HOW TO MINISTER TO THE UNSAVED
GOD REALLY, TRULY LOVES EVERYONE UNCONDITIONALLY
It is imperative that every "born again believer", tell everyone that they know and meet, of the great love that GOD has for them. GOD loves them in spite of who they are, what they have done in the past or present, or what they are currently experiencing in their personal lives. GOD loves them beyond the scope of human comprehension. His heartfelt desire is that no one should be "lost for eternity".
Satan is known as the Father of all liars, and the master deceiver, whose primary objective is to steal, kill and destroy everything in their lives that represent love, joy, peace, happiness, health, wealth or prosperity. He wants to make their lives a living hell so that they will lose all hope and reject GOD, and even deny His very existence. In other words, Satan wants them, you and I and literally everyone else who is not one of his followers to die.
It is written that GOD so loved the world (all of mankind), that HE sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to earth in a physical body that he would literally serve as the "ultimate sacrifice" whose precious innocent blood would be shed for the sins of the world (every living, breathing human being). He offers His precious "Gift of Salvation" (the pardon) to them and everyone else, who will open their hearts and demonstrate their faith in Him by doing several key things:
1. They must be willing to sincerely acknowledge first and foremost that they are indeed a "sinner" with the need to repent (change) their way of life.
2. They must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of GOD who suffered and died on the Cross of Calvary for their sins, and that GOD raised Him from the dead
3. They must be willing to ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior of their lives.
Doing these three simple things with sincerity from their hearts, by faith is a sign to Almighty GOD, that they accept His "pardon". This results in them re-establishing a relationship with Him, that was lost because of the sin of disobedience committed by Adam and Eve. Through the sacrifice and shed blood Jesus Christ, they will become a son or daughter of God, blessed with the promise of eternal life. They also position themselves to be a "co-worker" with God, to assist in the fulfillment of His Great Commission, to save lost unsaved souls.
Helping God to save souls is no where near as complicated as many people and ministries make it out to be. All that is really required, is your willingness to have a casual conversation with any individual you meet, that could potentially result (with the help of Holy Spirit) in your leading them to pray, a simple yet very powerful prayer (known as "The Sinners Prayer"), that will literally change their life (as well as yours) forever. The "Gift of Salvation" is the most precious gift that anyone will ever be given the opportunity to accept and receive in their entire lifetime.
Below I have provided several examples that you can use as starting points, to guide you into the conversation that may lead a lost, unsaved soul to salvation.
eg #1 You meet an individual on a cold, snowy winter day, and the two of you begin to converse. You may mention how glad you will be, when the warm weather returns. You may say something like, "It sure would be nice to be laying on a beautiful white sand beach in the Caribbean somewhere, under a big umbrella listening to the ocean waves. Chances are that they will agree. Then you may pause, as if you've had a second thought about what you just said and say, "You know, as much as I'd really enjoy doing that, I'm just so very grateful that God opened my eyes, and blessed me to experience this cold winter day? What about you? Then you stop and listen to what they have to say. No matter what they say, whether it's positive or negative, you have created the opportunity to lead them in the Sinner's Prayer. Why? If they begin to talk about how blessed they are as well, then you may respond; You truly are blessed. God is truly wonderful, isn't He? Then you may ask them, Do you have a church where you fellowship? Wait for a response. Then ask them, Are you Saved? If they say "no" or they look unsure, look them directly in the eyes and say, You know, I really believe that our meeting today was not by chance. Extend your hand and ask them, "Would you say a prayer with me to become saved?. Have them repeat one of the sinners prayers below . (Remember this is just an example)
eg#2 You meet an individual for the first time and ask them, How are you doing today, or How is your day going? The violins begin to play, as they begin telling you how their life is totally miserable, in total chaos, etc. Everything seems to be going wrong. They are in heavy debt. They are constantly fighting with their boss, their mate, their children, their cat, dog and their child's hamster. They finally end by saying that, they don't know what to do, they are about to lose their mind, or they are ready to go off the deep end, etc.
