Evangelizing: Handing Out Gospel Tracts

Landon ChapmanChristianity, Evangelism1 Comment

Romans 10:14-15 [ESV] “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'”

Before I begin, I want to make it very clear that as of the time this is being published I am not getting any kickbacks from Bezeugen, nor was I asked to write this article.  In fact, if it weren’t for the fact that no one reads my articles, I might be worried about them seeing this and requiring me to remove their logo from this site altogether.  That said, I couldn’t resist writing about how great the Bezeugen Tract Club is and encourage you to go and enroll immediately.

Truly regenerate Christians have a burning desire to see the lost turn to penitent faith in Christ and be saved.  Naturally, then, it logically follows that those same people will do all they can to spread the Gospel in the hopes of the Holy Spirit converting souls through those evangelistic efforts.  The great preacher, Charles Spurgeon, once said, “The very first service which my youthful heart rendered to Christ was the placing of tracts in envelopes, and then sealing them up, that I might send them… I used to write texts on little scraps of paper, and drop them anywhere, that some poor creatures might pick them up, and receive them as messages of mercy to their souls.1  Even a mighty man of God like Mr. Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers” handed out Gospel tracts such that the Holy Spirit might use one to begin a work in a man’s heart.

Are-you-a-good-person-front-icon-copyI’ve heard it from one too many pulpits in recent days, including my own previous church, that street evangelism in all its forms (door-to-door, tracts, street preaching, etc.) is no longer effective in today’s American society.  That’s absolute nonsense perpetuated by the seeker-sensitive megachurch model which indoctrinate its congregants into thinking “friendship evangelism” is the only effective means by which a person may “choose Jesus”.  Are there times where you will naturally build a relationship with someone which then allows you the ability to more easily speak into their life?  Sure.  Is that method the biblical prescription for evangelism?  No, it is not.

The biblical method of evangelism is the faithful proclamation of the truth of Scripture in conjunction with the living testimony of those who have been changed by that truth. When Jesus went about teaching the gospel message of salvation, He taught love and forgiveness, being kind and compassionate. But He went to sinners in order to convict them of their sins.2  Good quality Gospel tracts will use both the Law and the Gospel to strip away the pride of the reader and follow it up with the Good News of Christ’s glorious work on the Cross.

You have never truly found Jesus if you do not tell others about him.Charles Spurgeon

Handing out tracts is one of the easiest ways to spread the Good News.  You can use them to spark conversation or, if you’re still uncomfortable talking to strangers about your faith, you can leave them behind the different places you frequent (e.g. the gas pump card reader, McDonald’s drink counter, etc.).  The time will no doubt come when God will so burden you for the lost that compassion will swallow your fears and you will be wonderfully overwhelmed to speak the Gospel to people.

Get on out to your local shopping mall, football tailgate, college campus, concert, public parks and sidewalks, state or county fairs, any type of arts or music festival, professional sporting event, etc. and start spreading the Good News.  If you’re not sure how to start the conversation or simply how to hand out tracts effectively, visit here or here.  This is where the Bezeugen Tract Club is so awesome.  If you sign up, you will receive 30 tracts each month in the mail absolutely free of charge!  I’ve been utilizing this service and while it saves me money, it’s also a monthly reminder to get out there and spread the Gospel.

One quick testimonial I would like to share came from the Bezeugen website from a gentleman named Wally Austin.  Mr. Austin writes, “Last year a young couple stopped by (a trade booth where we were handing out tracts) and the lady shared that one night she was down in Deep Elum drinking and was drunk, walking along the sidewalk and someone handed her a Gospel tract. She said she had a feeling she should keep it and put it in her purse. The next day, when she was sober, she took it out and read it. She was convicted and repented and trusted in Jesus. She became a disciple and wanted to encourage us to keep handing them out.

Three-Minutes-to-Live-front-copy-iconWe simply do not know where, how, or when God the Holy Spirit will convict a lost person to penitent faith in Christ.  What we do know is that Paul told us in Romans, “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” (Romans 10:13-15)

Get some tracts and get out there and preach the Good News!

Go and make disciples, brethren.

Landon Chapman

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Founder of Entreating Favor, writer, and host of the Fire Away! podcast. He is an architect by vocation and professes the Bible to be the infallible, inerrant, Word of God. He and his wife Holly have two children.

Show 2 footnotes

  1. “Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834-1892: The Soul Winner.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834-1892: The Soul Winner. Heath Christian Bookshop, 1996. Web. 29 Jan. 2015. <http://www.spurgeon.org/heathbio.htm>.
  2. “What Is Friendship Evangelism?” GotQuestions.org. Web. 29 Jan. 2015.