How To Win A Soul 1
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Do not wait until you are perfect to share the gospel. You won*t be perfect until the Lord comes or until He takes you to Heaven and then it will be too late to win souls. Jesus was perfect and still many rejected Him. If you believe that the one who shared the gospel with you was perfect, you are wrong. He will make you more fruitful if you ask the Lord to forgive your sins and guide you and use you. Often He will make you fruitful even if you have forgotten to ask.
Memorize the scriptures that you want to use. If you can*t memorize them, type them out and carry them with you. Put them in the form of a list. Put them in the form of an outline. Use them for a bookmark in your Bible. Include only the references or include the entire passages. Whatever works for you. When the Lord gives you more scriptures that might help you share the gospel, add them. Sharing the gospel with one individual will never be exactly like it will be for other individuals. The Holy Spirit will lead you. Trust the Holy Spirit to give you the right passages and the right words.
Exodus 4:11: And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man*s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
No one gets saved without the Holy Spirit anyway. When you heard the gospel some human was speaking to your ears and to your mind. Someone else was speaking to your heart. That was the Bible and the Holy Spirit. He has to do a lot of things that you don*t even think about as you share the gospel. He has to deal with you AND the one you are sharing the gospel with.
John 3:6: That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
2 Corinthians 1:21: Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; 22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Practice sharing the gospel. Learn from experience. Learn from your mistakes. You will not remember everything that you want to remember as you share the gospel. You will not remember everything that I share with you about sharing the gospel. I myself do not ever remember it all. The Holy Spirit will help you remember what you need. Even if you botch it up, you will have planted or watered. Making mistakes is not failure. Failure is not trying to share the gospel.
1 Corinthians 3:6: I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
When you share the gospel, you have shown someone love. You have shown them your concern for their immortal soul. Expect people to receive Jesus. Be prepared to do all the follow-up you possibly can. Don*t let the possibility that you won*t be able to do follow-up prevent you from sharing the gospel. Most of us probably receive 99.999 percent of our spiritual food after we are saved from spiritual leaders and teachers other than the one that led us to Christ. You are welcome to give them an article entitled I Have Received Jesus . . . What Does That Mean? You can find it in the website. Provide them with whatever the Lord directs you to provide. Make sure they have access to a Bible.
Before you share the gospel pray for Divine appointments. Pray for open doors. Pray for boldness. Pray for guidance. Pray for forgiveness for your own sins. After they have received Christ pray for them. If at all possible pray for them in their presence. Pray that they will learn to understand the Bible and love it. Pray that they will find God*s will for their life. Pray that they will learn that God*s will is best. Pray that the Lord will give them great assurance. You will be teaching them a little about how to talk to the Lord and depend upon Him.
When sharing the gospel with individuals, don*t do all the talking. Try to get to know them. Ask questions. Their answers will tell you if they are already saved or need to be. Their answers will tell you what they believe. Their answers will tell you if they are open to the gospel. Their answers will tell you if they have been exposed to the Bible. Their answers will reveal their attitude toward the Bible. Early in the conversation, the unbeliever might do most of the talking. Once you begin sharing the gospel, they will usually do most of the listening. Often they will have some knowledge of the Bible. You might be able to build on that. The biggest problems are when they firmly believe things that are unbiblical. You can give them the scriptures that might correct their wrong beliefs. Some of the wrong beliefs might evaporate as you share scripture with them. If they cling firmly to their unbiblical beliefs they are clinging to an idol, and the best things you can do for them are to graciously continue to love them and pray for them.
When they ask questions that are relevant to the gospel, try to answer them quickly and then return to the passages you planned to share with them. When they ask questions or try to change the subject you can probably get them back on subject by saying something like this: That is an interesting subject, perhaps we can speak about that later. When you encounter someone who insists on doing all the talking you may not be able to lead him to Christ. But you can pray for him under your breath while he is talking. If there are two of you sharing the gospel, the one not speaking should be praying. Both of you will probably be given appropriate scriptures to share and things to say.
Romans 10:17: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
The more of the Bible they have heard and will accept from you, the better the chances that they will respond to the gospel. The more they respect the Bible the greater the chance they will respond to the gospel. The more they wrestle with the Bible, the smaller the chance that they will respond to the gospel.
