Gospel Presentation Script

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Advanced Flipchart Training

Kevin Piper
  • Personalized presentation by Kevin Piper

Personalize your presentation

Once you have memorized the script, we encourage you to personalize your own presentation. What follows is simply a guideline to get you started. You can use the poster size pages on a stand for street presentations or a handheld version for personal presentations. Or you can do it without any aids at all.

What is most important is that it must come from your heart in love.

Friendship Evangelism:

When someone approaches me to do the Good Person Test, I use the first page as my friendship evangelism page.

It only takes about three minutes for someone to like you enough to allow you to connect with them.

The following is just one example of how I share the Gospel with someone who approaches me. Or if an opportunity presents itself, it’s very easy to direct the conversation and turn it into a spiritual one. 

It is very important to be led by the Holy Spirit and flexible in your presentation.

The idea is to get the people you are sharing with to compare what they think makes a good person to what the Bible says a good person is according to the 10 commandments. This prepares their heart so that they can receive the good news of the Gospel. Then you can give them the ‘Good News’.

The Keys To Effective Evangelism. Revelation!

  1. The first Key To Effective Evangelism is love
  2. You need to have a revelation by the Holy Spirit that the Gospel is the power of God for salvation Rom. 1:16,
  3. You need a Holy Spirit revelation that you are an Ambassador of Christ. God is going to cry out through you as you proclaim the good news of the Gospel 2 Corth. 5:20.
  4. FAITH: And faith comes by hearing the word of God. As you share the Gospel, God will impart the faith they need to enable them to believe Rom 10:17.

I have found this to be the single most powerful and empowering revelation. This is what will give you the confidence that you need, that will take away your reliance on how good you are at presenting the Gospel, and allow you to trust in the POWER of the Gospel through the Holy Spirit to reveal Jesus to the person you are ministering to. So that they will have an encounter with God as you witness to them.

This is something that you MUST pray about, and seek the Lord for!

First The Bad News

‘The Good Person Test’ – Cover Page

Good Person Test
‘The Good Person Test’ – Cover Page

Introduction: This is your friendship evangelism page. This is where you build a relationship with the person by asking them questions about what they believe etc. This is where you lay a foundation to build from.

  • Q. Would you consider yourself to be a good person?  (Wait for their answer. Remember there is no right and wrong answer, it’s just their opinion).

Tell them: The Oxford Dictionary says a good person is ‘someone that is morally excellent in thought, word and deed’. (That’s what you think, what you say and what you do, in every situation’).

  • Q. Based on this definition, are all these people good? (if you are not using a flipchart you can give them some examples)

You could use one or two of the following scenario to explain their need of some sort of standard to measure their goodness, or make up your own…

Remember, we are only commenting on what many people believe to be true, to demonstrate that according to the Bible there is no such thing as a good person, not even one (Rom 3: 19-20). Nobody is good enough to get into heaven by their own goodness, not even mother Teresa.

Understanding God’s character will help. God is…

  1. God is Holy (Lev 19:2) – 2. God is Love (1 John 4:16) – 3. God is forgiving (John 3:16) – 4. God is Merciful (Duet 4:31) – 5. God is Just (Duet 32:4)

If we leave any one of these characteristics out, then we create another god to suit ourselves, which is idolatry, and violates the 2nd commandment.

God is holy & His standard is so high we will all fail on judgment day. Everyone in this world is born a sinner and therefore sins and needs to repent before a Holy God and put their faith (trust) in what Jesus Christ did for us when He died & shed His blood on a cruel Roman cross in our place, to satisfy God’s justice, thereby giving us eternal life.

The moment anyone does this God forgives them of their sin & grants them eternal life & they are born again. Not because of their own goodness but because of God’s sacrifice on the cross for them & their faith in that alone to save them.

Reference to Flipchart Cover

  1. What do you consider makes a person good?
  2. Do you think all these people are good?

State: None of these people think they are bad. They at least they think there are plenty of people worse than themselves. They saw themselves good in their own eyes because they measured what was good by their OWN standard of goodness.

If we all have our own standard of goodness, then we could all claim to be good. True?

None of these people have done anything bad because they thought they were an evil.

