“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)
Its been said, If you were to put all the unsaved people in the world into a single line, they would circle the globe 20 times. The line grows 20 miles each day!
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” The reason Jesus Christ came to earth was to save sinners. The tool He has chosen to spread the gospel with is Christians. We are to win souls to Christ. In Proverbs 11:30 the scripture says: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” What is a “soulwinner?” It is a nobody telling everybody about Somebody who can save anybody. The word “witness” also describes a soulwinning Christian. In Acts 22:15, the Scriptures say, “For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.”
Dr. John Rice said that “a soulwinner is one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread. It is a miniature ‘on the spot’ church service.” Dr. George Truett, the late pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas said, “Bringing one soul to Jesus is the highest achievement possible to human life.” It is to be the main business and heartbeat of every Christian.
It has been said that 95% of all Christians never lead a soul to Jesus. May that never be said of you.
What is a soulwinner?
A simplifier—making simple God’s plan of salvation to lost sinners. Most people in the world are not unreachable—simply unreached. They simply have never heard a clear presentation of the Gospel! See Romans 10:14.
WHAT IS SOULWINNING?
It is explaining the death, burial, and resurrection to a sinner and urging them to receive Christ as Saviour.
Our Part – Go
Holy Spirit’s Part – Convict
Sinner’s Part – Receive
God compares soulwinners to:
FRUIT TREES John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Psalms 1:3, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
SOWERS Mark 4:3, “Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:”
FISHERMEN Matthew 4:19, “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
STARS Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
WHY SHOULD A CHRISTIAN BE A SOULWINNER?
It is Commanded Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
The Example of the Disciples Mark 1:17-18, “And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.”
The Example of the Early Church Acts 5:42, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”
The Example of Paul Acts 20:20-21, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is Wise Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
It Glorifies God John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”
It Delivers Souls From Hell Ezekiel 3:17-18, “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
There are Crowns and Rewards 1 Thessalonians 2:19, “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
BIBLE EXAMPLES OF SOULWINNERS
God could have used angels to spread the gospel but He didn’t. He chose to use you! God uses people to bring people to Jesus. Samuel led Saul to the Lord. David spoke of soulwinning in Psalms 51:13. Andrew brought Peter to Christ. Philip brought the Greeks to Jesus and also won the eunuch in Acts 8. Jesus was constantly winning souls. He won Nicodemus by telling him of the second birth in John 3. He won the women at the well by talking to her about the living water. Then she brought the entire town to see Jesus. Jesus led Zachaeus to salvation in a tree. In the country of the Gadarenes Jesus won the soul of the devil-possessed maniac. The maniac, once saved, published the gospel throughout the region. Even while Jesus was at the point of death He won the thief on the cross. The book of Acts is the account of the early Christians soulwinning house to house and witnessing to individuals and groups as the Lord allowed.
THE TWO WAYS YOU WITNESS
Your walk talks and talk talks but your walk talks louder than your talk talks. Whether you talk for Jesus or not-you are influencing people by how you live. They are watching you! You influence people two ways. By what you say and by what you do. Let people see the change Jesus has made in your life and they will want to hear your message.
They will see your:
OUTWARD JOY: Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
INWARD PEACE: Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
SINGING: Ephesians 5:19, “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;”
LAUGHTER: Psalms 126:2, “Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.”
LOVE: Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
VICTORY OVER SIN: I John 4:4, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
LIVING FOR OTHERS: Philippians 2:4, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
“Let the redeemed of the Lord say so” Psalms107:2a. God has given us a voice to use to spread the good news of salvation. Your testimony will be what sinners listen to most attentively. Testimony means your story of what led up to you getting saved, where you were at the time, and what you did to get saved. Next to your testimony, a sinner will be interested in what the Bible says about getting to heaven. These are your two weapons for soulwinning-Testimony and Testament.
WHY DOESN’T EVERY CHRISTIAN WIN SOULS?
There are two basic reasons-either they do not go or they do not present Christ when they do go. Go is the beginning of Gospel. It is the first word in the Great Commission, (Matthew 28:19-20). Other reasons include:
“I’m afraid to talk.” “I don’t know the Bible well enough.” “I’m afraid I’ll offend someone.” “I tried it once and I’m not good at it.” “It’s too personal to discuss.” Take the Six week Soulwinning Course at Going Home Free Will Baptist Church and retain the confidence and knowledge you need when asked these questions. Knowledge is confidence. The more you know and do soulwinning, the less excuses you will have.
Let’s not give excuses. Let’s obey the Lord.
Fear is a big reason Christians do not win souls. Most Christians fear what to do and how to do it in soulwinning. Jeremiah had fear. God destroyed his excuse with Jeremiah 1:8, which says: “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.”
2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Psalms 81:10, “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”
Do not fear being rejected by people. Jesus was despised and rejected of men. We are not out to be popular but to spread the gospel! Some fear they will say the wrong words. The smoothness of your presentation will come with practice. Besides, if the person is on their way to hell, you can do no damage if you are sincerely trying to get them saved. Where love is felt, the message will be heard.
This is overcome by experience. A new man on the job may feel awkward for a while until his skills are sharpened and he feels comfortable. The same goes with soulwinning. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will be.
LACK OF BIBLE KNOWLEDGE
No one knows the Bible as well as they should. Do not be intimidated if someone asks you the age old questions about “who made God?” and “where did Cain get a wife?” and other foolishness. Politely tell them that you are new at soulwinning and don’t know the answer, but will try to research their question and find the answer. There is no shame in not knowing an answer.
When you complete this 12 week Soulwinning Course/Study, you will have learned:
REQUIREMENTS FOR SOULWINNERS
HOW TO ACTUALLY DO IT
HOW TO PRESENT SALVATION TO THE LOST
GOSPEL TRACT PRESENTATION
DOOR TO DOOR SOULWINNING
The purpose and mission of Going Home Free Will Baptist Church through this 12 week Soul winning Course is to equip Gods people to take The Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost world.