QUALIFICATIONS FOR SOUL-WINNING

1. A personal experience of salvation (a testimony).

2. A sanctified (sin free) life.

3. A willingness and a desire to please God (on His terms).

4. A realization that people are inherently lost (hell bound).

5. An "agape" (unselfish, concerned, charitable) love for souls.

6. Patience (a willingness to listen to people).

7. Courage (confidence).

8. A Bible (and tracts).

9. A practical knowledge of the Bible  (and salvation).

10. Prayer (for God’s guidance).

11. Abilities and skills to properly communicate with people.

12. Opportunities to communicate. (Look for, or create them.)


SOUL-WINNING AS JESUS DID IT

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman - Read: John 4:1-42


1. Made a tactful approach - vs. 7.

2. Aroused a deep interest - vs. 10.

3. Created an intense desire - vs. 15.

4. Produced a sense of conviction - vs. 16, 17.

5. Corrected a misunderstanding - vs. 19-24.

6. Revealed Himself as the Messiah - vs. 26.

7. Secured a public confession - vs. 28-31, 39.


Source: The Pocket Testament League Ready References For Your Pocket Testament, 1996.


10 COMMANDMENTS

FOR PERSONAL WORKERS

1. Be natural and pleasant.  Be yourself.

2. Diagnose your case, and trust the Holy Spirit to guide you in applying the remedy.

3. If possible, deal with the person alone, and where it is quiet.

4. So far as possible, when doing personal work, choose persons of your own gender.

5. Place full confidence in the Word of God, not in your abilities.

6. Present Christ, not yourself, nor your church.

7. Have the person whom you are dealing with read the Scripture verses themselves.

8. Hold the conversation to the main point, acceptance of Christ, and, above all, do not be drawn into     an argument.

9. Ask for an immediate decision.

10. Having secured a decision, be sure to instruct on how to succeed in the Christian life, and     whenever possible, follow up for further developments.


Source: Ready References For Your Pocket Testament

© The Pocket Testament League - 1996


EVANGELISM WITHIN THE FAMILY

1. Family relationships can have either a negative or positive affect upon evangelistic endeavors.  Two factors that     influence these results are:

   A. The condition of the actual relationship, it being a good relationship or a bad one.

   B. The level of commitment to Jesus Christ by the person sharing Christ.

2. Learn and understand the Biblical and psychological dynamics of human relationships.  (Understand how sin     has damaged them.)

3. Learn and understand the psychological differences between genders.

4. Learn and understand the Biblical model of marriage.  (Ephesians 5:22-33, 1 Peter 3:1-7)

5. Understand that Christians are forbidden to marry unbelievers. (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)

6. Christians who are married to unbelievers are to remain faithful and dedicated to the marriage and their     spouse.  (1 Corinthians 7)

7. Christians married to unbelievers should desire to win their spouse to Christ. (God desires that all people     would be saved.)  (1 Peter 3:1, 2)

8. Contrary to modern theological trends, abandonment of a believer by an unbelieving spouse is not necessarily     a Biblical ground for divorce.  (1 Corinthians 7:12-16)

9. Christian children with unbelieving parents or Christian parents with unbelieving children are to live their lives     so as to win the unbeliever to Christ.  (1 Peter 3:13-25)

10. As you witness to an individual, speak inclusively of their family.  Evangelize to whole families when possible.      (Acts 16:22-34)  Use family connectedness and strike while the iron is hot.


CHILD EVANGELISM POINTS

1. Children should always be considered as needful recipients of evangelism.  They are sinners in need of God's     salvation.

2. It's never too soon to evangelize to a child.  Christian parents should begin this process through prayer, even     before their children are born.

3. Left to themselves, children will naturally follow the path of sinfulness and self-centered desires.

4. There is no Biblical “age of accountability” or “confirmation” rite.

5. Children can perceive and conceive the concepts that are germane to salvation in Jesus Christ: God/Satan,     Heaven/hell, holiness/sin, etc.

  A. Discuss sin; allow the child to have ownership of their sins.  They must experience their guilt, shame and        accountability.

   B. Be prepared to discuss, on a child's level, difficult issues such as death, divorce and even human sexuality.

  C. Adultery - In God's original creation, fathers and mothers never died or separated. There was one father and        one mother in each family and they would only love and be with each other.

