"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise." ~ Proverbs 11:30

Beginner's Guide to Soulwinning

0. Introduction
1. Learn the Bible Way to Heaven
2. General order of the presentation of the gospel
3. Key verses for gospel presentation
4. Doctrine corrections
5. Leading person to prayer
6. Miscellaneous tips


So you have been a believer for some time but you want to produce some fruits and win more people to the Lord. Perhaps you're afraid, but don't be. This is something we are commanded to do and once you get the hang of it, it becomes your second hand nature to do so. The best thing that can happen is you win someone to the Lord and get rewarded by Him for it. The worst thing that can happen is getting rejected. Of course, this depends on the nation you live in so depending on where you are, some tact and appropriate strategies may be required to win souls. Any saved person can win souls, even a young child.

Here is a soulwinning demonstration you can follow along.

1) Learn the Bible Way to Heaven:
If you don't know how to verbalise the plan of salvation, please read it over and over and memorise the general order.
  • Have recipient acknowledge he is a sinner
  • Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ: his death, burial, resurrection
  • Explain that it does not require works and it is only by faith alone
  • Emphasise strongly on eternal security
  • Recap and see if the other person understood the gospel
  • Lead the person to prayer if he believes

Alternatively, this site has a great presentable form of the Bible Way to Heaven so you can use that one instead if you'd like. Either way, it should thoroughly present the gospel, emphasise faith alone and the eternal security of the believer.

2) General order of the presentation of the gospel:
a) When you are with a church:
'Hi I'm from X church and we are inviting everyone to church around this neighbourhood? Do you go to church?'

b) If you are independent:
There's different ways you can go around asking the question. This depends on where you are and the situation.

You can say that you are a Baptist and you're going around the neighbourhood asking a very important question to everyone.

In the UK, it's possible to say something along the lines of you're from the local parish doing a survey to see how you can help the neighbourhood if you believe the area won't like Baptists. Of course, you follow with the important question below. Wherever you are, be as wise as serpents but harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).


c) Follow up with 'more important than that, if you were to die today, are you 100% sure you're going to heaven?'

i. Answer is No: 'Well the Bible does tell us that you can KNOW your salvation (show 1 John 5:13). If you have time would you like to know how?' (if the person answers yes then follow with plan of salvation. If no, leave a single verse and go to the next door. I usually use Acts 16:30-31, but others like John 3:16 can also work, while expounding very quickly that it is faith alone in Jesus and not of works nor going to church nor living a good life).

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:13

ii. Answer is Yes: 'How do you know?'

A person who does not want to talk nor have the time to, at least leave an appropriate verse, like Acts 16:30-31, telling him that all one needs to do is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Not by good works, nor going to church, nor cleaning up your life, and bid him farewell.

And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Acts 16:30-31

3) Key verses for gospel presentation:

The wages of sin

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Romans 3:10


For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23


For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord
Romans 6:23


And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Revelation 20:14


But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 21:8


And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Revelation 21:27

Jesus' sacrifice

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16


Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 Peter 2:24


And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:2

Salvation Passages

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 3:36


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
John 6:47


And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:30-31


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:9-10

Not of works

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Matthew 7:21-23


For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9


And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
Romans 11:6


But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
John 1:12


For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Romans 8:14-15


For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:26


For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Hebrews 12:6


If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Psalms 89:30-34

Eternal Security

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:24


And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
John 10:28-29


In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Titus 1:2

Assurance of salvation

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:13

Get Saved

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:9-10


For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Romans 10:13

4) Doctrine Corrections:

Sometimes you might find a person who says he is a believer. A lot of Christians, especially those vaguely Protestant, believe they are going to heaven. However, upon further inspection, this person may have some essential doctrines wrong! Here are some you may need to watch out for and correct.

"Do you need to be water baptised to be saved?"
Baptismal regeneration is unbiblical. If he answers yes, he is unsaved, for he is adding a requirement unto salvation.

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
Acts 19:4

"Do you need to repent of your sins to be saved?"
Lordship salvation is unbiblical. If he answers yes, then he is unsaved. Make sure to give them the biblical definition of repentance (i.e. changing your mind) and that "of your sins" is found nowhere else, and that the latter is works (Jonah 3:10). Repenting of sins and cleaning up one's life is adding works into the plan of salvation.

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
Jonah 3:10

"Is it possible to lose your salvation?"
Once saved always saved. If the person answers the affirmative (i.e. you can lose your salvation like Arminianism), he is unsaved.

