So many churches in America have very little outreach in their communities to win lost teenagers to Christ. When Christian teenagers win the lost to Christ; it not only changes the lost person’s heart and life, but it also changes the life of the soul winner forever.
Training teenagers to be soul winners involves Making Preparation. A young person needs to be prepared spiritually. Our bodies are the temple of the living God. (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20) If there is sin in the heart, there must be a cleansing by confession of our sin to the Lord. (1 John 1:9)
A second thing involved in preparation is having a testimony. Teenagers need to learn how to allow their testimony to be seen in the manner in which they live. (1 Timothy 4:12) Young people need to maintain their testimony. (Titus 3:8, 14)
Most importantly they need to share their testimony with a verbal witness, without fear, (2 Timothy I:7) without being ashamed, (2 Timothy 1:8) and without apology. (2 Timothy 1:12b)
The third thing involved in preparation is having a right spirit. (Psalm 32:2) A person either has a right spirit or a wrong spirit or it could be called a good spirit or a bad spirit. Our spirit is said to be our best friend or our worse enemy. It also is described as the thing that draws people to us or repels them away from us. It is important to have a right spirit within us. When King David confessed his sin to the Lord in Psalm 51:1-4, he followed his confession in verse 10 with, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."
Training teenagers to be soul winners is Having a Plan. First of all, teaching teenagers to have a burden for lost young people who are on their way to Hell without Christ is a must. In order to teach them effectively to have a burden all of us as youth leaders must have a burden for lost souls. If we don't set the example then all our teaching is in vain.
We also need to teach them the necessity for the power of God to be upon our witness which will provide confidence (Acts 1:8) and boldness (Acts 4:31) so that we will open our mouths to tell the gospel.
We must teach them the plan of salvation and how to witness. Young people must learn how to approach people, engage them in a conversation that leads into sharing the gospel.
There are three things which must be done AFTER leading a person to Christ. They are as follows:
- Give them the assurance of salvation from the Bible. (I John 5:11-13)
- Challenge the new convert to make their decision public by confessing Christ in your church. (Matthew 10:3)
- Getting the name and address of the convert for thorough follow-up.
The key is not just teaching the young people but also taking them. Young people need more than one outreach to provide them these opportunities. I would urge you to start a soul winning visitation outreach. Keep it going regardless of the number who attend. When I became a youth pastor, the first outreach we started was a weekly soul winning visitation outreach on Thursday night. For the first two years we averaged three to fifteen in attendance. But the key was faithfulness, not the numbers. After five to six years we were running three buses filled with over one hundred young people on a consistent basis. Our youth group grew as a result of the weekly soul winning outreach as did our church!
And finally, training teenagers to be soul winners is Living with Purpose.
- To obey and carry out the Great Commission. (Matthew 28:19, 20)
- To grow our churches and youth groups.
- To help stem the tide of evil in America.
- To provide an example for other teenagers to follow.
- To keep young people out of Hell and meet them in Heaven one day.
Let us train teenagers to win the lost and make a difference in America and the world!