Have you ever struggled to share the Lord with the Jehovah’s Witnesses who come knocking on your door? As a church family we are blessed to support Vigilant Minds, a local ministry led by our very own Don McAreavy who is supported by a number of volunteers, many of whom also attend Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel (RMCC).
The team at Vigilant Minds reaches out to those leaving the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the Watchtower, to provide them with Biblical truth, understanding, experience, friendship, social gatherings and discipleship. Every week Don leads interactive Bible studies which include in-depth discussion about the real Jesus and an opportunity for questions and answers.
Don also has a passion for helping Christians learn how to approach and engage their Mormon or Jehovah’s Witness friends, neighbors and relatives. He puts an emphasis on how to defend the Christian faith biblically while also comparing Christian doctrine with the beliefs of these respective religious organizations.
Below, Don has provided a quick snapshot on how we can effectively share our faith with a Jehovah’s Witness. For more info about this impactful ministry visit: vigilantminds.ca.
1. Know what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe …
(a) Jehovah God created Michael,
(b) whose “life force” transferred to Mary’s womb and baby Jesus was born,
(c) whose “life force” [without a body] was again re-created as Michael the Archangel in heaven.
Think: Angel, Man, Angel.
2. Ask a few leading, even penetrating questions such as …
Ask the Jehovah’s Witness to read 1 Timothy 2:5 from their New World Translation. It says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus.”
Ask: When was this written?
(Around 30-40 years after Jesus’ death.)
Ask: Who is the mediator?
Ask: Does it mention Michael the archangel?
(It says, ‘a man.’)
Ask the Jehovah’s Witness to read Luke 24:39 (also from the New World Translation). It says, “See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; touch me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones just as you see that I have.”
Ask: Why did Jesus say, “It is I myself?”
Ask: Does this allow for an imposter or an angel or a re-creation?
Now pray for the Holy Spirit to open their heart to receive the truth and for more open doors and boldness to share your faith.