Go Preach: A Soul Winner's Guide
by Brian Price 4/19/10

Introduction
"And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." - Luke 4:18-19
Soulwinning is a lot like eating. You have to do it. There's no question about God's heart when it comes to people. He wants them to go to heaven. But beloved, you as a Christian are the one responsible for preaching God's word in order for people to go to heaven. The Bible says that God committed the gospel to us, and not to angels.

This passage of Luke tells of when Jesus went into the synagogue in Nazareth, where he was raised. He read Isaiah chapter 61 verses 1 through 3 to the people, and then told them that this scripture was fulfilled right then and there with him. God put his Spirit on Jesus to preach and to heal.

"For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 1:17-18
The apostle Paul said that God sent him to preach the gospel. Plain and simple. Preaching doesn't necessarily mean to get up in a pulpit and give a sermon. That's not what preaching means. Even though the dictionary defines preaching as giving a sermon, the Bible's definition of preaching the gospel is simply telling someone else about Jesus. Anybody can give a sermon about anything. But preaching the gospel is unique in that we tell people about Jesus, whether it be one person or a million persons.

Let us understand a few things about preaching the gospel. First, anybody can do it. Second, who do we preach to? And lastly, what do you do if you're scared? What are some ways to preach the gospel?

Anybody Can Preach

Contrary to popular belief, anybody can preach. Yes, that includes women. The Bible does not restrict anybody from preaching.

"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." - 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
The scriptures simply tells us that women should not speak in the church. This would include preaching in the church. God ordained the leaders of the church to be men, not women. But that doesn't mean women should not go soul-winning. On the contrary, they ought to go preach the gospel too. Probably one of the best preachers I have ever heard was a woman. And guess what? She was not a pastor of any church. She was a house wife. And her preaching reached millions and is still reaching millions today. Her name is Tracy and she's a black woman who created Jesus-is-Lord.com. Her preaching through online gospel outreach has been so influential to me, that it inspired me to do this website. So were it not for her, you would not be reading my messages.

My point is this. Whether you're a black house wife, a janitor, or a pastor of the largest Baptist church in America, God's command applies to us all; Go preach. Why? Because the world is going to hell, and without you and me preaching the gospel, how else can they be saved?

"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?" - Romans 10:13-15
Who Do We Preach To?

Everyone.

"And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." - Mark 16:15

Isn't it strange that certain ancient copies of the Bible, specifically the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus manuscripts (the very manuscripts from which we get our modern translations), are missing this verse? I think it is. I believe the devil greatly wants to hinder the gospel. Don't you? I find it very odd that anybody would ever take this verse out of the Bible. If you haven't read the book, Answers To Your Bible Version Questions, I greatly suggest the read. You can get it from www.chick.com.

So yes, we ought to preach to practically everyone. Jesus specifically used the word creature in this verse. He didn't just say preach to every person. He said creature, as if we ought to preach to every bird and and squirrel we come across. He used this word, I believe, so that we would get the hint, that he really cares about the salvation of every individual.

But it's also important to note that we ought to be careful to not cast our pearls before swine.

"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." - Matthew 7:6

I cannot give a very good commentary on this verse. May God help you in your judgment when deciding who is a pig, and who is not. But I do know that God did command Ezekiel to preach to the house of Israel, whether they would hear or whether they would forebear (Ezekiel 2:7). So pig or not, preach anyway, but keep in mind that there are some people who it's just best to leave alone.

I will say this, though. We do know that when we preach, if we want to see results, it's best we focus more on the poor than anybody else. Jesus said that its easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get saved (Matthew 19:24). And the Bible says that God has chosen the poor to be rich in faith (James 2:5). And it also says that God has chosen the despised of this world for salvation (1 Corinthians 1:28). We ought to, therefore, focus our preaching more so on these individuals.

What Are Some Ways To Preach?

I know you're thinking, "I'm too scared to just walk to up to somebody and start telling them about Jesus." I know. It terrifies us all. But you know, you've got to just keep verses in your mind that help you to overcome those fears.

