Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Evangelism tool - The Hand

Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Today's Blog is featuring an evangelism tool that I had learned years ago.  The tool is called "Hand to Hand" and utilizes the human hand in presenting a six-point outline of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I have over the years used this technique and have found it helpful and easy to remember, since we always have our hands with us.  Perhaps some of you reading today may have heard of this method (or something similar to it).  Below is a summary of this method and I would encourage you to try it out. 

1. Thumb - The Bible begins with bad news
Romans 3:23 "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"
This is the one change I made to the technique, since the Bible begins by telling us about our sin-problem.  We are law breakers and are spiritually separated from God at birth.  So for me I would start by saying to the person how I usually want to hear the bad news first so that I can then have relief with the good news.

2. Index Finger - However the Bible tells us Good News
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life"
With the bad news of my sin functioning as a black silken cloth, you can now lay out before the person the diamond of the Gospel.  Once we know our problem, we are prepared for the solution.  Once you hear the diagnosis and understand its seriousness, only then will you be ready for the cure.

3. Middle Finger - The Bible tells what God did for you
Romans 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."
This takes us to the center of the presentation - the cross.  This is the event of salvation - without which no salvation could be offered.

4. Ring Finger - The Bible states you must make a committment to Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and Treasure
Romans 10:9  "that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved"
With Christ having accomplished salvation, now the event must become an experience in the person's life.  They must repent and believe on Jesus Christ in order to have the accomplishment of salvation applied to their heart. 

5. Little Finger - The Bible tells us that all you need to receive Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord and Treasure is faith
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."
The little finger reminds us that faith alone is not only necessary, but sufficient to receive the gift of Eternal life through Jesus Christ

6. Palm of your hand - The Bible says that all who believe on Jesus Christ are Eternally secure
John 10:28 "and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand."
This final point is the clincher to your presentation.  What I'll do is take my little finger (the faith alone finger) and place it in the palm of my other hand, enclosing my hand completely over it.  This is to show the person that once they trust in Jesus Christ, He will not let them go - ever.   Furthermore, for all who truly have trusted in Jesus Christ, not only will they not ever be lost, they cannot persist with contentment in a mindset that would ever want to be lost.