How to Use the Wordless Book to Share the Gospel

This past week, I was talking with someone about using the wordless book to share the Gospel with children. When considering using this method to share the Gospel, think about whether the children you are sharing with will understand your explanation of each of the colors (if the children relate the colors to different ethnic groups, then perhaps don’t use this). If you think your children will understand it, then take a look at this method.

Here is a quick summary of the different colors of the wordless book, including Bible verses for each one:

  • Wordless Book scaledBlack: This color stands for sin. Who can tell me what sin is? Sin is when we disobey God. The Bible says in Romans 3:23 that everyone has sinned. Sin is what separates us from God, because God has never sinned. We cannot save ourselves from our sin.
  • Red: This color stands for the blood of Jesus. Who can tell me what Jesus did for us? Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. John 3:16 says that Jesus did this to provide for our salvation. Not only did Jesus die for us, but He also rose from the dead to show His power over death!
  • White: This color stands for the cleansing of salvation. Who can tell me how we can receive salvation? By accepting Christ and following Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that if we have accepted Christ, we have become a new creation. God forgives our sin and makes us as white as snow! We are justified before Him.
  • Gold: This color stands for heaven. If you follow Christ and are a part of God’s family, you will get to spend eternity with God in heaven! Who can tell me what eternity is? Forever and ever. Jesus said in John 14:1-3 that He has gone to prepare a place in heaven for everyone who follows Him. (At this point, you can ask if they want to receive Christ and follow Him, then explain to them how to do so.)
  • Green: This color stands for growth. If you are a follower of Christ, you need to grow in your new life! Can anyone tell me how plants grow? Water, light, and healthy dirt. Just like a plant needs those things to grow, we also need help to grow as followers of Christ, like it says in 2 Peter 3:18. To grow, we need to spend time talking to God in prayer, fellowshipping with other believers, and reading God’s Word. (Take time to explain what each of these areas looks like)

There you have it! Hopefully this short summary will help you share the Gospel with children. Feel free to add other Bible verses, illustrations, and other things to this method in order to make it effective when you use it. Next week, I will share about my favorite method for sharing the Gospel, which is the Bridge Method.

  • It is good to see all the resources you share with children’s workers – I know that your posts have been helpful and encouraging to me.
    I serve with CEF (the Wordless Book people) and agree this has been a great tool for a number of years – even before CEF with people like Amy Carmichael, Spurgeon and others. Check out for how to use the Wordless Book as not only a reminder of the Gospel but an evangelistic/teaching tool – to kids and kids to kids.

    • Hey, love Child Evangelism Fellowship (I’m familiar with the CEF guys here in Chicago), and that’s a great resource you shared. Thanks!