Share Your Faith

By Jack Weaver

My Granddaughter Tara had a wonderful suggestion — “Why not show others how to share their faith in Christ.”

We think that is an excellent suggestion .

The most essential aspect of sharing our faith is being crystal clear on the gospel message

With that in mind, we would like to suggest a resource that may help to equip you in sharing the gospel message.

It is a booklet by Ron Shea, founder of Clear Gospel Campaign.  The booklet, entitled “The Gospel” is an excellent, clear presentation of the plan of salvation.  The booklet gives solid explanations of grace, repentance, assurance, and eternal security.  The booklet is only 27 pages, so it has enough detail to explain God’s plan of salvation, without being too detailed

Following is an excerpt from the last page of “The Gospel”:


Today a variety of “gospel” messages flood the air waves and pulpits across the globe. They range from sentimental overtures encouraging the lost sinner to “invite Jesus into his heart,” to threatening admonitions requiring the unbeliever to “repent of his sins.” Not surprisingly, believer and unbeliever alike have been left in a state of confusion. Even when the Gospel is proclaimed clearly and accurately, the hearer will often filter the words of the evangelist through a preexisting grid of false gospels which he has already heard, so failing to understand the saving message of Jesus Christ. With this in mind, The Gospel Booklet was written not only to explain and illustrate those concepts essential to saving faith such as our Lord’s atoning death and the doctrine of grace, but to address and correct much of the false teaching that is so often associated with the Christian Gospel. Clarifying so many complex theological issues in this short, easy-to-read booklet took close to five years of writing and editing. We know of no booklet in print today that presents the Gospel more clearly or accurately.

Please find “The Gospel” booklet linked below:

The Gospel

Thank you, Tara, for your wonderful idea.


57 responses to “Share Your Faith

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  2. How cool is that, in a matter of seconds I got a whole book on what I want to read about,– and for free! 🙂

    Bless you, thank you for sharing this!

  3. Brittany,

    Be sure to read and remember the Bible verses suggested.
    We can tell folks stories but unless we can back it up with contextual Scripture, it is merely a story.
    God’s Word says:
    “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
    Praying for you!

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  4. Jack, I’ve enjoyed reading many of your posts and the very insightful comments on them as well. I feel as though I’m struggling to consistently have the type of faith walk that you and your readers profess,any advice?

  5. Greetings Altonwoods:

    Thanks for joining us today. Just to let you know, I certainly have my share of struggles in the daily Christian life, just as you do. Some wise person once asked the question, “Do you know what is so difficult about the ‘daily Christian life’?” Answer: “It’s because it’s so DAILY!” The breakthrough for me came several years ago as I read some helpful books on living by grace. One of my favorites was “The Grace Awakening” by Charles Swindoll. Another good one is “Simply by Grace,” by Dr. Charles Bing. In “The Grace Awakening,” Swindoll speaks out strongly against legalism in the church; he invites the reader to examine his or her life to see whether he or she is really living a life of joyful expectancy under God’s unlimited love and grace, NOT under the bondage of legalism and guilt/fear-driven motivation. Listen to his words which I quote in an article I wrote for this site and for Free Grace Alliance (see the link below):
    “In his best-selling book, The Grace Awakening, Charles Swindoll relates the baffling true historical narrative of how the slaves were legally declared free by the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in late 1865, yet many or most of them chose to remain on the plantations, not exercising their new legal status of free men and women. He makes the comparison that many Christians, although freed by the death and resurrection of Christ, choose to continue to live in a state of bondage to sin, legalism, fear and doubt. To quote Swindoll, using the analogy of Lincoln freeing the slaves, he says, “To use terms everyone can understand, President Grace legally freed us from our lifelong master, Sin, and his wife, Shame. Theoretically, we were freed when we believed in Christ, but practically speaking, our plantation owners do everything in their power to keep us ignorant, afraid, and thinking like a slave. . . . Many Christians still live as though they are enslaved.” A bit later he inquires, “What in the world has happened to grace? Furthermore, where is the abundant life Christ offered? Are freed people supposed to live such a frightened existence? Are we emancipated or not? If so, let’s live like it! That isn’t heresy; it’s the healthiest kind of theology imaginable!”

