Tracts

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by RLBosley, May 3, 2013.

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Which tracts?

  1. Chick Tracts

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  2. Living Waters (WoTM)

    2 vote(s)
    18.2%
  3. Bezuegen

    1 vote(s)
    9.1%
  4. Other (Tell us below)

    3 vote(s)
    27.3%
  5. I don't like tracts

    7 vote(s)
    63.6%
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  1. RLBosley

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    Just curious what tracts the BB community uses, and why you prefer one over another.

    Chick Tracts?
    Living Waters?
    Bezuegen?
    Other?
     
  2. preachinjesus

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    I don't care for them.

    I prefer to engage in conversation. :)
     
  3. RLBosley

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    Of course you shouldn't use tracts to the exclusion of one to one conversation.

    But I think tracts are extremely helpful in those times where you don't have time to engage in conversation. Also they can be used to start a conversation or to leave after a conversation so that the individual has something they can read to reaffirm what you said.

    I also leave them in random places in restaurants and stores... you never know who might pick them up. :)
     
  4. mactx

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    I will accept what ever tract i am given, on the condition that the conversation takes place with open Bibles.
    That one seems to stump some folks they seem to think I should just accept the words their tracts or books say with no contextual study.
     
  5. Salty

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    I dont mind accepting a track alone - what I dont like is someone giving me a track without a point of contact address/phone number/name of organization.
    Of course I will tell them I am born again-
     
  6. RLBosley

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    Most of the tracts I give out have a website listed to help them (e.g. livingwaters.com) but I am hesitant to give a phone number, especially my own, unless I have had a good conversation with the individual and there seems to be some indication of the Lord working on their heart.
     
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    In that case, you should give the phone # of your church. Remember, after someone gets saved it is imperative that they get into a good Bible believing church
     
  8. RLBosley

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    That is true. I will be putting my church number on the tracts use now. I didn't use to do that since honestly I didn't want new believers coming to my church. I don't have that problem now.
     
  9. Mexdeaf

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    I'm not particularly a fan of tracts. But they have their place. Just not so much in Deaf ministry.

    I much prefer videos. When we do a tract for our new church we are going to keep it short on the writing and direct folks to a video for a full explanation of the Gospel.
     
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    Any but Chick!
     
  11. Gregory Perry Sr.

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    I Love and Believe Strongly In Using Tracts!!

    My wife and I administer the Tract and Literature ministry at our local church, Blue Ridge View Baptist of Pickens SC. I have been a strong supporter of the use of good, doctrinally sound Gospel tracts for years and am thankful to the Lord for the ministry of these wonderful tools for His Glory. I can say that it is always a blessing to read and hear the hundreds, possibly thousands of testimonies given by people whose lives where touched and changed by the ministry of these printed messengers of the truth of the Gospel. They are useful not only for their "stand-alone" value wherever they are left but also and most definitely as excellent "conversation-starters" during times of personal witnessing. When left behind...either in someones hand...or on a counter or tabletop...they have a message that potentially keeps on speaking...long after the person who left it there is gone. Only Heaven will tell the results...(and I like that because it is something WE can't "brag" about!)
    Now...as for GOOD Tracts...I have some definite preferences after 30 plus years of evaluating many tracts and tract publishers. I personally prefer tract publishers that are local-church based and for the most part that is what we use at BRVBC. I will use some that are published by para-church publishers IF the message is "straight" but I try to evaluate all the tracts that are used on an individual basis. Most of the tracts we use are by the following:

    Fellowship Tract League Fellowship Tract League Home
    (a ministry of the Fellowship Baptist Church of Lebanon,Ohio)

    Hope Tract Ministry Welcome « Hope Tract Ministry
    (a ministry of the Blessed Hope Baptist Church of York,SC)

    Gospel Tract Society Gospel Tract Society, Inc.
    (a para-church ministry based in Independence,Mo....fairly good tracts but the publishers views on eschatology have changed in recent years to a mid-trib position)

    And YES... Yeshua1....we'll even use an occasional Chick Tract Chick Publications because #1)- they DO get read...and #2)- Jack Chick is ramrod straight on the Gospel and salvation by grace through faith. I know some of his artwork is edgy but for the most part he deals with life circumstances in his characterizations that can be (and are) duplicated in reality. I don't like them all....but there are some good ones and if you (or anyone else) can convince me that NO ONE has ever been genuinely saved as a result of reading a CT..or any other type of tract for that matter then maybe I'll consider the arguments.....But I know that will never happen.

