Many churches need a course correction today. Despite all the darkness, death, and destruction that is manifesting around the globe; despite all the filth and perversion that has come to America, the Church cannot be deterred from her ultimate purpose.
The purpose of the Church is to lift up the name of Jesus Christ, manifest the glory of God, so that all men will be drawn unto Jesus. The Lord is waiting for one thing before He returns – the precious fruit of the earth to receive the latter rain for harvest (Jam. 5:7). The precious fruit of the earth here refers to people – lost souls.
The Church is a soul saving organism. The Church must go for souls!
Please allow me to be very practical here and speak from an evangelistic perspective. These simple instructions are for the purpose of refocusing the Church to what really matters. It will bring forth a course correction that is sorely needed in many churches today.
Here are a few proposals I would like to make to every believer and especially to leaders.
1. Don’t get good at what you’re not supposed to be doing.
Too many of us are a hundred miles wide and one inch deep. We do a lot of things good but not many excellently. It’s time to do some serious evaluation. How many people are really being discipled and not just taught? How many new converts are being added to the kingdom?
Who are you currently discipling? Who are you currently believing, praying, fasting, and lovingly witnessing to?
Here is the course many must now take if they are to see more fire and more fruit. Convert more church events into opportunities for evangelism. Convert more doctrine into discipleship. Teach them to observe what Jesus taught (Mat 28:19). Go back to the gospels. Constantly evaluate everything you do by the great commission; evangelism and discipleship.
2. Water seeds, not weeds.
Weeds are things that don’t work or don’t matter. We’ve all heard the saying. “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” Don’t let activity and schedule determine your strategy. Don’t immerse yourself into things that rob you of your time with God and with your disciples. Guard your rest, energy, and creativity. Weeds are things God never told you to do which rob you of rest, erase your energy, and kill your creativity. On the other hand, seeds are things which are stamped with eternity. They focus more on people rather than programs. Get rid of everything that hinders true kingdom increase.
3. Develop a passion for prayer and for souls.
This should’ve been listed first. You won’t do much without passion. If you’re not burning up with a vision for souls you will affect very few people dramatically and permanently. This is the real reason why men falter and fail. Instead of burning up, they’re burning out. Instead of getting fired up, they’re getting tired out. Instead of moving on and moving up, they’re moving down and moving out.
Find things which ignite and feed your passion for prayer and lost souls. Read a good biography of a man of God who helped many find Christ. Read good books on holiness, prayer, and revival. Feed constantly on the gospels and the book of Acts. Read the Bible on your knees, and ask God to break your heart with the things that break the heart of Jesus. Go find somebody in pain and bring healing to them. Find the hurting and encourage them. Seek out the last, the least, and the lost and make their day. It’s in the going as in “go ye” that your passion will always be preserved. The way you keep it is by giving it away.
4. Don’t separate but incorporate soul winning into church events.
Pastors, cater some of your services just for the lost. I think it would help many churches to have an extra special salvation Sunday once a month, or at least once a quarter. Teach your people constantly to love the lost and to reach them. Within the confines of their own personality, encourage every believer, young and old, to befriend sinners and win them to Christ. Instead of posting up a barometer to gauge building fund giving, put one up to gauge the number of souls won to Christ. Encourage and disciple believers by precept and example in the art of praying for and winning the lost. Make the lost your special guests at church functions such as picnics, holiday events like Easter and Christmas, and men’s and women’s night out. This is the real reason why we have fun, food, and fellowship.
5. Lastly, scout out a good evangelist who can help you.
Find one whom you know and can trust that is not just interested in promoting his ministry or getting an offering, but who really has a passion and a faith for seeing lost souls saved. Remember also, that winning the lost is not the only function of the evangelist. Contrary to modern church thought, the primary function of every evangelist is to produce other evangelists and a spirit of evangelism in the church.
In closing I pray that God would bless you with a broken heart and compassion for the lost, and that He would give you true kingdom increase. May He take pleasure in you and help you win many to Christ.