  6. P. S. to last comment:

    The unbiblical teaching of which we speak so often on this site called, “lordship salvation,” is totally characterized by the legalistic guilt and fear-based motivation of which was mentioned above.

  7. AltonWoods,

    You certainly are welcome here. My advice?? Keep visiting, reading and commenting here. We are here to help you (and all of us) to better understand God’s Grace, the Scripture and the Christian life. Bruce’s great comment and advice above is a good example.

    Sometime you may read our articles and comments but not realize that we also have struggles in our lives. That is why it helps all of us to have this community of believers sharing our faith and thereby growing.

    I visited your Blog and find that you write very well about your Christian life. However I did not see on your Blog how you trusted Christ as your Savior and specifically what you believe about your salvation. I may have missed it — if so please forgive me and direct me to the link.

    For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek [Gentile].
    Romans 1:16

    Thanks again for dropping by.. Please come back.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  8. I’d like to thank you both so much (Bruce and Jack) for your replies to my initial comment. Bruce, your analogy was a great encouragement to me, I believe we’re on the same page as far as what we believe about grace and how Christians are in needless bondage to sin.

    Jack, I will definitely keep coming back, I think that I could learn a great deal from this blog! Thank you for your comment, my writing is very important to me and your recognition of it means a great deal. Speaking of which, I wanted to include this link to a blog I wrote that expresses what I personally believe about salvation.

    You asked about how I initially came to trust Christ as my savior and in response I’d like to say that it happened in a Baptist church one Sunday morning when I was nine.No one else in my family was there or ever knew about it…I was merely sent to church on a bus to get me out of my parents hair for a while.I did mention it briefly here…

    I don’t remember much about it to be honest but I believe what happened that day was real. In the many years since then I have re-dedicated my life to Christ several times with complete sincerity each time.

    I believe that God has a plan for me. I’d really like to see a breakthrough in my life to move me from where I’m at now into living in the reality of total freedom and victory and into having the sort of relationship with our Father that Jesus died to enable us to have.

    Thank you for your encouragement, and for asking the questions you did…

    I appreciate that you care enough to do so!

  9. Thanks for this resource, Jack. I have shared the gospel with some people, and most have rejected it. That’s disheartening. Some people at work ganged up on me and mocked me after I shared the gospel there, so I got discouraged and uncomfortable after that and haven’t shared the gospel with co-workers for a few years. I’ve been asking God to bless me with a Christian friend at work because it would be so beneficial for me. Work is a stressful place sometimes, and it would be nice to have the friendship and support of another Christian. There are several people at work, who call themselves Christians, but they are deceived and in cults. I pray for them.

    I’m thankful for this forum and the Christian fellowship here. God bless everyone!

  10. Marcella,

    I will pray the Lord encourages you — and that you will find a doctrinally sound Christian friend at work. People will mock and jeer but the Lord’s Holy Spirit indwelling each of us believers promises He will strengthen and guide us.
    John 16:13a
    Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: …
    Romans 12:21
    Be not overcome of evil [the noisome, wicked], but overcome evil with good.
    2 Thessalonians 3:13
    But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.

