If there was one person in history that I would love to sit down with over coffee and have a conversation with, it would be Charles Spurgeon.
Spurgeon believed that it was the duty of every Christian to become a soul-winner. Found people find people. If you have been redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus, you have gone from death to life. There is nothing better than knowing that a person who once was dead has found new life in Jesus.
Spurgeon’s book, The Soul Winner is my favorite book that he has written. I can read it over and over. I see something new every time I go back and pick it up. This book speaks volumes of what a Christian’s life is supposed to look like. They are to have a passion and desire to go and seek out lost people and see them come to Jesus.
A person who has found Jesus has found such a great treasure that they should want others to experience this treasure also. We are clay pots leading other clay pots to the Potter.
We should not forget our past but we should not dwell on it either. Our past reminds us of where we were and how far we have come with the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit. It is by grace through faith that we have the opportunity to grow and learn and be conformed to the image of Jesus. Jesus graciously gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit to help us.
People that call themselves Christians but have no desire to see others come to know Jesus are not saved. You cannot have the love of Jesus and not want others to experience the love of Jesus.
Spurgeon knew that there were a lot of people in churches who would listen to sermons and sing songs of praise and worship but their hearts remained unchanged. These people had no desire to be molded and shaped by Scripture or have their lives conformed to the image of Jesus.
If the professed convert distinctly and deliberately declares that he knows his Lord’s will but does not mean to attend to it, you are not to pamper his presumption, but it is your duty to assure him that he is not saved.
If you have a man who believes that he is saved just because he said a prayer when he was 5, yet there is no desire for spiritual growth and no fruit on the tree, the man is not saved.
If you have another man who said a prayer at a young age but is bent on pursuing sin, and there is no desire for repentance or change in their life, that man is also not saved.
Guilt does not lead to change. Confession and repentance does.
We do not need to have confused people in our churches. We should desire that every person know without a shadow of doubt that they either belong to the flock of Jesus or they do not.
I pray for every person that is at FaithPoint to be so grounded in the gospel that it compels them to live it out in their everyday life. I pray that their hearts become broken for the lost around them. I pray that God would not let them dwell on their past or their current struggles but that He would raise them to be more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
I pray that every person at FaithPoint goes from sinner to soul-winner.
If you are a reader of this blog, I pray that for you too.
What is one thing that you want to see God change in your life as we travel this journey in 2015 together?