Tell the new believer in Jesus Christ, You are now a child of God’s family. You became a Christian and received the gift of the Holy Spirit the moment you received Christ. You may feel warmth, a tingle, a little shaky or nothing. Feelings are not that important, but take God at His Word and believe his promises:
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
“But as many as received (Christ) to them gave He power to become the children of God even to those who believe on His name”
(John 1: 12)
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast”
Therefore, salvation is given to us when we ask. We are saved when we accept Jesus as Lord. It is a gift that is given freely to all believers. We do not labor to receive it. We simply repent, believe, confess, and are baptized. Once this has been done, the new believer must join the church of God, study His word, talk with Jesus and keep in the company of like-minded believers. My, how the new Christian will grow.
NOTE: Know that water baptism does not save us. It is symbolic of John’s “water of repentance”: the dying of the old self and being born from above as a new self in Christ Jesus
(II Cor 5:17)
CONCLUDE YOUR VISIT AFTER AN APPROPRIATE LENGTH, USUALLY THIRTY MINUTES TO AN HOUR.
Of course, stay longer if needed. If the persons make a profession of faith, congratulate them on their decision; ask them to come to Church next Sunday.
If they have not yet decided for Christ, leave the door open for further visits and discussion. Be gracious in your conversation with them. Never act condemnatory.
Share a brief prayer of thanksgiving and blessing. Ask if you may come again. Leave with them an evangelistic statement that I shall include in a future article.
A Special Salvation Warning
Let no person confuse you. Once you are saved, you cannot lose your salvation. Now where we run into problems with knowing we are saved is that some people confuse being saved with a way of acting or something that can be earned.
A Christian is born into the family of God just as a baby is born into a human family. Regardless of what action the baby may exhibit during a lifetime, the individual is still the offspring of the parents. The same is true with the believer. Just because the Christian is having trouble “walking the walk and talking the talk” doesn’t mean the person is not saved. It only means that the immature Christian has not grown much, is still a babe in Christ and feels incomplete, having never developed a personal relationship and deep fellowship with the Lord.
The new believer needs sound teaching and Christian mentoring. In Romans 6:l-23, Paul asks the questions “shall we continue in sin that grace may abound (v. 11) or shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid,” (v. 15). Paul explains in Hebrews 6: 1-9, “it is impossible for those who were once enlightened … tasted the good word of God … if they shall fall away … we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation.” If the professed believer turns back, perhaps he had no faith and was not enlightened in the first place. It is of such a case that Jesus speaks in Matthew 13:20,21.
Jesus Christ says …
.”.. I give them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man (or spirit) pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man (or spirit) is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one”
Stand on the word of God and grow into the maturity of the faith.
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… Continued next week