Every One Can Win One
WINNING THE SECOND BILLION TOGETHER!
Leaders from Australia will meet in New Zealand for the Australasia Billion Soul Summit on March 3-4, 2009.
Dear Visionary Leader,
What is the lowest rung on the ladder regarding fulfilling the Great Commission? What should our level of expectation be for ourselves in the marketplace? Is it unreasonable to try to double the size of the Church from one billion to two billion? Or does it seem reasonable, like the lowest rung, to ask every Christian in the world to win at least one person to Christ in their lifetime? Often Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke has said,
“A church that does not have a burden for the lost, is lost itself.”
As Christians we are called to spread Christ’s message of love to the world, but some estimate that as many as 96% of churches do not have an identifiable witnessing plan in place to help people effectively and lovingly share God’s message of hope with their friends and neighbors. As of today, there are nearly 6.8 billion people in the world. We must develop a soul-winning plan and execute it before it is too late for these millions and billions of individuals.
I will never forget getting off a plane in Las Vegas, preparing to drive to Kingman, Arizona to minister with Pastor Dan Briles. While walking down the airport concourse, my cell phone rang. It was Dr. D. James Kennedy. He and I had been planning some fund-raising, but the date conflicted with Tuesday evening soul-winning efforts. Dr. Kennedy said, “We need to look at another date since it is my responsibility to be soul-winning on that particular day.”
When Dr. Kennedy was criticized for his methods of personal evangelism, he used to say, “I will keep doing my ‘wrong way’ of personal evangelism while you do not do your ‘right way’ of personal evangelism.” It is past time for every minister and member to be strategically and systematically involved in winning lost people to Christ. I hope you will accept this challenge to have lost, unsaved people in your schedule on a weekly basis.
EACH ONE DISCIPLE ONE
Created from a strategy used in South America, “Each One Disciple One” offers everyone—lay people as well as church leaders—a comprehensive strategy not only to win others but also nurture and mentor them as they grow in their faith. This complete resource is designed to extend outside the walls of the local church and into the surrounding community and beyond through the power of relationship. It includes complete strategies, reproducible templates, sample brochures, certificates, checklists, student and leader’s guides, and posters for each program, plus an inspiring and informational DVD (in English and Spanish) from coauthors Louie Bustle and Stan Toler. Click here.
AUSTRALASIA BILLION SOUL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
In Auckland, New Zealand next week, hundreds of pastors and leaders will convene for the Billion Soul Leadership Conference on March 3-4, 2009. In addition to the strategies to be discussed, every participant will receive a Billion Soul Leadership Kit, valued at hundreds of US dollars in resources. During this week,
“The Challenge Newspaper” is featuring a cover story entitled, “A Billion Souls Is The Goal.” If you have not registered, hurry to register now!
Do you have concern for the lost? In April 1964, an unforgettable incident took place in New York City. A young lady coming home at night was accosted by a man with a knife. He slashed her with the knife. She screamed at the top of her voice. Then he cut her again. She screamed, “Oh my God, somebody help me! Please help me! I’m dying! I’m dying! Somebody help me!” It took thirty minutes for him to kill her and nobody came. Was it because nobody heard her cry? It would be nice to think so but the police discovered that thirty-eight people had heard her screams. They had looked out of their windows but nobody cared enough to come to help; nobody even bothered to call the police. When questioned later by the police, they said they didn’t want to get involved.
We say to ourselves indignantly, “How hard-hearted can any group of people be? Why those miserable miscreants! They deserve a fate far worse than that young lady.” Yet, how many of us sit by daily, weekly, yearly, watching people go to a fate far worse than that which was suffered by Kitty Genovese and decide not to get involved? It took Kitty a half hour to die, but millions go to a place where they will never die, in everlasting torment. And yet, we don’t care enough to do anything to help them. Let’s check our hearts and be really concerned for the lost!
Until The Last Person Has Heard,
James O. Davis