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MINISTERING SALVATION OUTLINE 

(“He that wins souls is wise" - Proverbs 11:30)

 

Diagnosis ?: 

1. Do you know for sure you will go to heaven when you die?

2. If God were to ask you: ‘Why should I let you into My Heaven?” 

What would you say?

(The possible answers are 

1. YES or NO, 

2. FAITH or WORKS. 

YES + FAITH = SAVED, 

NO + FAITH =LACKS ASSURANCE, 

NO+WORKS = NORMAL SINNER, 

YES + WORKS =SELF-RIGHTEOUS SINNER)

 

1. Announce Good News: 

ETERNAL LIFE IS A FREE-GIFT 

(“the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” -Romans 6:23). 

THEREFORE IT IS NOT EARNED OR DESERVED. 

“By grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is  the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” - Ephesians 2:8,9 *Friend’s Gift (what if you gave your friend something and he tried to pay for it)

2. Explain the Problem: No one can earn a place in heaven because: 

MAN IS A SINNER 

 “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” - Romans 3:23

*Sin-defined (thought, word, deed, selfishness, commission and ommission).

*3 sins a day=1,000 a year and 70,000 in a lifetime. You are in serious trouble! 

THEREFORE MAN CANNOT SAVE HIMSELF 

 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect” - Matthew 5:48). 

*God’s passing grade to enter heaven is 100%. You may be good but you are not good enough! *Swimming the Atlantic (impossible, even if above average). *Omelette with rotten egg (our life is unacceptable even if it has some good in it).

Now ask: “Do you now see why its impossible for man to save himself?”

Now GOD IS MERCIFUL, SO HE DOES NOT WANT TO PUNISH US 

“God is Love”-1John 4:8, 

He says: “I have loved you with an everlasting love” -Jeremiah 31:3. 

But the same Bible also tells us that: 

GOD IS JUST, THEREFORE HE MUST PUNISH OUR SIN. 

“He will by no means aquit the guilty” -Exodus 34:7. 

*Would a judge be right to let a thief go unpunished?

3. Proclaim the Solution (JESUS CHRIST): 

God solved this problem in the Person of Jesus Christ.

1. WHO HE IS (the God-man, Son of God). “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory” (John 1:1,14).

2. WHAT HE DID (the Record Book). “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him (Jesus) the iniquity of us all” - Isaiah 53:6.

“He died on the Cross to pay the penalty for our sins and to purchase a place for us in Heaven. 

On the 3rd day, He rose from the dead and is alive forevermore. 

He now offers you the free gift of forgiveness and eternal life.”

4. Help them receive this Gift: This gift is received by faith (John 3:16). 

Faith is believing the Good-News (Who Jesus Christ is and what He did) and trusting in Jesus Christ ALONE for eternal life. 

(“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” - Acts 16:31). 

*Chair - faith is transferring your trust to CHRIST, like sitting on a Chair. 

*Faith is like a hand reaching out to receive a free-gift that is being offered. 

Now ask: Would YOU LIKE to RECEIVE the GIFT of ETERNAL LIFE?

Prepare them to pray to personally receive Christ as their Saviour and Lord: 

Jesus says: “Behold, I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. 

If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). 

“Whosoever calls on the name of the LORD (JESUS) shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

*Pray the SINNER’s PRAYER. 

*Minister Assurance: “Surely, surely,, I say to you, he who believes (trusts) in Me (now) has (possesses) eternal life” (John 6:47, see also John 3:16).

FOLLOW-UP: Welcome to the family of God! You are a child of God (John 1:12, 13), a New Creation in Christ with a new-life and nature. (2Corinthians 5:17, John 3:3-7, Romans 5:5).

Being a Christian means loving God (Matthew 22:37). 

This involves reading the Bible (1Peter 2:2), 

Prayer (1John 1:9) and Church (Hebrews 10:25).

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