Teaching Children to Win Souls

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Mission (3 of 3): Soul-winning

For dad only, to teach children to win souls:

Reach the Lost

While your children may not emerge as prodigy soul-winners, you can prepare them ahead of time for when they will reach others. Help them memorize key Bible verses that help bring others to conversion. Some important ones are John 3:3-8; Acts 2:37-39; 4:12; 10:44-48; 19:1-6; Romans 6:4-6; 8:9-11; and a hundred others.

Involve them in outreach

When your church has an outreach event, do not find a sitter for the kids. Bring them. Social children love going door to door, passing out flyers, and other things adults find challenging. They may not fear rejection like you because most adults are happy to see a child and find it cute to see them invite adults to church.

Take them backstage to teach children to win souls

For your children to grow up and be soul-winners, let them be involved in the prayer behind soul-winning as well. They should not think you just quote a verse, give them a church invite, and move on. Jesus wept over the lost. So should we. You will know your children have caught the idea of soul-winning if they weep in prayer with you for souls.

Let them hear good preaching

Good preaching motivates people to work for God. When your children are around anointed, motivational preaching of God’s word, they will catch the same inspiration you have, even if they do not understand as well as you do.

In fact, motivate yourself right now with the free resources at http://www.gowinsouls.com/download/media/.

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Read this devotional on teaching children to win souls, to your kids:

The Joy of Reaching the Lost

Rusty and Dad listened to Bro. Shefner talking around the campfire. His bright yellow shirt nearly glowed in the darkening evening.

Bro. Shefner was talking about dying out to our old natures. Soon Rusty’s friend Carter and his dad came over and joined the group. Bro. Shefner pointed to the meat roasting over the campfire. “When we come to God, we are like raw meat. We have no flavor and can be full of all kinds of diseases. We have to sacrifice ourselves by dying out to the old nature. This meat will have good flavor after it cooks over the fire. We only bring out the good qualities in ourselves when we die to our old nature.

“Some of us will fight our old selves forever until we die. We do that by repentance. We do that by weeping for our sins and falling down before the Lord asking Him to cleanse us. Then he transforms our lives into something everyone can enjoy. Who would like to come down tonight and be cleansed from the bland, raw life of sin?”

No one moved at first. Then a man and son came forward and knelt a few feet from the campfire.

“That’s it,” Bro. Shefner said, “Let’s just make a prayer ring here around the campfire.”

Carter’s dad got up and dropped to his knees in the sand. He cried out, “Father, cleanse me. I’m sorry for my sins. I’m sorry for all my lying and cussing. Forgive me for being a drunk!”

Bro. Shefner and Pastor went over and prayed with him.

Rusty looked at Carter, who was staring at his dad with tears in his eyes. Rusty walked over to him and asked, “Do you want to be saved?”

Carter shrugged. They watched his dad start talking to the two men. They were talking about baptism. Carter’s dad finally told them, “Yes! I want to.”

“Do you know what it means to be saved?” Rusty asked. “Like what they were talking about repenting and being baptized and getting the Holy Ghost?”

Carter’s dad walked toward the dorms to get a towel and change of clothes. Carter said, “I didn’t really understand what all they were talking about earlier. I figured my dad needed it more than I do. Right?”

Rusty nodded. “But you didn’t hear the next verse. After the Apostle Peter said to repent, be baptized in Jesus Name, and get the Holy Ghost, he said, ‘For this promise is unto you, and to your children.’ That’s us, Carter.”

Carter shrugged. “But I haven’t done anything really bad. And I’ve asked Jesus to forgive me for the things I have done.”

“I know,” Rusty said. “But baptism is how we make a contract with God. We commit to follow Him for life and He promises to take care of us. The gift of the Holy Ghost is God’s Spirit inside us, helping us not to get into trouble.”

Carter nodded. The smoke from the campfire drifted their way.

Rusty continued, “You think your dad needs the Spirit to help him make up for all the wrong he has done.”

“And I’ve forgiven him,” Carter added, “so that helps.”

Rusty smiled and said, “I’m glad.” Then, more seriously, he added, “Carter, are you going to be like your dad? Are you going to wait until you make a lot of mistakes and then come running to God?”

“I hope not,” Carter said. They watched his dad come back toward Pastor and Bro. Shefner, wearing a blue shirt.

“If you get right with God now, you won’t be sorry about your life,” Rusty explained. “He will help you stay out of trouble. You can make your dad glad to see your life turn out good, in spite of the things he has done.”

