Win your own soul first

Every person alive has asked these 3 questions sometime in their life.

  1. Where did I come from
  2. why am I here
  3. where am I going?

Hear this simple story.

About 8000 years ago God made a man and woman and put them in a garden. They were to be the beginning of our human race. He gave them a spirit just like his and a body for that spirit to live in. He talked to them face to face and told them his plan for their lives and that he wanted to be their friend, and God forever. He gave them some simple instructions on what to do and what NOT to do. Guess what? They did not do as he wanted and that is called sin. They felt terrible and tried to hide from God. Now they could not be with God forever. Some years later God had a plan for them to have a 2nd chance. He told them to sacrifice animals and the blood of the animals would cover up their sins. Then he would take them back as his children and they could live with him forever even if they died. Well, that plan was a flop. The people rebelled and God got mad and flooded the earth. Every one drowned except one family that loved him. They built a big boat and took their family and animals on it. After the flood guess what? You are right those folks sinned like crazy. God sent people to talk to them and warn them about their sin. The people would not listen they killed many of the guys that God sent to talk to them. God said what they need is for me to go and talk to them but I am a spirit and they would not listen to me either. So God said I will make a person just like them but he will be just like me too. So God found a young girl and told her I am going to make you have a baby that will be your son and my son too. He will save the world from their sins. His name will be Jesus Christ and Emanuel which means God with us.

So every year at Christmas time we celebrate Jesus Christ being born in Bethlehem a city in Israel 2000 years ago. Jesus walked the earth and showed people what God was like by his words and examples. Men wrote about him and this is where we get our Bible. Now comes the sad part. Men still did not listen to Jesus so he told them that he was going to be a sacrifice for their sins and be killed and his blood would take away their sins. Jesus told people before he died that I am the way to heaven and eternal life. If you, believe me, you will never die. He also told them of they could have a happy life here on earth by doing what he told them while he was here on earth.

Folks now, baptism is when a person has accepted Jesus Christ as their saviour and they want to show everyone that they are going to live a Christian life. It is like drowning in the water and then coming back to life as a new person. Several of those folks accepted Christ that day and were baptized. Others rejected. Now that is how a person gets saved.

Where did I come from.? Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

So why am I here? Because God made you for his pleasure Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Where am I going? That is up to you. Either Heaven or hell. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

How to win other souls

Why should I win souls?

Because it is God’s plan for us to be the method of getting his message to all man-kind. He could have used angels or loud booming voices from heaven, but he chose us to do the job. There are many scriptures in the Old and New testament that give reasons why, but for now just understand that it is Gods idea.

I want us to start out this teaching on you how to win souls, It is as easy as I, 2 , 3.

I guess you are thinking WOW! I thought you had to be a Bible scholar and have the speaking skills of a politician to win someone to Christ. The fact is that being a soul winner is as simple as being a witness to a traffic accident. It is not a special calling or ministry.

After you read this first lesson you can win the next person that you meet.

In the Bible, God used a donkey for his purpose to lead a man (numbers 22:28 – 31). Of course a Champion soul winner is a person that is a Christian, loves Jesus and wants to obey his last words and instructions where he said.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

The more you pray the closer you get to God and the better soul winner you can become.

Here are the ABCs of soul winning.

# 1 Contact sinners socially and build bridges not barriers

This is the easy part of soul winning. Just go about your daily life. Do your work, school, play, hobbies and church. If you are a seasoned Christian being led by God’s Holy spirit makes it much easier and much more productive. When you meet someone that you feel prompted to witness to start a friendly discussion not an argument.

Try to be soul conscious.

That is in your mind start felling compassion for them like Jesus did. Knowing that they are where they are because they don’t know. The Lord Jesus said in Luke 23: 34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.

Think to yourself is this person saved and if not what can I do to help them him/her get saved? Tell yourself I don’t want them to go to hell. Sometimes the person is already saved and needs prayer. If so we pray for them. Don’t rush up and cram the gospel in their face but don’t be afraid to give it to them. Some well meaning preachers will say “be careful we don’t want to offend them or chase them away”. I say where are we going to chase them to hell number 2? They are already headed for hell #1 and what do I have to lose?

