THE WHOLE PICTURE:
Everyone in the world is on this piece of paper! They are in this first section and are a safe sinner because they do not understand or comprehend that there is a God and he has a special plan for us. They are in the middle because they are a lost sinner and do understand that God has a special plan for us but they have not acted upon it for some reason. Or they are in the last section as a saved sinner because they can go back to a time when they asked Jesus to be their Savior and they know that He forgave them. SEE IF YOU CAN POINT TO WHERE YOU ARE ON THE PICTURE.
1. If you pointed to "SAFE SINNER," you can say "isn't it wonderful that Jesus keeps you safe until you can understand His plan. You may begin understanding today or tonight. Would you let me know when you are ready to ask Him to be your Savior? You don't need me around when you do, but it always makes my day when someone lets me be around when they ask Jesus to come into their heart forever.
2. If you pointed to "LOST SINNER," you can say. Do you want to stay here? (I've never had anyone ever say that they wanted to remain a lost sinner.)
3. If you pointed to "SAVED SINNER," you can ask them to share the time that they know they asked Him to come into their life and rejoice with them. If they say when they were baptized, gently point out that baptism is something we do according to Matthew 3:15 "And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him." Salvation is something God does for us when we ask Him. Can you remember the time that you asked God to come into your life? Would you tell me about it?
4. If you pointed to "SAVED SINNER" and slides their finger back to lost sinner saying, "I was here but now I'm here." You can point out that it is no more possible to become unborn from our parents family than to become unborn from God's family. We may rebel and disobey but they will always be our parents. When God makes us His child, He knows how to handle us. Your parents may give up on you but God never will.
Romans 8: 35 - 40 "
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."