Resource: The Three Circles and Deaf Ministry
We need tools to explain the Gospel to a variety of people from different backgrounds, educations, and life experiences. Moreover, we need the proper tools to do so. There is no one answer for every situation, but I want to introduce you to a new tool I found: The Three Circles.
The Three Circles offers a natural way to provide a framework for sin, brokenness and redemption. The best way for you to understand the Three Circles is to see it yourself. You can find information on it here as well as a video embedded below. To my disappointment, they did not have a video with closed captions or in ASL. However, you can still get the idea by watching the below video.
The Three Circles offers a natural way to provide a framework for sin, brokenness and redemption.
There are several things I like about the Three Circles as an evangelism tool for the Deaf world.
- Visual. This is a very visual way of depicting the Gospel. As we have mentioned before, making your message visibly engaging is a necessity in Deaf Ministry and we ought to always strive to help people see what we are saying.
- Tangible. Say you are chatting with someone you meet and you share the Gospel with them on a napkin using the Three Circles. Once you’re done, you can just give them the napkin as a reminder of what you were saying. This will give people who are on the fence something to review and think about after your conversation is finished.
- Learn-able. The first day I taught this at CrossRoads, people were copying it down and beginning to memorize it. There is something so simplistic in the Three Circles that makes it easy to retain.
- Fresh. Nothing is wrong with other methodologies people use. I grew up learning “The Way of the Master” and you can still use the Romans Road within the Three Circles. However, we must always be looking for new tools and be ready to use those tools when the situation calls for them. I have never seen anything like the Three Circles before I found this video, and I have heard or have given countless Gospel presentations. Although we know there is nothing new under the sun, it is still healthy for us to look for fresh ways to present timeless truths.
- Comprehensive. I love how the Three Circles does not start with sin. It starts with the fact that God has a design (I sign WAY or PLAN for design) for every area in our lives and we make choices to depart from His design. If our world, we cannot assume people know what sin is or why it even matters. The Three Circles offers a framework to understand the true importance of our sin.
Although we know there is nothing new under the sun, it is still healthy for us to look for fresh ways to present timeless truths.
I would be remiss if I did not include that there is an official app for the Three Circles called “Life Conversation Guide.” I, personally, am not a fan of using the app. I think it takes away your ability to give them the picture and leave time with something tangible to consider. Not everyone we talk to will make a decision on the spot, but I love letting them take the Gospel home and ponder what it means for them. You, however, might like the app! As long as the Gospel spreads, use the app, or paper, or neither; just go spread it.
That is the Three Circles! I am excited about using and teaching it in my ministry and I hope you are as well!
What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments!