Biblical Example: Peter in Acts 2
Verse: 2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word of God. Be persistent, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.
Characteristics: confident, assertive, direct; has spiritual awareness; has strong opinions and convictions; likes to get directly to important spiritual issues.
Cautions: Use tact when confronting people with truth to keep them from becoming unnecessarily offensive; remember love, gentleness, humility [1 Peter 3:15]; be considerate of others with different witnessing styles; avoid accusation, temper, lack of respect, pushiness, being too confrontational, etc; be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading, not your own.
Biblical example: Paul in Acts 17
Verse: 2 Corinthians 10:5: With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ
Characteristics: inquisitive, analytical, logical; thoughtful about what they believe and why; like to debate what is true; can have deep conversations about spiritual things
Cautions: Do not substitute sharing answers for sharing the truth about Jesus, and be careful not to become argumentative; have a humble attitude; get thru arguments to essential spiritual issues and highlight Jesus and why He matters.
Biblical Example: Blind man in John 9
Verse: 1 John 1:3 – We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us.
Characteristics: Clear communicator, storyteller, good listener, can make truths about Jesus practical and relevant.
Cautions: Beware of talking about yourself but not relating your experience to the other person’s life. You need to listen to them first and connect your story to their situation; focus on Jesus and scripture, not just on yourself; practice your story, but go beyond it to make Jesus the hero of your story.
Biblical Example: Matthew in Luke 5:29
Verse: 1 Corinthians 9:22b – I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.
Characteristics: Warm personality, conversational, friendship oriented.
Cautions: Avoid valuing friendship over truth-telling; presenting the gospel may mean causing friction in the relationship, but it must be done; develop interpersonal or counseling skills
Biblical example: Woman at the well in John 4 (witnessing to the townspeople);
Verse: Luke 14:23: Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full'
Characteristics: Hospitable, relational, persuasive; able to invite others to religious events
Cautions: Do not always let others do the talking for you; always be ready to explain it (1 Peter 3:15)
Biblical Example: Dorcas in Acts 9
Verse: Matthew 5:16: In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father
Characteristics: Others-centered, humble, patient; see needs in others’ lives and graciously meet their needs; good style for shy, quiet people; actions can be powerful
Cautions: Actions are not substitutes for words; we must also verbally tell people about Jesus (Romans 10:14)