Receiving Christ:

A Liturgical Form of the Plan of Salvation and Sinner's Prayer

"Go mbeanni Dei duit"  ("May God bless you."  -Gaelic Blessing)


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By Monk Preston  (Co-Founder and President, The Prayer Foundation )

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  • Officiant (designated Worship Leader)        
  • Response by Congregation.
  • All together.                 
  • Rubrics (directions for the conduct of the Service).

Receiving Christ

Let us now offer to any who have not yet received Christ as their Lord and Savior, the opportunity to do so.                                                       But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the children of God.

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.                      Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us: "You must be born again."      Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.

For the wages of sin is death;                                                                   but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.      

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.                    If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness;  and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice,  and open the door, I will come in to him."                                                 Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Let us all bow our heads in prayer, closing our eyes and singing together ___.                                                                                                              (A suitable Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual Song, such as Just as I Am, or another; or the Officiant may prefer to do something else at this point in the Service.)

If God is speaking to you today, and you would like to receive Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, raise your hand as a sign of your decision.

(If no hands are raised, the Officiant will say:)

To those the Holy Spirit may have touched today, but have not yet responded, the Lord says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts."                                                                                           Glory to God. 

(If one or more hands are raised, the Officiant will say how many, that the congregation may rejoice together in God's grace.)

Let us now all pray together, with these who desire to receive Christ, the Sinner's Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, Thank you for dying on the cross and shedding your precious blood for my sins.  I am sorry for all my sins. I ask you to come into my heart and  forgive all my sins; I receive you as my Lord and my Savior.   

Heavenly Father, I thank you now for forgiving all my sins and giving me eternal life in Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit.              In Jesus' Name I pray, Amen.

(The Officiant may also ask those who have received Christ to stand as a public confession of their decision, or to come forward in an "altar call", or announce a designated Counselor that those who have received Christ may talk to in a designated room either at that time, or after the Service, or whatever the Officiant may prefer and consider appropriate to do.)

Our Lord has said that "There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents."                                                               Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.  For this cause we praise the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.

You who have received Christ today; we welcome you to the family of God!

(An appropriate Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Song may be sung at this point, if the Officiant so chooses.)

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