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FOUR CALLS TO SOULWINNING, 05 OF 06 A needful sermon by America's greatest preacher, Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001). Dr. Hyles presents four pressing reasons why every believer ought to share the s...
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Temple Baptist Church - 3-15-2020Proverbs 11:30Introduction: Daniel 12:1-3 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. (2) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (3) And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.A. The Laodicean Church has lost a very important aspect of its reason for existence. Propagation of the Gospel! Soul winning characterized the early church and Jerusalem knew who the Christians were! In Apostolic days, the local church had a zeal for souls!B. I have lived in the Bible Belt for almost 37 years now and can only remember 2-3 instances where someone approached me with either a tract or a verbal witness and tried to win me to Christ. None within the past 30 years! As a matter of fact, no one ever invites me to their church and, yet, almost everyone in our county is affiliated with a church of one variety or another.C. That makes salvation possibly the “BEST KEPT SECRET” in the Bible Belt! Why?1. Because of a LACK OF SALVATION – The woman at the well said come see a man; the Ethiopian Eunuch went away rejoicing; the lame man leaped for joy; the blind man said I was blind but now I see; yet people in our day claim to be saved with no outward expression or confession.2. Because of a LACK OF CONCERN – People are too busy with their own affairs3. Because of a LACK OF REALIZATION – Hell is real, still hot, and sinners do go there for all eternity!4. Because of a LACK OF PRIORITY – Church priority now is numbers, not souls! Many churches have a “statistics board” visible in the front of the auditorium displaying attendance and offerings but do not have a visitation program.5. Because of a LACK OF WISDOM – The Lord that “adds to the church” through the salvation of the lost!D. The early church and soul-winning: every day, publicly and privately, they told people about Jesus Christ.Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. (Amid fearful circumstances [they were threatened with stoning], they ceased not to preach Christ!)E. I am not against inviting people to church. I am not against membership campaigns that churches may carry out. These things are necessary tools in reaching people by getting them under the sound of preaching.1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.F. This may offend some, but church growth should not be the primary goal. We should be winning souls no matter how many people we have in our churches.G. There are several misconceptions concerning soul winning that I want to look at this morning that will give each of us help in this area.1. SOUL-WINNING IS A COMMAND, NOT A SPIRITUAL GIFT - Matthew 28:19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.a. We should carry out the command.1) It is not a suggestion to consider; it's a command!2) You don't need to pray about whether you should do it. You just DO it!b. We should teach our converts - Matthew 28:20 Teaching THEM to observe ALL things whatsoever I have commanded YOU!2. SOUL-WINNING IS CHIEF, NOT SECONDARY - 1 Timothy 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.a. It was the motivation of Christ.1) He came into this world to save sinners.2) He lived without sin so He could die as a sacrifice for sinners.3) He died on the cross for sinners.4) He rose again for sinners.b. It is the mission of the church.1) Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.2) 2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.3. SOUL-WINNING IS CHARITY, NOT SOLICITATION - Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (To solicit means asking or pleading for, especially in reference to receiving payment or money.)a. Soul winning is the offer of a FANTASTIC gift – “eternal life”b Soul winning is the offer of a FREE gift – “gift of God” (Free but not cheap! It is free, but it's not cheap! It was paid for by the most precious substance in the universe -- the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. You can't buy it. You can't earn it. You can't work in order to get it. You can only get it by receiving it as a free gift from God by faith in Christ Jesus.)4. SOUL-WINNING IS COOPERATION, NOT SINGLE EFFORT - 1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. (It is everybody's job, either by visitation, giving out tracts, confrontational witnessing, and missions.)a. We cooperate with our Savior - 1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.b. We cooperate with other soul-winners - 1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.5. SOUL-WINNING IS CONTINUOUS, NOT SPORADIC - Acts 5:42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.a. It should be daily - Acts 2:47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (I believe in organized visitation but we are to be soul winners everywhere and every day.)b. It should be deliberate - Mark 1:17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. (When I go fishing, it is planned! I do not accidentally end up in a boat on a lake. Fishing is a deliberate act. Fishers do not catch fish by accident!) Conclusion: Years ago, Dr. Jack Hyles, years ago, wrote the following little poem:INCOMPLETELike a fire with no glow,Like a winter with no snow,Like a river with no flow,Like a conviction without a "NO,"Like an oar without a row,Like a wind without a blow,Like a pitcher without a throw,Like a harvest without a sow,Like a trip without a go,Like a kneader without dough,Like a Santa without a Ho,Like excess without overflow,Like a foot without a toe,Like a gardener without a hoe,Like a cock without a crow,Like a con without a pro,Like a high without a low,Like a truth without a know,Like a fast without a slow,Like a buck without a doe,Like an actor without a show,Like above without below,Like a to without a fro,Like violins without a bow,IS A CHRISTIAN WHO WILL NOT GO.Romans 10:13-15 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (May God bless OUR beautiful feet. The beautiful feet of the winner of souls!)