    Thanks again for visiting and giving us your comments.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  11. Retired Pastor, you are blessed – your faith is great for you boldly proclaim the good news… for you know and trust the Savior Jesus is. Amen!!!!!!
    I too am saved and loved……….
    The Ministry of Death written on stones was nailed to the cross with my Savior!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Iit has been fulfilled, my sins were punished in His body , I received His righteousness I did not deserve.
    He paid my debt I I could not pay, he found his rest in redeeming me…..
    To know how much God loves me….Is to know how much God loves his Son because he gave him up for me.
    Abraham was held unto rightousness yet he knew not the law……It’s all about the motivation when we trust in his salvation it produces obedience… So without trust would Abraham have put his Son in harms way?. Could he have been this obedient in the flesh? I think not………..
    Abraham produced obedience because he had faith… This is why James can say “Faith without works is dead”….” I will show you faith by my works”
    It was easy for Abraham to take his Son up Mt Moriah because he trusted God would not harm his son.. If he didnt trust God he never would have put Isaac in harms way…this was” faith by my works”
    In the New Covenant you don’t do works to receive faith ..
    Rather you have the “Trust” to do what is obedient and right…
    Now you have this trust because you have faith to trust in it, and this faith was counted to you for righteousness and this by grace which was given to you because He first loved you.
    This is the evidence of your faith, not the works, but the Trust which in turn produces obedience………..The fruits are “His peace” – because your works are now not in vain, and therefore it is now not work..and if it is now not work the law is being fulfilled as it was meant to be…..
    Now let’s be honest!! in the Old Covenant we didn’t have enough faith to trust to do what is right because in the flesh it was hard it was effort….
    In the Old the High Priest is always standing, his work is never done
    Watch this now!!!!!……..My Savior is seated, His work is done, the law has been fulfilled …….”.Hold your position put on your armour its all true.”.
    For it was designed this way before I was born that he may glorified.
    For if Christ cannot justify me by his love, by what measure can the law justify me by my effort……..

  12. Hello Justin; thanks for joining us today.

    I won’t make many comments here because I’m not exactly sure what point you are trying to make. If you comment again, please keep your thoughts concise and on a certain point or question. You seem to be vacillating between a grace position and a works-for-proof position of salvation. I’m not sure. Ephesians 2:8-9 declare that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ Jesus alone (not by works, so that nobody can boast).

    Regarding your comments about Abraham and Old Testament salvation, I refer you to Genesis 15:6, “Abraham BELIEVED God and it was counted to him for righteousness.” Salvation in the Old Testament was the same as in the New, by grace alone through faith alone, not by works. What did Abraham believe? He believed that God would give him a great line of descendants through whom would come the Promised Messiah, Abraham’s coming Savior and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

    By the way, many people have written about the Book of James on various articles on this site. I hope that you can check them out. In a nutshell, James was addressing BELIEVERS about the quality of their faith, NOT the reality of their faith.

  13. Good works and obedience do not automatically follow from, nor prove, eternal salvation. We are saved by Grace through faith in Christ.

    We are not saved by Grace through faith in Christ to make us be good. Rather, we are saved by Grace through faith in Christ to take away our sin and give us His righteousness. We are forgiven of all of our sin – past, present and future – the moment we believe in Christ alone.

    When one believes in Christ unto eternal life, he does not have to be ready to die for Christ, be willing to sacrifice his children for Christ, be willing to give away his money, be willing to turn over a new leaf, or anything else.

    Does lack of obedience indicate that someone is not saved? NO!!!

    Think about this verse:

    John 8:31 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.”

    Note that Jesus was talking to believers. They were already saved at this point – eternally secure. But, their discipleship was contingent on abiding in His word.

  14. Bruce and John,

    Wonderful points about God’s Grace. Thank you.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  15. I am wondering if anyone has any tips on memorizing Bible verses? I seem to struggle with this. Memorizing one new verse seems like a monumental task let alone trying to memorize dozens.

  16. Jon,

    Sorry I did not catch your question.

    Not a stupid question at all and no mockery. Your question was valid but I suppose no one had a ready answer. Everyone has some problem with memory verses. I find memorization difficult also and have found no trick to do it.

    However, I do find the more I witness to folks, using a tract with Scripture verses which I repeat to them, the easier it is to recall those particular verses later. As an old Bible college professor of mine used to say, “Repetition is theological glue.”

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  17. I’m sorry Jack. I interpreted the lack of response as disapproval of my question. I have too much time to think. I suppose memorization is easier when we are younger, to some degree at least. I have certainly become more familiar with many verses just by reading comments on this blog. Thank you for the tract recommendation. I appreciate your commitment to keeping the Gospel simple Jack. God bless.

