Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Acts 4:31 which reads: “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Mark Dever: “In our evangelism we must be partners with the Holy Spirit, presenting the Gospel but relying on the Holy Spirit of God to do the true convicting and convincing and converting.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 27 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism is cooperating with the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is essential in helping a saved person grow and serve. The work of the Holy Spirit does not end when a person gets saved. The Holy Spirit becomes our primary Comforter and Teacher. As His life flows unhindered through us, He becomes our Life Changer. He is our Spiritual Gift Giver. The Holy Spirit is the most important person in your spiritual life.
Beyond that He is described as our Guide and Power Giver. In order to lead other people to Christ, we need the spiritual guidance and spiritual power given by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the most important person in your ministry life.
The Holy Spirit partners with a believer in effectively sharing the Gospel. I often ask witnessing Christians this question: “How many of you have ever shared the gospel with a lost person and found yourself saying things that were clearer and more intelligent than you imagined you could?” They always nod their heads and answer, “Yes.” Why? The Holy Spirit actively partners with us when we share the gospel. Effective evangelism is simply cooperating with Him.
Read carefully the Great Commission promise of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Think about what Jesus is promising. He says that when we set our lives on making disciples of all types of people, He is with us in the process. The Bible tells us that Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven. So how can He be with us when we fulfill the Great Commission? Jesus is with us in the person of the Holy Spirit. If you want to experience the presence of the Spirit, make disciples.
Cooperate With the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants people saved more than we do. He has supernatural power we do not have to convict lost people of sin, righteousness, and judgement. The Holy Spirit is omniscient. He knows exactly what is going on in lost people’s lives and thoughts as we are talking with them. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to regenerate a lost person into a new creation in Jesus Christ. Therefore, it only makes sense that if we hope to evangelize anyone effectively, we should rely on Him.
Effective evangelism is actively cooperating with the Holy Spirit as He works to open the eyes of lost people and bring them to God. When you share the gospel, the Holy Spirit gives you wisdom you did not know you had. He also gives you sensitivity you could not possibly have on your own.
You can’t convict or convince anyone, but the Holy Spirit can. You can’t know everything that is going on in the other person’s life or mind, but the Holy Spirit does. You can’t save anyone, but the Holy Spirit can. Since the Holy Spirit plays such a key role in bringing a person to salvation, it behooves us to rely on His help.