Napkins can be Spiritual

Napkins surround us.

In your car. In your home. In that restaurant. And that other one too. Even in the one that only gives you one after you beg them, because for some reason they think it’s made out of gold, so they guard them. (I’m talking to you Subway)…

Did you know that napkins can be spiritual – or at least provide space to conduct a spiritual conversation?

Say what?

What if a simple idea or sketch on a napkin could be a link to you being able to communicate the gospel in a way to lead people closer to Jesus?


You’re already out and about in life – living it. Sometimes your conversations may take a spiritual turn. I know that may seem scary, but I hope you’ll see in that moment an opportunity to not just talk about God’s activity in your life. But that you’ll also look for an opportunity to explain the gospel of God’s good news in a simple and practical way.

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you for the hope that you have, but do this with gentleness & respect.” -1 Peter 3:12

The Apostle Peter is telling us to be ready. Not sometimes, not just when we feel like it, but ALWAYS be prepared.

And there’s usually a napkin close by…


You can simply use John 3:16-17 as a guide to share the story of the gospel and God’s love for people.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Write out John 3:16 on a napkin and remember this simple truth that coordinates with 4 words/phrases you can circle on the napkin from John 3:16 –

“God loved, so God gave – If you believe, you receive.”

In John 3:17, we’re reminded that God didn’t send Jesus to condemn but to rescue. This is the beautiful and GOOD NEWS of the gospel.

This good news is meant to be shared – and can be shared even on a napkin.

Sharing God’s story captured in John 3:16 and what it’s meant to you to have life with God through your faith in Jesus. Let people know how Jesus is changing your life by sharing your story.

*I did a sermon unpacking this a bit more – here if you’re interested.

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