Bible Verses To Lead Someone To Christ

by Derek Hill on December 17, 2013 · Print Print · Email Email

When you gave your life to Christ, He gave you a new heart, a regenerate heart.  He turned your heart of stone into a heart of flesh.  He showed you how to stop living for yourself and start serving others.  There is no doubt that you have some people you love that are headed for hell.  I know I do.  With this in mind, we should pray daily for them, that Christ would draw them out of the muck and mire and set their feet on a solid foundation in Himself.  For the ones that are receptive to your faith, you can do some serious seed planting by showing them verses from the Bible to help them make the decision to follow Christ.

They Have A Condition

All those that are lost have a condition.  It is a condition of the heart and mind.  It is called sin.  They are currently a slave to it, obeying all of its desires.  They don’t realize that they are on the fast track to hell.

Romans 6:20 says, “For when you were slaves to sin, you were free in regards to righteousness.  But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed?  For the end of those things is death.”

You see, anyone who is a slave to sin doesn’t understand their predicament.  That is why they boast in themselves and are not ashamed.  Their end is in death, eternal death.

Related article: What is the sinful nature? A Bible study

The Great Deceiver

Satan is the best in his field.  He can deceive anyone, and he does every single day.  He tempts people in every way possible to sin against God.  Those that you are witnessing to need to realize that Satan is real and that they are merely bait in his traps.  Right now your lost friends/loved ones are sons and daughters of Satan.

John 8:44 says, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.  He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him.  When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” 

They have become his children because they have believed his lies and evil schemes.  They have been deceived.  2 Corinthians 11:14 describes him as an angel of light.  It’s no wonder that his children follow him.

1 Peter 5:8 describes him accurately, “Be sober-minded; be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 

Satan is excited for every sinner’s arrival into hell.  The lost need to understand who Satan is and how he desperately wants them to die without knowing Jesus.

Related reading: If God is love, what is Satan?

Bible quotes leading someone to Jesus

When leading someone to Christ, you need to convey their need for Christ.

Their Sin Put Jesus To Death

The lost need to know that their sin put Jesus on the cross.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

1 John 4:10 says, “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

This is love in the highest degree!  That is why we serve such an awesome Savior!  He died in advance to pay for our sins!  But still, it is our sin that put Jesus on the cross.  There is no way we could have done anything to regain our freedom in God on our own.  This is why Jesus died for us.  Only a perfect, spotless sacrifice would be acceptable to God.  How do we know that Jesus was and still is perfect?

1 John 3:5 says, “You know that He (Jesus) appeared to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin.” 

Without His death we would all most certainly still be facing God’s wrath.

Jesus Saves

Those who are lost need to understand that Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection was necessary for their salvation.

Romans 10:9-10 says, “Because, 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.  For with the heart one believes and is justified (made right), and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” 

This must also be coupled with the belief that this (Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection) is the only possible way we will be in heaven when we die.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) 

The lost need to understand that any faith that teaches contrary to Christ is a lie: Mormonism, Buddhist, Islam, Jehovah’s Witness, and others have led many astray.  Jesus is the only way!

Related reading: Is Jesus The  Only Way?

The Future?

Many questions arise as to what happens when conversion happens.  Three main things occur: salvation is given, a regenerate heart is formed, and the sealing of the Holy Spirit occurs.  I just covered salvation in the “Jesus Saves” section above.  A regenerate heart (spiritual cleansing) is given by God who has drawn us to Himself through Jesus!

Titus 3:3-5 says, “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.  But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” 

This washing of regeneration creates a new spirit in us:

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) 

Lastly, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit at conversion.

Ephesians 1:13-14 says, “In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance (in heaven) until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.”

I will not cover any other aspects about the Holy Spirit here, but please feel free to check out a great article about the Holy Spirit from our fellow writer and friend, Jack Wellman, at this link: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/who-or-what-is-the-holy-spirit-a-bible-study/

Conclusion

When leading someone to Christ, you need to convey their need for Christ.  The lost are in sin and are children of the devil.  Jesus is the only way to salvation!  I pray that if you have not accepted Jesus that you will not delay!  Eternity is forever, and heaven and hell are very real places!  For those that know and love Jesus, may God bless you as you live a life worthy of the calling!