Temple Baptist Church - 3-1-2020Psalms 100:1-4Introduction:A. The Local Church, a called-out assembly of believers. Again, I want to re-emphasize that I am all for inviting people to church and soul winning. BUT, the local church is not a “fishing hold” for sinners! There is no mention of lost people either attending or being saved in the New Testament local church! Historically, the first local churches were opened to the public around 230 AD, or 200 years after Christ and the establishment of the New Testament church.B. Because of biblical ignorance on this subject, local churches are now open to the public and have become like the world so that lost people can come and feel comfortable on its pews.C. This morning, I want to look the worship of the local church. The local church is to be a House of Prayer and the first part of prayer needs to be Worship. When the disciples requested that our Lord teach them to pray, the first aspect of the Model Prayer was worship:Luke 11:1-2 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. (2) And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.Hallowed – First Mention means to set apart as holy. Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.D. Worship is not only an essential aspect of our services, but also a missing one! 1. We have a lot of services that are called “Worship Services,” but no or—at the most—very little actual worship. We use the phrase: “Come worship with us” when there is little or no actual worship taking place. 2. We can come to God's house, pray, read scripture, give of our tithes and offering, sing hymns, sing specials, shake hands, preach, give an invitation, and then leave having never worshipped! E. Before we see what worship is, we need to know what worship is not. 1. Worship is not Entertainment! Churches in modern days have become entertainment centers. Worldly singers, Contemporary Music, “Christian” comedians, etc. reflect the world around us.2. Entertainment is not ritualistic repetition! Here is the progression that destroys the worship of the Church. Repetition becomes Routine. Routine becomes a Rut. A Rut brings about Rot. Rot brings about Ruin! What was dictates what is and what was and is will dictate what will be.3. Worship is not quietness! Worship is individual as well as corporate. Worship is to be personal, not a “spectator's sport.” When vocal praise becomes a scarcity, the “holy hush” leads to deadness.4. Worship is not an emotional high! Some churches operate on an emotional high and think that they have worshipped. They believe that if they have shouted, run the isles, jumped the pews, spoken in tongues, etc. that they have worshipped. Too many preachers endeavor to work up emotion instead of feed sheep.F. What is worship? I often use the hyphenated term, “WORTH-SHIP.” What does God mean to you that causes you to either worship or not to worship this morning? You may think that you have worshipped because you showed up for Sunday School and Church this morning but that may or may not be the case. Sitting on a pew is not worship! Worship is the acknowledgement of Who God is and what God has done for you personally.G. Here are some things that will rob the believer and, thus, rob God of worship:1. Distraction – Worship Involves Direction - Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.2. Selfishness - Worship Involves Sacrifice - Genesis 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 3. Ignorance - Worship Involves Knowledge - Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: Acts 17:23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 4. Pride - Worship Involves Humility - Joshua 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. 5. God Robbing - Worship Involves Giving - Deuteronomy 26:10 And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God: Psalm 96:8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. 6. Phariseeism - Worship Involves Confession – 1 Samuel 15:25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. Nehemiah 9:3 And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the LORD their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the LORD their God. 7. Irreverence – 2 Kings 17:36 But the LORD, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice. Psalm 89:7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him. 8. Sinfulness - Worship Involves Holiness – 1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.Psalm 99:5 Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy. Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 9. Unfaithfulness - Worship Involves Assembly - Psalm 5:7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. 10. Un-Involvement - Worship Involves Singing - Psalm 100:1-2 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.11. Ingratitude - Worship Involves Thanksgiving - Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,12. Formality - Worship Involves Praise - Psalm 100:4 And into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 13. False Doctrine - Worship Involves Truth - John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 14. Apathy - Worship Involves Spirit - John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The word steward in the New Testament speaks of one who is given the administration of a master's household. A steward oversees the property and affairs of another person. Concerning our stewardship, God is the Owner and we are the managers.The importance of obedient stewardship cannot be overemphasized. Stewardship over all that God has put into our care is foundational to the matter of our giving. All that we have and enjoy are because of God's grace and goodness. As our Master and Lord, He holds each one of us accountable for how well we manage all He has entrusted to us (Matthew 25:14–30; Romans 14:12).As we maintain this divine perspective, it helps us to understand that our purpose for all of life is to glorify God. We must invest our time, talents, and treasures to bring glory to our Lord. We must fulfill His mission of fulfilling the Great Commission through our personal soulwinning and stewardship. We must invest wisely our time, talents, and treasures in God's kingdom.It is easy to allow the day-to-day demands on our finances to turn our eyes away from this priority of glorifying God. We must give to God's work through the giving of our tithes and offerings. We cannot allow the pressures of our materialistic world to redirect our stewardship.We give to please the Lord and express our love to Him. We give out of obedience to our Lord's commands. We give to lay eternal treasure in Heaven. We give to be a channel of God's abundant blessings to God's work here and around the world. We give to glorify the Lord! Let' s seek to give God the glory through another year of faithful personal stewardship.
