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SUCCESSFUL EVANGELISM.............Basic Tools for a great Harvest

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Love for Souls series!
  • Make Soul Winning a priority, be compelled by Christ love...Do the work of Evangelism.
  • Lets learn how to build relationship with people across board.
  • Lets embrace others as children do!

Some issues are uppermost in the agenda of God, and one of them is the salvation of souls. This was so great a matter in the beginning that God had to send His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to this earth to reconcile us back to Himself.

So, the Son of God came to save the lost, preaching and teaching people the ways of God, and how to serve God and not idols.  He went about preaching and teaching - Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand - Mathew 4:17, and as He went preaching and teaching, He was also healing the sick, delivering the oppressed by the devil and comforting the weak.  He manifested the presence of God His Father and nothing was too hard for Him to deal with.

As it was in the beginning when God sent Jesus to the earth, so it is now that the second coming of Jesus is at hand.  The world we live in today is in dare need of soul winners and evangelists to boldly speak to people about Jesus Christ where ever they will find people.

Every child of God knows the devil is seriously devastating humanity with strange doctrines that negates God and everything about God.  The devil deceives people that the life they live is their own and that no one called Jesus Christ died for their sin and brought salvation to them.  

Whatever God said we should not do, in His word, the devil have lied to men they can do it and even openly. Can you imagine the deception that there is no God, or that a man can marry a man, woman to woman, a man marrying two sisters or two friends.  

Look at marriages today and tell me what you see, children deceiving their parents, parents deceiving the children and so much unfaithfulness, all because of the lack of the word of God.  Who will voice the truth to the many people confused in the world today - Its me and you, the body and mouthpiece of Jesus Christ today.

We know that the devil lies and deceives people, but Jesus saves, heals and blesses people and we will manifest the presence of Jesus everywhere we enter to preach and teach His gospel and this is pleasing to the Almighty God, for Jesus Christ Himself said it that if the children of the generation will believe that Jesus Christ lives, they must see signs and wonders.

Christ is in us and we are Christ-like, so His presence and abiding grace will go with us everywhere we go.  We must faithfully commit to soul winning as many have not known the Lord Jesus Christ, though many have heard His name.

An old woman heard the gospel of Jesus recently and confessed that in her whole life ...and she was approaching 90 years, she never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.  A brother afflicted with sleep disorder told his doctor and said  "I know that my God will heal me". The Doctor asked him to repeat what he said and the brother say "My God will heal me of this disease" and the Dr in Holland replied and said "You are the first person I have treated that mentioned his God" That brother is completely healed today and he sleeps freely without any aid.  

Believers are walking about like orphans, when we have a great and mighty God.  Many of them cover their bible - The Word of God in their hand, so they would not be identified as Christians.

There are clear signs everywhere to let believers know that the time to resume house-to-house evangelism and soul winning is now.  Today. churches are empty in developed countries, where the youth believe they don't need God to exist and succeed in life and in Africa, the churches are jam-packed with people seeking the blessing and prosperity of God and very few are ready to serve Him.  

This is the reason why many churches are cold and spiritually weak.  Many are in the church of God today without knowing Jesus Christ or desiring to surrender to Him and so such people continue with their old lifestyle after becoming a 'christian' - Are they Christ-like?

I believe the gospel preached with the power of the Holy Ghost will convicts these brothers and sister God has brought into the church, so the Pastors must arise to the challenge of preaching and teaching Jesus Christ and the price He paid for our sins at the cross, and teaching and preaching with power = help of the Holy Spirit.  

If we will not take the death of our Lord for granted or live a selfish life, then we must all awake to the truth that we are the tools in the hand of Jesus Christ to reach sinners.  When Jesus commissioned us to go and preach the gospel to every creature, and promising to be with us, even unto the end of the world, He knew He is the one going to do the work, by the Holy Spirit in us, but we must make our body available and go to the places where people, unbelievers are for Jesus to preach to them and convict them.

We are the hands and legs of Jesus Christ to do anything and if we are not available or willing, we are not fulfilling our calling in Christ.  Evangelism or soul winning is for every believer as far as you have believed the gospel and the Holy Spirit of God is inside of you, and the Lord is inside so many of us, but many are so shy or too gentle to visit the sick in the hospital and command healing on them, many are so afraid to talk to a stranger about Jesus Christ, our Lord and saviour.

