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 Post subject: Soul-Winning Explained
PostPosted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:05 pm 
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Soul-Winning Explained

"He that winneth souls is wise," and this can be seen very clearly.
He must be a wise man in even ordinary respects who can by grace achieve so divine a marvel. Great soul-winners never have been fools. A man whom God qualifies to win souls could probably do anything else which providence might allot him. Take Martin Luther, for instance. Why, sirs, the man was not only fit to work a Reformation, but he could have ruled a nation or have commanded an army! Think of Whitefield, and remember that the thundering eloquence which stirred all England was not associated with a weak judgment, or an absence of brain-power; the man was a master-orator, and if he had addicted himself to commerce, would have taken a chief place amongst the merchants, or had he been a politician, amid admiring senates would have commanded the listening ear. He that winneth souls is usually a man who could have done anything else if God had called him to it. I know the Lord uses what means He wills, but He always uses means suitable to the end; and if you tell me that David slew Goliath with a sling, I answer—it was the best weapon in the world to reach so tall a giant, and the very fittest weapon that David could have used, for he had been skilled in it from his youth up. There is always an adaptation in the instruments which God uses to produce the ordained result; and though the glory is not to them, nor the excellence in them, but all is to be ascribed to God, yet is there a fitness and preparedness which God seeth, even if we do not. It is assuredly true that soul-winners are by no means idiots or simpletons, but such as God maketh wise for Himself, though vain-glorious wise-acres may dub them fools.

"He that winneth souls is wise," because he has selected a wise object.
I think it was Michael Angelo who once carved certain magnificent statues in snow. They are gone; the material readily compacted by the frost as readily melted in the heat. Far wiser was he when he fashioned the enduring marble, and produced works which will last all down the ages. But even marble itself is consumed and fretted by the tooth of time; and he is wise who selects for his raw material immortal souls, whose existence shall outlast the stars. If God shall bless us to the winning of souls, our work shall remain when the wood, and hay, and stubble of earth's art and science shall have gone to the dust from which they sprang. In heaven itself, the soul-winner, blessed of God, shall have memorials of his work preserved for ever in the galleries of the skies. He has selected a wise object, for what can be wiser than to glorify God, and what, next to that, can be wiser than in the highest sense to bless our fellow-men; to snatch a soul from the gulf that yawns, to lift it up to the heaven that glorifies; to deliver an immortal from the thraldom of Satan, and to bring him into the liberty of Christ? What more excellent than this? I say, that such an aim would commend itself to all right minds, and that angels themselves may envy us poor sons of men that we are permitted to make this our life-object, to win souls for Jesus Christ. Wisdom herself assents to the excellence of the design.

To accomplish such a work, a man must he wise,
for to win a soul requires infinite wisdom.

God Himself wins not souls without wisdom, for the eternal plan of salvation was dictated by an infallible judgment, and in every line of it infinite skill is apparent. Christ, God's great Soul-Winner, is "the wisdom of God" as well as "the power of God." There is as much wisdom to be seen in the new creation as in the old. In a sinner saved, there is as much of God to be beheld as in a universe rising out of nothing; and we, then, who are to be workers together with God, proceeding side by side with Him to the great work of soul-winning, must be wise, too. It is a work which filled the Saviour's heart, a work which moved the mind of the Eternal Jehovah or ever the earth was. It is no child's play, nor a thing to be achieved while we are half asleep, nor to be attempted without deep consideration, nor to be carried on without gracious help from the only-wise God, our Saviour. The pursuit is wise.

Mark ye well, my brethren, that he who is successful in soul-winning, will prove to have been a wise man in the judgment of those who see the end as well as the beginning.
Even if I were utterly selfish, and had no care for anything but my own happiness, I would choose, if I might, under God, to be a soul-winner, for never did I know perfect, overflowing, unutterable happiness of the purest and most ennobling order, till I first heard of one who had sought and found a Saviour through my means. I recollect the thrill of joy which went through me! No young mother ever rejoiced so much over her first-born child, no warrior was so exultant over a hard-won victory. Oh! the joy of knowing that a sinner once at enmity has been reconciled to God, by the Holy Spirit, through the words spoken by our feeble lips. Since then, by grace given to me, the thought of which prostrates me in self-abasement, I have seen and heard of, not hundreds only, but even thousands of sinners turned from the error of their ways by the testimony of God in me. Let afflictions come, let trials be multiplied as God willeth, still this joy preponderates above all others, the joy that we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ in every place, and that as often as we preach the Word, hearts are unlocked, bosoms heave with a new life, eyes weep for sin, and their tears are wiped away as they see the great Substitute for sin, and live.

