Roughly forty people professed their faith in Jesus for the first time in our weekend services. Yes! I love that. I give an invitation for that once in a while. I explain the saving work of Christ (aka the gospel) and guide people in a prayer… the ABC’s.
A: I ADMIT I need you God! I’m can’t reach you–you are infinite, I am finite. You are holy, I am sinful. I need you and I can’t reach you. I admit it God. I don’t live up to your standards. I don’t even live up to my own standards. I’m a sinner, and I need you God.
B: But I BELIEVE that Jesus is my way to you. I believe he died for my sins. I believe he rose again. I believe Jesus paid in full for all my sins. His shed blood smashed the barrier between me and you, God. I don’t understand how it all works, but I’m telling you, God, as best as I can, that I believe in Jesus.
C: And right now, I CHOOSE to receive him as my Savior. Right now, I choose him as my only hope. I embrace Jesus. I turn my back on any other source of life; just Jesus. That’s my choice, Lord. And I’m asking you, for Jesus’ sake, please save me right now.
So that’s the prayer I invite people to make. Then I ask them to confirm that they expressed their faith in Jesus by looking up at me. I promise to not single them out. But I ask them to make eye contact, and then I acknowledge them.
That’s the coolest part.
So many times I see beaming faces with tears streaming down their cheeks. It’s so real, and so cool. I see huge smiles. I see people eager to make sure I notice them, so they wave me down. I see couples–a husband and wife or people who are dating–together crossing the threshhold of salvation. I see parents with their kids. And I see lots and lots of kids. Some people are so nervous… they barely move their head, and lift their eyes to look at me. And then I see them, and lock eyes with them, and say “Thank you. Welcome to God’s family.” And they smile and look down.
It’s real. It’s amazing. It’s grace.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, (Ephesians 1:13, NKJV).
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