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#1 DanCan

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 03:07 PM

Greetings.  As silly as this may sound, it's been a question I've been pondering for several years as I've found myself drawn more and more towards becoming a Christian.  

 

Born a Muslim and more or less giving up on faith during my 20s when I thought my university education was going to teach me everything about life, I have come to learn many truths about life, death, and our place in the universe that seem to correspond with what I've been reading in the Bible.  

 

Now in my 40s, with children and a terminally ill spouse whom I love dearly and owe everything to, I am more drawn to Christianity and find true comfort and direction in the Scriptures.  

 

But I still have so much to learn and questions to be answered, and believe it is time I take the next step to seeking guidance from a local Alliance Church near where I live.  However, I don't know where to begin.  Do I just walk in? Should I call the Lead Pastor? How do I prepare? What is the etiquette? and so many more questions...  I don't know if I'm overthinking this, but all I know is that I am ready to take the step towards fully committing to this wonderful faith.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you


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Posted 14 January 2021 - 07:56 AM

DanCan,

 

 

I am not sure why no one from the denomination has responded to your inquiry? Regarding Christain Churches, C&MA churches in particular, generally would be very friendly and welcome anyone into attendance at their meetings. Sadly, that will not make you a Christian. Attending any church does not make one a Christian any more than regularly going to a Jewelry store make you a Jeweler.

 

 

Someone can be very interested in making Jewelry and spend time studying the art of becoming a Jeweler, even hang out around Jewelers but not ever truly become a Jeweler.

 

 

A Jeweler is one that produces Jewels. The quality of the Jewels produced will tell you about the passion and influence upon the life of any particular Jeweler.

 

 

So it is with a Christian, the quality of the life and the fruit produced will speak volumes about the influences and dedication of any life. There are all kinds of C&MA Churches with various types of pastors producing believers according to the influences that the individual pastor has submitted his heart and mind to.

 

 

Unfortunately, some are still influenced by the world and as well as particular theologies that they have learned from a teacher in college, rather than a very intimate and personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and obedience to the Words of Jesus Christ.

 

 

John the Baptist and Jesus preached the same message to those that were looking for something more than the legal religion of the Pharisees. “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

 

 

In order to repent one must see problems in their life.

 

 

Jesus offered deliverance to all that passionately sought deliverance from Him, both physical and spiritual.

 

 

The friends of the crippled man that lowered him into the presence of Jesus, through a roof, passionately wanted to see their friend delivered from the physical disease. Jesus spoke words of forgiveness from sins as He tied the physical life with the moral life. The man was healed morally and physically that day.

 

 

To be a real Christian is to be in love with Jesus and accept what He has done through His sacrifice on the cross; His death and resurrection.

 

 

Jesus said that if we loved Him we would keep His commandments.

 

 

I see that happening via what Jesus expressed as being born again, spiritually. We must die to the control of the body’s five senses and our will, and be born again, free from self-centered, willful selfishness. The new nature will look like the nature of Jesus Christ; thus the original meaning of the Biblical term ‘Christian’.

 

 

This will only happen as we daily take up our cross and walk in obedience to His Spirit that we must invite into our lives to empower us to live in obedience to Jesus’ Words and what we already know is right, in our hearts.

 

 

Just like the Spirit that I obey led me to your post. The Bible says that the spirit that we yield to, to obey, is the spirit whose servant we are. Either the spirit of the flesh and selfishness that leads to death or the Holy Spirit, that empowers to serve according to the will of the Father, which leads to life, eternal.

 

 

I would be happy to communicate with you publicly, here, or privately.

 

I have been, and continue to, pray for you and your wife’s healing. God answers prayer and still offers the same deliverance that Jesus shared. Cry out to Him for help; as a trusting child would to a loving parent. Obey that which the Holy Spirit and the Word of God, prompts you to do.

 



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 09:48 AM


  Do I just walk in? Should I call the Lead Pastor? How do I prepare? What is the etiquette? and so many more questions...  I don't know if I'm overthinking this, but all I know is that I am ready to take the step towards fully committing to this wonderful faith.

 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you

 

 

I'm sure a pastor would love to hear from you. Certainly, you can reach out to one by phone, or you can simply attend a Sunday service. Simply walk in and find a seat!

 

The gospel is simple--we are all sinners because we are born into a sinful race. Adam sinned, so we inherit

that nature, for we are born without the spiritual life he lost. There is no way to escape, so God became

flesh and died our death for us. He alone could live, die, and be raised to life--thus, defeating death. When

we reach out to Jesus through prayer, admit our sinful condition, ask for forgiveness--be willing to forsake

sin and live for Him, He will make us spiritually new by filling us with His spirit of life. At that moment we are

born again through the Spirit of God. He then dwells with us and enables us to live a holy life.



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Posted 25 February 2021 - 01:55 PM

I am new on this platform and didn't realize anyone can post on here. I have had the privilege of sharing the gospel with many people and I agree that more people should have responded. I am sorry your wife is not doing well. Here is my email we could set up a zoom call that we can talk through the gospel and how the Holy Spirit that convicts us of sin and teaches us the truths of God through His word. 

 

Brandon@lccpaso.org

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Here are some questions and verses that are simple verse we can talk about what God's word is saying to you. 

 

 You can start anywhere on the list, as you feel led, or you can skip to the Scriptures to share with the student how they can come into a saving relationship with Christ.

 

  •         Are you satisfied with life? 
  •         What do you believe about spiritual things?
  •         Who is Jesus Christ?
  •         Do you think there is an afterlife?
  •         Do you think heaven or hell are real places?
  •         Can anyone be absolutely sure that what they believe is true?

 

Verses To Share The Gospel:

  • God - Gen 1:26, Romans 1:18-20, Psalms 14:1
  •           US - Romans 3:23, 6:23, John 3:3-5, 3:16-18
  • Jesus - Romans 5:8, 6:23, John 5:24, 14:6
  • Response - Mathew 11:28, Romans 10:9-11, Ephesians 2:8-10

 

You don’t need to memorize all of these verses, although it would be a good idea to do so. This will allow you to be able to share the gospel wither you have a Bible or not. A good thing to do is to highlight each verse in your bible. At the bottom of the page write down the next verse or page number. It is important that the student understand what the scriptures says about the gospel. That is why you have the students read the verse out loud and then ask them to tell you what the verse says to them. This does two things. One if allows you to simply share the gospel by asking questions. Secondly, it allows you to find out where they are at spiritually without being judgmental. 

 

5 Commitment Questions:

  •    Are you a sinner? Rom. 3:23
  •     Do you want forgiveness of sins?  Rom. 6:23 
  •     Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again?
  •    Are you willing to surrender your life to Jesus Christ?
  •    Are you ready by grace alone through faith alone to trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation?

 

These are some key follow up questions that are good to ask students to be sure that they fully understand that they sins. Then pray with them to Receive Jesus as their personal savior. 

 

(Prayer is talking to God) 

 

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your exact words as He is with the attitude of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

 

"Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I realize that I am a sinner and that you died and rose again in order to forgive me of my sins. I receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my mind, heart, my words, my thoughts, desires and my entire life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be."

 

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this prayer right now and Christ will forgive you of all your sins and give you eternal life as He promised!

 

2 Questions For New Believers:

  • How many sins has Christ paid for?                      1 John 1:8-9; 2:2
  • How many of your sins does Christ remember?     Hebrews 10:17
  • Pray together. This is a good way to encourage the new believer to pray.