BIBLE TRUTH E-NEWS : :
Statements About Soul Winning
My heart is turned to
this much-needed subject of soul winning. I don’t pretend to be an
authority on the subject but am interested in becoming more actively in
pursuit of souls. As I have studied the Scripture I have learned what
God’s Word has to say about the subject.
Mark 16:15 says, “…Go
ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
This verse gives the MANDATE OF SOUL WINNING. “Go” is an
imperative command, not a request or desire. To ‘preach’ means
to open the mouth and proclaim or cry aloud. Of course we know that the
‘gospel’ is the good news that Jesus saves. The ‘world’
lets us know that we are to tell everyone not just the ones that we
think should hear. Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zone and
be willing to proclaim that Jesus died for sinners.
In John’s Gospel we
are reminded of various ways that God chooses to speak to sinners about
their souls. In John Chapter One we see John the Baptist PREACHING
EFFECTUALLY to his disciples. Verse 37 tells us that after they
heard John speak about Him “…they
followed Jesus”. Men of God preach from God’s Word week
after week and have the joy of seeing sinners reconciled to God through
In verse 43 we see
Jesus having a PRIVATE ENCOUNTER with Phillip. He tells him to “…Follow
me.” What a blessed time it must have been in Phillip’s life
to hear from Christ directly. I have heard many testimonies of people
who were so overcome with the presence of God that they had to stop what
they were doing and bow before Him and ask for forgiveness.
But the most often
used method of witnessing is PERSONAL EVANGELISM. After Phillip
has met the Lord he then finds Nathanael and tells him that he has found
the Messiah. In verses 40-45 we also see Andrew finding his own brother
Simon and also telling him about Jesus.
What a need there is
to be busy about sharing the gospel with all creatures. My desire is to
become more like the disciples and proclaim or cry aloud to every
creature that Jesus Saves.
In light of this I
would ask you to pray for our son Chuck as he and a team of 7 people
from his church, Eagles Landing Baptist, leave for Beirut, Lebanon on
Wednesday, June 1. They will spend 10 days there working with local
Baptist churches. They will be preaching and holding youth meetings as
well. As you know these are perilous times in the Middle East but they
have a burden to “Go” and so are being obedient. If God directs you to
do so, would you please remember to pray for these men and women that
not only would God give them souls for their labor but safety as well.
Until next time,
Evangelist Tom Gilliam