Proverbs 11:30 – “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Our duty as children of God is to spread the good news of the gospel of Christ. Christ Himself was our example for soul-winning. J. K. Johnston, in his book Why Christians Sin, tells us “Christ met unbelievers where they were. He realized what many Christians today still don't seem to understand. Cultivators have to get out in the field. According to one count, the gospels record 132 contacts that Jesus had with people. Six were in the
four in the synagogues and 122 were out with the people in the mainstream of
life.” And that’s where we meet most
people who need the gospel, in the mainstream of life. And the wise man of
the Bible tells us, “He that winneth
souls is wise.” Temple
In order to win souls there are three things that you must do in preparation. One – Be sure of your own salvation. Sammy Allen once said, “You can’t lead somebody further than you’ve been.” Two – Be spiritual – walk with God. Ephesians 5:18 tells us, “Be filled with the Spirit.” This is an imperative to witnessing. Three – Be separated – “hating even the garment spotted by the flesh (Jude 23).” How you walk in your daily life will greatly affect how people will respond to you.
Once prepared, put it in practice. The most important tool you have is prayer. Stay in communication with the Father. He will give you the strength and wisdom you need to witness for Him. As you go about telling someone about Christ, use Scripture. Develop a system that you can stick to, but keep it flexible. Always memorize the Scriptures, so that you can quote it as you have the person read it with you aloud. Then try to bring the person to a decision, not undue pressure, but some pressure is often needed. But always use discretion in dealing with people. Warren Wiersbe tells of a Methodist pastor, William Sangster, who had an eccentric member who tried to be a zealous Christian. Unfortunately, the man was mentally deficient and usually did the wrong thing. While working as a barber the man lathered up a customer for a shave, came at him with the poised razor, and asked, "Are you prepared to meet your God?" The frightened man fled with the lather on his face!
Consider very prayerfully your method. Get your own – accept help – keep it simple. For example:
A – Fact of sin – Romans 3:23 (Romans 5:12);
B – Penalty of sin – Romans 6:23 (Hebrews 9:27);
C – Penalty paid by Christ – Romans 5:8 (1 Peter 3:18);
D – You must accept – Romans 10:13 (John 1:12).
Remember – Prayer is the key – so don’t forget to pray.
"Lord, Thank you for entrusting to us the privilege of leading others to salvation. Help us to ever be ready to tell someone about you, and in so doing perhaps pluck a brand from the fire. Amen."