Ten Reasons to Plant a Church, Part 8 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #128)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is John 10:16
which reads: “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them
also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be
one fold, and one shepherd.”

Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from
David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:

These other sheep are Gentile believers, not of the fold of Israel.
Jesus said that He must bring these sheep also, who would also hear
His voice. Jesus is basically saying, “Do not imagine that I shall lay
down my life for the Jews, exclusively of all other people; no: I
shall die also for the Gentiles; for by the grace, the merciful design
and loving purpose of God, I am to taste death for every man; and,
though they are not of this fold now, those among them that believe
shall be united with the believing Jews, and made one fold under one
shepherd.”

A fold of sheep is a part of the flock in its own structure or
enclosure. A shepherd might separate the sheep into different groups
to care for them better. There is one flock and one shepherd; but
Jesus calls His sheep from more than one fold (group or structure of
people).

Our soul winning quote today is from Richard C. Halverson. He said:
“Evangelism is not salesmanship It is not urging people, pressing
them, coercing them, overwhelming them, or subduing them. Evangelism
is telling a message. Evangelism is reporting good news.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 111 of our series titled “What
Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler. And, I want to
remind you to take advantage of our special offer. If you enjoy this
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Ten Reasons to Plant a Church (Part 8)

8. Church Planting Brings the Hands and Heart of Jesus into the Lives
of Needy People

Two thousand years ago the miraculous act of God’s incarnation (taking
human flesh) did not merely reveal Him as a man; it also served to
model evangelism to mankind. When the Word became flesh, believers
learned the importance of enfolding proclamation into incarnation. It
is not enough merely to tell the gospel; it must be lived out with and
before people in Christian communities.

The New Testament way of “living Jesus” with, and before, hurting
people was and still is through His body, the church. A healthy church
is the body of Christ on earth. Establishing a new church brings the
hands and heart of Jesus into the lives of needy people.

In 2003, Roscoe and Maryanna Lilly moved to Clifton Park, New York,
and began serving the community by washing car windows in the mall
parking lot and cleaning public restrooms without charge. As a result,
the Northstar Church was born with a handful of people. They are
passionate about being the hands and feet of Jesus, making Him
relevant to their community. They exist to show God’s love in such a
way that people will exchange ordinary living for an extraordinary
life through the power of Jesus Christ. Last year, the young and
growing congregation clocked more than 1,600 community service hours.
They say their ministry embodies a formula they call SALT, which is:

Seeing people the way Jesus saw them.
Accepting people the way Jesus accepted them.
Loving people the way Jesus loved them.
Touching people the way Jesus touched them.

In our next podcast, we will continue looking at Ten Reasons to Plant a Church.

* * * * * * * * Let’s Pray * * * * * * * *

Dear friend, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior,
may I encourage you to get to know Him today.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken
God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and
come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible
states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ
said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are
not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to
destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in
Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the
abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and
idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which
burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died
for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God
for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to
come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth
unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall
not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the
Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time,

Keep the soul winner’s fire!


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

Evangelism Is…Reaching People Through Relationships, Part 4 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #69)

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Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 which reads: “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For ye are our glory and joy.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Nate Krupp. He said: “God has chosen to have three, and only three, basic instruments with which He can reach a lost world. He uses the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the man of God. And it takes all three! He takes a man of God, filled with the Spirit of God, effectively using the Word of God, to reach people for Christ. We can be sure of the absolute faithfulness of the first two. The third-man-has always been the unfaithful, weak link in the eternal chain for souls.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 52 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism Is…Reaching People Through Relationships (Part 4)

Stage 5: Show God’s Love by Meeting Needs

When you show God’s love to a needy world, it becomes visual evidence that He is working in your heart to love people you otherwise may not seek to know. Meanwhile, God is working in those you are praying for and connecting with, thus allowing His love to impact others. You literally become conduits of God’s unending love as He draws hurting people to Himself. In the end, the people in your concentric circles “will know they have been loved by a heavenly Father, and they will begin to sense His invitation to become a part of His family by adoption and by the saving grace of His Son.”

