WHY & HOW TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS
WHY USE GOSPEL TRACTS:
There’s a 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 many, many 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.
Testimonies: Tracts are proven to work. History records the testimony of many who were saved through tracts.
- Dr. Oswald J. Smith said, The only way to carry out the Great Commission will be by the means of the printed page.
- Rev. Billy Graham said, Nothing surpasses a tract for sowing the seed of the Good News.
- The Apostle Paul said, I might by any means save some.
- George Whitefield, a preacher of the Great Awakening, was saved by a Gospel tract? After reading it he wrote, “God showed me I must be born again or be damned.
- Hudson Taylor The great missionary to China, was also saved by reading a tract.
- Greg Koukl founder of Stand to Reason, God even used a Gospel tract as the tool that led him to Christ. He has stated that “some brave soul” put it in the bottom of his grocery bag while he was checking out.
- Joey Hancock of the American Tract Society said, Fifty-three percent of all who come to Christ worldwide come through the use of printed gospel literature. If we really care about the eternal salvation of those around us, how could we not carry tracts everywhere we go?
- 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.
- Charles Spurgeon said on the use of 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 may not have 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.
– Charles Spurgeon When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready, do not go out without your tracts. 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.
– Robert Murray M’Cheyne The smallest tract may be the stone in David’s sling. In the hands of Christ it may bring down a giant’s soul.
- Arthur Unknown; 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.
- Arthur Unknown; 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.
From Soul-Winning with tracts:
Dr Curtis Hutson; (True Story) A son of one of the chiefs of burdwain was converted by a single tract. He could not read, but he went to Rangoon, a distance of 250 miles. There a missionary`s wife taught him how to read, and in 48 hours he could read the tract through. He took a basket full of tracts, and with much difficulty preached the Gospel in his own home, and was the means of converting hundreds to Christ. He was a man of influence; the people flocked to hear him. In one year 1500 natives were saved and baptized in Arrecan as members of the church. That tract cost one cent!
From Bro. Jerry Alford TEAM Director; It was a tract God used to save me; when I got saved there was no one around to explain God`s word to me, there was no great preacher there to help me understand God`s word, I wasn`t in church, and hadn`t been in years, I was a lost truck driver who needed salvation and a Christian thank God someone handed me a gospel tract that I put in my duffle bag, when I got home a few weeks later while lying in bed I remembered that tract I went and got it, and after reading it I realized I was a sinner and deserved hell, that Jesus had paid my sin debt, and all I had to do was by faith believe the gospel and put my trust in Jesus alone as payment for my sins, that night I prayed trusted Jesus as my personal Saviour and Jesus saved me. Thank God for that silent preacher, and the Christian that handed it to me.
88 REASONS TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS:
1. A tract is good and helpful 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.
2. A tract does not flinch and show cowardice when the truth it conveys is not believed.
3. A tract can be used without fear, and tracts require no conversation so, many of the fears of evangelism most Christians experience are bypassed with tracts.
4. A tract never yields to the temptation to compromise the truth of the gospel of Christ.
5. A tract speaks clearly and right to the point.
6. A tract never argues back when it`s message is disputed, and it always sticks to the truth.
7. A tract has never lost its temper or became irritated.
8. Tracts are emotionless and do not experience the pain of rejection or the difficulties of confrontation.
9. A tract glorifies only Jesus as the Holy Spirit reveals the Word of God to its readers.
10. A tract never gets tired and never gives up.
11. A tract keeps on working after your sleeping, even when your unable to distribute it.
12. A tract is always ready to witness to its readers at any time and at any location.
13. A tract can get inside a house and stay there, even in secret places where you cannot gain entrance, to be revealed at a chosen time.
14. A tract has unlimited patience.
15. A tract can sit unobserved for decades only to be picked up and read at the right time by the right person.
16. A tract cost very little and travels inexpensively.
17. A tract works for next to nothing.
18. Sending missionaries and Christian workers around the globe costs unbelievable amounts of money. At pennies apiece, tracts are able to spread around the world in an economical way that doesn't drain the resources of the Church.
19. A tract travels by any mode or class and in all kinds of climate and weather conditions.
20. A tracts can end up anywhere, one of the most important facts about a tract is that it has the potential to arrive anywhere, at any time.
21. You may not be able to sit across from a governor's desk or an emperor's throne, but a tract has every possibility of ending up in such a place.
22. Even if you hand a tract to someone who never looks at it, the possibility is there that they might leave it accessible to someone else.
23. A tract requires no food, clothing, or shelter.
24. A tract is easily carried in a pocket, or purse, and between the pages of a book.
25. A tract can be used by anyone, any age, deaf, mute, crippled, or even in a wheelchair, anyone can use them, from age 2 to 102.
26. A tract can be placed in someone else's hands or in a place it is sure to be found.
27. A tract takes no special training or education; it can be used by either the intellectual or the uneducated, because no speaking skills are needed to convey its message.
