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Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

How to Know for Sure You Are Saved

Author J. D. Greear
Narrator Tom Parks
Runtime 3.95 - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date February 1, 2013
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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?

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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?

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Unsure that you are saved?
This is my personal review on Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart audiobook by J.D Greear, as part of christianaudio reviewer program

The title of the book caught me at first glimpse. It sounds controversial and there were funny questions going into my head the moment I saw the title.

The book mainly focuses on giving the assurance of salvation. How do you really know that you are saved? If it’s true that “once saved, always saved”, then why some of us doubt our salvation?

Although the book is written specifically to Christians who doubt about their salvation in Christ, it is also a great book for Christians who are already deeply rooted in Jesus. The book is theologically rich, with a mix of real examples and occasional jokes made by the writer, J. D. Greear.

You can use the book to strengthen those who are already in the faith, encourage those who are doubting their salvation and faith in Jesus, and also as a teaching reference.

The book is about 4 hours long, but the author always manages to keep it interesting. At times, he’ll explain a particular question or issue in great theological detail, and at other times, compare his (funny) real life experience as an analogy.

The narrator, Tom Parks, also does a great job in narrating the book. He doesn’t sound monotone and manage to capture the tone when the author is trying to be funny, or serious.
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Review by / (Posted on 3/19/2014)
Excellent clarification of repentance/salvation
Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart is another one of those book titles that catches your eye instantly and causes you to pause to read what it's all about. I had hoped that it would focus on true repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus, but honestly feared it was something far from that - especially since it's such a relatively short book. To my delight, this book met and exceeded my expectations.

As someone who had asked Jesus into his heart multiple times and doubted the security of his salvation, J.D. Greear writes on a topic that is applicable not just to the unsure but to all Christians. There are many people I've talked with who believe a friend or loved one is saved because they prayed the "sinner's prayer" when they were young, despite lacking any commitment to the faith and bearing no fruit that is in accordance with righteousness as an adult. They can be perfectly nice people, but nice doesn't get your sins forgiven - only Jesus does. This is where Greear's book is so useful.

The format is very straight-forward, as is evidenced in the table of contents:
1. Baptized Four Times
2. Does God Even Want Us To Have Assurance?
3. Jesus In My Place
4. What Is Belief?
5. What Is Repentance?
6. If "Once Saved, Always Saved," Why Does The Bible Seem To Warn Us So Often About Losing Our Salvation?
7. The Evidence You Have Believed
8. When You Continue To Doubt

Although the book is only 128 pages including two appendices, it is theologically rich. Every page is packed with depth - no space is wasted here. Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart shows biblically what true Christianity is and how this gives assurance of salvation. Greear spends a good amount of time dealing with common insecurities people have with their salvation, particularly in the belief and repentance sections, which I found to be very clear in communicating what it means to truly turn to Jesus. Christians young and old would do well to read this book, if not to correct any errant beliefs about repentance and salvation, than to be reminded where life in Christ begins and ought never to leave (it only digs deeper).

I listened to the audiobook version, narrated by Tom Parks. He has a strong but warm voice, talks clearly, and reads at a decent pace. I preferred to set the audiobook at 2x speed, however, because it felt a little more natural and is a personal preference of mine (I commonly do this with audiobooks).

This would be a great gift for anyone, including nonbelievers who may have a distorted idea of what "belief in Christ" means, and I would definitely recommend it without hesitation. It is biblical, Gospel-focused, practical, yet profoundly rich.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/29/2013)
Worth the Listen
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 encouraged. It's all about resting on the finished work of God, not what we do. "Salvation isn't about completing a ritual, it's about consummating
a relationship with God." - J. D. Greear. He also explored each scripture that some pastors use to threaten people with losing their salvation. He looked at them in the light of all of what Jesus taught and God's nature. It put my mind at ease about some things that I had heard preached.

If you would like to learn how to get your own copy of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, stop by ChristianAudio or Amazon to get one.
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Review by / (Posted on 5/6/2013)
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