Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #183
Welcome to the Soul-Winning Motivator Podcast #183
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 John 3:5 which reads: “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”
Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable:
Others have suggested that the “water” could be a reference to the repentance present in those who underwent John’s water baptism, and the “spirit” is an allusion to the Holy Spirit. In this case, repentance as a change of mind is necessary as a prerequisite for salvation. According to advocates of this view, Jesus was urging Nicodemus to submit to John’s baptism as a sign of his repentance, or at least to repent. The weakness of this view is that the connection between water and repentance is distant enough to cause misunderstanding.
Nicodemus’ response expressed lack of understanding. If the connection between water and John’s baptism were that clear, he would not have responded this way. It would have been simpler for Jesus just to say “repentance” if that is what He meant. Repentance, however, in the sense of the fruit of a mental change, is not necessary as a conditional prerequisite for salvation, since by that definition repentance is a meritorious work.
Our soul winning quote today is from Rick Warren. He said: “The way you store up treasure in Heaven is by investing in getting people there.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 48 of our series titled “The Master Plan of Evangelism” from Robert E. Coleman.
The principle of giving evangelistic work assignments to his disciples was conclusively demonstrated just before Jesus returned to heaven after his crucifixion and resurrection. On at least four occasions as he met with his disciples he told them to go out and do his work. It was first mentioned to the disciples, with the exception of Thomas, on that first Easter evening as they were assembled in the upper room. After Jesus had showed the astonished disciples his nail scarred hands and feet, and had partaken of the meal with them, he then said: “Peace be unto you: as the Father hath sent me, even so send I you”, whereupon Jesus assured them again of the promise and authority of the Holy Spirit to do the work.
A little later as Jesus had breakfast with his disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, he told Peter three times to feed his sheep. This admonition was interpreted to the big fisherman as the proof of his love to the Master.
On a mountain in Galilee he gave his Great Commission to not only the eleven disciples but also to the whole church, numbering then about five hundred brethren. It was a clear proclamation of his strategy of world conquest. “All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”.
Finally, before he ascended back to the Father, Jesus went over the whole thing again with his disciples for the last time, showing them how things had to be fulfilled while he was with them. His suffering and death, as well as his resurrection from the dead the third day, were all according to schedule. Jesus went on to show his disciples “that repentance and remission of sin should be preached in his name unto all nations, beginning from Jerusalem”. And for the fulfillment of this divine purpose, the disciples were no less a part than their Master. They were to be the human instruments announcing the good tidings, and the Holy Spirit was to be God’s personal empowerment for their mission. “Ye shall receive power when the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”.
In our next episode, we will look at Delegation – The Principle is Clear
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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!