|Soul-winning Group last weekend on the White Mountain Apache reservation.|
One of the most common ways that people make friends is by working together. Think about how close you have gotten with people you’ve worked with. The reason for that is that there is a camaraderie that develops when people have common goals and shared experiences. If you work with someone long enough, you’ll end up with lots of fun stories to reminisce about.
Your closest friends should be fellow believers, but sometimes it can be hard to break into the inner circle of a church. Ideally, everyone should be friendly, but sometimes conversations can be superficial until people get to know you better. If you haven’t been successful at making friends in your church, it might be that you haven’t worked with anyone yet.
Perhaps you’ve been to a church with several Sunday school classes or “small group Bible studies.” The reason they break things up that way is to create a smaller atmosphere in the hopes that people will form friendships. At FWBC, we have a better way for people to get to know each other, and that’s by having multiple soul-winning times. By showing up for soul winning on a regular basis, you’ll get to know the people who go soul winning at the same time you do.
Soul winning with someone is a lot more interactive than just sitting next to them in church. If you spend an hour or two out knocking doors with somebody, you’re bound to get to know them as you chat between doors. Just like with that co-worker, you’ll build a relationship with your soul-winning partner as you work together toward a common goal.
Here at FWBC, people are enjoying great fellowship while soul winning here in the Phoenix area, on nearby Indian reservations, and even on foreign missions trips. Wherever you go to church, I encourage you to show up for one or more of the soul-winning times. In addition to that, you can make friends with even more people by showing up to a soul-winning marathon put on by one of the churches in our movement. You need fellowship, and we are commanded to win souls, so you will be killing two birds with one stone. Get your feet wet as a silent partner and make a new friend or two in the process. Winning souls is a win-win!
Here is a sermon to go with this article.