On Wednesday, October 1, our youth group began a study on the doctrine of salvation.
“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among Christians.
In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of presenting the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.
This study will give greater confidence to those who know Christ and help others to examine themselves as the Apostle Paul taught: “Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). May Bay City Baptist Church in Green Bay be filled with those who are confident in their faith.