Objectives Big and Small

06 ObjectivesIn an earlier post, I encouraged you to have clear goals in mind whenever you try to get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses on any subject.

My book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways, contains 3 approach chapters with specific recommendations for discussing the Nature of God with Witnesses.

  • The objective of The Jesus Isn’t Michael Approach (Chapter 12) is to help Jehovah’s Witnesses see that, contrary to Watchtower doctrine, Jesus is not Michael the archangel.
  • The objective of The Jesus is the God-Man Approach (Chapter 13) is to help Jehovah’s Witnesses see that Jesus is fully God and fully man.
  • The objective of The Holy Spirit is God Approach (Chapter 14) is to show Jehovah’s Witnesses that the Holy Spirit is both a person and God himself, not an impersonal, “active force” that emanates from God.

You can see that these objectives vary considerably in their scope. The Jesus Isn’t Michael Approach has a narrow focus, and could be covered in one session with a Jehovah’s Witness. It also could be narrowed further into “seed planting” or “stone in the shoe” objectives I discussed in my last post. Continue reading

Planting Seeds and Stones

05 PlantingBefore you embark on an important journey, you need to be clear on your destination.

Likewise, when you set out to try to get through to Jehovah’s Witnesses on various topics, it’s important to have clear goals in mind.

Let’s start with the big picture. Continue reading

Choosing the Issues to Discuss

04 Choosing picI ended the first post in this series by asking you to consider how much you care about getting through to Jehovah’s Witnesses and how much time you are willing to invest preparing. I asked you to make this a matter of prayer.

After doing an honest self-evaluation, some of you may have concluded that you only have time to prepare thoroughly on one particular issue. If so, that’s fine. I’m glad you’re willing to do that much because doing something is better than doing nothing.

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses never receive a Christian witness from anyone.

There are a lot of possible topics you could choose, and the challenge you have is which issue to select.

Others of you—particularly those who have loved ones in the Watchtower—will be motivated to prepare to discuss as many topics as it takes to get through to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in your life.

Your challenge is how to “eat the elephant”—that is, where to start and where to go from there. Continue reading

Please Provide Feedback As We Go

03 Feedback picAs we go through this series on witnessing techniques for getting through to Jehovah’s Witnesses, I’d like to get your feedback.

Please share your thoughts with us.

I don’t expect anyone to answer all of these questions. I’m just asking them to trigger your thought processes. Share as much or as little as you wish. Continue reading

The Role of Prayer

2 PrayerAs we begin this Witnessing Techniques series, it’s important to talk about prayer.

Prayer is not a witnessing technique, but it is essential to successful witnessing efforts.

No one fully understands the workings of God’s sovereignty and man’s free will.

Likewise, no one fully understands the interplay between God’s sovereignty and our efforts.

I do know that when it comes to witnessing—including getting through to Jehovah’s Witnesses—we need to prepare as if everything depended on us and pray as if everything depended on God. Continue reading

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