Perfecting the Saints

Perfecting the Saints - God's Blueprint

Perfecting the Saints – God’s Blueprint



Perfecting the Saints is a command to evangelist, pastors and teachers. This book will help believers grow so they can do “the work of the ministry”. It will help them develop in the following areas:

• Walking by Faith
• Overcoming Visitation Fright and Insecurities
• Recognizing and Overcoming the Attacks of the Devil
• Overcoming Their Awkwardness in Witnessing

Perfecting the Saints is a textbook used in the first hour of the Personal Growth Seminar; A five week course developed by the author who has gone soul-winning each week for over 60 years.
Dr. Brian McMath calls the Personal Growth Seminar fabulous and recommends it to every pastor and church.


Perfecting The Saints


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Designed to Win – A count down method to soul-winning


Everything was designed by its Creator to reproduce. “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind,…” Genesis 1:24

It is natural for two people when they are married to start a family. He does not have to be a “Mr. Atlas” nor her a “Miss America”. Any little scrawny thing can become a parent.

God commissioned Adam to be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth. God is much more interested in eternal fruit than physical fruit. If every creature was to reproduce after “Its kind”, then this principle is true in the Spiritual realm also. Jesus stated this principle in John 15:16 when He said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit,…” Proverbs 11:30 identifies that the fruit of the righteous (saved) is a tree of life, or soul-winning. John 15:16 literally says you are designed to win souls when it states; YOU ARE CHOSEN (SAVED) TO BRING FORTH FRUIT.

Christianity has become a mere philosophy in this nominal twenty first century. A person is considered a good Christian if he lives a separated life and believes in the fundamentals of the faith. But Jesus said, “People know you are a good Christian when YOU BEAR FRUIT.” Herein is my Father glorified-when you believe the Bible is the inspired Word? NO! When you believe in the deity of Jesus Christ? NO!

YOU BEAR MUCH FRUIT or win many souls. Then He goes ahead and refers to a principle which is accepted by mankind throughout the world. When a tree produces large, well formed, delicious fruit in abundance, it is recognized as a GOOD TREE. He said, so shall ye be (made manifest) my disciples, that is WHEN YOU WIN MANY SOULS (much fruit) you manifest yourself to those watching as a good Christian and your heavenly Father is glorified.

This book, DESIGNED TO WIN, is written on the premise that if all saved people are to bear fruit or win souls, then the process of soul-winning HAS TO BE SIMPLE! If all are to do it, if all can do it, SOUL-WINNING MUST BE SIMPLE!
Once the soul-winning method is mastered and a person learns how to offset his inner fears, the attacks of the Devil and a few principles, then soul-winning becomes a natural way of life for the HEALTHY CHRISTIAN.

Designed to Win


God's Brilliant Plan to Reach Fallen Man

God's Brilliant Plan to Reach Fallen Man


Jesus gave a vivid example of the need of Holy Spirit in the Apostles lives. Please consider this vivid lesson of the need for God’s divine power as illustrated by Jesus surprising command. The Apostles had been part of all the lab sessions where Jesus demonstrated the principles of training soul-winners and disciplers; BUT AFTER ALL OF THAT TRAINING JESUS WOULD NOT LET THE APOSTLES GO.


After all the great teaching message’s on the Beatitudes, The Sermon on the Mount, The Parables, and the coming future kingdom; JESUS WOULDN’T LET THEM GO INTO ALL THE WORLD.


After all the pressurized moments of standing before hostile crowds and religious leaders and demonstrating to young apostles how to face hostilities with calmness and faith; HE WOULD NOT LET THEM GO.  He said, “TARRY.”


The apostles had the Bible college training behind them.  They were graduates BUT JESUS WOULDN’T LET THEM GO!  (+)


Thousands were dying each day with many of them going to hell; BUT HE WOULDN’T LET THEM GO. (+)





Jesus knew that with all their Bible knowledge, with all their training in the mechanics and materials of disciple-making, and with the goal of preaching the gospel to every creature that they were not equipped to go yet – they needed two more principles to be embedded into their minds and souls before they were equipped to go. (+)



Luke first records this command for the disciples to tarry or wait for the empowering of the Holy Spirit in Luke 24:49 and again in Acts 1:4. (+)  Jesus knew it would take the divine power of God to make the divine plan of God successful.  THE WAITING ALSO EMPHASIZES THAT THEY COULD DO NOTHING WITHOUT THE ENERGIZING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BUT IN CHRIST THEY COULD DO ALL THINGS.



