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Getting our feet wet

“And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark were dipped in the brim of the water, (for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest).  That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city.  Adam, that is beside Zaretan, and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho.” (Joshua 3: 15-16)

I.   God gives the command

1.   For the priests that bare the ark, it was necessary—commanded that they get their feet wet in the flooded banks of the Jordan. (Joshua 3: 9-13)

2.  Likewise, the Christian is commanded to get his/her feet wet in teaching God’s word (Matthew 28:18-20)

II. God’s Instructions are clear and concise

1.  God did not leave it to Joshua’s discretion as to how to cross the river Jordan. (Joshua 3:9-13)

2. Likewise, God has given us specific instructions in evangelism.

A. The child of God is told to “Go” (Matthew 28:19; Mk16:15)

B. The child of God is told to “teach the Gospel” (Romans 10:14-17; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16: 15), and no other gospel or philosophies of men. (Galatians 1:8-9)

C. The child of God must teach God’s word in its entirety.  (2Timothy 3:14-17; 4:2-5)

III.  God promises to be with all those who obey Him.

He promised to be with Joshua and Israel (Joshua 3:7)

He promises to be with us as well. (Matthew 28:20)

IV.  Satan will try to flood the Christian’s heart with those things that would prevent him from obeying God, from “Getting his feet wet in Evangelism.”

A. The flood of fear—Satan wants us to be afraid to teach others about Christ.  He tries to make evangelism a frightening thing by creating misconceptions about it in the minds of Christians everywhere.  Some misconceptions are:-

1. You have to go far away from home to be involved in evangelism.—On the contrary, often times the most effective             evangelism is not accomplished by speaking to the masses on foreign soil.  It is done at home, work or school, sitting across dining room tables sharing a meal, one soul at a time; friends, co-workers, neighbours, family.  Don’t let Satan deceive you into thinking you are ineffective if you do not  teach in some foreign country.  While such is necessary and commanded, it is not the only form of evangelism.

2. I do not know enough to teach someone else.—Satan wants us to doubt our knowledge and ability to teach others.  While we will never know the answer to every question we may be asked, we must understand that there comes a time in every  Christian’s life when we ought to be teachers.  (Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 3:15) at the very least, the child of God ought to be able to share with others the plan of salvation, and the hope we have in Christ Jesus.  If we cannot do this, then perhaps this is where we need to begin our personal study of God’s word.

B. The flood of doubt—Satan wants the child of God to doubt that God will do what He has promised to do.  God has promised to be with us, but Satan wants us to feel alone and afraid.  Satan doesn’t want us to remember passages such as (Philippians 4:13)  “I  can do all  thingsthrough Christ which strengtheneth me.”   He magnifies our weaknesses in an effort to shrink our courage.  The child of God’s only defence against Satan in the word of God, for he hath said, I will never leave thee,  nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  (Hebrews 13:5-6)

C. The flood of procrastination—Satan is the originator of Procrastination.  He loves to deceive man into always assuming there will be a tomorrow.  Forgetting that tomorrow is no guarantee.  (James 4:13-17)   Procrastination in evangelism is a sin.  It is a choice not to do today what we know we ought.  It is arrogant to assume there will be a tomorrow.  Teaching the lost should take precedence over all else.  This point is well Illustrated in Jesus reply to the man who asked to put off following Jesus until he buried his father.  Jesus told him to,  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. (Luke 9:60)   Stressing the importance of setting cares of the world aside and putting God first. (Matthew 6:33)

Getting our feet wet in evangelism is a command requiring both faith and obedience.  The child of God must continually resist Satan’s attempts to flood our hearts with fear, doubt and procrastination.  We must have the faith of Joshua, and the priests who were willing to get their feet we at God’s command.  When we obey God we know that HE will be with us and HE will do all that He has promised.

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The Enemies of Evangelism

Evangelism. The Great Commission. Soul-winning. These are familiar terms to us. We hear them used often in sermons and Bible classes. Preachers exhort and urge from the pulpit for more evangelistic fervour from the members of the church. Elders and deacons call for more participation in the church’s corporate efforts at reaching out to the lost.

No one denies that the Lord’s mission to seek and save the lost (Lu 19:10) continues now through His body, the church (Eph 1:22-23). It is common knowledge that soul-winning is the personal responsibility and privilege of every saint of God.

The devil knows these too and he hates it. If it were at all possible, he would have all mankind cast with him into the bottomless pit on the great day of the Lord. He abhors God and mankind created in His image and must want to put a stop to all evangelistic efforts of the church.

