- My Own Spiritual Condition.
My own salvation needs to be settled and certain. I need to die to self and be filled with the Holy Spirit. The love of God for lost sinners needs to be shed abroad in my heart. My prayer life must be earnest and effective. There should be as much time put into my own spiritual condition as there is in my Gospel presentation
- Transitioning the Conversation From “Chit-Chat” to Spiritual Matters and the Gospel.
If we are not careful, we can spend our entire visit making “small talk” and neglect to transition to their need of Christ and our presentation of the Gospel. I am convinced most people are willing to discuss spiritual things and their spiritual condition if we will approach the subject with tact, respect, wisdom, and compassion.
- Thoroughly Explaining The Gospel.
Under no circumstances should we “sugar coat,” or water down the Gospel message. Our presentation of the Gospel must be thorough, clear, yet simple. Dr. Shelton Smith warns of “sloppy soul winning,” and I strongly agree. The “Roman’s Road” is a good plan, but must be presented thoroughly and compassionately.
- Making the Decision To Trust Christ.
After presenting the Gospel, do not leave the prospect hanging. Help them, and many times it is good to urge them, to make the decision to trust Christ then and there. It is good to help them call upon the Name of the Lord.
- Give the New Believer Assurance.
We want to give them Bible based assurance that when we do what God tells us to do, (call on the Lord) that He will do what He has promised to do (save us). I must not allow them to simply take my word for it, they must be assured from the Word of God.
- Making Follow Up Efforts.
Again, we must not leave them hanging. Salvation is simply the beginning of eternal life and they must be loved and nurtured in their new faith and introduced to the body of Christ. Follow up is much more than a simple Bible study, it is establishing new relationships with the family of God.
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
and preach the gospel to every creature.”
1. Purifies Our Purpose.
The purpose for all we do is established and singular.
Helps us weed out activities that do not contribute to our “bottom line.”
2. Directs Our Decision Making.
We measure every decision by our “bottom line.”
3. Simplifies Our Assessments.
We are able to determine the necessity/effectiveness of what we are doing.
4. Unifies Our Focus.
Everyone focused and working toward the same goal/purpose.
5. Firmly Establishes our Future
Our church will be tomorrow what we are working towards today.
A tract freely given – An event freely offered – Salvation freely received
By Terry Jones
Does anyone really read a Gospel tract? Do we need to continue to hand them out? Is it really worth it? YES! One can never know the impact one Gospel tract can have in lives of those who receive them. Let me give you an example.
Not too long ago my wife, Kaye, and I attended a national pastors’ conference in southeast Mexico. We were enjoying the fellowship around the table when I began a conversation with one of the pastors present. Brother Pedro, his wife, Vicki, and several members of his congregation had traveled 16 hours on a bus to attend the conference. As we enjoyed our whole fried fish (head, tail, eyeballs and all) with beans, rice and tortillas, I asked Pastor Pedro to tell me about the time he met the Lord.
“I was 23, a drunkard, an idolater and worldly.” he started. “My wife and I were sitting in the park in the town square. I was drunk. I had spent all my paycheck on liquor. It was the weekend and we had nowhere to go. We wanted to go to the Catholic festival buy we couldn’t afford the food and other activities they offered. While we were in the park, a 12 year old boy handed me a Gospel tract and an invitation to the Baptist church. I read the tract but did not understand what it meant. The invitation was to a Gospel movie and there was to be refreshments afterwards. “We can do that since it’s free, I thought. So we went.”
Pedro and Vicki went to the church and met missionaries Richard and Patty Comer. The church was having a special evangelistic outreach with a meal, a Gospel film and preaching after the film. Not knowing what to expect Pedro and Vicki sat down and listened.
As Richard preached, it seemed to Pedro and Vicki that he knew everything about them and was announcing it to the entire congregation. “How does this North American know the reality of our lives?” Vicki thought. Pedro was convicted of his sin and accepted Jesus as his Savior. Vicki was not convinced. She wanted to see proof. As God changed the life of the drunken idolater what was her husband, she saw her need for salvation. A month later, Vicki came to know the Lord as well.
What a difference the Lord can make in a life. Pedro and Vicki became active in the local church. Three years later they moved to the city of San Cristobal de las Casas in the state of Chiapas and while there Pedro saw his mother saved. After a time as members of the Alpha and Omega Baptist Church, they moved to the community of “Tres-Ceros” and started a church. (That’s one.) From there they moved to a neighboring village and started another work. (That’s two!)
