Does everyone who know you, know about the Gospel?
The following diagram is a great tool to share the Gospel in 5 minutes with someone. Learn it and practice it. It has been taught and used thousands of times here in Hungary and continues to be our best method for a one-on-one Gospel presentation for the last 20 years. See below for directions for drawing it and what to say.
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What to Say
|In the beginning there was God||Write “God” at the top middle
|God created man. He created him with a body and a spirit.||Draw a circle at the top left – write “body”
and draw a circle inside -write “spirit”
|God loved him and had a perfect relationship with him.||Draw a 2 sided arrow connecting God and the circles|
|Also God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives. The Bible tells us that “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16)
also Jesus said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10)
|Draw a long arrow from left to right at the top of the page – showing the ideal relationship forever|
|Why is it that most people are not experiencing this abundant life? Well because…|
|All of us sin, and our sin has separated us from God.||Draw an “X” on the double sided arrow – shows the breaking of the relationship|
|The Bible tells us that “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Rom 3:23)||Draw an arrow downward on the left side of the page – write “sin”|
|and “The wages of sin is death” (Rom. 6:23)||Draw circles again at bottom left, below the sin arrow and color in the “spirit circle” to represent the spirit.|
|So this is the new path we are on, separated from God. This illustrates that God is holy and people are sinful. A great gulf separates God and us.||Draw an arrow across the bottom of the page from left to right.|
|These arrows illustrate that we are continually trying to reach God and the abundant life through our own efforts, such as a good life, philosophy, or religion — but we inevitably fail.||Draw 3 arrows from the bottom line pointing upward.|
|There is only one way that our relationship with God can be restored and once again experience God’s love and plan for our lives. It’s Jesus. Jesus said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.” (Jn 14:6)|
|You see, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)||Draw a cross in the middle of the page connecting the 2 large arrows.|
|Remember. The wages of sin is death. So because of God’s love, He chose to send his Son Jesus to die in our place. Jesus took the punishment for our sin.||Draw a black circle in the middle of the cross representing our sin on the cross.|
|Another verse says “Christ died for our sins… He was buried… He was raised on the third day, according to the Scriptures… He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred…” (1 Cor. 15:3-6) Jesus died for us, and now He lives!|
|But just knowing all this information is not enough to start our new relationship with God. We must receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord.||Draw the 2 circles again at the top of the cross. Don’t fill them in to show that Christ took away the sin.|
|The Bible says “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (Jn 1:12) We will have a new relationship. Our spirit will have a new birth. (Ref. Jn 3:1-8) We are born into a new family, the family of God.||Draw a double arrow between “God” and the new circles. Write “restored” to show the new relationship.|
|The Bible also says “It is by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) This free gift, called grace, is the forgiveness of all our sins. We receive this gift by putting our faith in what Jesus has done and not in the good works that we do. So God is holding out a gift, already bought with a very expensive price, and offering it to you. This gift is not yours until you accept His gift.||Optional: Act like you are giving them a gift with open hands…. or you can just draw a present on the page somewhere in the middle.|
|You see there is a choice we have to make. Jesus put it this way “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him” (Rev 3:20)||Draw a splitting arrow where the cross connects to the line at the bottom representing the 2 choices: crossing the bridge or not.
|If we choose to accept the gift or not one more thing is sure to happen some day…We will die.||Draw a vertical dashed line from top to bottom to the right of the cross representing that death will come sometime. Write “Death of the Body”|
|If we have chosen to put our faith in Jesus, of course this body will die, but our spirit will live on forever with God. We call this Heaven.||Draw the 2 circles in the top right and fill in the outer circle showing the body died. Write “Heaven.”|
|In contrast, if we have tried to be good enough on our own and reject God’s gift…not only is our spirit already dead, but now our body is dead also. Remember what I said earlier that the wages of sin is death. And instead of Jesus paying the punishment for us, we will be punished and separated from God forever. We call this Hell.||Draw the 2 circles in the bottom right and fill in the inner circle and then the outer circle. Write Hell.|
|In summary, receiving Jesus involves turning to God from self and trusting Jesus to come into our lives to forgive our sins. This is not just an emotional experience but an act of faith; an act of our will. A person here at the bottom (trace the bottom arrow) is a person who does not have Jesus in their life. A person here at the top (trace the top arrow) is a person who has Jesus in their life. So…this is the best way that I know how to describe Christianity. If you had to put yourself somewhere on this picture, where would you be? Where would you like to be?……..If you would like to have Jesus in your life, you can express your faith right now through prayer. But I want to let you know that God is not as concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.
You can pray something like this…“Lord Jesus, I want to know you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
If this expresses the desire of your heart then pray this prayer to God. Jesus will come into your life, and you will have a personal relationship with God.