The Gospel In Colors – The Wordless Book

One of the best ways to share the Gospel with kids is the wordless book. It’s a series of colors that can be used to explain the Gospel.

I was surprised to learn that many believe that Charles Spurgeon originated the wordless book idea. Later is was used by several early Evangelical Missionaries. You can find a good summary of it on Kidology and read about it’s history on Wikipedia.

Do You Use The Wordless Book?

If you have used this approach to sharing the Gospel with children, then leave a comment below. Let us know what setting and how it turned out. Have you seen many children come to Christ through this explanation?


Comments

  1. says

    We’re planning to use color band bracelets to share the gospel with street children in Ethiopia. Now I just need to find and learn the simple story translated into Amharic.Thanks for the Wikipedia link.

  2. says

    I have used the Wordless Book for years, since the 70′s. In VBS, Sun. School, Youth meeting, open air evangelism to teach and reach boys and girls with the Gospe. I have even used it for adults in nursing homes.
    It is also a good way to teach kids to witness by teaching them to use it.

  3. Fred Linberger says

    I had children make bracelets with beads at ‘trunk or treat, we made 85 bracelets, almost everytime at least one parent and often a sibling heard the Gospel. We felt it was most effective. I feel that often an adult who has difficulty sharing the Gospel with a friend can use this format in their thinking as a tool to make a good sequential presentation. my daughter likes to tell the promise of heaven (the streets of gold where as I like to say He is the Light Of Heaven) first. Its not only spiritually rewarding, but it is lots of fun.

  4. Glenalea says

    I was taught to use the wordless book when painting faces and find it is an amazing application. The children waiting in line also hear the message and often by the time I get to paint the little face they can tell me the meaning of each colour. I love painting faces that way!

  5. Jan Bihn says

    I am using 2 liter bottles of pop in these colors to intrigue a little older crowd. Share the “book” and then review by asking what the yellow/gold pop reminds us of, etc….. they are given the pop !

  6. Denise Kleese says

    This past Easter we used colored sand to make a Salvation Prayer Jar.I based it on the salvation bracelets that you can make with the beads. I put the sand in snack bags and let the children cut the tip out and pour the sand in the jar. I printed off the message of what each color meant and then we tied that around the lid of the jar. They had a blast making the Salvation Prayer Jar

  7. Ann Watson says

    I love what you did here with the balloons. I have used the Wordless Book in Sunday School Class crafts before and love it. I am going to suggest we do it this way in our VBS this year. Thanks so much for the great idea!!! God bless your ministry!!

    • Ruth says

      Hi,
      I am planning on teaching the wordless book in Sunday School class and I was looking on the web and found a comment about using balloons. Do you mind sharing the idea? I’ll appreciate it.
      God bless

  8. wencie villanueva says

    I love to used this worldless book especially in teaching sunday school

  9. says

    Also, I’ve written a tract that is based on the colors. It goes into more detail and explains a little more foundational truth about God. We use that, too.

  10. says

    I used the wordless colors to tell the Gospel story 30+ years ago. I had a little plastic walnut that had a ribbon you pulled out with the different colors of the wordless story. I am in the process of making a wordless color blanket, and have thought of making bracelets with beads that are colored with the wordless story colors. It was fun to use the colors, but I think I would add the concept of who God is when explaining the color gold. There are a lot of descriptions of what God is like and they would tie in with that color as well as the streets of gold.

    • says

      I’ve started using a much more complete concept of God’s character and attributes when explaining the gold color also. We assume too much that people understand even our “historical” God when we witness. I believe in using a more chronological approach and not just assuming so much. Today’s people don’t all have even a literary familiarity with the Bible stories. How can they recognize what sin actually is without understanding God’s perception of it?

      • says

        That’s exactly right. In Isaiah chapter 6, Isaiah saw who God was in His holiness and splendor. He immediately realized his sinfulness and exclaimed, “Woe is me. For I am a man of unclean lips…..”. The same thing happened with Peter in Luke 5, when he began to understand who Jesus was. He told Him to depart from him because he was a sinful man. I always try to come to a clearer understanding of who God is and what He is like. That is how people are going to be helped in understanding the Gospel better.

