SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN
1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
O how I love Thee well,
I am happy, it makes me glad
To rejoice at Thy birth.
2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Thy friend friendship suits me well,
Both young and will sing Thy song,
We long for Sunday School.
3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Christ was Thy first teacher,
The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
Does manifest in thee.
4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
This testimony is sure,
That God, the Father Almighty,
Poured His blessing on Thee.
5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
Though the sun be so bright,
Or if the clouds be black with rain,
I’ll be in Sunday School.
6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
I rejoice to see Thee,
Will thou pass over me today?
Without my being blest?
MEMORY VERSE: “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest what thou readest?” — Acts 8:30
BIBLE PASSAGE: ACTS 8:27-35
So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship,
was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet.
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”
So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
The place in the Scripture which he read was this: “He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And as a lamb before its shearer [is] silent, So He opened not His mouth.
In His humiliation His justice was taken away, And who will declare His generation? For His life is taken from the earth.”
So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
Having understood the ‘Sychar Ministry’ as personal evangelism, involving the believer and a person in need of salvation, it is important to know who the subject is, how to approach him/her and the caution to exercise (Luke 19:1-5; John 3:1-5). Surely, there are rewards for soul winners.
- APPROACHING THE SUBJECTS
- CAUTIONS AND REWARDS
APPROACHING THE SUBJECTS
The subjects of personal evangelism consist of all human beings. However, for the purpose of convenience, they will be categorised as follows:
The Careless: These are people commonly found in the society having their business life, homes and their limited fields of operations (Luke 12:19). God is never in their thought or agenda (Psalm 10:4).
The Deceived: These are victims of false doctrines or false prophets (1Timothy 4:1; Jeremiah 14:14; Matthew 24:11, 24).
The Objectors: These categories of people question the authority of The Bible and announce that they are full of contradictions. They usually oppose the truth (Acts 13:8; 18:6; 2Timothy 3:8).
The Sceptic and Atheists: The sceptics are doubt of the existence of God and the authenticity of the Bible, while the atheists, foolishly and flatly deny the existence of God (Job 21:15; Psalm 14:1).
The Excusers: These highlights on circumstances surrounding their failure to do what they know they ought to have done (Gen. 3:10-13; Luke 14:18-20).
The Heathen: These are completely ignorant of the living God, His word, the Lord Jesus Christ or His Gospel (Acts 17:23).
The Anxious: These are people that have a conviction of their sins and the need for help, but do not know how to go about it (Acts 2:37; Acts 8:30-31; Acts 16:30).
The Backsliders: These were once joyous Christians who are now miserable because they have lost the joy and possibly the the assurance of their salvation (Psalm 137:1-4; Proverbs 14:14a; Hebrews 6:4-6).
The Discouraged Christians: These are Christians who have lost their confidence in the Lord, due to adversities of life – failure in business, ill health, bereavement in the family or any other trial (Proverbs 24:10).
No two individuals are exactly the same. It follows, therefore, that the approaches to person evangelism will vary according to individual differences and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Some people may be reached through their zeal (Acts 9:4-6); intellectual ability (Acts 8:27-30; John 3:1-3, 10); inquisitiveness (Luke 19:1-5); an appeal to the conscience (Acts 16:27-31); etc.
CAUTION AND REWARD
In personal evangelism, the soul winner must beware of the following pitfalls:
Avoid advertising self (John 3:30);
avoid dealing with more than one person at a time (John 3:1-4);
be moderate in appearance (Philippians 4:5); allow for a two-way communication and watch against monopolising the conversation (John 4:7-26);
deal caution with those of the opposite sex (1cor. 10:12);
do not drawn into an argument unnecessarily (2Tim. 2:23);
do not impose your experience of salvation (Acts 15:1) and
avoid over familiarity.
The rewards for soul winning are clearly stated in the Bible.
Soul winning produces overflowing joy for the soul winner (Luke 10:17-20).
The soul winner shall shine as the stars (Daniel 12:3).
There is a crown of rejoicing for the soul winner (1Theasalonians 2:19).
Soul winning is the heart beat of God (Ezekiel 33:11). Be an Ardent soul winner!
1.How can a believer approach the subject of evangelism?
- What are the pitfalls to be avoided in soul winning?