In leading someone to Christ, we must be aware of several key principles. We could possibly be leading someone astray, or giving false assurance that they are saved, if we do not use these principles. This is not to suggest that there is a particular technique or formula. However, to ignore what the Bible teaches about this subject could mean spiritual disaster for those we are trying to lead to Christ.
The following principles could easily be a lengthy teaching, but have been stated in brief here for your reference.
ROAD TO REDEMPTION
As you seek to lead people to Christ, it is helpful to have a “planned route” in mind. These scriptural pathways will help you keep moving forward in the right direction. Being very familiar with these simple steps can give you great confidence in leading someone to salvation. It is strongly recommended that you memorize the scriptures used in each step.
One of the simplest of the scriptural pathways to salvation is called the “Roman Road”. It is called this because the relevant Scriptures to each step were taken from the Book of Romans in the New Testament.
- Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory [standard] of God.”
- Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the (free] gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.“
- Romans 10:9,10: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Here is another simple set of guidelines that can help you lead someone to Christ by helping them realize: ·
- ALL MANKIND ARE SINNERS “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory [standard) of God” (Rom 3:23).
- THE PENALTY OF SIN IS ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD “The wages of sin is death [separation from God)” (Rom 6:23).
- GOD IS NOT WILLING THAT ANYONE SHOULD PERISH “The Lord is… not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet 3:9).-
- JESUS CHRIST HAS PAID THE PRICE “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3).
- WE MUST BELIEVE AND CONFESS THIS TRUTH “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9).
As you can see from looking at these sets of guidelines, they both deal with sin first. This is because often people may not know they are sinners in need of salvation. In other words, the Good News of the Gospel may not be “good news” until they have heard the “bad news”! The bad news is that they are sinners who will spend an eternity separated from God if they die without Christ as their personal Savior.
So, the first thing that must be dealt with in leading someone to Christ is their sin.
Sin is not a popular subject these days. Modern man prefers to refer to sin as “social indiscretion”, “personal preference”, “genetic traits”, or “personality defects”. Many other people refuse to concede that there is any such thing as sin at all. This kind of notion must be challenged and defeated with the Word of God. The Bible clearly teaches, from its earliest chapters, the reality and penalty of sin. Unless one is ready to agree with the Bible on this basic subject, the whole matter of salvation is out of the question. If there were no such thing as sin, there would be no need for salvation or a Savior. That means that the whole plan of redemption would be irrelevant and unnecessary.