Be a Witness
Jesus describes his followers as his witnesses (Acts 1:8). Being a witness means that we are ready and willing to articulate who God is and how God has changed us. Witnesses are messengers who actively seek to pass on the life-changing message of the gospel to others. Living as a witness involves learning how to approach each day with purpose and intentionality to advance the church’s mission to make disciples for God’s glory. In this sense, disciples of Jesus strive to proclaim Christ in word and deed.
“Jesus, I believe that all authority has been given to you, and I want to embrace the identity you’ve given me to be a witness for you. Let me grow in wisdom and in boldness, so that I may discern how to lovingly tell others about you. Give me new friendships and an abundance of opportunities to share Christ in word and deed.”
Who's Your One?
Proclaiming Christ in word and deed can feel intimidating at times. A first step as witnesses is to identify one person to be our focus for spiritual conversations about the gospel. At Awakening, we like to refer to these prioritized relationships as our One—the one person that we want to see come to faith in Christ in this season. For more training on identifying your One and what to do with that friendship, check out a helpful Who’s Your One? Evangelism Training.
Some disciples shy away from opportunities to speak about Jesus because they are unsure of how to talk about God. We gain confidence as witnesses by sharing Jesus early and often. So, set aside some time to learn more about strategies for having spiritual conversations, and put those strategies into practice. For example, practice the three circles and learn how to tell your testimony of what God has done in your life.
Learn How God is Moving
Jesus instructs his followers to take the good news of the gospel everywhere—to all nations, ethnicities, and languages. At Awakening Church, we believe the church’s mission to make disciples involves sharing the gospel in Seattle, The West, and The World. We prayerfully pursue God-sized goals to plant churches around the world.
Worshiper, family member, servant, steward, and witness — that’s what it means to be disciples of Jesus.
Discipleship is growing deeper in the five identities of a disciple and leading others to do the same. How is the Holy Spirit of God calling you to live a life of discipleship? What practices and habits are you cultivating as a worshiper, as a family member, as a servant, as a steward, and as a witness? Who are you teaching to grow as a disciple of Jesus?