Misions: Why use tracts!

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  1. TheBibleSender

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    Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.

    If God cannot lie. Then he means that every time you spread his word he will honor your efforts and use them for a purpose. No matter how you do it as long as it is not illegal or disrespectful I know of alot of people that think that tracts are ineffective and just a waste of time. My hope is that after reading this if you are one of those people that you will change your mind and be encouraged to pass out tracts. .
    Sowing the seed of the gospel.

    A student at Jacksonville University in Florida was given a tract. The student crumpled the pamphlet up and tossed it into a trash bin in his dorm. Later, his dorm mate picked it out of the trash, read it, and was soundly saved. He is now a pastor of a church in Florida. “A Christian I met in a home group said his job was raking litter off the Avon River. It was dull, boring work and he often wondered what life was all about. One day he raked a soggy piece of paper off the water and decided it was interesting enough to keep, so he carefully placed it in his bag and took it home. That evening he dried the paper in front of a heater and carefully unfolded it, then he read it . . . it was a gospel tract. He became a Christian that evening.” Richard Gunther
    Gospel tracts-how to use them. If Paul meant “by all means,” he no doubt would have used gospel tracts as a means to reach the lost. A Christian book relates the true story of a diver who saw a piece of paper clutched in the shell of an oyster. The man grabbed it, found that it was a gospel tract and said, “I can’t hold out any longer. His mercy is so great that He has caused His Word to follow me even to the bottom of the ocean.” God used a tract to save the man.
    Why should a Christian use tracts? Simply because God uses them. He used a tract to save the great missionary Hudson Taylor, as well as innumerable others. That fact alone should be enough incentive for a Christian to always use tracts to reach the lost, but there are even more reasons why we should use them. Here are a few:  Tracts can provide an opening for us to share our faith. We can watch people’s reaction as we give them a tract, and see if they are open to listening to spiritual things.

     They can do the witnessing for us. If we are too timid to speak to someone about the things of God, we can at least give them a tract, or leave it lying around so that someone will pick it up.  They speak to the individuals when they are ready-they don’t read it until they want to.  They can find their way into people’s homes when we can’t.  They don’t get into arguments; they just state their case.

    Dr. Oswald J. Smith said, “The only way to carry out the Great Commission will be by the means of the printed page.” Charles Spurgeon stated, “When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready . . . Get good striking tracts, or none at all. But a touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. Therefore, do not go out without your tracts.” If you want people to accept your literature, try to greet them before offering them a tract. If you can get them to respond to a warm “Good morning,” or “How are you doing?” that will almost always break the ice and they will take it. After the greeting, don’t ask, “Would you like this ?” They will probably respond, “What is it?” Instead, say, “Did you get one of these?” That question has a twofold effect. You stir their curiosity and make them ask, “One of what?” That’s when you hand it to them. It also makes them feel as though they are missing out on something. So they are.
    Perhaps you almost pass out at the thought of passing out a tract. Don’t worry; you are not alone. We all battle fear. The answer to fear is found in the prayer closet. Ask God to give you a compassion that will swallow your fears. Meditate on the fate of the ungodly. Give hell some deep thought. Confront what it is that makes you fearful. Do you like roller coasters? Some Christians want to try bungee-jumping or sky diving. Isn’t it strange? We are prepared to risk our lives for the love of fear-and yet we are willing to let a sinner go to hell for fear of giving out a tract.

    Ask yourself how many piles of bloodied stones you can find where Christians have been stoned to death for preaching the gospel. How much singed soil can you find where they have been burned at the stake? Part of our fear is a fear of rejection. We are fearful of looking foolish. That’s a subtle form of pride. The other part of our battle with fear comes directly from the enemy. He knows that fear paralyzes. We must resist the devil and his lies. If God is with us, nothing can be against us.
    Never underestimate the power of a gospel tract. After George Whitefield read one called “The Life of God in the Soul of a Man,” he said, “God showed me I must be born again or be damned.” He went on to pray, “Lord, if I am not a Christian, or if I am not a real one, for Jesus Christ’s sake show me what Christianity is, that I may not be damned at last!” Then his journal tells us “from that moment . . . did I know that I must become a new creature.”

    If you have never given out tracts, why not begin today? Leave them in a shopping cart, or put them in the mail when you pay bills. Then each night as you shut your eyes to go to sleep, you will have something very special to pray about-that God will use the tract you put somewhere. You will also have a deep sense of satisfaction that you played a small part in carrying out the Great Commission to reach this dying world with the gospel of everlasting life. Don’t waste your life. Do something for the kingdom of God while you are able to. Always remember: treat every day as though it were your last-one day you will be right.