  18. Jon,

    Not a problem.

    Our friend John suggested this (which I should have remembered since I studied and applied this in Bible College):
    Jack, if you want to give Jon some practical advice on memorizing scripture, page 117 of the “Handbook of Personal Evangelism” has the following:


    Use 3×5 file cards, writing the verse on one side and the address on the other. This way you can go through the addresses to see if you know the verses, and through the verses to see if you know the addresses.

    As you learn your verses, try quoting them as frequently as possible, and you will implant them more firmly in your mind. It is a well-known fact that when you compound reading, hearing, and speaking in the learning process, your retention will be progressively increased. Just listening or reading alone cannot give you skill and effectiveness in USING your knowledge. You must PRACTICE. It is well said that practice makes perfect that which you practice.

    A periodic review of your memory verses is a good idea, even for the ones you feel you know quite well. If you have your 3×5 cards handy, you can make good use of time that perhaps you would otherwise waste . . . waiting for a bus, sitting in the beauty shop, etc.

    Work toward knowing the verses so well that you can quote them immediately upon hearing the address, a portion of the verse, or subject material which the verse could answer or deals with.

    Be able to quote them with almost no effort at all. In this way you can quote the verse to the person and actually be free to be thinking of what you will say next, or to be sensing the person’s reaction to it. The value of being able to do this is great.”

    It worked for me then — but I am an old guy now!

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  19. Jon,

    I should have added this: The book, Handbook of Personal Evangelism is now available FREE in either PDF or MS Word format from this same article above. Link to it and download it!!

    It has many helps anyone can use in Bible study and witnessing.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  20. Expected Imminently

    Hello Jon

    I hoped there would be a reply to your comment because I have the same problem. A while ago someone asked if others were memorizing the New Song in Revelation ready for when the time comes to sing it. That made me nervous because I’ve been banking on there being song-sheets”. 😉


  21. Morning Jon,

    You know what they say: “no such thing as a stupid question”. But I totally understand how you could interpret a long silence, or no response, as disapproval (I do too). And yet, most of us were just sawing logs!

    For memorizing scripture, and depending on the size of the passage, I will break it down into “bite size” pieces and write out each verse until I can do so without making mistakes. Then I move onto the next passage. At a certain point, I’ll go back to the beginning, and rewrite it all out, and if perfect, then I’ll keep going. I did this a few years ago with Chapter 8 of Romans. I also lassoed the ears of family members, reciting to them what I’d memorized, which caused them to memorize hunks as well!

    That one chapter was a hurdle for me, but oh, so rewarding.

    Your question prompts me to tackle another one ~ Thanks!

  22. “That made me nervous because I’ve been banking on there being song sheets.”

    Sue, you’re a hoot! Too funny…

  23. Another thought, Jon.

    If you don’t own Alexander Scourby’s reading of the King James Bible, I highly recommend it. I’ve heard other recordings, and they just don’t hold a candle to the cadence with which he was so gifted.

    You know how we’re able to memorize a song after just a few hearings? The same goes for listening to the recorded reading of scripture. One passage (I Tim. 2:1-5) was so easy to memorize, given the emphasis he put on certain words. Of course, frequency is key, and long drives provide that great opportunity.

  24. Matt for Grace and Truth

    “Repetition is theological glue.” Cleverly stated truth!

    Memorization tips:
    -First, write down or type out or download the verse and the reference.
    Example: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)”
    -Second, read the verse and reference out loud 10 times. Then, try to say it verbatim from memory 3 times.
    -Recite the verse one time daily for 7 days.
    -Review monthly.
    Of course, applying the verse in your life helps seal the verse in your memory. “Knowledge that is used sticks.”
    Hope that helps.

  25. Matt,

    Thanks for the memorization tips. We all need every help we can get.

    The phrase “… theological glue.” was originally “…theological mucilage.” As old as I am I remember LePage’s Mucilage when I was in Grammar school, age 8 – about 1937. But I figured mucilage is no longer around as a common word and folks would not understand, hence “glue.” Either way, the saying is still valid.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  26. Thanks for the tips everyone! I have downloaded the Handbook of Personal Evangelism but didn’t see the memorization tips yet. I will try some of the tips suggested thanks.

