How to Lead Someone to Christ
Knowing how to lead someone to Christ may seem like a no-brainer to some. However, for me this was an issue that made me extremely nervous. I was always afraid I wouldn’t do it right. Even though I had seen and heard people be led to the Lord countless times in church, I still questioned myself on how to do it. To be honest, I hadn’t had much experience personally on how to lead someone to Christ. I had only led my kids through the prayer and a couple of their little friends (it’s a lot less threatening with kids for some reason!).
One time though, I had the opportunity to lead a very special friend through the process. Talk about being a hot mess! I was terrified. This was the most important decision that they would ever make in their life, and I didn’t want to screw them up. We said a prayer out loud together (I had them repeat after me). To be completely honest, I really don’t even know what I said because I was such a nervous wreck. In my efforts to make sure we did it correctly, I pulled out my iPhone, opened my Bible app, and read Romans 10:9. Then, I googled how to lead someone to Christ just to double check! I know…I’m a goofball sometimes! 🙂 I felt a lot better because it really was as easy as it seemed. For some reason though, it just didn’t seem like it should be that easy.
In an effort to help you, should you ever find yourself in this situation, I would like to share with you how to lead someone to Christ. Feel free to bookmark this page!
To receive salvation the Bible clearly spells out what you need to do in Romans 10:9 (ESV):
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
I also like the New Living Translation of the following verse (Romans 10:10):
“For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”
Simple as that…Here are the steps to be saved:
- First, Confess with your mouth (say out loud) that “Jesus is my Lord”
- Next, Believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead
- Then, You will be saved
How to Lead Someone to Christ:
- First, read Romans 10:9-10 to them (show them the verse either in a bible, on a smartphone, etc.).
- Next, let them know that they must believe in their heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who came to earth to die for our sins in our place and that God raised him from the dead.
- Then, let them know that they must confess, or say out loud, that “Jesus is my Lord”.
- Finally, pray with them.
Here is an example prayer that you can say out loud with them (have them repeat a few words at a time after you):
I know that I am a sinner, and I admit it. I confess with my mouth and believe in my heart that Jesus is Your Son and that He died on the cross for my sins. Jesus, please forgive me for my sins and come into my heart and life and become my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for hearing my prayer and for saving me. I am saved!
Being saved or receiving salvation is only the first step. To follow this decision up, people need to be baptized. (Read more about the need for baptism and meanings behind it here) Furthermore, people also need to take additional steps like finding a church home, establishing/growing a relationship with God by daily quiet times/bible reading, finding a good Christian support system, etc. Click here to read more about the next steps that a person needs to take after being led to Christ.
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