Gospel Presentations Overview
Gospel Presentations Used in T4T Packages
T4T Classic – “Assurance of Salvation Lesson”
Below is instructions and thoughts behind the Assurance of Salvation lesson.
In T4T, Ying teaches new believers to share their testimony as a bridge, then pull out a photocopy of
lesson 1 which is “Assurance of Salvation.” He is giving lost people a chance to have assurance that
they can be saved. It’s very simple: pull out the sheet of paper (like a tract) and work through it with
the lost person. Don’t ask for permission; just tell!
Mostly by using this simple gospel presentation, over a million people in East Asia have come to
What follows is the skeleton of that gospel presentation. If you just walk people through an outline,
it will be rather boring. Ying includes many stories and illustrations of each point along the way. To
use the presentation effectively, insert some examples and stories that will help illustrate the points.
Instructions for C2C – The Creation to Christ Story
Below is instructions and thoughts behind the C2C story.
In work with the illiterate animists, they knew so little about God, much less the Bible that we began
to use 40 chronological Bible stories from creation to Christ to share the gospel. The idea was to get
a person of peace and his oikos together to listen to all 40 stories. However, we ran into several
Our church planters couldn’t remember 10 stories, much less all 40!
The security situation, plus the mobility of the young people leaving the villages, meant that
we did not have the same group together for more than 2-3 weeks usually. We didn’t have
time to get through all the stories.
We couldn’t get the gospel out there fast enough to find the persons of peace. We wanted
to filter for response much faster.
It betrayed a misconception we had about oral learners: that they take a long time before
they can understand and make an informed decision to follow Jesus
After many tries, we reduced the number of stories and combined many. Eventually, we put the
content of the basic 40 stories into one story that we could tell in 10-15 minutes! This gave people
enough basic Bible knowledge to make a well-informed decision to follow Christ with the worldview
they had. It enabled us to find the people the Spirit was attacking rather than assuming we had to
do all the preparation of their hearts ourselves!
Another colleague began trying out C2C on his people group, and together we began to refine it
more and more1
. Eventually, people from many nations have used C2C, and we continue to refine it
as we learn from them. One thing I love about C2C is that about two-thirds of the story is just
about Jesus. He draws people to Himself.
In time, C2C has been adapted and used in more contexts with good results It’s simply the whole
Bible story in 10-20 minutes. People love listening to stories, especially this one. Twice my wife
shared C2C with taxi drivers who refused to let her get out of the taxi until she finished.
It has been one of the most easily learned and passed on stories. In one instance I know of Chinese
speaking evangelists shared C2C with a Tibetan girl who was bilingual (Chinese-Tibetan). She heard it
in Chinese and believed. She immediately went home to share it with her mother in Tibetan. Her
mother believed. Stories are much easier to remember and pass on (even in a different language)
than some other forms of communication.
The C2C story that follows can also be found as a stand-alone document on the T4T website to hand
out if you need to.
Many people are using and adapting C2C.
Thanks again to Allen James for his immense contribution here. He is one the best C2C trainers I know.
For Muslim listeners, people just leave out the phrase “God sent His only Son Jesus” and insert the
phrase “God sent Jesus from heaven” or “He was the Word of God.” This helps the listeners to hear
the gospel first, then learn what Jesus’ Sonship really means.
For post-moderns, in the beginning we change this phrase “I want to tell you a story from the Bible.
It is God’s Word, so it is true and reliable.” Instead we use something like this: “I want to tell you a
story that is changing the lives of people all over the world.” Most will not initially believe in
propositional truth, but do care about relevance.2
There are eight basic parts of the story. The easiest way to learn the story is by listening to the whole
story, learning the basic subject of each of the eight parts, and then trying to state each of the eight
parts in your own words.
In addition, a C2C training video is available on the T4T website.
Learn to tell the story in 10-15 minutes when possible. You can always expand the story for parts
people don’t understand. Every part of the story comes from some place in Scripture, so you can
unpack that section more after telling the entire story.
Recommendations for learning C2C
Use your own words to share the basic concepts.
Section titles are to help you remember the story.
Memorize a few key phrases that you build the story around (boldface)
Don’t use many proper nouns (names) except for God, Jesus, the devil – it confuses lost
Learn the eight basic sections of the story.
Any time you’re stuck, just say “But God still loved them” until you know what to say next.
Don’t add extra details or dialogue. It will confuse you.
Don’t add your opinions or interpretations yet – just tell the Biblical story
In the section about the ten commandments, reference the commands that your hearers
most often disobey.
Thanks to Pete Leininger in Europe for this great adaptation.
The Creation to Christ Story (A summary of the Bible’s basic message)
I would like to share with you a story that is changing the lives of
people around the world.