Use this simple gospel presentation for kids or adults. It is more compelling to children than many other gospel presentations for kids because of the rich visual imagery of the Kingdom of God.
I was sitting in the first row in my Invertebrates class at University, waiting for it to start. I have no idea why I sat in the front that day, normally being a back-row sitter. It must have been the fascinating subject material…I mean, jellyfish and crustaceans would certainly keep anyone on the edge of their seat. ?
My lab partner (always a front-row sitter) came and sat next to me, and we started chatting. I don’t recall the subject of our discussion, except that she suddenly asked me THE question…
“What do Christians believe anyway?”
My heart stuttered, my mouth went dry. I had been a Christian most of my life, why was I suddenly panicking? I hastily drew a bridge on my notebook and fumbled through the “bridge illustration” with her, but class was about to start. I’m pretty sure I told the whole thing in less than a minute (once I actually got started).
Has this ever happened to you? Maybe your kids have asked, or maybe you were never really sure in the first place. Can you share the gospel confidently with a friend? How about with your child?
I can now, and that’s partly due to maturity and partly because I know the Bible better. I’ve become convinced that the bridge illustration is lacking in the robust depth of the full gospel; the gospel isn’t just hell insurance to get us on the right side of eternity after death.
God has so much more to offer than just a place to go after we die. In fact, in the Bible, it is called “abundant life“. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Doesn’t it sound like something we want to invite our friends, our children, even our enemies into? Abundant life starts the moment we invite Christ to be the center of our lives.
What follows is a simple set of 3 verses that I feel create a beautiful image of the full gospel.
I have printed off the verse images as posters that hang on the wall in each of my child’s bedrooms so I can remind them of the gospel on a regular basis.
The verses in themselves are enough, but to better understand them, I’ve included a few sentences to explain each one a little deeper. Included in each short section are emojis to help with recall. ?
Alright, let’s get into the gospel presentation for kids! If you want to download the printable version, include 8×11-sized images, go here.
God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ dies for us. (Romans 5:8)
❤❤❤ God is perfect and beautiful. Out of His perfect and beautiful love, He created this entire world to be perfect and beautiful, and He created you and me to be perfect and beautiful.
? The tragedy is that our whole world got broken in half by sin (which is all the things that are broken and ugly). Sin is why we have bullies and wars and sadness. It is also why you and I have such a hard time making good choices: we are sinners. Our perfection and beauty was broken by sin. The consequence of sin is death and separation from God in a world that is dark and full of pain.
❌Our brokenness creates a huge wall as high as the stars and as deep as the sea between us and God because if our perfect and beautiful God were to join us in our broken ugliness, He would no longer be God.
✞ But even before the world got broken in half, God had a plan. He would send His Son, Jesus Christ, to take all the consequences for our sins on Himself. The consequence that Jesus took was death on a cross. Because Jesus is both God and human, He could do that for us.
He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:13)
? As sinners, we live in the dominion of darkness. In the shadows, we think our broken ugliness is actually perfect beauty, but it’s not what we were created to be.
?Jesus’ death made a doorway in that great wall on the edge of the dominion of darkness, and because of His resurrection, His return to life, He helps you walk through the door.
? On the other side of that wall is the incredible kingdom of God. In this place you are given a freedom you did nothing to deserve, which is called redemption. You are forgiven and made clean. When God looks at you now, He looks at you through Jesus, and all He sees is 100% perfect beauty.
If Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. (Romans 8:10)
?Not only are you made clean, but the Spirit of Christ comes to live in you.
??The Holy Spirit gives you power to live in a way that honors God, to become the perfect and beautiful person He created you to be. This is the abundant life.
❤?When you live His way, you get to show off His perfect and beautiful love to the rest of the world, helping to restore it to become the perfect and beautiful place it was made to be.
❤❤❤Then, when your body is ready to completely die, your life will continue in heaven, in the arms of your perfect and beautiful God.
This is an excellent gospel message for children AND adults. In fact, each of my 3 boys has these three verses posted on their walls so I can read it over them once in a while.
To download this full gospel presentation for kids (and a second one: the gospel colors), click here or on the picture below.