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What is (and is not) Biblical Soul-Winning?

Discussion in 'Evangelism, Missions & Witnessing' started by Pastor_Bob, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Pastor_Bob

    Pastor_Bob Well-Known Member

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    "Soul-winning," although not a word found in our English Bibles, is certainly based upon a biblical truth:
    Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

    I suppose each of us have our own ideas of what soul-winning is. Some may say that it is passing out gospel tracts. Others may say that it is "letting our lights shine" (Mat. 5:16). Some may have a very different conception of soul-winning.

    Lately, I have been giving thought to what soul-winning "is not." So, I am interested in what others might have to say on the subject. What do you consider to be biblical soul-winning, and what evangelistic efforts do you feel would not fall into that category?
     
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    It is not anything that does not include scattering the word of God.
     
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    I certainly do not disagree with this, for this has been my philosophy as well. As I have been giving the matter much thought, the question comes to mind - does leaving a gospel tract in a public place constitute soul-winning? Does putting a door-hanger on doorknob constitute soul-winning?

    I'm thinking it involves more of a face-to-face encounter to qualify for biblical soul-winning.

    Let me quickly say that I am for passing out tracts and leaving door-hangers; but, although that is evangelistic activity, is it Bible soul-winning? In other words, if I leave a tract in a public restroom, have I fulfilled my responsibility as a soul-winner?
     
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    I agree with Rev...If you are not scattering the Word, it's not remotely close to Biblical soul-winning. I believe, when Soul-Winning has reached it's "consummation", we have brought the hearer to a place they must "do something" with the Good News we have presented (it's Good News to believe). As Moses said, "Choose Life or Choose Death." I'm not talking about merely a decision, i'm talking about asking, "What will you do with This Jesus?" Reject Him and His Free Gift of Salvation? Or Receive Him, surrendering to Him as Lord and Believing He was Raised from the Dead for our Justification. I heard it said the other day, "We must preach for a Verdict." Is this all made-up religiousity? Or Is this the Only Gateway to forgiveness, Redemption and Eternal Life? Today is the day of Salvation, If you Hear His voice, do not harden your hearts!
     
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    I think that whatever we do is good. Certainly leave the tract in the restroom, but don't stop there.
    I had a chap come to my house to fix my plumbing, and before he left I gave him a Gideon Testament and said a few words. He was off to his next appointment so there was no time to do more, but God can use that Testament to save him.

    Better yet is to get into serious conversation with someone. Why not invite your neighbours to a Christianity Explored course?
     
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    The late D. James Kennedy used to refer to soul-winning as taking advantage of divine appointments. Share when you can. Always be an example. In other words, take advantage of the opportunities God provides to the extent that you are able to take advantage of them. In the end, soul-winning is in the purview of the Holy Spirit, not us.
     
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