Inviting someone to become a Christian might be one of the most intimidating things for a Christian to do. It’s why most of us leave it up to the minister from church. We aren’t really sure what to say, maybe we’re even a little fuzzy on what they need to do to become a Christian. If you’re inviting someone to become a Christian, odds are you’re already friends with them. So you can breath a little easier knowing they already like you. When it’s time to have that conversation, here is what you need to know:
I had a youth group student who coined the phrase: The 5 Step Challenge. Love the name, because there are 5 steps to becoming a Christian. I’ll share the steps, and give a brief explanation for each.
Step 1: Hear and Believe. You can’t become a Christian if you’ve never heard the message of Jesus. It’s simply not possible. You also can’t be a Christian if you don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God who gave His life on the cross for your sins and rose from the grave. It’s pretty basic, but it’s essential if you want to be a Christian.
Step 2: Repent. This is a fancy church word. Repentance is a decision you make to change your behavior. When we explain it in Kid’z Cove we say it this way: If you’re stealing things, repentance means deciding you won’t steal anymore. Being repentant doesn’t mean you’ll never sin again, it just means you’ve decided to try not to sin.
Step 3: Confess. We’re not taking about confessing your sins here. We’re talking about confessing Jesus as Lord. Jesus said, if you confess Me before men, I’ll confess you before My Father in heaven. In other words, Jesus said, “If you tell other people you know Me, I’ll tell God I know you.” That’s a good deal. It’s why before someone is baptized we ask them to repeat “The Good Confession.” When Jesus asked Peter who he thought Jesus was, Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” We use the same wording today.
Step 4: Be baptized. In Acts chapter 2 Peter preached the first gospel sermon ever. He told the people they had killed the Son of God, the Messiah they had been waiting for. When they realized he was right, they asked, “What should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” It was pretty straight forward then, and it still is.
Step 5: Live for Jesus. Jesus tells us in John 15 that if we want to remain in Him, we’ll obey His commands. Living the Christian life after your baptism is essential. Finish strong my friends.
Our prayer is that people will know Jesus better because they know you.
How can you invite someone to know Jesus?
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Always remember, we love you, we’re praying for you, and we’re in this together.