1 Corinthians 15:1-4: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”
In leading someone to Christ, you simply explain the four basic truths of the gospel which we listed briefly last week.
The first step in leading a person to Christ is to show him from God’s Word that he is a sinner. A good passage to use for this is Romans 3:10-12. Let him read these verses. This is what God says about us. Now have him read Romans 3:23. Before a person can be saved, he must realize that he is a sinner and be willing to give up his sins. The Lord Jesus said, “Unless ye repent, ye will all likewise perish.”
The next step is to show him from God’s Word that the penalty of sin is death. “For the wages of sin is death…” Explain that the word “death” as used here means separation from God, in the lake of fire, forever. Because we are sinners and condemned to eternal death, we need a Saviour.
Our next verse is a very familiar one — John 3:16. Let him read it. Whom does God mean when He says “the world”? He means every one. This includes you and me.
What did God give to us? He gave His Son to us. This means that He gave Jesus to die on the cross for our sins.
Why did God give us a Saviour? Because He loves us and because we need a Saviour! We cannot save ourselves, so God gave Jesus to us to be our Saviour.
If I give you something, do you have to pay me for it? No. Do you have to work for it? No. But there is one thing you must do — you must receive it. God has given the Lord Jesus to us to be our Saviour, but we must receive Him.
Now turn to John 1:12. Have him read this verse. How does one become a child of God? By receiving the Lord Jesus. “As many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God…”
Now you can ask these questions: Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God? Do you believe that He died on the cross for your sins and rose again? Do you believe that He is able to save you? Do you believe that He is willing to save you? Do you believe that He would come into your heart and save you right now if you asked Him to?
If the answer to these questions is “Yes,” then you can ask, “Would you like to ask the Lord Jesus to come into your heart right now? If so, then pray this prayer with me: ‘Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe that You are the Son of God, and that You died on the cross for my sins. Please come into my heart right now, and be my Saviour.'”
When a person truly receives Christ as his Saviour, God wants him to know that he is saved. How can a person know that he is saved? He can know (1) by believing God’s Word, and (2) by the witness of the Holy Spirit.
A good verse to use for assurance is John 3:36. Note that God speaks of two groups of people in this verse — those who believe on the Son, and those who do not believe on Him.
What does God say about those who believe on the Son? He says, “He who believes on the Son has everlasting life.” The word “has” means that you have it—right now! Now turn to 1 John 5:11-13. Notice in these verses that God says that we can know that we have eternal life.
Assurance of salvation also comes from the witness of the Holy Spirit. This simply means that the Holy Spirit lets us know in our spirit that we are saved. The Bible says, “The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God…”
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If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, John 3:16 states, “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.”
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Until next time, May the Lord Bless You!
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.