2 Peter 3:15-16: And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
The wrestling match must not be between you and them, it must be between them and the Bible. If they respect the Bible, it is not your doing. If they wrestle with the Bible it is not your doing. We do not know if they will respond to the Holy Spirit or resist Him.
Acts 6:10: And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
Acts 7:51: Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
We do not know when they have resisted the Holy Spirit so long and so strongly that He will stop speaking to them.
Genesis 6:3: And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Our job is to give them as much of the Bible as we can.
2 Timothy 4:2: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
I often pose this question to individuals that have been exposed to a great deal of the Bible: So you have heard lots of verses from the Bible, may I quote one more verse to you? If they have not been exposed to very much of the Bible I ask: May I quote one verse from the Bible to you? The Bible will either bring them to faith or they will wrestle with it.
When I have their permission to quote one verse from the Bible, I usually prefer 2 Corinthians 13:5a. There are other verses that might be more appropriate, depending upon what they have revealed to me about themselves.
2 Corinthians 13:5a: Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; . . .
The verse can at first appeal to their pride. Examine yourselves. But God can humble them and often does that through the Bible. The verse can disarm them. It can tell them that I cannot and will not judge them. It can teach them that they are accountable to the Lord.
I then tell them that the Bible gives many verses that can help them examine themselves. I ask permission to quote a couple of those verses. If I get their permission to quote a couple of verses I prefer two particular verses. There are others that are sometimes more appropriate.
1 John 5:13a: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life. . .
I emphasize that word KNOW. I ask them if they know for certain that they will go to Heaven when they die. Some will say that they do know for certain. I then ask them if I may quote a couple more verses to be certain that they know for Biblical reasons. When I have their permission here are the verses that I prefer:
John 3:3: Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
I ask them if they have been born again. If they tell me that they have been, I ask them if they remember how or when that happened to them. If they have any answer other than that they were born again when they received Jesus, they may not been born again. They might have different words for receiving Jesus, but receiving Jesus is what they must have done. If they have a wrong answer I quote John 1:12 and tell them that becoming a child of God and becoming born again are two descriptions of the same thing.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
At this point you may share with them the Roman*s Road or the Four Spiritual Laws. Or there may be other scriptures the Lord has given you that will be fruitful for you. I like to make three main points: One. Salvation is a free gift. Two. It is a gift that will change us. Three. We must ask for it.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Since I plan to deal with them about the sinful nature of human hearts I may not need Romans 3:23 and I may not go into detail about the first half of Romans 6:23.
It has been very fruitful for me to share with them that they need to receive Jesus into their hearts.
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
Colossians 1:26-27: Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
I sometimes share with them that the heart spoken of in these passages is not the muscle pumping blood around their body. The heart is the real person. It is the non-material part of them that will continue to exist forever. I share with them that Jesus dwelling in our hearts will make some changes in them. Those changes are spoken of in slightly different ways in the Old and the New Testaments. I usually prefer the New Testament passages. I share with them what the Bible says about a heart without Jesus and a heart with Him dwelling in it. I share with them that Jesus can influence a heart from within but has no influence on a heart where He is not present. One notable thing He does when we receive Him into our heart is to purify it.
Acts 15:8-9: And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Helpful New Testament Passages
A heart without Jesus: Matthew 15:19: For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
A heart with Jesus: Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
A purified heart will cause the mouth to speak different things.
Matthew 12:34-35: O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
A purified heart will have faith in God.
Romans 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
A purified heart will serve God.
Romans 7:25: I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
A purified heart will cause us to do different things.
Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
2 Timothy 2:22: Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
When we call upon the name of the Lord, we receive Jesus into our hearts, expecting Him to purify our hearts, make us born again children of God and change whatever needs to be changed. He gives the Holy Spirit to both Jews and Gentiles who receive Jesus and purifies their hearts by faith.
I will summarize that salvation is a free gift, it is a gift that will change them and it is gift they must ask for. I then ask them if I may help them call upon the Lord in prayer, invite Jesus into their heart and ask Him to do His work on their heart.
Helpful Old Testament Passages
Jeremiah 17:9: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Psalm 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Ezekiel 36:26: A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.