Meanwhile, a christian who is not winning souls do not know the joy of the Lord that is lacking in them, the joy of bringing someone to Christ and watch that person grow in faith and in the spirit.  Believers who are not witnessing or evangelising for Christ knows only a little about their Master - For you will know Him more in the 'field', as you witness and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lord will reveal deeper things about Himself to you.

Get ready - we are going to witness Christ soon in your neighbourhood, parks, market places and at different crossroads - for Christ lives in you and you are his body, the Church of God. The compassion to win souls for Christ usually comes from a grateful heart and a heart that has love for people.  If I remember that without Jesus Christ in my life, I would not be alive today.  The enemy has fought me on both sides and for years there was fear within and without in my life, but I continue to trust and call upon the Lord.  I have seen rejection, persecution and abuse of all kinds, have faced perils and life threatening attacks, but the Lord has remained faithful to me and today I'm still standing...and declaring His glory BOLDLY in the land of the living.

If you know that many souls are dead today because they did not know that by calling upon the name of the Lord, they would be saved from the wrath of the devil, then you will be more willing to win souls. If you know that many are about to join the camp of the devil either as occultists, prostitutes, witches etc, if you know that many young ones are wondering what the second coming of Christ really means, then you will jump up to witness to them.  

If you realize that the hundreds of people committing suicide today and it looks as though one killing himself when things are not working is normal is happening because those people have not know the Lord or heard his gospel preached with power.  Think of it, why should anyone kill himself and go straight to hell fire to suffer for eternity?

For us to have a better society today will depend on me and you, spreading of the knowledge of God.  Science and its technology cannot answer the questions of life, but God the creator can.  Without the knowledge and fear of God, the moral decadence we are witnessing today will be a child's place for thing thing to come in the future before Christ comes.  If we don't rise to our calling as Christians - Christ like and preach, teach and win souls for Christ, the lust and seduction that is in town today may enter the church and deplete the body of Christ.

Can I assure you that as we witness Christ and win souls, the Lord will deliver us from our enemies (Physical and spiritual enemies) so that we serve and work for Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives, which is an oath the Lord sware to our father Abraham Luke 1:70-75.  May I assure you that as we serve God in evangelism and soul winning, His presence around us shall be mighty and the power He  gave us to caste out demons, heal the sick and raise the dead shall come alive in each and every one of us.  

The power of God to trample upon serpent and scorpions and all the power of the enemy will begin to work in your lives and like the seventy disciples returned in Luke 10:17-20  to Jesus Christ with joy, saying Lord, even the devils were subject unto us through thy name, that will be your testimony also - for He has given us power over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall be any means hurt us.

I know many of us are in the evangelical prayer team and you are saying, but I have been praying for the souls to be saved.  Prayer is good and as a matter of fact, the evangelism or soul winning team dares not go out without praying, if you don't bind the strongman, how can you take his 'property' away?

We will pray and still make ourselves available to witness and speak to people about Christ and salvation in Him.  The purpose of His coming to earth to reconcile us to God, the works He did on earth, the men He raised, people He healed and delivered etc and His death and resurrection in glory and our justification.  The fact that eternity in heaven or hell is real and we shall all face the judgement seat of Christ in the days to come are some of the things we have to let people know.

We must also assure the youths that it is possible to live right.  Our Father is holy and that gene is in us as believers.  You shall be holy as your Father in heaven is holy is possible. It is possible to live a holy and righteous life, a blameless life before God if we depend on God and use His word as a standard for our lives.  If we acquaint ourselves with His Word and obey and do what the Word says,  we shall live a godly life that is pleasing to Him.  

Remember, He is in us through the Holy Spirit and so as we have faith and believe, He will work in us both to will and to do those things that are pleasing to Him.  As we live and move and have our being in Him, so He also live and move and have His being in us, who believe and receive Him and are willing to yield ourselves to Him. 

He is in us and wishes to visit people always, the Prisoners, the sick people, the unbelievers and sinners to fix their problems, heal, encourage them and give them hope through me and you.  Brethren, I want you to see that you are complete in Him to witness and win souls, and whatever is lacking He will supply. I also want you to know that praying is good and necessary, but going out to meet and introducing Christ to them is no longer negotiable as soul winning is the call of every believer in Christ.