    Charles Spurgeon on Tracts:
    “I well remember distributing them in a town in England where tracts had never been distributed before, and going from house to house, and telling in humble language the things of the kingdom of God. I might have done nothing, if I had not been encouraged by finding myself able to do something...[Tracts are] adapted to those persons who have but little power and little ability, but nevertheless, wish to do something for Christ. They have not the tongue of the eloquent, but they may have the hand of the diligent. They cannot stand and preach, but they can stand and distribute here and there these silent preachers . . . They may buy their thousand tracts, and these they can distribute broadcast.

    “I look upon the giving away of a religious tract as only the first step for action not to be compared with many another deed done for Christ; but were it not for the first step we might never reach to the second, but that first attained, we are encouraged to take another, and so at the last . . . There is a real service of Christ in the distribution of the gospel in its printed form, a service the result of which heaven alone shall disclose, and the judgment day alone discover. How many thousands have been carried to heaven instrumentally upon the wings of these tracts, none can tell. “I might say, if it were right to quote such a Scripture, ‘The leaves were for the healing of the nations’-verily they are so. Scattered where the whole tree could scarcely be carried, the very leaves have had a medicinal and a healing virtue in them and the real word of truth, the simple statement of a Savior crucified and of a sinner who shall be saved by simply trusting in the Savior, has been greatly blessed, and many thousand souls have been led into the kingdom of heaven by this simple means. Let each one of us, if we have done nothing for Christ, begin to do something
    now. The distribution of tracts is the first thing.”

    Just a few Ideas on where to put tracts
     At pay phones In shopping carts In clothes pockets in stores In letters to loved ones With a generous tip even if the service wasn't the best. On seats in restaurant lobbies With fast-food employees, cashiers,flight attendants, cab drivers, and gas station workers. In restrooms  At rest areas  On ATM machines and bank counters  In envelopes with bill payments. Please make sure the bill is on time  In elevators  On hotel dressers for the maid and in the dressers  On ice machines
     On newspaper racks  In waiting rooms of doctors’ offices and hospitals  On seats at airports, subways, and bus stations  In plane seat pockets  Inside magazines  In cabs  In laundromats
    At truckstops in the lounge In canisters at the drive-up tellerand in night deposit box In the postage paid reply envelopes you get with Junk mail Mail tracts to families that have just lost loved ones look through your papers obituaries. You can also mailthem to people convicted of DUI or other crimes
    Put some in a plastic brochure holder by your door to give to anyone who comes to your door, and as a reminder to bring some with you when you leave the house. In open car windows To people you see waitng in their cars at parking lots. At libraries in books, magazines etc.  If you rent videos put one in the movie you are returning.  Leave them on video games in the arcade

    Basically anywhere you go. Just pray that God will prepare peoples heart and open doors before you leave for the day and trust God to do the rest. Remeber it is God who does the saving not us. We are merely planters and waterers.
    If God is speaking to you about your lack of evangelistic concern, pray something like this now:
    Father, please forgive me for my lack of love for this dying world. From this day forward I
    will strive to be a “true and faithful witness.” Please give me the wisdom to know what to
    say to reach the lost. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
    I hope that this will encourage some if not all to consider tracts. May God bless you.
    Taken from the evidence bible www.evidencebible.org

    Intersted try
    www.fellowshiptractleague.org (free)
    www.raycomfort.com (cheap)
    www.chick.com
    www.av1611.org

    [ September 27, 2002, 05:58 PM: Message edited by: The Squire ]
     
  2. Psalm145 3

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    AMEN!
    Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.
     
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    Good pasage. How true. God bless. [​IMG]
     
  4. redwhitenblue

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    I don't like tracts, I've never actually seen one person pick a tract up and read it....I've always seen them thrown in the trash. I'm not saying they are useful in anyway, I just personally don't feel they do much good.