  • Adolph Hitler considered himself a good person when he murdered over 6 million Jews, five million ethnic minorities and 30 million Russians. In his mind he was not an evil man, but a good man, doing the world a favor, because the Jews crucified Jesus Christ and should be eliminated. And millions of Germans agreed with his standard of goodness and voted him into power. He never broke one German law.
  • Saddam Husain considered himself to be a good person by killing 400 Kurd’s a week on behalf of his people.
  • Osama Bin laden considers himself to be a good person by sending his followers out as suicide bombers, and killing everyone that doesn’t convert to his religion, to please his god.

State: ‘So how do we know if we really are a good person if we all have different standards that just make us look good in our own minds?’

Sample Questions

The following are some example questions you could ask to get them thinking.

  1. How do you know if your standard is good enough to get you into Heaven? (If there was a Heaven)
  1. How do you know if you really are a good person? Would you agree that if we want to know if something is right or wrong, we need some kind of standard to measure it? ( You need to get them to agree).
  1. What standard can we use to measure how ‘good’ we really are? ( Wait for an answer)
  1. Did you know that our moral laws are based on the 10 Commandments? Have you heard of them before? ( Wait for an answer).
  1. Do you think they are a good standard? Can you name any of them?

State. Let’s see if you can answer 4 easy questions based on the 10 Commandments to see if you are good enough to get into Heaven?

Turn quickly to the next page without giving them to much time to think about what you’ve just said.  There is no particular order to take them through the commandments, and you don’t need to ask them all. Three or four are more than enough.

Question One

Do Not Lie

Good Person Test - Liar
Do Not Lie

Q. What are the two things you can see in this picture that violate one of the 10 commandments?

  • They should be able to see a face and the word Liar in handwriting.
  • Most get the face but most times you may have to point out the word ‘Liar’ – then ask…
  • Once they see them, you can say…

‘Yes, he has liar written all over his face’. This keeps it lite.

Q. One of the Commandments says we should not lie.

  1. Have you  ever  told a lie? Even a white lie or exaggerated truth? –  Wait for them to answer – Yes (this may take some encouragement to get, especially from the older generation).
  2. What do you call someone that tells lies?  –  A Liar
  3. So what does that make you? –  Wait for them to answer –  A Liar .  If they struggle to confess that they are a liar, ask them…  ‘How many lies do you have to tell to be called a liar?’  Wait for them to answer –  One.  Try to get them to see i t only takes one lie to be called a liar. Then ask them question 4 again.

NB: It can help if you agree with them that you have had the same problem. Once you get them to confess, go to the next page.

Question Two A

Do Not Steal

Good person Test - Thief
Do Not Steal

Your second of four Commandments

Q. ‘What do pirates do to get rich that violates one of the 10 Commandments?

They steel from the rich to give to themselves.

(You may have to point out they steal stuff like a pen from the bank or music off the internet without paying – then ask…)

Q. Another Commandment says we should not steal.
  • Regardless of the value, whether it’s a piece of fruit to robbing a bank, or something in between… Have you ever stolen anything in your lifetime?  Wait for them to answer  YES … (you may have to give them some ideas, especially older people won’t want to answer yes to being a thief. Like have you taken stationery home from work without permission, or have you read a book during working hours when you should have been doing what you were employed to do?)
Q. What do you call someone that has stolen something?  Wait for them to answer – 
  • A thief
Q. So what does that make you? – Wait for them to answer –
  • A Thief. If they struggle to confess that they are a Thief, ask them…
Q. ‘How many people do you have to murder to be called a murderer?’ –
  • Wait for them to answer – One.
  • That’s right; so you only have to steal one thing to be called a thief.  Then ask them again…
Q. So if you have stolen something, what does that make you then?
  • If they still struggle to answer suggest…
  1. ‘If I stole your wallet or purse, what would you call me’ – A thief.
  2. That’s right, even if we have only stolen one thing we would still be called a thief. So what does that make you then?  Wait for them to answer – A thief.

Suggest that they ‘Listen to the voice of their conscience’

NB: It can help if you agree with them that you have had the same problem.  Once you get them to confess, go to the next page.

Try to make it fun! 