If the church continues to evangelize 'saved' members and the church building while sinners and unbelievers are sinking deeper into evil, the youths going deeper in the things of Satan, then we are certainly not fulfilling our calling as Christians - Christ like.

We must muster courage to step out of the church buildings and the comfort of our homes to get into the street, offices and market places with the message of Jesus Christ, the parks and in our places of work and influence.  We must be ready to learn at His feet and produce fruit worthy of our calling as believers.

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What is Evangelism?

Evangelism is everything we do get the message of Jesus Christ to souls who need to be saved, which have neither heard the gospel before butare not yet born again.

Evangelism is sharing the word of God and doing those good deeds that touch peoples heart.  Evangelism is a command of our saviour to every believer as we are all product of someone's evangelism in the years gone bye.

Evangelism is seeking for the lost souls by a believer, who is grateful that God saved him and delivered him from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of His dear Son, Jesus Christ.  Recall that Jesus came to earth to seek souls of men and to reconcile them to His Father according to Luke 19:10, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  

He started going out to preach and teach immediately He returned from the wilderness. He also began to invite men to join Him in soul winning.  Math 4:19 - Jesus says “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”   Evangelism is "fishing for men" for the kingdom of heaven.  The Lord said the banquet is ready, go out to the highways and at every crossroads, major markets and shopping Malls and bring men to fill the banquet.


What is Soul winning:
Soul winning is everything we do to explain the death and ressurection of Jesus Christ to people who did not know Him, teaching them the word and the ways of God for their salvation in Christ.  When we win a soul, our duty continues on that soul till he/she is brought into the church and established in the faith.   Soul winning includes every good deed done to unbelievers and everyone that do not know the Lord, with a heart of love, not expecting anything in return.

...And Witnessing:
Witnessing Christ is one of the sweetest aspect of soul winning.  It is representing Christ to people and doing those good deed He did while He was on earth.  He told the apostles to wait behind in Jerusalem and receive the promise of the Father, which He told them about- Acts 1:4

And you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and you shall be witnesses unto me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  Witnessing Christ is with power, it is not just teaching and preaching the word of God, it is teaching and preaching the word with power.

This is what happens when we pray for a sick brother and he receives his healing.  We witness Christ to a Spinster and assure her that God is mercy to grant her most important prayer request....and she say, that I may get married.  And the witnessing team presents the lady's request before the Lord in faith and give thanks for the marriage, and after few months, the sister gets married.

This is what happens when we receive word of wisdom and knowledge for the people we are meeting for the first time and the Lord confirms the word of prophesy we gave them, and they are grateful to God for locating them and remembering them.

Brethren, witnessing Christ, brings the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alive to people and build their faith in the Living God.  It gives hope to the youth of today who thinks there is no God or God is not near His people - for if this generation will believe in living Christ, they will have to see signs and wonders John 4:48

It has been said that 95% of all Christians never lead a soul to Jesus. May that never be said of you. 

It is also true that 95% of sinners and unbelievers do not go to church, the church and everything we do in the house of God do not interest them. They may never attend either Church or Crusade meetings, so we have a duty to go for them where they are - on the streets.  All that Jesus is asking for is your availability to witness and faith that Christ will touch these people by the Spirit of God and convict them unto repentance. 


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What are the hindrances to Evangelism and Soul Winning Today:

I believe the hinderances to witnessing Christ among christians can be categorized into spiritual and physical challenges:

Spiritual:
1. Many are not sure of their salvation
2. The demand of righteousness and holiness
3. Lack of Word of God
4. Many believers are facing spiritual problems

Physical
1. Lack of Trust
2. Fear of being mocked and 
3. Fear of persecution
4. Work and business schedule
5. Shyness - Not knowing what to say

Before looking at the problems obstructing witnessing or hindering believers from soul winning, it is important to say that all the problems can be satisfactorily addressed, so that the man/woman with passion for soul can shine like a star in the firmament.  The Lord has taken some of us from those backgrounds to where we are standing by His grace alone, so we are not left without hope.

