Soul Winning 101?
First and foremost
Realize that Soul Winning is being a
A Witness is one who tells of what he or she personally knows or has experienced. Not what was read or overheard or desired.
for what Jesus Christ has done for you. Nail down your Testimony. Go over again and again how you were saved and what Jesus has done for you since.
Where - When - How
Where, when and how did you receive a witness from someone else?
Where, when and how did you call on Jesus as your Saviour from sin?
Where, when and how did you actually receive salvation?
Write it out
This is your experience with Jesus Christ. What happened to you personally. This is not what you felt or emotions, but the evidence in support of the facts of the experience.
on paper. Read over it carefully making certain it says what led to your salvation, how you were witnessed to and what did God do for you when you were saved. Do not include the emotional parts because others may not receive the same emotions and thus feel they were never saved. See Salvation Our Stories, then click on "1. Your Testimony can be seen around the world".
Begin to tell others what happened to you
People will say,
"I don't believe in all that stuff"
"I don't go to church any more"
"I never got anything from church"
When they say things like this tell them ...
"Well I don't know about everyone else, but let me tell you what happened to me", then give them your testimony, your experience with Jesus Christ.
If there is not much time, give them the short version, but say something. God can use the smallest thing, turn Him loose in their lives.
Then give them a good tract.
Pick-out a good tract. One that is not too wordy and does not use a lot of words unfamiliar to the lost. Do not use one that seeks to promote your church or ministries. Lost people are not impressed with this. They want help TODAY!, not Sunday.
Do not use tracts that try to scare folks into heaven or use sarcasm (God's first name is not Damn).
To be effective, a tract must be ...
A tract must experience the above 3 statements in their order. Nothing happens if it is not received. But even after being received not much happens if it is not retained after being received. It cannot be read if it is not received nor retained. Etc.
Tracts should have a good cover and beginning.
Tracts using illustrations are usually only good for people who have an interest in the that illustration. Plus illustrations tend to make the tract wordy.
When a tract is opened up, does it seem to overwhelm you with a lot of reading or does it seem say something briefly and move on?
Pastors seem to want to use tracts that say everything and say it just right. They are very concerned about doctrine. This is fine for a book, but not for a tract. You are simply planting a seed or maybe watering what others have planted. Do not attempt to plant, water, explain, illustrate, harvest, bundle and package.
And do not use a lot of religious jargon.
No, do not use any religious jargon. Stay away from words like redemption, grace, spiritual, etc. Most people who have been in church all their lives cannot explain what these words mean.
For instance, there are some who can define redemption as being bought for a price, but very, very few can explain the concept to a lost person, much less put it on a paper tract.
Do not go after sounding churchy or religious or spiritual. Use a tract that meets a need, especially:
* What happens after death?
* Does anyone love me or my family?
Put a tract into people's hands.
It is alright to lay them around, but it is best to put it in their hands.
I try to speak personably and caring. I very, very seldom have someone refuse a tract and have distributed over 1/2 of a million as of 2010.
on to a Witness
Most start with tract distribution, but move on to a verbal
Learn to merely speak-up. I generally say something like, "Do you go to church
sometimes?" Almost everyone can agree to this question. "In all the churches
that you have gone to (this kind of statement does not seem to pick on a certain
church or denomination) has anyone ever told you how to be born again?" (I use
this rather than saved, etc., because it has a certain mystique to it that stirs
"If I could show you what the Bible says about being born again, you sure would
like to see that, wouldn't you?" You will be shocked at the number of people who
will say yes.
You can read over the
Pamphlet that we use extensively in our Soul Winning Booth. It is very
direct and effective. There are even instructions on how to use it.
G. Steven Andres
Copyright - 1996 to 2010