Soul-winning is the chief business of the Christian minister;
indeed, it should be the main pursuit of every true believer. We each should say with Simon Peter, “I’m going fishing,” and with Paul our aim should be, “That I may somehow save some of them.”
What Soul winning is not:
- We do not regard it to be soul-winning to steal members out of churches already established
- we do not consider soul-winning to be accomplished by hurriedly inscribing more names on our church roll in order to show greater numbers at the end of the year
- Do not consider that soul-winning is or can be secured by the multiplication of baptisms and the swelling of the size of your church
- Nor is it soul-winning merely to create excitement
- Nor is soul winning a one shot evangelism
What is the real winning of a soul for God?
What are the processes by which a soul is led to God and to salvation?
- Instruction: I take it that one of its main facets consists in instructing a man that he may know the truth of God. Teaching begins the work and continues with it to the very end of the new Christian’s life. So, if we don’t teach men something, we can shout all day, “Believe! Believe! Believe!” but what are they to believe?
- Impression: , to win a soul it is necessary not only to instruct our hearer and make him to know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it.
- Implanting: They must be quickened into a new life, and they must become new creatures in Christ Jesus. its essence lies in the implanting and the creation of a new principle within the man.
- Regeneration, or the new birth, works a change in the whole nature of man, and, so far as we can judge, its essence lies in the implanting and the creation of a new principle within the man.
regeneration will be shown in conviction of sin.
- true conversion may be known by the exhibition of a simple faith in Jesus Christ.
- there must also be wholehearted repentance of sin.
- proof of the conquest of a soul for Christ will be found in a real change of life.
- There must be a harmony between the life and the profession.
- we must also see true prayer, which is the vital breath of godliness.
- There must also be a willingness to obey the Lord in all His commandments.
If the professed convert distinctly and deliberately declares that he knows his Lord’s will but does not plan to obey it, you are not to pamper his presumption, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved