At my November Sweet Monday, I had a good friend and neighbor share her hobby of painting/decorating rocks and hiding them all over Chesterfield, VA and beyond. We had a bucket full of rocks and all the supplies needed for each woman to paint rocks they could keep, hide, or giveaway. I was surprised at the talent each lady showed and how their designs told a story about them.
When I first spoke to my neighbor about leading Sweet Monday Rocks as a theme, I told her it was fun to find rocks with Bible verses, but wouldn’t it be great if we created rocks to tell the story of the Gospel. I was challenged through Scripture that as followers of Christ, we need to know how to share the Gospel. And those that aren’t a follower of Christ need to hear the Gospel.
I decided I wanted to give the ladies at my Sweet Monday a simple way to explain the Gospel through pictures that even a child can draw (my 7-year-old daughter helped me paint these rocks). That way I knew each lady went home with a simple way to share the Gospel, and if there were any there that needed to hear the Gospel, then they would.
Below are pictures and an explanation for each. Feel free to make your own, share them with others or hide them around your neighborhood. You can also put the link to this article on the back or #sweetmondayrocks so people may come here to see the Good News of the Gospel.
Creation In the beginning was God and He created everything by His perfect design to work together. He created each of us with a purpose to worship Him and to walk with Him. (Read Genesis 1 & 2, Colossians 1:16)
The Fall Life doesn’t work when we ignore God and His original design for our lives. When we selfishly insist on doing things our own way this is called sin. We all sin and the consequence of sin is separation from God in this life and in eternity. Sin is present in every human heart and has led to a world of brokenness. We see this brokenness all around us in our world, relationships, lives and systems. Brokenness leads to a place of realizing a need for something greater. (Read Genesis 3, Romans 3:23, 6:23)
Jesus Because of His love for us, God did not leave us in our brokenness. Jesus, who is God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to God’s design. He came to rescue us and do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty of our sin by His death and was raised from the dead, therefore defeating both sin and death. This is the Good News. This is the Gospel. (Romans 5:8, John 3:16)
Restoration Simply hearing the Good News is not enough. We must admit our sinful brokenness and stop trusting in ourselves. We don’t have the power to escape on our own. We need a savior. We need Jesus Christ. We must ask for God’s forgiveness, turning away from our sin and toward Jesus. This is what it means to repent and believe. When God restores our relationship to Him, we begin to find meaning and purpose in a broken world and can pursue God’s meaning and purpose in all areas of our lives. Even when we fail we are encouraged and can see God’s presence in this world and through all of eternity. (Romans 10:9-10, Romans 10:13)
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