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THE DIVINE ART OF SOUL WINNING Chapter 10

Written by: Sanders, J.O.    Posted on: 04/09/2003

Category: Sermons

Source: CCN

[THE DIVINE ARE OF SOUL-WINNING by J. Oswald Sanders--eighth file of 8]

    CHAPTER 10

    MISCELLANEOUS SUGGESTIONS

    "Suffer the little children to come unto me."  The soul-winner must emulate his Exemplar in not ignoring little children, "for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Such a subject is deserving of a volume to itself, but this study must necessarily be confided to a few of the more important issues.  Dr. Torrey once said: "No other form of Christian work brings such immediate, such large, and such lasting results as work for the conversion of children." It was Spurgeon's opinion that "capacity for believing lies more in the child than in the man." (See Matt. 18:6.)

    Parents are, of course, God's own appointed teachers of the child, and the religious training cannot be done by proxy.  The parent who neglects this duty is unwittingly robbing himself of the highest privilege this world affords.  Why should the winning of the child, whom the parent has brought into the world, be left to a stranger?

    The late Rev. Joseph W. Kemp made the seven following suggestions for successful work among children:

    1. THERE MUST BE A THOROUGH BELIEF in the child's need.  The child, no less than the man or woman, is "dead in trespasses and sins,"  and unless there is a clear sense of the utter ruin and spiritual death of children, there will be no power to bring blessing to them.  We believe, of course, in the salvation of infants who have not reached the years of moral accountability, but even these can accept Christ as Savior.

    2. THERE MUST BE A CONSCIOUSNESS OF ONE'S MISSION--not to amuse or instruct only, but to secure the salvation of the child.

    3. THERE MUST BE RELIANCE ON THE SPIRIT'S POWER as much with children as with adults.

    4. THERE MUST BE ADAPTATION TO THE CHILD.  We need our best and most industrious studies and our ripest powers to save the children.

    5. WE MUST USE THE CHILD'S LANGUAGE--not baby talk, but language the child can understand.

    6. WE MUST NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH OF THE CHILD--an ever-present danger with us grownups.  Don't expect the child to abandon its childish ways and become a mature old man!

    7. WE MUST EXERCISE PATIENCE.  It will be easier to do this if we remember our own stumbling progress.

    The worker among children must exercise wisdom in making an appeal, as it is a very simple thing to get the whole class or audience to respond to the appeal.  It is a mistake never to make an appeal, but an equally great mistake to make appeals continually, for the child-heart easily becomes accustomed and hardened to them.  One of our evangelists invites children present at his meetings, if they desire to accept Christ as Savior, to go home, write their name in John 3:16 instead of THE WORLD and "WHOSOEVER," and mail or hand it to him the next day.  This avoids the dangers of a mass movement.

    Remember that Moody was converted at 14, Fanny Crosby at 11, Jonathan Edwards at 7, Isaac Watts at 9, and that 90 per cent of Christians are saved before they reach eighteen years of age.

    II. TRACT DISTRIBUTION

    The widespread use of tracts and literature by the false cults should arouse the Christian worker to the great possibilities for good of the distribution of suitable tracts.  Souls who would never darken a church door will often read a tract.  Here are some suggestions as to the most effective methods of tract work.

    1. Have well written and attractively printed tracts which you have read yourself.  Always carry some with you.

    2. Know your tracts, and endeavor to suit the tract to the recipient, e.g., do not give a sailor a tract dealing with railways, or do not give a tract on holiness to a sinner.

    3. Be courteous, genial, and tactful in your approach. If rebuffed, manifest the love of Christ.  Even if those you approach refuse to read your tract, they will certainly read you.

    4. Not every tract is suitable for indiscriminate distribution.

    5. Be prayerful and confident of God's blessing.

    6. Follow up the opening which the giving of the tract has made, with a word on the way of salvation.

    7. Distribute tracts in public places, from house to house, in hospitals, in letter boxes, on sports grounds, in vacant automobiles, confident that some of the seed thus sown will bring forth fruit.

    AS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE TRACT DISTRIBUTER,

    A story of remarkable blessing resulting from the giving of a tract follows.  A tract by Dr. Richard Gibbs was handed by a peddler to Richard Baxter, whose CALL TO THE UNCONVERTED fell into the hands of Philip Doddridge, the great preacher and hynm-writer.  He wrote THE RISE AND PROGRESS OF RELIGION, by means of which William Wilberforce, the emancipator of the slaves, was converted. He in turn wrote PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY, which fired the heart of Leigh Richmond, who wrote THE DAIRYMAN'S DAUGHTER, of which, before 1848, 4,000,000 were circulated in fifty languages.  Wilberforce's book also fell into the hands of Thomas Chalmers, and was the means of bringing him out into the light of the Gospel, and all Scotland rang with his mighty eloquence.

    Do not despise the ministry of the GOOD tract.

    III.  A CONSECRATED PEN

    Who can measure the blessing which has flowed from a consecrated pen?  Have you ever prayed: "Lord, sanctify my pen to Thy use?"  Pray it now.

    Some timid Christian who is not courageous enough to talk to someone face to face about Christ, could at least use his pen.  Dr. H. Clay Trumbull, the greatest soul-winner of his day, was converted through a letter written him by a college mate who had not the courage to speak to him personally.

    The same fruitful avenue of service is open to the invalid or to the mother whose children are away from home. The letter will probably be read and reread, whereas a spoken word might be forgotten.