28. A tract conveys a message that is never lost, like a sermon, and it can be read over and over again, long after you are gone and forgotten.
29. A tracts can be used with, or without, conversation.
30. A tract helps those that are uncomfortable talking to others, it can be as simple as handing it over and walking away.
31. A tract always catches a person in the right mood, because the Holy Spirit will always speak to the heart as the Word is being read.
32. A tract needs no translator when it is in the language of the reader, as the Holy Spirit reveals his word instantly to the reader.
33. A tract may be read by scores of people before God is finished with its purpose.
34. A tract is effective, what could be more effective than the gospel message in written form, 1 Peter 1:23?
35. People across the world have been drawn to Jesus and come to follow Him through gospel tracts.
36. A tract can do a great work for God and lead many people to the saving knowledge of Christ.
37. A tract can make an opening for us to share our faith.
38. A tract speaks to the person when they are ready, they don't have to read it until they want to.
39. Tracts are a great way for Christians to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the Gospel often and widely.
40. Tracts explain the Gospel clearly and simply so that the reader can make a decision to trust Christ (if he is at that point in his understanding and personal desire to believe).
41. Tracts go anywhere with you—work, school, vacation, shopping, repair shop, eating out, etc.
42. Tracts can accomplish their purpose anytime—day or night, winter or summer, good times or bad, “right now” or “later.”
43. Tracts can take advantage of a special event or activity—elections, sports, etc.—by taking that interest and relating God’s truth to it.
44. Tracts inject spiritual truth through specialized Gospel messages during seasons such as Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Halloween, etc.
45. Tracts often get read by more than one person.
46. Tracts are “portable”—carry them in your pocket, purse, planner, notebook, or laptop bag.
47. Tracts are also portable when used for large outreaches. Just one person can pack and carry several thousand tracts.
48. Tracts can be used in quantity, multiplying your witnessing opportunities.
49. Tracts can be distributed as part of your normal routine (if you’re living a consistent Christian life).
50. Tracts are available in a variety of designs.
51. Tracts address subjects that are current as well as topics that are timeless.
52. Tracts give God’s point of view about life and death issues.
53. Tracts get their point across in an easy-to-read, brief format suited for a generation raised on sound-bites, e-mails, and texting.
54. Tracts cross age and gender differences.
55. Tracts cross ethnic and cultural barriers.
56. Tracts cross socio-economic barriers.
57. Tracts may contain the only portion of God’s Word some people will ever read.
58. Tracts give their message when the reader is ready to receive it.
59. Tracts continue to repeat their message as often as necessary.
60. Tracts can start a conversation.
61. Tracts reinforce what you say about the Gospel in a conversation, talk, or sermon.
62. Tracts get their message across when no conversation is possible—in a letter, with a bill payment, or when you have only seconds with another person.
63. Tracts can address difficult issues (when written by an expert) on which you aren’t an expert.
64. Tracts can communicate to a non-reader who asks someone to read it to him.
65. Tracts generally add their message to other factors from the reader’s past that may eventually lead that person to salvation.
66. Tracts are a testimony—even if the recipient doesn’t read the whole message, they are reminded of their need of Christ.
67. Tracts provide a point of reference for the reader to find spiritual help by contacting the publisher, church, individual, or website listed on the back.
68. Tracts can directly address certain beliefs—like Islam, Catholicism, and Mormonism—comparing them with Biblical truth.
69. Tracts can be adapted to share their message through various media to reach people and places that you cannot otherwise visit.
70. Tracts can work 24 hours a day.
71. Tracts contain portions of Scripture, which God will use and bless. Isaiah 55:10-11
72. Tracts can be put in pockets of used clothing given away.
73. Tracts can be handed out at stadium entrances before sporting events, concerts, etc.
74. Tracts can be included in a mailing to people in your community—or around the world.
75. Tracts can be handed to store employees, check-out clerks, valets, etc.
76. Tracts can be left in returned library books.
77. Tracts can be placed in tract racks in stores and other public places—with permission, of course.
78. Tracts can be Left behind or given to hospital and nursing home patients while visiting.
79. Tracts can be placed in each box or bag of merchandise you sell.
80. Tracts can be given with Christmas cookies (or gifts) to neighbors each year.
81. Tracts can be given to attendees of church choral programs at Easter and Christmas.
82. Tracts can be handed to anyone who has helped you at a store, given you a haircut, serviced your car, or worked in your house.
83. Tracts can be taken overseas on short-term missions trips in the language of the country being visited.
84. Tracts can be handed out during special community outreach programs and events like fall festivals, Christmas programs, etc.
85. Tracts can be placed on a business counter or in an office for people to pick up.
86. Tracts can be included in disaster relief packages.
87. Tracts can be placed in Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets that are given to needy community families.
