For many Christians, the implied answer to this question is no. In fact, when it comes to JW outreach, there are at least two patterns that I have recognized in the Church. First, many believers in Christ have not concerned themselves with evangelizing JW’s. Surely enough, I have had several Christians tell me that they have become accustomed to circumventing potential discussions with JW’s by either not answering the door when they come to their home, or by brushing them off after they do open the door.
Second, many of our churches have never offered any training on how to effectively evangelize JW’s using the Bible. This was confirmed to me when I conducted a training session on this very topic at my local Youth for Christ office several months ago. Before I began the presentation, I asked the following question: “How many of you have had this topic covered in your church?” Out of the dozen or so attendees, only one hand went up in response. As you read this, ask yourself, “Has my church ever offered some form of training on biblical evangelism among JW’s?” I would not be surprised if the answer is no.
The fact is, JW’s are by-and-large sincere Bible students who have simply been misled. As proponents of the biblical gospel, it is our responsibility to bring light wherever there is darkness. As you may know, JW’s are in the dark with regards to biblical teaching, and we must love them enough to give of ourselves to see them turned from darkness to light. (see Acts 26:18)
Don’t avoid the Witnesses in your life. Rather, give of yourself to bring the same message to them that the apostles of the first-century took to those in their midst. In so doing, you can faithfully participate in the Great Commission.
*Taken from the book Conversations Worth Having: Insights from a Year’s Worth of Discussions with a Jehovah’s Witness (April 2014). See home page for more information.