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What are the Soul Winner's Qualifications?

Please do not take this article
as over simplification

Many have made soul winning too complicated and too difficult.  Soul Winning should be so simple that even a child can take part or even a recently saved person.  Soul Winning is easy and God is the one who furnishes the results.

Table of Contents
* Qualification
* The Great Christian
1.  1 Corinthians 3:6
2.  Philippians 1:13-18
3.  John 4:36-38
* Illustration
* Conclusion
* Illustration

To qualify as a soul winner you must simply be saved.  The only qualification of a soul winner.

The Great Christian
The following is a line from another web site which attempts to define a Soul Winner's Qualifications ...

In a sentence, these qualifications are simply ...
* A heart cleansed and filled with the Holy Spirit, and
* an outward life that is entirely consistent and through which flows the convicting and drawing power of the Spirit.
And the two things, which above all others will produce these qualifications are:
* the daily feeding upon God's Word, and
* a life or prayer.

I am sure the author meant well, but he has given us the definition of a Great Christian.  But a Great Christian is not needed to win souls.  God is definitely looking for Great Christians, but he will use any old Christian to win a soul.

There are 3 reasons why we say this ...
1.  1 Corinthians 3:6

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

The Christian's work is planting and watering.  God does the convicting and saving.

So then, what is planting and watering.  To the beginner it is simply statements like ...
"I got saved from all my sin, bet you would like to know about that?"
"Joe got saved, it changed his life.  Do you know what happened?"
"Jesus saved me and gave me eternal life."

Even if you and I cannot explain any more beyond those statements, God can use them to affect hearts.  They are simply planting and watering statements, which is all you and I can do.  We can grow in Christ and learn more about what to say and we should, but planting and watering is part of the soul winning cycle.

2. Philippians 1:13-18

So that my bonds (jailed) in Christ are manifest (made known) in all the palace, and in all other places;
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing (gaining) confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word (soul winners) without fear.
Some indeed preach (soul winning, not sermonizing) Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

Paul rejoiced when anyone spoke about Jesus Christ, whether they were trying to cause strife or increase the Kingdom.  Paul is saying that God can use however little we give Him to win the hearts of the lost.

One should conclude that if God can use envy and strife to convict hearts and save them, he can also use my stumbling and bumbling.  As a matter of fact, in God's mind, even the Great Christian we mentioned earlier is a stumbler and bumbler.  God even has to patch-up what he says.

3. John 4:36-38

And he that reapeth (reaping) receiveth (receiving) wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.

One plants, another brings in the harvest, but both rejoice together, because both are part of the winning of the soul.

And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

The one planting, the other watering and even another harvests are all part of the soul winning operation with God, Who actually saves the soul.  The 3 workers enter into each other's labor all sharing the same reward as soul winners.

Where is the Great Christian mentioned above?  He or she may or may not have even been part of the process.

 1.  The first person may have said ...
* "I got saved"
* "Jesus saved me"
* "Jesus Saves" sign on the side of the highway
 2.  The second person may have been a little further along in his or her Christian life and said ...
* "Everyone I know is a sinner, but Jesus saves sinners, I saw it in the Bible"
* "My life was changed when I got saved.  I just saw myself as a sinner and I saw Jesus as my Saviour from my sin."
 3.  The third person may have said ...
* "Why don't you come to church with me, Sunday?  You can hear for yourself, the preacher is always talking about being saved and how to be saved?"
* "Let me show you this pamphlet.  It explains the process of being saved.  See, right here ..."
The whole time God is using every little thing said or done to impress a lost soul.

All of the above are participating in the soul winning process and share the same reward as the person who actually does the reaping.

Have you ever heard a previously unknown town mentioned on the radio or TV and then in the next few weeks, hear it mentioned 3-4 other times?  Or someone's name?  Or the name of a recipe? And so on.  This is the way God works.  He will use your few words, then he will have that lost person hear something on TV, then their child will mention something similar they heard at school and so on.

The conclusion is this
There are no qualifications to be a soul winner.  We just only have to speak up and join in with the rest, so God has something to use in the lost person's life.  We will all be rewarded together.

We should mention as well, that God is very disappointed if we never grow past the first stage.  Get to the place to where you can plant and water and gather the harvest.

You may never get to be that Great Christian we started with, but you can be rewarded over and over and over by entering into the work and labor of others in soul winning and become a soul winner for Jesus.

At almost every public event in which we set-up our soul winning booth, we will have someone saved and then that person goes and bring others to hear the same. 
At the Czhilispiel (Chili Fest) in Flatonia, TX, a 16 year old girl got saved.  She spent the rest of the day bringing by all her friends and relatives.  Each time she would walk them up to the booth and point to us for them to go forward, knowing we would initiate the discussion and take a step back.  When the prospect sat down, she would take off again, looking for someone else.  She never said anything that we heard, but 16 were led to the Lord because of her.  She is a soul winner
* without knowing a thing
* without knowing a verse
* without speaking at all
* without training
* without buying books and tapes
Yet, is rewarded in the same manner as the one who reaps the harvest.
Agreed, she should move on and learn more about Jesus and how to reap the harvest, but she started without being the Great Christian of whom other web sites speak.



G. Steven Andres
Psalms 45:17
Missionary Evangelist
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