Related Reading: What Is The Romans Road To Salvation?

Resource – “Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.”



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DocReits December 18, 2013 at 12:22 am

Thank you Derek for a great topic,

This is not one…. but my “main” pet peeve in post modern Christianity in the 21st Century. So if I rant a little just put on the DocReit’s filter. I am all good with that…;-)

Americans are comfortable. We basically have a “chicken in every pot”, and even those in poverty have more wealth than 85% of the rest of the world. Many in my circles have need of nothing materially or physically or emotionally. They have great incomes, great families and great health. They are in their opinion… “living large”.

Why in my world would they want an intrusion into their “perfect” world with this Jesus you mention? Sundays are “sleep in” days, and many donate to charitable organizations like SSASM …Society for Saving the Amazon Spotted Moth. Who cares about Christian relief? There are too many mouths to feed already, in their opinion.

Many lead exemplary moral lives and put me to shame with their cool handedness when calamity strikes. The one thing they do lack is an awareness of their lost condition. A lack of knowledge that they are headed to an eternity in hell unless they are made aware and acknowledge their sin and trust the Son of God as their deliverance from this place of torment.

I believe that many Christians do not know the Ten Commandments. It is rather moot and really does not matter once a sinner is saved because God writes the Law on our hearts. A wonderful, ironic, mystery spoken about in Heb 10:16:

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them”

So after salvation we have this Law written on our hearts and it is encapsulated in one word, “Love”. Jesus said to love the Lord with all your mind, soul and strength…and to love your neighbor as yourself…all the Law and the prophets hang on these two commandments. So after salvation we have God’s Law written on our hearts.

The unbeliever has his conscience, where the old covenant Law is written(Ten Commandments, Rom 2:15) but it gets seared through sin and is dim. It needs awakening by the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Word, which brings us to your title:

“Bible Verses to Lead Someone to Christ”

I believe the unbeliever needs to be made aware of the Law(Ten Commandments). They need to be “woken up”… reminded, that God actually wrote these Laws on their conscience and that no one (especially me) has ever been able to keep this Law. We have all been Law breakers(Rom 3:23).

We need to show them lovingly that the penalty for breaking these laws is death or hell(Rom 6:23). This step I think is crucial. Unless they understand their destination they won’t want the remedy. Who wants a shot of Penicillin when they think they are well? Telling them about heaven before hell, I think is a mistake. This whole common church methodology about ‘God having a wonderful plan’ for your life, we see in so many Christian circles, is ineffective in these cases…they already have a wonderful life according to themselves.

Once these folks are made aware of their destination from being a Law breaker(…hell…torment…flames…worms…forever…have to say it….I know…we will be criticized by Christians who want a softer Gospel. I have been yelled at by local pastors…so be it), only then by God’s mercy and Grace will they begin to realize that maybe they should find out how to avoid such a place.

Enter Jesus! Now, we can present the only rescue from hell. The Sinless One, who paid the penalty for our transgression…our Lawlessness. Jesus became our bail bondsman. So that turning away from their sin(repentance) and belief in Him, as our surety(Jn 3:16), taking our place by His death and Resurrection…rescuing us from the torments of hell…is our only hope of heaven. By God’s Grace they will then want the shot, but, IMO, not before they understand their sickness(destination).

Thank you Derek, for the great reminder of how we must continue to reach the lost, who, without Jesus, are all going to end up in fire and torment for all eternity. Thank you also to Jack, for letting me vent on a topic very near and dear to my heart.

Blessings,

DocReits

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Derek Hill December 18, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Thank you for that comment DocReits! I agree with you on pretty much all of it. The only thing I would like to mention is that being in hell for eternity is bad and horrible, but even more so is being separated from God eternally. In hell no one will ever feel the presence of God again. We see and feel Him in nature (luscious landscapes, the breeze blowing through your hair or lack there of in my case LOL!, the change of the seasons). He does things for us daily that we may never even know. All of this will pass in hell. No longer will you feel Him. You will be bound to eternal death chains that cannot be broken and all who are there will cry out to God and they will call Him Lord (Romans 14:11) but it will be in vain. God will not listen at that point and they will be terrified at the judgment that is upon them. To be separated from God forever is the ultimate punishment. Thank you again for such wisdom and reflection. God bless!

