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The Bridge Illustration
Teach Your Disciples A Visual Method of Explaining The GospelReturn to Teaching the Basics Page

The method you use to share the Gospel is not important.  You can use the four spiritual laws, Roman's road, Evangelism Explosion, or you can use just a verse of Scripture such as John 3:16, I John 5:4-5 or John 14:6.  You can use your testimony to show others how to come to Christ.  It just must be clear and in accord with the Bible.

Or, you could use a more extensive presentation such as the Bridge Illustration.  You can illustrate it on any piece of paper or on a napkin, if nothing else, and effectively share the Gospel.  The conversation should be natural and agreed upon beforehand.  You can allow questions and comments as you are sharing, but you will need to keep the focus on the presentation.

This illustration is made in a step by step, picture by picture illustration, but you can draw it a little at a time on the same piece of paper.  That is draw the circle (Oneness of God with Man), then make two cliffs below the circle with a big gap between them (Sin separates between God and Man), Then make bridges that try to get across to God ( Good works, keeping the law, etc. - Man cannot please God because of his sin), Then draw the cross in the middle connecting the two cliffs (Jesus bridges the gap between man and God) Then show the step of believing God's promises of eternal life (Jesus atonement, grace. and justification)

Follow the progressive steps below to practice the biblical logic in explaining the Gospel.

John 3:16 - New International Version John 10:10 - New International Version

Godís Purpose:  God desires that we experience an abundant life.  This would include such things as love, peace, purpose, and fulfillment. He also desires that we experience both abundant life now and eternal life with Him.

Hebrews 9:27 - New International Version Romans 6:23 - New International Version Romans 3:23 - New International Version

Our Problem: But we have a problem. God did not create us like a robot who would automatically love and have fellowship with Him in return. He gave us a will and the freedom of choice. Therefore, not only do we have the ability to make good choices, but we also have the ability to make evil choices and sin.  The consequences of our sin bring about the judgment of God.

Roamns 5:8 - New International Version Ephesians 2:8-9  New International Version The Bridge Illustration

Godís Remedy:  In spite of the fact that we have turned our backs on God and have disobeyed Him, He has provided a remedy so that we can know Him personally. He wants to give us both abundant life and eternal life. Only one bridge can cross the gulf that exists between a person and God, and that bridge is Jesus Christ, through His death on the cross. God sacrificed His son to pay the price for all of our sins and bring us reconciliation to Him.

John 5:24 Romans 10:9-10 John 1:12 - New International Version The Bridge Illustration

Our Response: Christ has made it possible for us to cross over to Godís side and experience the full life that He wants us to have. But we are not automatically on Godís side. In order to receive the gift of Christís sacrifice for our salvation and cross over to Godís side, we must believe Him and trust Him. For by Grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ė Ephesians 2: 8-9

Adapted from The 2:7 Series: Course 2 The Growing Disciple. Colorado: NavPress, 1991.


These verses to the right are basic to giving an understanding about the Gospel with someone.  You would do well to memorize these verses for this reason

Romans 3:23
Romans 6:23
Hebrews 9:27
Romans 5:8
Ephesians 2:8, 9
John 5:24
John 1:12
Revelation 3:20






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Deep Seated Problem
Thinking Right
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very clearly outlines what is
the deep-seated problem in
the United States today. 
 The liberal/left/humanist
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