In 1995 they again moved to Tenejapa and started the Bethel Baptist Church, where he was ordained as pastor in 2001. (That’s three!) During his years as pastor, this church has started seven more mission churches in the towns and villages around Chiapas. (That’s ten if you’re still counting.) But it doesn’t stop there. On February 20, 2011, the first service of the eleventh church took place. There were already twelve that had been saved and baptized in the town and they had been waiting to have a church of their own.
God continues to use Brother Pedro in the lives of others. The Bethel Baptist Church, where Pedro is pastor, averages around 300 on Sundays and is in desperate need of a larger building. There are six young men who have surrendered to the call of God on their lives to preach the Gospel.
Eleven churches and counting – all because of a young man handed Pedro a tract. Is it worth it? YES! Think of the fruit that abounds in Heaven because of one simple act of faith. What about the churches who have faithfully supported the Comers? They too have fruit that abounds to their account in Heaven. God continues to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him (2 Chronicles 16:9)
To learn more about the work in Mexico and Central America, contact Rev. Terry Jones, Central America Director, BIMI.
- WE WOULD BE DOING EXACTLY WHAT THE DEVIL WANTS US TO DO.
(Acts 4:17-18) The Pharisees, operating, no doubt, under the influence of Satan himself, instructed the disciples not to teach or preach any more in the name of Jesus. In the Gospels, our Lord taught that Satan’s desire is to “snatch” the seed of God’s Word away from the unbelievers. If we quit soul winning, we’re doing exactly what Satan wants us to do.
- PEOPLE WOULD END UP IN HELL.
(Romans 10:13-15) The Bible is clear, people cannot be saved apart from hearing and understanding the Word of God. If we quit soul winning, some people will not hear and will die unsaved.
- WE WOULD BE ACTING FOOLISHLY.
(Proverbs 11:30) God tells us “he that winneth souls is wise.” The implication of this verse is that he that does not win souls is foolish.
- WE WOULD BE A SINNING AGAINST GOD.
The Lord has repeatedly instructed us to take the Gospel to every creature. He has commanded us to go and “teach all nations.” If we quit soul winning, whether here at home or around the world, we would be sinning against God.
- WE WOULD BRING SHAME UPON OURSELVES.
(1 Corinthians 15:34) “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” How sinful and shameful for Christians and their churches not to share the knowledge of God and His Gospel.
- WE WOULD BE ABANDONING THE BIBLICAL PATTERN.
In the Gospels, Jesus and His disciples went every where “preaching the Gospel.” In the book of Acts, the N.T. believers “went every where preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Again, Psalm 68:11 says, “The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.” Apparently there was a “company” of folks that covered the land “publishing” the Word of God.
- WE COULD BRING SERIOUS SPIRITUAL HARM TO OUR COUNTRY.
See (Genesis 18:23-33). God promised Abraham that if he found only 10 righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah, he would not destroy it. Apparently Lot had not won anyone to a saving knowledge of the Lord, and thus the cities were destroyed. I wonder if this same principle does not apply to our great land. It we abandon soul winning, would that hasten God’s judgment upon our nation?
A nation with a majority of genuine Christians is far better off than a nation without Christians or with Christians in the minority.
- THE LORD WOULD HOLD US ACCOUNTABLE.
(2 Corinthians 5:10-11) God’s Word is clear, all Christians must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ and give an account of our lives and service for the Lord. This was a fearful thought to Paul and thus he persuaded men.
Mark 13:10, “And the gospel must first be published among all nations.”
In 1987, a young child, who became known as “Baby Jessica,” fell 22 feet down into an abandoned well. Man power and resources from around the world were rushed to Midland, TX to rescue this little toddler. For two and a half days, thousands focused their efforts and prayer on here well-being. No expenses were spared, not resources were withheld & because of theses urgent and diligent efforts of so many, her life was spared and today, we are told, she is a happily married mother of her own two small children.
Here is the question that comes to my mind, what if the same effort had been put toward rescuing “Baby Jessica” as the average church puts toward world missions? Would she be alive today? Would anyone even know of her plight?
