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How to Lead Someone to Christ

How do you lead someone to Christ? How do we as believers share this good news and Gospel we have heard? (John 3)

We need to share this news of being born again in this world and having a new start with God by sharing why Jesus died for us.

What is the Gospel? The Gospel, or “good news,” is that Jesus died on the cross, rose on the third day defeating sin and death (taking our place), was resurrected and is the awaited Messiah that was prophesied to come. If we believe in Him and He took our place, then we too are going to be resurrected to have new life, in eternity with God our Father. God loves everyone (the whole world, it says in verse 16 of John 3).

 

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the first fruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. (1 Corinthians 15:20-24)

 

We need to keep our eyes and ears open to those who are seeking out God, who are looking for a friend in Christ, and maybe even keep our eyes out for the opportunity to pray for someone and lead them to Jesus. You would be surprised at how many people will be willing to come to church or at least let you pray for them. If you are willing, then most people are willing.

 

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)

 

It takes boldness to step out and to share Jesus with someone or to pray for them, but it is WORTH someone’s eternal destination, amen? This reminds me of the Britt Nicole song “The Lost Get Found,” where she talks about being a light and that “somewhere somebody needs a reason to believe…why don’t you rise up now…that’s how the lost get found.” SO POWERFUL!

 

…but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

 

[Source: bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Being-A-Witness#sthash.JB77KuSL.dpuf]

 

Remember, God doesn’t need us; He desires to use us as His warriors and vessels. We GET to be a part of the Kingdom life and share truth with a lost and fallen world.

So how do we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the world? Simple. Listen, build a relationship, ask questions and be a friend. Next, be a light, show love, don’t be judgmental and shine for Jesus. If we shine our light, the love of God will ooze out to the world in the darkness, and people will take notice. Sometimes you will encounter people and you won’t even need to mention it first or bring God up—it will come to you!

 

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved. (Hebrews 10:39)

 

Your anointing will attract others and they will see something different in you! Next, be WILLING to offer to pray for someone and ask God for the boldness to do this. Many people are hurting and need prayer or a friend. It is a kind thing to do, to ask someone (especially if God tells you to do this). Obviously we need to use wisdom and make sure the Holy Spirit is guiding us, but we don’t want to shrink back because the harvest is ripe! People are waiting for you to lead them! Be a leader—you have God with you and the Holy Spirit inside of you!

 

Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen. (Revelation 1:7)

 

Are you ashamed or embarrassed to tell your friends about Jesus? God says in His Holy Word in the Bible that if you are ashamed of Jesus, He will be ashamed of you and His Father and angels in heaven. We need to not care about man’s opinion and impressing people, and we need to help this broken world. We need to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves (Matthew 10:16). Obviously we don’t want to force our faith on people, because not even God forces us and gives us a choice, but we need to keep in mind that we need to be “unashamed,” just like my favorite rapper Lecrae says. (For those of you who don’t know him, he is super talented and has a group of other artists he collaborates with called the 116 Clique, which is based on Romans 1:16.) So cool! Lecrae even had a tour called “The Unashamed Tour.” LOVE IT!!!

 

For I am not 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)

 

How to Lead People to Christ

1. Love people and be a light. Read John 13:35.

2. Build relationships with people. Don’t judge automatically or be critical. (Let me be clear—we can judge a fellow believer if they are harming themselves or misrepresenting us or even Christ, but when someone is a baby Christian or a new believer or even a nonbeliever, you can’t expect them to be on the same level spiritually as you are.) Also, try not to push your faith on people. Just show them how you live first by your actions, and your words will hold more weight and power.

3. Be gentle, yet wise. Leading people to Jesus can be a process and not necessarily an overnight decision. Of course it is AMAZING when people accept Him as the Lord on the spot and believe He is the Son of God who died for the sins of the world, but with others it may take some time, so pray and be patient. Be a good friend, listen and love, and when they are ready, they will come to you. This is what happened with Nicole (yes, Nicole of PI). I invited her to church; she wasn’t interested at first, and over time as God showed her Himself and revealed things to her, she came to me and asked me more about my faith. It was in God’s timing and His way. Hang in there…God is faithful and prayer is POWERFUL (James 5:16).

