"He that winneth souls is wise" - Proverbs 11:30
Every Christian should aim to win souls. An effective soul-winner takes seriously his or her responsibility to help others escape the fires of hell. The gravity of this obligation is seen in Jude's charge: "Be merciful to those who doubt; snatch others from the fire and save them" (Jude 22-23).
Jesus commanded His followers to go into the world and preach the gospel (Matt. 28:18-20). One way we can do this is by personal teaching, or inviting others to worship, Bible study or a church activity.
There are at least 2 other ways to win souls.
In Matthew 18 Jesus explained how we should treat a brother or sister (in Christ) who has wronged us. Instead of pouting, shouting, ignoring the offender or gossiping about them, the Lord implores us to reach out to them. If we are successful, Jesus says, "You have won your brother" (verse 15). Remember, when a brother in Christ reconciles with us, he or she may likewise reconcile with the Lord. Hence, a soul "won".
A third way to be a "soul winner" is to lovingly reach out to brethren who were once faithful but have fallen back into the world. James says, "My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner away from his error will save him from death and cover many sins" (James 5:19-20). In other words, a soul "won".
Want to win a soul? (What true Christian does not?) Then keep inviting others to church. Bring a friend to Bible class or VBS. Go to a Christian brother or sister who has offended you, and lovingly point out their mistake. Call or visit a brother or sister that has not attended services in a while.
The majority of souls winners are not ministers, elders or deacons. They are "everyday Christians" who desire to see everyone they know (or encounter) in heaven!
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