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How do you explain to a person who isn't born again, isn't saved, how do you teach them what Christianity is all about and what they need to do besides repent and believe for starters?

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 ---Donna9759 on 10/10/06
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//May the Lord bless me twice.// trav

Jeremiah 31:20

Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him, I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord .
---aka on 10/13/14


ikes...sorry about that. breaking rocks inside...ouch.

grace may sting for a bit, but it does good in the long run.
---aka on 10/10/14

Funny thing is....no pain at all. Another prayer answered.
Still have one kidney to get done. May the Lord bless me twice.
Run Chastised and came across this one.
Jer_31:18 I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus, Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, I shall be turned, for thou art the LORD my God.
---Trav on 10/12/14


//Yeah..i'll have to work on the grace part. ha.
Col_4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.// trav

yikes...sorry about that. breaking rocks inside...ouch.

interesting thing about salt and charis (grace, kindness, character)...

salt on a wound surely does sting but it does cleanse.

i once saw a father discipline his son after the child ran in the street unaware. the next week, i saw the same child look before running into the street and wait. a car was on his way to meet him if he had not checked.

grace may sting for a bit, but it does good in the long run.
---aka on 10/10/14


spelunking in the buried salt mines again?

good. it has been a little bland here the past few days.
---aka on 10/8/14

Ha...spelunking. Been out the last couple of weeks. Kidney stone gravel mining yesterday and road traveling previous to that. Have been reading you guys on my phone some.
Your intrigued me to search the word "salt". Yeah..i'll have to work on the grace part. ha.
Col_4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
2Ch_13:5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
---Trav on 10/10/14


---Donna2277 on 10/10/06

Just loved the "salty" reply, Donna.

Joh_6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

If GOD draws, he'll put the individual that is useful to his purpose, in the path.
---Trav on 10/7/14

spelunking in the buried salt mines again?

good. it has been a little bland here the past few days.
---aka on 10/8/14




Don't try to teach them if they aren't interested. How to get them interested? Be salt. Make them thirsty.
---Donna2277 on 10/10/06

Just loved the "salty" reply, Donna.

Joh_6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

If GOD draws, he'll put the individual that is useful to his purpose, in the path.
---Trav on 10/7/14


The Church of The Living God was born on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2 v 38. They were first called Christians at Antioch. Followers of Jesus Christ.
---Lawrence on 10/7/14


You have to show them the weight of sin and that Jesus died to set them free to be changed and adopted as sons and daughters.

You could explain that the way this world became is not what God intended in the beginning, and that God will restore his creation to it's former glory.

They must first believe, then repent and know Jesus personally. Only God can do that for them, but someone must tell them.
---Pharisee on 11/14/08


Is this person asking you questions because they know your a christian or are you trying to introduce the topic "cold turkey" so to speak? For me it seems to work best to live my faith, don't hide that I'm a christian and wait until I see a need, like when someone comes to talk about a problem (offer to pray for them)or they ask first. Continued.
---Linda32708 on 10/11/06


Depending on the person. I think talking about the reliability of the Bible and discussing God's character are the best places to start. If you can't show them the Bible is real and that God is real and cares the rest really is a waste of breath unless the person specifically ask other questions. When you answer other questions try to use question to point back to God's character. Pray for the Spirit to speak not you.
---Linda32708 on 10/11/06




greetings,'only fools rush in'a teacher of truth to an unborn would first begin creating dialogue in bite size portions.the unborn may or may not have a working knowledge of the subject called God,our Father.slow and purposeful administering of spirit values is paramount.one must possess the capacity to answer every question and admit when one does not have one.as a teacher is teaching so should the teacher be the student
---earl on 10/11/06


Don't try to teach them if they aren't interested. How to get them interested? Be salt. Make them thirsty.
---Donna2277 on 10/10/06


I would tell them about free will, how God gave each person a free will to choose what path to follow in life; basically there are only two paths in life, there is right and there is wrong. The penalty for wrong (sin) is death and separation from God. The 1st humans chose wrong over right, and thereby had to die. So God wanting people to live rather than die, sent his own innocent Son to die in our place for our (wrong) sin, in order that we may live with him again.
---Eloy on 10/10/06


Donna, If one is not born again they are unable to comprehend the rest of what you say, (the spiritual things). One step at a time,salvation is the first and most important, the rest will come after, for God will not forsake those who are His, but will lead them into all truth. He is able. You and I are not. Look to Him.
---Christina on 10/10/06


Why not start with repenting and believing? Someone once said that the simple gospel is for unbelievers but doctrines are for the church.
---Okebaram on 10/10/06


Although I wouldn't phrase it quite like john did (e.g., 'Christians' didn't exist until AFTER Jesus left earth), God only called us to 'witness' and "make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). This doesn't mean we shouldn't know how to be 'ready to give an answer [apologia]' to anyone who asks about the HOPE within us (1 Peter 3:15), but neither is it up to us to convince them; that's the work of the Holy Spirit.
---danie9374 on 10/10/06


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Donna, I could discuss many books on apologetics full of facts we can share with those asking us about Christianity, but the bottom line is this: Unless they're interested because the Spirit is working in their lives, the most important aspects of the Faith (God really exists and created everything, sin is real, you can ONLY be saved by faith in Christ's dying and rising and living for Him, etc.) will remain a mystery or even be abhorrent to them! Often our living for Christ, shows it's all real to them.
---danie9374 on 10/10/06


Donna,
An unconverted person will never understand the various aspects of what Christianity is all about.1 Corinthians 2:14, "But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
---Bruce5656 on 10/10/06


God has to show them by opening up their eyes. If they don't believe, you can't make them and it takes more than just repenting of your sins. God must first convict them, and then they must repent from their heart. But if they don't believe they won't get saved.
---Rebecca_D on 10/10/06


They must CONTINUE in Christ, don't stop! They must Continue in His Truth, if they are going to "abide in Him", one must abide in His Word, if they don't, they will not be IN Him, their eternal soul will not be safe and secure. Continuing is very important. The Discipline of the Holy Ghost is very Important(Godly Obedience)in regard to Jesus' Divine Blood continuing to work in their lives, in their souls(John 8:31,32)(John 15:4)(1 John 2:2-6).
---Mrs._Morgan on 10/10/06


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Jesus went about with love and mercy and the signs and miracles he did were enough to get people's attention. I don't see Jesus trying to make Christians. I see him making disciples. That's what we are told to do. Love has to be the foundation of everything we do or all we are is a bunch of noise.
---john on 10/10/06


Live it before them.
---Leon on 10/10/06


Every other religion in the world has you believing God given by the words of men, But only Christianity will have you believing God as a man.

The reason for this is in measuring truth through Christ rather than soley through our own intellect.

When Christ speaks through our faith in him and confirms his own words, Christianity has only one spirit that leaves the hearer with a voice as soft as pin dropping and the expanse and roar of all eternity.
---Pharisee on 10/10/06


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