Did you ever wonder why some Christians make such a big deal about house-to-house visitation? Here at Exodus Baptist Church, we take “Soul Winning” Visitation very seriously. We desire to be obedient to the will of God and to share the “Good News” of salvation by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ to all of our neighbors, communities, this great nation, and even the world.
If you have ever asked yourself why some churches take the time to visit their communities, share their faith, and focus their efforts on leading the lost and hurting to Jesus Christ, please read on. Perhaps this will answer your questions.
We Have A Commission:
The Lord Jesus’ last command to us just prior to His ascension was that we “Go”, and teach all nations (Matthew 28:18-20), and to “Preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). We believe The Lord’s last words should be our first priority. We believe that it is not our duty, but our privilege to share the gift of salvation from sin’s curse through faith in Jesus to everyone we can reach. We believe Jesus wants us to “Go” because he commanded us to do so.
Jesus also commissioned us to be “Witnesses”, and promised us the power to witness of God’s grace and mercy by the Holy Ghost within us. The whole purpose of the church is to win the lost, to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. We are to go and reach out to those without Christ and give them the truth so that they have the opportunity to repent and trust Christ for salvation.
We Have A Concern:
We believe the Bible to be God’s word, inspired, preserved, and perfect. The Bible teaches that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). Since all have sinned by breaking God’s Holy Law (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23), we are all condemned by our own wickedness, and are guilty and deserve eternal punishment in Hell (Revelation 20:11-15). But God, who is rich in mercy, love, and patience; gave his only begotten Son, Jesus, to take upon himself our sins and die the death that we deserve (John 3:16). Jesus freely laid down his life and died on the cross for the sins of the whole world.
We are concerned for the souls of the lost. We know that those who are unsaved are living under the condemnation of their own sin. They are blinded by their own lusts, deceived by their own pride, and are heading straight for God’s Perfect, Righteous Judgment. We know that Jesus, in love, gave His own life to save the lost from this condemnation, and that anyone who will repent (turn away from their lusts, pride, and sin) and trust in Christ WILL be saved from God’s wrath and be made a child of God.
Our concern does not drive us to judge others, but to warn them about the coming Day Of Judgment. We do not come to point our fingers, but to offer our hand. We do not come to call names, but to call on sinners to repent and believe the Gospel. Our concern drives us to prayer, then to practice what we preach. Our concern constrains us to plead the cause of Christ to every lost soul who will hear us. As Jesus stands at the door and knocks, so must we. (Revelation 3:20)
We Have A Commitment:
As born again Christians (John 3:1-8), we are committed to the cause of our Lord. The mission of Jesus Christ was to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). We are committed to continuing that mission as His ambassadors until He returns (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
We understand the eternal consequences of each decision to either accept or reject God’s offer of grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We are committed to seeking out the lost wherever possible and reaching them with the good news of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection as payment for their sins against a Holy, Perfect God.
We are also committed to living our lives as an example of holiness and an example of God’s forgiving grace. We are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), and we are forgiven for Christ’s sake. We want to share with others what Jesus has done for us, and offers to do for them, if they will only trust Him.
So, Open The Door…
We won’t try to sell you anything. We won’t badger you, condemn you, judge you, or threaten you. We will show you respect, compassion, and love; and we will share with you the truth of God’s love, grace, and mercy. We will invite you to repent, trust Jesus for salvation, and be born again. We will invite you to visit us at our church. We will offer to pray with you and for you. We will even do our very best to answer any questions you may have about salvation.
We pray that God will soften your heart and make you receptive to the truth of His word. If you see one of us coming, please consider opening the door. It might just change your life forever, literally.
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This article written by Brother Joe Hughes, and first appeared at www.exodusbaptistchurch.org.