  27. Matt for Grace and Truth


    One more hint: Memorize no more than three verses per week. More than that tends to hinder long-term perfect retention.

  28. Jon,

    The note card thing works great for verses. One thing that also helped me in college was putting the reference and a few of the first words of the verse on one side and the whole verse or two on the other. That way it is easier to cement which reference goes with which verse. Worked for me anyway. The other thing that helps when you are learning them is to break them up into phrases. Go over part of it until you can add the next part and before you know it you will have the whole thing because you keep going over the phrases as you go.

    Hope that helps some. I’m sure there are other tips.

  29. Outside the Bible, this is probably the most important book I have.

  30. Welcome Bryan,

    Thanks for visiting and commenting.

    The Handbook of Personal Evangelism was our text in Bible College Personal Evangelism class. It is full of solid doctrine. And I have referred to it frequently and give out free paperback copies at every opportunity. Free paperback copies are available by contacting Dr. Wally Morillo (Dr. Stanford’s son-in-law) — at Grace Community Church in Pharr, Texas

    We do appreciate your taking time to visit ExPreacherMan and comment. You will find many like-minded friends here.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  31. Thanks for the welcome Jack, too bad this book isn’t on display at local Christian book stores. Instead you always get the usual suspects such as Piper, Platt, Comfort and Osteen.

  32. Bryan,

    Right.. I guess if the more enterpri$$$ing book $tore owner$ realized they could order them for free or a small donation.. they might put them on display.

    We will just continue to let folks know about the easy availability of the Handbook of Personal Evangelism.

    Thankfully in Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  33. “local Christian book stores”

    Can’t speak for anywhere but a few geographical places, but in those few geographical places that I know well about, “Christian book stores” are closing left and right. More and more people are turning to the internet to get Christian materials, and that gives us more of a potential audience to reach with the message of the Lord’s grace. It’s just as easy for a search engine to bring up our free warnings about the next Platt/Chan/Piper/etc, as it is for them to reach their things which are usually not free anyway.

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  35. michael bechman

    I, too, firmly believe salvation is through faith alone, Christ alone, by grace alone. It is definitely not anything that mankind can do to earn God’s marvelous gift of salvation. However, in reading some of the input from various persons including your own blog one could get the erroneous idea that you might be promoting the concept of once saved anyone can live as they wish. A truly converted life will obviously show evidence of the indwelling Holy Spirit bringing about change in one’s life. Not all those who you say promote Lordship salvation are saying that “works” are at all involved in someone getting saved. They could be meaning that after one is saved that there is a spiritually growing process in which gradually a believer becomes more and more sanctified and separated unto the Lord and from the worldly influences all around us. True Calvinists obviously do not believe this. Keep up the good work and testimony. mike b.

  36. Michael, welcome and thanks for your comments.

    You said: “However, in reading some of the input from various persons including your own blog one could get the erroneous idea that you might be promoting the concept of once saved anyone can live as they wish. A truly converted life will obviously show evidence of the indwelling Holy Spirit bringing about change in one’s life.”

    My comment: Once saved, someone should serve Christ. However, someone can live as he wishes once saved. In fact, anytime we do something outside of the will of God, we are living as we wish. Also, a believer will only show evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to the extent that he allows the Holy Spirit to work in his life.

    So, the idea that once saved, anyone can live as they wish, is not erroneous.

    Pastor Tom Cucuzza put it this way in a recent sermon:

    Ephesians 2:10 – you don’t have it on the screen, today but it says:

    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works (amen to that), which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    The word “should” is the only word that you could put in there that goes with grace. Because grace is free. So “should”. “Should.” And we should.

    But, it isn’t we must, and it isn’t we will. People say: “oh, you will!” OK, how many? How much? How often? How long?

