Soul-Winning Tips | Victor Tey

“Success is the soulwinning that happens. Failure is the soulwinning that doesn’t happen.”

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Why door-knocking is the most effective soul-winning method

  1. Passive methods – only reaches people you know.
    1. Your circle of responsibility should not have an upper limit.
    2. eg. lifestyle evangelism
  2. Proactive methods – reaches people you know AND don’t know.
    1. “Broadcast” types
      1. Open air preaching
        1. Takes a lot of boldness.
        2. Requires a loud voice.
        3. Requires eloquence because you are preaching a sermon.
        4. Only works in public places where many people are present.
        5. Can be easily offensive because you are usually shouting.
      2. Advertising
        1. eg. billboards, posters, radio, television, movies, online, etc.
        2. Reach a mass audience but not every individual.
        3. They’re not interactive.
        4. Cost and talent prohibitive
        5. Sometimes we just need to go back to the basics.
    2. “Invite” types
      1. eg. gospel meetings, documentaries, concerts, musicals, internet media, museum, etc.
      2. Cost and talent prohibitive
      3. Still need to employ a “broadcast” or “engage” method.
    3. “Engage” types
      1. Public Area
        1. Limited to one area.
        2. People are more self-conscious when spoken to in public.
        3. Harder for a new soulwinner to start.
        4. People are out and about and have errands to run.
        5. You have to stop people that are moving.
      2. Door-knocking
        1. Everyone in an area lives somewhere.
        2. Systematic canvassing.
        3. Private setting where they are comfortable.
        4. Low cost.
        5. Everyone preaching the gospel.
        6. It’s personalised and you can engage them like no other method.
        7. Talk and ask questions, they can also ask you questions.
      3. Objections to these methods
        1. People may not like it – this is a factor of every proactive method.
        2. What if I can’t walk/talk.  Exceptions aren’t an argument.

There’s a reason why all politicians / sales organisations will always knock doors.

Soulwinning is spiritual mixed martial arts (MMA).

  1. Ephesians 6:10-20
    1. The parts of the armour of God
      1. Truth – covers your shame.
      2. Righteousness – keeps your heart right.
      3. Gospel of peace – it’s on the move and ready to go.
      4. Faith – protects you from the unseen, unexpected.
      5. Salvation – not consumed with fear and doubt.
      6. Word of God – our spiritual weapon.
  2. UFC now dominated by mixed martial arts (MMA).  Why broaden your skills?
    1. Know how to defend against.
    2. Know how to attack.
    3. You will be more confident.
    4. The fight will be more enjoyable.
    5. Don’t be ignorant of false doctrines and religions – but be best at the bible.
  3. Matthew 10:16
    1. Satan is subtle – not froward.
    2. Satan is smart – understands the nature of man.
    3. Satan is knowledgable – knows God’s word.
    4. But we aim to help, not to harm.
  4. VIDEO – Royce Gracie interview on UFC beginnings.
    1. The most effective art was also the most gentle.
    2. Challenges are welcome – the truth will stand.
    3. Don’t spiritually beat up people too bad, one day they may be a future disciple.

The right and wrong way to preach the gospel

  1. Proverbs 15:1-2
    1. How you speak can change someone’s response.
    2. There’s a right and wrong way to use knowledge.
  2. Philippians 1:15-18
    1. Is the motive contention or sincerity, good will and love?
    2. We’re glad the gospel is getting out there but let’s do all we can to make sure we’re doing it the right way.
  3. 2 Corinthians 10:1-5
    1. Christ was meek and gentle with people.
    2. Don’t use carnal weapons in a spiritual fight
      1. Examples of spiritual weapons:
        1. The word of God
        2. Prayer
        3. The fruit of the Spirit
          1. Come with love
          2. Share with joy
          3. Leave with peace
      2. Examples of unspiritual weapons:
        1. The works of the flesh
        2. Pride
        3. Boasting
        4. Being condescending
        5. Without understanding
        6. Strife
        7. Unrighteous anger
        8. Frowardness
  4. Ephesians 4:29
    1. Aim to build up, not tear down.
    2. Your words should minister grace.
  5. James 4:6
    1. 1 Peter 5:5
    2. Proverbs 3:34
    3. God resists the proud
      1. Applies to unbelievers but written to believers.
      2. I don’t want the Spirit of God resisting me.
  6. James 1:19-20
    1. Listen intently
    2. Don’t cut people off
    3. Think before you answer
  7. Colossians 4:2-6
    1. More grace, less salt.
  8. 2 Timothy 2:24-25
    1. Gentleness, patience and meekness.
  9. 1 Peter 3:8-16
    1. Answer with meekness and fear.
  10. Romans 12:17-21
    1. Overcome evil with good.
    2. Proverbs 25:21-22

Practical Soul-Winning Tips

Below are some tips I have learned along the way that may be of help to you. My advice would be to do what:

  1. is right
  2. works
  3. is comfortable for you

Tips on how to start a conversation.

