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January 19, 2015, 11:00 AM

Witness with our words...

"For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard." - Acts 22:15 (NASB)

Even as Saul had his conversion experience, he was given notice that he would have the responsibility to be a witness to those around him.  He had the responsibility to tell those he came in contact with about his experience, specifically his salvation experience.  This was definitely something different for him.  Don't you know that he had to learn a new way of life, a new way of thinking, an entirely new language really.  See, the language he had been speaking was not only against Christ, but very "religious" if you know what I mean.  He had the book knowledge of what was expected, but know he had truly met the Messiah and KNEW who Christ was...and he was expected to get that across to others.  His old language did not prepare him for those types of discussions.

I was handed an article written by Lynn Waalkes, "When Words Get In The Way" that spoke to this idea.  She described some things that caused me to think we ought to be careful of as we reach out to those that are not yet believers or those that are new believers. She recommends: creating a cliche lexicon to be avoided (no "Christianese"), learning the lingo of those you are reaching, studying the trends, showing respect, and relying on Scripture (not just quoting Scipture, but "weave scripture into the discussion naturally...).  Just imagine Saul (Paul) as a new believer trying to learn a new way of life, a new way of thinking, and a new language.  Great reminder of what we are to do as we try to make sure that our "words don't get in the way."

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

 


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