    “Well, you can’t tell me…” Wait a minute! Wait a minute. Are you telling me that God has not provided salvation as a gift? He says it over and over. He says it – what – three or four times in Romans chapter 5. He says it in Ephesians 2. He says it in Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Over, and over, and over, it’s the gift. The gift, the gift, the gift, the gift. What are gifts? Gifts are free.

    (People) say: “yeah, but you can’t accept the gift and then go out do what you…” Well, wait a minute then. What you’re saying, then, if that’s true – now, you shouldn’t go out and live like the devil – but, if it’s true that you can’t accept the gift and then go do something that’s contrary to the will of God, then you’re saying that you have to behave to keep the gift. Well, then, it’s not a gift, it’s a contract. Salvation is the gift of God, apart from works.

  37. Michael,

    I wonder if those who are saying: “A truly converted life will obviously show evidence…” understand the difference between walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh. The statement might have been true if believers only have the new nature but we know this is not true. You cannot accurately say there will be evidence of a changed life. Fruit comes from walking in the Spirit but people do not always walk in the Spirit. For believers there is always a struggle between flesh and Spirit to some degree or another.

    The other problem comes when we start judging fruit but then doubt our salvation based on perceived bad fruit. Should that cause us to doubt? Or, should we remain confident in our object of salvation the Lord Jesus Christ trusting Him that he will not forsake us even though we have failures and sin.

    Jim F

  38. Here is a good message that speaks to this topic.

    Jim F

  39. I know that no one has commented on here for a while, but I wanted to add a video here about memorizing scriptures which I think might help.

    (Links removed by Administrator)

    I don’t know what they believe about Salvation, but I thought the methods may help in memorizing scripture. you can even use some of these techniques to memorize bible facts.

    another thing that might help is when memorizing scripture, try to memorize topically. that way when someone asks a question or whatever, you will have many verses in your mind to give to them.

  40. Matthew, thanks for your comment.

    We appreciate your suggestions on memorization techniques, but unfortunately we do not have the time or resources to devote to evaluating the efficacy of these systems.

    Thanks. John

  41. well I do apologize if the videos are not good for this site or if anyone doesn’t like the techniques. I do know the techniques for memorizing bible facts works and works fast. but I wasn’t sure if it would be welcomed here or not.

  42. Matthew, it’s hard to take the time to prove all things, I know Yankee has been vetted here, and he shows a kind of interesting method for how to memorize the Bible by just giving an example through the book of John. See what you think. I was going to do a bible memorization the other day on a site, but then saw their Charles Spurgeon Devotional and didn’t want to give them any ‘clicks’ to promote his teachings….

  43. Thank you Hollysgarcia for the video link. I will be watching that either today or tomorrow.

  44. Hope you enjoy it Matthew, it really makes sense and really helps for location on passages when you do it for an entire book like that. Pick the points that stand out to you also. 🙂

  45. Sorry Jim Floyd, I just see that you had already provided the link and the good advice 🙂

    This I hope some will download because it has helped me with one Jehovah’s witness friend, she came to believe, and to understand the Deity of Jesus by me going over the passages with her, letting her read, and talking to her about what she got from it.

  46. In Dr Stanford’s book he says God does not guarantee restoration of fellowship on the basis of confession of sin.He says fellowship with the Lord comes when a christian disciplines his life so that he has ‘things in common” with the Lord. I have noticed other people saying that confession restores fellowship with the Lord. Can anyone explain this.

  47. Genevieve, perhaps Dr.Stanford’s point was that confession of sin, accompanied by rebelliousness, would not result in close fellowship with The Lord.

  48. Genevieve Jenks

    I see John, that could be it.Thanks

  49. i would just like to share the lyrics to my favorite hymn: Blessed Assurance.
    Fanny Crosby wrote the lyrics to this in 1873.
    To me this hymn perhaps best sums up how I see my eternal security in Christ. I hope they will also assure anyone of the permanency of their salvation who faces attacks from legalism.

    “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
    O what a foretaste of glory divine!
    Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
    Born of his Spirit, washed in His blood.

