Leading Someone to Christ: Part One

Jerry WalchStarred Page By Jerry Walch, 4th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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We are the hands and feet of Jesus. We share the Good News wherever we go. We preach the Word at every opportunity (2 Timothy 4:1-3 (AKJV)), but how many are prepared to lead someone to Christ? Do you know the steps? There is more to it than having them recite the sinner’s prayer. I never fully realize how much more until I attended a training seminar with Campus Crusades.

Every Journey Starts With the First Step

The first step in leading someone to Christ is getting him or her to see that God wants him or her to have eternal life, and He wants him or her to experience life more abundantly while in this world. The one cardinal rule that you must always follow when leading someone to Christ is to never ever argue or condemn the person’s religious belief. Always focus on God’s love for that person, focus on how Jesus died on the cross for our sins, focus on the resurrection, and focus on that person’s need to commit his or her life to the resurrected Christ.

The Problem: Separation from God

The second step in leading someone to Christ is in getting him or her to recognize and accept his or her problem. God created us in His own image so that we could have fellowship with Him and experience an abundant life. He did not want us to be robots. He wanted us to love and obey Him because we loved Him, so He blessed us with freewill. We had a choice to make; we could either obey Him or disobey Him, which was our choice to make. Adam and Eve chose to disobey him and sin entered their perfect world. Their sin separated them from God. Because we are all descended from Adam and Eve, we are all born sinners. Down through the ages men have tried to bridge the separation between them and God by their own devices and all have failed to reestablish the fellowship Adam and Eve had with God before they sinned.
Memorize the following scriptures:
Romans 3:23 (AKJV)
for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 6:23 (AKJV)
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaiah 59:2 (AKJV)
but your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Proverbs 14:12 (AKJV)
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death.

God’s Remedy

The third step in leading someone to Christ is getting him or her to understand that the only solution to his or her problem is Jesus Christ. The cross is the only solution. Jesus Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for our sins by willingly going to the cross. He paid the ultimate penalty for our sins by dying on the cross. He paid our penalty for all our sins, and then, on the third day rose from the grave.
Memorize the following scriptures:
1 Timothy 2:5 (AKJV)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 Peter 3:18 (AKJV)
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Romans 5:8 (AKJV)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

They Must Choose to Receive Christ

The fourth and final step in leading someone to Christ is their decision to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. They must choose to invite Him into their hearts of their own freewill. Once they have made the decision to make Jesus the Lord of their lives, then you can lead them in the sinner’s prayer.
Memorize the following scriptures:
Revelation 3:20 (AKJV)
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
John 1:12 (AKJV)
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
The Sinner’s Prayer
Have the person repeat this prayer as you lead him or her:
Dear Jesus.
I know that I am a sinner.
I know that you were sent by God to die on the cross, to save me from my sins.
I ask you now to forgive me of the sins I have committed, and come into my heart.
Thank you for dying on the cross for me.
From this day forward, I will follow your will and serve you.
Amen!
Your responsibility to the person does not end with leading them to Christ. You have the responsibility to mentor them in the Word. You are to help them develop a solid prayer life. You are to help them find a church home. You are to disciple them. We will talk more about all these things as this series progresses. In part two of this series, I will talk about The Roman Road.

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Jesus, Jesus As Personal Savior, Jesus Christ, Jesus Saves, Jesus The Saviour, Redemption, Salvation, Salvation From Sin, Sinned, Sinners, Sinners Prayers

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Jerry Walch is a 71 year old freelance writer for hire living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has been writing since the late 1970s, and writes for both the print and online media. He specializes in

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author avatar Retired
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Great information.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Lynett.

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author avatar Tony Barnes
5th Jan 2014 (#)

well put

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Brother!

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author avatar Legend
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Redemption is vital, forgiveness, is life, enlightenement is bliss, May we all find our ways!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you, Legend. Everyone needs a guide to find their way from darkness into light. For the Christian, it is the Holy Spirit. For the unsaved, it is usually a Christian spreading the Good News.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Nothing is more wonderful than leading someone to the Saviour and helping them grow in Him Jerry .
God bless you for this post .
Stella

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Stella.

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author avatar Retired
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Well said Jerry...thank you for sharing...

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author avatar Jerry Walch
5th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you for reading and for commenting, Starrleena

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
6th Jan 2014 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
6th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Fern.

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author avatar Carol
8th Jan 2014 (#)

A lovely heartfelt post

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author avatar Jerry Walch
9th Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Carol.

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