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The Components Of Conversion

By Don Loftis | 02.21.18

About 2570 an Egyptian named Hemiunu was given the task of building an elaborate tomb for one of the Pharaohs.  The result was the majestic Pyramid of Giza.  Covering 13 acres of land, it rose to a height of 481 feet.  Slave labor connected over two million stone blocks averaging 5000 pounds each to complete one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


Ron Walters recently commented that the construction of the pyramid and the conversion of a sinner involve the same four components: design, substance, energy and time.  In spiritual conversion there is the eternal design of God’s grace, presented in the substance of Scripture, nurtured by the energy of loving teachers, over a varying period of time.


We may witness a person’s baptism and forget all the things that led to it.  Possibly there was parental teaching in the past — even if it had been rejected for a time.  It may have included lyrics to a contemporary Christian song, an example of a modern day good Samaritan, or a visit while they were hospitalized.  Who would remember the invitation to worship or the friendly greeting at the door or the member who took them to lunch?


We must never weaken our teaching that baptism is crucial.  However we must also stress those things that go into bringing a soul to that point of faith.  It is these little things that develop discipleship in prospects and fulfill the Great Commission of task of Mt. 28:19: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”



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