    This is my story, this is my song,
    Praising my Savior, all the day long;
    This is my story, this is my song,
    Praising my Savior, all the day long.

    Perfect submission, Perfect delight,
    Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
    Angels descending bring from above,
    Echos of mercy, whispers of love.

    Perfect submission, all is at rest
    I and my Savior are happy and blest,
    Watching and waiting, looking above,
    Filled with his goodness, lost in his love.”

    I might add that Fanny Crosby was a Methodist, but I have never read anything that would sound like she was a believer in the Arminian view of salvation, that salvation can be lost and regained. She was blind but spent her life helping those in need. From the lyrics above I would hope that she worked to help the poor in thankfulness for Christ making her eternally secure and bound for Heaven and that she did not also believe that her good works were also needed to get to Heaven.

  50. Phil, that’s such a beautiful hymn.

    It’s amazing that so many LS churches (think SBC) include grace-oriented hymns in their hymnals, yet contradict them with their doctrine. Kind of like Billy Graham with “Just As I Am.”

  51. I used to me Methodist at one time. And i know that Blessed Assurance is in their hymnal, as I am sure it’s in just about any other main line churches hymnal. The words probably gets filtered and redefined with Calvinists, LSer’s, and Arminians and others who don’t believe like we do that salvation by faith is an accomplished fact.
    I mentioned that Fanny Crosby was Methodist at least much of her life. Having been one myself, I know that they are kind of a melting pot of beliefs and are tolerant of everything from liberals to fundamentalists even though officially their statement is Wesleyan Arminian, but they don’t try to push this at their congregations. One distinctive of them all is they are very roll up your sleeves an do something oriented. This comes from John Wesley’s preaching and is kind of related to their name, Methodist.

    One thing in the lyrics that Fanny Crosby wrote that kind of concerned me at first was the verse, “Perfect submission….” But I think she was referring to Christ’s perfect submission at Calvary and not to the necessity of our perfect submission in life in order to be saved.

  52. Phil, I interpreted her use of “perfect submission” the same way you did.

  53. i would like to share my faith in the One who saved me, the Lord Jesus Christ. for anyone who has never believed the good news of their salvation.

    I had listened to some Baptist friends at work who showed me verses in John, Romans, Galatians, and Ephesians about how to be saved (back in the ’70s) These verses said that God offers eternal salvation to anyone who will accept by faith that Christ suffered and died to pay the penalty for all our sins.
    Well, I decided one night to just start reading through the book of Romans for myself and just see if the word of God the Bible really says what these friends told me. Well, by the time I had read through Romans chapters 1 thru 5 I was convinced; God does indeed, without a doubt, offer eternal salvation as a permanent free gift if we will just accept it in faith. My response that night was, “This means I am saved, that I will have eternal life!” Now I knew what it meant He is the Savior because Christ who is Lord and God had saved me! I knew i was a doomed sinner and only Christ’s suffering and death could take away and forgive all my sins and eternally reconcile me to God.
    If you have never placed your trust in Jesus Christ who died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead so you could be completely forgiven and have eternal life, then I would ask you to accept what Christ has done to save you. I would like to give you some passages to help you believe this good news of YOUR salvation that God is offering you now. All you have to do is accept His free everlasting gift. Please read: John 3:16, Romans chapters 3 thru 5, Ephesians chapters 1 and 2,
    These are just a few passages, but they were enough to cause me trust Christ alone for my salvation.
    I would invite you to also watch Tom Cucuzza’s and Yankee Arnold’s videos here on Exp on how to be saved. I hope and pray that you will trust in Christ alone for your salvation.


  54. Phil, thanks for your testimony.

    These are great passages that teach salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

  55. emeraldleafministries

    Forgive me if this question has already been answered… but I was wondering if the above mentioned book supplied here in pdf form might be available in a printed physical form for purchase? Thanks, God bless.

  56. Emerald, welcome.

    “The Gospel” booklet by Ron Shea may be purchased through Clear Gospel Ministries. Please see link below:

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