Saturday, February 20, 2016

Soul Winning

Jesus told us to teach all nations, to lead others to Christ.

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.
Mark 16:15
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
We are to go into the world, your neighborhood, school, and workplace proclaiming the good news of the gospel, the news that Jesus Christ died for our sins. We should be working to win souls for Christ. We are ambassadors for Christ to reconcile the world to God.

2 Corinthians 5:20
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. 
This is our most important job, to win souls for Christ, we should prepare ourselves for soul winning. It won't be an easy task, but God gives us the tools to succeed.

Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
This will be a spiritual battle, a fight for the salvation of the unsaved, so we must prepare with the Word of God, prayer, the fellowship of God, and our comforter the Holy Spirit.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 
Romans 1:17
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We use the Word of God by our faith to witness, teach, and proclaim by the Holy Spirit to convict and stir the unsaved to belief and faith in our Savior.

The Lord sent us out two by two, so that we could be a witness and support to each other during the spiritual battle of spreading the gospel. So one could be in continual prayer during the witness, in fellowship with the Holy Ghost for support and comfort.

Mark 6:7
And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Luke 10:1
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. 
We must prepare with prayer, having the right mind, it is not us, or I, or me that is doing anything, but God and the Holy Ghost working through us to reveal the truth of the gospel to the world.

Colossians 4:2-6
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Ephesians 6:18-20
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. 
We are praying for God through the Holy Spirit to do the work through us to provide the opportunity and words we need to proclaim His message.

Luke 12:12
For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Keep all of these scriptures and truths with you, hide them in your heart because satan has blinded and deceived the world. The things of God are foolishness to the unsaved.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
1 Corinthians 2:14
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Through the preparation of Godly fellowship and prayer, asking God to provide us boldness and opportunity to share his Word with the unbeliever, as we go out and witness to the world one soul at a time.

We ask -
Do you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?
Has anyone shown you from God's Word how to be saved?
Are you interested in spiritual things?
Do you know that you would go to heaven if you died today?

If the answer to any of these is yes, gently and lovingly ask for their witness, be sure of their salvation, fellowship with them, give God the glory for their salvation.

If the answer is no, or if their witness is not true, ask if you can show them from God's Word how they can have salvation, God's redemption and forgiveness of sin.

If they won't let you share the gospel, gently and lovingly thank them for their time, if possible present them with a tract, invite them to church if they will, and move on.

If they would like to hear more of God's Word, the Lord has opened their hearts to receive the gospel, then move to a comfortable place and begin sharing God's Word.

As you share the plan of salvation, do not be in a hurry, cover each step slowly and carefully, read the scripture slowly and deliberately, prayerfully. Have the unbeliever read the scripture out loud. You being in prayer as they are reading.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Ask what does this say to you? What is God trying to say? Help them with the love of God and that God does not want them to perish, they can have everlasting life.
Go on to have the unbeliever read the next verses to show why they will perish without God.

Romans 3:10
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23a
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Notice the a: part of Romans 6:23a For the wages of sin is death; We will get to the b part after the next verse.

Ask what do these verses say to you? What is God saying to you. It should help to show that we have all sinned and will perish because of our sin and unrighteousness.
Have them read the next verse.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
What does that mean to them? What is God saying? Re-reference John 3:16 as a help. Reiterate if needed that God loves us so much that Christ died for us. Notice the b part of the next verse.

Romans 6:23b
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Notice the b: part of Romans 6:23b but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. God has provided eternal life for us through Jesus Christ our Lord.

What does that mean? What is God saying? Would they like to know how to be saved?

Revelation 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Romans 10:9-13
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
What does this mean? What is God saying? Would they like to be saved? Are they ready to confess their sins, open the door and be saved? Would they like to believe on Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, call on the name of the Lord and be saved?

If they would like to be saved, if they desire to repent and turn away from their sins and follow Jesus Christ, and honestly mean every word, then by praying this prayer God will save them.

Let them know that God knows their heart, and if they don't mean this with all their heart, don't pray it because they won't be saved.

Have them pray the following prayer:
Confessing to God that I am a sinner, and believing that the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins on the cross and was raised for my justification, I do now receive and confess Him as my personal Savior.
With all gentleness and loving kindness praise God for their salvation. Pray with them, and for them praising God with thanks for a new member in the Body of Christ.

Now we should provide assurance of salvation, invite them to church to proclaim their salvation and be baptized, the first act of obedience.

Have them read the following verses -

John 5:24
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 
John 10:28-29
And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 
My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
John 20:31
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 
What does that mean? What is God saying? Exclaim how wonderful and great it is to be saved protected by God and a new creature.

Invite them to come to church, invite them to be baptized, encourage them to now immerse themselves in the Body of Christ and grow in spirit and fellowship.

Hebrews 10:25
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
2 Peter 3:18
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Mark 16:16
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Acts 2:41
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. 
Romans 6:4
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Have them read the verses, fellowship with them, if you can, give them a New Testament or show them how to load the Bible on their smart phone or tablet.
If you are comfortable with it give them your phone number.
Invite them to get involved with other believers.

This is a great online resource for reading the Bible through in one year:

The Gideons provide a Bible App that contains sections and verses for helps in the time of need, help with life's problems, and Christian character for Godly living in today's world, as well as the plan of Salvation. This Bible App will even read itself to you!

Give God the thanks, glory, and praise for the salvation of a new convert.

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