Brother Jon Roe, recent Southern California transplant to Phoenix, AZ shares a soul-winning experience:
“I just moved to Phoenix and needed to update information at Chase bank. The banker I met was not just someone I needed to do business with, but he was also a soul. How can I introduce him to Jesus, I thought. I began by saying, “So, tell me about yourself”. He said that he just moved here from Chicago and I immediately saw we had something in common. We then talked about the adjustments we both were having to make. I asked him if he had found a church to go to yet. He said no. I said, “How’s your relationship with God?” He said, “It could be better”. I asked him if he wanted to get together and look at some verses. He said no. I told him he should come and check out the church I go to and maybe his relationship with God could get better. To my surprise (O ye of little faith), he showed up at church. He was greeted warmly by the members. He even came back the next Sunday and I decided I would again ask him if we could look at some verses. He agreed to do so and we met one evening. I again asked him about this relationship with God and he answered the same, “It could be better”. I asked him if he had ever given his life to Christ and become a Christian. He said he was baptized but wasn’t sure if he was saved. “If the Lord were to come back today, would you go to heaven”, I asked. He said he wasn’t sure. “Would you like to be sure?, I replied. He said, “Yes”. “Can I tell you about how I became a Christian?” He said, “Yes”. I always start with 1 John 5:13 and emphasize that we can know we have eternal life….based upon what is written. We began to look at the things written and I showed him how we must 1) Believe in Jesus (John 8:24, Matthew 16:13-17), 2) Believe in the gospel (Romans 1:16, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4), 3) Obey the gospel (2 Thess. 1:6-9, Rom. 6:3-4, Acts 2:37-38). At the end, I asked him, “Would you like to obey the gospel?” After some hesitation, he said, “Let’s go”. My banker is now my brother…and you can take that to the bank. Souls are everywhere, even at the bank. Blessings to all of you.”
Jon Rowe is blessed to be part of numerous souls beginning saving relationships with God every year in his personal work, using the basic approach he shared above. Not that the approach itself or Jon himself is the key necessarily, but his heart for souls and willingness to make the most of the opportunities afforded him, with a focus on the gospel message. These are things we can emulate and find greater fruits of the lost being saved in our walks with God.
Keep thinking souls brethren!