Do versus Done

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Gospel Scripts

Do Vs Done Gospel Script, clipped from video The “Do vs Done” Gospel Evangelism Script is one of those scripts that is very well known and has a long history.

“Do versus Done” is very simple gospel presentation to think through, and gets at one aspect of the gospel message.

However, “Do versus Done” is so common that actually finding the evangelism script on the Internet was difficult. (I guess “everyone” knows it.  Note: this has changed since I wrote this in 2008)

I tried several keywords to locate it, but Do versus Done never rose to the surface.

Many entries make reference to this gospel script, yet there is no real explanation of how to use it in conversational evangelism.  (Image: clipped from video below)

Do vs. Done

I actually had to turn to print.  I found this in Becoming a Contagious Christian, Hybels and Mittleberg.

Religion is spelled D-O, and is all about trying to DO enough to please God.

The trouble is we don’t know if we ever do enough, and the Bible tells us we never can do enough (Romans 3.23).

But Christianity is spelled D-O-N-E.

Jesus has done what we could never do. He lived the perfect life and died on the cross to pay for all the wrong stuff
we have done.

But it’s not enough just to know this; we have to receive what he has done; we have to ask Jesus to forgive us and to be the leader of our lives.

Then you could ask them what they think, whether they understand the difference, and if they see the need for Jesus.

Of course, the six sentences above are basic. It focuses on one aspect of the atonement.

The point is not to memorize the Do versus Done as a formula, but to become so comfortable with it that you can fill in the gaps, linger on conversational points, use scripture to fill out parts that are meaningful in the conversation that you are having.

The above outline of Do VS Done can help you remember where you are in the conversational flow.

By the way, this script works in Spanish as well, Hace vs. Hecho.

Do Versus Done Video

Let me ask you this?

Have you used this script?

What kinds of questions do people bring up in response to it?

Tell us your stories in the comments.

Do you need help in Personal Evangelism?

Grow in Personal EvangelismStart here with this MP3 Download on Evangelism Training from the store to help you see where you need to grow.  One of the steps to to master a particular gospel presentation like Do vs. Done.

In this 70 minute MP3 AUDIO recording on personal evangelism you will learn:

  • How church invitations are part of evangelism
  • How to discover and share your own journey to faith
  • What you can say about the gospel message.
  • How to personally lead someone to faith in Christ.

It’s a 70 minute audio file that takes just a few minutes to download, but it may help you answer the question:

What can you do in the next 90 days to grow in your evangelism skills?

The Big Story – Improving the Bridge Illustration

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Gospel Scripts

James Choung has written a few books on explaining the Christian Faith. On of the issues that he tackles is updating or improving the Bridge Illustration.  The whole article is here at The Big Story | Tell It Slant .

“Choung’s ‘napkin theology’ and its ‘four-worlds’ diagram promise to be for evangelism in the twenty-first century what the ‘Four Spiritual Laws’ were for the twentieth century.”
Leonard Sweet, author of The Church of the Perfect Storm, podcaster of the weekly “Napkin Scribbles” podcast

Check out these videos to see the telling of the story.  There are two here.

Here is what I like about the illustration:

  • It’s much less individual in it’s focus.
  • It adds in that we follow Christ to join in God’s redemptive story.
  • It talks about worldviews
  • It’s simple and can be reproduced on a napkin.
  • It incorporates some of the social aspects of the gospel.

After sharing this video on his blog, Choung received lots of feedback and suggestions and created version 2, which continues from the prior video

Let me ask you this?

What do you think of Choung’s improvement?  What do you make of how he explains sin, righteousness, eternity, kingdom?  Join the conversation below and comment.

New EvangeCube for Kids – Evangelism Script

There are a variety of scripts that one can use to help you explain the gospel in simple and clear terms.  That is one of the 3 core evangelism skills I focus on.

Each script has its critics and endorsers and it’s not our point here to argue or debate it.

Last month, I wrote an article about gospel scripts.   The main point is that you should know at least one script so that you can explain the gospel simply and clearly. That is your “Default setting.”


Evangecube for kids

Mission Network News reports that e3 Partners (formerly EvangeCube and Global Missions Fellowship) has modified their EvangeCube tool to work with children.

They have a tool useful for Sunday school programs, Children’s Church, After School Bible Clubs, Vacation Bible Schools.  It’s called the Kids EE Cube, which seems to be based on the Evangelism Explosion Script.

Evangecube for kids Video

Let me ask you this?

Have you used this on the mission field or in your church’s local outreach?  Please share in the comments below.

6 Different Gospel Presentations for Personal Evangelism

Pick any blog on personal evangelism, and one will encounter a conversation over different gospel presentations.

  • What points must one share?
  • What happens if I forget a point?
  • Can I mess it up?

On one hand, it’s great to be concerned about messing up.

We always want to be prepared to explain our faith, and get better at it as we mature in Christ.

On the other hand, God is more sovereign than our mistakes.

He will not deny His grace to another because our explanation was as clear as mud.

