Why We Still Go Soulwinning – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Why We Still Go Soulwinning

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Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Intro: The title of my message addresses several things that I want to point out.

               A. Our Practice – we go

This church was started in 1955 by soulwinning and knocking doors.

Pastor Art Bollman and his wife knocked doors all over Dundalk and started this church.

This church wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for soulwinning.

This church has been printing tracts for decades.

Several of our older saints of God wrote tracts and this church printed them many years ago.

We still print those tracts. They are in our tract racks right now.

We have two organized soulwinning times here at Calvary Baptist Church.

We go on Wednesdays at 3:30 and Saturdays at 10 AM.

Our folks go throughout the week.

It is a requirement of our staff members that they go soulwinning.

It is on their weekly staff report that they have to fill out and turn in each week.

I have been going soulwinning for over forty years.

I started knocking on doors when I was about 8 years old.

               B. Our Purpose – soul winning

The practice is called “soulwinning.”

Taken from the passage in our text.

Our primary objective is to win a soul to Christ.

The Bible says that those that do that are WISE.

Daniel repeats that truth.

  • Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Multiple passages of Scripture refer to our active involvement in the salvation of others.

The wife can WIN her unsaved husband.

  • 1 Peter 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

Paul talked about saving people.

  • 1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Jude talked about saving people.

Jude 1

  • 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
  • 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

               C. Our Persistence – we STILL go soulwinning

Let’s be honest.

Soulwinners have spent hours passing out tracts, knocking doors and witnessing with no visible results.

I will be the first one to tell you that I have second-guessed the necessity of going soulwinning.

I’ve been going every week for over forty years.

I have not had a lot of people saved on their front porch.

I’ve not led a lot of people to the Lord in their living room.

I. The Pleading of the Savior

First and foremost, we go soulwinning because Jesus told us to.

We will look at a number of reasons why we still go, but this one tops them all.

If there were no other reason, we go because Jesus asked us to.

               A. His Prayer for Workers

  • Luke 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.

This verse was preached last week during our Missions Conference.

But I was reminded again of several things.

                              1. Jesus didn’t ask us to pray for good weather.

  • Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

                              2. Jesus didn’t ask us to pray for good soil. (Matthew 13 referenced later on in the message)

                              3. Jesus didn’t ask us to pray for good opportunities.

                              4. Jesus didn’t ask us to pray for good prospects. You can’t witness to the wrong person!

                              5. Jesus didn’t ask us to pray for better soulwinning classes; more skill; more eloquence.

Jesus asked us to pray for laborers.


There is no shortage of good weather.

There is no shortage of good soil.

There is no shortage of good opportunities.

The shortage is of workers – laborers – soulwinners.

               B. His Power for Witnessing

  • Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

The power of the Holy Spirit was given to every believer for the purpose of being a witness.

How are you stewarding that power?

When was the last time you tapped into that power to help you be a witness?

When have you allowed the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to assist you in your role of fulfilling the Great Commission?

Have you ever experienced the power of the Holy Spirit in the area of being a witness?

               C. His Plan for Where

Acts 1:8 says “…ye shall be witnesses unto me BOTH – in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, AND unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

The Bible is clear; we are to go EVERY WHERE

  • Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
  • Luke 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
  • Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
  • Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

We are supporting missionaries to preach in Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth.

Who is supposed to be reaching our Jerusalem?

If soulwinning is obsolete; if soulwinning is irrelevant in 2022, who is supposed to reach Jerusalem?

II. The Possibility of Souls

  • Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

We have no way of knowing who we are witnessing to.

We have no way of predicting who will receive and who will reject the message.

On Mars Hill, Paul witnessed to them of the UNKNOWN GOD.

The Bible says in Acts 17:32 that “…some mocked: and others said we will hear thee again of this matter.”

But verse 34 says “Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed…”

  • Acts 28:24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

2 Timothy 2

  • 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
  • 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
  • 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

We have no way of knowing who will and who will not be saved.

We are not responsible for anything but sowing the seed.

We can’t allow our concern over the soil to determine our involvement in soulwinning.

We can’t allow our concern over the rain to determine our involvement in soulwinning.

We just need to sow the seed.

We will never know how many could be saved until we tell them.

III. The Potential of the Soil

TURN TO Matthew 13.

It describes four types of soil.

I love the wording in this passage:

  • 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
  • 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
  • 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
  • 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
  • 8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Same concept is found in the explanation of the parable further down:

  • 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Some seed fell by the wayside.

Some fell upon stoney places.

Some fell among thorns.


How did this happen?

The sower kept sowing – regardless of the soil!

I Corinthians 3

  • 6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
  • 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
  • 8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
  • 9 For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

One thing is clear to me: in order for there to be an increase, there must be a planting and a watering.

God has chosen us to be LABORERS TOGETHER WITH HIM.

He didn’t assume the responsibility of the Great Commission all on His own.

He recruited us to HELP HIM.

One of the most exciting things about this point is the potential of the soil.

Matthew 13 says …which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.­

ILLUSTRATION: Anyone here familiar with an Ed Kimball? He was a Sunday School teacher in
Boston, who in 1858 led a shoe clerk to Christ. The clerk, Dwight L. Moody, became an evangelist. In England in 1879, he awakened evangelistic zeal in the heart of Frederick B. Meyer, pastor of a small church. F. B. Meyer, preaching to an American college campus, brought to Christ a student named J. Wilbur Chapman. Chapman, engaged in YMCA work, employed a former baseball player, Billy Sunday, to do evangelistic work. Billy Sunday held a revival in Charlotte, N.C. A group of local men were so enthusiastic afterward that they planned another evangelistic campaign, bringing Mordecai Hamm to town to preach. During Hamm’s revival, a young man named Billy Graham heard the Gospel and got saved.

IV. The Promise of the Scriptures

Isaiah 55

  • 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
  • 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Psalm 126

  • 5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
  • 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.