Scheduling Your Time for the New Year Have you ever found yourself thinking: “I wish I had more time?” When flying back home from the East Coast, I have sometimes had the ridiculous notion—“This is going to be an awesome day! I gain three hours flying home. I have twenty-seven hours today to get everything done.” By the end of those days, I am glad the Lord, in His wisdom, only gave us twenty-four!The story is told of an old Norwegian who kept very careful notes of his life in a series of notebooks. On his eightieth birthday he pulled all of those notebooks off the shelf and began to compute his life. He was surprised to find that he had spent five of his eighty years waiting for people. He had spent six months tying neckties, three months scolding children, and eight days telling dogs to lie down and be quiet!Each week of our lives brings us one hundred sixty-eight hours. When someone complained to Ralph Waldo Emerson that they did not have enough time, Emerson responded with: “Well, I suppose you have all the time there is.” According to reports, the average person spends fifty-six hours a week for rest and recuperation. We spend approximately twenty-eight hours for eating and personal duties. We use forty to fifty hours each week earning a living. That leaves us with thirty to forty hours every week to use as we please.May I challenge you in this New Year to set some goals with respect to your time for God. One wise man has said: “God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine age. The man who would know God must give time to Him.”Now, I know that some of you reading this have tried New Year's resolutions in the past and have failed. We have decided we are going to lose fifteen pounds or read fifteen chapters in the Bible a day or memorize fifteen verses a week or stay out soulwinning until someone gets saved. Often, these types of numerical goals leave us frustrated and defeated.In 1 Corinthians 16, the Apostle Paul is letting some folks know that he has set some goals of “time.” In verse five and following he writes: “Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia. And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.” Notice that Paul is not focusing on what he would like to accomplish at these places—only that he is designating on his schedule some “time” for them.Look at your schedule—particularly those thirty to forty hours that are “left over.” Set some goals for the year. How about spending fifteen or thirty minutes a day in Bible reading and prayer, an hour or two a week for soulwinning, ten minutes a day for Scripture memory, or perhaps a couple hours a week for some special family time. I will let you decide your priorities, but if they really are priorities, they are going to require some “time.”When asked what he would do if he knew Christ would return in three days, Evangelist George Whitefield replied, “I would do just what I have scheduled to do.” How will you schedule your time in 2020?
Scheduling Your Time for the New Year Have you ever found yourself thinking: “I wish I had more time?” When flying back home from the East Coast, I have sometimes had the ridiculous notion—“This is going to be an awesome day! I gain three hours flying home. I have twenty-seven hours today to get everything done.” By the end of those days, I am glad the Lord, in His wisdom, only gave us twenty-four!The story is told of an old Norwegian who kept very careful notes of his life in a series of notebooks. On his eightieth birthday he pulled all of those notebooks off the shelf and began to compute his life. He was surprised to find that he had spent five of his eighty years waiting for people. He had spent six months tying neckties, three months scolding children, and eight days telling dogs to lie down and be quiet!Each week of our lives brings us one hundred sixty-eight hours. When someone complained to Ralph Waldo Emerson that they did not have enough time, Emerson responded with: “Well, I suppose you have all the time there is.” According to reports, the average person spends fifty-six hours a week for rest and recuperation. We spend approximately twenty-eight hours for eating and personal duties. We use forty to fifty hours each week earning a living. That leaves us with thirty to forty hours every week to use as we please.May I challenge you in this New Year to set some goals with respect to your time for God. One wise man has said: “God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine age. The man who would know God must give time to Him.”Now, I know that some of you reading this have tried New Year's resolutions in the past and have failed. We have decided we are going to lose fifteen pounds or read fifteen chapters in the Bible a day or memorize fifteen verses a week or stay out soulwinning until someone gets saved. Often, these types of numerical goals leave us frustrated and defeated.In 1 Corinthians 16, the Apostle Paul is letting some folks know that he has set some goals of “time.” In verse five and following he writes: “Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia. And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.” Notice that Paul is not focusing on what he would like to accomplish at these places—only that he is designating on his schedule some “time” for them.Look at your schedule—particularly those thirty to forty hours that are “left over.” Set some goals for the year. How about spending fifteen or thirty minutes a day in Bible reading and prayer, an hour or two a week for soulwinning, ten minutes a day for Scripture memory, or perhaps a couple hours a week for some special family time. I will let you decide your priorities, but if they really are priorities, they are going to require some “time.”When asked what he would do if he knew Christ would return in three days, Evangelist George Whitefield replied, “I would do just what I have scheduled to do.” How will you schedule your time in 2020?
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