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Background Considerations

As we share our faith with people around us the time will come when some of our contacts will be prepared to make a decision for Christ. Every Christian should be prepared to lead a seeker into that saving relationship. The basic outline to share on such an occasion might include the following:

  1. God loves you. John 3:16, I John 4:10
  2. We are separated from God because of sin. Rom 3:23, Is 59:1-2
  3. God has a plan to restore the relationship. Rom 6:23, I John 4:9
  4. We must receive Christ as our Savior and repent of our sins. Rom 10:9, I John 1:9
  5. Each of us must make a personal decision to allow Jesus into our lives. Rev 3:20, Joshua 24:15
  6. When we receive Christ as our Savior we receive power to become transformed people and to lead a new life. John 1:12, Phil 4:13.

Key Passages and Questions

  1. First Things First — Matt 28:20
    • Describe a logical sequence of the Bible truths which should be presented to an interested person.
    • Should our testimony focus on doctrine or relationships?
    • What all should be included under the injunction “teach them to observe all things?” (Matt 28:20)
  2. Making Appeals — Acts 2:38, 3:19
    • What are the essential elements in an appeal to accept Christ?
    • How much teaching is necessary before an invitation to accept Christ is given?
    • If no appeal is given and no decision is made, what may happen to the interest of the seeker?
  3. Confession of Faith — Rom 10:9-10
    • Why do we encourage baptisms to occur in a corporate worship service? Is an oral confession of faith useful in connection with a person’s baptism?
    • What reason for sharing your testimony is given in Rev 12:11?
  4. Baptism Mark — 16:15-16
    • How much teaching should occur before a new convert is baptized?
    • Why is baptism by immersion the only true method?
    • Why was Jesus baptized?
    • What should we learn from His baptism?

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