How To Lead A Person To Christ

I remember leading my first person to Christ. I was a teenager, and it took days of prayer and conversations with my friend before he felt ready to confess his sins and accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. It’s a memory that always warms my heart, but I also realize that the process of evangelism is not always so straightforward. How can you share your faith? What does it mean to “lead someone to Christ?”

These are important questions for anyone who wants to help others grow in their relationship with God. In my experience, there are several things you should consider if you want to lead someone toward salvation:

How To Lead A Person To Christ

Be a good listener.

As a leader, it’s important that you listen to the person with whom you are trying to share your faith. Actively listening will help you understand them and their situation more clearly, which will make your teaching more effective. By being an active listener and asking questions as they speak, you show them respect and demonstrate that what they have said is important to you.

Let’s look at some tips for how an active listener behaves:

  • They pay attention – An active listener does not interrupt others during conversation or daydream while someone else is talking; instead, he or she focuses all of his or her attention on the speaker or video presentation at hand. This can be challenging when we are multitasking (e-mailing, texting friends on our phones), but if we really want our friends and loved ones to feel respected by us then we must put those devices away in order not only show interest in their stories but also gain new knowledge ourselves!

Be clear on the gospel message.

The gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ. It’s the message of salvation, grace and forgiveness, and it’s all centered on His death and resurrection.

When you’re leading someone to faith in Christ, you’ll want to make sure that they grasp this essential truth—that God loved them so much that He sent His Son to die for their sins so that they could be reconciled with Him. Without this understanding of the gospel, any other teaching will be confusing at best and inconsequential at worst.

Be patient.

Being patient with others is a learned skill. We all have strong emotions and reactivity that cause us to jump to conclusions and make rash decisions. The key is not to judge our own impatience, but to be aware of it. Then, we can take steps to correct this behavior over time as we grow in Christ-likeness.

By being patient with people who are close to you—your spouse, children, parents, siblings—you will develop the patience needed for reaching out more effectively toward strangers and friends alike. God’s Word instructs us (James 1:19) “Be quick to hear”; this means taking time before judging others or making up our minds about them too quickly when they speak or act in ways that don’t match what we expect from them based on our past experiences together!

Be faithful to pray.

  • Pray for the person you are leading to Christ.
  • Pray for yourself.
  • Pray for the church.
  • Pray for the community.
  • Pray for the lost, especially those in your sphere of influence who do not know Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord yet (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

Be prepared to give God the glory.

God is the one who saves, not you. When you lead another person to Christ, don’t make it about you. Your job is to point them in God’s direction and leave it at that. You are not responsible for what happens after that point—that’s up to God!

This doesn’t mean that leading someone to Christ isn’t an important thing or a worthy goal; it just means that your primary focus should be on helping others find their way toward God rather than achieving any sort of personal victory over them or making yourself look good by having done so (see Matthew 7:3-5).

The person you’re leading has a lot of potential and will go on to lead many others in the future—perhaps even yourself (Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 3:6). This means that when they first come into contact with Christianity through your guidance, they will have more influence than most people ever do in their lifetime; so be sure that every word and action leads them closer toward Jesus rather than away from Him (see John 10:9).

Leading someone to Christ requires patience and redemption.

Leading someone to Christ requires patience and redemption.

The process of leading someone to Christ is not always easy. It may take years, decades, or even centuries for someone to be ready for the gospel—and even then it’s not guaranteed that they will receive it. This is why we must be patient with unbelievers as we wait on God and His timing.

The process of leading someone to Christ is not always fast. Some people will make their decision quickly while others may take time longer than you think they should have taken before making a decision for Jesus Christ (remember: people are different). But whether it takes one day or several years doesn’t matter because God can still use each of those experiences in our lives no matter how long it takes them to make their choice! We just need to keep working hard at sharing the good news until they come around!


We hope this article has been helpful in your preparation for leading someone else to Christ. May you be blessed as you seek to share the good news of Jesus and help individuals see their need for him!

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