Leave a Lasting Witness by Illustrating the Gospel as you Present It
While working with a team to start a T4T movement1 among Muslim immigrants in a major European city, Tim asked God, “How can I turn a verbal presentation of the First and Last Sacrifice Story2 into a visual Gospel I can leave with a person I talk with?” Here is the result:
• Draw a circle filling the top portion of a page. Write “Kingdom of God” inside in large letters, then describe and list various attributes: perfect relationships, justice, peace, love, etc. Write opposite attributes outside the circle. Let the other person add their ideas.
• Draw a crude tree and initials for Adam & Eve inside the circle as you describe the original paradise God gave them to manage, and the one rule by which they were to show their love—not eating fruit from this one tree. (Some find stick figures of prophets offensive, so we use initials.)
• Draw a snake entering the picture as you describe how a rebellious fallen angel took on this disguise to trick A&E into disobeying, and an arrow from the tree with A&E now outside the circle as you explain that we don’t know how many good things they had done, but just one sin broke their relationship with God.
• Draw a lamb next to the arrow as you describe how God sacrificed an innocent animal to cover A&E with its skin. This was the first sacrifice made by God on Man's behalf
• List Old Testament prophets and note they taught and practiced sacrifice: Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, etc. Draw an upward arrow by each name as you note these prophets all pointed people back to God.
• Draw a doorway marked with blood on the top and sides as you describe how God sent judgment on the Egyptian oppressors but spared the Israelites who sacrificed a lamb. Say “Shed blood saved life. No shed blood left death.”
• Write “Lamb of God = Jesus” as you tell how John declared him “the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
• Draw a cross as you explain that Jesus, the Word of God, came to earth through a virgin and lived a sinless life, then provided the perfect and final sacrifice for all sin. Now God forgives all who trust His finished work and stop relying on their own efforts to be good. “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins” He 9:22 (ESV).
• Draw an arrow rising into a cloud as you tell how God raised Jesus from the dead to sit at God’s right hand until He returns to judge the earth.
• Draw an arrow bringing humankind into God’s Kingdom. Label it “Jesus,” “God’s Straight Path,” and “FREE GIFT” and say “The Injil says Jesus is God’s free gift—perfect sacrifice to provide us the straight path back to God and His Kingdom.”
• Ask in conclusion: “Does it make sense that God saw we can never be good enough, so He provided a straight path into His Kingdom that doesn’t depend on our efforts?”
• If they agree, ask “Do you believe this?” If yes, have them read Ro 10:9-10, then pray with them.
• In any case, ask “Would you like to meet again to discuss stories about Jesus?”
Add your contact information, get theirs, and leave your drawing with them.