Can you give several examples of bad evangelistic practices that result from a bad understanding of conversion?9Marks
A church with a biblical understanding of conversion will…
A church that does not rightly understand conversion will…
Generally speaking, no.
John’s first epistle offers several “tests” to help Christians know if they have savingly come to faith in Christ:
Conversion does not mean that “God helps those who help themselves.” The change we need is so radical that only God can do it. In conversion, God gives life to the dead and sight to the blind. In conversion, God gives the gifts of repentance and faith.
People are responsible to do two things: repent and believe. Conversion is a radical turn away from sin and to God through faith in Christ. Jesus summed up what humans must do in conversion when he commanded his hearers, “Repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).
What does it mean to repent?
Conversion is a U-turn in a person’s life. It is turning with one’s whole person away from sin and to Christ for salvation. From idol worship to God worship. From self-justification to Christ’s justification. From self-rule to God’s rule.
Conversion is what happens when God awakens those who are spiritually dead and enables them to repent of their sins and have faith in Christ.