Christ was first and last a Soulwinner. So also should every Christian be.
The Bible portrays the soulwinner as a ó
5. Father & Friend
Mt 4:19 ó The first reference to soulwinning in the New Testament.
A follower is a disciple (The very next instance they are called "His disciples" 5:1)
(a) Disciplined in prayer
David (Psa 55:17)
Daniel (Dan 6:10)
Disciples (Acts 3:1)
(b) Disciplined in Bible meditation
Morning devotion (Ex 16:4)
Systematic study (2 Tim 3:15-17)
Memorisation (Psa 119:11; Col 3:16)
(c) Disciplined in time management & duty
Donít waste time (Eph 5:15,16)
Be brisk & active (Pro 6:6-11; 22:29)
Donít postpone (Prov 27:1, Eccl 9:10)
(d) Disciplined in family life
Wife (Eph 5:28,29; 1 Sam 1:8)
Children (Eph 6:4; Job 1:5)
Finance (Rom 13:8; 1 Tim 6:6,8)
(e) Disciplined in public life
Personal appearance (Eccl 9:8)
Conversation (words) (Eph 5:4; Js 3:2)
Government (Rom 13:1,7)
2. Fisherman (Mt 4:19)
(a) YOU must go to the sinners.
Jesus personally came from Heaven to the world to meet the sinners.
1 Tim 1:15; Jn 10:10
Jesus met sinners right where they were.
Jn 4:8, 5:6; 9:1
Jesus commanded His followers to "GO."
Mk 5:19; Lk 14:23; Mt 21:2; Mk 16:15
(b) You must learn to identify yourself with the sinners.
Jesus (Phil 2:6,7; Heb 2:14,15)
Paul (1 Cor 9:19-23)
Missionaries Ragland of Sivakasi, Walker of Tirunelveli
(c) Grow in efficiency and effectiveness
By learning lessons afresh from the "Word" (Lk 5:4-6)
By inviting cooperation from other fisher partners (Lk 5:7,10)
By venturing in faith (Mt 14:28,29; 17:27)
(a) Wait not for favourable conditions. (Eccl 11:1-6)
(b) Sow liberally. (2 Cor 9:6)
Talk to as many souls as possible. Distribute as many tracts as possible. And so on.
(c) Despise not the small and insignificant contacts or opportunities. (Mt 13:31,32)
(d) Sacrifice your comforts and sow with tears. (Hard labour implied) (Psa 126:5,6)
(e) Follow up regularly and suitably.
Apollos 1 Cor 3:6
Gardener Lk 13:8
(f) Be watchful (Mt 13:24,25)
(g) Be patient (Js 5:7)
This is not relaxation or passivism,
but anticipative and expectant hopefulness.
(a) Fast and pray to release souls from the devilís clutches, with the Spiritís power.
Mt 17:21; Acts 10:38
(b) Plan well and proceed methodically.
2 Tim 2:5; Prov 20:18; Rom 15:19
(c) Be fearless.
2 Tim 1:7,8; Judg 5:18
(d) Have a mind to suffer.
2 Tim 2:3; 4:5
(e) Oppose false doctrines and seducers with the sound Gospel.
1 Cor 15:32; Jude 3
(f) Be ever ready!
5. Father & Friend
(a) Be an excellent example. 1 Cor 4:15,16
(b) Be strict wherever necessary. 1 Cor 4:15,21
(c) Be glad to spend and be spent. 2 Cor 12:14,15
Jesus was a Friend of sinners. (Mt 11:19)
(a) Be compassionate, especially in times of suffering and trouble.
Psa 35:13,14; Prov 17:17; Jn 11:11,35
(b) Converse freely.
(c) Keep confidentially the secrets shared with you.
Prov 20:19; 11:13
"Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament,
and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever"