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Summary: A soul winner practices kingdom investment

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BIBLE STUDY CLASS

TOPIC-A PRACTICAL GUIDE ON SOUL WINNING

TEXTS- MARK 16:15-16, 1 COR 1:17; 1 COR 9:16, 22, ROMANS 10:14-15

INTRODUCTION- We shall begin with a review of last week’s study on the things that we are to do to win souls to the Kingdom of God which is the major duty of the believer/church - Matthew 28:18-20. Please refer to the “to do lists” from last week teaching and ask the readiness of the students to engage in the various forms of evangelism approaches.

The approach taken in this study devoted to the subject of evangelism varies somewhat from what you might normally expect to find. It is an effort to overcome the sort of problems that often follow special classes on personal work. Such problems as:

People losing their evangelistic zeal soon after the study is over, or soon after any efforts are made to try to reach others for Christ

People who do not have the ability to teach being made to feel as though they are not as dedicated to the Lord as those who do teach

People going out to teach before they are really prepared to teach, and often doing much harm in the process

People who are unable to teach not being shown how they can greatly assist those who are able to teach

Efforts in evangelism being carried out without being accompanied by a demonstration of the truth of the gospel in our own lives

What should be our motivation in evangelism? Well, what motivated Jesus? Certainly He was

successful in reaching His goals. Since He is to be our example (1 Pe 2:21), whatever motivated Him should be the motivating force driving His disciples.

COMPASSION FOR LOST SOULS

Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the mass of lost souls (Mt 9:35-36; 14:14; 15:32).

Such compassion motivated Him to do two things.

First, to ask His disciples to pray that God might “send out laborers into His harvest” (Mt 9:37-38).

Then, to do something about it Himself (that is, to select and send out His apostles (Mt 10:1,5-7).

GOD “OPENS DOORS” FOR PREPARED WORKERS!

The Scriptures often speak of the Lord “opening doors” for His servants who are ready to serve Him. Paul wrote about an “open door” of opportunity that prompted him to remain longer at Ephesus (1 Cor 16:9). He even wrote of one occasion where there was an “open door,” but circumstances were such that he did not take advantage of it (2 Cor 2:12-13).

PRAYER IS THE “CATALYST” IN EVANGELISM!

In the conversion of Cornelius, it was his prayers that prompted God to take notice (Acts 10:1-4), and it was a man given to prayer that the Lord chose to use in order to reach him (Acts 10:9).

We find Paul teaching the Colossians to pray that God would open a door for the Word (Col 4:3).

THE POWER IS IN THE SEED (WORD)!

The Word of God has always been capable of influencing people, accomplishing its intended purpose (Isa 55:10-11). As the author of Hebrews wrote, it is both “alive and powerful” (Heb 4:12). This is especially true of the Gospel of Christ, the “power of God unto salvation” (Rom 1:16).

Conclusion- Soul winning is the heart beat of God and do not say to yourself that you cannot do it – Phil 4:13.


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