Seed Thoughts for Soul Winners

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This perpetual calendar includes:

  • Remarkable testimonies of souls won to the Savior
  • Explanations of gospel concepts
  • Answers to frequently-asked questions
  • Stories of real-life witnessing opportunities
  • Encouragements and tips for sharing the glorious gospel

June 17

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J.J. Rouse, in Pioneer Work in Canada, tells the story of a man converted in his hometown of Oro, Ontario. He described the man as “a noted character, who for years had been a ringleader in…general mischief. It was in the autumn, and the threshing of the grain was taking place…There would be from 12 to 15 men engaged on a crew to do the work and they deliberately…made all kinds of attacks on their old pal. All this had no effect except to cause our friend to rejoice that he was ‘counted worthy to suffer shame for His name’ (Acts 5:41). But Satan will never give up until resisted by the Word of God. The last thing the enemy resorted to was to circulate a story reflecting on this man’s character…For a moment he lost his temper…making for the man who started the story. But an older believer stepped in his way and said, “‘Mac, God has saved you that through your testimony of the Lord you might attract others to Him. Do you think you are going to do that now?’”

Today’s Reading: Psalms 71-73  Memorize: Luke 12:40

June 16

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Sometimes younger believers don’t engage in witnessing because older Christians around them haven’t given them a good example. This is often true, but it is still not a good reason to be a dumb priest (see 1 Pet 2:9). If you have no good examples, then be one. Timothy, a young man, was called on to be an example (see 1 Tim 4:12). The best way to learn evangelism is to do it. Memorize some good gospel passages. Practice explaining how to be saved with a Christian friend. Pray for opportunities. Then go with the confidence that the Lord is with you (Mt 28:20), the Spirit has gone before you to prepare hearts (Jn 16:8), and that God gives the increase (1 Cor 3:6). In the recounting of David’s mighty men in 1 Samuel 23, we hear the repeated refrain that “the Lord wrought a great victory” (vv. 10, 12). It is our responsibility to show up for the battle; then with confidence we can declare: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ” (2 Cor 2:14).

Today’s Reading: Psalms 68-70   Memorize: Luke 12:6-7

June 15

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William Booth (1829–1912), founder of The Salvation Army, labored for the Lord among the poor and destitute in London’s East End. He would “stumble home night after night haggard with fatigue; often his clothes were torn and bloody bandages swathed his head where a stone had struck,” wrote his wife Catherine. “‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say,” wrote Booth. “Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”

Today’s Reading: Psalms 63-67  Memorize: Luke 12:2-3

June 14

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Peace has been defined as the “tranquil state of the soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fears nothing from God and is content with its lot.” It is a sense of well-being, enjoyed by resting in Christ who “is our peace” (Eph 2:14). It is both through justification (Rom 5:1), and reconciliation that the Lord Jesus Christ “made peace through the blood of His cross” (Col 1:20). He personally “came and preached peace” both to the Jews who were “near” and to the “far off” Gentiles (Eph 2:17) and we ought to follow His example: “preaching peace by Jesus Christ: He is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36). In addition, “the fruit of the Spirit is…peace” (Gal 5:22) and “the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly” (Rom 16:20). “Let us therefore follow after the things that make for peace” (Rom 14:19), having our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Eph 6:15). Peace has been described as “not the outward absence of turmoil but rest in the inward presence of God.”

Today’s Reading: Psalms 60-62  Memorize: Luke 10:23-24

June 13

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George David writes: “In order to make disciples of others we need to be practicing disciples ourselves…This is what is implied by the words of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 5:13-14 when He says, “You are the salt of the earth…you are the light of the world.” The “you” in these verses is not a singular you, but a plural, corporate you. You as a community of disciples have to be the salt of the earth. You as a community of disciples need to be the light of the world. To be salt and light in a particular place involves what is called non-verbal communication—communication without words by practicing disciples showing in action what it means to be a community of those who are learners and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then, when we have opportunity, we must know our message clearly. Nowadays there is a tendency to think of the gospel more as a formula than as the story of Jesus.” We must know Christ so that we may live Christ and then we must clearly preach Christ.

Today’s Reading: Psalms 57-59  Memorize: Luke 10:16

June 12

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“I being in the way, the Lord led me” (Gen 24:27). I was packing for a coastal boat trip in Iceland. With a prayer for guidance, I was selecting some leaflets that explained God’s good news when my eye fell on some French ones. I took them with me…After steaming round the coast for some days, the shipwrecked crew of a French trawler was taken on board. I got in touch with the captain and asked him how many the crew numbered. “Twenty-three,” he replied. I told him I had something for them to read, but was not sure if I had enough. I went below and hunted for the French tracts. There were exactly twenty-three! Some may put such things down to coincidence. If such incidents were rare, that would be reasonable. But when similar instances occur time after time, especially synchronizing with times of prayer, and are common in the live of thousands of believers, the proof of God’s care is difficult to refute. — Arthur Gook, Can a Young Man Trust His God? pp 9-10

Today’s Reading: Psalms 54-56   Memorize: Luke 9:35

June 11

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The message we preach is “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) for now grace reigns in life and through righteousness (Rom 5:17, 21). It is “the gospel of His Son” (Rom 1:9) for God gave His only Son that He might bring many sons to glory (Heb 2:10). It is also “the gospel of Christ” (Rom 1:16), the climax to the story of the long-promised Messiah; this fulfillment of God’s promises is the message of which Paul was not ashamed (he uses it 10x). And “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace” (Rom 10:15) for it is the Word of Reconciliation. Thus sinners can also claim it as “the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation” (Eph 1:13). Finally it is “the gospel of the glory of the blessed God” (1 Tim 1:11, r.v.). George Goodman writes: “What a wondrous title! It means that God in it reveals His true character, for glory is manifested character. He is seen to be love; His righteousness is vindicated; His grace satisfied; and His holy Name is honored.”

Today’s Reading: Psalms 51-53  Memorize: Luke 5:24