    • dorothy Moore says

      I’m 75 years old and went to all church activities unless I was ill in bed for all of my childhood. The wordless book in a walnut is the only lesson I can clearly remember. How I loved it.

      • Deb says

        I’m 58, but I remember the wordless book in a walnut! Thanks for reminding me…I had forgotten about it! I just used the Wordless Book in our Christmas Eve service…with applicable songs…went well!

  11. Becca says

    We are mission-ing to Haiti at the end of this month…and for those of us that are gifted with the patience for children…we are going to be using this as a foundation as we struggle with the Creole language. We may also translate it into French as that is their next language used there. Most kiddos understand it and if we can let our light shine a little…why not?!

    • kathie says

      Hi. Were you able to translate the Wordless Book tract into French? We have a nine year old who is going to Cameroon Africa which is French speaking. She has asked us for 100 tracts to take with her to expleain the Wordless Book in French.

      I thought if we could just get one and print it out, she could explain it. If you have translated it would it be possible to send a copy via internet. She is leaving Wednesday.

      We also work with a large Haitiaan population and would be most happy to pass it out to the youth here.

  12. Cindy Bergstrom says

    I have used the wordless book for years in teaching children about salvation. It makes the message clear in a simple way that anyone can understand. Child Evangelism Fellowship has a song that goes with the wordless book that is called the “Wordless Book Chorus”. I use this song alot. I work with preschool and they love to sing it. You can find the song on the CEF website.

  13. says

    We use the Wordless Book exclusively in ministry. I have taught adults to use it with children as well as adults. It truly is wonderful to see children respond to the Gospel message and invite Jesus into their hearts. I have enjoyed reading about others who have used the colors in creative ways. Thank you, Marilyn Halk

  14. joyce joseph says

    I have created and make canvas 14 inch circular books that spell out the plan of salvation using colors, felt, buttons, jewels, trims and beads. The colors correspond to the colors of the powerband bracelet. It is a visual tool to spread the gospel. It is sturdy and perfect for short and long term mission trips, VBS, camps, Sunday School and etc. I have made and sent these all over the world with friends and missionaries. I also have created one in Spanish. For information on how to make, please email me at jwjoseph320@yahoo.com. Thank you, Joyce Joseph

  15. Karen says

    I have worked with children for the past 10 years and have found nothing that compares with the clarity and understanding of the Gospel like the Wordless Book. Every age from 3 to adult can understand and remember this. Adult helpers in my VBS classrooms have told me they understand the Gospel much better. My 4 year old son knows and can re-tell the Gospel clearly. This past summer (Grades 1-8), over 100 kids committed their lives to Christ in our camp. Not only were lives being changed, but they were able to know this so well that they could communicate it to their family and friends. I highly recommend this. Child Evangelism Fellowship gives good guidelines on how to present it thoroughly.

  16. Nancy says

    We used this today in a lesson about sharing our faith with others. I let the girls paint their finger nails and toes with the colors of the wordless book (with all the new wild neon nail colors). It was a big hit and something we will do often.

  17. Jim D Webb says

    We have used the Wordless book colors for over 16 years in our face painting ministry and we have seen thousand of kids, teens and adults become Christ followers.

  18. Vanda Hoecher says

    The Wordless Book was commonly used when I was a child growing up in the church…in fact, it was a key element in my own understanding of the gospel message as a child. I have used it all of my life – and I am now in my mid 50′s…I have used it in Sunday School, in Vacation Bible School, in Ministry Fairs, on Mission Trips to Russia, etc. and still use it to this day. There are of course several different variants of it…with things today like the Jelly Bean Prayer, – the colorful glove, (at one time someone did a craft which had a caterpillar with pom poms of different colors to tell the story to the children). To me it has always been a staple in ministry especially to children, however I have been amazed at how many adults respond to it as well.
    I have witnessed several who have given their hearts and lives after its presentation. It’s a wonderful tool!

  19. Elizabeth Oparinde says

    I have used wordless book before, and I am planning to use it tomorrow in my church, with the children. It has helped children to understand the Gospel. With the help of the Holy Spirit, it’s very easy to reach children, especially when teaching them how to be saved. There is a song that goes with the book- “My heart was dark with sin, until the Savior came in. His Precious blood I know, has washed me white as snow——-. You open the pages as you sing the song.

