Step 1 – Know your need. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). It makes little difference how good we are. Even if we were almost perfect, we still fall short of God’s holy standard of perfection.
Step 2 – Know the penalty of sin. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life is Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23). This refers to both physical and spiritual death. Physical death occurs upon the separation of the body and the spirit of humans (James 2:26). Spiritual death occurs when one is eternally separated from God.
Step 3 – Know God’s provision. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Although the wages for sin is death, Christ died in people’s stead. He died for our sins because we could not pay the price or atone for them. This provision gives the sinner the option to receive or reject God’s gift of eternal life.
Step 4 – Know how to respond. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). To believe in Christ is the same as receiving Him. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12).
Step 5 – Bringing to decision. After explaining salvation, a person should not be left with mere head knowledge. An opportunity for decision should be given. Ask the person to pray simply for Christ to come into his or her life.