G-CARDZ: FORM, FUNCTION & PHILOSOPHY
- G-CARDZ is a set of 8 EvangeliZm “Gospel-cards” containing a comprehensive but concise presentation of “Biblical salvation”. They provide a highly interactive and non-threatening environment for believers’ to proclaim the gospel with those who are outside of God’s plan of salvation found only in/through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ alone. They wisely offer room for an “open discussion” and the means for learning via “self-discovery”. G-CARDZ uniquely & dynamically equip the user with poignant “Apologetics”, classic “Messianic Prophecy”, “Quick Bible Facts”, and Thought-provoking “Analogies”- all designed to capture ones attention, peak intellectual interest, engage ones imagination, and hopefully, by God’s Sovereign grace & Spirit, bring forth personal saving faith in Jesus Christ alone unto eternal life!
- On the surface, the G-CARDZ will remind one of a hands-on-version of “The Bridge” by NavPress, or the Standard Press version entitled, “A Peace Treaty with God” – or other similar illustrations depicting the Biblical truth of man being separated from a personal relationship with God and attempting (but unable to) bridge that separation because of the radical nature of sin (cf. Isaiah 59:2, Romans 6:23 & 1 Peter 3:18). However, the G-CARDZ are uniquely laced with various levels of doctrinal truths and provocative quips, as well as historical information that can be used as a springboard into dealing with the objection of “religious myth” or the argument of “many world religions”, which are, at their core, works-based and centered on moral/ethical teachings for man to learn in order to help save himself – or ascend to a higher consciousness. A diligent presenter can, if desired, launch into a discussion about cults that essentially domesticate the true “Jesus” of the Bible, claim new revelation and consequently move people away from the sole authority of Scripture alone…The G-CARDZ can easily afford one the opportunity to make a case for the supernatural authority, reliability & preservation of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ, the Messianic fulfillment of prophecy, the end of any legal (formal) mediatorial priesthood & sacrificial system, and much, much more.
- Conveniently numbered 1-8 for easy navigation through the Biblical plan of salvation, G-CARDZ offer a dynamic range of gospel-centered information. After reading an ice-breaker statement on the back of CARD #1 that graciously creates a common ground environment, the presenter then gives his/her listener an opportunity to share their personal view of how they believe eternal life is gained. The stage is now set for the methodical laying out of each card that systematically & interactively unveils a gospel-picture (specifically cards 2-5) that portrays the following key Biblical Truths:
- CARD #2 – The living “God” of the Bible: “Holy”, “Personal” & accessible to anyone who calls upon Him for salvation. However, because He is “Personal”, everyone will ultimately give an account of their lives to Him; God must, and will justly hold man accountable…
- CARD #3 – “Man”: created in the image of God but fallen, consequently under God’s righteous wrath and separated from a personal relationship with Him because of “sin”…
- CARD #4 – Man’s attempt (but inability) to reach God (be saved – gain eternal life) by his own “works”: Law vs. Grace…and lastly…
- CARD #5 – God’s only solution: “Jesus not religion”; the salvation purchased at the cross of Christ, received by grace alone, through faith alone in WHO Jesus is–WHY He was sent—and–WHAT He finished.
- After working through the above stated ice-breaker & pictorial segments of the cards (specifically Card #’s 1-5), the presenter can use the front of Card #6 to quickly explain how Jesus eternally fulfilled the mediatorial priesthood by His once for all time sacrifice; opening the way into the Holy Presence of God by His blood and removing the veil of separation. Or they can simply transition into the “Quick Review” questions on the back of Card #6 that helps the listener focus back in on the key points of salvation that were covered. Then it’s onto a variation of those same questions designed to “Personalize it” (front of Card #7). This “Personalize it” card engages the listener in a natural, un-forced manner, allowing the presenter to lovingly (and appropriately) transition into the free offer of personally receiving Jesus Christ (i.e. confess Jesus as Lord, etc. – Rom. 10:9-10). Here is where we believe the G-CARDZ stand apart from many of the EvangeliZm Tools on the market that tend to promote an “easy-believism”. While “emotional” and “mental” ascent is certainly part of the salvation experience, it does not end there. The hearer must be challenged to “count the cost” that comes with following Jesus by faith alone. Thus, repentance from sin and public confession are emphasized, as well as believer’s baptism, which does not save but is commanded (Ref. Mt 10: 32-39; 28:19, Acts 2:38 – and, by necessary inference > Acts 8, Philip and the “Ethiopian eunuch”).
- NOTE: In my literature and Seminars I strongly encourage the presenter to not coerce or force a profession of faith, but rather trust God by giving the cards away so that the hearer can have his or her own personal time with them in the hope that they will seriously consider the gospel information contained therein – and perhaps desire to meet with you again, and by God’s grace, gain an interest in Jesus unto eternal life. However, there are times when meeting a 2nd time will not be possible after your gospel encounter (though phone conversations can be a viable means of following up), and times when the hearer has truly “heard” – having been touched by the Spirit of the living God – and thus, truly desires to receive God’s great salvation in Christ. If this is the case, the presenter has the awesome privilege of being the first witness of their public profession of faith- and if it is of God we will not be the last! Once again, the Biblical account of Philip’s encounter with the “Ethiopian eunuch” (Acts 8) models this truth for us, as well as Paul’s encounter with the “Philippian jailer´ (Acts 16).