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DocReits December 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

God Bless you Derek and thank you for replying to my post. I agree with everything you wrote. I respectfully disagree with you on application.

The topic of your post was “Bible Verses to Lead Someone to Christ”. Those unbelievers in my sphere of influence are not going to be persuaded, IMO, by speaking to them about their “lostness” or missing out on the presence of God for eternity. Respectfully, they do not want or need a relationship with any god, in their opinion. Their god(material possessions) is just fine for them.

Granted, once saved, we understand the blessedness of relationship with God, but before salvation my colleagues couldn’t care less about this…so why believe, when no need?

Like Paul before Felix,

“And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgement to come, Felix trembled”(Acts 24:25), they will take note and hopefully tremble when confronted with hell fire for eternity…”judgement”. I assume, from your reply, that you do not believe in literal fire and worms eating at your flesh for eternity. Am I correct? For anyone who does not, I respectfully suggest they read the words of Jesus on this subject.

Further reading, for others, of the Old Testament on how God(the same God who saved us) dealt with His enemies should weigh upon our hearts and minds to help us understand the terrible circumstances we find ourselves in, when found on the other side of God’s mercy…His wrath.

God’s command to Joshua, when entering the Promised land to wipe out all of the people who resisted him should give warning. David actually tore His enemies apart(quartered), placed them under sharp instruments(cut them to pieces) and had them walk through the brickkiln(burned them up), (1 Chronicles 20:3 ,2 Samuel 12:31) .

Nasty stuff to think about… and that is exactly why I apply it, when needed. Some unbelievers are soft of heart and are won through gentle persuasion, but others need to be grabbed, “as snatching them from the fire”(Jude 1:23). The latter are the ones I deal with.

Blessings,

DocReits

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Derek Hill December 19, 2013 at 11:24 pm

Hi Doc. I don’t think my application is wrong. In my opening paragraph I said, “For the ones that are receptive to your faith, you can do some serious seed planting by showing them verses from the Bible to help them make the decision to follow Christ.” This implies that you and I are talking to unbelievers that are interested in what we believe in. That is why I believe they will listen because they are already being drawn by God. Jesus said in John 6:14, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him. And I will raise him up one the last day.” This article was written for those who are seeking already, but maybe don’t know it. Does that make sense? Its always a pleasure to hear from you DocReits. God bless!

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DocReits December 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

Hi Derek,

“This article was written for those who are seeking already, but maybe don’t know it. Does that make sense?”

Thank you for that clarification Derek, and I am good with that idea, although I personally don’t agree, and I hope that is OK with you.

Calvin believed in “irresistible Grace”. That those who were already written in the Book of Life, from the foundation of the world, would come to Christ eventually, so to speak, in order to “fulfill their destiny”. I see this picture of my three year old kicking and screaming as I put him in the car to go to church…;-)

I get the reason Calvin came up with that idea, I just don’t believe it is quite right. I have written elsewhere that God’s foreknowledge of who will be saved does not necessarily preclude our Free Will.

You write, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” But Jesus also said, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”(Jn 12:32) That word “all” is hard to get around. Calvin, of course, says that the “all” refers to simply “all” who are going to be already saved, but I see that as a convenient “work around” to fit his viewpoint(thesis).

I think “all” means “all”. I am just a simple guy though and I could be wrong, which is “all” good…;-)

In the end it is a moot point but does direct our basis of application in evangelism in divergent directions. I believe we need to proclaim the Word in order to wake up the dead, whereas you, IMO, proclaim the Word, in order to lead those already saved, back into the sheepfold. The Holy Spirit, in the end, is the mediator of this action in both interpretations. Is that a fair description?

Blessings,

DocReits

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