Over the past three years I have personally gone from being a “chicken butt” to someone who is as comfortable with soul winning as brushing my teeth. There’s been a phenomenal difference! With extensive training, stepping out in faith and most importantly the boldness of the Holy Spirit, I’ve been able to do the work that we’ve been called to do in Mark 16:15, where we are commissioned to, “go ye into the entire world and preach the gospel to every creature.”
What a blessing! The soul winning tool that I’ve been utilizing, also known as “The Script,” has been extremely valuable in helping me accomplish Mark 16:15. I think most people just need a place to start and The Script is just that, a place to start. Then, as people use The Script as I have, they will see, that as they step out in faith and the Holy Spirit kicks in as The Helper, the work of our Father gets accomplished.
Originally, I was both hesitant and questionable regarding the use of The Script. I never thought the script would work. However, I was wrong. It works because it is the Gospel. I now have the script memorized. Currently, as I work in the call center with various calls, I recite the script over the phone and people are led to the Lord. Additionally, as I walk about in our community, since I have The Script memorized, I can utilize it at any time. Interestingly, after extensive practice over the last three years, it has now become a habit and a way of life. Just as if I would brush my teeth or comb my hair, Soul Winning is part of a daily routine.
The mobilization of the Body of Christ is necessary. Since The Script is a tool that works to accomplish this, we must utilize it. It is a God given gift and an opportunity to obey The Great Commission.
Being a part of The River at Tampa Bay Church and the vision that they, now we, have for souls has truly changed my life. Now of the ways my life has been transformed by this ministry has been in the area of soul winning. Prior to becoming a part of this ministry, I knew that soul winning had to be a part of my life as I loved God, I had to tell others about Him and His precious Son, Jesus and all that He gave to bring us, a fallen humanity, back to the heart of God. Though this was in my heart and I had gone out on a few occasions to “be a witness”, it just was not a form of lifestyle to me. It was just something I would do with my youth group one weekend of certain months.
After being enrolled into The River Bible Institute and taking a class on Soul Winning, a new passion for the lost grew inside of me. I began to win souls with the rest of the class and before I knew it, I was winning souls at the gas station, the park, the pharmacy, or just whenever I saw an opportunity. That was nothing like me. I was always very shy when it came to speaking to others about Jesus and His wonderful love for them. Now I have learned that God’s love is not for us to hold it in and only show it when we come to church to gather with other believers.
This love has been poured out for the whole world to know and receive salvation. The gospel is the very power of God so I now know that I can say like Paul said in Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel”.
As of recently the Lord has continued to break my heart for the lost and those that have not asked Jesus into their hearts. When I got saved, I didn’t know who the Holy Spirit was and about six months later did I actually hear about the day of Pentecost. I started reading the book of Acts and never thought that God could use me in the ways he used the Apostles then.
One Super Soul winning Saturday we all were grouped and my group went to downtown Tampa. In the soul winning class before we left, Pastor Daniel Mcgehee was encouraging us to believe God for greater things to happen, to believe God for salvations and signs (Mark 16:17).
So we went out on the streets and began sharing the gospel with every person we saw. We knocked door to door; we spoke to people on bikes and in cars. It was amazing. I was paired up with a fellow student and he saw this woman and began preaching the gospel. She was talking about tongues and how strange it was. He began telling her who the Holy Spirit is, how great it is to be filled with His Spirit, and the purpose and gift of speaking in tongues.
As he is sharing with her, I’m looking around and I see this sea of children around eight or nine. I thought, ‘Oh my word! All these kids are here and my friend is preaching to their mom. I’ve got to share with them also!’ So I gathered them all up and they all gave their hearts to Jesus. Then I prayed for them to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and two of the kids started speaking in other tongues! It was incredible!
In the past few weeks, I have been pressing into soul winning as much as possible. In the training classes Pastor Daniel has been encouraging us to step even more out of our comfort zones and reach the lost as never before. To get results you have never had, you must do things you have never done; for me, this hit home. I have wanted to see more signs and wonders following the preaching of the Word, such as healings and people being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Daniel told us to believe God for things to happen on the streets like they did in the book Acts. I decided to run with that. I went out with a group of other students to a housing development to soul win and I saw the hand of God work through me in an incredible way. I prayed with a young boy to receive Jesus into his heart as his Lord and Savior and then proceeded to pray with him to receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. He immediately began speaking in tongues. After that, it was a ripple effect. I have been able to pray with people on the streets for healing, the Holy Spirit in their lives, and salvation.
I am so excited to be able to go out on the streets and win the lost and save them from an eternity in hell. People are the heart beat of God and I am able to be God’s hand extended to them. I have learned so much this year on how to use whatever bait is necessary to win the lost. I have no fear of sharing Jesus with someone because I am fulfilling the Great Commission and the Holy Spirit gives me boldness inside.
Rodney Howard Browne | The outpouring of the Holy Spirit across America