I ran into a friend at the coffee shop today. Somebody had left an Evangelism Tract near the business card section, which sparked conversation.
As we waited for our coffee, doubt crept in, and I wondered out loud, "Does anybody ever pick these up?"
Sometimes I wonder if these resources end up as church-litter…something that gets lost in all the other business cards, tear sheets for housekeeping, music lessons, and community announcements in that space at the local coffee shop.
My friend reminded me of Luke 15, that if 100 pamphlets went out and that Evangelism Tract caught the eye of just one person…to be what prompts inquiry…either to return home from a wayward season or sparks curiosity as an introduction to Christ, wouldn't it be worth it?
The Gospel tells us the joy in a soul found: And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6
and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7
I tell you that in the same way, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:5-7).
After our coffee was ready, we lingered to chat about how Christian Tracts can be used effectively in The Great Commission
The first thing we agreed on is that random pamphlets, papers, and cards *might* catch the eye of someone, but using Gospel Tracts for evangelism as a tool
to aid conversation is so much more effective.
We also agreed that the conversation is a crucial part of the equation.
There's a framework that he shared that's always helped him when looking to spread the Gospel
with the help of an Evangelism Tract: Prayer, Permission, and Personality.
First and foremost, PRAYER
is vital to the conversation. So pray before you begin, pray during the conversation and pray once you've closed that the Holy Spirit will work through you to communicate the message of the Gospel in a way that will be received.
Second is PERMISSION; when you are in conversation with someone and want to share the Gospel with confidence (and without the awkwardness), ask permission to share something important to you.
That part is essential. Tell them what you are about to share is important to you.
If we ask to share something important to us, it changes the context of the conversation. Being authentic and sharing from the heart allows you to evangelize by example. The positioning of the conversation then turns from "selling" to "sharing." When you have permission to share, the person with whom you speak has already said YES to listening…the barriers are down, and they've indicated that they are open to receiving a message.
Finally, personality is important. Share from your heart. Be authentic.
They should know that the conversation about the Gospel is in complete alignment with WHO you are as an Evangelical Christian…that your message comes from a place of love. We will win more souls for Christ by living the Gospel, and sharing His Word than trying to keep score and meet a quota on Evangelism Tracts given out.
So while nagging doubt crept into my mind when I saw the Evangelism Tract left at the coffee house, I realized that it had done exactly what it was intended to do! It wasn't just "church litter," but a physical nudge that prompted a Gospel conversation. I'm pretty sure would not have happened if it hadn't caught my attention. The presence of that Evangelism Tract
spurred dialogue about sharing the Word of God, which is EXACTLY what it is intended to do; be a tool that allows the Holy Spirit to work through you to share your faith with confidence and start a spiritual conversation without the awkwardness.
I'm glad that doubt crept in for a second at the coffee shop and grateful for the conversation this Evangelism Tract sparked with my friend. It reminded me that even among believers, conversation about the Gospel and how we share the Word
helps us all on our journey towards heaven.