3 Circles is a simple way to have gospel conversations. As you tap through the slides, you’ll see how God has organized the world to work, what’s gone wrong, and how we can respond to Him.
Used by permission from the North American Mission Board
We see beauty, purpose, and evidence of God’s design around us.
The Bible tells us that God originally planned a world that worked perfectly—where everything and everyone fit together in harmony.
God made each of us with a purpose—to worship Him and walk with Him.
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.” — Genesis 1:31a
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” — Psalm 19:1
Life doesn’t work when we ignore God and His original design for our lives.
We selfishly insist on doing things our own way. The Bible calls this sin. We all sin and distort the original design.
The consequence of sin is separation from God—in this life and for all eternity.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” — Romans 3:23
“For the wages of sin is death.” — Romans 6:23a
Sin leads to a place of brokenness. We see this all around us and in our own lives as well.
When we realize life is not working, we begin to look for a way out. We tend to go in many directions, trying different things to figure out on our own.
Brokenness leads to a place of realizing a need for something greater.
“Who exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” — Romans 1:25
At this point, we need a remedy—some Good News.
Because of His love, God did not leave us in our brokenness. Jesus, God in human flesh, came to us and lived perfectly according to God’s design.
Jesus came to our rescue—to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. He took our sin and shame to the cross, paying the penalty for our sin by His death. Jesus was then raised from the dead—to provide the only way for us to be rescued and restored to a relationship with God.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” — John 3:16a
“Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us…and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.” — Colossians 2:14
Simply hearing this Good News is not enough.
We must admit our sinful brokenness and stop trusting in ourselves. We don’t have the power the escape this brokenness on our own. We need to be rescued.
We must ask God to forgive us—turning from sin to trust only in Jesus. This is what it means to repent and believe.
Believing, we receive new life through Jesus and God turns our lives in a new direction.
“Repent, and believe in the gospel.” — Mark 1:15b
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” — Ephesians 2:8-9
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised you from the dead, you will be saved.” — Romans 10:9
When God restores our relationship to Him we begin to discover meaning and purpose in a broken world. Now we can pursue God’s design in all areas of our lives.
Even when we fail, we understand God’s pathway to be restored—this same Good News of Jesus.
God’s Spirit empowers us to pursue His design and assures us of His presence in this life and for all eternity.
“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” — Philippians 2:13
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” — Ephesians 2:10
Now that you have heard the Good News, God wants you to respond to Him. You can talk to Him using words like these:
My life is broken. I recognize it’s because of my sin I need You. I believe Christ came to live, die, and was raised from the dead—to rescue me from my sin.
Forgive me. I turn from my selfish ways and put my trust in You. I know that Jesus is Lord of all, and I will follow Him.
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” — Romans 10:9
“For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” — Romans 10:13