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A. Their secular life
B. Their church background
C. Our church
D. Testimony: personal and/or church
May I ask you a question?
E. Two Questions
1. Have you come to the place in your spiritual life where you know for certain that if you were to die tonight you would go to heaven?
May I share with you how I came to know I have eternal life and how you can know it, too?
First let me ask you a second question which will help clarify the matter.
2. Suppose you were to die tonight and stand before God and He were to say to you, "Why should I let you into My heaven?" What would you say?
Let me be sure I understand what you would say to God. You would say . . . (repeat his answer) . . Is this what you would say?
When we started talking I thought I might have some good news to share with you, but now that I've heard your answer to this question I know I have the best news you've ever heard!
Most of my life I thought (or most people think) as you. To get into heaven required (put person's answer to second question here). I discovered the GOOD NEWS that
A. Heaven is a free gift. It is not earned nor deserved. This can be seen more clearly when we understand what the Bible says about Man.
B. Man is a sinner and cannot save himself. This comes into sharper focus when we look at what the Bible says about God.
C. God is merciful and therefore does not want to punish us, but He is also just and therefore must punish our sin. God solved this problem in the person of Jesus Christ.
D. Christ is the infinite God-man. He died to pay for our sins and to purchase a place in heaven for us which He offers as a gift. This gift is received by faith.
E. Faith is not mere intellectual assent or temporal faith. It is trusting in Jesus Christ
alone for our salvation.
A. (Qualifying question) Does this make sense to you?
B. (Commitment question) Would you like to receive the gift of eternal life?
C. (Clarification of commitment) This is the most important decision a person can ever make, so let me clarify it for you again. You receive eternal life by transferring your trust to the resurrected and living Christ. You must receive Him as your Savior and your Lord. You must repent and want to become a responsible member in God's forever family. Is this what you want?
D. (Prayer of Commitment) If this is really what you want, we can pray. I can lead us in prayer and we will tell Him what you just now told me. (Pray for him to understand and believe the gospel. Pray with him to repent of sin and trust in Christ alone. [Lead a phrase at a time.] Pray for him for assurance.)
E. (Assurance) I would like for you to read something important that Jesus says about what you have just done. John 6:47.
THE IMMEDIATE FOLLOW-UP
A. The Bible (seven-day call back appointment)