Beyond all controversy, it is a joy worth worlds to win souls, and, thank God, it is a joy that does not cease with this mortal life.
It must be no small bliss to hear, as one wings his flight up to the eternal throne, the wings of others fluttering at one's side towards the same glory, and turning round and questioning them, to hear them say, "We are entering with you through the gates of pearl, you brought us to the Saviour," and to be welcomed to the skies by those who call us father in God,—father in better bonds than those of earth, father through grace and sire for immortality. It will be bliss beyond compare, to meet in yon eternal seats with those begotten of us in Christ Jesus, for whom we travailed in birth, till Christ was formed in them the hope of glory. This is to have many heavens,—a heaven in every one won for Christ, according to the Master's promise, "they that turn many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever."

I have said enough, brethren, I trust, to make some of you desire to occupy the position of soul-winners: but before I further address myself to my text, I should like to remind you that the honour does not belong to ministers only; they may take their full share of it, but it belongs to every one of you who have devoted yourselves to Christ: such honour have all the saints. Every man here, every woman here, every child here, whose heart is right with God, may be a soul-winner. There is no man placed by God's providence where he cannot do some good. There is not a glowworm under a hedge but gives a needed light; and there is not a labouring man, a suffering woman, a servant-girl, a chimney-sweeper, or a crossing-sweeper, but has some opportunities for serving God; and what I have said of soul-winners, belongs not to the learned doctor of divinity, or to the eloquent preacher alone, but to you all who are in Christ Jesus. You can each of you, if grace enables you, be thus wise, and win the happiness of turning souls to Christ through the Holy Spirit.
From the sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon

The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Psalms 12:6-7

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 Post subject: Re: Soul-Winning Explained
PostPosted: Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:20 pm 
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Thank you Brother Parrish, for this wonderful thread and sermon by Mr. Spurgeon. It should be read, reread and then read again. I have one of his soul winning booklets, but it and this sermon are all that I've read by him. That's going to change though. :D

"And He said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature"

I've mentioned before that The lord had put it into my heart to help spread his word and of the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and It's such an amazing, joyful feeling, to know that The Lord is using ME, a lowly worthless sinner, to help spread His Word.

Yes, absolutely, anybody can do it. If somebody like me, with too little education and that really isn't comfortable talking to strangers and again, a lowly worthless sinner can do it, anybody can.

There are so many ways that the Lord can use us to help spread his word. Gospel Tracts are wonderful for this. You can pass them out on the street and talk with those that will listen as you do. If you're shy and even if you aren't, you can leave them in different places for others to find. One of my favorite places to leave tracts are parking lots. On dry days, you can put them under vehicle windshield wipers by the hundreds and you can talk to people as they come and go, if you're so inclined. The places that tracts can be left are only limited by your imagination.

I have quite a few Christmas themed tracts and I'm going to go door to door in the small towns around me, in the evenings during the weeks before Christmas and knock on doors. When somebody answers, I'm going to say here's a gift for you and your family, Merry Christmas and hand them a tract.

Sometimes, I'll ask people if they own a Bible. If they say yes, I'll ask if It's a King James Bible, or one of the counterfeits and explain that the KJB is the only true inspired, preserved Word of God and warn them about the other perverted versions. If they say no, and I'm able to at the time I'll put one in their hands and say there ya' go, all I ask is that you read it and if you don't/won't, please pass it on to somebody that will. I wish I could afford to give everybody that I come into contact with a KJB, but I hope that by just explaining that the KJB is the true Word of God it will put them on the right path, even if I don't have one to give.

There are so many ways to help spread The Word. Ask God to bless you in His Work and get out there and do it.

Can you tell that I'm passionate about this? :D

Thanks again Brother Parrish, great thread. I'm going to go back now and reread Mr. Spurgeons' sermon.


Acts 16:31, "Believe on the lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house"

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