Question Two B

Do Not Commit Idolatry (Optional)

Good person Test - Idolatry
Do Not Commit Idolatry (Optional)

Q. Gods says… do not make idols or any likeness of any kind and worship them.

  • (4 “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.5 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me. Ex 20:4-5).
Have you ever prayed to a saint, an image, including any image you have created in your mind that is not the true God of the bible?
Called a man (who is not your earthly father) Father, for God alone is your Father. Even a god you have created in your mind not to believe in, who you can hate?
  • What don’t we understand about the word NOT?
  • Imagine if you as parents go home today and find your children (you could pick someone out and use them as an example) making a carved image of you that clearly wasn’t you, but in fact was something very offensive to you. They stopped talking to you or even acknowledging you exist, but treated this offensive image as though it was you. Wouldn’t you be very angry? Wouldn’t you be disgusted and INSULTED? You’d say to you children, I’m your mom/dad, what do you need theses useless things for? They can’t see you, hear you, answer you, or do anything for you? (Once they agree with you). Then say… Well that’s exactly how God feels when you worship other gods, other idols instead of ONLY Him. He created you to know and love Him.Have you ever created an image of God to suit yourself or your religion?
Q. If God exists and you have done this, do you think you would have offended God? (Wait for their answer) Yes.
Q. If you have done this, what does it make you? (Wait for their confession) An idolater (You may need to help them with their answer)
  • In the bible the word ‘DESTROY’ is recorded 148 times in conjunction with idols. God says ‘He will DESTROY all those who make, worship and serve them’.
Q. So that would make you a lying thief, and an idolater, right? (It would make me one to)
  • NB: It can help if you agree with them that you have had the same problem in the past. Once you get them to confess, go to the next page.

Question Three –

Do Not Blaspheme His Name

Good person Test - Blasphemy
Do Not Blaspheme His Name

Q. What do you think this person is up to that violates one of the 10 Commandments?

  • Point out. This guy is experiencing a bit of road rage and is using God’s name as a swear word or cuss word to express his disgust.
Q. Have you ever done that? –
  • Yes (This may take some encouragement for them to confess too)
Q. Do you know what that’s called? (They probably won’t so you may have to help them)
  • State:  This is called blaspheme… One of the commandments says we should not take God’s name in vain… for the Lord your God will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain… (Deuteronomy 5:11)
  • Blasphemy is a very serious sin against the God who gave you life. He gave you eyes to see His creation, a tongue to taste the good food He created, ears to hear, and a heart to love the people He created, and everything that is dear to you. And you have lowered His holy name and used it as a filth word to express disgust.
  • The bible teaches that using God’s name as a curse word is a very serious crime Gods eyes and is punishable by death. (1 Kings 21: 10-13)
Q. So if you have blasphemed God’s name, what does that make you? –  Wait for them to answer (help them if need be)…
  • A Blasphemer.
  • NB: It can help if you agree with them that you have had the same problem. Once you get them to confess, go to the next page.

Question Four

Do Not Commit Adultery 

Good person Test - Adultery
Do Not Commit Adultery 

Q. What do you think these people are doing that violates one of the 10 commandments.

  • You may have to give them a scenario like….

‘If I was to tell you that both of these people are married, but not to each other, what commandment are they breaking?’ – Adultery. (You will probably have to help them understand this word as its rarely used today. Just call it cheating)

Q. Have you ever done that? –  (Wait for them to give you an answer)
  • ‘Jesus said (in  Matt 5:27-28) “You have heard that it was said,  ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY; but I say to you that everyone who looks at another person with lust for them has already committed adultery with that person in their heart.
Q. Have you ever done that in your lifetime? – Wait for them to give you an answer –
  • YES –
  • (if they say no, ask them if they have red blood flowing through their veins, or ask them if they are gay. That usually gets them to answer yes lol)
  • So what does that make you?  – (Wait for them to answer) –
  • An Adulterer at heart. (help them with the word adulterer/Cheater)
  • NB: It can help if you agree with them that you have had the same problem. Once you get them to confess, go to the next page.
  • Once you get them to confess, go to the next page.

