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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.

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Hardcover, 144 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by B&H Books (first published January 31st 2013)
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May 26, 2015 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
I'm really not sure what I think of this book. First of all, I must say that I really like Greear as a writer. He has a gift. He is writing to people (and I bet there are many) who struggle to feel assured of their salvation in Christ, but he also writes to people who believe that they are set for life because they said some words and were baptized. Greear strives to sort out how you can know that you are in Christ; however, I am still, somewhat, confused by some of his arguments. He would seem ...more
Mark Ward
May 01, 2013 Mark Ward rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2013
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart is pretty standard conservative evangelical Reformed Baptist material covering aspects of soteriology related to assurance. But it's well and searchingly presented, so this is a great book to hand to a young Christian. It's short and punchy, with appropriate contemporary(not worldly)feel. It also hews close to Scripture, quoting it directly, carefully, and frequently.

Greear seems to be speaking to his own Southern Baptist audience, particularly to those many wh
Jul 01, 2016 Ezra rated it it was amazing
This book is a helping hand, a sturdy staff for a wobbly path.

Greear, in a wonderfully easy to read and friendly tone, walks the reader through the sometimes hard to define elements of christian living such as faith, belief and repentance, using many illustrations and examples to do so. It was so enjoyable I almost immediately want to read it once more.

A fantastic little read, would recommend to just about anyone.
Jason Crosby
Dec 31, 2013 Jason Crosby rated it really liked it
"Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart" is J.D. Greear's attempt (and a good one at that) to let believers and unbelievers know exactly where they stand with God (12). He attempts to demonstrate to the follower of Jesus Christ how they can base their assurance on a promise God gave once for all in Christ and not on the fleeting memory of a prayer they once prayed (12).

To do this, Greear uses 8 chapters and 121 pages to make a case for the church to make a case for clarity as it relates to presenting
Kendra Winchester
Feb 29, 2016 Kendra Winchester rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Greear's arguments are simple, but I think that works for the audience, those who are struggling with assurance. The length, size, and tone fit well for someone to just hand this book to a struggling person. Greear doesn't say anything new per se, but I think that having all of these common ideas from different places in one book means that the author should hit on the ver
Aaron Downs
Sep 14, 2014 Aaron Downs rated it it was amazing
J.D. Greear tackles the fears and questions of those who doubt their salvation in Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart. He explains his own battles with doubt, as well as those of many believers with whom he has interacted, and offers direction and guidance to help work through the doubt that plagues so many believers.

He begins by constructing a foundational layer of theology that points to God’s desire for us to know Him, and to know that we know Him. Although doubt is not an abnormal experience f
Alexis Neal
Aug 31, 2016 Alexis Neal rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
Well-written and theologically sound, but riddled with typographical mistakes--but nothing another pass by a decent editor couldn't fix.
Jan 04, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it
When I first heard the title of this book it really intrigued me, and I immediately added it to my list of books to read. I grew up in a Christian home and was raised in a Baptist church. I was taught that a person became a Christian by praying the “Sinner’s Prayer” and asking Jesus to come into his heart. My mom lead me to do this when, at the age of six or seven, I had enough of an understanding about sin and hell to know that because of my disobedience to my parents (and to God) I deserved to ...more
Joe Cassada
Mar 22, 2013 Joe Cassada rated it it was amazing
As the Goodreads rating system indicates, this book was truly "amazing." From a pastoral perspective, it has everything a book needs to make it something I would zealously recommend to Christians: it tackles controversial Biblical passages without side-stepping interpretive hang-ups, it answers nagging questions directly without political hemming and hawing, it fully addresses difficult theological topics without using language of the advanced seminarian, it offers exegetically derived definitio ...more
May 06, 2013 Rose rated it it was amazing
I received this audiobook courtesy of Christian Audio for the purpose of writing a review.

Narrator Thoughts - Tom Parks does the perfect job of reading this book in the matter-of-fact way that it is written. His clear and simple way of speaking provided the perfect framework for this book. It was a perfect choice.

Book Thoughts - As someone who has doubted they have saving faith, I really enjoyed this book. Greear spells out the truth so clearly that I found my faith refreshed and my soul encou
Oct 09, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing
With a title like this, you'd think controversy would surround this book.

Greear has written a book that every Evangelical Christian ought to read. It's based on the many times he "went to the altar" and "prayed the prayer" to ask Jesus into his heart. As an evangelical, this is one of the most important moments of life. But is it biblical?

