How to Lead

 

How to Lead Someone to the Lord

(Excerpt from Gate Breakers: Book One and Book Two, Appendix A)
Leading someone to the Lord is one of the most exciting privileges we have as Christians. Much of this book is about the prayer, love, and witness that we as Christians can offer those ensnared in the cults and non Christian religions. It is our dearest hope that they will be delivered from deception and come to know the real Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; for there is salvation in no other.

However, once they come to that point of wanting to accept Jesus, what then?
How do you lead someone to the Lord? Since salvation is something that happens in the heart between the believer and Jesus, there are no certain rules regarding method. Yet, there are principles found within various Scriptures that can help you lead the seeker to the Lord. Below is a format for leading someone to the Lord that incorporates two questions and ten steps. The steps have various Scriptures that can be used to show them the concept in the Word of God.

Once they accept the Lord, there are follow up suggestions:

A. Use the two question test.

1. Ask, "Have you come to a place in your life where you know for sure that if you died tonight you would go to heaven?"

This establishes whether they believe in heaven and where they think they might go when they die. It does not necessarily establish whether they believe in hell, however.

2. Ask, "Suppose you died tonight and stood before God and He asked you why He should let you into His Heaven. What would you say?"

This establishes why they think they will spend eternity with God. They normally respond with a works type of answer such as, "I go to church", or "I obey the commandments", or "I was baptized as a baby", or "I do good deeds", or "I'm a good person", etc.

If their answer is anything other than that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior because He died for their sins, has forgiven them, and now lives in their heart by faith, then they are probably not yet born again. Go through the ten steps focusing on the fact that works and goodness do not pay our way into heaven.


B. Follow these ten steps of explanation.


1. In God's eyes all have sinned and are far from His glorious presence.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

2. This sin can potentially separate us from God forever.

"But your iniquities have separated you from your God." (Isaiah 59:2)

3. The final outcome of sin is eternal death and separation from God.

"For the wages of sin is death . . ." (Romans 6:23)

4. God's wrath is revealed from heaven against the ungodliness of sin.

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness . . ." (Romans 1:18)

5. However, God does not want men to perish, but He wants all to be saved.

"Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." (Timothy 2:4)
"Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

6. He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sins.

"Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness ”” by whose stripes we are healed. For you were once like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls." (1 Peter 2:24-25)

7. The Gospel is this:

A) Jesus died on the cross for our sins,
B) Jesus was buried and,
C) Jesus rose from the dead on the third day victorious over death.


"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

8. God gives everyone the choice to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and through Him receive the gift of eternal life, or to reject Jesus and to remain under the wrath of God headed for eternal death.


"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe in the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him." (John 3:36)
"The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)


9. For those seeking salvation, God requires:

A) Repentance - a turning away from sins, unbelief, and dead works, to Jesus Christ

B) Faith in the substitutionary atonement of Christ alone. It is what He did for us on the cross that counts. We cannot be good enough nor do enough works to deserve salvation and eternal life.

"God . . . now commands all men everywhere to repent." (Acts 17:30)
"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." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

10. Prayer for salvation:

It comes through confession and belief. Lead them in it.

"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. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10)


The person asking the Lord for salvation should pray. Below is a possible prayer to lead them through unless they want to make up their own words.

Often, people don't know how to pray and so it would help if you ask them to follow along with you in prayer. Tell them that prayer is communication with God. As they follow along, they should direct their prayer to God. Pray these words and ask them to follow:

"Dear Heavenly Father, I am sorry for my sin and unbelief. Please forgive me. I thank you for sending your Son to die for me on the cross at Calvary. Lord Jesus, I accept your sacrifice on behalf of my sins. I accept the atonement of your blood that cleanses all my sins and creates in me a clean heart. I place my complete trust and faith in you for salvation. I know that I can’t work my way to heaven and that I am not good enough. Jesus, I want to know you as my Lord and Savior. I need your help and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Your plan is for me to live for God and to spend eternity with you. Please come into my life and give me life everlasting. I want to be with you from this moment on and forever. Thank you for saving me from a path that leads to death and destruction. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for seeking me. Thank you for finding me. I ask these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen."

Afterwards, lead the individual through a Bible study on the Book of Life.

Let them know that their name is now written in the Lamb's Book of Life:

Philippians 4:3; Revelation 3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 20:15, 21:27; Exodus 32:32;
Psalm 69:28; Luke 10:20.

C. Help them get established in their new Christian life.

  1. Through developing a habit of daily prayer.
  2. Through developing a habit of reading the Bible.
  3. Through finding a good Christ-centered and Bible-centered home church.
  4. Through learning to fellowship with other Christians.
  5. Through taking steps to get water baptized.
  6. Through taking discipleship courses.
  7. Through learning to share their faith in Christ with others.
  8. Through learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit.