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Leading People to Christ
Let Glory Crown the Mercy Seat
Leading People to Christ The Salvation Army An international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its ministry is based upon the Bible; Its ministry is motivated by love for God; Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His Name without discrimination.
Leading People to Christ John 1:45John 1:45 NIV Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
Leading People to Christ John 1:41John 1:41 NIV The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).
Leading People to Christ Acts 8:34Acts 8:34 NIV The eunuch asked Philip, "Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?“ 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
Leading People to Christ Matthew 4:19Matthew 4:19 NIV "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."
Leading People to Christ Mercy-Seat Hebrew: kapporeth, a "covering;" the covering or lid of the ark of the covenant (q.v.). It was of acacia wood, overlaid with gold, or perhaps rather a plate of solid gold, 2 1/2 cubits long and 1 1/2 broad (Ex. 25:17; 30:6; 31:7). It is compared to the throne of grace (Heb. 9:5; Eph. 2:6). The Holy of Holies is called the "place of the mercy-seat" (1 Chr. 28:11: Lev. 16:2).acaciacubits Holy of Holies
Leading People to Christ Upon that Mercy Seat, on the great Day of Atonement in the ritual of Israel's worship, the blood was sprinkled. Paul says that Christ was a Mercy Seat 'in His own blood.' The thing God was doing when Christ offered up His life on the Cross reveals the grounds on which in every age God has forgiven sinners. Those grounds are expressed in the single phrase, ‘a propitiation in His blood’.
Leading People to Christ The Mercy Seat, also known as the Penitent Form, is in every Army sanctuary. It is a place where thousands of boys and girls, men and women, have received God's pardon and strength to live right lives. William Booth always believed that it was good to confess one's surrender to God … in public.
Leading People to Christ There is no special value in the wood; nor is the Penitent Form merely a place in a building. A drum has often been placed in the center of an open air meeting ring to serve for the same purpose. Wherever anyone feels they must live as God wants them to live, that place can be their Penitent Form or Mercy Seat.
Leading People to Christ General Point – 1 Good grooming Do not offend by being improperly dressed
Leading People to Christ General Point – 2 Personal Hygene Be clean, well groomed and fresh of breath
Leading People to Christ General Point – 3 BE MANNERLY It may not be wise to touch the seeker especially if the person is of the opposite sex. Many are troubled by being touched. Do not pry – confessions are for God to hear
Leading People to Christ There may be those who know the seeker who will be most qualified to help. Allow God to use these people.
Leading People to Christ ARE YOU READY ?
Leading People to Christ Preparing the way It is essential to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit when constrained to talk to someone about the claims of Christ. Your usefulness will be enhanced as you bring to your task …
Leading People to Christ GOD’S WORD Know it, always carry it It is your ONLY authority
Leading People to Christ FAITH as alive although as seemingly small as a mustard seed
Leading People to Christ LOVE a burning, Christ-like love is the driving force behind soul-winning
Leading People to Christ UNDERSTANDING no two people are alike in personality, problems or needs
Leading People to Christ TACT be approachable never dogmatic, harsh or critical
Leading People to Christ SINCERITY Your life must match your profession. Shallowness and sham are soon detected.
