Aug 3, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
Leading Souls To Christ – Part Two (Prov 11:30)
From last week’s lesson, in leading someone to Christ, you simply explain the four basic truths of the gospel. Get these four facts firmly fixed in your mind, because you will use them in leading souls to Christ.
1. The fact of sin
2. The penalty of sin
3. Christ paid the penalty
4. We must receive Christ
Point #1 How To Lead A Person to Christ (solid format)
The first step in leading a person to Christ is to show him or her from God's Word that he/she is a sinner. A good passage to use for this is Romans 3:10-12. Let him/her read these verses. This is what God says about us. Now have him/her read Romans 3:23. Before a person can be saved, he/she must realize that he/she is a sinner and be willing to give up his/her sins. The Lord Jesus said, "Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:5).
The next step is to show him/her 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/her 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/her 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 the right to become children 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 (good example):
"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."
Point #2 Knowing That You Are Saved
When a person truly receives Christ as his Saviour, God wants him/her to know that he/she is saved. How can a person know that he/she is saved? He/she 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.God said it! I believe it! That settles it!
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 Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God" (Romans 8:16).
How can we know that another person is saved? We cannot know for sure. We may sincerely believe that a person has received Christ as his Saviour, but we may be mistaken. For this reason, we should never tell a person that he is saved. This is the work of the Holy Spirit.