Advice for Soulwinners

Read and ponder these 3-word sentences regarding winning the lost.
Each one can be traced directly to the Word of God.
Look up additional verses that complement these triple-word maxims.

Obey the Commission (Mt. 28:19). “Go and teach all nations”
Wise Christians witness (Pv. 11:30). “He that wins souls is wise”
Value every soul (Mk.8:37). “What would you exchange for your soul?”
Love the lost (Lk. 6:5). “Love your enemies”
Sinners are invited (Mk. 10:21). “Come, take up the cross and follow Me”.
Go prayed up (I Th. 5:17). “Pray without ceasing”
Appreciate the privilege (I Pet. 2:17). “Honor the King”
Represent Jesus Christ (II Cor.5:20). “We are ambassadors for Christ”
Forgiveness is fundamental (Mk. 2:10). “The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”
Count the cost (I Cor. 4:13). “We are treated as the filth of the world”
Be properly motivated (I Cor. 9:16.). “Woe is me, if I preach not the Gospel!”
Pray for opportunities (Jn. 4:7). “Jesus said to the woman from Samaria, ‘Give Me a drink’”
Keep salvation simple (Jn. 3:7). “Ye must be born again”
Find common ground (Isa. 53:6). “All we, like sheep, have gone astray”
Do not procrastinate (II Cor. 6:2). “Today is the day of salvation”
Embrace all nationalities (Acts 8:30). “Philip ran (to the Ethiopian) who was reading Isaiah and said, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’”
Respect both genders (Jn. 8:11). “Jesus said unto her, ‘Neither do I condemn you: go, and sin no more’”
Be Spirit led (Acts 11:12). “The Spirit told me to go”.
Trust the Lord (Pv. 3:5). “Trust in the Lord with all your heart”
Be praying silently (Mk. 14:38). “Watch and pray”.
Pray for boldness (Eph. 6:19). “Pray that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel”
Let God convict (Jude 1:15). “Convince all who are ungodly”
Plan and strategize (Acts 16:7). “They planned to go to Bithynia, but the Spirit did not allow them”
Forget about quotas (Mt. 22:14). “Many are called, but few are chosen”
Salvation includes persecution (Jn. 15: 20). “If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you”
Soulwin with someone (Mk. 6:7).“He sent them forth two by two”
Initiate conversations proactively (Jn. 8:10). “Woman, where are your accusers?”
Focus attention heavenward (Col.3:2). “Set your affections on things above”
Promote eternal life (Jn. 3:36). “He that believes in the Son has everlasting life”
Warn about hell (Mk. 16:16). “He that does not believe will be damned”
Remember your objective (Acts 16:31). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved”
Advocate church participation (Ps. 122:1). “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’”
Know your Bible (Jn. 5:39). “Search the Scriptures”
Encourage Bible study (II Tim. 2:15). “Study to show yourselves approved by God”
Sow good seed (Lk. 8:11). “The seed is the Word of God”
Travel Romans Road (Rom.3:23). “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God”
Personality determines presentation.
Be lovingly enthusiastic.
Build authentic relationships.
Demonstrate proper respect.
Value their time.
Confess mutual accountability.
Love the lost.
Empathy is mandatory.
Sincerity is transparent.
Clarity is essential.
Eat with sinners.
Always identify yourself.
Explain your intentions.
Present the facts.
Use quality tracts.
Discover first names.
Wear their shoes.
Appearance does matter.
Smile a lot.
Control your emotions.
Maintain positive demeanor.
Avoid annoying mannerisms.
Show no fear.
Nervousness is contagious.
Make no apologies.
Convey genuine love.
Win their confidence.
Give your testimony.
Prepare for rejection.
Guide the conversation.
Bypass personal histories.
Don’t get sidetracked.
Circumvent controversial topics.
Ask relevant questions.
Recognize feeble excuses.
Evade all gossip.
Shun religious jargon.
Skip spiritual cliches.
Preaching isn’t witnessing.
Monologues are boring.
Use no threats.
Never be argumentative.
Condescension is counterproductive.
Dodge doctrinal issues.
Don’t mention denominations.
Maintain Scriptural authority.
Listen very deliberately.
Observe their responses.
Presumptions are unreliable.
Interpret body language.
Evaluate your progress.
Plan exit strategy.
Pray with them.
Live your testimony.
Provide contact information.
Follow up prospects.
Encourage yourself daily.
Soulwinning breeds blessings.
Remember heaven rejoices (Lk.15:10). “There is joy in heaven over one sinner that repents”.


The first law of fishing is to go where the fish are. Soulwinners go where the people are. Jesus commands us to go into the highways and byways and compel them to come in (Luke 14:23). Study these passages concerning “who told who” about Jesus:

Andrew told Peter about Jesus – John 1:40-41      
Philip told Nathaniel – John 1:45
Philip tells the Eunuch – Acts 8:29-30
Paul and Silas told the jailer – Acts 16:30-31
The Samaritan woman at the well told everyone! – John 4:29

What the soulwinner must know:

1. You must know Jesus personally.
2. You must know some soulwinning verses, such as:
Romans 3:23 – all have sinned……
Romans 6:23 – the wages of sin is death….
Romans 10:9-10 – confessing Jesus Christ as Lord…..
I John 5:13 – believing in Christ…..
II Corinthians 5:17 – concerning becoming a new person in Jesus Christ……
3. You must know that the Holy Spirit must convict a person of sin, not you.
4. You must believe in the power of God to save.
5. You must know the tendency of humans to resist the Gospel.
6. You must know that prayer is essential, not optional.
7. You must be tactful, clear, and courteous.

What the sinner must know:

1. That Jesus bore their sin on the cross – Isaiah 53:6
2. That Jesus was raised from the dead on their behalf – Romans 4:24
3. That Jesus is interceding for us right now – Hebrews 7:25
4. That knowing Jesus is as simple as ABC:

Accept the truth of the Gospel
Believe that Jesus’ blood atoned for their sins
Confess that Jesus is their Lord and Savior

People often tend to shy away from this business of soulwinning because they fear being rejected or misunderstood. But winning the lost is an intimate aspect of our relationship with Jesus. He told us that if we are ashamed of Him, He will be ashamed of us before the Father and before His angels (Luke 9:26). Going to “the highways and the hedges” may be as simple as visiting your next door neighbor. Reading devotionals may inspire you, but winning the lost will transform you.

Maxim of the Moment

Success is getting up one more time than the number of times you fall down. - Julie Bowden