Can you give several examples of bad evangelistic practices that result from a bad understanding of conversion?

Altar calls, decision cards. Altar calls and decision cards result from an overemphasis on the human’s role in conversion, as if conversion results whenever someone is persuaded to walk an aisle. (Never mind the movement of God’s Spirit!) Also, signing a card isn’t the same thing as repenting and believing. The Bible calls us to repent and believe.  

What practical difference does a biblical understanding of conversion make in the life of a church?


A church with a biblical understanding of conversion will…

Why is a right understanding of conversion so important for a church’s corporate witness?


A church that does not rightly understand conversion will…

How do I lovingly confront someone who claims to be converted but who lives like a non-Christian?

Pray for yourself and the other person. Pray that you would be faithful merely to speak truth, relying on God’s Spirit to do the work of true persuasion (1 Cor. 3:6-7; 2 Cor. 7:8-10). Pray that he would convict and change the heart. Speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). Approach the person tenderly, patiently, and kindly. Explain that you are confronting them out of a deep and loving concern for their eternal good.

Can someone be genuinely converted and contentedly live in sin?


Generally speaking, no.

How can I know if I’ve been genuinely converted?


John’s first epistle offers several “tests” to help Christians know if they have savingly come to faith in Christ:

What does God do in conversion?


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.

What are people responsible to do in conversion?


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?

What is conversion?


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.

Book Review: The Emotionally Healthy Church, by Peter Scazzero

Review by Chris Ambridge | 03.02.2010

It appears that for Scazzero, the evidences of being a true believer are different from those of Scripture.

Does regeneration necessarily precede conversion?

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 03.01.2010

God regenerates us and then we believe, and hence regeneration precedes our conversion.

One of the Dirtiest Words Today: C——–n

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology | 03.01.2010

My analogy didn’t have the intended effect, or perhaps it did, for he quickly retorted, “You’re not actually trying to convert people, are you?”

What role does sanctification play in salvation?

By Donald S. Whitney | 03.01.2010

To phrase the question another way, can a person go to Heaven who doesn’t live like a dedicated Christian?

Re-imagining Success in Ministry

By Mark Dever | 03.01.2010

Certainly no church is perfect. But, praise God, many imperfect churches are healthy.

What about the confessing Christian who lives like the world?

By Michael Lawrence | 02.26.2010

The free grace that forgives is also a grace that transforms, turning bad trees which produce bad fruit into good trees which produce good fruit.