Soulwinning Script Diagram

  1. Sample Script Diagram
    1. I don’t start by inviting them to church because I don’t want the topic to be about church.  Sometimes I even pre-empt and say “I’m not here to talk you into joining our church, I just want to explain to you how to go to heaven.”
    2. Don’t use “christian-y” words like “tract” or “gospel” or “salvation” because most people do not know what these really mean or have a wrong idea of what it is.  Even “saved” may need to be clarified.
    3. Don’t ask “would you like one?” because their automatic reaction will be “no”.  You are not asking if they want it, they probably don’t, you are asking if it’s okay to leave it with them and that they would read and consider what it is about.
    4. Ask for permission, it ensures you have the person’s attention and permission to take up more of their time.
    5. Many people find the “heaven” question personal because they believe in works salvation.  Easing to the question reduces the impact of the hard-hitting question.
    6. Have a 30 second presentation that you can use if they don’t have time to talk.
  2. Common objections and how to turn it around.
    1. “I’m a pretty good person”
      1. “That’s what most people think but the bible teaches that we cannot be good enough, is it okay if I show you a few verses and explain?”
    2. “I go to ____________ church”
      1. “My purpose here is not to try and get you to switch churches.  Many people we speak to that go to a church are familiar with Jesus and what he did, but are still not 100% sure of heaven.  What about you?”
    3. “I don’t believe in __________”
      1. “Oh okay, but has anyone ever explained to you what Jesus taught about how to go to heaven?”

Tips on explaining the plan of salvation

  1. Main points throughout the plan of salvation – click here to see the plan of salvation.
    1. We have all sinned by breaking God’s laws.
      1. You may need to define the word “sin”.
      2. Sin is not the power unto salvation.
      3. Romans 1:16 – the gospel (good news) is the power unto salvation
      4. ill. Life-saving doctor that commits murder.
    2. God must punish sin
      1. At this point, I want them to see that God punishes sin with hell, not if they believe in hell.
      2. I will clarify this point later if there are objections.
    3. Jesus Christ took your punishment for you
      1. Explain the gospel in as much detail as you feel is necessary for the person you are speaking with.
      2. People with a christian background may need very little on this point.
    4. What you must do to be saved from hell.
      1. Works are good, but not necessary for salvation.
      2. Emphasise the difference between knowing and trusting – ask them what they were trusting prior to your conversation.
    5. Receive the free gift of eternal life.
      1. explain eternal security
        1. ill. A believer that commits murder still goes to heaven.
        2. If they have trouble understanding:
          1. God cannot lie.  Eternal means forever.
          2. Jesus died for all sins- past, present and future.
  2. Memorise the verses you use or the ones in the tract.
  3. Acknowledge distractions as it ensures you have their attention.
    1. eg. phones, relatives, babies and children, etc.
  4. This is a conversation not a presentation.
    1. Get to the points that they need to hear.
    2. Relate their responses.
    3. Find out what they believe to make it relevant to them.
  5. Give hypotheticals and ask open ended questions to test their understanding.

The battery on the microphone transmitter ran out at this point so the audio for the rest of the sermon was not recorded.

The invitation to call upon the Lord

  1. Ask them if they realise they were not saved to begin with.
  2. Don’t trick people into praying with you.
  3. Make sure they understand that they are expressing what they need to believe in their heart.
  4. Your goal is to get them saved not just pray with you.

Miscellaneous Soul-Winning Tips

  1. How should you dress? formal vs casual
  2. What type of bible?
    1. electronic vs paper
    2. visible vs concealed
  3. Silent partners
    1. Should be silent for the most part.
    2. Jesus sent his disciples in twos.
      1. Stay together – don’t desert each other in battle.
      2. Support one another – prayer, time, explanations, etc.
      3. Take turns when someone answers the door.
  4. Bring water.
  5. Children
    1. Ask for the parents
    2. My opinion – if they’re old enough to answer the door or be out an about without supervision, they’re old enough to talk to.
    3. Be extra thorough – children are less likely to disagree even if they don’t believe.
  6. Women should be cautious when being invited into a house.
  7. Always use the buzzers on secured buildings.  Don’t sneak into secured complexes without permission.
  8. “Do not knock” stickers/signs are illegal for salespeople to ignore.  I knock them even if they don’t want “religious people”.
  9. Apartments
    1. Knock from the top floor and work your way down.
    2. It means the people you’ve spoken to are the ones to pass you.
    3. You will see if others are already in the building.

What is Success with Soulwinning?

  1. How to determine personal / church success:
    1. Are you obeying?
    2. Are you growing?
    3. Are you doing your best?
    4. Don’t compare yourself to others in
      1. talent
      2. knowledge
      3. time
      4. results
  2. Successful numbers/statistics
    1. The number of people who get saved is not the only important number.  All these numbers are important:
      1. how many doors we knock
      2. how many people we gave another chance to hear the gospel
      3. how many people got more info via the tract
      4. how many times the gospel was preached

John 4:31 In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat.
John 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.
John 4:33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
John 4:34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
John 4:36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
John 4:37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
John 4:38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

  1. Jesus was satisfied with just being obedient to the Father.
  2. Is the sower less successful than the reaper? No.

Success is the soulwinning that happens.
Failure is the soulwinning that doesn’t happen.


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