The Gospel: Simple and Powerful
by Nick Coates
During the school year, I get to be a part of the Good News Club at Burrough’s Elementary School. Each week, a small team of workers gathers after school in a designated classroom to share the good news of the Gospel with the students of Burrough’s. The children enter the club meetings with excitement, and they love singing Bible songs, hearing engaging Bible stories, and participating in fun activities.
While many of the club members attend church and already have a familiarity with the Bible, some of the children have almost no knowledge of Bible teachings. For example, one particular girl in the club had never heard the most basic Bible stories, including the crucifixion account. In fact, she looked quite shocked when I told her that a man named Jesus had died for her. She looked even more surprised when I said, “Don’t worry, three days later He rose from the dead!”
One of our club lessons was about the wordless book. I’m sure you’ve seen a wordless book. Do you remember what the colors symbolize? Red stands for the blood of Jesus, white stands for a clean heart, black stands for sin, green stands for Christian growth, and gold stands for Heaven.
When we showed the wordless book to the children in the Good News Club, the attention of the entire club was captivated by the simple, wordless pages of that book. That simple lesson helped encourage several children to accept Christ as their personal Savior that afternoon.
Let me remind you of the simplicity of the gospel! I Corinthians 15:1-4 says, “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” That wordless book lesson reminded me that the Gospel of Christ is elegantly simple and eternally powerful.