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16
Nevertheless, when it comes to witnessing, we all tend to want to run and hide. And who wouldn't want to hide? Supposedly, public speaking is one of the greatest fears people have. Among Christians, I'd say witnessing may very well be one's greatest fear. But in truth, our greatest fear ought to be God.

"And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him." - Luke 12:4-5
Okay, so you want to save the world, but you don't know how. First keep in mind this very truth. You can't save the whole world. But, you can save some through preaching the gospel.

Here are some ideas that I think you could give a try if you haven't already:

1. Chick tracts. www.chick.com

Jack Chick had this crazy idea many years ago (he's now in his 80's) that he wanted to reach lots of souls with the gospel. He thought the typical gospel tracts were too boring to keep anyone's attention since there were no pictures. So he decided to use his talent of drawing to come up with his own gospel tracts that were powerful and yet, kept the attention of the person reading it. Without Chick tracts, I don't know what I would do when it came to witnessing. I'd be lost without them. I take them everywhere I go. I normally put them in bathrooms. But you can put them anywhere. On a bench. In a shopping cart. On the floor in a gym. You name it. They're great because even if you're the biggest scaredy cat, you can still witness to just about anybody.

One pastor that I heard of used to put a Chick tract on every person's seat at church, and would then tell the members to witness to at least one person that week by handing that tract out, or by laying it out somewhere.

2. Door to door.

The thing I've always wanted to do, but never had the guts to, was to walk up to some stranger and ask them if they knew if they were going to heaven. Going door to door has helped me do that. I do not suggest doing this alone. I would suggest getting your spouse to go along with you. Or definitely a strong Christian friend. It really helps you to have courage. If your church doesn't already do weekly or monthly visitation (door to door witnessing), you could always talk with your pastor and see if he'd be willing to have a visitation program every month or week. Or get if he doesn't want to do it, get people within your church, and set up a time every month to meet at the church to go door to door. There's some good rules of thumb to stick to when doing this, so make sure you study up on what to avoid doing. Like putting a tract in someone's mailbox once they've already slammed the door in your face. You're then giving them the opportunity to call a harassment charge on you or on your church. Don't do it.

3. Ride the train (or plane).

I've found that the easiest way to witness to some total stranger is to just go ride a train or an airplane. Your sitting next to them. They have to talk to you. Just open up conversation with the guy next to you. Eventually, if you've done it before, you can lead the conversation into the gospel. You could say something like, "So do you go to church anywhere?" Or, "Have you ever been born again?" Usually they'll answer, "No I don't go to church, but I need to." Or if they're really out there, they might say, "No, I don't believe in that stuff."

4. Wait for opportunity to present itself.

Sometimes the only way for the door to open is to let God open the door. Usually if I pray and ask God to lead me to someone to witness to, he usually does within a couple days, if not that day. And its being in these kinds of situations that make it really easy to witness. I remember one time I prayed something like, "God please lead me to someone who needs you." The same day, I was at work and this guy who lived in England that I used to work with at my previous military base said something to me over the internet office communicator. And that was the open door. I immediately was able to witness to him. I don't know if he got truly saved, but God definitely used me to minister to him.

Another time, I prayed and said something like, "God please use me today." And just a little while later that same day as I was out paying bills and doing errands, I was in conversation with a widow who has just lost her son. I was able to witness to her and tell her about God's love.

So you see, we need God's help when we witness. Sometimes the open door must be given to us. We can't always force it open. Let God open the door.

5. Do internet outreach.

Be very careful with this as the internet is a very dangerous place. Too much idle time could lead you to looking at pornography. Make sure you're on guard, and you're prepared to handle scorners who visit your website. But this is a great way to reach the lost in our very busy world. It seems nobody has time to listen to the gospel these days. But they certainly could read it, if they're searching, or if they stumble upon your website.

So dear friends, take courage. We're in the same boat. Each of us are a work in progress when it comes to witnessing. But like I said, preaching the gospel is a lot like eating. We all have to do it.

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