4. Be watchful and willing. Be willing to step out of the boat and to witness to others. Be willing to invite others to church. Be willing to be a servant of God and to lead people to Jesus. Are you willing?

5. Realize eternity is on the line. People’s relationships with God and their souls are at stake. We need to be alert, awake spiritually, open to what God has and be honored to share in the co-mission God has for us, amen?

 

Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13)

 

Pray the Sinner’s Prayer with someone and ask them if they will accept Jesus in their heart to be Lord of their lives. Tell them about baptism and invite them to church! It would be awesome if you could tell them about the Bible app or even give them a Bible! Hallelujah!

 

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PI Girls, how do you share Jesus with your friends? Have you prayed the Sinner’s Prayer with someone?

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5 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Surrealist on September 26, 2015 at 17:57

    I have a question I’ve been wrestling with a lot…
    It’s hard for me to see my role in spreading the Gospel.
    If I don’t share the Word with someone who is not saved, and they don’t come to Christ in their life, will they not enter heaven because of me? Or because of themselves?
    Because it is in God’s nature to be righteous and just, won’t He provide a way for the unsaved soul to come to know Him whether or not I answer the call to share the Word?
    I know these are doubts from the devil and because of that I have not let them keep me from talking about Jesus, but they are still doubts I have not been able to overcome and I need some help.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by JesusFreak3278 on January 29, 2016 at 13:49

      Well, this is how I see it. I might be wrong, but this is my interpretation. Yes, God is righteous and just and all-powerful. If God wants someone to come to Him, then I believe He will lead them to Him. However, I don’t think that excuses us from evangelizing. When Jesus ascended to heaven, he told his disciples to go out and make more disciples and spread the Word. We, as His disciples, are called to spread the Word of God. Even if we aren’t personally what brings someone to Christ, we might have helped plant a seed. And more importantly, we are following Jesus’ command.

      Does that help? 🙂

  2. martial_artist_for_Jesus

    Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on September 20, 2015 at 15:38

    I agree with everything in this article, BUT (key word) we need to be careful with telling unbelievers that we are praying for them. To us, it is showing that we care, truly care about them and their hardships. But to some unbelievers (not all, some others DO appreciate being in our thoughts and prayers), it is like saying(IK from experience), “Oh, you poor soul, don’t worry, I’m greater than you and will intercede for you.”– in short, they also view it as an “arrogant pity-call”, even though that wasn’t what the believer intended in the least bit. But, they usually believe this because they think, something to the effect of, we ONLY pray for unbelievers. I have a friend who grew up in a Christian home but is unsaved, and he told me this… but my response? “Christians don’t JUST pray for non-Christians– we pray for other believers, too. It’s not saying, “I’m better than you”– though some may take it in that light– it’s saying we’re concerned and genuinely CARE about you and about everyone else. And that is NOT a bad thing.” Even though he still gets touchy about the idea of me praying for him, at least I cleared that much up with him.

    • bradylove44

      Posted by bradylove44 on September 22, 2015 at 13:38

      Martial_artist_for_Jesus makes a very good point, and I wish more people understood this. As an unbeliever myself, it really does not help or offer any comfort to hear someone say “I’ll pray for you”- because I don’t believe in the God you’re praying to. To many unbelievers, including myself, it often comes off as a throw-away line, even if it comes from a good place with good intention. If you want to lead people to Christ or show them you care, try saying “I’ll BE there for you”– show them with your actions that you care for them, physically do something to help them. Perhaps then that can be a stepping stone to leading someone to the church. But starting out with “I’ll pray for you”, at least for me, is an automatic turnoff because you’re not showing an understanding or respect for what I believe.

      • martial_artist_for_Jesus

        Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on September 23, 2015 at 16:03

        Exactly… not saying prayer’s a bad thing, but actions often times speak much louder than words. 🙂 You seem like someone who would be cut from a similar mold as my friend, and I don’t want to feel as though I’m deliberately insulting someone.

        Additionally (this goes for fellow believers out there ), it might be noted that, if you really feel the need to pray for someone in true need, but know they wouldn’t exactly like being told, then just don’t tell them you’re praying for them, and pray anyway… but if they don’t mind, tell them you’ll be thinking of them and hope everything’s going OK. 🙂