The right way and the wrong way to lead someone to salvation

Some other people have done the work for me and written about a couple of things I’ve wanted to articulate. So I will just link to them. I think these posts for the most part are great.

Ask Jesus into my heart?

Even as a Christian “ask Jesus into my heart” still makes no sense to me. This by itself is a great way to start someone out on rocky soil.

On the other end we have Integrity of belief at Castle of Nutshells. I can only imagine what the church would be like if this early church (and currently Orthodox) practice were commonplace.

I think I’ve been putting myself through this process of being a catechumen without really realizing it with my “three year plan” of reading commentaries, other books, learning how to study the Bible, being more rigorous about spiritual disciplines etc. This is without an official mentor but hopefully I’m not going off course. After I’m done with this basic training I’ll only have scratched the surface but hope to have a better grasp of the NT and a little more of the OT and most importantly get to know more of who God is and continue to grow closer to Him. Going through a lot of suffering also does wonders for spiritual growth if receptive to learning.

2 Timothy 3:14-15
But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you. You have been taught the holy Scriptures from childhood, and they have given you the wisdom to receive the salvation that comes by trusting in Christ Jesus.

5 Responses to “The right way and the wrong way to lead someone to salvation”

  1. 1 Damian

    Jeff,I think it’s a great goal to put yourself through a ‘catechumenate’ the way you are. I’m curious, though, about how you’re reading your bible through in commentaries. I’ve attempted this, trying to read through 2 commentaries/book (for a more even opinion), but I’ve found this far too dense. Do you have a system that helps you work through it? How are you deciding which commentaries to choose?Thanks for mentioning me.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    For now I’m using commentaries as a way to unlearn some of the gross misconceptions I had, to learn how to read the Bible in context with a more critical eye, and to get deeper into each book than I could on my own. Later on I will use commentaries to help with more in-depth study and exegesis, which is probably how they should be used.

    For now I can only read though one commentary of my own in book form (other than Henry, Calvin, Clarke, Gill etc. in e-Sword) because I can barely afford those and as you say reading two commentaries would be too much. I often check out other commentaries from the library though and look at them for passages that may have variations in interpretation.

    I read through the book of the Bible using NLT right now, then read the commentary taking some notes in my NRSV Bible, then read the book again in the NRSV.

    I refer to these pages when choosing commentaries and also direct advice from other bloggers.

    Bible Commentary Lists and Reviews (Updated)

  3. 3 Robin

    Hey I just found your blog and LOVE IT!  You will be added to my blogroll 🙂  Looking forward to reading more…..  Hope you can stop over and say Hey too!  God Bless you my brother in Christ!!

  4. 4 Damian

    Thanks, Jeff. That seems like a good system. And your list of commentary sites is helpful – I’d only found one of those.

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome Damian.

    Robin thanks for stopping by. I’ll go over and take a look.

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