Saturday, February 16, 2013

What does it mean to win a soul?

            There is a lot of talk in Pentecost today about soul winning.  I agree that it is a necessity.  I also believe that very few of us are truly doing all we can to win the lost.
            However, there are some misconceptions as to when a soul is actually won.  Just because someone says they want to go to heaven and are baptized doesn't not mean they are won.  That is not what the Great Commission is all about.
            Let's examine the Great Commission.  Matthew 28:19-20 says "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; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world."
            Lets look at four key words in these verses:  1. Go!  That doesn't mean to set in a building and wait.  The harvest is ready, but the workers are few, so just go!  2. Teach!  Teach them the Acts 2:38 doctrine!  3. Baptize!  Now that you have taught them, they should see their need to be baptized for remission of sins.  4. Teach!  Once you obeyed the second key word to teach again.  Matthew 28:20 "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.
            Getting people to say they want to go to heaven, then rushing them to be baptized, even getting them to talk in tongues, is not the goal of a real soul winner.  Rather our goal should be to make them disciples.  When they become disciples you know you have won them. 
            I don't know about you, but I want to be a true soul winner.  Someone took the time to reach and teach me and I want to do the same for others.  How about you?

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