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Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved

Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved
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Greear, J. D

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If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.

In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of presenting the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.

Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation?

Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.

Includes a Foreword by Paige Patterson

128 Pages
Published February 2013

About the Author

J. D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church, a multi-site congregation in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He holds an MDiv in International Church Planting and a PhD in Systematic Theology from the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Greear also lived and worked among Muslims in Southeast Asia for two years and wrote Breaking the Islam Code. He and his wife have four children.

Book Details

128 Pages
Publisher: Broadman and Holman Publishers
Publication Date: February 2013
ISBN 10: 1433679213
ISBN 13: 9781433679216

“This book will be a help for those who wrestle with their position before God and a wake-up call for those with false confidence. I recommend it highly.”
- Matt Chandler

“Pick up a copy of my friend J. D. Greear's book and learn the marks of a person saved by Jesus Christ. I commend it to you.”
- James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel

“This book throws the spotlight on Jesus as a welcoming, merciful Savior who joyously receives all who come to Him. This book could help free you, or someone you love, from the nagging fear that Jesus is trying to keep you out of His kingdom.”
- Russell Moore

“Outstanding! This is a truly useful book. It’s readable, engaging and packed with scriptural insight. It not only gives hope to Christians struggling with assurance of salvation, it will equip any Christian to better share the gospel and guide others toward genuine repentance and faith in Jesus.”
- Joshua Harris

“Warmly personal. Immensely helpful Wonderfully practical. Thoroughly biblical.”
- David Platt, Senior Pastor, The church at Brook Hills