I have noticed that often Christians will bring people to a church service hoping that they will “get saved” and expect their pastors to “pray the sinner’s prayer” with those becoming Christians. While I am all for people “getting saved” and I do believe praying “the sinner’s prayer” can be a valuable experience, there is often a missing value. The value is this…we are all called to minister. Although we are not all called to be evangelists, we are all called to evangelize. We should all be equipped with the necessary tools to bring someone into the kingdom.
A fundamental ministry value that John Wimber passed on to me was “everyone gets to play.” I firmly believe that all Christians should be equipped in the basics of the faith and enabled to minister. Every Christian should be able to pass on the basics of the faith.
I also believe that becoming a Christian involves more than praying a prayer and agreeing with a body of information. The ones who are truly saved enter into an ongoing, personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit indwells them. One of the dangers today is that people pray prayers in church services, raise their hands indicating they agree with the fundamental doctrines of salvation, but never actually enter into a real relationship with Jesus. They are never discipled.
A number of high school/young adult age people have come to faith in Jesus recently through the efforts of my family. We brought one young man to a church service who was involved in the occult. During the service he heard the audible voice of God speak to him. I remember that night the young man kept saying “the God I did not believe in just talked to me.” The next Sunday during the youth meeting he announced, “I got saved.” We explained to him the details of what it meant to be a Christian after he met the “real Jesus.” He is now enrolled in our church’s ministry school and has embraced the life of a disciple.
I lead my first person to Jesus in 1976. My church went through evangelism training material produced by Campus Crusade for Christ. We used the Four Spiritual Laws booklet that outlines four basic steps in coming to Jesus. I remember walking up to a young girl in a park. Tears streamed down her cheeks as the Holy Spirit ministered to her. I went through the Four Spiritual Laws booklet, and she prayed a prayer to receive Jesus as her Savior. I memorized these four laws and have often used them when dialoguing with others about what it means to be a Christian. I would recommend committing them to memory,\ so you have something to say when the time comes to share your faith.
The 4 Spiritual Laws.
Law 1: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.
John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life, NAS.
Law 2: Man is separated from God do to sin. As a result he cannot experience God’s love and plan for his life. Rom 3:23-24, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, NAS.
Law 3: Jesus is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through him you can experience God’s love and plan for your life.Rom 5:8, But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me, NAS.
Law 4: Knowledge of the above isn’t enough. We must individually receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior by personal invitation. John 1:12, Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, NAS.
Another method of sharing the Christian faith is called “The Roman’s Road” to salvation. It is called that because all the scriptures are found in the book of Romans. I have the verses underlined in red ink in my Bible and numbered 1-4 so they are easy to find. Having all the same scriptures in one book is helpful for those who do not know their way around the Bible yet.
The Roman’s Road:
1. Rom 3:23, For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, NAS.
2. Rom 5:6-8, For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us, NAS.
3. Rom 6:23, For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord, NAS.
4. Rom 10:9-10, If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation, NAS.
After explaining the scriptures, pray something like this with them:
Jesus I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I receive Your free gift and ask you to be Lord of my life. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make the kind of person You want me to be.
Other things to share with new Christians
1. It is important for your spiritual growth to meet regularly with other Christians.
2. Having head knowledge about God isn’t enough. It must affect how we live. In other words you need to be discipled, or trained it the ways of God.
3. Expect your faith to be challenged. We have a real enemy-Satan and demons.
4. Read your Bible, pray, and worship God often.
5. You can’t earn you’re your way to heaven by being good.
Eph 2:8-9 NAS, For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
I hope this has been helpful. Please leave a comment. I would love to know what you think.