Faith and Works Approach
- Identifying Misconceptions About Faith and Works - When you tell Jehovah’s Witnesses that salvation comes by faith apart from works, they completely misunderstand what you are saying. In order to overcome their misconceptions, we first need to identify them and realize why Witnesses have them.
- Overcoming Misconceptions About Faith and Works - Jehovah's Witnesses have three major misconceptions about the doctrine of justification by faith apart from works. Today, we’ll look at how to overcome them.
- How to Present Scriptures to Jehovah’s Witnesses - Showing Jehovah's Witnesses a Scripture that doesn’t match Watchtower theology can be very effective in getting through to them. But what’s the best way to do this?
- Stopping Bible Hopscotching - Jehovah’s Witnesses are masters at hopscotching around the Bible. If you show them a Bible passage that contradicts Watchtower teaching, they will try to take you somewhere else. Let’s talk about how to stop that.
- Righteousness — By Faith or By Works? - In discussing faith and works with Jehovah’s Witnesses, ask for their help in understanding Paul’s teachings and request that they look with you at Romans 4:1-8. As you go along, ask them questions that will require them to voice the points Paul is making in the context in which he makes them. By doing that, you will be modeling sound contextual Bible study.
- Declaring an Ungodly Man Righteous - Why would Jehovah declare an ungodly man—a man who doesn’t work—righteous?
- King David on Faith and Works - In Romans 4:6-8, Paul cites King David’s words in Psalm 32:1-2 as Old Testament support for his teaching that salvation comes by faith apart from works. Here’s how I recommend you discuss that with Jehovah’s Witnesses.
- The Sequence of Faith and Works - Ephesians 2:8-10 is another great Pauline passage to show the proper relationship between faith and works.
- Whose Works — God’s or Ours? - Last time, we examined Ephesians 2:8-10 verse-by-verse. This time, we’ll examine the same passage as a unit to see the interplay between God’s work and ours.