God expects every Christian to be a preacher of the gospel. Acts 8:4 says that those who were scattered due to the persecution at the time “went everywhere preaching the word.” This was not the work of just a few devoted men who were spreading the gospel; this was the work of all the Christians at that time!
2 Timothy 2:24-26 identifies some musts for the servant of the Lord: “And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” Do you see how this verse connects each Christian (everyone who is a “servant of the Lord”) with the responsibility of telling the lost (those who “are in opposition”) the message of the gospel (“so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil”)?
But how can I?
I believe that many who are Christians today recognize their God-given responsibility to preach the message of the gospel. However, the common question is, “how can I?” “I know God wants me to tell others about His saving message, but how can I accomplish it?” “What can I do so that people will listen?”
Additionally, some may think that they are too old, too young, not knowledgeable enough of the scriptures, not eloquent enough, too timid, etc. to teach the gospel to others.
Maybe you have these sorts of questions or doubts today. If so, I would like to tell you about 10 things that you can absolutely be doing today that will help win souls to the Lord. We have seen the God-given commands, now let’s consider how we can “be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).
Use your individual talents and opportunities
In each one of these 10 things I am about to suggest as being things that every Christian can be doing to help win souls to the Lord, realize that you must use your own God-given talents and opportunities. No two people are exactly the same. However, this is how God has designed it! 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 teaches us to rejoice in the fact that we are all different – and have different talents and opportunities. Learn how to use your talents and opportunities to the glory of God!
For instance, as you think about each one of the things I am about to suggest to you, you will go about each of them a little bit differently than I would – because we are different! In addition, you will have different opportunities to reach different individuals than I have! So, we must learn to use these individual talents and opportunities in such a way so as to serve God! Remember, God does not command you to do more than He knows you can accomplish. So, when He commands you to help lead lost souls to Him, He knows that you are able to accomplish that task in some way.
It is often said that people won’t care what you know until they see how much you care! Learn from Jesus regarding how He genuinely cared for the people who were around Him and had compassion on them – both spiritually and physically. Find ways you can express your care for the people around you.
Everyone needs encouragement. So, there are plenty of opportunities in this area. You need to develop an eye for seeing opportunities to encourage and build others up. Remember, there is great power in your encouraging words (see Proverbs 12:25; 15:1; 15:23; 25:11).
Find opportunities to demonstrate your care by serving others on a physical level. If you know that someone has a need, help them by doing whatever you have opportunity to do (read Luke 10:25-37; Galatians 6:10).
#4: Invite someone to a church service
There is power in an invitation. In John 1:43-51, Philip simply invited Nathanael to “Come and see” the Christ. Nathanael went and believed in Jesus Christ. Invite someone to “come and hear” the message of the gospel with you.
#5: Set up a Bible study
Here is another opportunity to offer an invitation. You could ask someone, “Do you like to study the Bible?” If they are interested in Bible studies, ask them if you could study the Bible with them. Even if you don’t feel comfortable teaching the study, you can set up the study and find someone else who will teach it.
#6: Host a neighborhood Bible study
You could reach out to your friends, family members, and neighbors by opening up your home for a small group Bible study. Though you may not want to teach the class, you could simply facilitate the teaching of the gospel by using your home and inviting those you know.
#7: Distribute Bible study materials
Distributing free Bible study materials like tracts and correspondence courses are often good “door openers” for further Bible study with an individual. At minimum, distributing this information gives an individual the opportunity to hear the gospel once! You could determine to distribute some kind of Bible study resource to everyone you meet.
#8: Set an example of Christian living
Jesus taught the power of being a living example of righteousness in Matthew 5:13-16 – as it even can bring someone to glorify God! Peter told Christian wives that their unbelieving husbands could even be won to Christ “without a word” in 1 Peter 3:1-2, through their godly examples. Consider what others are seeing in your life (i.e. sin, hypocrisy, or Christ?).
#9: Tell what you know
You may not be able to have deep conversations to expose the errors of Calvinism or Premillenialism. But, if you are a Christian, you can at least tell someone what he/she needs to do in order to be saved (because you have already done it) – and the sacrifice that Christ made! Begin by simply telling what you know – and then let God take it from there!
Prayer absolutely must be involved in order for evangelism to be successful. After all, you can only plant and water; it is God who gives the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6)! Pray for doors of opportunity to be opened for the gospel – for your own opportunities to teach and for others to have opportunity to teach (see Colossians 4:2-6).
These are all fairly basic ways that you can be involved in helping to win souls for the Lord. Every Christian can be doing these things. And, I trust in God that if every Christian will be doing these – and similar – things, the borders of the kingdom will be greatly expanded!