The Gospel According to a Deck of Cards

Dr. Gerald B. (Jerry) Kieschnick. He is the past president of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. He in turn received it from Rev.Jim Fandrey.

The Gospel According To A Deck Of Cards

I. God reveals himself to us through his Word

  1. Ace: one God
  2. Deuce: Bible divided into two parts: Old Testament and New Testament
  3. Trey: Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
  4. Four: Evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John


II. Are we wise or foolish, when we hear God’s Word? (Matthew 25:1-13)

  1. Five: five wise virgins, out of ten; faith was burning and they entered the kingdom at the Lord’s invitation
  2. Five foolish virgins, with faith extinguished, were locked out


III. God promises to provide us with all that we need to support this body and life

  1. Six: the days of creation
  2. Seven: God rested, the model for our Sabbath rest


IV. God assures us: his mercy never ends, and we are grateful

  1. Eight: the people saved on Noah’s ark, the people who received the promise
  2. Nine: the unthankful cleansed lepers; only one returned to give thanks (Luke 17:11-19)


V. In God’s Word we receive both Law and Gospel

  1. Ten: The Ten Commandments
  2. Jack: knave and devil, defeated by Jesus
  3. Queen: Mary, mother of our Lord
  4. King: Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords


You’ll never see of cards in the same way.
Christ’s Peace
Ricky Adams

Peace Lutheran Church
Mill Valley, California