11 Rescue those being led away to death;
hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
12 If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
The next step in fearless witnessing for our faith is this: don't be afraid to make mistakes. The biggest mistake is not to try at all. The biggest mistake is to have an opportunity to speak a word for Him and then to say nothing.
I know by personal experience that God can still use my witness -- even if I make a mistake. He will bless our obedience, our striving and trying to witness. If that wasn't the case, it would be all about you and me . . . can we save them? Nope. God can, and when we follow these guidelines and open our mouths, He will fill them!
Now, it certainly helps with confidence and having something to say, if we can "back up" our convictions with verses from His word. I would suggest that you check out some of the verses that Tonya put on the "What is Salvation" page, here at the blog.
Some folks really like the "Romans Road" and find it easier to remember those verses and call them to mind, and I use something similar:
I start with John 3:16 -- God loves all people.
Next, Romans 3:23 -- All people everywhere are sinners.
Then, Romans 6:23 -- Sin simply must be paid for.
How? Romans 5:8 -- Jesus paid for your sins.
What must you do? Romans 10:13 -- Trust Jesus as your Savior, and turn from your sins.
God can work wonders, in spite of us!
I posted our verses at the top again today, and I hope this five part study has been of some benefit to you. I know that I learned a great deal, and I'm more convicted than ever that I need to open my mouth and speak -- witness for my faith when I have the opportunity!
I truly believe that if we follow these guidelines, our witness will be gracious, and sweet --- reaching people, instead of erecting barriers. We need to share our faith, and not hide it "under a basket." In the fifth chapter of Mark, Jesus went all the way over the Sea of Galilee, just to save one man. Surely we can witness to those that are around us and near us, each and every day of our lives! Let's ask God to help us prepare, and then to open our eyes to someone who needs to hear about Him -- and then let's open our mouths!