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CrossWay Gospel Gift Cube
We suggest using the following text when presenting the Gift Cube to an unbeliever:
This cube is designed to easily unfold in a logical presentation of God’s plan of salvation. There are seven positions with graphics that emphasize and clarify that our salvation is a free gift. We suggest using the following text when presenting the Gospel Gift Cube:
Position 1) Graphic: Gift
Ask: Did you know God loves you and has a special free gift for you? This gift is to be in Heaven with Him for all eternity.
Position 2) Graphics: a) Target; and b) Ladder to Heaven
a) Arrows Missing Target
But first, there’s a problem. We have all done things wrong and missed the mark of perfection, just like the arrows have missed the target in this picture. This includes even the smallest wrong actions, such as wrong thoughts, words, or deeds. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that all have done things wrong and come short of the perfection of God. These wrong things prevent us from going to heaven and being with God forever.
b) Heaven and Ladder
This picture represents heaven, which is a perfect place. You see, God and heaven are perfect, and God will not allow these wrong things, or sins, to come into heaven. Some think it is only a matter of taking certain steps as on a ladder to get to heaven. Maybe step 1 is to try to be good. Step 2 might be going to church, and on and on. But our ladder of good works can never go high enough. It’s not our good works that get us into heaven, but our bad works that keep us out. The Bible says in Romans 6:23 that the wages, or penalty, for doing wrong is death. “Death” here refers to spiritual death, which is an eternal separation from God. This means we will be separated from heaven and God’s presence.
Position 3) Graphics: Cross and Empty Tomb
a) The Cross
That was the bad news. But this picture of the cross shows us the really good news! 1 Corinthians 15:3 says that Christ died in our place for our wrongs. You see, Jesus paid the price for all our wrongs so that we could be forgiven. Jesus did not have to die because He was perfect. But He chose to die out of His great love for each of us, and He paid the price for all our wrongs (sins) as a gift for us.
b) Empty tomb
This picture of an empty tomb refers to the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, proving He was God and that He had the power to forgive all the things we have done wrong. 1 Corinthians 15:4 says that after 3 days, He rose again.
Position 4) Graphic: Chair
So what exactly is God asking you to do to have this free gift? This picture of a chair helps us understand the answer. The Bible says in John 3:16 that God loved the world so much (that’s you), that He gave His one and only Son (that’s Jesus), that whoever puts their trust in Him should not perish (be eternally separated from God) but have eternal life (in heaven with Him). God wants you to do more than simply understand and accept this message as possibly true. He is asking you to put your complete trust in Jesus Christ, who died for your sins and rose from the dead. Just as you can accept that a chair is strong enough to hold you up, it is not until you actually sit down in the chair that you are truly “trusting in” the chair. In the same way, God wants you to put your trust in Christ alone as the sufficient payment for all of your wrongs. When you do that, God gives you eternal life as an absolute free gift. You become his child, and all the wrong things you have done are forgiven, which allows you to go to heaven some day.
Position 5) Graphics: Shovel; Shovel plus Gift; Gift
Now it’s time for a test. Which of these 3 pictures represents the basis of how someone has their wrongs forgiven so they will be allowed into heaven some day?
a) Man with Shovel: By their works? or
b) Man with Shovel plus gift: by their works and also as a gift? Or
c) Gift: by a gift only?
It’s not the first picture; we can never work hard enough to earn heaven and God’s forgiveness. Romans 4:5 says clearly that forgiveness is not due to our works (such as living a good life, turning from sin, making Jesus Lord of your life, baptism, or going to church).
And it’s not the second picture of works plus a gift. Romans 11:6 says if it is by grace (a gift), then it is no longer by works, if it were, then a gift would no longer be a gift.
The correct answer is the third picture – a free gift from God. Trusting in Jesus Christ alone is how we have our wrongs forgiven, which allows us to enter heaven some day. Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace are you saved through faith and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, not of works so that no one may boast.” No one can ever boast for being allowed into heaven by their works. It is a free gift provided through Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead.
Note: At this point you might want to bring them to a decision by saying the following:
Say these things quietly in your own heart (or out loud):
* “I know I have done things wrong.”
* “I know there is a penalty for these wrongs that must be paid so these wrongs will be forgiven.”
* “And I understand Jesus Christ died in my place for all my wrongs and rose from the dead.”
* “I trust right now in Jesus Christ alone– not my goodness or a religion, but only in Jesus.”
Position 6) Graphics: Padlock and Uplifted Hands Thanking God
This picture of a padlock represents the eternal security we have in Christ. In that way, the good news gets even better, because God says we can KNOW that we have eternal life. 1 John 5:13 says: “I have written these things to you who have trusted in the name of the Son of God (Jesus), so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Do you know you have eternal life? We don’t have to think we do or guess that we do, but we can KNOW we have eternal life. Not because we are good enough, but because He was. It’s not good people that go to heaven, but forgiven people. (Note: Also, you may want to quote the words of Jesus in John 10:28-29–“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” We are doubly secure in the hand of both Jesus and His Father.)
b) Uplifted Hands of Thanksgiving
This picture is of a person raising their hands in thanks to God, which shows how our good works fit into all this. We do not do good works to get to heaven, but rather to tell God “thank you” for saving us. Good works do not equal heaven. Good works equal “thank you” to God.
Position 7) Graphic: Passing the Gift on to Others
This picture of a hand passing on a gift refers to how we have the privilege of sharing this great news with others. A person can know with certainty that his wrongs have all been paid and he can go to heaven as a free gift! Since this is great news, won’t you share this today with your friends and family?