The book summary is located here if you would like to see what we have put together as a team so fare.
You guys will be in the villages, so it will be up to you to execute this portion of the trip. In my mind the training sessions in the village look like this:
- First Hour: Bill Opel teaching a summary of "What is the Gospel?"
- Second Hour: Another team member will teach a simple way to remember and share the gospel (the above video is an example of this).
- Third Hour: Another team member will lead those present to practice sharing the gospel with others.
One other thing to consider is that the mnemonic device should be easily reproduced and fit the culture. The hand gestures are just suggestions. It would be good to run those by George first. It may be a good idea to drop them and use something completely different that is readily available to the people. We could draw symbols, or use something with colors to represent each of the five phases.
Also, Crossway has put out a tract that goes along with the book, "What is the Gospel?" You can see the full text of this tract on their website. Just go here: https://www.crossway.org/tracts/what-is-the-gospel-3599/.
Here is a transcript of the presentation that I shared in the video above:
Phase 1: Scriptures
[Book Hands/Color/Symbol] God has given us his words and his words are truth. His words are a lamp for my feet and a light for my path (Ps. 119:105). In his book God tells us about who he is, who we are, and how we can know him. Let’s start with who He is . . .
Phase 2: God
[Hand Gesture/Color/Symbol] God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth, is powerful, good, and holy. He loves justice (Psalm 11:7). He is holy and their is no darkness or sin in him at all (1 John 1:5). It is said “Though the Lion is fierce, it does not eat its cubs.” God is both powerful and good.
Phase 3: People
[Hand Gesture/Color/Symbol] God created mankind to worship him and walk with him. But, mankind is infected with sin. All have sinned and fall short of God’s standard (Romans 3:23). This deep, spiritual sickness causes every person to be separate from God. Their relationship with God is broken.
Phase 4: Jesus
[Hand Gesture/Color/Symbol] The punishment for sin is death (Romans 6:23) and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness for sin. It is for this reason that God sent Jesus, the Messiah, to die. He was a sacrifice in our place. He took our sin and punishment so that we could be forgiven and free.
Phase 5: Response
[Hand Gesture/Color/Symbol] Now, God is calling people to respond to this good news by repenting of sin and trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of sin. Those that repent of sin and place their faith in Jesus receive the Holy Spirit and have the power to live a Kingdom life, obeying the teachings of Jesus.