The A B C D of salvation

July 27th, 2013

Over the years I have thought a lot about the process of salvation and what is required for us to come to Christ. I once read of a plan to help lead people to Christ that used the ABC of salvation.

A – A stands for admit your sin and that you have fallen short of God’s standards.

B – B stands for believe in Jesus Christ and that He died on the cross for your sin.

C – C stands for confess or commit to Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.

I have used this plan to bring a number of people to Christ. Over the last 5-6 years though God has been reminding me about the D in this process. D stands for discipleship.

I realised a number of years ago it is a lot easier to lead people in a prayer to receive Christ than it is to help them to be lifelong followers or disciples of Christ.

As I have shared before the Bible uses a number of terms to describe those who follow Jesus. It uses the term disciple 282 times, believers 26 times and Christians only 3 times.

As I type I am also reminded that Jesus called us go and make disciples of all nations in Matthew 28:18-20, not just believers or Christians who go to church.

These thoughts tie in with the program we are currently doing at our church called Not a Fan. It challenges us all as Christians not just to be a fan of Jesus, but a sold out lifelong followers of Him.

It uses Luke 9:23 where Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”

It is a call to really follow Jesus and the denial talks about putting aside your own selfish desires and making His plans and His Kingdom your number 1 priority.

Discipleship is also about being a learner and a teacher. We learn and grow in Christ and then we pass it on to others. It is a constant cycle of learning, growth and passing it on. It never stops until we leave this earth.

To sum up, I guess I am saying that God has shown me the importance of me being a true follower or disciple of Christ and the importance of me helping others to be disciples too. After all that is what He called us to do.

If you are involved in leading people to Christ, don’t forget the A B C of salvation, but especially don’t forget the D for discipleship too.

God Bless,
Dave

 
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