Christmas is the perfect time of year to share the gospel with unsaved relatives, neighbors, and acquaintances. One effective way to do this is by giving away homemade crafts that tell the gospel story. It’s also a great way to involve your children, not just in giving physical gifts but also in giving out the good news of Jesus Christ.
Sharing the Gospel through Crafts
There are several gospel-themed crafts, but the Wordless Book is probably the best one that explains the entire gospel in a way everyone can understand. I especially like this craft because it is so versatile. Besides the original book form, you can also make it as a bookmark, bracelet, necklace, or as a caterpillar magnet. And it’s a craft that even young children can make, so everyone in the family can be involved in preparing these gifts. The Wordless Book is very simple; it uses colors to signify the different aspects of the gospel. As you give this craft to someone, you can explain the meaning of each color and share the plan of salvation. If you are mailing these crafts to others, include a written explanation.
The Message of the Wordless Book
First, black represents our sin that separates us from God (Romans 3:23). The second color, red, represents the blood of Christ that He shed for us on the cross, by which we can be forgiven of our sin (1 John 1:7). The third color is white, which pictures our complete cleansing from sin (Isaiah 1:18) when we put our total faith in the finished work of Jesus. Next comes green, which symbolizes growth as a believer in Christ (2 Peter 3:18). The last color is yellow, which reminds us of heaven and the city made of pure gold, where we will dwell for all eternity (Revelation 21:18).
To assemble the Wordless Book, simply staple five small sheets of colored construction paper or felt in a book format. If you like, you can also include a cover and either you or your child can write “The Wordless Book” on it.
For the bookmark, cut a narrow strip of white card stock. Using crayons or colored pencils, fill in the five colors of the Wordless Book from top to bottom. For an added touch, you could punch a hole at the top of the card stock and tie a pretty piece of ribbon through it.
To make a bracelet or necklace, tie a knot on one end of a piece of either leather, cotton, or hemp cord. Be sure to leave enough length at the ends to tie together. Thread five colored beads (black, red, white, green, and yellow) onto the cord and tie another knot, then tie the ends together.
For the caterpillar magnet, you will need a small clothespin with a magnet strip on the back; five colored pompoms (black, red, white, green, and yellow); two googly eyes; and a hot glue gun. Glue the pompoms onto the clothespin, then glue the eyes onto the black pompom.
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Jennifer is a pastor’s wife and mom of two young girls and loves homeschooling them. During her own twelve years of being homeschooled, Jennifer developed a passion for reading and writing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and relishes writing during her free time.