Monday, December 21, 2009


"Believing is a matter of the will. A man does not believe without being willing to believe."

“If thou believest, thy belief will kill thy sinning, or else thy sinning will kill thy believing. The greatest argument against the Bible is an unholy life; and when a man will give that up, he will convince himself.”
C. H. Spurgeon 1834-1892

Charles Spurgeon is credited with inventing the Wordless Book, “a Christian evangelistic device,” used in a “message given on January 11, 1866 to several hundred orphans regarding Psalm 51:7”

wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalms 51:7b KJV)

Spurgeon used three colors, completing one message:

Black: representing the “sinful state” of humanity “by nature”.
Red: representing the blood of Jesus.
White: representing the “perfect righteousness which God has given to believers through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ his Son”.

Over the years, others added additional colors:

Blue: representing baptism
Green: representing growth in Christ
Gold: representing heaven

I like the simplicity of his sermons and love the simplicity of his Wordless Book. As soon as we complete our “Books of the Bible” study, I’m going to present this to our Sunday School class.

For the past couple of years, we’ve made stretch bracelets for our girls. Each time there has been specific meanings. For this Spurgeon’s Wordless Book lesson, we’ll make them with the above colors so that when they are worn, they’ll be a reminder of how simple it is to witness.

I also intend to make some fabric banner/wall hanging items with the colors. Again, to be a witness reminder. Perhaps a Bible cover? What would be a good item for the car? Definitely one for our Sunday School class. Enough to have people ask, “What is that for?”

I’ll continue to think about that – perhaps even putting the applicable Roman Road scripture references on the banners? Suggestions are welcome!!

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