot of opposition in the weeks ahead, and you want them to be able to stand strong. Continue to pray for them often.

Be a friend and a mentor.

The last thing you want to do after someone comes to Christ is desert them and leave them to figure it out on their own. Like I said before, they might be facing opposition from family, friends, or even just inside themselves. Be there for them the whole time.

Start having weekly Bible studies with them. Be available if they need to talk. Help them with questions they have about their faith as they start to learn more about it. But absolutely don’t just leave them in the dust!

If They Aren’t Interested

Rejection can be tough. If you try to share the gospel with someone and they shut you down, it can be hard to deal with. If you have been praying for them and preparing for this for a long time, it’s hard to understand why God would close the door in your face.

The important thing to remember is that you don’t always know what seeds have been planted. Every Christian this person meets in their life will have a different role to play. Maybe the next time someone talks to them about God, they will be more ready to listen because you made the first step.

You may not see how God works in their lives later on. Know that there was a reason for your conversation and that it could be used by God to soften their hearts much later down the road.

What do you think? Did you enjoy this series? What tips would you add to this? Do you have any witnessing stories to share? Tell me in the comments below! 

♥ love, grace ♥

 

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