Sometimes I add 'if I believed but I end up doing wicked things and eventually kill myself do I go to hell?' A lot of people believe that suicide is somehow the unforgivable sin and is a guaranteed way to go to hell, denying Jesus' blood to pay for every sins.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:30

"What is the Trinity?"
If the person answers anything other than somewhere along the lines of God the Father, the Son (Jesus), the Holy Ghost, the three are one, and are separate persons, then he is unsaved. Cite the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus prays to the Father, for example, and other Scriptures to correct them. The most clear Scripture involving the Trinity is 1 John 5:7. There are many heresies involved with Trinity, including modalism, oneness pentecostal, etc...

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7

"Are you preordained by God to go to heaven or hell before you are born?"
A person who does not believe he is given the free will to believe is unsaved. (i.e. Calvinism) This is because he believes in a different God who did not love the world and offered the free plan of salvation to all and ordains sin and therefore evil and cruel. God is morally righteous and it is impossible for him to ordain sin and evil. Changing the scope of salvation from being freely offered to all to a select few is changing God.

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:4

"How did people in the Old Testament get saved?"
If a person believes in works salvation or any other gospel, he is unsaved. (i.e. dispensationalism) To be honest, a lot of new Christians do not know how to answer this properly, or have not thought about it, but most people should figure out if salvation is by faith alone, it applies to all men throughout all times. Works salvation in any dispensation is still works salvation and makes God into a changing God who may justify one based off his filthy rags. If a person who was unsure about it accepts what the Bible says about it, then he is saved.

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Romans 4:3

5) Leading Person to Prayer

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke 18:13-14

Because the only way we can think if a person is genuine in his repentance or not is by what he does on the outside, we ask the person to pray the sinner's prayer. I would lead them into the prayer, and usually by saying parts out loud and let them follow. If a person is repenting of some heresies he believed beforehand, I would usually add sentences that would reflect the repentance of those said heresies so he may say what he changed his mind on. Try something like this but it never has to be verbatim as it should follow the new convert's heart and not some incantation.

Dear Lord,
I know I am a sinner. I know that I deserve hell and am not good enough to enter heaven. However, I know that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins, and I believe that he rose again from the dead. I know that there is nothing I can do to add to my salvation and know that nothing can take away my everlasting life. I only trust on you, Lord Jesus, and not on my own works or anything else. Please save me so that I can now receive the gift of eternal life.
In Jesus' name I pray,

And that's it. Tell the person you'll see him in heaven, give him a KJV Bible if you have them with you, and if you're part of a local Bible believing church invite him to that said church.

6) Miscellaneous Tips

Receptive Areas: It should be noted that the overall wealth of a particular area and the receptivity is generally an inverse relationship (poorer areas are more receptive than well-to-do areas). It would be wise to start in more receptive areas so more souls may be won over. There is no bounty in heaven for certain people: a soul won is a soul won, as God is no respecter of persons.

Catholics: Generally speaking with false religions or ones that resemble Christianity in particular, I would ask the person 'do you believe what I'm telling you because of what the Bible says or will you continue following the church?' Hopefully, the person will answer the former. If he still trusts his false church and not what the Bible says, he is not saved.

Other religions (ex. Muslims): For religions which believe in another god, you would have to tell the person to forsake his idols or his other gods and only follow Jesus. It is not simply adding Jesus to his pre-existing pantheon.

A person does not want to hear: If a person does not want to hear your words, do not force it upon that person. That person will be annoyed, you will be wasting your time, and it will lead to contention. Debating people are even worse, especially well-read hereticks. Do yourself a favour and do as Jesus said and shake off the dust of your feet (Matthew 10:14), and go to the next door, because you are there to win souls and not to debate religion or theology.

Family Members: The most tragic reality a lot of people have to face is family members and loved ones who do not believe and seem nearly impossible for you to present it to them. One's mother would have known him for her entire lifetime, and that will affect her receptivity, believing the soulwinner needs to get saved and not her. The same thing happened to Jesus, who was rejected by his own hometown, saying a prophet is without honour in his own city (Matthew 13:53-57, Mark 6:1-6, Luke 4:16-32). In fact, not even his own half-brethren would believe him (John 7:5)! And even if not a family member, one may find a person who just cannot receive the gospel from you. It may be better off having another person water the seed that you planted so that this person may win that person over, so do not be too dismayed.

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