Most of the men were moving toward the edge of the lake to see Carter’s dad get baptized. He turned and signaled Carter to come watch. Rusty walked with Carter to the water’s edge.

Pastor was wearing rubber waders over his pants. He led Carter’s dad out to waist-deep water and led him in prayer. He said, “Doug, why don’t you testify to your brothers here what God is doing in your life.”

“Today, Jesus helped me to dump my alcohol! He took away my sins, and I want to serve Him the rest of my life. I want to take on the name of Jesus over my life!”

As Pastor put Carter’s dad under the water, Rusty noticed Carter fighting back tears. When his dad came back up, they watched the man cry and praise Jesus. As he waded back to shore, Carter stumbled toward him in the cool water.

“Dad,” Carter said, “can I get baptized, too?”

His dad threw his arms around him and shouted, “Of course you can!” He pulled back and held his shoulders, asking, “Don’t you need to change clothes or something?”

“I’m fine,” Carter replied, “I want to do it now.”

Pastor talked to Carter for a minute and they prayed together. Rusty could see Carter was crying. Carter’s dad stood nearby, knee-deep in the water and watched.

As Carter went under, his dad lifted his hands in the air and said, “Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus, for saving my family!” Suddenly, he said something that Rusty did not understand. Then he stumbled over his words again. When Carter came up from the water, his dad began speaking in tongues fluently.

The men and sons on the shore began worshipping God together.

Dad hugged Rusty and said, “I’m proud of you, Son. Good work!”

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Now discuss soul-winning for kids!

Do you think Carter would have stepped forward if Rusty had not talked to him?

 

How old do you have to be to win someone else to Jesus?

 

Who have you helped explain the plan of salvation to?

 

Have you ever done outreach like door-knocking, passing out flyers, or talking to people on the street? What did you think of this?

 

What did Jesus say in John 4:35?  How does this help you understand what you should do to help?

 

Who would you like to tell about Jesus and help them understand why they need to get baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost?

 

Who have you been praying for that he/she would respond and obey the gospel?

 

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Read God’s Word together with the family:

Soul-winning in the Middle of Nowhere

An angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get ready and go south to the road that leads down to Gaza from Jerusalem—the desert road.”

So Philip got ready and went. On the road he saw a man from Ethiopia, a eunuch. He was an important officer in the service of Candace, the queen of the Ethiopians; he was responsible for taking care of all her money. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship. Now, as he was on his way home, he was sitting in his chariot reading from the Book of Isaiah, the prophet.

The Spirit said to Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”

So when Philip ran toward the chariot, he heard the man reading from Isaiah the prophet. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

He answered, “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?” Then he invited Philip to climb in and sit with him.

The portion of Scripture he was reading was this:

“He was like a sheep being led to be killed.

He was quiet, as a lamb is quiet

while its wool is being cut;

he never opened his mouth.

He was shamed and was treated unfairly.

He died without children to continue his family.

His life on earth has ended.”

 

The officer said to Philip, “Please tell me, who is the prophet talking about—himself or someone else?”

Philip began to speak, and starting with this same Scripture, he told the man the Good News about Jesus.

While they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The officer said, “Look, here is water. What is stopping me from being baptized?”

Philip answered, “If you believe with all your heart, you can.”

The officer said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Then the officer commanded the chariot to stop. Both Philip and the officer went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.

When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord took Philip away; the officer never saw him again. And the officer continued on his way home, full of joy.

But Philip appeared in a city called Azotus and preached the Good News in all the towns on the way from Azotus to Caesarea.

(Act 8:26-40, NCV)

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Let’s talk about how kids can win souls!

Even though Philip may not even have known where they were going, how did he respond to a person that needed to understand the truth?

 

This official did not understand the Bible. How does it help us to have someone explain the scriptures sometimes?

 

If someone had asked you about that verse, would you have been able to explain it? What helps us be ready for when we meet people who need to know God’s word?

 

Role play: Someone comes to you at church and asks, “Why do people have to get baptized?” What do you say? See Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38.

 

Another person says, “Why do you baptize in Jesus’ Name instead of the way other churches do it?” What do you say?

 

Someone asks, “Does everyone have to talk in tongues? Can’t Jesus just give the Holy Spirit to someone another way?” What do you say?

 

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Memorize why children should win souls!

Daniel 12:3

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.

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