Soul Winning

Text: Psalm 126:5-6
Title: Soul Winning
This psalm is entitled simply “A Song of Degrees.” There can be no doubt as to the occasion on which it was written, for it bears evidence of having been written with reference to the return from Babylon. It may have been designed to be sung as the returning captives went up to Jerusalem, but was more probably written following that event, as to keep it in remembrance.

Note: Psalm 126 Here the restored exiles rejoice in the Lord’s deliverance (vv. 1-3), pray for the restoration of others (v. 4), and take confidence in the principle of sowing and reaping (vv. 5-6).
126:5-6 The efforts of the exiles to reestablish the nation amid difficulties will someday come to fruition like a harvest, a principle applicable to Christian work as well.

Note: It is both a prayer for captives and a testimony to the conviction that God will bring His people home rejoicing.

Note: We can also make a Practical application of this verse in relation to soul winning.

  1. The Duty of the Soul Winner
    Quote: The only alternative to soul winning is disobedience – Curtis Hutson 

    Ill: An old deacon was leading in prayer using one of his stereotypical phrases, “Oh Lord, touch the unsaved with Thy finger.”


    As he intoned this phrase in this particular prayer, he stopped short. Other members came to his side and asked if he were ill.
    “No,” he replied, “but something seemed to say to me, “Thou art the finger.”

    1. Go – “he that goeth”
      Matt. 28:18-20
      18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

      19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

      20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

      Mark 16:15
      15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

      Quote: As a Christian, you are either a missionary or an impostor. – Charles Spurgeon

    2. To Show Compassion – “weepeth”
      Definition: bewail, cry, shed tears

      (in grief, humiliation, or joy)
      Note: because of trials, obstacles, discouragements
      Note: Weeping must not hinder sowing; when we suffer ill we must be doing well.Jude 22
      22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 

      Matt. 9:36
      36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.


    3. To Bring the Word of God – “bearing”
      1 Pet. 1:23
      23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.Note: We are not to bring our own version of the gospel but the Gospel
      1 Cor. 15:1-4 

      Ill: A Soulwinner is a signpost for the Lord… as long clear and gives a direction

      1 Thess. 2:9
      9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.


    Ill: On May, 19th, 1780, in Hartford, Connecticut. The sky went from blue to gray at noon. Shortly thereafter the sky was so dark that men believed the end of the universe had come and fell to their knees begging for a final blessing. The House of Representatives was meeting, and many representatives asked for the meeting to be adjourned immediately. The Speaker of the House, Colonel Davenport, rose to his feet and silenced the men with these words, “The Day of Judgment is either approaching or it is not. If it is not, there is no cause for adjournment. If it is, I choose to be found doing my duty. I wish, therefore, that candles may be brought.”
    (The Duty of the Soul Winner)

  2. The Direction of the Soul Winner
    1. Everywhere – “forth”
      Note – speaks of going forward, away, out, up and down.
      Acts 1:8
      8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.Acts 5:42
      42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. 

      Note: You can’t take the gospel to the wrong place.
      Note: Do it all the time.
      Turn: Ecclesiastes 11:4-6


    2. Back – “come again”
      Note: The captives in Babylon were long sowing in tears, but at length they were brought forth with joy, and then they reaped the benefit of their patient suffering, and brought their sheaves with them to their own land.Note – to the local church.
      Turn: Acts 2:41-47 


    (The Duty of the SoulWinner, The Direction of the Soulwinner)

  3. The Delight of the Soul Winner
    1. The Promise of God – “doubtless”
      Isa. 55:11
      11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.Quote: Soulwinning will not work every time you don’t have it. – Paul Chappell 


      1. Promise of a Harvest – “bringing his sheaves with him”
        Turn: Luke 5:1-6Note: We must sow: we may have to sow in the wet weather of sorrow; but we shall reap, and reap in the bright summer season of joy. Let us keep to the work of this present sowing time, and find strength in the promise which is here so positively given us. 

        Galatians 6:9
        9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

        Note: Like seed, lie buried under the soil, but take effect and will rise up in due time. We should wait patiently for the growth of them, as the husbandman for the fruits of the earth; in due time they will produce a large crop of blessings, a plentiful harvest,

        1 Cor. 3:7
        7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

        Note: We are not fruit-inspectors but seed-sowers.

        Ill: Some of the greatest missionaries of history devotedly spread the seed of God’s Word and yet had to wait long periods before seeing the fruit of their efforts. William Carey, for example, labored 7 years before the first Hindu convert was brought to Christ in Burma, and Adoniram Judson toiled 7 years before his faithful preaching was rewarded by seeing his first converts.


      2. Promise of Joy – “rejoicing”
        Note: He will be abundantly rewarded for all his toil; he will see the fruit of his labors; he will be filled with joy. The design of this illustration was, undoubtedly, to cheer the hearts of the exiles in their long and dangerous journey to their native landNote: The secret to service when sorrowing is to keep on sowing!
        Note: Remove emotion it would still produce. Don’t be led by emotion!
        Be led by obedience!
        Note: It did not say, “He that soweth tears shall reap joy” but.. “IN” 

        Note: Though the sowing of seed is a work of labor and sorrow—often a work so burdening the farmer that he weeps—yet the return—the harvest—is accompanied with rejoicing. The truth is expressed in a general form, as illustrating the idea that enterprises which are begun under many difficulties, and which require much labor, will be crowned with success, and that the joy is more than an equivalent for all the weariness and sorrow.

        Quote: “Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.”—Abraham Lincoln


    2. The Power of God
      Matt. 28:18
      18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
      20 …

      : and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
      Note: From beginning to end of the Great Comission, we have God’s assurance.Acts 1:8a
      8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: 

      Rom. 1:16
      16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.


    Ill: Has it ever been done before?
    The early churches were able to accomplish the Great Commission by the Power of God through His Spirit!
    Turn: Colossians 1:5-6, 23
    Note: Without modern technology mics, internet, livestream

Conclusion: “Sometimes when we read the words of those who have been more than conquerors, we feel almost despondent. I feel that I shall never be like that. But they won through step by step, by little bits of wills, little denials of self, little inward victories, by faithfulness in very little things. They became what they are. No one sees these little hidden steps. They only see the accomplishment, but even so, those small steps were taken. There is no sudden triumph, no spiritual maturity. That is the work of the moment.”—Amy Carmichael

The Duty of the Soul Winner
The Direction of the Soul Winner
The Delight of the Soul Winner


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