((common questions and challenge statements you may encounter when witnessing and scriptures you can use). (1 Peter 3:15= But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that ask you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear. 2 Tim 2:15= Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.)
1. (The Bible was written by man or it’s a white man’s Bible). Good scripture answers = 2 Peters 1:20-21, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Mark 16:17-18 and Luke 10:19. 2 Peters and 2Tim clearly explains where scripture comes from, Mark 16:17-18 and Luke 10:19 are scriptures that indicates if man would have wrote the Bible, he would not tell you that these types of signs and wonders would follow you if you believe; because man cannot give you power or cause you to operate in signs and wonders; and if the Spirit of God don’t come up on you to operate in any signs or wonders at that particular moment, give your own testimony about your experiences in seeing the power of God in operation, and how the power of God has changed you, and caused you to get saved; remember people are over comers by our testimonies Rev 12:11. You will have some people who are really looking for good scripture answers, and that will be all they need to hear; and from there they will be open to receive. You will have some people that only care about trying to prove you wrong and even though you give them sound scripture, they will not hear, nor will they care; and that’s when you whip the dust off your feet and continue own to someone else who has ears to hear. 1 Cor 14:38 and Mark 6:11.
2. (That’s your own opinion, or your interpretation). Good Scripture answers = 1 Cor 2:14, John 16:13, 2 Peter 1:20-21. This don’t mean that christians will not have disagreements from time to time, or see certain things concerning scripture eye to eye; because we are still a 3 fold being person, spirit, soul and body; and the Bible teaches us in Gal 5:17, that the spirit and flesh work against each other; and sometimes as Christians when it comes to even comprehending the Word of God, our flesh can and will get in the way; but the good thing is, if a christian will continue to grow in the things of God by feeding the spirit man and starving the flesh; over time, the things we didn't see or understand at first will come to light, provided we do feed our spirit man the Word; and there are different areas of the Word of God some christians will excel in faster than others, because of the time we spend studying certain scriptures, and the time we spend praying etc. Psalm 199:99, Psalm 119:15. Remember the contention or dispute and anger that happened between Paul and Barnabas because of a disagreement, Acts 15:35-40, and when Paul withstood Peter to the face for being hypocritical, Gal 2:11-14, these things are examples of the flesh, even though they were Spirit filled Christians on the earth at that time.
3. (Jesus only came here for the Jews). Good Scripture answers = Lk 24:47-48, Mk:1615, Matt 28:19, Acts 9:15, Acts 10:45, Acts 13:46-47, Rm 2:28-29, Rm 3:29. The Bible teaches us that Jesus came here for the Jews first, but He came to save all of mankind!
- (What's your doctrine for salvation or how what method did you get saved by). Good Scripture answers= Rm 10:8-11, Rm 2:13-15, Rm 2:25-29. Romans 10:8-11 clearly tells us how salvation takes place in our lives, but I love what Paul teaches us through Christ in Roman 2:13-15 and roman 2:25-29, because if you notice he is dealing with the same mentality that people have today that they even had back then; and that is the formality, or the doctrine by which you got saved. In the time of Paul the Church doctrine or formality for salvation was you had to be circumcised, just like today with many Churches and Christians that will teach or preach you must be baptized in the name of Jesus, not in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, because the Apostles always baptized in the name of Jesus; however the Word of God teaches us that baptism is symbolic of been buried and risen with Christ in newness of life, Rm 6:4, Col 2:12; and that salvation starts with believing in your heart that God Sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins on the cross, and raised Him from the dead on the third day Rm10:10; and yes, if a person only got baptized in the name of Jesus, or the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, it does count as salvation, provided they first believed in their hearts that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God who died for our sins on the cross and was raised from the dead three days later, because once again salvation starts with believing in your hearts, and like Jesus said, out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak. In Acts 10:44-48, you will read how the Holy Ghost fell on the Gentiles, and they began to speak in tongues , and they were not even baptized yet, and that’s because, as they were listening to Peter they believed in their hearts, and that counted unto them for righteousness. 1 John 4:15= Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him and he in
God. Once again out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak LK 6:45; Romans 4:3= Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Eph 2:8= For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. Once again, you're saved by faith, believing in your heart, not formality!
- You will find in just these few common questions and challenge statements that people will ask or challenge you in; that the answers and scriptures used, will cover many other questions and challenge statements that people will ask or challenge you in; meaning you will be able to use the same scriptures for many other questions and statements people will make, because they cover so many things.
- Another statement you will come across, is people will say women are not suppose to preach or teach in Church; and the scriptures that’s used are 1Tim 2:11-12 and 1Corn 14:34-35. Good Scripture answers= First I will address what Paul said in 1Corn and 1Tim. In 1 Corn 14:34-35, many people didn’t and don’t know that in those days the men sat on one side of the Church and the women sat on the other side; and the Church was having issues with women talking to, and asking their husbands questions across the pews of the Church during service times, so Paul addressed the problem by saying; let your women keep silence in the Churches, for it is a shame for women to speak in the Church, and if they will learn anything let them ask their husbands at home; In 1Tim 2:11-12, there is only one thing that a person should notice and always be mindful about, and that is when to differentiate when someone is making a personal statement as opposed to speaking an inspired Word from God; in this passage of Scripture, Paul used the word(I suffer) not a woman to teach, which indicates Paul is expressing his feelings and not speaking an inspired Word from God. Scriptures that indicates women are called by God to preach and teach in the Church= Gal 3:28, which lets us know that there is no gender in Christ, Acts 18:26, tells us about Aquila and Priscilla teaching the Word of God, Acts 21:9, teaches us about a man who had four virgin daughters that did prophesy; and last but not least, in Lk 2:36-38, we read about Anna the prophetess who served God night and day with fasting in the Temple before the birth of Jesus, spoke to people about the Lord that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
Pastor/Evang: Dartanion Johnson