Giving the Gospel with a $20 Bill
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Giving the Gospel with a $20 Bill

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I recently attended a simulcast of the No Regrets Men’s Conference that was hosted by my church. In the midst of gleaning several nuggets of truth about being a godly man, husband, father, and leader I picked up a creative way to give the Gospel with a $20 bill.

  1. First, take out a crispy, brand new $20 bill and hold it up for your students to see. Ask the question, “Would anyone like this $20?” Of course, your students are going to want the $20.
  2. Then, crumple the bill up into a small wad and then slowly pull it apart highlighting for your students the new creases, wrinkles, and small tears that probably appear around the edges of the note. Again, ask if any students still want the $20. And again, your students will still want.
  3. Finally, take the once crisp, clean $20 bill and crumple it back up. Throw it on the ground and stomp on it for good measure and grind it into the floor. Pick it up and gingerly unfold it displaying how pitiful it looks now compared to where it started. Repeat the question for a third time: “Would anyone like this $20?” Your students will undoubtedly repeat their answer for a third time as well.
  4. Explain that no matter what happened to the $20 bill, it still had value to everyone and maintained its worth of $20. Despite being crumpled up and stomped on it was still a $20 bill. The same is true of us in God’s eyes. Even though we are stained with sin He still values us and loves us. Despite our worst acts of sin God chooses to love us unconditionally. We don’t have to make ourselves presentable to Him or fix ourselves. We simply come to Him in our brokenness and believe in the work of Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection, and we receive the free gift of eternal life. Our sins are forgiven. Our imperfections are made perfect in His site. We are still valuable and loved by God!

I thought this way of giving the Gospel was creative and worked well because it wasn’t a “typical” Gospel presentation it caught my attention and I thought it was worth sharing with all of you. You could certainly give the Gospel in this manner as a stand alone, unattached to any lesson but I think it would go very well with certain topics:

  • The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • Self-worth
  • Struggling with pride and perfection
  • Insecurities

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