  20. wheng says

    wow.. tank God… its been a great help… for me visiting and being connected with your site… it did helped me a lot for te childrens ministry iwas now assigned with..

  21. says

    For years, our church has made Gospel Walking Sticks for use by the Fellowship of Christian Farmers at farm expo’s throughout the US and Canada. We have a local sawmill cut wood for the sticks, drill holes at the top, and then thread the colored pony beads on leather thongs and knot them at the top. We’ve worked with the FCF at a show when it was held locally to present the Gospel with them. People come to their tent to get a free stick and hear the Good News.

    Also, our church does a local 4th of July outreach each year where we use the Wordless Book colors to do free face painting and fingernail painting. We’ve also done the beaded bracelet craft to tell the story.
    One thing I’ve tried to do is to use the gold bead to represent the person and character of God instead of just the “streets of heaven” approach.

    If you are interested in the walkingstick ministry, go to our church website at http://www.livinghopebiblechurch.org/index.htm for info on how we do it.

  22. Jacey says

    Thanks for sharing the idea of Wordless Book . I think it’s a great resource to reach out to my multi-racial hearing impaired students in my school besides the Sunday School children.

  23. Carolyn says

    We have made bookmarks for our Bibles, pompom caterpillars, Christmas ornaments, and backpack tags instead of bracelets as boys don’t always wear bracelets. We have used blue for baptism and the living water, and purple for the royalty color, King of Kings, King of all Creation, and also our life ( good reminder for kids and adults).

  24. Gail Madden says

    We have added a blue page, bead, to the presentation of the wordless
    book. With little or no creation taught in public schools we felt it would
    be good to establish first of all “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. It flows naturally to show mans sin then the
    need of salvation, the black and red pages then white. We have a world map behind the wordless book “station” with pictures of some of
    our missionarys representing “growing” green , in the Lord as His children take the gospel to others. Little ones are so visual, it stays
    with them.

  25. says

    Tony,
    Thanks for your newsletter and this info about the Wordless Book. It is a great ministry tool. Your post inspired me to finally create a webpage for a Wordless Book presentation using sculpting balloons that I created in 1993 before I went on a mission trip to Romania. I hope that it may be of use to others wanting to share the Gospel to children. The site give a full description of the presentation and has a couple rough tutorial videos.
    Blessings,

    Mitch Townley

    http://web.mac.com/mitchtown/iWeb/WestHillsKids/WordlessBookBalloons.html

  26. says

    Neat concept. I noticed that there was some concern about black being taken as a condemnation of “black” people. Perhaps you could use a very dark blue/gray as a symbol of the darkness of night. This way you would not have to use a word that is a slang for a people group (I’ve never heard of anyone being called a gray person, except for a kid that’s been in the dirt for a while :-). You could also use brown for the dirtiness of sin.

  27. Laurie in CA says

    I love using the Wordless book! A great resource for kids of all ages. We made very simple paper books (3x4in) at a VBS one year. I made a sticker with the color story on it (and verses) to help remind the students of the story. Very effective witnessing tool!

    We didn’t call the black page “black” but instead it was the “dark” page. We also called the yellow page “golden.” White was the “clean” page as well. The kids were still able to retell the story with the change….

  28. says

    Meg,
    Thanks for sharing those ideas. Using these simple colors to share the Gospel with kids is simple but leaves so much room for being creative.

  29. Meg says

    We make bracelets!

    Well, we’ve also made necklaces and keychains and the list goes on… anything you can use beads to make, we’ve done it! I’ve worked with kids from age 3 thru highschool.

    We’ve done them during VBS, Sunday School, discipleship training time, extended care time (during worship service), on Wednesday nights.

    We’ve made them for “reminders for ourselves,” to have a tool to share the Gospel with friends and family, to give to friends and family, to give to random people in the church, to give to random people out in public…

    Really, I’ve helped kids make them with everything from pipe-cleaners and pony beads to jewelry wire and glass beads, and they ALWAYS love it. I noticed that with teenagers it seemed to hit home a little more, and with the younger kids it’s a GREAT, FUN way to help them remember the Gospel.

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