JeremiahCry Ministries

The Gospel By Paul Washer

Saturday, September 3, 2011

What Is It To Win A Soul ?

"What Is It To Win A Soul?"
By Charles H. Spurgeon
Taken from Faith's Checkbook - An Online Devotional

"Soul-winning is the chief business of the Christian minister; indeed, it should be the main pursuit of every true believer. We should each say with Simon Peter, "I go a fishing,' and with Paul our aim should be, 'That I might by all means save some.' We shall commence our discourses upon this subject by considering the question - WHAT IS IT TO WIN A SOUL?

This may be instructively answered by describing what it is not. We do not consider soul-winning to be accomplished by hurriedly inscribing more names upon our church-roll, in order to show a good increase at the end of the year. This is easily done, and there are brethren who use great pains, not to say arts, to effect it; but if it be regarded as the Alpha and Omega of a minister's efforts, the result will be deplorable. By all means let us bring true converts into the church, for it is a part of our work to teach them to observe all things whatsoever Christ has commanded them; but still, this is to be done to disciples, and not to mere professors; and if care be not used, we may do more harm than good at this point.

To introduce unconverted persons to the church, is to weaken and degrade it; and therefore an apparent gain may be a real loss. It is a serious injury to a person to receive him into the number of the faithful unless there is good reason to believe that he is really regenerate. I am sure it is so, for I speak after careful observation. Some of the most glaring sinners known to me were once members of a church; and were, as I believe, led to make a profession by undue pressure, well-meant but ill-judged. Do not, therefore, consider that soul-winning is or can be secured by the multiplication of baptisms, and the swelling of the size of your church."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Does your Church practice Evangelism ???

This is from a Church in Orlando Florida called Corner Stone Baptist Church. I thank GOD for the stand they take to fulfill the Great Commission.


Evangelism: Basic Bible Principles

• The Great Commission applies to every Christian (cf. Matt. 28:19-20).
• The Great Commission commands we intentionally share the gospel verbally (cf. Mk. 16:15).
• A Genuine Christian will share the gospel with the lost (cf. Acts 1:8; Matt. 4:19).
• Evangelism is one fruit & proof of true conversion (cf. Matt. 4:19).
• Discipleship includes training in evangelism (cf. Matt. 28:20).
• Training in evangelism necessitates that a disciple go regularly with trainer.
• The Lord Jesus set the best models for evangelism training (Lk. 9&10).
• We must avoid legalism on one side and license on the other.

1. Evangelism and our Church MEMBERS

• We will attempt to train all members how to evangelize (cf. Matt. 28:20).
• We do not require a member to attend church evangelistic activities
• Involvement in a church sponsored evangelism plan is not a condition for salvation. Salvation is
conditioned upon repentant faith alone (cf. Eph. 2:8-9; Acts 3:19). Intentionally going and
preaching the gospel, initiating evangelistic conversations is one evidence of true conversion.
• Involvement in a church sponsored evangelism program is not a condition for sanctification.
Spirit filled Christians will share Christ (cf. Acts 1:8; 4:31; 11:24).
• Involvement in a regular church sponsored evangelism program is a condition for leadership,
not for salvation or for spirituality.
• Members have signed a membership covenant that they will regularly and intentionally initiate
evangelistic conversations with the lost.

2. Evangelism and our Team WORKERS

• Team workers ARE required to:
• Learn how to share the gospel.
• Share the gospel regularly and intentionally (either on the evangelism team or on their
• Help with occasional outreach events like tract attacks.
• Prioritize Cornerstone evangelism over other evangelism.
• Team workers are not required to attend a weekly church sponsored evangelistic outreach,
although we hope they would and are encouraged to.

3. Evangelism and our Team LEADERS

• Team leaders ARE required to:
• Regularly share a verbal witness with the lost.
• Be discipled in evangelism.
• Disciple others in evangelism.
• Go with our church weekly in outreach.
• Help with periodical outreach events like tract attacks.

Evangelism Policy Cornerstone Baptist Church 8/4/09
Note: If you have any questions about this policy please speak with us. (© ’92; ’03; ’09)