INTRODUCTION TO SOUL WINNING GUIDE


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As we ended 2017, God specifically told me that in 2018 we at HOV should make soul winning our mantra, we should make it a habit and part of our daily routine. It wasn’t in a concept I had thought it to be. Since then, I had become soul-hungry and He has continued refreshing it in my heart even when my body seem reluctant being an introvert. Lately, I have been greatly inspired by the work of the Holy Spirit through Reinhard Bonnke as it sparks fire in my bones. In HOV, we have launched a soul winning campaign using the concepts God has laid in our heart and THE SOUL WINNERS’ GUIDE is a material relevant for every soul winner.
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The Church is a body of many parts like our single body is made up of many parts. Good as it may, we are saved for something more serious, meaningful and rewarding than comedy shows, Christian Concerts, Movie Nights, Suya Sundays, Praise Service and still counting… Maybe I should also add “prayer and revival meetings”, these things are very good like I will always say, it all finds a way of putting our gifting, talents and more to the praise of our God when they are done in perspective. It also gives believers a healthy alternative to social gatherings although we needn’t have time if we get busy with the main thing!
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However, the real essence of what should be the hallmark of Christian activities is the preaching of the word, for the salvation of unbelievers and training of believers unto maturity. The success of every Christian ministry should be on the spiritual growth of believers and winning of unbelievers.
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Be it as it may, we always want new approaches to soul winning but nothing is wrong with the old way! It isn’t archaic, it is ancient and modern and it is truly the only way to get people saved! Asking people to come and receive Jesus after a comedy show is calling them into what they haven’t understood neither does discovering talents in Church replaces the need of people discovering Jesus!
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PRAISE, comedy or even worship songs are not God’s power unto salvation neither is it ‘breakthrough, liberty, prosperity or fire nights’! The gospel is God’s power unto salvation. If truly we should be concerned about what God wants the Church to be actively engaged in, it should be THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. A duty every member of the Church has to engage themselves with… Jesus as the only way should be on the lips of every Christian.
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God isn’t a showbiz man, the display of His power in the preaching of the gospel isn’t to get people wowed at such a creative display of tricks and gimmicks. No, His power is a force flowing from the gospel into lives in confirmation of His love for them! Now, our shows shouldn’t take the place of the main thing! No matter how unpopular this is, no matter how many audience I’d be able to reach with this and no matter how your beautiful and very popular Modern and rich Church setting seems to be at odd with this truth, you can’t deny it if truly your heart is open to God’s word. We are not saved to sit in one place, enjoy the diverse tones and dialects of tongue speaking, ACs, crystal display of lyrics and sermon, giving of tithes, dancing to the songs and thinking this is the reason why Jesus died on the cross! Nah… There gat to be more!
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If we aren’t winning souls, we aren’t getting it regardless of what we seem to be doing for God! As we sing in choir, work as ushers and protocols, clean the church, give our offerings and all of that, we should be passionate about souls, we should be hungry for it and very uncomfortable with where we are now. If we had continued with the momentum of the early Church, the world would have been a baptized world!
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God is awakening our minds today to His heart beat. I was moved to tears when I saw a Church sharing the same land with a brothel! My tears wasn’t that an unholy business is near a Church, my tears was because a Church has opportunities just beside them but isn’t using it. They would invade the place with their ammunitions and pull darkness down! No one will resist the gospel when preached in the power of the Spirit including the prostitutes! The Church there as I read in the papers has a vision of planting Churches in every neighborhood! Beautiful! But the only valid reason for Church planting is soul winning!
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Our cozy and comfortable armed chair in Churches shouldn’t push us into laziness! Soul winning is much more than spreading our “Pastor’s Vision”, our “Pastor’s Vision” should be soul winning. I said sometime ago that soul winning is beyond getting people say the sinners prayer, it has more to do with winning their mind and it continues from the street to the Church fellowships. We can’t effectively win souls when all we care is getting awards in Church as the highest soul winner which in other words truly refer to one who invited someone (probably another Christian) to their denomination.
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Denomination isn’t the problem for me, in fact I once told a friend that denomination is God’s idea because it helped the Church spread faster and it also brought up healthy competition. The bible talks about motivating one another unto good works. I remember serving in a youth ministry in the denomination where I grew up. We had several other youth ministries functioning in the Churches and I know I started winning souls when they always dragged members with me. I and my team went out there and started telling people about Jesus, at that time the fellowship grew tremendously that we temporary became a non-denominational organisation. The secret of our growth wasn’t talent show! We had a good choir, a drama team and other departments but that was a channel of getting souls committed to things of God, we didn’t allow it replace the real thing! That experience was meant to teach me by God! How about Paul and Barnabas? They had disagreements and God used it to spread His word faster!
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What am I doing right now? I am awakening the soul winner in you. You don’t have to be perfect and a prayer addict to start winning souls! Just start and everything will fall in place, God keeps fixing you up everyday! You may not have to start like Peter who had the privilege of speaking to a crowd! It may begin with that your troubled or sick neighbor! It may begin with your siblings and friends, it may begin with just saying to them “I have a good news I’d like to share with you. Can you give me audience?” who wouldn’t listen to you. It may also begin with someone you just met at the mall or on transit and you say “hey darling, I like your hairstyle, where did you buy this beautiful dress from” they’d answer you and you continue “would mind sharing a good news with you? God loves you, He has dealt with your shortcomings so that you can love Him freely. All He wants from you is to believe in His son Jesus, who paid the ultimate price for your sins. He isn’t asking for much, He is just asking that you accept His friendship! He don’t desire that anyone should born in hell… Would you accept His friendship?” the answer must be “yes” and that is it! A wonderful journey has began as you ensure you stay in contact with him or her and see to their growth even as you grow! One might ask “will Jesus heal me of this disease? Will He still love me despite my addictions?” the answer is still “yes” as you can stretch forth your hand to that situation and command it to an end in the name of Jesus! You will see God’s power working flawlessly through you! It happens in the place of the gospel!
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Arise! Let’s go tell people about Jesus!
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WATCH OUT for THE SOUL WINNERS’ GUIDE.
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#GracefulGeorge

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