Summary  

After the presentation of the Commandments

God is Holy and righteous and His standards are so high that He judges murderers to be the same as thieves or liars etc…

For this. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not kill. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness.  You shall not covet and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicator’s, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. We need the gift of God’s righteousness 1 Cor 6:9-10

The Condition of the World

The bible declares that WE ARE ALL under sin…as it is written,  THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS,  NOT EVEN ONE ; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD; ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD,  THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE . Rom 3: 9-12

How We Became Sinners (Optional)

The Bible teaches that God created us so that we can spend eternity in fellowship with Him. But when our ancestor Adam disobeyed God, (spiritual) death which is the power of sin, entered into his life causing his body and soul to become impure and separated him from God.

Since then this spiritual death has been passed down the generations from Adam, and all mankind have inherited this impure condition of the body and soul. The soul is that eternal part of us that lives on when we die physically.

If we die in this impure condition we will not be allowed access into heaven where nothing that is impure can enter, but we will be sent to a place of impurity and eternal torment – That place is called Hell!

NB: This death is not just physical death but also a spiritual death, which separates us from God forever’

“And as it is appointed for men once to die (physical death), but after this the judgment” (spiritual death) – Hebrews 9:27

The Law reveals we are born a sinner and guilty before a Holy God

The law, (the 10 commandments) is like God’s mirror which He uses to reveal to us that our sins are caused by the power of sin working in us.

We do not go to Hell for the wrongs (sins) we have done but because of the inherited sinful condition of our soul (our sin nature). Our wrongdoings (sins) like lying, cheating, stealing, hatred, murder, greed, lust, etc. are the results of the power of sin working in us. Our sins (the things we do, like lying, stealing etc.) prove that the power of sin (sinful nature) is working in us.

The bible says “For All have sinned (broken God’s commandments) and fall short of the glory of God” (God’s standard, Romans 3:23)“…that the whole world may become guilty before God… for by the law is the knowledge of sin(s)” (Romans 3:19-20)

The Courtroom

Judgment

Good person Test - Courtroom
The Courtroom – Judgment

God’s Coming Judgment Day 

(NB: The word ‘IF’ is used to take the argument out. Remember, we are trying to appeal to their conscience, not their intellect, and using the word ‘IF’ takes out the argument and allows their conscience to work. At this point, you will begin to see the work of the Holy Spirit convicting them of their sinful condition and God’s Holiness, and the judgment to come).

Q. Have you kept the commandments?

(Wait for their answer. Then either agree if they say no, and remind them of their confession. If they say they’ve kept the commandments, just remind them of their earlier confession)

  • I’m not judging you, but from what you’ve told me you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer in deed or at heart. (Whichever they have admitted too)
  • If you were to die tonight, and if there was a God who was to judge you according to the standard of the 10 Commandments, and you stood before Him in His courtroom. Do you think He would find you innocent or guilty?
  • (NB: Remember, we only have to have broken one of the 10 commandments to be found guilty. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. – James 2:10)

The First of the Ten Commandments

  • It has been established that you would be guilty of breaking His commandments. Even if you were able to perfectly keep nine of the commandments for your entire life — you  have  broken the first commandment.
  • The First of the Ten Commandments says, “You shall have no other gods before me.” That means that we should love God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, all of our lives. The Bible tells us that  no one has kept this commandment (see Psalm 14:2-3).
  • Please don’t be discouraged. I urge you to be patient and to continue on. Our straightforwardness is motivated by a genuine concern for your soul.
  • While it may seem that God’s goodness will cause Him to overlook your sins, the opposite is actually true. Perhaps the following illustration will add some clarity:
  • Imagine you’re standing before a judge, guilty of serious multiple crimes. The judge is about to pass sentence when he asks, “Do you have anything to say for yourself?” You stand up, look the judge in the eye and say, “Yes your Honor, I believe that you’re a good man… and because you’re good, and I’m normally a good guy, you should let me go”.
  • The judge will probably say something like, “Well, you’re right about one thing… I am a good man. And it’s because I am good that I’m going to see that you are punished for your crimes.”
  • The very thing you are counting on to save you on the Day of Judgment — namely God’s goodness — is going to be the very thing that will see to it that justice is done. Because God is  so good  He will make sure that every murderer, rapist, and thief receives justice… but He won’t stop there.
  • He will also make sure every liar, blasphemer, and adulterer is punished. While this is something that is extremely tragic and far from God’s ultimate desire for any person, the Bible is clear that the place of punishment for those who do not turn from their sins is Hell.

