FROM THE BOOK
“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.
In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.
Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation?
Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.
I am giving away one free copy of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved to one of my faithful readers. There are two ways to be eligible to enter the giveaway or feel free to do both. Here is how to enter the giveaway:
1. Share a link to this post via Twitter or Facebook.
2. Leave a comment below, briefly sharing how you either struggled with assurance of salvation or how you came about being confident in your salvation.
3. The winner will be selected and announced at the bottom of the comments section on this post on the morning of February 4th. The book will be sent to the winner.