[This is the 7th (and last) post in this series, you can access the other posts by clicking in the following links. Part one. Part two. Part three. Part four. Part five. Part six.]
Important Scripture to have
This is clearly a “last but not least” moment. Even though I have left these for the last post, this does not, in any way, mean that the Bible is not important in this discussion. At all! If you want to share the Gospel with any man, Roman Catholic or not, you will need a good working knowledge of the Word of God. God works through His Word. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to bring about conviction.
Throughout your conversation, you will feel the need to use one, some or all of these verses (or others). Remember, the goal is to present Christ and the fact that He is the only one able to save and forgive. We should never use our knowledge of the Bible to impress others with our superiority. This would be a lie and something very close to blasphemy. We are all the same before a holy God.
Here are some verses you might find useful in your endeavor.
Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
If we can be saved by our good works, why would Jesus have to die on the cross.
I John 5:13: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”
It is possible to know, in this life, wether you are going to heaven or not. Actually, you need to know.
Romans 10:9: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
This is the way to express saving faith in Jesus. He does the saving. Baptism, church attendance, religion, etc., play no part in it.
John 3:3: “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Every person needs to make sure they have been born again spiritually.
Hebrews 9:25-28: “Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
There is no more sacrifice for sin. Christ sacrificed Himself, once and for all.
I pray you can use some of this information to try to reach your lost Roman Catholic friends with the life giving message of Jesus.
There has been some very good questions and comments throughout this series of posts. I might even write a bonus post with some of those, so that others might benefit. Feel free to keep sending those.