Can you quickly and easily tell someone how to
become a Christian?
I want to help you to be able to do this and it's
a great way to be sure for yourself.
It's as simple as A, B C. That's
A - Admit
B - Believe
C - Commit
A - Admit
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
- Romans 3:23
A person MUST be willing to admit that they have
sinned and that they are in need of God's forgiveness. The average
person has the mindset of "I'm a good person." You must help them
discover that they are not - at least in the eyes of God's
perfection. Don't call someone a sinner, help them to discover
that they are. Here are 3 conversations that will help you do that.
1.) Ask them if there will be problems in heaven. Most will say "no." Ask
them why there won't be problems in heaven. They may or may not be able to
answer, so then tell them the answer is "because there won't be any sin there." Next say,
"Answer this question to yourself, 'Do you have any sin?'" So then ask, "If you have sin,
will you be there in heaven?"
2.) Use the 10 commandments, found in Exodus 20, as a test - (that's why they were
given, by the way. See Romans 3:20) Here is what I use as memory devices
to remember the 10 commandments.
God-God - No other Gods before Me, No Idols
MALLS - Murder, Adultery, Lying, Language, Stealing
Parents Covet Sundays - Honor Parents, Do not Covet, Keep the Sabbath Holy
There are probably better memory devices, but I made this up a
long time ago and it has worked for me.
What I do is say, "Let me give you a test - answer these questions to
yourself" and I start with MALLS and say "In the last 3 weeks, have you
murdered anybody?" and I go through the list, starting each one with "In the
last 3 weeks…"
I use God-God as the last two with the final question being, "In the
last 3 weeks, has anyone or anything been more important to you than God?" Every time
I do this people are laughing at the first question, but about mid-way through they get
real quiet and by the end they are utterly convicted.
3.) Use 1 Corinthians, Chapter 13:4-8. This is the short chapter describing love. Simply
read them these verses and ask them to substitute their name for the word "love" and the word "it." At the
end, ask if those statements were true about them. Again, utter conviction. Here are the verses:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not
boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is
not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight
in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
B - Believe
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one
and only Son, that whosoever believes in him shall
perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Ask if they believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sin.
If the person you are dealing with struggles with Science vs. Faith
issues, direct them to a great website called
www.reasons.org. There they have
excellent materials by some very smart people. They provide very thorough
answers for anyone who is sincerely interested in the pursuing the truth.
word of warning, though. Many people throwing up scientific arguments have no
intention of following God. It's a matter of will, not truth. Never forget
that there were people who actually watched Jesus raise someone from the dead and
would not believe. (See the story of the death of Lazarus in John 11.)
C - Commit
You shall have no other gods before Me. - Exodus 20:3
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder. - James 2:19
A better word for this section would actually be "Submit," (but
it didn't fit my ABC theme).
There are two conversations you can have about this.
1.) I always ask this, "What is the most important thing in your
life?" For most people, whether they tell you this or not, the answer
is THEMSELVES. They want to be God of their life. Even many who call
themselves Christians want God IN their life, but not OVER their
life. Critical difference. Make them understand that what it really means to
be a Christian is to give complete control of your life over to God.
2.) Ask them - "Does Satan 'Believe' in God?" Yes, he does. Then ask
"So why isn't Satan saved?" The answer is that Satan won't SUBMIT to
God. So ask, "Are YOU willing to submit to God?"
So there you have it - A, B C on how to be a
Christian. The last thing to do is to ask them to
repeat a prayer after you. The words aren't critical, just that
you pray through the A, B, C's. Here's an example:
"Father, I admit that I have sinned against You and that I need Your
forgiveness. I believe that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die on the
cross to pay for my sin. Please forgive my sin. I commit myself to
You and I submit myself to Your complete authority over my life. In the
name of Jesus, I pray."
After they've prayed this prayer, simply tell them "If you
meant what you just prayed, then congratulations! You have been adopted by God
into His family and you are going to live forever!" It is a tremendously
exciting event both here and in heaven and it has consequences that will ring for
ETERNITY. It's a VERY big deal.
(Now, if YOU'VE just prayed that prayer for the first time, PLEASE email
me & let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to be excited with
you and I want to make sure that I help you in any way possible.)
I hope this helps you share the love of God with those He places in your path.
In His Love,
P.S. I appreciate you praying for this ministry.
William M. Verch
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