Enjoying the Journey

Every believer is to be a witness for the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 24:48; Acts 1:8). In fact, every Christian is a witness – we may be a good one or a poor one, but we all testify to those around us about the reality of Christ in us! Gypsy Smith said that God wrote five gospel records – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the believer. Then he said, “Most people will never read the first four!” Someone is reading your life and what they know about Christ is what they see and hear in you.

Has Jesus changed your heart? Then tell someone! “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” (Psalm 107:2). Our life and our lips should witness to others about the salvation that is found only in the Lord Jesus. In a world where godless people are bold and active about speaking up for their cause, true followers of Christ should be unashamed to share with others the good news of eternal life.

Here are 5 books that have challenged me to witness and helped me to learn how:

The Passion for Souls by Oswald J. Smith (Smith was a missionary statesman who had an intense burden to reach the world for Christ. In this little book he shows the connection between world evangelism and personal evangelism. His writings will set your heart on fire for the Lord and the lost.)

How to Work for Christ by R.A. Torrey (This volume is full of practical helps for how to share the gospel effectively and also deal with different types of people. A great resource for those who want to be ready to answer questions and help people where they are.)

With Christ After the Lost by L.R. Scarborough (Scarborough, a dedicated soul winner himself, gives a tremendous Bible foundation for evangelism and then builds upon it with practical application.)

Following Christ and Fishing for Men by Clarence Sexton (Written by my mentor, this book was one of the early books that shaped my thinking about the place of witnessing in the life of a believer. It addresses the key portions of Scripture dealing with Christ’s commission and provides a simple way to present the gospel to any person.)

The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon (This book is a classic and should be read and reread by all who are serious about making their life count for eternity. Like all of Spurgeon’s works you have to have your mind engaged as you read, but this is one that should be read a little at a time. Meditate on a small portion and pray over it. There is a lot of meat in this book.)

What book has encouraged and equipped you to be a more faithful witness for Christ?


Read each article in this series:

Introduction

5 Books To Read About Jesus (And One Bonus)

5 Books To Read On Revival

5 Books To Read For Bible Study

5 Books To Read On Prayer + 1 I’m Reading Now

5 Books To Read On The Holy Spirit

5 Books To Read On Preaching

5 Books Every Man Should Read

5 Books To Read On Great Christians

5 Books To Help With Your Personal Devotions

5 Books To Read On Living A Victorious Christian Life

10 Comments

  1. Stephen Gallo on June 23, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Our church is starting a study this Mid-week using “Witnessing Like Paul” by JJ Lusk. Have you heard of this book or it’s Author? Thanks for all you do in the work of the Lord.

    • Scott Pauley on June 28, 2020 at 2:53 pm

      No, I’m sorry, I am not familiar with that book or author. Let me know if it is helpful!

  2. Bradley Crum on June 23, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    There’s a couple on your list that I’ve not read yet but looking forward to doing so! I really like Take it Personally and Out of Commission by Paul Chappell. They have definitely challenged me! Thanks Brother Pauley for your ministry and the list of good books to read!

    • Scott Pauley on June 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Great! Thanks for reading and the recommendations.

  3. Mark A Ramirez on June 24, 2020 at 9:18 am

    Let’s go soul winning, by Dr. Jack Hyles

    • Scott Pauley on June 28, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      I remember reading that book many years ago. Very helpful.

  4. Leslie on June 25, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    I’m enjoying your book lists. I need to add a few of these to my library! Thank you for sharing!

    • Leslie on June 25, 2020 at 4:56 pm

      By the way, I found The Soul Winner by Charles Spurgeon available as a free PDF from its website: http://www.thesoulwinner.org/

      • Scott Pauley on June 28, 2020 at 2:55 pm

        Excellent! Thanks for passing it along.

    • Scott Pauley on June 28, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks for keeping up with the posts! Hope you all are doing very well.

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