by Jerry Vines

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Philadelphia: Soulwinning Church (7 of 8)
Series: Choosing a Church
Jerry Vines
Revelation 3:7-13

We are pursuing a series of studies of the letters the Lord Jesus Christ wrote to the seven churches in Asia Minor. That, of course, is the land of Turkey today. In these seven letters, we're trying to glean from them some truths and guidelines to assist us in knowing how to choose the right kind of church.

This is a time of year when people are moving into the city of Jacksonville and are selecting a church and these letters of our Lord to the churches give us some instruction and some guidelines. I'm calling this message "Choose a Soulwinning Church." I'll explain what that means as we move along.

Of all of the letters to the seven churches and of all of the churches in the Revelation, the church of Philadelphia is my favorite of them all. It is a church to whom the Lord Jesus Christ had no word whatsoever of complaint. It is a positive message and it is the kind of church every born again believer wants to be a part of. I call it a soulwinning church.

There are other titles which you could use for the church of Philadelphia. You could call it a missionary church. You could call it an evangelistic church. But I am using the term soulwinning church for a particular reason. It is taken from Proverbs 11, verse 30, where the Bible says, "He that winneth souls is wise." So a soulwinning church is a church that wins souls.

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this terminology, what does it mean to win souls? To win souls means to introduce people to the Lord Jesus Christ so that they will repent of their sins, put their faith in the Lord Jesus and what He did at Calvary, and because of that, become a child of God. "He that winneth souls is wise," a soulwinning church like the church of Philadelphia.

Let me give you briefly a little background about the Philadelphian church, and we'll come back to certain elements later ...

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