Thanks for listening to the sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 called A Passion for Winning People to Christ. A key to lead someone to Christ is to know what to say and what Scriptures to show them. Here are some points that have helped me share the best news on earth with people.
- How to Start:
Pray– Pray that God would give you courage, open opportunities, and the words to say. Pray that God would convict them of sin and open their hearts and minds to the gospel.
Begin Spiritual Conversations– Think of ways to turn a conversation to talking about Christ. It can be as simple as asking them if they go to church or if they have any spiritual beliefs. Then listen intently and look for opportunities to share about Christ.
Tell Your Personal Story– Share a little of your own story about how you came to faith in Christ and how he has helped you.
- How to Explain the Gospel:
Use Scripture– When you tell them the good news, use Scripture because it’s God’s word and it’s powerful (Romans 1:16-17).
Be Ready with Key Verses– Write verses in the notes on your phone that explain the gospel (see verses below), or memorize these verses.
Have them Read the Verses– If you have a Bible with you or on your phone, have them read the verses for themselves.
Ask Questions– After they read a verse ask them simple questions about the verse to get them to think about its meaning (for example ask, how would you explain what sin is?).
Explain the Good News and the Bad News– The word “gospel” literally means “good news.” This is great because when we start to feel ashamed of the gospel we can remember that it is actually GOOD news. It’s the best possible news that any person could ever hear! As you begin your conversation about the message of Jesus, assure them that it is very good news. And share that in order to understand the good news we first need to be aware of the bad news. The bad news is about sin and the punishment for sin.
- Key Verses to Use(often called “the Romans Road”):
- The Bad News– First explain the bad news.
Romans 3:23– “All have sinned….”
Romans 6:23– “The wages of sin is death….” (meaning the penalty of sin is both physical and spiritual death).
- The Good News:
Romans 5:8– “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Explain that this means Jesus took our death penalty so we could live. Emphasize that this was motivated by God’s great lovefor them personally.
Ephesians 2:8-9– “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works so that no one can boast.” This means that we can’t earn forgiveness and eternal life by our own efforts and goodness. We must simply trust what Jesus died for us by dying on the cross and rising from the dead.
Romans 10:9-10– “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” This means that when you come to the place where you can truly say that Jesus is the Lord of your life and that you believe he died for your sins and rose from the dead, at that very point in time you are now saved.
Leading Someone To Faith in Christ:
After you’ve shared the gospel with them, it’s time to see if they’re ready to become a follower of Jesus.
- Clarify– Ask them if they understand what you’ve told them. Ask if they have any questions. Answer their questions. If you don’t know the answer to one of their questions, let them know that you’ll find out and get back to them.
- Ask– Is there anything that’s keeping you from trusting in Christ right now?
- Invite them to Christ– Ask them if they would like to start a relationship with God, and experience his forgiveness, love, and eternal life?
- If they say “No” – If they say “no” ask them what stands between them and starting a relationship with God. And ask them what it would take to remove those barriers. Let them know you would love to help them in any way you can to remove those barriers. Don’t push them. Be patient. Think of a good book, podcast, website, etc. to pass on to them that might help them with their barriers (like gotquestions.org or biblequestions.org), Let them know that you are always available to them.
- If they say “Yes”:
It’s Not By Works– Ask them again if they understand that it’s not by their own efforts, works, or goodness that they can experience this relationship with God, forgiveness, and have eternal life.
Their two Key Responses– Explain that God is looking into your heart for two key responses: faith and repentance. In Mark 1:15 Jesus said, “Repent and believe the gospel.” Explain what it means to repent and believe.
Walk them through Romans 10:9-10:
Confess Jesus as Lord– Ask them if they believe that Jesus is Lord. Explain that this means he’s their boss and they must follow him.
Believe– Ask if they believe that Jesus died on the cross to forgive their sins and that he rose again from the dead 3 days later.
Assurance– Tell them that if they truly believe this and that it’s their desire to obey Jesus now, then they are saved. This means that they have now started a relationship with God, have been forgiven, and get to look forward to eternity with Jesus in heaven.
Pray– Ask them if they’d like to talk to God to express their faith and repentance. They can pray on their own, or you can lead them in a prayer such as this, “Father God, thank you so much for your love for me. Thank you that you sent Jesus to die on a cross to forgive all my sins. Please forgive me for everything I’ve done wrong. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you also for rising Jesus from the dead to give me eternal life and to be with me every day. Please have your Holy Spirit strengthen me and give me wisdom to love you and obey you day by day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
When a person begins a relationship with Jesus it’s like they’re a new born baby. They need much spiritual care. Be there for them.
- Bible Study– Make sure they get a Bible that they can understand. Start a simple Bible study with them. It’s good to do a study that reinforces the gospel message – one that talks about the meaning of the cross, the resurrection, salvation by grace, etc. It should include a little homework for them to do (looking up scriptures and writing answers to questions). When they finish a chapter of the study have them meet with you and go over what they learned. Some good book studies are “Operation Timothy” by CBMC or “Lessons on Assurance” by Navpress.
- Key Habits to Help them Start:
Involvement in a Church (preferably your church so you can help them find their way).
Help them start reading the Bible and praying daily.
Encourage them to share their new found faith with friends and family.
Help them get plugged in with an ongoing small group Bible study.
Who is someone in your life that you could share this good, life-changing news with? May God give you joy and strength as you pass on his wonderful news to the people in your life?
-Pastor Andy Middlekauff