    1. Pray before and after writing each letter.

    2. Write lovingly, sympathetically and simply, adding your testimony to the Scriptures you quote.

    3. Having put the way of salvation clearly, urge the recipient to definitely decide to accept Christ at once.

    4. Enclose a suitable tract, or perhaps a decision card.

    5. Write to one who has recently decided, one who has backslidden, one who is passing through trial and testing, to a lonely boy or girl.

    6. Do not wait for a reply, necessarily, before you write again.  All are not good correspondents.

    Most workers, Sunday school teachers, Bible club leaders, and Christian workers do not exploit the power of the pen nearly as much as they should.

    Only a note, yes, only a note,

    To a friend in a distant land.

    The Spirit said "Write!" but then you had planned

    Some different work, and you thought

    It mattered little, you did not know

    'Twould have saved a soul from sin and woe,

    You were out of touch with your Lord.

    IV. INSTRUCTION OF CONVERTS

    Many a promising convert has made no progress in the new life, simply because he was not correctly instructed at the time of his conversion.  It is not wise to overload the newly-born babe with sage advice, but several things should be made crystal clear to him.

    1. To be a happy Christian he must confess Christ to men at the earliest possible moment, preferably to his own people and then to his work-mates (Rom. 10:9-10).  He must be out and out for God to experience God's best.  The would-be secret disciple never knows the real joy of the Lord.  Explain that if he trusts his newly-found Savior, He will give him the power to testify (Phil.4:13).

    2. Show that Christ is not only his Savior but his Lord (Rom. 10:9, ASV), and that therefore his will must be surrendered to his Master.

    3. Urge him to read the Bible every day, and if possible first thing in the morning, asking the Holy Spirit to make the Book live.  Explain that the Bible is to the spiritual life what bread is to the physical life, and that he cannot grow without food.

    4. Having heard God's voice in the Bible, instruct him to let God hear his voice in prayer, to pour out his soul and his desires before God (Matt. 6:6).  Make clear his privilege to talk with God and walk with God every hour of the day, and to claim the fulfillment of His promises. Encourage the habit of ejaculatory prayer throughout the day as well as the time spent in the secret place.

    5. Advise him to begin to work for Christ, and endeavor to win others to Him.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

How to Bring Men to Christ, R. A. Torrey

Personal Soul-Winning, W. Evans

Method in Soul-Winning, H. C. Mabie

Studies in Soul-Winning, F. P. Wood

Taking Men Alive, C. G. Trumbull

God's Plan for Soul-Winning, T. Hogben

The Personal Touch, J. W. Chapman

Personal Work for Christ, G. Soltau

The Passion for Souls, J. H. Jowett

The Craft of Soul-Winning, C. M. Turnbull

The Soul-Winner, C. H. Spurgeon

[end of chapter 10, and end of the text of THE DIVINE ART OF SOUL WINNING]

This book was keyed into digital media by

Clyde C. Price, Jr., Bible teacher.

    As long as this book is available in print-media, my opinion is that the digital version is best left in ASCII form without being printed out and is most useful as an easily searched reference and a fast source of quotations and illustrations for writers and speakers.     The present edition with "hard CRs" is easier to read onscreen or "Copy to Printer", and harder to change line- length in a word-processor. I hope that my formatting decision increases the usefulness of the work.

    I have written ARROWS FOR YOUR QUIVER, SHORT SHOTS, and SCRAPS, [filenames: ARROWS.XXX,  SHOTS.XXX AND SCRAPS.XXX], which are collections of short evangelistic articles designed for re-publication by evangelical local churches, along with suggestions for outreach projects and other (I hope) interesting material.  My stuff, I issue on a "Shareware-text" basis, for free reading and evaluation, with a request for an OPTIONAL honorarium only if several are re-published.  Please see the collections themselves for further details.

    My "home base" bulletin board systems in Atlanta are the Step of Faith (404)424-0028 and my own Clyde's TreeHut BBS at 404/767-1632.

    I have gone to the effort of personally re-keying (on my Model 100 notebook computer) this excellent copyright- expired material by J. Oswald Sanders     a) as a service to the Body of Christ, a worthwhile and valuable ministry in itself, and     b) in the hopes of making contacts for preaching and teaching ministry with people and groups I would not have otherwise met.     Also, c) it is my prayer that if this work ever does go out of print, that this digital version will preserve and prolong the ministry of a great servant of God.

    NOTE: I collect old books, especially GOOD copyright-expired CHRISTIAN MATERIAL such as the books mentioned in Mr. Sanders' bibliography, good educational material, nearly anything that a Christian educator/librarian would want to preserve in digital media. I am working with other Christians, mostly through the Atlanta Christian Tech Society, to preserve uncopyrighted Christian books by retyping (or doing scan/OCR) into digital media.

    I also collect (and solicit gifts of) old computers, ("dinosaurs") and other working or repairable computer equipment that is either considered obsolete or is simply unused.  My purpose is to involve more Christian workers in computer/modem communications and sharing of information, and I think it is a God-like tactic to employ things that are unused, unwanted, abandoned by other people to build the Kingdom of God.

    May God make you a fruitful winner of soul-winners.

    ccp, April 1989, Red Oak, Georgia         [This note modified April 1992.]

    Call or write me to find out what else is available:

Clyde C. Price, Jr.  voice (404)761-2327, CIS# 76616,3452  Delphi:CLYDEPRICE P.O.Box 667, Red Oak, GA 30272-0667 USA  Clyde's TreeHut BBS: 404/767-1632

[end of the eighth file of eight.]



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