Leading People to Christ PRAYER Seeking God’s guidance is essential in soul-winning
Leading People to Christ There is a calm, a sure retreat; 'Tis found beneath the mercy seat;
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING In finding a counsellor be aware of the age, sex and background of the seeker. If someone close to the seeker is qualified to act then make use of that relationship.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING Kneel with the seeker Begin with a personal prayer for strength You are about to help in the greatest task of your life… Leading someone to Christ
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING Avoid cliches such as … “look up” - “just believe” - hold on” “let go” or “plunge into the Blood” They may cause confusion or even offend
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING Gently introduce yourself by name Encourage the seeker to tell you his/her name Then when you pray you can pray for that person by name
Leading People to Christ A needy sinner at thy feet, With broken heart I bow For pardon at thy mercy seat,
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Emphasize God’s Love John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Emphasize God’s Love Testify to it Show how it is revealed in the Bible
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Outline the Way of Salvation God wants for man to live a full rich life John 10:10 I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Outline the Way of Salvation Because man was created with free-will he chooses his own way which results in separation from God. Abundant life can only be found by living God’s way.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Outline the Way of Salvation No-one is exempt from this Romans 3:23 all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Point out God’s answer – Jesus Christ Romans 8:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Point out God’s answer – Jesus Christ John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Stress the need to accept Christ personally He is a personal Savior and the individual seeker must accept him in that light. Revelation 3:20 I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Encourage a Definite Decision Gently guide the seeker towards repentance Psalm 38:18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Encourage a Definite Decision Encourage belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. The act of faith brings about a right relationship with God through Jesus. He becomes a living reality in the life of the seeker because of God’s grace.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR SALVATION Consolidate through Prayer Salvation is God’s work in man’s life. It is natural for the new relationship to be established in prayer.
Leading People to Christ Approach, my soul, the mercy seat, Where Jesus answers prayer.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Emphasize God’s Power Holiness is not an impossibly high standard; it is not impossible to attain. Emphasize God’s power, show its revelation in Scripture and speak from your own testimony.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Emphasize God’s Promise God has pledged that holiness is possible in the life of anyone fully receptive to the Holy Spirit. Man is made Holy through the indwelling of the Spirit of Christ. see Ephesians 3 :
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Ephesians 3 : 14 – For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Ephesians 3 : 17 – 21 And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Ephesians 3 : 20 – Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Emphasize the Work of the Holy Spirit The Spirit convinces man of his need of a deeper work within his life.
Leading People to Christ The spirit-filled man reveals – The peace and poise of a Christ- controlled life, steady in all circumstances A ‘live’ prayer life Eagerness for God’s Word Readiness to witness A life marked by purity and power The immature Christian reveals – An unstable,unsatisfying experience, often being at the mercy of circumstances. A static or inconsistent prayer life Lack of eagerness for God’s Word Preference for the “Silent Witness” A life needing more purity and power
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Emphasize Consecration A positive commitment involving renunciation. There is a parallel with the discipline of the athlete or the musician - giving up trifles to attain true freedom.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Emphasize Consecration Hebrews 12:1 … let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Emphasize Consecration Clarify what must be consecrated and what must be given up. Encourage a Definite Decision.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR HOLINESS Emphasize Consecration Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. It is natural to establish this in prayer.
Leading People to Christ Come, at the mercy seat fervently kneel; Here bring your wounded hearts,
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION Reasons for Backsliding Avoid too much pressure or probing. Confessions must be made but must also be treated in confidence. It might be necessary for the seeker to talk to the Corps Officer
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION Reasons for Backsliding Neglect of Bible reading and study Neglect of prayer Unresponsiveness the the KNOWN will of God
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION Reasons for Backsliding Decline in personal faith Slackness in attending God’s house Being too SELF- reliant Inviting temptation (“playing with fire”)
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION Avoid being shocked by what you hear Do not condemn The seeker is looking for a way back to God There is a need to be assured of man’s acceptance as well as God’s
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION God is ready to Save and to Keep 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION God is ready to Save and to Keep Remember Jesus’ parable of the “Prodigal Son” This demonstrates God’s prodigious forgiveness of the backslider.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION God is ready to Save and to Keep Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION Emphasize the Importance of Faith The Bible constantly repeats the truth that forgiveness of sin is possible, because of God’s grace and may be experienced through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION Emphasize the Importance of Faith Man is saved by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ Man is kept through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ overcomes the world The Christian lives by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR RESTORATION Emphasize the Importance of Faith The Salvation Army accepts the doctrine that it is possible for the believer to stray from God but that forgiveness is available to the truly penitent. Prayers should be made for forgiveness and for the gift of his keeping power.
