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.)

Look for Part 2…

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One Of A Pastor’s Greatest Needs

Pastor Andrew SchankBy Biblical definition a pastor is a leader. He is to lead others in the ways of God and in the will of God; even during the worst of times. Any man, who has ever been in a pastoral position, knows that this responsibility is a great weight and burden to carry. In view of this fact we can surmise that one of a pastor’s greatest needs is for God to LEAD him each day. It is so comforting to know that the pastor does not have to carry out ministry alone. God’s Holy Spirit is there to lead and guide each step of the way.

In this post we want to demonstrate four reasons a pastor needs to be led as a leader. We find these four reasons in the Old Testament book of Psalms. Consider the following…

#1 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of The Enemy

(Psalms 5:8Psalms 5:8
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8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. mine...: Heb. those which observe me  

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) “Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.”  (KJV)

(Psalms 27:11Psalms 27:11
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11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. a plain...: Heb. a way of plainness mine...: Heb. those which observe me  

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) “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”  (KJV)

The pastor faces spiritual opposition every day. The level is usually much greater in scope than the average pew warmer faces. Though pastors do not look for sympathy, they still need God to lead them because of this formidable foe. The enemy may put up a good fight, but God is able to direct the pastor through every battle.

#2 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of Testimony

(Psalms 25:5Psalms 25:5
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5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  

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) “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”  (KJV)

(Psalms 139:23-24Psalms 139:23-24
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23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. wicked...: Heb. way of pain, or, grief  

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) “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  (KJV)

(Psalms 143:10Psalms 143:10
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10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.  

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) “Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”  (KJV)

With so much temptation out there, every man of God needs direction to stay in the right pathway. Pastors should seek God’s face daily for leadership to stay close to the Lord. Testimonies are strengthened every moment, but can be destroyed in an instant.

#3 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of Discouragement

(Psalms 61:1-2Psalms 61:1-2
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61 To the chief Musician upon Neginah, A Psalm of David. 1 Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. 2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  

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) “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”  (KJV)

While pastoring a church you have your good days and bad days. Sometimes discouragement can set in and beat you to death. It is in times like these that a pastor must seek God’s face for help and leadership! It will be the ONLY thing that will get him through the valley of dismay!

#4 – A Pastor Needs To Be Led Because Of Direction

(Psalms 31:3Psalms 31:3
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3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.  

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) “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.”  (KJV)

(Psalms 43:3Psalms 43:3
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3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.  

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) “O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.”  (KJV)

Pastors need clear leadership when making decisions and guiding the flock which they oversee. It is certain that God wants to direct and lead the pastor and for sure the pastor wants to be led. The only issue is maintaining a brokenness for this Heavenly leading.

Conclusion

It is a difficult thing to be a leader with no clear sense of direction yourself. Leaders need to be led! For pastors and spiritual leaders it is essential to be led by God and not self, Satan or the world’s sensuality. May each soul, who reads this post, get up from their computer chair with more of a hunger to be led by God!

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There Is A Famine Of Old Fashioned Pastors

Make no mistake about it, there is a famine of “old fashioned” pastors. Even with casual observance, it does not take long to surmise the devastating impact this has made upon our society as a whole and our world in general. I suppose the term “old fashioned” is relative to what one deems as “old fashioned” by their heritage and experience. If we use the objective Word of God as the standard, then we can certainly expound what “old fashioned” was, is and what it should be forth going. This post seeks to prod your thinking about this important issue. Borrowing a common phrase of our sitting President, Mr. Obama, “Let’s be clear”, every pastor should seek to be “OLD FASHIONED“!

Take A Look Around You

Wherever you hang your hat you will find compromising pastors. They may walk with God, and be moral people, but when it comes to preaching it straight, they take the long way around the barn. To “tip toe through the tulips” with God’s Word is to compromise. Many stick their finger to the wind to find out which way the wind is blowing, as it were, in order to know what to preach. Face it, two thirds of the time a pastor’s message is going to be considered negative according to the flesh. (Jeremiah 1:10Jeremiah 1:10
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10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.  

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& 2 Timothy 4:22 Timothy 4:2
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2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  

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(2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 2:15
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15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  

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) “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  (KJV)

Paul said to “rightly divide” the Word. That phrase means to cut straight. When you cut it straight, you will offend people; not that that is what we want to do. Pastors who rightly divide God’s Holy Word will feed the sheep and have God’s blessing. They may not have the high attendance, and huge offerings that other churches have, but they will be a New Testament church.

Christians Are Constantly Moving The Proverbial Landmarks

(Proverbs 22:28Proverbs 22:28
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28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set. landmark: or, bound  

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) “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.”  (KJV)

Man is always trying to improve on what God has said, done or provided. No matter what is spelled out in Scripture, people will seek to do it their own way. In the modern era, we have seen many pastors move the boundaries in many aspects of ministry. One example is this new “seeker sensitive” and “purpose driven” philosophical dogma. It is counterproductive and most do not see this. Paul said to preach the Word. (2 Timothy 4:22 Timothy 4:2
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2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  

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) “Old fashioned” pastors do this very thing! Think about it… why should we bow down to every new whim that some author comes up with?

Many pastors would never claim to be a gnostic in their statement of faith, but they sure operate under it’s influence while they seek to promote “their new way of doing things” (i.e. Higher knowledge). When we exalt man and his ideology, we undermine the foundation on which we historically lay. With each generation of pastors that comes along under the influence of men who have moved the markers we get further away from “old fashioned” preaching and ministry.

Are You Ashamed To Be Called “Old Fashioned”?

(Romans 1:16Romans 1:16
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16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  

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) “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”  (KJV)

Many pastors want folks to think that they are educated and refined. Seeking to fit into the politically correct mold of the modern day mainstream church, pastors have drunk the “kool-aid” of liberalism. They have sought to distance themselves from so-called “old fashioned” pastors. They think these godly people are ignorant and beneath them. The mannerisms, style of preaching, clothing, and age of many “old fashioned” pastors is looked upon with disdain.

If you are a pastor who is tired of fitting into some sort of man-made mold, then “MAN UP“, as they say! Throw off the modernistic philosophy and stick with God’s Word. You may not be liked by everybody, but they will respect you. People know a phony when they see it. Be real and be “old fashioned” according to the BIBLE!

Conclusion

The world does not need another form of counterfeit religiosity. It needs the truth! “‘Thus sayeth the LORD” will get the job done. To be an “old fashioned” pastor does not mean you have to be uneducated and  ignorant, nor does it mean you have to use improper grammar and preach like your pants are on fire. It does mean that you are passionate about the Word of God and you give 1,000% when you minister for the Lord! It means that you are seeking to please God and not man! “Old fashioned” pastors do not care what the world thinks and they do not concern themselves with being politically correct. One thing matters… GOD’S APPROVAL!

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Originally posted 2011-05-23 07:14:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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