“The Relevance of Soul-Winning”

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MAIN TEXT: Matthew 4 vs. 18-25 (NKJV) – (18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. 21 Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. 23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.24 Then His fame went throughout all Syria; and they brought to Him all sick people who were afflicted with various diseases and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and paralytics; and He healed them. 25 Great multitudes followed Him—from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.)

MAIN VERSE: vs. 19 – Then he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

From the main verse, we can see that two (2) key facts can be established:

i.) We cannot evangelize if we are not a follower of Christ. (The most vital condition)
ii.) It is Jesus Christ that makes us evangelists. (The Great Commission was given by Him)

Soul-winning is the deliberate effort to lead a person or a group of people to Christ. Jesus led multitudes to himself many times but in John 1 vs. 41-42 we could see that Andrew brought Peter to Christ (Individual Soul-winning).

WHY MUST I BE A SOUL-WINNER?
i.) A soul is the most valuable treasure in the world – Mark 8 vs. 35-37 (35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.)

ii.) Every unsaved soul will end up in hell – Rev. 20 vs. 15 (15 Those who did not have their name written in the book of the living were thrown into the lake of fire.)

iii.) It is a command – 1 Cor. 9 vs. 16, 17 (16 I have no right to boast just because I preach the gospel. After all, I am under orders to do so. And how terrible it would be for me if I did not preach the gospel!17 If I did my work as a matter of free choice, then I could expect to be paid; but I do it as a matter of duty, because God has entrusted me with this task.)

iv.) Because there is a great reward in Heaven – Rev. 21 vs. 7a (7a He who overcomes shall inherit all things)

HOW TO BE A SOUL-WINNER
i.) You must be born-again. Only the saved can serve – 1 Peter 1 vs. 23 (23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever)

ii.) You must live a life of purity. The constituents of purity was outlined in Psalms 15 (1 Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? 2 He who walks uprightly, And works righteousness, And speaks the truth in his heart; 3 He who does not backbite with his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; 4 In whose eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; 5 He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.)

From Psalms 15, we can outline eight (8) constituents:

– You must not lie. God hates liars.

– You must not backbite

– You must not revenge. Vengeance is for the Lord.

– You must not do wicked works.

– You must be respectful

– You must walk in Integrity

– You must not gamble.

– You must not give (or receive) bribes

These requirements were further summarized in Psalms 24 vs. 3-4 (3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.)

“Clean Hands” in the scripture represents out actions; “Pure Heart” represents our thoughts. Therefore, if we act un-shadily and we think of whatsoever things are pure, we are pure indeed before God.

iii.) An evangelist is a servant of God and must have Gentility, Wisdom, Patience and Humility. Compulsory conditions for servants of God be it prophets, teachers, evangelists etc were outlined in 2 Timothy 2 vs. 24-26 (24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.)

iv.) You must be prayerful so as to maintain the boldness to win souls – Ephesians 6 vs. 18, 19 (18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel)

v.) Knowledge of the word of God – 2 Timothy 2 vs. 15 (15 Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman who needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.)

vi.) Wisdom: is the ability to apply knowledge. It is not enough to know God’s word, applying it is the key. Heavenly wisdom comes from God, it cannot be gotten unless asked for and it is God’s desire for us to have it. These can be seen in Psalms 51 vs. 6 (6 Behold, You desire truth [the word of God] in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.) and in James 1 vs. 5 (5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.)

vii.) You must be Spirit-filled because it is the Holy Spirit who does “the work”. It is God’s desire for His servants to be Spirit-filled. – Ephesians 5 vs. 18 (18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit)

viii.) Love: Love is the greatest, every action must be done out of love. You must have genuine compassion for lost souls. – Matthew 9 vs. 36 (36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.)

CONCLUSION

– Do not be discourage by the challenges and abuses in the course of ministry.

– Turn every challenge into opportunities.