Two Ways to Live in brief

"This is the best short gospel presentation that I know of"


Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

Two Ways to Live is a memorable summary of the Christian gospel. In six simple points, it conveys the key information that the average non-Christian person needs to understand in order to become a Christian. And it does so in a way that does not assume any prior knowledge or understanding of Christian concepts. The Two Ways to Live outline is the basis for three different kinds of resources:

Two Ways to Live in detail

At the most basic level, Two Ways to Live is simply a memorable summary of the Christian gospel. Or to put it more accurately, it is the Christian gospel including some of its necessary presuppositions and background.

In the New Testament, the word ‘gospel’ usually refers to the proclamation of Jesus Christ crucified. It is the announcement that God's kingdom has arrived in the person of his Son, the powerful Messiah, who inaugurates his worldwide reign by dying and rising again so that repentance and forgiveness can be preached to all nations. This Jesus Christ now rules at God's right hand, from where he will come again to judge.

 In other words, Jesus himself is the focus of the Christian message or ‘gospel’. However, Jesus does not arrive in a vacuum. He arrives as the culmination of God's plans, and their outworking in history. He comes and dies and rises, “according to the Scriptures”. He arrives in the context of all that God has already revealed about himself and humanity.

All this is part of the background or ‘world view’ that the biblical authors took for granted, but which many people now do not share. If we are to know and tell the gospel in a world where these basic assumptions about God and human guilt are no longer shared, or even common, then we need to fill in some of the rest of the story. We need to provide some of the background.

 This is what Two Ways to Live seeks to do. It fills in some of the wider story of the Bible, some of the biblical theology, so that the message about Jesus makes sense.

 If you are completely new to Two Ways to Live, you may like to pause at this point and read through the basic text of the outline, as found in the online presentation of Two Ways to Live. You will see that the six points not only provide a brief summary of the whole story of the Bible, but fit logically together as a coherent set of propositions.

  • God, the good ruler and creator; humanity ruling under his authority.
  • Humanity rebels, wishing to run things its own way.
  • God judges (and will judge) humanity for this rebellion.
  • In his love, God sends Jesus to die, receiving the punishment humanity deserves.
  • In his power, God raises Jesus to life as ruler and savior, and offers forgiveness.
  • This presents every human with a challenge to repent and believe.

Notice that there is a clear and easy-to-follow movement through the six points, not only logically but historically. On one level it is a set of six ideas or propositions, one leading naturally and logically to the next. However, these propositions are not abstract or removed from history. They represent in miniature the whole history of the world.

In other words, for those in these postmodern times who share very little with us in terms of Christian assumptions, Two Ways to Live provides a simple way to tell the whole story, to communicate (in brief) the whole Christian world view.

The drawings that accompany Two Ways to Live are designed to make this communication process easier. They serve at one level to help Christians learn and remember the gospel outline. At another level, they can also be useful in making the message clear and memorable as we share it with someone. The drawings may not be used in every circumstance, but they are an important part of the overall package.

Another advantage of the presentation is that it leads naturally to challenging someone to become a Christian, then and there. As the great American chess master Bobby Fischer always maintained: the first thing to learn about chess is how to get checkmate.

If you would like to link to the free online version of Two Ways to Live, please download and use one of these themed images to use on your website to help.

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There are also translations, activity books and more that you can pass on to others!

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Things to give away

Two Ways to Live (tract)

Two Ways to Live is a simple, clear, and challenging outline of the Christian gospel. 


Who Will be King?

A colourfully illustrated and engaging adaptation of Two Ways to Live developed for children. Sensitively written with simplified language and concepts.


Two Roads

This adaptation by Kel Richards of Two Ways to Live adopts the theme of life being a 'journey', and is written at a simpler level.


The Essential Jesus combines the strengths of Two Ways to Live with the powerful story of the Gospel of Luke to offer "the dream evangelistic product".


Evangelistic studies

Two Ways to Live: a Bible study

A short evangelistic Bible study, based Two Ways to Live that explains the Christian gospel.


You, Me and the Bible (2nd edition)

Sit down together with two or three of your friends and discover the central message of the Bible. A reading guide to the Bible, based on Two Ways to Live.


Introducing God Participant's Handbook

A highly effective way of 'introducing' unchurched people to God. A course that uses booklets and videos.


Training for Christians

Training for Christians


Learn the Gospel

Learn the key components of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and what are their implications for our lives with this book and video course.


Share the Gospel

Become equipped to share with others the key components of the gospel of Jesus Christ and their implications for our lives with this book and video course.