Leading People to Christ So may we with willing feet Ever seek the mercy seat.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR REDEDICATION Identify the Need There could be a specific need which may be Personal Family related Work related Corps related
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR REDEDICATION Identify the Need In each case you are dealing with matters of a deeply personal, even intimate nature. Before assisting such a seeker be sure that you are the right person to deal with the situations. Better to pass the seeker to someone more qualified than to be the cause of frustration or even backsliding.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR REDEDICATION Identify the Need As always stress the importance of communing with God through the Scriptures and prayer.
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR REDEDICATION Identify the Need Although there may be a specific need expressed it must be stressed that there is no such thing as selective consecration. The whole man must be dedicated to God “Not a fragment but the whole”
Leading People to Christ COUNSELLING FOR REDEDICATION Meeting the Need Attend Bible study and prayer meetings Get involved in evangelism and visitation Make a concerted effort to bring people to the Corps Take on the needed work of the Corps, being concerned with the work not a position
Leading People to Christ DANGER If you become involved with a seeker who confesses to gross moral breakdowns or illegal activities it would be well to allow the Corps Officer to take over or to seek professional help.
Leading People to Christ Come with happy faces to the place of prayer.
Leading People to Christ The Young People’s War An old Army term for the ministry to children. In dealing with young people the counsellor will need to be gentle and very careful
Leading a child to Christ Whoever welcomes a little child … in my name welcomes me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 12:5 – 6 NIV
Leading a Child to Christ Understand the child’s motive in taking this step The desire to be better The wish to be a follower of Jesus Guilt about some wrong doing, to an adult this may seem insignificant but to the child it will be a major problem To ease burdens or confusion An emotional response to the Altar Call Because friends have come forward
Leading a Child to Christ Understand … How the child feels about what is happening Do not rush the process Don’t assume understanding when in reality there is confusion Initially guide the child to a simple decision to be a follower of Jesus
Leading a Child to Christ Understand … The hopes and needs of the child The need to talk and the need for a listener Work out what will happen next Honor the trust which has been placed in you. A child may misinterpret any conversation you may have that seems to be about the decision made or confidence shared
Leading a Child to Christ Understand … That Jesus died for them, young as they are That sins are forgiven That Jesus can be trusted to help keep the child good and be the life’s pattern, guide and friend Knowing how he lived, through the Bible, can help the seeker to grow more like Him, day by day
Leading a Child to Christ Pray … for the child’s understanding of the guidance offered for forgiveness for those near and dear to the child for strength to deal with temptation thanking God for the life of Jesus thanking Jesus for dying for us thanking Jesus for His friendship praising God and dedicating the child’s life to Jesus
Leading a Child to Christ TEENS In dealing with teens you may need to initiate the conversation Be prepared to ask tough questions - they live in tough circumstances Move the teen on to making a Definite Decision
Leading a Child to Christ TEENS If the Teen makes a commitment to Christ with your guidance be prepared to be available for future help and support
Leading People to Christ And Heaven comes down our souls to greet, And glory crowns the mercy seat.
Leading People to Christ DISCIPLING You have been involved in one of the most significant events in the life of a human being. Your work is not over It may never be over
Leading People to Christ DISCIPLING Even at the time of the decision you may feel that more counseling is needed immediately Find a quiet place where this can take place
Leading People to Christ DISCIPLING Keep in touch By phone By visitation By letter or card By being available By greeting the new convert at the Corps
Leading People to Christ DISCIPLING The great commission calls on us to “Make Disciples” who will in turn make others. Be or provide a mentor to help the new convert to grow in grace
Leading People to Christ DISCIPLING Encourage the convert in… Bible study Prayer meeting Attendance at worship The social life of the Corps
Leading People to Christ It is one of the great mysteries that God allows us to be involved in His great redemptive work. It is a privilege and an awesome responsibility Be prepared for the greatest task of your life.