One of the best tools I like to use to spread the Good News of the Gospel are tracts. What are tracts anyway you may ask? A Gospel tract in particular is a small pamphlet or card that communicates the message of salvation through Jesus Christ in a short, summarized way. It is often a quick read that gets straight to the facts and it often asks for a choice to be made about the content that is being read.
Tracts come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles. They have different approaches to sharing the Gospel using different topics that may or may not apply to a specific target group.
They have tracts for Mormons, Muslims, Catholics, Jehovah's Witnesses, people struggling with alcohol, drugs, pornography, and depression. Tracts can also be targeted towards the skeptics, the "I'm a good person people," or someone who just needs to identify their need for a Savior.
I personally endorse Gospel tracts because I have heard testimonies of people who have been saved through reading them (Testimonies). I also find them to be an effective tool for those of us who want the Gospel seeds to be spread and lack the time and opportunities to share with everyone. It is also great for Christians who are timid and haven't built up the confidence to share face to face or can remember what to say.
Some people doubt the effectiveness of handing out Gospel tracts because people might just throw them away. But let me encourage you with this:
In Luke 15:1-7 it reads- "Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” So He spoke this parable to them, saying: “What
man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not
leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is
lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ I
say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one
sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no
I like to think of this parable as using Gospel tracts. I understand the context is Jesus the Great Shepherd seeking the lost sinner. But I think using tracts applies. Imagine you pass out 100 gospel tracts and 99 of them gets thrown in the trash! But one of them doesn't and the Holy Spirit uses that one tract to bring that person to salvation and the result is that they believe and understand what is written. Isn't that one tract, that was effective in that one person's life worth it, if they came to saving faith? There would have been rejoicing in Heaven for sure (v.7).
We are responsible for spreading the message of Christ! We are NOT responsible with how someone reacts to the message. We know the message of the cross is "foolishness to those who are perishing" (1 Cor. 1:18). BUT to us who are being saved it is the power of God (v. 19)!!!
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." (Rom. 1:16)
So start spreading the Gospel through tracts and make sure to always pray after you pass them out! God will make sure to water the seed and bring the harvest!!!
In Christ -Dustin
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