Q. So on judgment day, would God find you innocent or guilty?

  • (Wait for a plea of GUILTY! Before showing them the next page…)

Heaven or Hell?

Good person Test - Judgment
Heaven or Hell?

After an admission of Guilt…

Q.  If God finds you guilty on judgment day – where do you think He will send a guilty criminal? – Heaven or hell?

You may need to encourage them to admit they would go to hell. Then ask these questions before moving on…

Q. If the Bible is true and you died today. Does it concern you that you are headed for Hell?
  • At this point, if they readily admit they are destined for Hell, then their heart has been prepared, and you can go on to proclaim the Gospel… of God’s amazing grace.

Before turning the page ask…

Q. Do you know what God did so YOU don’t have to go to Hell?
  • At this point in your presentation it is vitally important that you show that you really do care about them and what could happen to them. Please remember their Eternal Destination is at stake! If you don’t care, neither will they.

Turn to the next page

(If this doesn’t concern them it’s probably because they have not been convicted of their sin and it will be much harder as you continue. Or they may just think they will go to heaven anyway. Please pray and encourage them to think seriously about what you have just shared with them. Then go to #2)

What to do if they are Not Concerned About Going To Hell
  • NB: If they have answered Heaven, or it doesn’t concern them, remind them…
  • ‘I’ve got some bad news for you. From what you’ve told me you are not going to end up where you want to’.
  • Now ask these two questions again before moving on…
Q. ‘If’ the bible is true and you died today.  Does it concern you that you are headed for Hell?
  • (You should be able to get them to at least admit that ‘if’ it’s true they would be concerned’. Their heart should now be prepared enough for you to proclaim the Gospel…)
  • Before turning the page ask…
Q. Do you know what God did so YOU don’t have to go to Hell?
  • (At this point in your presentation it is vitally important that you show that you really do care about them and what could happen to them.)
  • Please remember their Eternal Destination is at stake!

Now The Good News

Proclaim the Good News

The Penalty of Sin PAID in full
The Good News

Now their heart has been prepared by the Holy Spirit for you to proclaim the Gospel

Here are some ideas to get you started. 

Note: You do not need to quote the scripture and verse references.

Important Note: If you are using the poster version in public. Don’t leave this page open to the public as you continue. Just give them a glimpse for a few seconds, then flip it back to the Courtroom page or Front cover page as you talk. The reason is that Passers by have no idea what you are doing and this keeps what you are doing covert. If people think its religious they won’t give it a go. However if they have no idea but walk past sometimes several times, their curiosity often gets the better of them and they come and ask what it’s all about.

It can also add impact if you open this page and give them a glimpse several times as you share.

The following is where you can get creative. It is important to be led by the Holy Spirit and listen to Him for words of knowledge and wisdom. You can take them from Adams sin to the coming Judgment day.

The Penalty of Sin is Death (Spiritual & Physical death)

Romans 5:11-13 (NASB) 11 And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. 12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 

Romans 3:11-13 (NASB) 11 There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; 12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.” 13 “Their throat is an open grave, With their tongues they keep deceiving,” “The poison of asps is under their lips”;

The Gospel

God loves us so much that He does not want any of us to be separated from Him and perish forever in Hell. 2 Peter 3:9, John 3:16. But someone has to pay the fine for our sin to satisfy God’s justice. If we pay the fine, we pay it in hell. Hell is Gods prison without parole, for guilty criminals.

‘You’ve Broken God’s Law (That’s how you know you are in a sinful condition)… however Jesus Took Your Punishment! So that God’s Justice can be satisfied, and you can be forgiven’ 

JESUS PAID YOUR SIN DEBT IN FULL, SO THAT YOU CAN GO FREE

Substitution: (to take the place of another)

God has provided a way to bring us back into relationship with Him by sending His Son Jesus Christ to become like one of us, yet without sin, to suffer and die on the cross as a sacrifice for us, to shed His blood for the forgiveness of ALL our sins and for the healing of ALL our sicknesses and curses. He then descended into Hell on our behalf so we don’t have to go there. Matthew 8:16-17, Galatians 3:13. Hebrews 10:12. Hebrews 9: 22. 1 Peter 1:18-19. Isaiah 53: 3-11.