At this point it is interesting to note the findings of Thom Rainer in The Unexpected Journey. He discovered that regardless of people’s spiritual backgrounds (Muslim, Mormon, Wiccan, Jehovah’s Witness, etc.), through coming to Christ in personal faith, they all had one experiential aspect in common: genuine Christian love, as demonstrated through genuine believers, is the most attractive component in effective evangelism. That bears repeating: genuine Christian love, as demonstrated through genuine believers, is the most attractive component in effective evangelism.

Stage 6: Make Disciples and Help Them Grow

At some point, after praying for unbelievers, getting to know them, and showing them God’s love, you will need to confront them with the claims of Jesus Christ. Once we see people as God does, helplessly lost without Christ, you will want prayerfully to share the good news with them and give them the opportunity to surrender their heart to Christ.

In this stage Thompson outlined our responsibilities and that of the Holy Spirit. We are to be witnesses for Christ and to share our faith. The Holy Spirit’s role is to convict them of sin and show them the truth of the gospel. Then, if they choose to yield to Christ, we (and other Christians) need to help them develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through consistent prayer and reading His Word.

Stage 7: Help New Christians Make Disciples

The final stage is the beginning of the cycle for new Christians. Once they have become Christ followers, encourage them to survey the people in their concentric circles. They should immediately begin praying for them, mending broken relationships, building relational bridges, and showing God’s love in practical ways. The ultimate goal is to multiply through leading others to become authentic disciples.

There’s an old saying: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. The first method shows addition; the second demonstrates exponential multiplication. The same can apply to building the kingdom of God. We can lead someone to Christ and add an individual to the kingdom. Or we can lead people to Christ, teach them to pass it on, and the result is exponential.

This God-given approach is both biblical and effective. It is, after all, the essence of the Great Commission!

Matthew 28:18-20 reads: And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 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.

In our next broadcast, we will continue looking at why evangelism is…Reaching People Through Relationships

Evangelism is Not Following the Example of the Disciples, Part 3 (The Soul-Winning Motivator #38)

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Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 which reads: “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 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. And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.”

Our soul winning quote today is from Amy Carmichael: She said, “We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few hours before sunset to win them.”

Our soul winning devotional is part 21 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.

Evangelism is not following the example of the disciples.

In our previous broadcast we looked at the third and fourth reasons why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples. Today we will look at the fifth and sixth reasons.

5. The disciples failed to understand the role they could play in the harvest. Jesus, the Master Teacher and Mentor, used this incident as an opportunity to teach His followers some key truths about spiritual farming. Jesus was able to begin reaping a harvest among the Samaritans because they were a prepared field. They already had an understanding of God and an appreciation for His Word. They simply needed someone to connect them with the Savior.

In order for a spiritual harvest ever to be reaped, someone must first plow (primarily through prayer) and plant (the gospel seed). A paraphrase of John 4:36-38 could be, “Some of you will harvest where you have not plowed or planted; others will plow and plant without directly experiencing the harvest. In either case, someone has to plow and plant for the harvest to come!”

In short, spiritual farming is the responsibility of all of us. Every believer is called to be a good farmer who faithfully seeks to plow through prayer and to plant the gospel seed. Then God will honor the efforts and grant a harvest. The only way to kill the harvest is to forsake the plowing and planting!

6. The disciples did not see how big the harvest could be. John 4:39-42 reads: “And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”

We especially love two words in these verses: “many” and “many more.” Jesus shared with one woman, yet “many of the Samaritans…believed.” After staying with them for two more days, “many more believed.” They grasped salvation and eventually claimed it as their own. This is the principle of natural multiplication. One convert led to a citywide revival.

This should always be the natural progression of salvation. It begins by way of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of men and women who are redeemed. However, it must never stop multiplying. In fact, consider that many biblical scholars believe that the Samaritan revival initiated through Philip in Acts 8 was simply a natural progression that began with the occurrence in John 4

In our next broadcast, we will look at the conclusion of why we should not follow the evangelism example of the disciples.