How to Share

The Five Crosses is a method of sharing the gospel developed by Pastor Danny Forshee.  This gospel method centers around an acrostic based on the word “CROSS.”  The first letter in the acrostic is the letter “C” and the first word in the acrostic is the word CROSS.

How do I start the conversation?

Talk about familiar symbols. We live in a world of symbols.  Make reference to some well-known symbols including the cross.  Draw them if you are in a place that will allow you to draw symbols.  Briefly talk about what they represent.

What do I do next?

The cross is the most recognized symbol in the world.

Why is the cross so widely recognized and celebrated, hanging around people’s necks or tattooed on their bodies?  Allow the person to respond

The cross points to a Person who died on the cross.  God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins so we could have an abundant and eternal life!  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

How do I continue the conversation?

Use the vertical line of the cross.  That is the line between God and us.  God loves us, is for us, and wants us to know Him. We could not reach up to him so he reached down to us with Jesus.  The only way for us to know God is because Jesus paid the price for our sin.

Talk about a trade.  What is the most valuable thing in your life?  What would you be willing to give for that thing if you lost it in order to get it back?

What do I do next?

God places such a high value on us that even though we are sinners, Jesus died for us.  Romans 5:8 states, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.”

If you were in a hopeless situation and someone offered you a way out, a deal that sounded too good to be true, but you believed their offer was true, what would be the wise thing for you to do?

Continue you gospel presentation.  Share the thoughts and scripture below:

Notice next the horizontal line of the cross.

The horizontal speaks to our relationship with one another.

God created us as social beings to be in relationship with others and to have peace with our fellow man. 

When we are rightly related to God through Christ then we are empowered to love and forgive based on the love and forgiveness we have received from God. 

Jesus told us the two greatest commandments are to love God and love each other. Matthew 22:39 states, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

The Fourth Cross - Story

The message of the cross changes lives. The same God who changed lives in the Bible changed my life. Share your story.

Like the man in John 9:25, I too can say, “One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

The fifth cross points to you and your relationship with God.

God loves you.  He invites you to believe in His Son and turn from your sins.

Romans 10:9 states, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Can I help you call upon the name of Jesus for your salvation?

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