A QUICK HISTORY BEHIND G-CARDZ
The fundamental concept for the creation of my G-CARDZ came as a result of a sermon that I had prepared in 1994. The Biblical text was Romans 6:23, “for the wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”. This simple yet profound verse became the ‘template’, so to speak, for how I would personally proclaim the gospel. Nearly every word in this passage can be broken out from the rest to speak of an essential aspect of the gospel (ex. Wages/Payment, Sin, Death, But, Free gift of God, Eternal life, In, Christ, Jesus, Our, Lord). However, The Apostle Paul has a bigger PICTURE that he wants us to see and he brings it to our attention by contrasting two major themes.
The 1st theme deals with the idea of SIN producing SEPARATION–“death” (contextually: hell; separation from God–both now and in an ultimate sense of forever). He then moves on to the issue of UNION WITH GOD–“eternal life” (i.e. positionally “in Christ Jesus our Lord” – salvation itself – both now and in the ultimate sense of union with God forever).
The 2nd (and overarching) theme is that of GRACE, “the free gift of God”, and how it stands in stark contrast to the idea of a salvation trying to be earned by WORKS (i.e. Human effort; contextually via the Law of Moses). So, what we have are the fundamental tenets of God’s plan of salvation, summarizing its Biblical scope in just one short verse! It teaches us WHAT IT IS NOT: Man’s WORKS with regards to being right with God – and – WHAT IT IS: God’s GRACE, which is unmerited, unearned and wholly undeserved!
Over the years I have come to realize that this “Romans 6:23 template” was not my own unique discovery, but God had led many others before me to see this same blueprint for sharing the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. In fact, I would venture to say that Romans 6:23 is the fundamental passage that supports the evangelical truth behind the well-known tract called, The Bridge, published by NavPress, as well as the wonderful publication by Standard Publishing, A Peace Treaty With God—just to name two. So, after approximately 15 years (1992-2007) of designing and printing various evangelism tools, tracts, etc., the Lord had given me an “a-ha” moment in 2007, which led to the creation of my “G-CARDZ” (Gospel Cards)—a true compilation of many schools of evangelism organically rooted in God’s Word; the Bible!