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For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Romans 1:16 (ESV)


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One-Verse Evangelism

Revised and updated: 01/07/2024

Just as The Bridge to Life is a product of The Navigators, so is One-Verse Evangelism.  In fact, One-Verse Evangelism is just a variation of the "Bridge."  As you might guess, it relies on a single Bible verse, namely Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)


The Cliff Notes Version:  (same as The Bridge to Life) There is a great chasm between sinful mankind and perfect God.  There is no way that we can cross that chasm by our own efforts, but by the sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ, God has provided us a bridge to cross that chasm.

It is highly unlikely that someone will be persuaded to give their lives to Christ based on the "Cliff Notes" version, so you'll want to flesh it out.  Since The Navigators developed One-Verse Evangelism, the following resources are primarily Navigator ones.  

One additional note: While the Bridge can be handled as a pure "presentation," One-Verse is intended to be more interactive, with questions being intermingled with the presentation.

One-Verse Evangelism - This is the Navigators page on the One-Verse Evangelism.  You can also order a booklet that explains this method in more detail.

One-Verse Evangelism (Word document) - The previous Navigators page does not include a PDF, so I have created a Word document with the text straight from the Navigators page along with the One-Verse diagram.  As usual, it is two pages so as to be printable on a single sheet of paper.

One-Verse Evangelism (Cru) - This comes from Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) and provides simple but complete instructions.

Here are a few videos. 

This is a "formal" presentation, but is easily done.  Writing down Romans 6:23 (memorize it!) is a good reminder of the elements to include when going through the illustration.

This video has the virtue of actually having someone speaking and writing out everything on a piece of paper.  It takes about 7 minutes.

No voice, no music.  But the graphics are great and it has the virtue of being quite short.  Not intended to instruct a presenter, but rather to serve as the presentation itself.  But without verbal content, when using this video, it might be wise to pause now and then to allow for interaction.

There are lots of illustrations available for One-Verse Evangelism, but unlike the illustrations for The Bridge, they are all pretty much the same.  While One-Verse is more interactive, it is also more tightly scripted than The Bridge.

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Memory Verse Cards 

You've got to be kidding!

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