Useful Instructions In Soul-Winning Part 1 – By Pastor Dan Reed | Manna For Your Day

Dr. Dan Reed was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1951. He was saved at the Woodland Avenue Baptist Church in 1973 while studying engineering at Auburn University. Sensing the call to preach in 1973 he enrolled at Tennessee Temple College under the ministry of Dr. Lee Roberson. Finishing his B.A. in December of 1975 he was called to Emden, Missouri , a town of 61, to pastor the Community Baptist Church. Pastor Reed has started two churches and two Christian schools during his 33-year ministry. He is currently the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church of Acworth, Georgia. (Learn more about Dr. Reed HERE)
 

USEFUL INSTRUCTIONS IN SOUL-WINNING Part 1

Scripture Reading: Jude

Text: (Jude 1:22-23Jude 1:22-23
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22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.  

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) “And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”  (KJV)

Jude’s desire was to write about the simple truths of salvation but he was directed of the Holy Spirit to write about contending for the faith. False teachers were creeping into the church and he needed to warn the church about them. All through this little book Jude gives the characteristics of these false teachers. Then when he comes to the end he gives two exhortations: (1) How to keep yourself pure from the false teachers’ heresies (20,21) and  (2) How to win some who have fallen prey to their heresies (22,23).

How do we apply Jude’s instructions to our day?

There are people everywhere who have been duped by the TBN preachers and many false prophets, of our day, with their prosperity theology and other heresies. Plus there are some in our own churches who are disgruntled and murmurers (verse16). They are usually lost people whose friends or family are in the church. Therefore, they stay within the church but do not believe what the church teaches and preaches.

How do we reach these people?

Jude gives some instructions on this type of soulwinning. These verses are a great commentary on Proverb 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life and he that winneth souls is wise.” and Dan. 12:3Dan. 12:3
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3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. wise: or, teachers  

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“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.” Reaching lost souls takes wisdom, but reaching religious, deluded souls takes real wisdom and compassion! We know that God has to save a soul but God has told us that we have a part in winning them. In Acts 8 when Philip came alongside the chariot of the Ethiopian eunuch who was reading from Isaiah 53, Philip said, “Understandest thou what thou readest?”  He replied “How can I except some man should guide me?” God uses human instrumentality in the winning of other men to Christ! Jude gives us four instructions on reaching difficult people:

(1) Be perceptive (about people) –  

“Of some having compassion making a difference; and others…” The words “making a difference” does not mean specifically here that compassion makes the difference, though it certainly is true that compassion does make a difference. Rather, it means that we must learn to make a difference in the way we deal with different kinds of people.

There are some people you will only win by your compassionate dealing with them; others will be won by dealing simply and with bold declarations. Soulwinners must learn to distinguish different types of people and their needs. A soulwinner doesn’t treat every sinner alike no more than a doctor treats every patient alike. Paul said in first Corinthians 9:22 “To the weak became I as weak that I might gain the weak; I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some.”

The Bible tells leaders in the church that there are different types of people and they must treated differently. In first Thessalonians 5:14 we read “Now we exhort you brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.” If I would be a soulwinner I must learn to discern the kind of people I am dealing with. Jesus rebuked the disciples in Luke 9 because they made a misdiagnosis of the lunatic boy. He said, “This kind cometh forth by nothing but by prayer and fasting.” Jesus did not have a canned presentation but treated each one of the 33 individuals He led to salvation in the gospels differently. (I realize when you first begin soulwinning you must learn a prescribed plan.)

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The Foolishness Of Hatred – By Pastor Dan Reed | Manna For Your Day

Dr. Dan Reed was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1951. He was saved at the Woodland Avenue Baptist Church in 1973 while studying engineering at Auburn University. Sensing the call to preach in 1973 he enrolled at Tennessee Temple College under the ministry of Dr. Lee Roberson. Finishing his B.A. in December of 1975 he was called to Emden, Missouri , a town of 61, to pastor the Community Baptist Church. Pastor Reed has started two churches and two Christian schools during his 33-year ministry. He is currently the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church of Acworth, Georgia. (Learn more about Dr. Reed HERE)

THE FOOLISHNESS OF HATRED

Scripture Reading: Genesis 16:4,5Genesis 16:4,5
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4 And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes. 5 And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.  

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, Luke 18:9Luke 18:9
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9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: that...: or, as being righteous  

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, Proverbs 11:12Proverbs 11:12
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12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. void...: Heb. destitute of heart  

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Text: Proverbs 11:12Proverbs 11:12
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12 He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace. void...: Heb. destitute of heart  

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“He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbor; but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.”

The book of Proverbs is a contrast between wisdom and foolishness. Solomon says that a man who hates or despises his neighbor is foolish, or lacks wisdom. I think it was Booker T. Washington who said, “No man shall so degrade my soul as to make me hate him.” Hatred, which is another word for “despise,” brings the one hating to a much lower level than the one he hates. The main reason people hate, Solomon says, is that they lack wisdom. Really it is our selfishness which causes us to despise someone. When someone does not respond to us the way we think they should, when they treat us in a way we perceive as disrespect or disdain, or maybe they just neglect us and pay us no mind at all, then we tend to despise them. We are the center of our universe and we tend to judge people not by who they are but by how they treat us! Solomon goes on to say here that a man of understanding is silent when people do things that offend him. The reason he is silent is because he knows people and understands first, I am no better than anyone else, and second, if someone mistreats me, they deserve my pity and my prayer, maybe my instruction, but not my hatred. What is that wisdom that keeps us from despising others?