God’s sovereignty is not an excuse to avoid evangelism, nor to be sloppy in our presentation.

6 Different Gospel Presentations

What must a clear Gospel explanation have?

A good explanation of the gospel must convey information about

  1. The nature of sin and our separation from God.
  2. The love of God and his desire to be reconciled to the lost.
  3. Christ as God’s plan of redemption:
  4. That God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
  5. Christ died for our sins and rose again.
  6. The promise of forgiveness of sins
  7. Belief in Jesus is the response to God’s irresistible grace.

Condensed Gospel Presentations

Different Gospel Outlines

One of the most popular forms (see our series on evangelism scripts) to explain the gospel is the Law and Gospel script by the Way of the Master folks.

I like the theology of the Law and Gospel presentation.

But don’t agree with how some of its users say its the only valid form of the gospel message.  The implication is that if one didn’t get the right explanation of the gospel, you are a false convert.  Or if you miss an element in the explanation, the conversion has misfired.

In my own testimony, my conversion misfired 20 years ago because I didn’t come to faith in the right way.  I raise a similar question here on the starting point for the gospel.

Other gospel presentation scripts include

There are plenty of scripts out there one could use.

Just get familiar with one and start.

Each script has its critics, and its endorsers.

It’s not my point here to pick one over the other.

My point however, is to pick a script and get very familiar with it so that you can explain the gospel clearly when given the opportunity.

I use the  Bridge Illustration as I think it covers a lot of ground.

The imagery is clear.

Practice it over and over on a napkin until you can explain it clearly at any given moment. Learn how to share it lovingly and in the form of a dialogue (the script is not a tool to cream people).

Let me ask you this?

What script do you like you to use?

Can you share the gospel message clearly when needed?

See our entire series on scripts.

Do you need help in Personal Evangelism?

Grow in Personal EvangelismStart here with this MP3 Download on Evangelism Training from the store ($10) to help you see where you need to grow.

It’s a 80 minute audio file that takes just a few minutes to download, but it may help you answer the question:

What can you do in the next 90 days to grow in your evangelism skills?

Two Challenges to Fixed Gospel Presentations (Scripts)

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Gospel Scripts

Scripted EvangelismThis evening I read a post about evangelism scripts at this blog.

The main gist of the entry is of an encounter between an evangelist with a script and the author being the one evangelized.

The evangelism script in the discussion came from Evangelism Explosion, a tool that has been highly useful in the past and one that can be still useful today.

In following the script, the evangelist never really listened to the person’s answers. Read the original article yourself.

The need to know how to present the gospel

As evangelists, we need a “Default setting.”

A default setting is a gospel script that we have  mastered so well that it is second nature to use it.

A default setting enables us to explain a few points of the gospel clearly when its appropriate.

A default setting allows us to be diamond clear, rather than muddy clear.

A default setting allows us to be calm while communicating the gospel.

Some Default settings that I have encountered:

Each one of these can provide a script that we can use as a “default setting.”

However, we still need to listen to the person we are talking to and be flexible with the script, adapting it to the context of the conversation.

I’m not saying in any of this that I’m changing the gospel, or leaving anything out. I’m being flexible in the give and take of a conversation to listen and respond, present or inquire.

The problems with gospel scripts

1.  Theological debates

Some will find fault with the theology of certain gospel presentations.  No script is able to capture the full richness of the gospel in 3 or 4 propositional points.

While I think all of us would agree on the main points, some of the theological nuances will be the points of difference.

For example, I know people who think the Four Spiritual Laws is wrong because it starts in the wrong spot.  Others believe the gospel is all about law and sin, and so the starting point must be the 10 commandments.

All of these scripts deal with the problem of sin, but how they discuss sin is often related to some theological presuppositions.

For example, read are you a Genesis 3 Christian?  Would sin have been the best starting point for her?

Or for a different point, where would you start the gospel with a member of an indigenous tribe who doesn’t have a Western worldview, but worships an alligator?

The solution is to find one that fits your theological stream that you can be comfortable with.

2.  Using scripts by rote memory.

Following a script as exactly as possible can be as impersonal as calling a 1-800 number for customer service.

The customer service person in the remote call center has a script to follow, who cares what you really need or are really asking.

For the user who is following the script as strictly as possible, the give and take of the conversation messes it up.  This leads to interior anxiety and frustration because it’s out of line.

I’ve talked with some who think a presentation doesn’t work (as if the gospel presentation is a magic formula) unless it’s followed exactly, which means there can be no give and take of a discussion.

I’ve encountered others who place so much emphasis on the right presentation, that their “conversations” are actually monologues led by their own rhetorical questions.

When we follow a script, we have to listen to the “customer” (don’t get carried away with my analogy) and respond appropriately with love. Conversational evangelism is sharing the good news of the gospel, not a canned product placement pitch.

See our entire series on Gospel Scripts

Let me ask you this:

Do you have a default setting you use?

Can you share how you are conversationally flexible with it?

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