He That Winneth Souls – Part 3

Posted by on Nov 3, 2002

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

Pastor’s Sunday Morning Bible Class Notes

November 3 & 10, 2002

 

“He That Winneth Souls” (Part 3)

Lesson Text: Proverbs 11:30

I.       What Does It Mean To Win Souls?

 

To win a soul to Christ means to personally lead (influence) a person to put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior, and to demonstrate that faith by calling upon Him to save him.

 

II.      Why Should We Win Souls To Christ?

 

A.        We should win souls because it is commanded by God in the great commission.

B.         We should win souls because it is how we bear fruit.

C.        We should win souls because it is a part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.

D.        We should win souls because it is wise.

E.         We should win souls because there are special rewards.

F.         We should win souls because the harvest is great.

G.        We should win souls because hell is real.

H.        We should win souls because it is a sin not to do so.

 

III.    What Are The Qualifications For Becoming A Soul Winner?

 

A.        The soul winner must be saved. (Mark 5:15-20; 1 John 5:13)

B.         The soul winner must be right with God. (1 John 1:7,9)

C.        The soul winner must be living a separated life. (Rom. 12:1-2; 2 Cor. 6:17; Jam. 1:27; 4:4)

D.        The soul winner must pray for the power of God. (Eph. 6:10; Col. 1:10-11)

E.         The soul winner must have a compassion for souls. (Mat. 9:36; Jude 22-23)

F.         The soul winner must know how to win souls. (He must have a plan.)

G.        The soul winner must be willing to go. (2 Cor. 8:12; 1 Tim. 6:18)

 

IV.     How Can We Overcome The Fear Of Winning Souls?

 

A.        We should realize that our fear does not originate with God.

1.         “…God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power,” (2 Tim. 1:7)

2.                  “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear:” (1 John 4:18)

 

B.         We should pray about our fear.

1.         “…the LORD,…heard me, and delivered me from all my fears(Psa. 34:4)

2.         “The LORD is….my salvation; whom shall I fear(Psa. 27:1)

 

C.        We should realize that Jesus is with us when we attempt to win souls.

1.         We are not alone!

2.         “…and, lo, I am with you alway(Mat. 28:20)

3.         “…Be not afraid, but speak,…For I am with thee,” (Acts 18:9-10)

 

D.        We should not be afraid of making a mistake.

1.         Philip made a horrible mistake when he brought his brother, Nathanael, to Christ. (John 1:45)

2.         Even if we do make mistakes (and we will), God can still use us to bring others to Christ. (God is able to use imperfect vessels.)

 

E.         We should not let our imagination defeat us.

1.         The devil will use our imagination to keep us from winning souls.

2.         He will cause us to imagine all sorts of horrible things.

3.         We should realize that 99% of the things that we imagine will NEVER come to pass.

 

F.         We should be more concerned about winning souls than winning friends.

1.         Some Christians hesitate to witness for fear of offending someone.

2.         We must remember that we are not trying to win a popularity contest.

3.         While the Gospel will offend some people, as well as make others extremely uncomfortable, it is the only thing that can save their soul and keep them out of hell. (Rom. 1:16)

 

G.        We should memorize a good soul winning plan (presentation).

1.         Even the best public speaker will be afraid if he is not prepared.

2.         Being prepared, and knowing exactly what we are going to say will eliminate a lot of the fear.

3.         There are several advantages of memorizing a good souls winning plan.

a.         It gives us confidence.

b.         We know what reactions and responses to expect.

c.         We will be ready always when the Holy Spirit gives us an opportunity to share Christ. (1 Pet. 3:15)

 

H.        We should have a positive mental attitude.

1.         Of course, this attitude should be based on God’s ability and not own.

2.         Paul expressed this kind of attitude when he wrote, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil. 4:13)

3.         Our thinking should be, “With God’s help, I can, I can, I can!!!”

 

I.          Finally, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit.

1.         How can we be filled with the Spirit?

a.         By emptying ourselves of sin and self. (1 John 1:9)

b.         By yielding ourselves to God. (Rom. 6:13)

c.         By asking God to fill us and claiming that fulness by faith.

2.         The evidence of the filling of the Spirit is boldness. (Acts 4:31)