The Care of Souls
Woodcut: The Good Samaritan at the Inn , by Gustave Dore’
THE CARE OF SOULS
1. EVERYONE IS TO BE INVOLVED IN THE CARE OF SOULS.
A. The strong are to bear with the weak to strengthen and encourage them -
B. "Love Your Neighbor As Yourself" means you will care for souls.
C. Care of souls takes the focus off of ourselves, and onto others.
D. People today are saying: "No man cares for my soul." Psalm
142:4 / WE NEED TO CARE!
E. Caring for souls gives purpose in life.
2. CARING FOR SOULS INVOLVES REACHING OUT TO PEOPLE
A. Encouraging Others / 1 Thessalonians 5:14
B. Building Relationships
C. Bearing One Another's Burdens / Galatians 6:2
D. Bringing People To The Good Shepherd.
1. Caring for souls means bringing them to the Shepherd, Jesus. No one cares for souls, like Jesus does.
3. CARING FOR SOULS MEANS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE
IN DISCIPLESHIP / Matthew 28:18-20
B. Sharing / Teaching the Word
C. Prayer for One Another
4. THE CARE OF SOULS INVOLVES PRAYER
A. Prayer is an expression of caring and love for people
B. Pray for all people: 1 Timothy 2:1-4
C. Pray for believers: Ephesians 6:18
D. Revival needed: revive the care of souls!
5. CARING FOR SOULS MEANS REACHING OUT TO THE HURTING
A. Matt.25:31-40 / Feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, welcoming strangers (caring enough to build relationships). Visiting prisoners, clothing the naked
B. Many are saying, "no man cares for my soul"
C. The church must be restored to the care of souls.
1. Vs individualism / anonymous churchgoing / putting on a church face
2. True revival will revive us in love, and the care of souls.
6. CARING FOR SOULS MEANS RESTORING ONE WHO HAS FALLEN,
IN A SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS / Galatians 6:1
A. Love enough to rescue a person from the chains of sin!
1. Warning in love, helping a person overcome sin bondage
2. Bring them to Jesus: Bring the wandering sheep; James 5:19,20 / I Peter 2:25
7. CARING FOR SOULS HAS DANGERS
A. Being overly burdened for souls / Matt.11:28-30
B. Being taken advantage of by a selfish person / or a person with addictions
1. Wisdom Needed: To know when "tough love" is needed
C. Refer to a Christian counselor
D. Patience is needed in the care of souls.
8. ENLIST EVERYONE IN THE CARE OF SOULS
A. Second commandment - love your neighbor as yourself
1. Gentleness, Kindness, Caring for Others
B. Everyone can pray for others
C. "Everyone can care for someone" - family, neighbors, new people, the
person in need
9. REMEMBER THE GOOD SAMARITAN, THE ONE WHO BROUGHT
HEALING / Luke 10:25-37
A. He reached out to someone who was hurting; he reached beyond the barriers
B. He provided for the person's basic needs
C. He took the injured man, to a place of restoration
D. He is a Christ-like figure, and an instrument of healing
E. Jesus said, "Go and do likewise!"
Scripture References (from English Standard Version):
Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
Romans 15:1 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.
1 Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.
James 5:19 My brethren, if any one among you wanders from the truth and some one brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
Proverbs 24:11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;
hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.
12 If you say, "Behold, we did not know this,"
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,
and will he not repay man according to his work?
Matthew 11:28-30 / Jesus said. "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Mark 12:28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the most important of all?"
29 Jesus answered, "The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
1 Corinthians 12:26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
Luke 10: 25-37 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?"
And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."
But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him.
And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."
Isaiah 58:10 If you pour yourself out for the hungry
and satisfy the desire of the afflicted,
then shall your light rise in the darkness
and your gloom be as the noonday.
11 And the LORD will guide you continually
and satisfy your desire in scorched places
and make your bones strong;
and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail.
12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt;
you shall raise up the foundations of many generations;
you shall be called the repairer of the breach,
the restorer of streets to dwell in.
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