Three simple and essential keys for the local church to effectively reach their cities with life change for Jesus Christ.
We must believe/understand the Gospel. You will never share something effectively you do not believe and understand. Our belief can not waver. We must believe the Gospel is the power of God to save the sinner. Effective soul Winners believe when others doubt and fear. Effective soul Winners believe God can save the addicted, afflicted, bound, broken, busted, and disgusted. Effective soul winners do not minister according to sight but by faith. Effective soul winners know and walk in Mark 16 faith and authority.
And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Mark 16:15-18 NKJV
Effective soul winners in the local church are bold for Jesus Christ. They are bold to share the whole Gospel to the whole world. They are bold even when others are complacent and lukewarm. Their boldness comes from the power of the Holy Spirit. They are bold because they realize Jesus was bold when He carried the cross up Calvary. Their boldness will even cause them to look foolish in the eyes of the world. Their boldness irritates the religious and makes them uncomfortable. Effective soul winners boldly share the Gospel everywhere they go. The bold church doesn’t compartmentalize evangelism to a certain day or time. The bold live a lifestyle of evangelism. God will use the bold to save the lost, heal the sick, free the captives and turn the world upside down for His glory.
We must have a burden for the lost, broken, and bound. People with a burden walk different, talk different, act different and live different. A burden will cause us to intercede for the backsliden and lost. A burden will cause us to have compassion for people others have given up on. A burden will cause us to love those others say are unlovable. A burden will cause us to keep praying when it looks like nothing is happening. A burden will cause us to keep preaching when it seems like no one is listening. A burden causes us to keep sowing when we don’t see a harvest. People with a burden feel what Jesus feels for the lost. God will use people with a burden for souls, to lift the burden of sin, guilt and shame from a lost and dying world.
Lord God, increase our faith in You, give us boldness to share the Gospel, and give us a burden for souls, in the name of Jesus Christ.