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Witnessing to Catholics  
(Practical Skill)

Culture & Religion
Witness

Guidelines and suggestions for witnessing to people of the Catholic faith.

 

Instructions:

In sharing the gospel with people from a Catholic background, we can use the Bible--but we must remember that the Bible in and of itself may not be seen as a strong source of authority.  They respect the words of Jesus, but when Mary (the mother of Jesus) is involved, it will likely capture their attention and carry even more weight.

Here are some Scripture passages pertaining to Mary that you can use as you witness to Catholics:

  • In Matthew 2.11, the wise men saw both Mary and Jesus, but they only gave honor to Jesus:  And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered Him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh

  • In Mark 3.32-35, they were seeking Him, but Jesus directed attention to obedient people rather than Mary: And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.”  And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”   And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”

  • In Luke 2.48, Mary was seeking Him but didn't understand His purpose:  And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.”  And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?” 

  • In ‭‭Luke‬ ‭11:27-28‬, someone tried to elevate Mary's place--but Jesus redirected this to our obedience to God:
    “As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!” But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!””

  • In John 2.5 we see the last thing ever recorded that Mary said: His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements

  15-Second Testimony
  411
  Acts 2 Study
  Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
  Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
  Allen, Roland - The Teaching
  Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
  Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
  Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
  Big Vision
  Blind Spot
  Breaking the Rules
  Church Identity Triangle
  Coaching Plan
  Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
  Community Survey
  CPM Continuum
  Creation to Christ Story
  Creative Problem Solving
  Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
  Disciple-Making and Raising Children
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
  Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
  Door-to-Door Preparation
  Ee-Taow, Part 1
  Ee-Taow, Part 2
  Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
  Eims, Leroy - Early Church
  Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
  Forces of Light and Darkness
  Four Kinds of Disciples
  Four Stages / Four Fields
  Generational Growth Mapping
  Gospel Bridges
  Gospel Encounters Record
  Gospel on the Hand
  Great Commission Partnership
  Hope in a Broken World
  Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
  Inward & Outward Focus
  Iron-on-Iron
  Know - Be - Do
  Lessons from the Thessalonians
  Lockridge, SM - My King
  MAWL
  McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
  McGavran, Donald - People Movements
  Models
  Multiplication Exercise
  New Life in Christ
  One Anothers
  One Mission
  Parable of the Cornfield
  Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
  Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
  Paul's Discipleship Model
  Paul's Three Journeys
  People in the Harvest (Four Soils)
  People List
  People Map (oikos or network)
  Person of Peace
  Positive Accountability
  Prayerwalking
  Problem Solving Exercise
  Quotes & Verses Posters
  Reboot
  Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
  Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
  Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
  Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
  Sending Narratives Study
  Seven Generations
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
  Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
  Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
  Small Group Sizes
  Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
  Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
  Strategy Snapshot
  Testimony (Personal Story)
  The Bold Parts
  The Complete Package for Church Planting Movements
  The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
  The Four Fields and the Great Commission
  The Great Commission of Abraham
  The Great Story
  The Left Side of the Graph
  The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
  The Modeling Sequence in Luke
  The Peter Pathway
  The Romans Road
  The Traffic Light
  The Word on the Street
  Three Circles
  Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
  THUMB - Religious Groups
  Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
  Triangle and Square
  Vision-Casting Vignettes
  Witness Model Zone
  Witnessing to Catholics
  Your New Journey

 

David served the purposes of God in his own generation, and then he died... - Acts 13.36