This morning (May 16) at adult Sunday school at GLBBC, we were blessed by the visit of Scott and Lorraine Saxton, Missionaries to America. Visit their web site Tabernacle of Hope Ministry. You may have seen their camper in back of the church. Brother Scott provided the teaching with a great message that reflected the one of the objectives of his mission, soul winning, which “one never retires from.” His message was a timely fit for Gospel Light’s drive this year to be “Fishers of Men”. Brother Scott described a circle of planting the seeds of the gospel, bringing the harvest into church, and the pastor building them up through discipleship to go out and plant more seeds. “New converts bring life into a church”, said brother Scott, and “churches need to see new converts.” In his talk, he compared Jesus with how, when one corn kernel is planted in the ground, it sprouts three days later, and then produces thousands of new seeds. He mentioned that a Christian should not be living in habitual sin, that sin grieves the Holy Spirit and hinders soul winning. Brother Scott strongly urged us to memorize scripture so that God would have something to work with in order to get His Word out. He further taught us that, when people reject us, they are really rejecting Christ, that we are just the vessel.
What you dwell on in your mind, you will produce with your life!
1 Thess 2:4 “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”
Introduction: God describes a happy man as this, “His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night.” Psalms 1:2 Where is your delight? The Psalmist continues by saying, “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season” Psalms 1:3 What are you producing in your life? It’s not what we do in the ministry that determines what we are; it is what we are that determines what we do. If we are Christ like, we will do those things which please and glorify God.
Subject: Soul Winning
Proposition: What is soul winning? A process by which a soul is lead to God for salvation, instructing him from the word of God that he may know the truth of God. Who is a soul winner? Every child of God is called to be a soul winner for Christ. Matt 28:18-20 we must teach gospel doctrines clearly, passionately, and simply. We focus on truths concerning man’s condition truth’s revealing God’s grace, and truths concerning the Holy Spirit’s transforming power. The goal is for man to see his sin nature and state of depravity in order to recognize his need for a savior. God is under no obligation to save man, but God’s divine grace shall bring man out of his enmity to God if he will humble himself and repent. Let’s look at the testimony of three successful soul winners.
I. Soul winning is a special privilege. 1 Thess 2:4 “But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.”
1.) God examines every Christian before giving them the bread of life. 2.)Paul speaks as one who has the right message, he was told to spread it, and Paul wanted very much to please God by doing just that. Gal 1:17 3.) Paul did not worry about what others thought about his message; his value was in what God thought about his message. 4.) What you believe about God’s message will affect your attitude and boldness for spreading the good news. 5.) Think carefully about each lost person you come in contact with. If you fail to give them the truth, the next person who speaks to them could be spreading the wrong message.
II. Paul says keep it simple. 1 Cor 15:3-5
1.) We live in a world which has conflicting messages at every corner, but there is still only one truth and those in Christ have the truth. Are you confident that you have the truth? If not, it will show when presenting God’s word. When it comes to the gospel, there should be no confusion. Paul states, I have delivered unto you what I also received. His message centers around four points: Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, Christ was buried, Christ rose again on the third day according to the scriptures, and Christ was seen. 2.) Today we try to give too much bible on how to live a Christian life before they are Christians. God wants to deal with their sin of unbelief first.
III. Paul warns us about the power of the tongue. Rom 3:13-14
1.) Paul shows us how depraved people really are. An open tomb refers to a person put in a grave without being embalmed. 2.) Poison of asps refers to the Egyptian cobra snake which is extremely poisonous. The sack under its tongue is where the poison is kept. 3.) We have been so affected by sin, apart from the grace of God, everything that comes out of our mouth is like the stench of an open grave and as poisonous as the cobra. 4.) Its easy to see a person’s bad traits even if you have only been around them a short time. Many lost people would rather reject the good news and chew us out for sharing it. 5.) What a change comes after we come to Christ; that same tongue can now become an instrument for good. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit our tongues can be controlled to broadcast the good news. Trust God to use your tongue.
IV. Now we switch gears to see Luke’s account concerning soul winning. Luke 5:4-6
Luke says that when Jesus speaks, we should listen. The call of a Christian starts with dieing to self. Serving is not always convenient; the goal of Satan is to keep us busy doing good things missing the best things God desires us to do. We must be willing to surrender all possessions that we may serve God with them. Until we obey God in the little things, you will not be trusted with the bigger things.
V. Matthew adds the wisdom God has given him to soul winning. Matt 10:34-36
Matthew revels it will be difficult to family members. Why? Because they knew us before we got saved. If they don’t see a real change in you, why would they want what you have? Often times it is better if we get the conversation started and we let someone else close.
VI. Paul raps it up with this, redeem the time, every minute counts. Col 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
1.) This is where most Christians fail, let your walk back up your talk. A person’s witness becomes most powerful when their lives match the message they present. What power God will give to any man who will surrender his life to Him. 2.) Walk in wisdom means a life well pleasing to God every hour of every day. Redeeming the time; every moment is precious and is an opportunity to live in a way to bring others to Christ not drive them away. 3.) Our actions should support our speech, whether doing good deeds, returning love for anger, being gentle when others are harsh, live in such a way as others will want what you have.