Tag: Soul Winning

The Need for Power from On High

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. Luke 24:49

Christ told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they had been endued with power from on high. This can only mean that He will not entrust His work to the unready and the unqualified. It is infinitely more important that we should be prepared for service than that we should win someone else to our subnormal spiritual condition. Soul-winning by persons who have not met the test of obedience to the Word of Christ must inevitably produce other professing Christians of the same spiritual stripe. Missions carried on by persons not spiritually endued can but transplant an effete Christianity on a foreign shore, for be sure that no church founded in a heathen land will be any better than the spiritual lives of those who founded it.

Real repentance will result in purified hearts and sanctified lives. A hard and determined return to the pattern shown us in the mount will bring the smile of God upon our efforts. Then we shall experience not less soul-winning, but more. Then we shall have not fewer missionary activities, but more. Then whatever we do shall prosper (Psalm 1:3), and God shall be glorified in everything at home and abroad.

by A.W. Tozer

 

Daily

Vance Havner Imageby Vance Havner

And they, continuing daily…And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:46, 47

The New Testament does not abound in instruction as to what we now call “personal work” and “soul-winning.” The epistles indoctrinate and exhort as to Christian growth, and it seems to be assumed that a normal Christian will by life and lip win others.

Nowadays we drive and plan and put on courses galore trying to get Christians to do what should be their natural practice, not only with regard to reaching the lost, but with regard to church attendance, tithing, missions, and all other phases of service. All of this should be the spontaneous expression of our love for Christ and others.

The Early Church continued daily in fellowship and faithfulness, and the Lord added daily in fruitfulness. What we labor and sweat to produce is a natural consequence in the Scriptures. It is high time we majored on the conditions that produce the results we seek. A church in faith and fellowship will be faithful and fruitful. Which brings it, of course, to the door of each of us. If we follow Him daily He will make us fishers of men daily.

by Vance Havner