(1) We are all made in God’s image- Every human being is made in God’s image and thus, his differences are put there by God. To despise another human being is to despise God. Should the rabbit despise the turtle because it is much slower? Should the giraffe despise the deer because it cannot  reach as high? “Who art thou that judgeth another man’s servant, to his own master he standeth or falleth.”(Romans14:4) We must judge right and wrong, of course, but we must never despise another human being made in God’s image.

(2) Another reason people despise others is because they have a false standard of righteousness. Jesus told the parable of the self righteous Pharisee and the publican to those who “trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others.” The Pharisees had set up a false standard of righteousness. Jesus said about them, “they say and do not.” They were hypocrites. Hypocrisy loads men with guilt which causes people to be cruel to each other. A man who is dirty already doesn’t mind getting dirtier. People who live with perpetual guilt because they have set up a standard they themselves do not keep are usually very hard on other people, even despising them.

(3) Jealousy causes people to despise each other. Hagar despised Sarai after she conceived because she was jealous. Jealousy is as cruel as the grave. Scripture says, “Who can stand before envy.” Jealousy caused Saul to chase David like a hound for ten years. At times Saul wanted to repent but could not because, “Who can stand before envy.” Jealousy caused Cain to murder Abel because God accepted Abel’s sacrifice and rejected his. The Pharisees delivered up Jesus because of envy.  Jealousy causes hatred and according to Jesus, hatred is the root of murder (Matthew 5:21,22Matthew 5:21,22
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21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: by: or, to 22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. Raca: that is, Vain fellow  

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If there is anyone in this world you despise, it shows you lack understanding! I am not commanded in the Bible to like everybody, but I am commanded to love even my enemies. To love my enemies means I must treat them biblically!

Questions to Ponder

1. The scripture says that Saul “eyed David from that day forward.” What does that mean and what caused Saul’s jealousy and resentment of David? (I Samuel 18)

2. How do we conquer the emotion of jealousy? I Thessalonians 5:18

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Leaving Nothing Undone – By Pastor Dan Reed | Manna For Your Day

Dr. Dan Reed was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1951. He was saved at the Woodland Avenue Baptist Church in 1973 while studying engineering at Auburn University. Sensing the call to preach in 1973 he enrolled at Tennessee Temple College under the ministry of Dr. Lee Roberson. Finishing his B.A. in December of 1975 he was called to Emden, Missouri , a town of 61, to pastor the Community Baptist Church. Pastor Reed has started two churches and two Christian schools during his 33-year ministry. He is currently the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church of Acworth, Georgia. (Learn more about Dr. Reed HERE)

JOSHUA LEFT NOTHING UNDONE

Scripture Reading: Joshua 11:9-15Joshua 11:9-15
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9 And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses, and burnt their chariots with fire. 10 And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms. 11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe: and he burnt Hazor with fire. any...: Heb. any breath 12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them, as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded. 13 But as for the cities that stood still in their strength, Israel burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Joshua burn. in their...: Heb. on their heap 14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Israel took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe. 15 As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses. left...: Heb. removed nothing  

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, Matthew 23:23Matthew 23:23
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23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. anise: Gr. dill  

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Text: Joshua 11:15Joshua 11:15
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15 As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the LORD commanded Moses. left...: Heb. removed nothing  

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“As the Lord commanded Moses His servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord commanded Moses.”

I have so many things I want to do in my life. There are many books I would like to read and many places I would like to go. But life is very short and I can see that I am not going to get done all I want to do. However, that should not be my major concern. My major concern must not be to do all I want to do, but not to leave undone what I am supposed to do! Joshua “left nothing undone” of all He was commanded. Jesus told the meticulous Pharisees, “these ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone.” He was speaking of their rotten attitudes and dispositions and said they had left out of their duties “judgment, mercy, and faith,” these are necessary things, but He added, they must not leave “undone” the other important matters of the law.

The quality that makes a great Christian is not so much what you do, but what you leave undone. You may do ten thousand things today, but what will you leave undone? If you go to work, get all your work done, speak kindly to people, come home and work in your yard and fix up your house and read the newspaper, you have done a lot; but you have left undone your time with God, your meditation on the Word, your soulwinning duties. If on Sunday morning you awake and spend three or four hours painting your house you have gotten much done, but you have left undone what God commanded which is to “not forsake the assembling of yourselves together” at the Lord’s house. If you treat people nicely this week, love and do for the needy, care for your family and friends, give to several some good things; but if you leave undone and unpaid your tithes, you are not a good Christian! Joshua is commended in our text not because of what he did but because he “left nothing undone of all that Moses commanded him!” The first things on our agenda must be to do what God says in His Word! If we have time for a game of tennis or golf, fine. If I have time to go sightseeing and take a vacation, fine.

People say to me sometimes, “Why don’t we do this or that at our church, have this activity or that?” None of those things may be wrong, but if you don’t go soulwinning and you can find time for many other matters, you are a disobedient Christian. It has been my experience that people will make time to do the big things in their life. If golf or softball or fishing is a big thing,  they will make time to do it, even at the expense of church services or Bible study or soulwinning. Therefore, the big things in our life should be personal Bible study, the services at our church, and soulwinning times. If the little things, the not so important things, like softball, golf, fishing, tennis, yard work, etc. can be done without “leaving the other undone” then have at it!

If you and I desire to be good Christians like Joshua, we must not only examine what all we do, we must examine what we leave undone.

Questions to Ponder

1. List four or five things you believe the Bible commands you to do each week that you should never leave undone.

2. What excuses do you use to miss church or soulwinning? We make excuses to do what we really want to do!

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