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We knocked on the door of a Hispanic
young man by the name of Jose. We introduced ourselves and explained
to Jose that we were taking a community religious survey and
wondered if we could take a few minutes of his time and get his
honest opinion on some questions. Jose replied Yes and invited us
Does your household attend Church?
Can you share why?
I just got out of jail and my parents church and my in-laws church
is too far away to attend.
If a new Church were to start in your neighborhood, would you
consider going to this Church?
Who is Jesus Christ according to your understanding?
God, somebody people believe in.
If you were to die tonight, do you know for sure whether or not you
would go to heaven?
If someone were to come up to you and say, "I want to go to heaven!
What must I do to go there?" What would be your answer to him?
Go to a minister and confess your sins.
If you could know for sure how to go to heaven and have eternal life
would you be interested in knowing how?
Jose, this completes the survey. The purpose of the survey is to
understand people's needs spiritually so that we can know better how
to serve our community.
In response to your
last statement, however, we have a presentation which explains how
to know for certain that you will go to heaven and have eternal
life. Would you allow us ten minutes of your time to share this with
I was sharing with
him from the salvation tract called
After going over
which talks about the significance of Jesusí Resurrection, Jose
expressed that he was not completely understanding points 4 and 5,
so we explained to him:
Jose, the Bible tells us that all
our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment before God (Is 64:6).
We cannot gain God's forgiveness by being good enough, by helping
old ladies across the street, or by going to church every day. The
only thing that God accepts as payment for our sins is death, which
means eternal separation from God. This is God's Justice.
But God is also a God of love.
He did not create us to be separated from Him, so he sent his
only-begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross, to pay sin's
penalty, in our place. You see, Jesus was God in the flesh. Jesus
had no sin, therefore he did not need to pay sins penalty. The Bible
tells us that he paid it in our place for us on the cross.
Romans 5:8 further expresses
to us that not only did Jesus die for your and my sins past, present
and future, but he did this even while the people around the cross
were mocking Him and spitting upon him and saying to him, "If you
are the Son of God, then come down off the cross!"
At this point Jose expressed
understanding. I then finished points 5 and 6 and continued sharing
which talks about what it
means to receive Jesus as Savior, Jose again said:
I do not understand?
Jose, in the Old Testament man tried to gain favor and salvation
through obedience to the Law. The Bible tells us however that in
order to be saved through obedience to the Law you must obey it
perfectly without sin. Once you sin the requirement of the Law is
then death: eternal separation from God. Jesus paid sinís penalty
for us by dying on the cross. Once a person dies physically or
through Jesusí death by accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord, that
person is freed from the Law. The law can no longer make claims over
If you receive Jesus
and His death becomes your death, and thus you fulfill the
requirement of sinís penalty, death, through Jesusí death, you are
freed from the Law, it can no longer make claims over you. Further,
once you die in Jesus, you are forever freed from trying to attain
salvation through obedience to the Law. This is because when you die
in Jesus, you are saved through Jesus. You no longer have to try and
gain Godís favor through obedience to the Law since you have already
gained the Fatherís favor through Jesusí death on the cross.
Now I understand.
I continued reading
When I got to the two kinds of people (Self-Controlled verses
he said he was the self-controlled life. When I asked him which of
these two people he would like to be his life, he said the
Christ-controlled life. I went over the prayer and asked him if he
would like to pray and ask Jesus into his heart. He said, "I think
so." I then asked him if he understood everything. He said he
understood most of it. Pastor Kruse reiterated a few points and
Jesus is the only
religious leader who ever lived who came back from the dead to prove
to us that His claims about Himself and what he said are true.
Mohammed, Buddha, Confucius and Darwin are still in the gave. When
Jesus was asked what proof He would give to his claims about
Himself, He literally said John 2:18-22 "Kill me and I will come
back from the dead three days later." They did kill Him and three
days later He did come back from the dead. Because this is true, we
can know for sure that when we pray and ask Jesus to come into our
hearts as Savior and Lord, we can know He does come in because He
promised He would in Revelation 3:20.
We also explained to
him that Jesus promised us in Hebrews 13:5 that He will never leave
us. Because this is true, when we receive Jesus, we have eternal
life because God the Father promised us in 1 John 5:11-12 that he
who has the Son has eternal life. He was then ready to receive
Jesus, so we led him in prayer and Jose prayed and received Jesus
into his heart as Savior and Lord.
Did you pray and
receive Jesus into your heart?
If you did, then
according to Jesusí promise in Revelation 3:20, where is He right
now in relation to you?
In my Heart.
I then went on to
give him assurance of Salvation and finished reading to him the rest
We then gave our
books on discipleship which would help him to grow in Jesus and set
up an appointment to go over them with him. We also invited him to
come to our church if he did not already have one. He seemed very
eager about that.
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