BCL Grow: Our Role in Witnessing — 1 Corinthians 3:5-7
1 Corinthians 3:5-7 (Gospel)
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What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. — 1 Corinthians 3:5-7
"‘The crucial thing to remember in evangelism is the distinction between our responsiblity and God’s. Our task is to faithfully present the gospel message by our lives and our lips. Any definition of our task that includes results is confusing our reponsibility with God’s prerogative, which is regeneration.” — Will Metzger, Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People, p. 28.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: As followers of Christ Jesus, what is our role in witness testimony? What is the content of our witnessing?
2. Remember: Scripture provides us with ample examples of witnessing. First, the subject or content is the gospel of Christ Jesus. Christ is the subject of our testimony, not ourselves. There is certainly a role for including what it means to us to be a follower of Jesus Christ, but it should never be such that a person knows more about us than about Christ. Second, it is critical to remember the freeing truth that only God can change a person—only God can regenerate a person. God the Holy Spirit works through his word to regenerate a person and make him or her a new creature in Christ Jesus. Our role is to be an instrument God uses to tell others about Christ—who he is, what he did, and how he calls fallen people to faith in him.
3. Respond: It is a marvelous freedom to know that God is the power in witnessing about Christ to others. Yes, we should be diligent witnesses, telling the truth, and boldly speaking to others, but without the anxiety that sometimes comes with the false belief that, “it’s all up to me.” One of us may plant a seed, another may water, but it is God who gives the growth. It is God who saves people. So do not fear; rather testify to others about the good news of Christ Jesus and trust God that your testimony will bear fruit—for his glory.