Leading a Young Person to Christ
Speak in Simple Terms
Most young people will not understand what it means to “ask Jesus in your heart,” or “to be saved.” Avoid “Christian terms” and ask the Holy Spirit to help you speak to them in a way they will understand.
Meet them Where They’re At
Ask them why they want to receive Christ. Depending upon their experiences, young people will seek God for different reasons. Some people need a father, some are looking for a friend. Some are looking for a protector, while others are looking for guidance. Discern why they are seeking Christ and minister to them
in their area of need. Reaffirm that God can meet their needs.
Explain to Them Their Need for a Savior
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 6:23 “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
Tell Them of Christ’s Forgiveness
Romans 10:9,10 “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
I 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.”
Give Them the Opportunity to Receive Christ
Invite them, in their own words, to ask for Christ’s forgiveness and to receive Him as their friend. If they are unwilling to pray on their own, you can lead them in a prayer. For example:
“Dear God, I am sorry for not obeying your ways. I have sinned. Please forgive me. I believe Jesus died for me, and I want you to wash me clean of my sins. I want to follow you. Thank you for loving
me and always being with me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Be Sensitive to the Holy Spirit
A young person may indicate they are not ready or willing to receive Christ. Don’t push them. Explain to them the wonderful gift God has for
them, and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work.. They may respond in time.