In John 16:7, Jesus said it was necessary for him to go away (back to heaven) but if I depart I will send Him to you.”  Jesus in the body of man could only be in one place at a time.(+)  He needed to be with every disciple all of the time.

  • Jesus promised never to forsake or leave a person.
  • Jesus promised to give wisdom to any who ask.
  • Jesus promised to give grace for every occasion.
  • Jesus promised to illuminate the minds of believers.
  • Jesus promised to give supernatural power for service and soul winning (to every believer at the very same time in multiple places).


As a man he couldn’t do it, but through the Holy Spirit He was able to minister and help any believer, in any place, in any way the believer needed help.


That is the reason that Jesus said He had to go away but He would not leave them comfortless (orphaned) but the comforter (Holy Spirit) would abide with them always.  John 14:16-18.  Again in John 14:26.


FIRST, the apostles were fearful followers that must be transformed INTO FEARLESS LEADERS. (+)  Often times these young preachers were afraid.  They were scared to death as they fought hopelessly against the severe winds and high waves.  Jesus combated their fears and calmed the sea by saying. “Peace be still.”


Toward the end of his ministry when word was sent that officials were planning to kill Jesus, as Jesus prepared to go to the graveside of Lazarus, the Apostles were scared but Thomas said, “Let us go and die with him.”


The apostles fled like timid men when the mob came to arrest Jesus and hovered like scared rabbits behind locked doors during his entombment.  There were other occasions where it was obvious that the apostles were fearful followers.  THEY MUST BE TRANSFORMED INTO FEARLESS LEADERS.  Therefore, the command,  “TARRY…UNTIL YOU ARE ENDUED WITH POWER.”


After fasting and praying for ten days and nights, the apostles emptied themselves of selfish ambitions and their self-centeredness and became empty vessels which the Holy Spirit could fill and control. (+)  NOW THE FEARFUL FOLLOWERS BECAME FEARLESS LEADERS.  They were threatened and whipped as they fearlessly risked their lives in preaching the Gospel and training their converts.  They had been transformed so well that they could inject the same boldness and confidence into their followers.


SECOND, the apostles must be transformed from powerless followers into powerful men of strength and ability as leaders.  Again the command, “Tarry, until you are endued with power.”  These powerless preachers who could not cast a demon out of a young boy (Matthew 17:20) were now transformed into men of boldness (Acts 4:31) and of “great power gave the apostles witness.” (Acts 4:33).  They were later referred to as men who had “turned the world upside down” as they lead the assault against the gates of hell to “set the captives free.”  THEY BECAME FEARLESS LEADERS.


THIRD, they had to be transformed from men who were overwhelmed by the huge task (to every creature in all the world) to men who looked to the sky, expecting His coming. In the final service that Jesus conducted before His crucifixion, He comforted His disciples with words which they would rehearse over and over again.  He said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” John 14:1-3.  No doubt the words, “I WILL COME AGAIN…that where I am, there ye may be also” rung in their ears for the rest of their lives.


The day came when Jesus was taken from them and He ascended back into heaven.  They stood motionless and stared aimlessly up into heaven.  Suddenly, two angels spoke words which would cause the apostles to always keep their eyes focused toward heaven.  They said, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?  This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”


In Acts 1:3 the wording of “being seen of them forty days” seemed to indicate that Jesus would suddenly appear in their midst with a start and after a period of time disappear just as quickly.  He seemed to appear and then disappear on several occasions during the 40 days.  No doubt he helped them focus their eyes toward heaven by saying, I’m going away but one of these days just like the past 40 days you men will be working for me and suddenly – I will materialize in a physical body just as I have during the past few days.  They were transformed from men whose focus was on the events of this world to men whose focus was upward to the skies – WATCHING FOR THE IMMINENT SECOND COMING OF THEIR LORD.


FOURTH, They must be transformed from men who walked by sight to men who would walk by faith.  They had heard all his great teachings and “faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God,” but they still walked by sight.  They were used to seeing Jesus with them.


