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

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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 present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the ...

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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 present- ing 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781610457071
  • Publisher: christianaudio
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
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  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 973,402
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Meet the Author

J. D. Greear is lead pastor of The Summit Church, a multi-site congregation in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. He holds an M.Div. in International Church Planting and a Ph.D. 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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Reformed Theology

    Perhaps I am wrong, but it seems to me that this book is a clever attempt to smuggle reformed theology into the minds of mainstream Christians under the guise of providing assurance of salvation. I don't recall the author telling the reader how to become a child of God, nor did the author seek to provide assurance of salvation by pointing to a definite time in our experience when we chose to believe in Jesus for eternal life. It does seem to carry the marks of reformed theology.

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  • Posted February 14, 2013

    Do you ever wonder if you are really saved? Do you hope that th

    Do you ever wonder if you are really saved? Do you hope that the prayer said long ago is enough to get you into heaven? If so, you’re not the only one. Join Pastor J.D. Greear on his own personal journey to find assurance of his salvation. You will discover what Jesus really did on the cross for you. You will explore belief, define repentance and see how it all works together to produce faith. With humor and honesty, Pastor Greear sets us straight on the issue of salvation and shows us how we can have the assurance we need to follow Jesus with abounding courage and reckless obedience.

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

    I am so glad I got the chance to read this book. It was a simple

    I am so glad I got the chance to read this book. It was a simple, straightforward book targeted at people just like me who grew up in the church and got the idea that maybe you needed to keep asking Jesus into your heart to be sure that you are saved. And I suppose that this would help anyone struggling with the issue of whether he/she is truly a Christian.

    I probably heard an "altar call" message practically every Sunday that I was growing up. I made the decision to "walk the aisle" and "ask Jesus into my heart" when I was about six or seven. I knew that I understood what I was doing, and there was a genuine change within me. However, as per normal, I heard that "altar call" message again, and I began to doubt my salvation. I don't remember how many times I "prayed the prayer" just to be sure that I was going to heaven.

    This book addresses these and other topics such as losing one's salvation, "once saved always saved," and more. The book is easy to understand, i.e., it is written in English rather than "church speak." Although these are things that I long ago understood, so it was more of a review for me. But it is nice to read a book like this with solid theology and well-organized thoughts. I would recommend this to anyone who may be struggling with his/her salvation. The author puts forth a Biblical solution to your worries and concerns.

    I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    WOW

    I have struggled in every way this book mentions. I cannot express how informative this book would be to new believer as well as an old and confused one.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    This is an excellent book. Others have written on this topic, but JD Greear presents his thoughts on soteriology (the study of salvation) in a style that makes this book the best one I've read on this topic. It's easy to read, though scholarly, and is a relatively short read so that you can remember what the author said. There are only 8 or so chapters which makes this an easy book to re-read so that you can really understand the topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    I could have used this book 40 years ago. Good writing - Grrat theology.

    It is joy to have this tool. The church will benefit from this book.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    Have you ever questioned whether or not you were truly saved? Ma

    Have you ever questioned whether or not you were truly saved? Maybe you prayed the “sinners prayer” when you were 5 years old or walked down the aisle at a youth summer camp, but still occasionally wonder whether or not it was a genuine profession of faith. If you are a Christian, you have probably been through a season of your life when you have wondered whether or not Jesus will truly let you into heaven when you die. If that is the case, “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart,” is just the book you need to read.

    Greear starts “Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart,” by empathizing with most Christians by writing, “If there was a Guinness book of World Records for ‘amount of times having asked Jesus into your heart,’ I’m pretty sure I would hold it.” While growing up in a Christian family, Greear battled with the question of whether or not he was truly saved until he was in college. Greear spends the majority of the book assuring the reader that they can absolutely have assurance of their salvation because their salvation rests on Christ’s finished work, not their unfinished works.

    It is a refreshing and necessary thing to be reminded of what Christ did through His perfect life, substitutionary death, and victorious resurrection. Greear explains that we are saved once and for all by repentance and belief in Jesus, and he even devotes an entire chapter to each one of these words: repentance and belief.

    The second chapter was my favorite because Greear explained that not only could you know for certain that you are saved, but “God wants you to have certainty about your salvation.” God is not some angry cosmic force in the sky that wants you to fear your entire life a judgment that may or may not be coming for you. He is a loving Father that desires us to know with certainty that His Son’s sacrifice was enough for salvation. Greear paints the picture clearly by writing, “A faithful father does not leave his kids wondering whether or not he loves them.” A loving father assures his kids of his deep love for them, and it is the same with our Heavenly Father.

    After reading “Gospel” by J.D. Greear, I became an instant fan of his writing and preaching. Any book that is drenched in the grace of Jesus’ finished work is well worth spending time with, and this is one of those books. 

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