Witnesswell - Powerful Symbols to share the gospel


MIke Eppinette sent me a link to the Witnesswell website. Witnesswell uses the five symbols found in this picture to share the gospel. The story of the symbols is found on the website: "Over twenty years ago, Bill Smith drew these symbols on a chalkboard while speaking about the life of Jesus at White’s Ferry Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. Mac and Mary Owen were in the class. They were impressed with the idea that these simple symbols could be used to tell the story of Jesus. Mac is a furniture builder and cabinet-maker. He began drawing the symbols on the back of items made in the shop of M&M Millworks." Read the rest of the story here.

Here is what the symbols represent:

1. Down arrow - Jesus came
2. Cross - Jesus died
3. Arch - Jesus rose
4. Up arrow - Jesus ascended
5. Down arrow - Jesus will return

While there is always a danger in shorthand presentations of the gospel, I think that they can still have their place. My experience has been that for people to come to faith today, it must happen over many weeks of study and engagement in the Christian community. However, a shorthand presentation is good towards the end of an evangelistic study.

I like this shorthand presentation for several reasons: 1) it is made up of symbols, which are richer and allow for more explanation than words; 2) it concentrates on Jesus; and 4) the symbols as they are designed on t-shirts and the like are ancient looking, and they can spur conversation.

Most people today need to understand the creation story and God originally intended for this world. A comprehensive presentation would need to include this. But as a shorthand presentation of Jesus--who is at the center of the gospel--I like this. I'm going to order a t-shirt, a hat, and a wall hanging!
What do you think of these symbols as a shorthand presentation of the gospel?

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Comment by Debra on December 13, 2008 at 1:05pm
Ha! Well I only have 2 and that'll probably be it!
Comment by James Nored on December 11, 2008 at 8:46pm
Debra, at our high school reunion, my old girlfriend won the award for the most tatoos!
Comment by Debra on December 11, 2008 at 8:39pm
I love it! I like symbols and the powerful statements they can make. For me at least, and I know its controversial, but I picked my tattoos based on the statement they made. The infinity symbol for forever and the Alpha and Omega..well obviously. Symbols are like pictures...sometimes they are enough said.
Comment by James Nored on December 11, 2008 at 4:17pm
Mike, symbols are universal. How true! Now this is thinking like a missionary.
Comment by Mike Eppinette on December 11, 2008 at 11:28am
The symbols are understood in any language. In a visual age, the diagram makes the "tupos" pattern or form of teaching in Romans 6:17 understandable. Take the same form and draw it under water and baptism comes alive. Romans 6:3-4

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