September 21 – Three Steps to Soul-Winning

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13

Acts 3:1-11 gives a good outline for soul-winning in three basic steps:

1) SHARE YOUR TESTIMONY. Peter said, “Look on us!” Often, people are not able to understand God, but they are drawn to YOU and your Christian testimony. Let them see Jesus through YOU!

2) POINT THEM TO JESUS. Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ….” After people like what they see in YOU, then tell them WHAT it is that they see and WHERE you got it. Introduce them to salvation.

3) TAKE THEM TO CHURCH. Here is the step often overlooked. After introducing them to Jesus, teach them how to follow Him. This is discipleship. Peter “took [the cripple] by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” The NIV says he “held on to Peter and John.” They led him by the hand into the temple. Take some ongoing responsibility for the people you lead to Christ.

PRAY: “Omnipotent Father, thank You for giving me a pattern to follow that I might be more productive in introducing Christ to others. Grant me more faith, courage, boldness, and opportunities. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

September 20 – An Atmosphere For Soul-Winning

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer…Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts….” Acts 2:42, 46a (NIV)

Disciples of Jesus Christ must be in the proper attitude and CREATE an atmosphere for soul-winning. In Acts 3:1-11 we see the elements of good atmosphere that existed when Peter and John healed and saved the cripple at the temple gates.
1) Peter and John were in unity…TOGETHER. Remember, Jesus always sent His workers out by twos. (See Mark 6:7.) There is more power where two or more are gathered in His Name (See Matthew 18:20.)
2) They were going to the temple at the TIME OF PRAYER. The Jews had fixed hours for prayer — 9 o’clock, 12 o’clock, and 3 o’clock. Today you are exhorted to pray always, and continuously, creating an atmosphere for the supernatural. (See Ephesians 6:18 and I Thessalonians 5:17.)
3) The man in this story was OUTSIDE THE GATE and was ASKING for help. You will know the atmosphere is ripe when somebody asks you for help.
4) Finally, Peter and John had corrected VISION and noticed the crippled man’s need. A good atmosphere will only produce fruit when YOU see the need. Jesus said, “…look on the fields, “because they are ready for harvest.” (See John 4:35.)
PRAY: “Father, help me to recognize the opportunities that you are providing for me to touch others at the point of their need. In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

September 19 – The Gospel Must Be Preached

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

The Gospel is good news. News must be proclaimed; it must be preached. In Mark 16:15, Jesus commanded His disciples to go into all the world and PREACH the gospel. WHY? So that people would call on the Name of the Lord and be saved. Your silent witness, your Christian life-style is not enough! Soul-winning requires you to DO something…to SAY something.

When you “hear the groaning of the prisoner” (Psalm 102:20a), your first priority should be that of a soul-winner. Remember the good shepherd who left the fold to find one lost sheep? And the good woman who searched the house continually until she found the lost coin? “Church folks” must get out of their “holy huddles,” stop polishing the coins in their hands, and start reaching out to the lost!

Jesus said, “…that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7) You are a soul-winner FIRST, then a pastor, teacher, prophet, or musician. If every Christian would win one lost person each year, the whole world would know Jesus in just thirty-two years!

PRAY: “Lord of the harvest, send workers out to Your fields today. Help me to be one of those who help set the captives free, heal the brokenhearted, and give sight to the blind. In Jesus’ precious Name, amen.”