Soul Winning: Opportunity (John #12)

The fields are white unto harvest is something Jesus says in regards to what just happened at the well.  He met a woman who was ready to meet the Lord Jesus Christ  after he removed a few obstacles that were preventing her.

And in last week’s lesson we talked about the obstacles you deal with as a soul winner.  The obstacles that stand between a soul and the savior.  In this sermon, we’re going to look at the opportunities in soul winning.

The disciples are trying to get him to eat some food and the Lord Jesus Christ is saying there are more pressing things than me getting a meal right now.  Quit trying to put lunch in front of me when there are more immediate and eternal things on the line.  Look,  my meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.  If you guys would look up and open your spiritual eyes, you’d see the souls that are ready to be saved.  Souls are ready to be brought to the savior.

Soul Winning is an Everyday Opportunity (vs 27)

  • he that winneth souls is wise – How do we use the word “win”?
    • Sports competition as he won the game
    • Marriage, he won her heart
    • It means to gain by successful competition, to gain by solicitation or courtship, to gain by kindness, or to gain by persuasion or influence
  • Disciples are trapped in the cultural ruts and aren’t looking for opportunities.
  • daily and house and house it says in Acts.  Purchasing some NTs with a picture of our church on the front of it and putting together a plan to canvas all of Beeville systematically with marked New Testaments.
  • The opportunities are missed in soul winning because we aren’t looking for them.
    • How many souls have you led to the Lord this year?
    • How many folks have you got to stick in church this year?  Because we’re not the stripe on the belt folks; it’s about building up the body of Christ. Not leaving spiritual orphans everywhere.
    • People just don’t want to hear anymore is a common excuse.  Well, how many people have you actually told this week? this month?

Soul Winning is a Familiar Opportunity (vss 28-30)

  • Your best opportunities are those familiar with you.  Those you know.  Churches grow, the body of Christ grows because souls get saved and tell their family, and their friends, who then come to hear the preaching and then they get saved.
  • She left her waterpot.  That water pot represented her old life.  The old vessel that drew temporary water that never satisfied.  But now her life was changed and those within her sphere of influence were going to know about it.
  • Your life as a Christian is doing one of two things for those watching you.  Your life either excuses their sin or convicts their sin.  And if you get feedback from family and friends, its because you’re not excusing their sin.

Soul Winning is a Life Changing Opportunity (vss 31-38)

    • The Lord says His nourishment comes from doing the will of God the Father.
    • Leading someone to the Lord Jesus Christ is just like this experience we’ve read about.  There is great joy.  This lady immediately forgets everything and runs and tells the people she knows.
    • vs 35 – Opportunity is the people.  You and I need to let that sink in.  Opportunity is not time on a schedule where we check it off the list.  The opportunity is the people.
      • What is joy?  We might say, Joy is happiness.  Joy is jovialness.  Joy is excitement.  No, joy is not those things.
      • Paul said, ye are our glory and joy!  Opportunity is not the time you’re given, it is the people God’s put around you and in front of you.
      • As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.
      • Joy is not that I can put a checkmark by “soul winning”.  Joy is to see a life changed by the grace of God and being humbled that you had something to do with that.
      • Be personal.  Be compassionate.  Listen to people talk.
    • Why we don’t do it?
      • We don’t lift up our eyes.  Head is buried in temporary things.  I’m tired, I got to work.  We are all tired and we all have to work.
      • Too busy tending to temporary things like the disciples here.  People say, I’m too busy.  You are busy with exactly what you want to be busy with.
      • Do you realise the people that get this eternal work done could also say, I’m too busy.  I’m too tired.  I’ve got to work.  The only difference is that they don’t say it.
      • Don’t sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate
    • God rewards the faithful, receiveth wages.
  • Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.  If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?  And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?
  • Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
  • Sowing and Reaping
    • Sowing and watering the words of God over time.  Paul said, I sowed, Apollos watered and God  gave the increase.
    • You don’t have to reap the harvest.  We’re talking about ministering the words of God and getting them to Jesus Christ.  You don’t have to have your 5-point plan, though a plan is good.  But sometimes the plan becomes the main thing and it keeps you from listening.
    • Listen, the gospel is a reasonable system and it appeals to men’s understanding.  You say, it’s spiritual.  So you want to argue that something has to make no sense at all in order for it to be spiritual?  The gospel is a reasonable system.  What do you think understanding is if not spiritual?  It isn’t a sense of smell or a sense of taste.  Understanding is spiritual.  And scripture is given with inspiration, which means it’s given with understanding.  That’s the “AHA!” moment.  When the light comes in.
      • If you tell someone to Believe, you’ve got to tell them who to believe in and why.
      • The truth that Jesus Christ died for your sin appeals to you because it makes sense to you.
      • The truth that men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil isn’t some esoteric nonsense.  It cuts you to the heart when its applied to you because it makes sense to you.
      • If you tell someone to repent of their sin, you might have to explain sin to them.
  • Another thing about sowing and reaping:
    • The lady you work with is someone’s daughter.  Someone’s sister.  Someone’s granddaughter.  One soweth, another reapeth.
    • Parents of prodigal children beg God for someone to reap where they have sown into their son or daughter’s life.
    • Reaping confirms the sowing even in the sinner’s mind sometimes.  I talked to a guy the other day and he said, My sister and I were just talking about this same thing.  And it confirmed in his mind that this was no coincident and that God was dealing with him.

Soul Winning is an Opportunity based on God’s words (vss 39-42)

  • It began with her word, then it became real when it was His words
    • Some of you here may be living off of someone else’s relationship with God.  You haven’t ever heard HIM speak to you.  You’ve just heard your Mom, or Dad, or Husband, or Wife talk about him.  And that’s as far as you’ve got in your Christian walk.
    • It won’t be real until He feeds you on your own.  Until you come to church not because someone drug you, but because you’re hungry for His words.
  • That opportunity based on God’s words also tells me that what we win them with is what we win them to.  Isaiah said,  Incline your ear, and come unto Me: hear, and your soul shall live.  It is the words of God.
  • Results of filling: Bold speaking and preaching: Acts 2:4, 4:8, 4:31, 9:17, 20,27, 13:52 – 14:3
  • Now there is some reproof in these verses because if we’re not seeing this result in our lives its because we aren’t being filled.  We’re filled with something, it just isn’t the Holy Spirit of God.  What is Biblical is that when a person is filled with the Holy Spirit like the command says in Ephesians, Be filled, that Christian will talk BOLDLY about the Lord Jesus Christ.  Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.  Not meanly, but confidently.
  • Some of us are not soul winners because we are filled with everything but the words of God.  And we continue to excuse our own lives.