July 27, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
Leading Souls To Christ – Part One (Prov 11:30b)
One of the greatest joys that we can have as Christians is the joy of leading someone to Christ. Think of it! You and I can be God's instruments in the salvation of others. Who can have the privilege of leading people to Christ? Any believer! This is not the work of just a few select people. Every Christian is called upon to witness for Christ, and every Christian can be a soul-winner. The Lord Jesus said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19)
Why is it so important to learn how to win others to Christ? Because of the value of a human soul. Why is the human soul of such great value? Because it will live forever. Every person you meet has a soul that will live forever—either in the blessings of Heaven or in the miseries of hell.
The Bible says, "He who believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3:36) God values the souls of men so highly that He sent His Son to die on the cross that men might be saved. When we see how precious people are to God, we will do all we can to win them to Christ. In this lesson we are going to learn how to lead others to Christ.
Point #1 We Must Use God’s Word
To win souls, we must know how to use the Word of God. Just as a doctor does not give the same prescription to every patient, so the same verse will not meet the need of every person. You must have a good working knowledge of the Bible. Are you reading your Bible daily? Are you memorizing Scripture? Have you established your Quiet Time? Do not neglect these things if you want to win souls.
Point #2 We Must Have God’s Power
If we are to be soul-winners, we need something else: we need the power of God. The soul-winner's power comes from the Holy Spirit. When the Lord Jesus commanded His disciples to preach the gospel to every creature, He also promised them the power of the Holy Spirit. He said,
"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…" (Acts 1:8). On the day of Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. Peter stood up and preached in the power of the Holy Spirit and approximately 3,000 souls were saved.It is the Holy Spirit who convicts people of sin; it is the Holy Spirit who shows people their need of a Saviour; and it is the Holy Spirit who reveals Christ to them. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you can be an effective soul-winner.
Point #3 We Must Give People the Gospel
The soul-winner's message is the gospel. The word "gospel" means "good news" and the good news is that Christ died for our sins and rose again to be our living Saviour. The Apostle Paul wrote, "Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel…that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:1, 3-4). There are four basic truths in the gospel message:
1. The fact of sin
2. The penalty of sin
3. Christ paid the penalty
4. We must receive Christ
Get these four facts firmly fixed in your mind, because you will use them in leading souls to Christ.