 

The question is: have we made it easier for the devil? Our perspectives and attitudes toward saving souls either help us realise and act on the urgency of the work or they become hindrances to us doing that which pleases our Father.

 

An awareness of the enemies of evangelism is important for the soldiers of Christ to know where we stand with regards to evangelism.

 

Fear
Fear can be either a powerful motivator or hindrance. Fear of getting burned stops us from placing any part of our body too close to extreme heat. Fear of not making the team motivates the athlete to train harder. But fear of failure and embarrassment may prevent us from doing the work of the Lord.

 

We do not wish to belittle what could be a real difficulty for some of us. Perhaps given their more introverted personality, some Christians may experience a more acute fear or shyness in broaching the subject of religion. This is understandable.

 

Pray to the Father for boldness and strength, and begin by talking to someone you are comfortable with. A family member or close friend would be ideal. Fear can also be eased by taking courses on how to reach out to the lost and by sharing and discussing your experiences and concerns with brethren. Help one another in this great work of winning souls.

 

Lack of Interest
This is one of the most potent killers of evangelism and absolutely inexcusable for the man and woman redeemed by the blood of the Saviour. Would we have been saved if every Christian we encountered was not interested in the state of our souls?

 

How could we, who have been rescued at such great price from the damnation we so richly deserved, not be concerned about the souls of friends and family still in jeopardy from hellfire?

 

Laziness and Lukewarm-ness
These are also inexcusable. The attitude that evangelism is everyone’s work but mine, that as-long-as-someone-is-doing-it-I-don’t-have-to, is lazy and wrong. Christians must be “not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord (Rom 12:11),” and to “shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: that ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Heb 6:11-12).”

 

Bear in mind the severity of the Lord: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth (Rev 3:15-16).”

 

Selfishness
“I believe in evangelism; I believe in serving the Lord…but I will serve only at my own convenience. I will serve in areas of least labour and most accolades.” This is selfishness. Do not be shocked that such attitude can also creep into the church.

 

Simon desired the ability to impart spiritual gifts (Acts 8:18-19). Diotrephes loved to have the pre-eminence among men (3John 9).

 

These are the most common and deadly enemies of evangelism. Souls are lost and continue to be lost because Christians indulge in fear, laziness, lukewarm-ness and selfishness. Stay vigilant, saints of Christ, and to the work!

 

“When in better land before the bar we stand,

How deeply grieved our souls will be;

If any lost one there should cry in deep despair,

‘You never mentioned Him to me!'”


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Come As You Are!

Early one morning fire broke out in a house on a dark street. A policeman on duty sounded the alarm. Before the fire engines could get to the scene, however, flames were leaping high into the air. Suddenly a young man appeared at an upper window in his pyjamas. Firemen quickly placed a ladder against the burning building. But to the consternation of all, the man refused to come down, shouting back that he had to get dressed first. The firemen pleaded, “Come as you are!” but to no avail. From below they tried to ascend the stairs, but were turned back as the wind fanned the flames into fury. When a rescuer tried to enter through a window, the heat and smoke forced him away. Suddenly the stairs gave way and the roof fell in. The man had waited too long and was buried beneath the ruins.

How much GREATER tragedy awaits ALL who refuse to “flee from the wrath to come.” (Luke 3:7) “Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, Oh generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?”

Our sins have placed US in a far more perilous situation – with JESUS as our ONLY “fire escape.”

But many reject God’s provision of salvation and safety in Christ because they want to get “dressed up” in the clothes of self-righteousness or religion (Matthew 7:21) “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Others procrastinate thinking, “I have plenty of time to decide” (Acts 24:25) “And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

Some delay their response because of concern about what others might think (cp. John 12:42) Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: Many simply do not understand the reality and danger of their predicament (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9) “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; Others reject rescue attempts because they are clinging to material things which will soon be consumed (Matthew 6:19-21). Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Still others refuse to listen and trust the very ones who are warning even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Their delay could cost them their SOULS!

God will not allow the world to continue along on its present course indefinitely! “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. And He has given assurance of this to ALL by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

The alarm has sounded: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10).

But, Christ has come to the rescue! Delaying your response could have tragic consequences! Don’t delay! Come as you are!

Come as you are, placing your trust in God (Hebrews 11:6), repenting of your sin (2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confessing Jesus (Romans 10:9-10), being baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38), AND committing the rest of your life to following Him (Colossians 2:6).

Please, just come as you are!


