- “share the gospel clearly … and call people to count the cost of following Christ.”
- “Tell them following Jesus will cost them their life…and tell them Jesus is worth it!”
- “ask the person if he or she has any questions and then ask if the person would like to repent and believe.”
- “…once that person repents and believes in Christ, the one who shared the Gospel should continue to lead that new believer.”
“Remember, our goal is not to count decisions; our goal is to make disciples,” he emphasized.
In the end, Platt remains cautious of the “sinner’s prayer” as it can be recited without a full understanding of the Gospel and of the life they’re committing themselves to.
He highlighted, “Assurance of salvation is not found in a prayer we prayed or a decision we made however many years ago as much as it is found in trusting in the sacrifice of Christ for us, experiencing the Spirit of Christ in us, obeying the commands of Christ to us, and expressing the love of Christ to others.
“Ultimately, however, I don’t want people to look to me or even to a ‘prayer they prayed’ for assurance of salvation. I want them to look to Christ for this. Assurance of salvation is always based on His work, not ours