Secondly, the harvest is truely great, as we seem to have many people well educated, but lacking in the knowledge of God and unsaved.  Great harvest indeed, but the labourers are few and so I am praying that God will touch you and send you forth into the harvest today!

Why are Believers not winning souls?
Some of the reasons why believers are not evangelizing and winning souls include:

They are Not Sure of their Salvation:
The spiritual reasons why many are shy to witness Christ is because many of the Christians or believers today are not sure of their salvation.  In a situation where the born again sister or brother still keeps his female lover(s) after repentance, such a brother going out to witness is only deceiving himself.  A businessman brother who continues to deceive and cheat his customers and business partners can hardly have the courage to witness Christ

Also, a sister though born again, who gossips, lies and quarrel a lot with her neighbours and friends can hardly go for evangelism.  She may be truely born again, but she has to deal with those attitude problems.

Work Excuses:
I am busy in the office and after office hours I am tied, infact too tied to do anything. Let us make out time to do God's work - for it is He that gave us the work and business we are doing.

Lack of Readiness:
Brother, I am not well prepared, I don't know the bible enough and “I’m afraid to talk.” “I don’t know the Bible well enough.” “I’m afraid I’ll offend someone.” “I tried it once and I’m not good at it.” “It’s too personal to discuss.” .  I am not gifted in preaching the word of God, so we just gather to pray for the salvation of souls

Let’s not give excuses. Let’s obey the Lord.

Fear
Fear is a big reason Christians do not win souls. Most Christians fear what to do and how to do it in soul winning. Jeremiah had fear. God destroyed his excuse with Jeremiah 1:8, which says: “Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.” Also in:

2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Psalms 81:10, “I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.”

Do not fear being rejected by people. Jesus was despised and rejected of men. We are not out to be popular but to spread the gospel! Some fear they will say the wrong words. The smoothness of your presentation will come with practice. Besides, if the person is on their way to hell, you can do no damage if you are sincerely trying to get them saved. Where love is felt, the message will be heard.

Shyness:  -  This is overcome by experience. A new man on the job may feel awkward for a while until his skills are sharpened and he feels comfortable. The same goes with soul winning. The more you do it, the more comfortable you will be.

Lack of Deep Bible Knowledge
No one knows the Bible as well as they should. Do not be intimidated if someone asks you the age old questions about “who made God?” and “where did Cain get a wife?” and other foolishness. Politely tell them that whatever is not written in the bible is not an important information and so if the bible did not tell us where Cain's wife came from, then it's not important for us to know.


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Why should we witness and win Souls?

1. It is Commanded in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:

Jesus, our Master started it and the apostles and disciples follow His footsteps in that direction - Acts 5:42, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.”

2. It is a wise thing to do - Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

3. It Glorifies God - John 15:8, “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

4. It Delivers Souls From Hell - Ezekiel 3:17-18, “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

5. There are Crowns and Rewards 1 Thessalonians 2:19, “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

Basic Requirements for a Soul Winner:

1. Holy Spirit Power
It is the Holy Ghost that sends us out to go and win souls, and so if you don't have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, though you desire to go for evangelism, your work may be fruitless.  This is why the first requirement is having the holy Spirit.  This was emphasized by our Master Himself to the disciples, when He told them “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

Beloved, without the Holy Spirit inside of you, you preaching and teaching will be devoid of power and meaningless.  You will be talking to yourself and your word would be letters and not the Spirit.

2. Assurance of Salvation
You must know without doubt that you’ve been saved!!! “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)

3. Purity of heart and conducts in Life
God desires to use clean vessels.

2 Timothy 2:21: “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.”

Psalms 18:20: “The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.”

Psalms 24:4: “He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”

1 John 2:15, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

4. Willing and Available
If you are willing and available, Jesus will use your body to visit and speak to sinners and unbelievers and you will know that He is the one speaking, if your vessel is clean “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)

5. Burden for Souls
“But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matthew 9:36)

6. Prayer
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” (Romans 10:1) See also John 15:1-8.

As you meditate on this write-up, comfort yourself by the fact that many brothers and sisters have passed through the same tensions we are experiencing today, but by hard-work and commitment to fulfilling their calling, they ended up as great evangelists.  People like:

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Billy Graham                                            T. L Osborn


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