88. Tracts can be included in annual letters for a clear gospel witness.
HOW TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS:
1. Carry them with you everywhere.
2. Pray, and ask God to put you in the right place to leave or hand out at the right time, handing the right message to the right person. He will do it. Without the power and presence of God in our efforts, they are useless. But with His help, the simple action of handing over a piece of paper can change the world.
3. Leave them where they can be found, but don't litter.
4. Hand them to people,you'd be surprised how many tracts you can give away in a short period of time by standing in a populated area and extending your hand without a word. Some will take them and some won't, but don't be discouraged. You've got to work through some "no's" to see some "yes's."
5. Smile and talk to people, Be friendly. some of the easiest ways to introduce the tracts is to say: Have you seen one of these; Can I share this with you; Can I give you something; Can I give you something good to read; Are you saved, if you died today would you go to heaven.
6. Engage in conversation, hand them a tract and tell them your story. Testimonies change lives.
7. Offer to Pray with people, ask them Is there anything I can pray for you about." Sometimes this is exactly what a person needs; give them tract when you leave.
SOME RULES TO FOLLOW WHEN USING TRACTS:
1. Obey all local ordinances. (Some areas or stores, including the US Post Office, have prohibited the distribution of literature). This also includes littering, etc.
2. Always leave two or more copies of a tract so someone will feel better about not taking the last one. Plus you'll double the number of souls witnessed to!
3. Most importantly, ask God to use you, seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit for each tract placed, and then pray for the Lord of harvest to bless it.
4. When distributing the Gospel, be sure to do so in a way that brings glory and honor to God. With that in mind, here are some things to avoid.
5. Don’t litter—tracts left outdoors where wind can easily blow them around become a nuisance to those who have to clean them up.
6. Don’t leave tracts in Post Offices or other places where literature is prohibited.
7. Don’t force tracts on people.
8. Don’t be rude when someone turns down your tract.
9. Don’t trespass.
10. When you leave tracts on houses put them where they won`t get wet and make a mess.
11. Don’t leave a tract and not a tip it is a very poor testimony.
12. Don’t use bad tracts. make sure they contain the true Gospel message.
13. Don’t use tracts that you haven’t read. Make sure to study the message (and all referenced Scriptures) so you are familiar with what you are distributing.
14. Seek God’s guidance and blessing as to when and where to leave or hand them out.
WHERE TO LEAVE, OR HAND OUT GOSPEL TRACTS.
If you have never given out tracts, why not begin today? If you are fearful when it comes to witnessing, here’s something you can do that doesn’t take much courage. Simply leave a gospel tract at some of the places listed below.
In shopping carts
In grocery bags
In clothes pockets in store, or yard sale clothes
In letters to loved ones
On seats in restaurant lobbies.
With fast-food employees, cashiers, and gas station workers.
On ATM machines and bank counters.
In junk mail, throw the junk mail away and put a tract in the prepaid envelope.
On ice machines.
In doctor offices and hospitals.
With flight attendants and cab drivers.
In plane seat pockets.
Many Christians also give gospel tracts and candy to children who knock on their door during Halloween.
Leave in phone booths. (If you can find one)
Put in greeting & holiday cards.
Leave at roadside rests areas
Put on car windows in parking lots, (under windshield wiper)
Leave on sitting areas of shopping malls
Pass out door to door.
Pass out to fellow campers.
Tack up on bulletin boards.
Put in pockets of used clothing given away.
Leave in dressing rooms of clothing stores.
Pass out at parades, festivals, and special events.
Leave in city parks on benches, etc.
Put in helium-filled balloons.
Leave at funeral homes.
Leave in newspaper machines or racks.
Hand out at stadium entrances, etc.
Put in sealed bottles in the ocean.
Mail out to names in a telephone book.
Leave in Laundromats.
Give to attendants at parking garages, or toll booths.
Leave in motel rooms (in the drawers, telephone book, etc.)
Leave in glove compartment of car you test drive.
Include in bills paid by mail.
Slip in pump handles at self-serve gas stations.
Hand to store employees, check-out clerks.
Leave in returned library books.
Put in magazines in waiting rooms.
Put up tract racks in stores, beauty parlors.
Leave in prisons, and prison chapels.
Leave in bank where deposit slips are.
Leave in restrooms at restaurants, etc.
Leave with a tip in restaurants.
Give to hospital and nursing home patients.
Leave on tables at flea markets.
Hand out at zoos, picnic areas, beaches.
Leave on seats on bus, cab, airplane, etc.
Leave in locker at gym or health club.
Pass out on busy street corners.
Put in mouth of vending machines.
Leave in cafeteria or break room at work, and school.
Leave for newspaper boy, or all delivery`s.
Put in each box or bag of merchandise sold.
Put in airport lounges, bus terminals.
Send to parents in birth announcements.
Give to students at Vacation Bible School and Sunday School.
Rent booths at fairs for tract displays.