Reaching The Lost With The Gospel (Part 5)

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Reaching The Lost With The Gospel (Part 5)

PROVERBS 11:30 

“THE FRUIT OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS A TREE OF LIFE; AND HE THAT WINNETH SOULS IS WISE.”

This week, we will celebrate and discuss soul-winning or what some call personal evangelism. The concept is to share the message of Jesus Christ with them in a personal and private setting outside of the house of God. This week I will share some tenants to help you become a better soul winner and/or personal evangelist. 

Disclaimer: The notes, tips and techniques are NOT guaranteed to work unless the soul-winner: puts forth effort. Additionally, one connect logically expect to win something or win someone that they haven’t trained to win. In order to win, you must first practice to win, which may include not winning multiple times. Hang in there and you will receive a victory if you learn, continue to go and trust in God’s power.

This entire week, I will give a clinic on how to reach people with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. There are 5 things that we need to remember when we witness to others. Since I used to work in sales, I will use the sales model to explain. 

  1. Introduction
  2. Needs Analysis
  3. Give & Take Away 
  4. Closing Or Invitation
  5. Follow-Up & Assurance Or Salutation & Prayer

I will cover each of these ideas each day this week  and give a practical exercise of how to address objections that come up from the person asking questions. 

V. Follow-Up & Assurance Or Salutation & Prayer

Many people will ask why is this a part of the witness process. The question to ask yourself instead is (how do I implement this into my witnessing)? Whether or not a person actually trusts Jesus Christ as their Personal Lord & Savior is irrelevant. I will explain why this final step is important. 

I. Assurance – This is a positive declaration intended to give confidence, surety and belief. In short assurance, during the witness, allows the listener to hear the promises from God, from the Word of God after they have trusted God. This is consistent with the scripture found in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”. Nothing brings confidence like hearing the word of God after you have received the Spirit Of God. It’s like drinking cold water after you’ve been in a dry desert. Here are a few parts of assurance & comfort.

  • Eternal Life – I remind people that God promised that He would give us eternal and His word tells us so in many places. 
    • John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    • John 10:28-30 “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”
    • John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life:and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”
  • Still Have A Sin Nature – I tell people that God has saved their souls but He has not changed their flesh. They will still want to sin and will probably still sin. 
    • Romans 5:12 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”
    • Romans 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
  • Jesus Is The Answer To Your Sin Nature – The last verse that I used will lead into the new section. I share with them that just because we have a sin nature, we aren’t eternally condemned but now redeemed. 
    • Romans 5:18 “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
  • Sin Breaks The Fellowship With God & NOT The Relationship – I explain what happens when we sin and how God feels about it. Then I talk about what to do if a man sins. 
    • Psalms 66:18 “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
    • I John 1:7-10 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
    • I John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”

II. Follow-Up – This step requires us going back to the salvation candidate and begin to teach them doctrine and fundamental beliefs. As they seek to learn more about God, this teaching or discipleship will help them to grow spiritually. A few things that you should teach this new Christian: 

  • Biblical Doctrine – There are at least 13 Cardinal Doctrines that the new believer must learn. These doctrines, if not learned, could allow the new believer to be led away with error and false teachings. 
  • Personal Relationship – The person that led the new candidate to the Lord should be willing to commit time to teach this person the importance of a proper relationship to God. 
    • Daily Bible Reading – John 5:39 “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:and they are they which testify of me.”
    • Daily Prayer Time – Luke 18:1 “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
    • Daily Meditation – Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
    • Daily Reflection – John 4:24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
    • Daily Confession – Matthew 6:12 “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
    • Attend Church – Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
  • Witness To Others – I Peter 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”

Obviously there are many more of these such things that we could speak about but those are just a few ideas that new Christians should be taught. 

III. Salutation – For the person that did not accept Jesus Christ as their savior at that session, I try to offer them some sort of salutation. I don’t just walk away and say “good luck with being lost”. I will try to leave them with some sort of friendly final word. The last thing that you should do is treat this person in such a manner where they run away from you or are offended. Leave the encounter, if possible, with an open door to return at a later date with no hard feelings. 

IV. Prayer – This is the point where, if the person rejects the offer of salvation, then you should ask if you can pray for them in the future. Then take their name and the date that you met them and pray for them to be saved. I encourage everyone to keep a salvation journal. This is a section in your prayer journal that you pray for frequently. If the person won’t give their name I usually record the date, time and the number of people that I encountered along with a description so that I can at least remember their faces before God. 

Ending the encounter and deciding what to do after you have either won the person to Christ or watched them reject Christ is important. If I lead a person to Christ and never follow-up, then they will continue as they did before without accountability. Making sure that the person has had proper follow up or proper intercessory prayer and fasting is important. In our next devotional series we will speak about the importance of overcoming objections and different techniques used to close a witnessing session. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie. 

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