Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #167
Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #167.
This is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. As always, it is so good to be with you today to challenge you, encourage you, exhort you, and motivate you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ right where you are to those who are not believers in Christ. Even though we will share some instructions on how to witness for the Lord from time to time, we believe that most Christians do not need to learn how to witness for the Lord, they just need to go and do it; so our aim is more motivational than instructional.
Our soul-winning Passage from the Word of God today is 2 Timothy 4:5 which reads: “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:
In view of this increasing opposition, Timothy needed to keep alert (“sober,” cool-headed, “wide awake”) by avoiding false teaching.
“The reference is especially to the clearness and wakefulness of attention and observance which attends on sobriety, as distinguished from the lack of these qualities in intoxication.”
To do this, Timothy needed to maintain self-control under all circumstances. He needed to “endure hardship” willingly, and to continue proclaiming the gospel to the lost. He would thereby carry out the ministry God had entrusted to him completely.
“One of the chief temptations of the pastorate is laziness and neglect.”
Four more imperatives appear in this verse: be, endure, do, and fulfill.
“… this phrase [“do the work of an evangelist”] rather sums up the whole teaching of the Epistle than adds a new command.”
“Thus with the words of the solemn charge in 4:1-5 Paul in effect brings to a conclusion his words of instruction regarding Timothy’s duties as a minister of Christ. This charge gathers up the concerns expressed throughout the letter and crystallizes them in nine memorable imperatives that begin with ‘preach the word’ and end with ‘fulfill your ministry.’ With these imperatives Paul calls on Timothy to proclaim and apply God’s word with much patience and careful instruction, to be clearheaded in every situation, to bear whatever difficulties
such a ministry may involve him in, to evangelize, and to do whatever is necessary to accomplish the ministry to which Christ has called him.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Charles Spurgeon. He said: “To win a soul is a more glorious achievement than to be crowned in the arena of theological controversy”
Our soul winning devotional is part 32 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.
Chapter 4, Impartation – His Sanctification
The constant renewing of His consecration of Himself to God through loving service to others constituted Jesus’ sanctification. This was brought out clearly in His high-priestly prayer when He said in John 17:18–19: “As thou didst send me into the world, even so sent I them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth”. Note that this setting apart of Himself unto God, which is indicated in the word sanctify, was not necessary in Jesus’ case to effect cleansing, since He was always pure. Nor was it necessary to receive power for service, since Jesus already had all the power He could use. Rather His sanctification, as the context reveals, was in the area of commitment to the task for which He had been “sent into the world,” and in dedication to that purpose of evangelism, He continually gave His life “for their sakes.”
His sanctification then was not for the purpose of benefiting Himself, but it was for His disciples, that they might “be sanctified in truth.” That is to say, in giving Himself to God, Jesus gave Himself to those about Him so that they might come to know through His life a similar commitment to the mission for which He had come into the world. His whole evangelistic plan hinged on this dedication, and in turn, the faithfulness with which His disciples gave themselves in love to the world about them.
In our next episode, we will look at Impartation -.Credentials of the Ministry
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Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, may I encourage you to get to know Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time,
Keep the soul winner’s fire!