Summary: Part five of a five-part worship series "Take the Next Step."
How to Lead a Soul to Christ Part 5
“Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain,
and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain,
and the earth produced its crops. 19 My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth
and someone should bring that person back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins.” James 5:17-20
Intro: We are on the final sermon of a worship series called “How to Lead a Soul to Christ.”
I am teaching on five simple steps to learn and use
when talking to someone about becoming a Christian.
The first one was: “Show The Need For Salvation?”
Most people believe they are a good moral person.
But even good moral people must have a relationship with Jesus Christ to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The second step was “Share the Gospel.”
The harvest is plenty but the labors are few pray for the Lord of the harvest to send more workers.
We have to find a balance between timid and pushy to start a spiritual conversation.
The third step was “Proclaim Forgiveness.”
Forgiveness of sin is something that only God can do…, through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit.
because of the Resurrection we can proclaim forgiveness as a free gift for those who will accept it.
The fourth one was “Guide in Prayer”
You can guide someone in prayer.
When you have the love of God and caring and compassion in your heart for the lost person.
God will open your mouth and mind and heart and speak through you.
Plus there are lots of simple prayers you can memorize even the Lord’s Prayer can be used.
It is job of every believer, every professing church member,
It is the duty of every Christian
to be able to lead a soul…,
thru the process of understanding how available and simple it is to be forgiven of sin.
Today we are going to talk about step five in “How to Lead a Soul to Christ”
Which I Call
V. Take the Next Step
Let me tell you about a great time I had recently.
It all really began several weeks ago when we were planning “Friends and Family” Sunday.
I have been going out to visit, in the community and work to build relationships with the unchurched.
As a result I ran into a young man along with his two year old daughter at McDonalds.
After a couple of weeks of contact back and forth we decided to meet again for breakfast and prayer.
As is typical…, when you genuinely want to have a spiritual conversation with anyone
it did not take but a short time before this guy was opening up to me and sharing what was on his heart.
Let me go back for just a moment to that morning when I was rushing to leave the house
I was looking for a bible to take with me.
I saw two of these “God’s Promises” for Graduates bibles from 2015.
So I grab them. And took them with me.
We agreed to read through this book and meet back in a week.
After our wonderful meeting and prayer together
On my way out of McDonalds I had another opportunity to share my faith.
As I was leaving a older lady was sitting by herself eating breakfast alone.
Her name turned out to be the same name as my mother’s name.
So, I was very excited to learn more about this person.
Again it did not take but a short time before she was opening up to me and sharing what was on her heart.
So now I am praying for my two new friends.
I am planning to meet with them again this week.
I can’t wait to see what the next steps are they we are going to take together.
Let me ask you “have you told anyone about Jesus this week?”
You see what I have discovered is most of the time when I sit down to encourage someone else.
I leave feeling more encouraged and more blessed myself.
The more I pray for other people
The more often if find my own prayers are being answered.
When I get up feeling overwhelmed, weighed down, or grieved.
By the time I have talked to one or two people about the Good News of Jesus Christ
I start feeling encouraged…, my spirit has been uplifted…, I am filled with excitement and joy.
How awesome would it be if each person here today had an exciting a week like I have had.