QUESTION: WHAT IS TRACTS EVANGELISM? HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?
Study References: Hebrews 4:12, Mark 16:15-18, Acts 1:8.
The dictionary defines the word, “tract,” as: “a piece of writing expressing a strong belief, usually about religion or politics.” Therefore, a gospel tract is a piece of writing expressing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Tract evangelism is sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through tracts.
One effective way for Christians to share their faith is through the use of Gospel tracts.
Effective Gospel tracts emphasize.
(1) The sinfulness of man
(2) Who Jesus is
(3) Salvation by grace through faith apart from works
(4) The assurance of that free gift of salvation.
Tracts are helpful to use in situations where it is difficult to actually talk to a person in depth about the Gospel or when after having a conversation, you would like to leave the person with some follow-up material.
Tracts can make 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 spiritual things.
Tracts 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.
Tracts can speak to the person when they are ready, i.e. they don't read it until they want to.
Tracts can find their way into people's homes when we can't.
Tracts don't get into an argument. 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." 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.” I'm sure that if Paul had access to the printed page that we have access to, he would carry his convictions to the full.