© Rosemary Bardsley 2014

#1 What happened?
What happened when these people witnessed?
What does this tell you about realistic expectations regarding witness and evangelism?

Isaiah 6:9-10 [Note: God said this would happen, even before Isaiah started speaking]    

Jeremiah 1:1-10, 17-19

Jeremiah 4:19ff

Jeremiah 8:18-9:3

Jeremiah 15:10-21

Jeremiah 20:7-18

Ezekiel 3:27

Amos 7:10-15

Matthew 5:9-12

Matthew 10:16-25

John 2:23-25; 6:66

1Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:1-16

2Corinthians 4:4

#2 What were they told?

The following instances from the ministry of Jesus and the apostles demonstrate that there is no fixed rule on how much truth to communicate or how to follow up any truth communicated.
Identify what these people were told, and what they were told to do.

Note 1: only personal encounters are included below. For further study you could look up what crowds were challenged to do.
Note 2: not all of these encounters brought the person to the point of decision or conversion, indeed, not all of them record that the good news, God’s truth, was verbally communicated.

The first disciples Matthew 4:19.


The man healed of leprosy Matthew 8:1-4


Centurion Matthew 8:5-13


Would be followers Matthew 8:19-22


Sick woman Matthew 9:22


Two blind men Matthew 9:30


The Canaanite woman Matthew 15:21-29


Rich young man Matthew 19:16ff


Two blind men Matthew 20:29-34


Man with evil spirit Luke 4:31-37


Widow and her son Luke 7:11-17


Sinful woman Luke 7:36-50


Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10


Thief on cross Luke 23:42,43


Nicodemus John 3:1-21


Samaritan woman John 4:1-29


Crippled man John 5:14


Adulterous woman John 8:1-11


The man born blind John 9:35-38


Simon the Sorcerer Acts 8:22


The Eunuch Acts 8:36-37


Cornelius Acts 10:34-48


Lydia Acts 16:14


The Philippian Jailer Acts 16:29-31


Felix Acts 24:10-26


Festus Acts 25:8-12


Agrippa Acts 26:1-27


The father of Publius Acts 28:7-10