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    Well I have seen just the opposite. I have seen quite a few picked up and read. Like ones I leave in hospitals on cars. My wife has seen people take a tracts off their car and read it. I even seen a guy that I would have never guesed would have picked up a tract. He had a devil start on his arm and leather and chains. But you know what after he left the waiting room he turned around and picked up the tract and took it with him after he had already read it. ONe more thing. God promises us that his word will not return void. (Isa 55:11) I will trust in his word. You say they get thrown in the trash read the above story about the one taken out of the trash. God bless. [​IMG]

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    Thanks "Truth" for the good word about tracts. My good friend who is now with the Lord became the champion of good tracts (Paul Levin). :cool:

    A new book came to me recently as a means of teaching church people to use tracts. It is called "Tract Witnessing Club" It is a book for teaching believers to use tracts in many different ways. Evan. Carl Hatch has written the forward. It can be obtained from Answer Publications, (219) 672-3784 It has fifteen lessons to teach tract ministry. We are getting started ourselves in its use. ;)

    "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
     
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    The best tracts are available at American Tract Society. Very Scriptrual in content and practical.

    The absolute best tracts are witnessing NT available from many sources, marked with the plan of salvation. ("Here's Hope" NT is good.) People are less likely to throw those away, although some will do it.

    On the whole, I'd say 90% of the tracts you give out are destroyed. But the 10% is worth it.

    If you leave tracts at a table or in a hotel room, please leave a great tip. Waiters, Waitresses, and busers make next to nothing. I've known some "righteous" people who leave a tract as the tip. Those tracts get ripped into pieces.
     
  9. Brutus

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    some might be interested in a very excellent tract offered by John Piper at Desiring God Ministries. It's titled Quest for Joy,six Biblical Truths.It's full of Scripture,concise and to the point yet not condecending.
     
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    Without even getting into those idiotic and hateful Chick tracts, sending tracts in with your bill payments is a terrible idea.

    The envelopes are opened by machine, not by hand, and the machines are only calibrated to the thickness of the check, payment stub, and envelope. When something else is put into the envelope (like a tract) it jams up the machine.

    Most people who run these machines have a quota to meet (ours was 12,000 per hour) and when the machine jams, they get yelled at by the boss - I know because I used to be the boss!

    I'm not sure getting someone in trouble with their boss is the best witnessing technique.

    Personally, I don't like tracts for a wide variety of reasons.

    One is that they're a cop-out. Too many people expect the tract to do the work for them.

    Another is that shoving a piece of paper in front of somebody and saying "good luck" is just a lousy way to treat people.

    I also don't like them because of all the pie-in-the-sky-ism involved.

    Mike

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    Let us all not forget. It is God who does the work of saving not us. People sho say tracts are a cop out and don't work are the ones copping out on the great commision. I witness personally. But I also leave tracta around for God to use. GOd bless. [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for postign that Tract it was good. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13
     
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    &lt; But I also leave tracts around for God to use. &gt;

    That's a big favor on your part. He couldn't do without them, could He?
     
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    How is it a cop out to have tried tracts and found that they don't work?

    There's a lot more to the Great Commission than just shoving a tract under somebody's nose. The Bible says to make dicsciples, not just conversions.

    If you like tracts, fine. But, for me, they don't work.

    Mike

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    When someone tries to hand me a tract... That what I make... Tracks!... Brother Glen [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks for postign that Tract it was good. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13</font>[/QUOTE]You think that tract was good? That's one of the sickest things I've ever seen in print trying to represent Christianity. I would never, ever want to have to try to defend that total crap.
     
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    Thanks for postign that Tract it was good. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13</font>[/QUOTE]You think that tract was good? That's one of the sickest things I've ever seen in print trying to represent Christianity. I would never, ever want to have to try to defend that total crap.</font>[/QUOTE]I agree.

    Unfortunately, that was typical of a lot Jack Chick's stuff.

    Frankly, the guy's a nut and some of his stuff looks like recruiting material for the Klan.

    LandoverBaptist may be gone, but Jack Chick lives on. So sad.

    Mike

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    The only reason people don't like chick is because he tells the truth. WHy do people always accuse him of hate. Have you actually read the tracts. They are crying out for people to repent and be born again. That is the Gospel and if that is offensive to you. You better read your Bible. God bless. [​IMG]
     
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    I would alsao like to add. That the main reason for my post is to leave tracts around for GOd to use like someone said earlier. I don't shove them into everyones face. I have given some to people Just because I didn't have time to talk. BUt the main reason is to leave them around throw some seeds out there for someone to come along and water so then God can give the increase. Like I said I have had many opportunities to witness to people sho have found tracts and asked me about them and then I was able to witness. BUt if you say they are no good. Then that is your opinion. God bless. [​IMG]
     
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    Well said the truth!
    I think Chick tracts are great because he touches on a lot of different things with different tracts. I really like his books too.
     

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