What about the fear that comes with guilt? What about when you sin after you've asked Jesus into your heart? Does that sin mean you are going to hell? Were you
Feb 04, 2013 Mathew rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Mathew by: B&H
J. D.’s personal testimony drew me immediately to Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart. He recounts asking Jesus into his hearts thousands of time and getting baptized multiple times. If you’ve read my testimony you know I was baptized as an infant in the Roman Catholic Church, baptized again around four years old, baptized again in junior high, and then again at the end of high school. Throughout my childhood until college I struggled deeply with my own salvation. I was particularly susceptible to ...more
Lindsey Silvestrini
Mar 08, 2013 Lindsey Silvestrini rated it really liked it
Wow! Talk about a title that grabs you! Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, How to Know for Sure you are Saved made me instantly want to read this based on title alone. Brilliant! How many times have we asked ourselves this very question: am I really saved? For me it’s too many to count so I was anxious to delve into this and find the answers!

Greear takes us along his own spiritual journey and reveals the moments in his life where he felt he was “saved” beyond a shadow of a doubt, until, the doub
Michael Boling
Jul 08, 2013 Michael Boling rated it it was amazing
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart – The title alone is catchy and aptly describes the focus of pastor and author J. D. Greear. While some may take the title of this book to mean Greear is encouraging the reader to not worry about salvation or that churches should stop offering altar calls, nothing could be further from the truth. This book is focused on the oft misunderstood and misapplied doctrine of assurance, something far too many in the church today are struggling to understand, thus the re ...more
Joalby Phoenix
Mar 01, 2013 Joalby Phoenix rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received this book through a Advanced Reader program.
The name pretty much sold me on it. I'm one of those Christ-followers who is forever annoyed by what has become Christian lingo or Christian speak (i.e. Ask Jesus Into Your Heart, How's Your Heart, God has a plan for you). It's lost its power and meaning.
I enjoyed that this book broke it down in such a way that lets people know that it's MORE than asking Jesus into your heart, that's being saved, but to maintain salvation and build your rela
Barrie Brown
Aug 16, 2016 Barrie Brown rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
He says, "Christians, like the apostle Paul, continued to struggle with sin, often unsuccessfully, for the rest of their lives. The struggle is proof of their new nature. They fall often, but when they do, they always get up looking His direction. (64–66)" but this exactly the kind of non-biblical teaching that led me into years of discouragement, failure and sin. If someone expects to sin every 5 minutes they will. Be like the noble Bereans and do your own homework, find out what the Bible *ACT ...more
Shaun Lee
Mar 14, 2016 Shaun Lee rated it it was amazing
For a title so offensive, one would think that Greear is going to decimate the notion of the sinner's prayer (which was what attracted me to this book). But no, this book is far more than that. And I'm so very grateful for that. Having read (and reviewed) so many books lately, it is a breath of fresh air to have one speak right to your heart (after having to go through many mediocre ones).

This book would speak both to the person who is ever worried whether he is saved, because he continually fal
Todd Benkert
Sep 17, 2015 Todd Benkert rated it really liked it
Don't be misled by the provocative (unfortunate?) title, this book is not about the mechanics of conversion or contemporary evangelism methods. It has nothing to do with "Calvinism" nor is it a critique of modern church practice. This is a book about assurance. Namely, it's a book that argues that our assurance of salvation is not rooted in a past event, sincerity, or our ability to live up to the Christian ideal. Our assurance of salvation is based on our present, continuing posture of repentan ...more
Rob Sumrall
Apr 01, 2015 Rob Sumrall rated it it was amazing
Has the "sinner's prayer" created more confusion among modern evangelicals than it's worth? I would agree with J.D. Greear - Yes, it has! Greear writes, "I want to be clear that what saves the sinner is a posture of repentance and faith toward Christ, that and that alone. Any 'sinner's prayer' is only good insofar as it expresses that posture."

Misunderstanding the sinner's prayer as some magical formula of words that appeases the wrath of God has led tons of people down a confusing spiritual pat
Jonathan Esterman
Jan 19, 2015 Jonathan Esterman rated it really liked it
Written in a fun and witty fashion, J.D. Greear addresses the largest modern measurement of one's salvation in a style that connects with the heart of the reader and let's them know that they are not alone. As Greear points out, this book is for those who don't understand, aren't certain, or flat out deny their salvation. What is salvation? What is the sinner's prayer? How does it all connect? In a language that connects with the audience and makes one want to continue to flip the pages, Greear ...more
Aaron Carlberg
Jun 25, 2014 Aaron Carlberg rated it really liked it
I don't know why I do this, I have 100 books I need to read and see a book with a catchy name and pick it up to read it...this was one of those books.