Another question comes to mind, what if the Bible preaching churches would put for the effort, sacrifice and urgency toward world missions that the folks put toward the rescue of this dear child? Would we still have entire nations unreached with the Gospel?
In Mark 13, our Lord is explaining to His disciples what the world conditions will be prior to His second advent. He states that there will be worldwide deception, false religions will be rampant, there will be wars, famine, and turmoil throughout the world.
Then in verse 10 He states that, in light of the world’s circumstances, the Gospel must FIRST be preached in all nations. As we approach the end of the age and as world conditions deteriorate, the worldwide preaching of the Gospel must take greater priority. More important than our buildings, budgets, and “belly busting” fellowships, is our obedience to the great commission of world evangelization.
We must be urgent about world missions because…
WE MUST BE URGENT ABOUT WORLD MISSIONS BECAUSE OF THE COMMAND OF GOD…
Along with Mark 13:10, Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:14-15; & Acts 1:8 all have an “urgency” about this final command of our Lord.
This Command Is A Proclamation. In other words, it is a command given with omnipotent authority. This is not a suggestion, but a requirement. Fellowships, Bible studies, social works, and music programs all have their place, but God has commanded us and requires that we preach the Gospel in all nations.
This Command Is A Priority. The world “first” here has a two-fold meaning, first in chronology and first in value. The first thing believers must focus upon when dealing with the unsaved, is preaching the Gospel to them, and the most important thing when dealing with the unsaved is preaching the Gospel to them.
This Command Is Plain. There is nothing complicated about our responsibility in this matter. It is simply to declare the simple Gospel message to every man, woman, and child throughout the entire world. Wisdom may be needed in the implementation of this endeavor, but the concept is simple. Every believer can declare to the unsaved how to be saved. Children, uneducated, highly educated, backwoods believers and uptown Christians can tell others the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This Command Is Compassionate. It is a message of the Love of God, a love so great that God gave His only begotten Son to die a violent death, to suffer the eternal judgment of all mankind’s sin, then to rise again and offer the gift of eternal salvation to whosoever will receive it by faith. God loves mankind!
WE MUST BE URGENT ABOUT WORLD MISSIONS BECAUSE OF THE CONDITION OF MAN…
With Out The Gospel, Man Lives Life Without God! Some of the saddest words in all of Scripture are found in our Lord’s prayer recorded in John 17:25, “Oh righteous Father, the world hath not known thee.” The word “know” means to “have a relationship with.” Much of mankind knows “OF” God, sings “ABOUT” God, talks about God, and even prays TO God, but without the Gospel, man cannot KNOW God! (Ephesians 2:12, “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”)
With Out The Gospel, Man Spends Eternity Without God! Luke 16:19-31 gives us a frightening look at what happens to a person when they die “in their sins,” with having trusted Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
What if the same effort had been put toward rescuing “Baby Jessica” as the average church puts toward world missions? Would she be alive today? Let’s give ourselves fully to taking the Gospel to every unsaved person in our immediate communities, our country and to every nation on this planet!
- “I don’t have the gift of evangelism.” Taking the Gospel to the unsaved is not a spiritual gift, but a clear command. Every Christian has a direct command to take the Gospel to the unsaved.
- “God hasn’t called me to the mission field.” Fact is, every one of us live in the “mission field,” that is, the world. Whether we live in Central Asia, or Western Maryland, we are in the mission field. Rather than assuming God has not called us, let’s assume He HAS called us until He makes it clear otherwise.
- “There’s nothing I can do to make any significant difference.” This is simply not true! A classic illustration is the little boy with a small lunch of fish and bread and how God fed over seven thousand people. When I give myself and all that I have to the Lord to do with as He sees fit, great and mighty things will happen. Little certainly is much… when God is in it.
- “The world has already been reached.” This is so obviously untrue, it needs no rebuttal. Statics tell us there are literally billions of people and entire nations that have no Gospel witness.
- “We are living in the last days and people will not receive the Gospel.” No where does the Bible even remotely suggest that the Gospel will lose any power to save. There may be different areas in our world where people are more resistant to the Word of God, but we have every reason to believe and be confident that if we’ll faithfully go with the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can and will see many saved. The problem throughout the church age has not been the condition of the world, but the unconcern of the church. The harvest continues to be great, and the laborers continue to be few!