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The Bridge Illustration

Your non-Christian friends may have many questions before they are ready to trust Christ. But one thing all of them need at some point is a clear explanation of the Gospel and how they must respond to receive God's gift.

This simple illustration can be sketched out anytime, anywhere, in 15 to 20 minutes. When you draw out the Bridge for a friend, you will walk them through four major points of the Gospel:
I. God's Love, II. Our Problem, III. God's Remedy, and IV. Our Response.

As you draw out the illustration, turn to each Scripture reference and have your friend read it. Included with each step of the diagram are several questions for you to ask. These will help you understand what your friend thinks about his/her relationship with God.

I. God's Love

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God created us in His own image to be His friend and to experience a full life assured of His love. But He didn't make us robots, He gave us the freedom of choice.

Reference:
John 10:10
Genesis 1:27

Questions to ask:
1. What do you think it means to really live life to the fullest?
2. How are God and Mankind different?

II. Our Problem

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We have chosen to disobey God and thus we became separated from Him. This separation means the penalty of an eternal spiritual death.

Reference:
Sin: Romans 3:32
Death: Romans 6:32
Judgement: Hebrews 9:27

Questions to ask:
1. Have you ever wanted to talk to God but He seemed so far away?
2. When you think of death, what do you think of?

III. God's Remedy

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On our own, we cannot attain the perfection needed to bridge the gap between mankind and God. Christ's death alone is adequate for our sin and bridges the gap between God and man.

Reference:
1 Peter 3:18
Romans 5:8

Questions to ask:
1. If death can be defined as a separation from God, what is life?
2. Why did Christ die?

IV. Our Response

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Believing means trust and commitment, acknowledging our sinfulness, trusting Christ's forgiveness, and letting Him control our life. Eternal life is a gift for us to receive.

Reference:
John 3:16
John 5:24

Questions to ask:
1. Where would you place yourself in this illustration?
2. Is there any reason why you shouldn't cross over to God's side an be certain of eternal life?


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