They had seen all of his miracles and deeds and had great confidence in his power and ability, but now he was gone and they still had a tendency to walk by sight.


They had been taught that although Jesus wouldn’t be with them in bodily form any longer but he would be there in the invisible form of the Holy Spirit.  His bodily absence made them feel shaky and uncertain in their walk for Christ.


THEN JESUS GAVE THEM ON-THE-JOB-TRAINING IN LEARNING TO TRUST HIM BY FAITH. (+)  They were taught and convinced that the promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you,” was true.


How were they taught?  How were they transformed from men who walked by sight (fear and trembling) into men of faith and power?


Again, the wording in Acts 1:3 “BEING SEEN OF HIM FORTY DAYS” indicates that Jesus would suddenly burst into the sight of the apostles and teach them things about the coming kingdom and then just as suddenly disappear.  He would appear at various times, reinforce the principle about the millennial reign and then vanish.  He was there bodily, then he wasn’t there bodily but he reassured them that he was with them all the time whether in the body or in the Spirit he was there – this happened until they comprehended – JESUS IS ALWAYS WITH US, whether we are together or separated by miles of distance  He is with us.(+) Just as we depended on Him to lead us for 3 ½ years we can depend upon Him now.  The only difference, we could see him bodily then; but now we cannot see Him bodily but He is with us now just as much as He was with us then. (+)

God's Brilliant Plan to Reach Fallen Man


It is one thing to believe something theologically but it is quite another to believe it in trusting faith with one’s life hanging in the balance. (+)


A man would demonstrate his skill and balance by pushing a wheelbarrow several hundred feet across a dangerous gorge while the unpredictable winds were blowing.  The man would often do tricks while he was pushing the wheelbarrow across the gorge.


Huge crowds would cheer as he did so.  He would ask the crowds if they thought he could push the wheelbarrow across the wide chasm again?


The crowd would cheer and chant “yes, yesss!”


Then he would silence them by asking if anyone believed he could do it enough to become his passenger in the wheelbarrow(+).  HE HAD NO TAKERS.


It was one thing to believe the man could push the wheelbarrow across but it was an entirely different matter to trust him with their lives.


WHAT WAS THE SECRET TO THE GREAT BOLDNESS AND POWER OF THE APOSTLES faith in the invisible Christ?  Their faith grew to where they would get into the wheelbarrow and let Jesus push them across even though he was no longer visible to the human eye. (+)


They learned this great principle and were transformed from men who walked and lived by sight into fearless men. WHO CONQUERED BY FAITH.  THEY WERE EMBOLDENED AND MOTIVATED BY THE ENERGIZING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. (+)


These apostles learned this lesson so well that they taught and wrote in the Bible how that Jesus was still on the earth, NOT IN A LIMITED FORM OF A HUMAN BODY BUT IN THE UNLIMITED PRESENCE OF THE BLESSED HOLY SPIRIT.  Now, to live within and to give grace and strength to every believer in all places of the earth AT THE SAME TIME.


What a difference the presence of Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, makes!  Dear friend, accept this important fact and live your life in the light that he is literally with you and will never leave or forsake you.  He will empower you just as much as your faith will trust him to empower you.


Please memorize the last phase of the great commission found in Matthew 28:19-20.  Jesus states; (a literal translation) “I will be with you perpetually, on every occasion until the very close and consummation of the age.” (+)


That is Jesus’ lingering promise to every believer!




God's Brilliant Plan to Reach Fallen Man

The Great Commission According To Jesus

We are very excited to announce that we have sent to publishing the new book

The Great Commission According to Jesus.


This book uses the 5 accounts of the Great commission as a magnifying glass to look deeper into the true meaning and understanding of the Great Commission. 


In the Great Commission, According to Jesus we see the full impact of the Great Commission.

Matthew stresses it’s authority, order and scope.

Mark stresses the personal need to fulfill it

Luke’s stresses the true message which will bring, “Repentance and Remission of Sins”

John stresses the fearful responsibility of each believer and the consequences of not going.

Acts, Dr. Luke, stresses the Divine Power which will make their going successful.

Dr. Wilkins has served over 60 years as missionary, mssion teacher or church builder – This is his 4th book of Faith Promise and features the “Study-to-Learn-and-Do” Method.