Summary: Part one of a five-part worship series "Show the Need for Salvation."
How to Lead a Soul to Christ Part 1
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. 19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:17-20
Intro: Soul winning is the greatest work in the world. God has entrusted each of us…, every believer has this God given incredible responsibility. Can you take the bible and point a sinner to the savior?
Today we are going to begin a new worship series on “How to Lead a Soul to Christ.” I will teach you five simple steps you will want to learn and use when talking to someone about becoming Christian. Get out your sermon notes: write this down.
I. Show the Need for Salvation
A few years ago pro boxer Hector Macho Comacho four time…, three weight class…, boxing champion of the world. was being interviewed on TV. He was bragging about his wild past—His prowess as father at age 15…, drugs…, party life style. The sportscaster asked him, “Don’t you believe that a sports hero like yourself has an obligation to be a role model for our youth?” Comacho snapped back, “Look, I did my dirt, but I ain’t no Hitler.” Less than two years later he died from injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting in Puerto Rico.
Comacho’s response is the typical human response.
“I may have my faults, but I’m not totally immoral!”
“I make mistakes, but I am not totally wicked.”
“I might not be a Christian, but I am not a sinner.”
Many people think this way.
They do not see the need for salvation.
That is kind of alarming when it is said out loud. But in the recesses of the mind. In the remote corners of the heart and soul there is this quiet deception: That I am really not so bad that I would forfeit my soul and be need rescue or salvation.
The first step in leading a soul to salvation is getting them to see the need to be saved.
Liz was a mother of three beautiful children. Two boys and a girl. She and her husband had been happily married since college. One Easter they decided that the kids were old enough to hunt Easter eggs, so they went to church. As Liz sat there, she began to wonder if she needed to become a Christian. Does church really bring joy and peace? Does salvation really matter? Was being a Christian all that it was purported to be? What would I have to change to be saved? Liz did not listen to the service that day. She did not pay much attention to what the preacher had to say. But it was a good start…, for her and her family. Because it got her to thinking.
From that time forward, Liz realized that no matter how many good things she had done, and how good she felt about her community involvement and charity work. She could not keep the “sins” in her life and expect her life to be acceptable to God. You…, can…, convince someone…, they need to be saved. Leading a Soul to Christ…, is the most rewarding thing you will ever do in your own spiritual life.
When you are talking to someone about salvation, they may not say yes the first time. But don’t give up.
Every word we hear is stored in our subconscious mind. Every word you say is put away for safekeeping in their heart. The next time you talk to them about the same thing the brain and the heart will begin to resume the work you started the last time.
Plus you have the help of the Holy Spirit. Salvation originates from God the Father. It is brought to us and made visible by the Son Jesus Christ on the cross and resurrection. It is revealed and communicated today through the work of the Holy Spirit
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
Think about the words “a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance” That is what the Holy Spirit does. It guarantees that we belong to God and that God will do what God has promised to save us. The Holy Spirit is like a down payment,… a deposit…, a validating signature on the contract. The presence of the Holy Spirit is what gives each person that final blessed assurance that says, Yes, you are forgiven. Yes, you are a child of God.