    Simply put.....a GOOD Gospel tract is a silent witness that POTENTIALLY keeps on "talking" long after the bearer and giver of it is long gone. There is virtually no time limit on it's potential usefulness. The Holy Spirit knows where EACH Gospel seed is laid or planted....and can use that "At Will". I never leave my house if I can help it without tracts in my pocket.

    Bro.Greg:saint:
     
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    On-Line Tracts

    Below are the links to several excellent "on-line" tracts that can be attached to emails or posted in forums and chat rooms:

    ALL THIS I DID FOR THEE.

    God's Simple Plan of Salvation

    The Good Person Test

    After Death-On-Line Tract

    God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation (same as above but different format)

    I hope these are helpful to all. The important thing is to keep the Good News spreading. That is our PRIME MISSION by whatever means we can employ that are not in violation of the Word of God!

    Bro.Greg:saint:
     
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    Hear,hear. We agree on something!
     
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    How can that be? He did not say which version of the Bible the tracts use.
     
  15. Yeshua1

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    Think Chick uses the Old testament only, brimstone edition!
     
  16. USN2Pulpit

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    True - but some of them are very good, while others...

    But that's the case with any company. I check them regardless of company, and use the ones I prefer.
     
  17. Gregory Perry Sr.

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    What Is Sad To Me Is......

    What is sad to me is that currently, 60% of the respondents to this poll/thread do NOT like Tracts (and probably wouldn't use them?) I regularly read/hear testimonies of people who have trusted Christ as Saviour after reading a Gospel Tract. It certainly is not the only/most effective means of sharing the Gospel but it is a good and viable one....even in this age where people are so absorbed in electronic media. They are STILL reading stuff...even if it is many times on a screen of some sort. (that is why I posted the E-tracts) Let's use whatever menas God provides us to get the message out. Including Chick Tracts :laugh:!

    Bro.Greg:saint:
     
  18. Mexdeaf

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    Tracts are generally not effective with the Deaf. The ones that are mostly pictures have some value, but an in-person or video presentation is much more effective.
     
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    Trying To Understand...

    Mex...please educate me...is there a problem among the deaf community with (visual) word comprehension? WHY are they more/less ineffective? I'm not disagreeing with you...just trying to understand why there might be a limitation. I KNOW it has nothing to do with intelligence. I appreciate your input on this Board (even when we disagree). For the record...our current Tract Ministry also features an audio tract on CD for people that may have reading or vision problems. We need to address the deaf community somehow. I'm open to effective suggestions.

    Bro.Greg:saint:
     
  20. Mexdeaf

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    The majority of Deaf people read modern day :)smilewinkgrin:) English at a third to fourth grade level, and most tend not to like to read at all. They are visual people - a picture is worth 1,000 written words and a good video is worth a million.

    Suggestions?

    Buy these- at $1 each they are not too expensive. Buy some and give the JW's a run for their money.

    https://www.deafvideo.com/You_Good_Person_You_10_pack.asp?catID=28

    Probably the best salvation video I have seen for the Deaf- I believe it is modeled after Ray Comfort's tract, "Are You a Good Person?" You can also watch it online at DVC's homepage for free.

    You can also watch it and listen to it on DVC's home page for free.

    This is also good - albeit more expensive:

    http://www.silentwordministries.org.../good-news-for-deaf-people-dvd-only-10-detail

    These people are Campbellites, but their video Bible is very good -

    http://www.deafmissions.com/?PageID=29
     
    #20 Mexdeaf, May 7, 2013
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