We are obligated to tell people about Jesus Christ. Paul said, “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are in Rome, also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” – Romans 1:14-16
Our obligation is summed up in three sentences:
- I am a debtor.
- I am ready.
- I am not ashamed.
There are some characteristics we need to have to be great soul winners.
- The concern of a father.
1st Corinthians 4:15-16
- The travail of a mother.
- Galatians 4:19
- John 16:21
- The sacrifice of a lover.
- 2 Corinthians 12:15
- Jesus is the lover of our souls and He spared nothing for us because He loves us.
- The jealousy of a friend.
2 Corinthians 11:2-3
- The gentleness of a nurse.
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9
- The authority of an officer.
- 2 Timothy 2:3-4
- Authority only works when you work authority.
- The striving of a servant.
- Colossians 1:25-29
We can’t make or force anyone to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, but we can make others hungry to have what we got. Show people love and compassion and you will eventually win them.
A Soul Winners Scriptures
- The need of salvation, Romans 3:23; 6:23.
- The cost of salvation, Romans 4:25; 5:6-8.
- The way of salvation, Acts 16:31; John 1:12.
- The joy of salvation, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 2:41, 8:37.
- The terms of salvation, Luke 14:26-33.
- The act of salvation, John 1:12, 5:24, Revelation 3:20.
- The seal of salvation, John 10:28-30, Ephesians 1:13-14.
We are called to go out and compel the world to serve Jesus Christ. The word compels means to issue an urgent invitation.
- A banquet plan, v.16.
- A man planned a party with all kinds of food.
- Jesus said He is preparing us a place in Heaven and He is planning a banquet for His bride.
- A banquet plea, v. 17.
- The man invited everyone to come.
- Jesus is pleading for everyone to come; He is not a respecter of people.
- A banquet pass, v. 18-20. Three excuses given for not coming.
- He said he bought land and had to go see it. Didn’t he know it is poor business to buy land before you see it, v. 18b.
- He said he had to go prove his cattle. Well supper is usually at night and cattle don’t have headlights so how can you test them, v. 19a.
- He just got married. This was the most understandable of the three, v. 20.
Here are some excuses and scriptural answers to each one:
- I want to be a Christian, but I am afraid I cannot hold out, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 John 5:4, Jude 24, 25 2 Timothy 1:12.
- I have tried before to be a Christian, but failed, 1 John 1:9.
- I am not concerned, John 3:36.
- It is not for me, John 1:12.
- I cannot be a Christian as long as there are so many hypocrites in the church, Romans 14:12.
- I am better than some church people, Luke 15:16, James 2:10.
- I am good enough, John 3:3.
- There is too much to give up, Psalms 84:11-12, Luke 18:29-30, Romans 8:23, Mark 8:36.
- I intend to become a Christian, but not now, Proverbs 27:1, Proverbs 29:1, 2n Corinthians 6:2, James 4:13, Matthew 24:44.
- I am waiting to feel right, John 5:24, Matthew 9:9.
- My companions will laugh at me, John 9:20-22.
- I have sinned away my last chance, Mark 2:17, John 6:37.
- There is no hope for me, John 6:37.
- I cannot learn to believe, John 6:37.
- I cannot believe that which I cannot understand, 1st Corinthians 2:9-16, John 7:17.
- I cannot know whether I am saved. 1st John 5:13, 1st John 4:13.
- Scientific theories trouble me, 1st Timothy 6:20.
- My relatives oppose it, Mark 10:29, 30.
- I am afraid I will come to want, Philippians 4:19.
- I cannot make a full surrender to Christ, Luke 9:24.
- The Christian life is too hard, Matthew 11:30, 1st John 5:3.
- When no reply is made, Hebrews 2:3.
There is enough Bread of Life to supply the whole world, but are there enough volunteers to distribute it?
Plant the seed and leave the results to the Holy Spirit.