One of the main reasons believers don’t share their faith is that they feel ill-prepared. Through Evangelism Explosion, I have discovered a a simple memory tool you can use to share a Gospel presentation – your hand! Each finger represents a key point of the Gospel.
Using the five fingers on your hand, each finger represents a key point of the Gospel. It’s easy to learn, hard to forget, and you always have it with you. It’s a “hands-on” approach to sharing your faith.
Let me explain:
THUMB—HEAVEN IS A FREE GIFT
Your thumb symbolizes hitching a free ride to heaven, we cannot get there on our own. Use your thumb to make a thumbs up, such as someone who is hitchhiking would do. This is an easy way to remember you need to get a ride to heaven, you cannot get there on your own.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 6:23
INDEX FINGER—MAN IS A SINNER AND CANNOT SAVE HIMSELF
Your index finger is the first finger and symbolizes that man usually puts himself first. Using your index finger, or “first finger” is a good way to remember that we tend to put ourselves first. That is because we have a selfish and sinful nature. This symbolizes the second point of the gospel.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, -Romans 3:23
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. -Ephesians 2:8-
MIDDLE FINGER—GOD LOVES YOU, BUT HATES YOUR SIN
Your middle finger is the tallest finger. This is a good representation of God, since He is the creator and beginning of all things. We add the middle finger as we share about the nature of God.
God is love. -1 John 4:8b
Yet he [God] does not leave the guilty unpunished; -Exodus 34:7b
RING FINGER—JESUS IS THE INFINITE GOD-
Your next finger to add to the presentation is the ring finger. This finger represents the marriage of Christ to the church. If you use your right hand as you talk about this, it will be on the right side of the great finger. You can then say that Christ sits at the right hand of the Father. It is very important to share who Jesus Christ is. Jesus Christ is the infinite God-
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. -John 1:1,14
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, ... -1 Peter 2:24
LITTLE FINGER—THIS GIFT IS RECEIVED BY FAITH
Your little finger is the smallest finger and symbolizes faith. The gift of eternal life is received by faith.
… “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” -Acts 16:31
This simply explains the Gospel story. Once you have shared your faith, it is important to offer the invitation to trust Christ as Savior. I try to encourage the person I am talking with to pray.
There is no certain prayer that must be used to help someone to receive Christ. If you are not sure what you should pray, below is a simple prayer you might use.
Dear Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner and cannot save myself. I believe you died on the cross to pay for my sin and purchase a place for me in heaven. I receive that gift right now by faith. Lord Jesus come into my heart and be my Lord and my Savior. Amen.
I have found that sharing your faith is rather simple, but it is never easy. Sharing your faith is a bold move into the darkness of sin. Satan will fight it. I’ve found it ironic that we can talk about sports, politics, and health issues with no reluctance. But when it comes to eternal issues, we often relegate this discussion to the ‘professionals.’ I plead with you to share your faith with those you know who need Jesus. He will help you!
Do you have a ‘gospel presentation’ that you have used effectively?
Who are you praying for right now that needs to hear the Gospel story?