Steps to Peace with God – Is saying a prayer all that it takes?

Steps to Peace with God – Billy Graham Evangelistic Tract

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband and I have been on the New Member Counselor team with our church for the last ten years.  We were trained on how to witness to unbelievers and to ‘lead them to Christ’ using this Evangelistic tract.   Many people are confused on what this means and how does saying a single prayer assure one of Salvation and eternal life in heaven with Jesus.

Many don’t know this but a man named Charlie Riggs, in a 1954 London Crusade, developed these four steps andttitled them ‘Steps to Peace with God’.  Since then, many versions of this have been used and in various forms, in dozens of languages and shared with millions.

In the 1950’s the message most heard from the pulpit was teaching Hell, Fire and Damnation and Riggs felt led to present the Gospel from a different perspective.  He had heard Billy Graham preach about peace and life and how to have that peace was to accept Jesus.  He took the message and made it into four steps.

This tract can easily be carried in a woman’s purse or a man’s wallet or pocket to have readily available to refer to when a conversation arises to walk through the steps with someone.   You can also leave it with the person for them to refer to later.

(From https://billygraham.org/decision-magazine/october-2004/step-one-peace-and-life/)

My goal in this blog is to explain the tract and the pieces of it and then to explain what should follow the prayer.

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I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist – Do You?

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be a Atheist

This post is going to be a review of the book by Dr. Norman L. Geisler and Dr. Frank Turek.   It will also be a blog about Apologetics.   I was introduced to Apologetics and to this book a number of years ago when my husband and I took a class on Apologetics at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas.   This was a semester long class and we were not taking it for credit but for our own knowledge, with no college credit expected.

The word ‘Apologetics’ immediately causes one to think that a Christian is ‘apologizing’ for their beliefs just based on the sound of the word.  That is not the case at all.  The word apologetics comes from the Ancient Greek word apologia.  In a trial to deliver an apologia meaning to make an explanation or rebuttal to charges brought against someone or in short to provide a ‘defense’.    That is exactly what it means in Christian terms.

In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter says in the ESV translation, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect’.  In the NASB it says ‘but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a [defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.’

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