SINFUL MAN 

Sin and its results (sins) are why God sent His Son to die as a substitute for you and me, to pay the price for our sin with his blood, to fulfil the scriptures. Hebrews 9:22, Hebrews 10:12

What Must I Do to be Saved? (RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE)

Two Steps to Salvation

  1. Repentance: (Have a change of direction in heart and mind towards sin)God gives us the ability to repent when we see and believe what Jesus has done for us… ‘Repent then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out. Acts 3:19. Acts 11:18
  1. Believe (Trust or Faith)“…what must I do to be saved?” “BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved.” (Receive eternal life) Acts 16:30-31
  1. Jesus said… “Truly, truly, unless one is born again he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3– “Yet all who received Him, to those who believed in His name He gave the right to become children of God,” John 1:12

If you believe this is true, all you need to do now is tell God… and it’s done! Romans 10:9-13

9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 

For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”

That is God’s Promise to you!

Ending a Gospel Conversation 

Sensing the conversation is coming to an end, I will often say the following to the person with whom I am speaking, if they are not going to come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, at that moment:

  1. I will briefly summarize the law and the gospel one more time.
  1. I will remind them of the certainty of death and judgment.
  1. I will let the person know I care about them and that I will be praying for them.
  1. I will encourage them to read the Gospel of John, so they can see that what I’m telling them is true.
  1. I will give the person my business card and encourage them to contact me if they have any questions.
  1. I will say good-bye with a friendly handshake (when appropriate).

And if the person with whom I am speaking seems broken over their sin, contrite, and seemingly desiring salvation through Jesus Christ:

  1. I will, once again call the person to repent and believe the gospel.
  1. I will encourage the person to call out to Christ, seeking His forgiveness and asking Christ to save them.
  1. I will ask the person if I can pray for them. I never lead a person in a prayer. I will pray the Lord saves them, by drawing them to genuine repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I will pray if it be the Lord’s will to save them that they grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. I pray the Lord will place them in a Bible-believing, Bible-teaching, Christ-glorifying church. And I pray the Lord will use them to bring others to genuine repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
  1. I will give the person my business card and encourage them to stay in touch.
  2. I will give the person a Bible or a Gospel of John, if the person does not have a Bible.
  1. Whenever possible, I will suggest good churches in their area. I will also point them to my “follow-up” blog, where they can find several church finders and other information for new believers.
  1. I never declare a person saved. I never welcome them to the family of God and Christ’s Church. I never want to do or say anything that leaves the person with a false sense of assurance if they are not, in fact, soundly saved. After all, I do not know any person’s heart. I don’t know if the person’s outward appearance is an indication of genuine repentance and faith or nothing more than a worldly sorrow.

Conclusion 

Closing gospel conversations this way leaves me completely trusting in the sovereignty of God for the person’s salvation. It is not manipulative. It doesn’t leave the person with a false sense of assurance. It keeps me from taking any credit whatsoever for any work the Lord accomplishes in the person’s life. After all, I am merely one of the King’s ambassadors. Only the King has the power and authority to forgive and to save. I have no such power.

Remember: God does not need your help to save anyone. Yes, He uses the preaching of the gospel to convert souls. But salvation is of the Lord. He doesn’t need us to emotionally prep or prod lost people. He doesn’t need us to make the gospel more palatable. He doesn’t need us to add prize packages (Your best life now; health, wealth, and prosperity; a purpose you’ll get a kick out of; mended relationships; etc.) to the gift of eternal life. In fact, I believe these kinds of “gospel helps” are an offense to God.

Simply proclaim the gospel to the lost. Bring every single person with whom you speak to the foot of the cross. And trust, really trust, God to save.

When you have completed your presentation

The Ultimate Question to ask is?

  • Now that you understand the two things that you need to do to get right with God today…
  • When are you going to do it?