I. WHAT IS A SOUL?
We know little about a soul apart from the Bible. It teaches --
1. That man is a compound being, man has spirit, soul, and body.
2. That the soul is indestructible. Mt 10:28 "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
3. Because indestructible, its value is infinite.
II. WHAT IS MEANT BY WINNING SOULS?
The word "Win" is a warlike word: there are powers striving for soul not to be won to God. To win souls they must be taken by force.
III. HOW MAY SOULS BE WON?
The soul-winner must first have the love of Christ in his own heart. Then he must proclaim it patiently, lovingly, prayerfully, earnestly. This can be done in various ways.
IV. WHO SHOULD DO THE WORK OF SOUL WINNING?
“Go ye therefore, and teach [make disciples of] 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: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Christ gave this command after His resurrection. It has been in the Bible for two thousand years, as a command to all Christians, “always,” down to the end of this age. All Christians are commanded to do soul winning, to war to win other people to Jesus Christ.
V. How could all Christians today take part in soul winning?
The answer is simple. The work of soul winning has many parts. Speaking of that work, the Apostle Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (I Corinthians 3:6).
And so it is today.
A Christian invites a lost person – a friend, a relative, or a stranger – to church. Another Christian telephones that lost person and brings him to church in his car. There the pastor preaches the Gospel, the Bible truth that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3-4). The pastor and Christian workers explain the Gospel to the lost person individually, making sure that he understands salvation and that he comes to Jesus Christ. At the same time, other Christians are being friendly to that lost person, showing him Christian love in the church, and praying for him. Here we see that there are many people that go into soul winning. In soul winning, one person plants, another waters, and it is God who produces the fruit! And indeed, a lost person converted to Jesus Christ is a beautiful and sweet fruit, which makes all our time and trouble worthwhile.
Soul winning is the highest service a Christian can do!