No one having gone through the book of Acts can contend that the Early Church was exceptionally fruitful. The key fact that testifies the fruitfulness of the apostolic Church is the fast and perpetual increase in the number of souls. Many passages support this truth:
And they were added unto them three thousand souls; And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of men was about five thousand. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both men and women. (Acts 2.41,47, 4.4, 5.14)
Do our congregations today produce the same result as the apostolic church, or even more? If yes, praise the Lord! Otherwise something must go wrong and needs to be fixed the soonest.
Frankly speaking, if we fail to produce the same results as the apostolic church, no matter the reasons that might be put forth, we have no excuse before the Lord. This is because we have within our reach many more resources for evangelism than the Early Church had. First, we are dealing with the same God as theirs. Second, we have well-constituted Bibles containing a great deal of well-ordered divine knowledge necessary for great soul winning. (Yet they did not have Bibles as we do today.) Third, we have at our disposal more sophisticated means of transport and communication, which they did not have at all. Moreover, the Lord has assured us that we can do all that He did and even more (John 14.12) including soul winning.
In the light of this view, I would like, in the few lines below, to suggest seven tips which do not only lay down the main reasons why many churches prove unsuccessful in soul winning, but also show what buttons to press in order to achieve tremendous winning of souls.
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SOURCE: Faith Writers
Michael I. Shukrani