  D. Creation - God did create the universe in six days!  People who think otherwise have the wrong information.

  E. Prophecy - Jesus is coming back to bring the people of the Church, His obedient believers, back to heaven.       God is going to destroy this earth and create a new perfect one in its place.

6. Always use the Bible with children.  Trust that God the Holy Spirit is able to use His Word to communicate with     children.

7. When possible, children should be approached and discipled by a member of the same gender.

8. A child can make a rational decision to accept Jesus Christ.

9. Children must make and have ownership of their decision for Christ.

  A. A child cannot be “made”, “raised” or “taught” to be a Christian.

 B. Children's ministries, e.g. Sunday School, Children' Church, V.B.S., et al, must be conscious of and keep track       of a child's spiritual condition, e.g. have they become born again or not?

10. Christian children need discipleship that is tailored to their level.

11. Children who have accepted Christ should be encouraged to publicly profess their new belief.  They need to be      appropriately challenged.

12. Children should be encouraged and equipped to have a Christ-like compassion for other's spiritual welfare and      eternal destiny.

13. Children are extremely perceptive; in some ways more than adults.  The quality of your own life in Christ will      affect positively or negatively the outcome of a child's decision to accept Christ.  You will be held accountable by      God for this aspect.  (Matthew 18:6)

14. Make use of graphic illustrations that appeal to a child's thinking such as the colors in the Wordless Book:

  A. BLACK - Our sin, which separates us from God.

  B. RED - Christ's blood - shed on the cross for each one of us.

  C. WHITE - We are washed whiter than snow by the blood of Jesus and forgiven of our sin.

  D. BLUE - The Holy Spirit, the Helper who comes into our hearts when we ask Jesus into our lives.

  E. GREEN - Growth; just like plants and trees and flowers grow, Jesus wants us to  grow in our relationship with       Him.

  F. GOLD - The streets of gold in Heaven, where we can live with God and Jesus forever without sadness, tears,       pain and death


TIMIDITY IN SOUL-WINNING

      The perception of timidity in one's character by others makes one a poor example of the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The very essence of the force of the Gospel is transformation (change).


      timid \'ti-med\ adj (1594) [L timidus, fr. timere to fear]

      1: lacking in courage or self-confidence

      2: lacking in boldness or determination

Source: Merriam/Webster, 1994.


      Then Moses said to the Lord, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue."  So the Lord said to him, "Who has made man's mouth?  Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind?  Have not I, the Lord?  "Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say." Exodus 4:10-12 NKJV

      "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels." Luke 9:26 NKJV

      For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.  So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord… 2 Timothy 1:7, 8 NIV


MAIN REASONS FOR TIMIDITY IN SOUL WINNING:

1. Not sure of one's own salvation.

2. Unrepentant sin in one's life.

3. Selfishness.

4. Not having Spiritual maturity.

5. Neglect of one's prayer life (talking with God).

6. A lack of a working knowledge of the Bible.

7. A lack of faith in God (or His abilities).

8. A lack of confidence in one's self (insecurity).

9. A fear of failure and subsequent ridicule.

10. A lack of preparation, practice and experience.




THE ROMAN ROAD

God’s plan of salvation mapped out in the book of Romans


SHOW THEM THE NEED FOR SALVATION

      The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities -- his eternal power and divine nature -- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  Romans 1:18-20

      …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…  Romans 3:23

      For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 6:23

      Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned…Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.  Romans 5:12-14


SHOW THEM THAT JESUS CHRIST PAVED THE WAY TO BE SAVED

      You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly…God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

      For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.  Romans 5:19


SHOW THEM HOW THEY CAN RECEIVE GOD'S SALVATION

      That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9

      for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."  Romans 10:13

      We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.  Romans 6:4


SHOW THEM THAT IF THEY ASK, GOD WILL RECEIVE THEM

      The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  Romans 8:16

      For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38, 39

      But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe… Romans 3:21, 22


SHOW THEM THE NEW WORLD

      The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.  Romans 8:19-21


SHOW THEM THE NEW LIFE IN JESUS

      What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  By no means!  We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?  Romans 6:1, 2

      Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:1, 2

      Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited.  Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.  Romans 12:9-19


SHOW THEM GOD'S DESIRE THAT WE TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS

      How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"  Romans 10:14, 15

      Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.  The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."  Love does no harm to its neighbor.  Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.  Romans 13:8-10

      "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…"  Romans 1:16


TAKIN' IT TO THE STREETS!


