What is the essential Gospel and how can a person be saved?
As Christians, we all desire to see our kids know the Lord and trust Him as their Savior from sin. That can only come from repeated exposure to the truths of the Gospel. Sometimes it’s helpful to have a very simple summary of those truths within your grasp.
I. The Gospel Hand
Pastor Nate Utley introduced me to The Gospel Hand at VBS last year. The fingers of the hand are:
- God loves me (John 3:16)
- I am a sinner (Romans 3:23)
- Christ died for me (Romans 5:8)
- If I receive Him (John 1:12)
- I have eternal life (John 3:36)
II. The Wordless Book
The colours from the Wordless Book are another very helpful way to teach children the basic aspects of the Gospel.
- Gold represents heaven and God’s holiness
- Black represents the stain that sin leaves in our hearts
- Red represents Jesus’ blood that can wash away sin
- White represents a heart cleansed from sin
- Green represents how Christians grow
The Child Evangelism Fellowship has lots of helpful resources on the Wordless book. Here is a little booklet from CEF that explains the Wordless Book with verses.
III. A Gospel Primer
I have personally profited much from a little book called A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love by Milton Vincent. It has both a prose and a poetry summary of the Gospel that are relatively easy to memorize.
IV. The Romans Road
The verses of the Romans Road have led many to Christ. Here is a link with the list of those verses.