Do you want to be a soul winner?  That is do you want to bring people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus as Savior?

Te way we start winning souls may surprise you.

Read Matthew 4:18-22.

Jesus was walking along the sea of Galilee.

Peter and Andrew were casting a net to fish.

James and John were mending their fishing nets.

Jesus called them all to be his disciples.

And in calling them to discipleship, Jesus was also calling them to be those who share the good news of the Gospel with others, to be soul winners.

The key verse that tells us much about soul winning is

Matthew 4:19 – And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

In this verse we see:





Many people who would like to win friends and loved ones to Christ make a grave mistake.

So to speak, they put the cart before the horse.

They think about witnessing or try to witness before they follow the command of Jesus is this verse! 

The command is “Follow Me”!

Jesus wants followers before he wants witnesses.

A follower is a disciple.  A disciple is a learner.

Although new Christians can certainly witness for the Lord and should, it is the Christian who is a committed disciple of Christ’s that will be the most effective witness.

I believe that truly following Jesus involves several things. 


The person who is going to be a soul winner, must be saved himself.  I believe that Peter, Andrew, James and John all had encounters with Jesus in John 1:35-42. 

I believe that the other disciple of John the Baptist that followed Jesus was John the Brother of James who wrote the Gospel of John.  I believe that he too, found his brother and brought him to Jesus.    

To be someone’s follower, you must believe in that person. 

It is the Lord Jesus who died for your sins and mine.  He took the punishment for our sins upon Himself. 2 Corinthians 5:21 

The Lord Jesus did not stay dead, but arose from the dead.

It is faith in the Lord Jesus as our only hope for forgiveness and for heaven that gives us eternal life. John 3:16,  John 3:36

To be a “fisher of men” you must be caught by the Lord Jesus yourself.

To be a true follower of Jesus, you must place your faith in Him for your own salvation.     


Following Jesus involves sacrifice.

It means loving Him enough to give your whole life to Him.

Why should you and I love the Lord Jesus? 

We should love Him because He is God. John 1:1-2 

We should love Him because He is our creator. John 1:3 

Most of all, we should love Him because He made the ultimate sacrifice for us, giving His life as a ransom for ours.  1 Timothy 2:5-6, 1 John 4:19 

How deep is our love for Christ to go?

Our love of Christ is to be one of total sacrifice so that no one else is loved more. Luke 14:26-27      

Your love for the Lord Jesus is to be so strong that love for anyone else pales in comparison. Luke 9:23-24

You may wonder why sacrifice is such an important part of following Jesus.

Jesus giving His all was essential for us to be saved. You and I giving our all is essential as we serve the one who saved us.

And you will only be a truly dedicated soul winner, when your life is a sacrifice so that you are willing to go and do whatever He says. Romans 12:1-2   


We already said that a disciple is a learner.

A disciple of Jesus must be taught by and about Jesus.

The early disciples spent lots of time with Jesus.

They ate with Jesus.

They worked with Jesus.

The disciples listened as Jesus taught them and also the multitudes that followed Him.

They saw His miracles.

They saw what he was like in the private times, when the world in general was not watching. 

How will you learn from Jesus today?

First you need to learn to love and read his Word.

Second you need to learn to communicate with Him.

Jesus calls it abiding. John 15:7 

Third you need to be discipled by Godly followers of the Lord Jesus. Ephesians 4:11-12  

2 Timothy 2:2 


Jesus said it so simply.

John 14:15 – If ye love me, keep my commandments. 

John 14:21 – He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 

It is the submissive follower of Jesus who will witness to whoever and wherever the Lord sends.   






A true follower of Jesus is faithful.

He has staying power or sticktuitiveness.

He continues to follow no matter how tough things get or how inconvenient they get.

He continues to follow even when others don’t want to listen to what they have to say. Luke 9:57-62 

Jesus says “Follow Me”.

That is to be the Priority of my life.








Jesus says, “Follow me and I will make you.” 

Who made Paul and Peter great soul winners?

Who made Dwight Moody a great soul winner?

Who made Billy Graham the greatest evangelist of our generation? God did.

Jesus is saying “If you follow me, being saved, living a sacrificial life of love, letting me school you, submitting to me in obedience and sticking with it, I will make you. You will be all that I want you to be.  

Being effective for Jesus is a process of Jesus making us.

As we mature the more he will be able to use us.

And we have the confidence that he will work through us in the Power of the Holy Ghost. Acts 1:8, Isaiah 55:10-11 

If we have are following Jesus, He will not only give us the words to say, but the Holy Spirit’s power behind.  That doesn’t mean that every person we witness to will be saved, but the words we say will have impact.

 And remember, God uses many people to get his message across. You may be one of many to witness to a person who will eventually be saved.   

1 Corinthians 3:6 – I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.




And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Jesus has promised to make us “Fishers of Men”.

We will be able to bring men and women to Jesus Christ as Savior.

What a privilege that is.