Response: You say to them, You know, At one point in my life, I found myself feeling the same way, but I began to pray and ask GOD for His help. He opened my eyes to some things that really changed my life. Ask them if they believe in GOD, and if they have prayed to Him about all that is happening in their life. Then stop and just listen. After they have finished, no matter what they said, you may say, "God created you for a purpose. He didn't create you to be unhappy and to suffer and struggle. It doesn't make Him happy to see you in the state you're in. GOD LOVES YOU and wants only the very best for you. If He helped me, I know that He will help you too. God wants you to have a relationship with Him. Are you saved?" If they say "no" or they sound unsure, then extend your hand and ask them if they would say a prayer with you (one of the Sinners Prayers below) to become saved.
eg#3 An individual begins to tell you that they find themselves constantly feeling extremely guilty, unsure and depressed because of all the bad decisions, mistakes and sins they have committed in the past or present. They may have experienced all kinds of physical, mental or even sexual abuse and may find it hard to believe that GOD loves them or wants anything to do with them.
Response: You say to them, GOD LOVES YOU despite everything you've experienced in your life. He loves you more than you could ever realize. He created you for a purpose. He loves you so much that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for you. All the negativity, hurt and pain that you have experienced is not from GOD. It's from Satan. God is The God of Love. He desires for you to have and experience only the very best in life. He wants to heal you of all the hurt, pain and suffering you've experienced. Only GOD can heal you. Do you pray to GOD? Are you saved? Extend you hand and ask them, Would you say a prayer with me to become saved ? Have them repeat one of the sinners prayers below with you.
PRAYER OF SALVATION/SINNERS PRAYER
Prayer #1: Jesus I believe that you are the Son of God,who died for my sins and was raised from the dead. I repent of my sins. Please come into my heart. I make you my Lord and Savior.
Prayer #2: Dear God, I know that I am a sinner. I come to you just as I am, with the need and desire to receive Salvation; to be born again. I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son who died for my sins and that You raised Him from the dead. Jesus please come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord. I believe that You died for my sins and that God raised YOU from the dead. With my heart, I believe that I am now made righteous, and with my mouth I make my confession to Salvation. I thank You GOD that I am now Saved and blessed with the benefits of Deliverance, Safety, Soundness, Preservation and Healing. I thank You GOD that You are now my Father. In Jesus name. Amen
Prayer #3: Jesus, Please turn my life around. I cannot do it on my own. I believe that You are the Son of GOD who died for my sins, and that GOD raised you from the dead. Please come into my heart, and be my Savior and Lord. From this day forth, I put my total faith, belief, trust and hope in You. I thank YOU Almighty GOD, that YOU are now my FATHER. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Make sure that they repeat any of these prayers aloud. Afterwards, tell them how God's word says that His angels in heaven rejoice every time a unsaved soul makes Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior. Smile at them and emphasize that the angels are in heaven right this moment jumping up and down, hollering and screaming, crying tears of joy for them personally. From what I have personally experienced, most people's faces will be beaming with a smile. Some actually begin to shed uncontrolled tears, while thanking you. Most say that they can't even explain why they are crying. Just go ahead, stretch out your arms, and hug them in the Name of Jesus. God Bless.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Sometimes when you ask an individual if they are saved, they will say, Yes. That response does not necessarily mean that they are actually "Saved". Always ask them, How do you know that you are saved? Then be completely silent and listen closely. The majority will provide you with list of most commonly used reasons why they sincerely feel that they are saved. Some of them are listed below.
* I believe in God, and I am a good person. God would not let me go to hell
* I read the Bible and I go to church several times a year especially Easter and Christmas
* I love helping people who are in need, and I volunteer my time to several organizations
* I was raised in the church, so I am a very spiritual person
* I pray to God and thank him daily for things that he does for me
All of these reasons and many others are wonderful, but all of them are things that make them feel that they have earned or bought their way to God. God makes it very clear that His Salvation can only be attained though His Grace, by faith. It cannot be bought or earned. In Romans 10:9-10 quoted from the "Amplified Version of the Bible", God makes his requirement for the receiving of His precious gift of Salvation very clear and exact:
If you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth they confess (declare openly and speak out freely their faith) and confirms their salvation.We can clearly see, that receiving Salvation is based exclusively on an individual's willingness to be obedient to the Word of GOD. A relationship with Him can only be established through the acknowledgement and acceptance of His son Jesus Christ who suffered and died, for their sins and was raised from the dead, to be their Savior and Lord.
Please keep in mind, that the examples given above are only starting points. I can honestly say that there isn't one individual who I have ever approached using any of the examples above, who ever responded negatively. I pray that as you begin to use them, that you will begin to develop other creative approaches (with the help of Holy Spirit) that works best for you. GOD BLESS.