This is one of Greears follow-up books to "Gospel" (which I am also reading because I saw the forward by Tim Keller). I thought "Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart" was going to be about how the terms we use in Christianity today, "Accept Jesus" "Ask Jesus into your heart" are not biblical and can actually skew, in negative ways, our perception of s
Aug 12, 2015 Joe rated it it was amazing
Greear covers the topic of assurance from all angles which offers a balanced handling of a delicate issue. If you’re interested in this topic, read this book with the assurance (!) that Greear does not lean too far one way (“be assured”) without providing encouragement from the other side (“repent and believe”). This book isn’t completely about the sinner’s prayer so don’t accept the mischaracterization that this is the manifesto against it, but, on the other hand, leave your sensitivities behin ...more
Rodney Harvill
Dec 03, 2015 Rodney Harvill rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
This book approaches eternal security by describing once saved always saved as correct but incomplete. Based on much teaching about eternal security, there is a misconception that once a person prays the sinner's prayer, etc., his ticket to heaven is punched, regardless of whether his conversion produces any change in his life. This produces false confidence in those who haven't really been converted and provokes justified criticism by those who do not accept once saved always saved. In this boo ...more
Aaron Cerda
Aug 05, 2015 Aaron Cerda rated it really liked it
How do I know that I am saved? That is a question asked by Christians of all ages. I remember the first time I heard the question. I was about eight years old and a neighbor friend asked me the question while we were walking from his house to mine. He went to church only occasionally with his parents and he knew that I went every week. I didn’t handle it too well. I told him if the Bibles in the pews in front of him said “Holy Bible” then he must be a true Christian. He informed me that his chur ...more
Matt Chapman
Dec 31, 2015 Matt Chapman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
This is a really great book on Christian assurance.

Greear addresses the grounds of our assurance, the meaning of repentance and belief towards Christ, the warning passages, and how to battle doubt.

The book is well written and very engaging. It should serve new and old believers alike.
Ryan Doherty
Jan 30, 2013 Ryan Doherty rated it it was amazing
This a great follow up to JD's previous book, Gospel. This is a helpful book for many reasons, but for me it will be a resource I use and distribute to those I pastor and I will refer to it often as i share the Gospel w/ my kids.

I highly recommend.
David Harris
May 04, 2016 David Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short book on assurance that presents mostly good biblical thoughts and is easy to follow. There are a few reformed leanings that I can't tilt all the way into, but they don't diminish the value of the whole.
Eric Kimsey
Feb 04, 2015 Eric Kimsey rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Greear focuses on the true nature of repentance and salvation and how we can have assurance of salvation. As someone who struggled with assurance of salvation for much of his life, Greear is able to share relevant anecdotes that are peppered in with great introductory theology. I would give this book to anyone who struggles with assurance as well as anyone who recently accepted Christ. The only reason I give the book 4 stars and not 5 is because of how repetitive it c ...more
Ben Steiner
Mar 09, 2014 Ben Steiner rated it really liked it
A lot of people think the sinner's prayer is how to get saved. It's actually not, belief in Jesus as your Savior and a posture of repentance wanting to be like Christ is.
Walt Walkowski
Jun 25, 2016 Walt Walkowski rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that the title of the book is misleading, Greear's work is good. His desire is to help two audiences: those who can't seem to find any assurance of their salvation, and those who believe they are saved but aren't. There are some points where I think Greear actually over-explains the issues, but overall I think what he writes would be helpful to people in either camp he targets. And his continuing theme--that a saved person has an ongoing attitude of repentance and belief--is dri ...more
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J.D. Greear, Ph.D., did his degree work in Christian and Islamic theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is Lead Pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The Summit’s vision is to plant 1,000 churches in by the year 2040. Currently, they have planted 11 and have several church planting teams stationed around the world.
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“Repentance is not subsequent to belief; it is part of belief. It is belief in action-choice that flow out of conviction. Repentance literally means "a change of mind" (in Greek, metanoia; meta-"new", noia="mind") about Jesus. Repentance is not merely changing your action; it is changing your actions because you have changed your attitude about Jesus' authority and glory.” 8 likes
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