Soul-Winning | Victor Tey

“Love is something you decide to do even if you don’t feel like doing it. You need to grow to the point that you do things not because it’s pleasant, but because it’s right.”

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

  1. Soulwinning is any type of evangelism – not ONLY door knocking.
    1. My opinion – door knocking is the most effective method.
    2. Other names for soulwinning:
      1. Evangelism
      2. Outreach
      3. Witnessing
      4. Preaching the gospel
      5. Sharing your faith
    3. Why do we call it soulwinning?
      1. Proverbs 11:30
      2. It doesn’t matter what you call soulwinning, as long as you do it.
  2. Soulwinning is every believer’s responsibility.
    1. The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:14-20, John 20:19-23, Acts 1:1-15, 2:1-18.
      1. The command is repeated at multiple instances.
      2. It was Christ’s last words before his ascension – must be very important.
      3. If it was only for the eleven apostles, is it even physically possible for eleven men to preach the gospel to every creature in the world?
      4. It was not only for the men.
        1. The spirit was poured out on the men and the women.
          1. Acts 2:16-18
        2. Women laboured with Paul in the gospel.
          1. Philippians 4:1-3
        3. The daughters of Philip the evangelist did prophesy.
          1. Acts 21:8-9
          2. This verse also shows there were others who worked with Paul that may not have been apostles.
    2. The example of the apostle Paul
      1. An ambassador that was committed the ministry and word of reconciliation.
        1. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
      2. Necessity was laid upon him to preach the gospel.
        1. 1 Corinthians 9:16-17
      3. Paul beseeches and praises believers that follow his example.
        1. 1 Corinthians 4:9-17
        2. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-8
        3. Philippians 3:17
        4. 1 Corinthians 11:1-2
  3. Soulwinning and teaching people how to win souls is the main focus of our church.
  4. Reasons to go soulwinning.
    1. Wrong reasons to go soulwinning:
      1. Fear of wrath or cursing of God.
        1. We are no longer under the wrath or cursing of God as believers.
          1. John 3:36
          2. Galatians 3:10-14
        2. We should fear the chastisement of a loving heavenly father.
          1. Hebrews 12:1-11
      2. To try and work for your salvation.
        1. Ephesians 2:8-9
        2. Romans 4:5-6
      3. Fear of man or what others think of you.
        1. I will never force you to go soulwinning.
        2. Don’t go because you are trying to please others.
        3. Don’t stop soulwinning.  Just get the right perspective and go for the right reasons.
      4. Because you feel like going.
        1. How you feel is simply whether or not you are in the spirit of flesh.  The spirit always wants to go but the flesh does not.
        2. More often than not you will end up not going.
    2. Right reasons to go soulwinning: LOVE – 2 Corinthians 5:14, 1 Corinthians 13:13
      1. Love for God.
        1. If ye love me, keep my commandments.
          1. John 14:15
        2. God wants people saved.
          1. John 3:16
          2. 1 Timothy 2:4
          3. 2 Peter 3:9
      2. Love for your church.
        1. Set an example.
          1. 1 Peter 5:1-3
        2. Teach others.
        3. Duplicate and train new soulwinners.
        4. Encourage the other soulwinners.
          1. Numbers 32:1-9
        5. Soulwinning is hard enough without opposition from within.
          1. 2 Corinthians 11:22-28
        6. You’ll get to know your church better and have better fellowship.
        7. You may get a chance to preach the gospel to their loved ones.
      3. Love for unbelievers.
        1. Hell is a real place.
          1. Mark 9:43-48
        2. If we don’t tell them, who will?
          1. Judges 6:12-16
      4. Love for yourself.
        1. Eternal rewards.
        2. Crowns can be people.
          1. Philippians 4:1
          2. 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20
        3. Ensures you are investing some time winning souls.
          1. Luke 8:14
        4. You learn when you teach others.
        5. Reminded of God’s love for you and how fortunate you are to be saved.
        6. You focus on the problems of others.
        7. Learn new things, new methods, better ways of explaining things.
        8. You will be pleasing and bringing glory to God.
          1. John 15:8

At the end of the day, soulwinning is your duty as a believer.

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
1 Corinthians 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.

Love is something you decide to do even if you don’t feel like doing it.  You need to grow to the point that you do things not because it’s pleasant, but because it’s right.

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