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The Joy of Soul-Winning

Soul-winning is the most important work in the world. It alone was the sufficient cause for the Word to become flesh and dwell among men (Jn 1:14). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

(Lk 19:10) “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

After Jesus provided the means through His atoning blood by which souls might be won and saved from sin, He sent His disciples out with the incomparable task of winning souls by preaching His Gospel. But soul-winning is not merely a task or duty, although it is certainly both. It is also a surpassing privilege that brings manifold joy each time a soul is won by the Gospel.

Soul-winning brings joy to Heaven.

(Lk 15:10) “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”

Since the first sin, the whole interest of Heaven has been the redemption of the human race. God spent several centuries bringing His plan of redemption to fruition.

(Gal 4:4) “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”

Would it not be the wonder of all wonders if the Heavenly hosts were indifferent when men choose to obey the Gospel and be saved? The populace of Heaven is no less thrilled when the redeemed go out seeking the souls of those yet lost. How much joy have you hereby brought to the angels?

Soul-winning brings joy to the soul won.

After his baptism, the Ethiopian “went on his way rejoicing”. (Acts 8:39) “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

The joy of the discovery and obedience of the Truth, the release from the guilt of sin, the entering into a new life, and the hope of eternal life all combine to make the moment of conversion a source of incomparable rejoicing!

Soul-winning brings joy to the soul-winner.

(Ps 126:6) “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

There are many joys and thrills to be experienced in the Christian life, but only one outshines that of becoming a Christian: sowing the seed and reaping the harvest of a soul.

Soul-winning brings joy to all the saints.

When Paul and Barnabas reported the conversion of many Gentiles from their preaching efforts, “they caused great joy unto all the brethren” (Acts 15:3) ”And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.”

There are some few who could not care less whether or not the Gospel is taken to the lost, but most saints rejoice greatly at the news of every soul won, regardless of who won it. The genuine heart can never be jealous of nor indifferent to the success of others in winning souls. No wonder Solomon wrote: (Pro 11:30) “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

Give Me One Soul Today

Lead me to some souls today

O teach me Lord, just what to say

Friends of mine

Are lost in sin

And cannot find their way

Few there are who seem to care

And few there are who pray

Melt my heart and fill my life

Give me one soul today


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The Joy of Soul Winning

Soul-winning is the most important work in the world.  It alone was the sufficient cause for the Word to become flesh and dwell among men (John 1:14). And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”

(Luke 19:10) “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

After Jesus provided the means through His atoning blood by which souls might be won and saved from sin, He sent His disciples out with the incomparable task of winning souls by preaching His Gospel.  But soul-winning is not merely a task or duty, although it is certainly both.  It is also a surpassing privilege that brings manifold joy each time a soul is won by the Gospel.

Soul-winning brings joy to Heaven.

(Luke 15:10) “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.”

Since the first sin, the whole interest of Heaven has been the redemption of the human race.  God spent several centuries bringing His plan of redemption to fruition.

(Galatians 4:4) “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law,”

Would it not be the wonder of all wonders if the Heavenly hosts were indifferent when men choose to obey the Gospel and be saved?  The populace of Heaven is no less thrilled when the redeemed go out seeking the souls of those yet lost.  How much joy have you hereby brought to the angels?

Soul-winning brings joy to the soul won. 

After his baptism, the Ethiopian “went on his way rejoicing”

(Acts 8:39) “And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

The joy of the discovery and obedience of the Truth, the release from the guilt of sin, the entering into a new life, and the hope of eternal life all combine to make the moment of conversion a source of incomparable rejoicing!

Soul-winning brings joy to the soul-winner.

(Psalms 126:6) “He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

There are many joys and thrills to be experienced in the Christian life, but only one outshines that of becoming a Christian: sowing the seed and reaping the harvest of a soul.

Soul-winning brings joy to all the saints.

When Paul and Barnabas reported the conversion of many gentiles from their preaching efforts, “they caused great joy unto all the brethren”

(Acts 15:3) “And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.”

There are some few who could not care less whether or not the Gospel is taken to the lost, but most saints rejoice greatly at the news of every soul won, regardless of who won it.  The genuine heart can never be jealous of nor indifferent to the success of others in winning souls.  No wonder Solomon wrote: (Pro 11:30) “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.”

Give me one soul today

Lead me to some souls today,
O teach me Lord, just what to say.
Friends of mine
Are lost in sin
And cannot find their way.
Few there are who seem to care
And few there are who pray.
Melt my heart and fill my life,
Give me one soul today.