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I have a friend at work whom I wish would accept Christ. Are there things I could say to guide her in this regard? My pastor says to talk to others about Jesus so they can be saved and will go to heaven.

Acts 16:30-34 "And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord-Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat-(food)-before them and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house."
    1Corinthians 9:19-23 "For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak. I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."
    1Timothy 1:5 "Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned."
    Acts 1:3 "To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."
    God has a work program leading to a great reward so each of us can be established for eternity. Salvation (being in the Kingdom of God) is a gift. You are there now if you have Christ in you. What you now do determines what position you'll have there, just like in a corporation here and now. 
    If God is calling her, what you may say (1Peter 3:15) will make some sense to her. Her mind will be open, alert to and welcome to the things of God and Jesus Christ. If not, Jesus said that if they hear, they'll come to Him (John 6:45), but all in God's good time. But for those engulfed in this life, with evidence of no interest in spiritual matters--Hosea 4:17 "Ephraim is joined to idols. Let him alone." 
    If her mind is not yet open (she's eagerly after material things and overly {little, if any, concern for her spiritual life here and beyond} involved in the glory of physical living) it will all be foolishness to her -1Corinthians 2:14. Remember some people regard religion as a cross between a fire escape and a Christmas tree! 
    But give her some truth and see if she handles it positively or negatively -Acts 11:14 "Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved."
    And don't 'beat her to death' -Proverbs 25:17 "Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house, lest he be weary of thee and so hate thee." 
    The Holy Spirit needs some truth to work on (2Thessalonians 2:14; Acts 16:30-32) and we need wisdom to always be pleasant -Colossians 4:5.
    God is a family and in reaching others with the gospel, we all have a part. Remember it is the example of your life as they get to know you, as well as your words, and your presentation, that glorifies God to them. 
    Some things to talk about if you think she would be interested in and accepting of them: Tell her your own story. Ask her if she knows about Jesus, if she now feels that Jesus is calling her into the family of God? Ask if she wants change in how her life has been? Ask if she is ready to accept Jesus into her heart and become a Christian? Study the word of God with her (perhaps first about Jesus and a relationship with the Father and about the Holy Spirit
    On going to heaven.
    On pushing literature on others and going door to door.

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