- Overcoming Your Fears - You are wise to be concerned, because if you embark unprepared into discussions with Jehovah’s Witnesses, there is a danger of getting indoctrinated and becoming a Jehovah’s Witness yourself. But the solution to that isn’t to hide behind the curtains and pretend you aren’t at home. The solution is to get prepared.
- The Role of Prayer - 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.
- Please Provide Feedback As We Go - As 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.
- Choosing the Issues to Discuss - I 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.
- Planting Seeds and Stones - "Seed planting” or “stone in the shoe” objectives are points you intend to make that you hope will stick with the Witnesses if nothing else does. Even if they don’t make an immediate impact, your hope is that they will bear fruit over time (“seed planting”) or keep bothering the Witnesses (“stone in the shoe”) long after they have stopped meeting with you.
- Objectives Big and Small - 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.