# 2. Bring Jesus into the conversation

As soon as you feel prompted, bring the discussion to a spiritual realm. Later on in this studies we will read actual conversations and examples that could be very useful. You meet with people everywhere in places like on airplanes, stores, work, on the beach, on a fishing pier, at the scene of a car crash, churches, and on and on.

Most times you may only have a few minutes to get straight to the point with the question about their spiritual condition. Ask them a question you know there is life after death, ask them what would become of them when life comes to an end. According to their answer you would bring them to the confession of either they were saved, not saved, didn’t know or didn’t care. Then you can apply the appropriate prayer. Either for salvation, protection or understanding.

This is where you have to start stepping out in faith. For example if they like sports you might tell them that the number of years a professional athlete can play sports is limited. Ask them “What can athletes do after they are not able to be an athlete? Then you could say well everyone faces that decision some time but what is more important is what happens after they die? Now you become the witness that Jesus has called you to be. There is no set mechanics of it but there is only one message. There is only one way and that is Jesus. A person only needs to believe in Jesus Christ and confess him with their mouth Romans 10: 9 & 10.

# 3. Seal the deal

Only 15% of Churches have an altar call and of those that do only 5% have altar calls at every service. Consider if you had a used car lot. Your sales man shows the car, takes the customer for a test ride and sits them down in his office. The guy loves the car, they go over the financial arrangements and the customer agrees on everything. The salesman stands up, shakes the customer’s hand and gives him his card and opens the door for him to leave. That salesman would be fired the first day on the job. That is the same way most churches operate. They sing beautiful songs, preach convicting inspiring sermons, and leave the parishioner burning in hell or in a daze. That car salesman needs to get the customer to make a commitment and sign on the dotted line. Soul winners need to finish the deal and get the sinner to make a commitment. You need to ask them now what do you want to do with Jesus I have told you about? Or ask them if they want to go to heaven or hell when they die. Let them know that they are not joining a church or donating any money or agreeing to anything else.

They are making a confession to God that will change their life and prepare them for life everlasting. John 11:25 “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live”. Tell them that they are going to have to do the praying which is talking to God. There is no set pattern that has to be followed. They just simply have to openly say that they believe what you told them about Jesus Christ and how he can forgive their sins. Romans 3:23 ” For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” It is important for the person to pray out audibly.

Whether in a group setting or when leading a single soul to Christ always have them talk to God themselves. Why?

In the ancient history a guy named Joshua was leading the Nation of Israel into the “promise land”. He was very afraid and he called on God to help him. God told him to meditate on him and his words. The Hebrew word for meditate is Hagaw. It is different than the English meaning of the word meditate. We think meditate means like the monks do. They sitting silently on the floor with their legs folded and eyes closed for a hour or so. Hagaw means to think about God and speak the words out loud and do this constantly. Its meditate day and night. This is recorded in the Old Testament in the book of Joshua. “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Josh.1:8).

In the New Testament books this admonition to speak out Gods words is repeated in several places for example.

2nd Corinthians 4:13 it says I believed and therefore have I spoken: We also believe and therefore speak.

The most frequent and familiar verse when soul winning is Romans 10:9That 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.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Most of the persons you are witnessing to do not know how to pray or what to say. So, help them. Ask them to repeat a prayer to God.

You could say “Dear God you said if I believe in you and say that openly I can be saved from hell. “Your word says” (quote them Romans 10; 9 & 10.). Dear God I want a new life and I accept you right now as my savior. In Jesus name amen. Most of the time they cry and will love you forever. Sometimes they don’t show any emotions except smile but they always say thank you.

There are many ways to win souls other than face to face one on one. Souls can be won by inviting people to church, bringing them to church speaking to a group and so on.

Lesson Two Fast forward to prayer tips

A praying relationship with Jesus is a must if you want to be the best soul winner you can be. After all Jesus is the one that does the saving of the soul. You plant the seed but God is the actual winner of the soul.

1 Corinthians 3:7 “So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth ; but God that giveth the increase”

You need to learn to communicate with Jesus and let him guide you by him speaking to you. He will speak to your inner person by his word the Bible, out loud, through a sermon or through a human.

The first thing to pray with expectation. Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” Understand that it is your expectations of God answering the prayers that gets the job done.

The last words and wishes that Jesus gave were the desires closest to his heart. He said in Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

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