Posted by: missionventureministries | November 14, 2019

HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF TO LEAD A PERSON TO CHRIST – John 1:40-42

One of the two, who heard John speak and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which translated means Christ). He brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John; you shall be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter). John 1:40-42

We cannot overemphasize the great need that exists today for Christians to be prepared to lead others to a personal knowledge and experience of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Every true born again Christian should not only have the absolute assurance of his own salvation, but should know how to lead others into such assurance. There is no greater task than this.

However, there are three important requirements before anyone can successfully lead a soul to Christ.

The one who is teaching must be totally surrendered, purified and live a Spirit-filled life, (Romans 6:12-13). As Paul tells young Timothy that “everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness” (2 Timothy 2:19). And that we are not to get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit, … always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ (Ephesians 5:18, 20-21). It is the true born again believer who is fully at the disposal of the Lord, empowered by Him, whom the Lord uses.

We need to have a complete reliance upon the Holy Spirit. Only as we experience His restraining and direction in our lives shall we be used as soul-winners. We cannot do this work, if we lack wisdom (James 1:5); discernment (Proverbs 11:30), and we must abide in the Vine (John 15:5) and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

We have to have a working knowledge of the Scriptures; being always able to point someone to the Word of God and show what Scripture says. To do this, we must know our Bible and where to find the references.

Many Christians do not know how to lead a soul to Christ. Do you? Could you use your Bible to point a sinner to the Savior, revealing God’s way of salvation and directing them to the necessary scripture references?

If your answer is no but you would like to know how, than ask Him, because the Bible tells us: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7).

Soul-winning is the greatest work in the world, and if we are willing then we should know how to do it, as we read in the Acts 8:29-39, where Phillip brings the eunuch to salvation. And in Acts 16:25-34 where Paul and Silas lead the jailer and his whole household to the Lord.

Are you ready to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth? Then, study and show yourself worthy, ask the Lord to give you the desire and the knowledge to be fully prepared, so that you can do what Andrew, Philip and Paul and Silas did.

Keep in mind that every case is different, but we need to be prepared praying without ceasing for the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest; remembering what Paul said: I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).

Here are some steps and Bible verses to memorize if you have a burden for the lost:

First show the NEED of salvation. Explain to a lost person, who is willing to hear, that by nature we are all sinners (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23); that our sin has brought death (Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1-2), and separation from God. It has brought judgment from God (John 3:18); and that is why we need a Savior.

This is where we must begin, because no one wants to come to Christ until he is mindful of his need and longing in the soul.

Then we need to show that WE CANNOT SAVE OURSELVES. If we are to be saved, someone outside ourselves must do it for us!

We need to emphasize these truths as stated in: 

  • Ephesians 2:8-10, for by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. 
  • And in Titus 3:5-7, He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

We need to explain that the Lord Jesus died upon the cross FOR OUR SINS, and that He lives TO SAVE all who come to God through Him. 

This truth is made abundantly clear in such verses as Isaiah 53:5-6; John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24 and Hebrews 7:25.

We need to show those who are searching that the Lord Jesus is able and willing to forgive (Mark 2:10; Acts 13:38-39); cleanse (1 John 1:9); and to impart eternal life (John 5:40; John 10:10; 1 John 5:10-12).

That the way to be saved is to BELIEVE IN the Lord Jesus Christ; and we should reinforce their belief by pointing them to verses such as John 3:36; John 5:24; and John 1:12. And that we are not to be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek (Romans 1:16).   

Explain that the assurance of salvation does not depend upon FEELINGS but upon WHAT GOD SAYS. If you come to Jesus, He will receive you because He says so (John 6:37); if you ask God to save you, He will do it because He promises to (Romans 10:13); if you ask the Lord Jesus to come into your being He will do so because He says He will (Revelation 3:20). 

OPEN CONFESSION should follow after believing on the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 10:32-33 and Romans 10:9-10 are two key references which emphasize the importance of this. 

And lastly please remember this precious verse: Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 25-26). 

After much prayer and preparation led by the Holy Spirit, underline all the above references in your Bible; study them, make sure you understand them; memorize them, or quickly know where to find them in your Bible! 

Once ready, go out remembering to: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth(2 Timothy 2:15).

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