If what you are believing is not true, would you want to know?”
Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, John 3:3, John 14:6, Romans 10:9-11, 2 Corinthians 5:15, and Revelation 3:20. William Fay, Share Jesus Without Fear (Bielefeld: B&H Publishing Group, 1999), 54-5. Have the person read the passage aloud and then ask the question, "What does that say to you?" If they get the question wrong, have them reread the text and try again. (After John 3:3, substitute this question: "Why did Jesus come to die?"
5 Commitment Questions
Are you a sinner?
Do you want forgiveness of sins?
Do you believe Jesus died on the cross for you and rose again?
Are you willing to surrender your life to Jesus Christ?
Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and into your heart?
These commitment questions are as straightforward as the verses, and they operate as a spiritual thermometer. They pave the way for getting someone to decide to receive and accept Christ. I particularly liked the idea that the wall that God could not break was that of a human heart. He does not force His way in, but He is always ready to come in if we will let Him. Fay’s reminder after the last question is very important too: please shut up and pray.
I am thankful that Fay included a sinner’s prayer in the book: “Heavenly Father, I have sinned against you. I want forgiveness for all my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for me and rose again. Father, I give you my life to do with as you wish. I want Jesus Christ to come into my life and into my heart. This I ask in Jesus’ name. Amen." Fay admits though, the sinner’s prayer does not save anyone; Jesus does that!
The Christian Evangel was published by J. Roswell Flower, an early leader of the Assemblies of God. In 1914, after the Assemblies of God was founded in Hot Springs, Arkansas, E. N. Bell joined J. R. Flower in publishing it.
The Christian Evangel along with the Word and Witness were the official mouthpieces of the Assemblies of God in its formative years. In 1916, the Word and Witness was discontinued, and the Christian Evangel became the Assemblies of God's sole weekly piece. In 1919, the Christian Evangel was renamed the Pentecostal Evangel.
The purpose of this site is to reclaim some of the lost legacy of the Christian Evangel and Assemblies of God history.