Years ago, I believe I shared this pictorial presentation of the gospel message. I have used it literally for decades to teach about the plan of salvation to persons with intellectual and other disabilities. I draw the picture on the whiteboard and then go through it with our group.
-First picture of sad face shows that we are all sinners, we all do bad things. We are NOT right with God.
Romans 3:10-12 As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous – not even one. No one is truly
wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does
good, not a single one.”
-Picture of cross – but Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
Romans 3:22 We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.
-Smiling face and gift – If we place our faith in Jesus we are forgiven. Our forgiveness is a free
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through
Christ Jesus our Lord.
I will sometimes say at this point, “You know, if we work real hard and try to do what is right, then God will give us a pay check of forgiveness and life with Him in heaven, right?” They have come the expect this joke and will respond, “No Jeff, it is not a paycheck it is a free gift.” Which I will affirm. “Yes! It is a free gift we get if we believe in Jesus.”
-Picture of the dove – God then gives us his Holy Spirit to guide us. The dove is based upon Jesus' baptism where the spirit descended on him in the form of a dove. Because of my picture, I also always get the comment that we receive the "holy chicken" which is always good for a laugh!
Romans 5:5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves
us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
Romans 8:26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.
-Picture of the house – Someday we will be with the Lord in Heaven because of our faith.
John 14:1-3 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is
more than enough room in my father’s home. If there were not so, would I have told you that I
am going to prepare a place for you.
2 Corinthians 5:8 Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly
bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.
I always ask our group, “What will you say when you go to the place that Jesus has prepared for
you?” They respond, “I am home!”
You might ask if people in your group believe this. If it is for the first time, you can pray with
them. We have actually used this picture as a way that people can explain their faith such that
they can be baptized and join the church.
Hope this helps!