What the Bible Says About Commitment
COMMITMENT: QUALIFYING QUESTION
Does this make sense to you? If yes, continue on...if no, read over what you feel you did not understand.
You have just heard the greatest story ever told, about the greatest offer ever made (eternal life) by the greatest person who ever lived. (Jesus Christ)
Now I would like to ask you the most important question that you have ever been asked.
Would you like to receive the gift of eternal life?
CLARIFICATION OF COMMITMENT: TRANSFER TRUST
Let me clarify just what this involves. It means, first of all, that you are going to transfer your trust, that is, your hope of eternal life from what you have been doing to what Jesus Christ has done for you on the cross. He takes our sin and we receive his righteousness. This means that though we have failed to keep God's commandments and to live consistently by the Golden Rule, Christ perfectly obeyed all the laws of God. He has lived the perfect life.
That perfect life of Christ is imputed to us the moment we believe. It is reckoned to our account - placed to our account - so that in the sight of God we are then accounted as perfect. It is a though the spotless white robe of Christ's perfect character and obedience were placed upon us, and in that robe we stand faultless before God. Only in this way can we ever acquire that perfect standing that God requires of us. Do you want to stop trusting in yourself and start trusting in Christ?
WE RECEIVE THE RESURRECTED AND LIVING CHRIST
You receive eternal life by receiving the person of Jesus Christ. "He came unto his own and his own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of God" (John 1:11,12). We can receive and know the most exciting person in the history of the world because he is alive!
WE RECEIVE CHRIST AS SAVIOR
Christ is alive! The Bible says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Rev. 3:20). This means that he will have intimate communion daily in your life. He will come in to forgive you and to cleanse you and to give you eternal life. He will come into your life and make you his child and an heir of an eternal fortune if you receive Him.
WE RECEIVE CHRIST AS LORD
When Christ comes into a life as Savior he comes to do something for you: to forgive you and give you eternal life. But also he comes as Lord. He comes as Master and King. He comes to demand something of you. He says there is a throne room in your heart and that throne is rightly his. He made you. He redeemed you. He bought you. He says that he wants to take his rightful place on the throne of your life. Are you willing to yield your life, to surrender your life to Him, out of gratitude for the gift of eternal life?
He also commands us to repent of our sins. Are you willing to repent of your sins and follow him? That means a willingness to turn from what you have been doing that is not pleasing to him and follow him as he reveals his will to you in his word. Repentance is a complete change of mind about life and death and about God and this world. It is wrought by his Spirit working with in us and it leads to a transformed life.
Are you willing to repent of your sins and become a responsible member of God's forever family and follow him and serve him as a member of his body, the Church?
PRAYER OF COMMITMENT
If this is what you really want, I can lead us in prayer and we can tell God what you just now told me.
PRAY (to understand, repent, believe)
"Heavenly Father, I pray that you will open my mind and heart today to understand the Gospel of the free grace of Jesus Christ, and that I will repent of all sin. I ask you to open my heart completely that I might believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved."
PRAY (short phrases at a time - bits of the Gospel personalized)
"The Lord Jesus is right here with us now. If this is really what you want, say this prayer aloud (it is not a formula; rather, it should be said in one's own words):
Lord Jesus I want you to come into my heart....I accept you as Savior and Lord....I have been trusting in myself....I now place all my trust in you....I know that I am a sinner and I'm sorry for my sin....I believe that you died for them all....I repent of my sins....I now accept the free gift of eternal life....and I thank you for it...help me to show my gratitude by my life... In Jesus' name I pray.....Amen"
PRAY (for assurance)
"Father, you have heard the prayer just prayed. I ask that your Holy Spirit will confirm that Jesus Christ has come into the heart. Give the assurance that all sin has been forgiven and truly has eternal life. In Jesus' name I pray...Amen."
ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
I would like for you to read something that Jesus says about what you have just done. Please read John 6:47 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life."
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