WHAT IS MEANT BY "TAKING THE GOSPEL TO THE STREETS?"

      Taking the Gospel to the streets means using written and unspoken words to tell the man, woman, boy and girl on the street about Jesus Christ and salvation.

      Taking the Gospel to the streets means giving away tracts, pamphlets, and other printed materials that present the Gospel.

      Taking the Gospel to the streets means speaking to people on the streets, telling them about the Lord and His free gift of salvation.


WHAT LAWS PROTECT MY RIGHT TO TAKE THE GOSPEL TO THE STREETS?

      When you give away Gospel tracts in public places, streets, sidewalks and parks, you are engaged in a form of speech and publication protected by the United States Constitution and various civil rights laws.

      When you speak with someone about the Gospel while in a public place, you enjoy constitutional protection.

      The First Amendment to the United States Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech…"

      The Fourteenth Amendment says: "…nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or prosperity, without due process of law…"


    WHEN I HAVE HANDED OUTGOSPEL LITERATURE IN THE PAST, POLICE HAVE STOPPED ME AND TOLD ME THAT, "SOLICITING IS NOT ALLOWED." IS SHARING THE GOSPEL SOLICITING?

      No!  Giving away free Gospel tracts and talking to people about salvation are not the same thing as soliciting.

      The Supreme Court recently decided a case involving the difference between soliciting and leafleting.  In the Kokinda case, the Supreme Court permitted the postal service to enforce a rule against asking (soliciting) for donations on postal property.  In that case, political activists were asking for donations while standing on a sidewalk leading from the post office building to the post office parking lot.

      However, the court suggested that it would reject a rule that banned free distribution of literature on such properties.


WHERE CAN I GO TO HAND OUT GOSPEL TRACTS TO THE PUBLIC?

      You can go to any publicly owned street, sidewalk or park.  In legal terms, streets, sidewalks and parks are "traditional public forums."

      You are not limited to streets, parks and sidewalks for tract distribution.  Courts have found many other places to be appropriate. Public airports, bus and train stations have all been found by courts to be appropriate locations for leafleting.  The walkways and sidewalks surrounding government-owned stadiums are also appropriate.  Many tourist attractions around the country are appropriate locations as well.

      Private property, such as malls, stores, amusement facilities, hospitals (including their parking lots) and residences should not be considered public forums.


    WHEN WITNESSING, SOMETIMES I AM ON A SIDEWALK IN FRONT OF A BUSINESS.  I HAVE HAD POLICE OFFICERS TELL ME THAT I MUST MOVE AWAY FROM A BUSINESS OR KEEP MOVING OR I WILL BE "LOITERING.  IS THIS RIGHT?

      No!  Loitering means that you have no legitimate purpose or business for being in a certain place.  Evangelism activities are a legitimate purpose for standing on a sidewalk. The loitering charge, when made against a street evangelist who is actively preaching the Gospel, is invalid.

      You must be careful not to obstruct pedestrians or to interfere with the business' operation.  If approached by the police, bear in mind that, failing to obey the instructions of a police officer could be considered an offence.


    I DON'T LIVE IN THE TOWN WHERE I HAND OUT GOSPEL TRACTS AND PREACH ON THE STREETS.  POLICE TELL ME THAT I DON'T HAVE THE SAME RIGHTS WHEN VISITING A TOWN OR STATE AWAY FROM MY OWN HOME.  IS THIS RIGHT?

      No.  You are not limited to the streets, sidewalks and parks in your town.  State and local governments cannot treat visitors from out of town or another state differently than local residents.


    MAY WE EXPRESS OUR OPPOSITION TO ABORTION, PORNOGRAPHY, etc. AND OFFER ALTERNATIVES TO IT AROUND THE BUSINESS' LOCALE?

      Yes.  You may express your views about these and other social concern issues while in the vicinity these businesses.


    DO COMMUNITIES HAVE TO PER MITT PORNOGRAPHY, ADULT BOOK STORES AND OTHER RELATED ESTABLISHMENTS?

      No.  Communities have the right to regulate pornography according to local standards. That means they can restrict what is sold, where it is sold, and who is able to buy it.  They can even prohibit pornography altogether.


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