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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Toby Shares the Gospel

Toby has preschool with my mom about four days a week. Sometimes they use the EvangeCube to go over the Gospel. Do you know how to share Christ? The EvangeCube helps cover each major point of the Gospel, which you will hear Toby and his Grandma cover:

"for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God," (Romans 3:23)

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

"...that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures..." (1 Corinthians 15:3b-4)

For more about EvangeCubes, click here.

At 2.25 in the clip, Toby and Grandma are talking about prayer and out of nowhere he says "I found my journal and my pen." Grandma misunderstands and thinks he said, "Jonah." It seems random, but Toby thought of his journal and pen when they mentioned prayer because he knows that I journal my prayers each morning. He likes to imitate that in a little notebook sometimes.

UPDATE: My mother, featured in the video, would like to clarify that when she teaches Toby the EvangeCube, she never calls the person, the sinner,  "Toby." When we recorded this, Toby called him that all on his own. Toby clammed up a bit for the camera. Mom reports that Toby can go through the whole cube unprompted when he isn't being filmed. This is a really great tool for teaching the Gospel.

Update for my Reader subscribers: I posted this originally through a Blogger video upload. It was such a drag on the blog, I switched gears and used YouTube. Sorry about the confusion in your Reader feed (since it shows up twice, but one is missing).


Sharon said...

Anna loved watching this. Then she decided to tell me all about it - with a little "Toby voice".

These evangecubes are a good idea. Another similar idea is the Aussie "Two Ways to Live" method of telling the gospel, which uses simple hand-drawn pictures as memory/understanding cues for each of the elements. A lot of evangelical churches here in Australia use it as a training course for sharing the gospel in conversation.

~ Sharon

Sharon said...

I just watched this a second time showing Jeff, and I wanted to point out something I noticed the second time around. At about the 1min mark, when your mother asks Toby "why did Jesus die?", he rolls his hands over up against his stomach and mumbles. This is a typical non-verbal way that young children use when expressing distress.

When I saw this, I knew without doubt that Toby realises that the reason Jesus died - "to pay for Toby's sins", which he hadn't yet said - is a very sad and regrettable reason.

Well done for teaching Toby the truth of Christ's atonement in a way that has reached his heart and not only his head!

~ Sharon

Mrs. Edwards said...

Thank you so much for sharing this encouraging observation!

I know a lot of people blanche at teaching sin and the cross to kids Toby's age (2 and now 3) and I hope this video clip shows the value of it. Critics would say that it is rote learning (although you notice it is more than that, praise God!), but even rote learning is incredibly valuable!

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