I took a calculated risk at Hope Chapel Hill Country today by preaching on evangelism. It was a fun sermon, with videos, on how to share our faith by simply asking one question…then running away. It’s also a nice reminder on why using Gospel tracts are so important. Perhaps you will want to teach this at your church. Use anything you want. Videos are included as well. Enjoy.
Sharing Your Faith w/One Question
Mark 16:15: Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.
Bill Bright: 2% of Christians share their faith.
Think about it: How many of you have had a born again Christian share with you about Jesus over two times in the past five years?
Paul wrote this in Philemon 6 (NIV ’84): “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”
The Living Bible: And I pray that as you share your faith with others it will grip their lives too, as they see the wealth of good things in you that come from Christ Jesus. (Explain)
I have found, after being an evangelism pastor for over 10 years at my other church, that people have many reasons for not sharing their faith.
Take a look at this video and see if you can relate to any of these?
While I’m sure that one of these eight reasons might be yours, I think we could narrow them down to just two: fear and not knowing what to say.
But what if I showed you a way this morning where you could share your faith by asking only one question and one question only? Do you think you might be able to do it?
As you know I’ve challenged you to invite people to church, but what if, at the same time, you asked this one question that would motivate people to actually come?
I’m not joking. All you have to do is ask one simple question…then run away.
But after you have asked this question, people would then understand God’s standard for getting to Heaven, the consequences if they fall short of His standard, and the solution through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection on their behalf. They may even thank you after you ask this question, too!
2 Cor. 5:17-20 (ESV)—Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.
Did you get that? He entrusted to us the message of reconciliation! We are Christ’s ambassadors! He uses us to make his appeal for lost sinners to be reconciled to him.
If you are willing to ask this one question, and practice asking it, then you will get excited all over again about your faith because you will be doing something for God!
Romans 10:15—“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
You will also have the opportunity to make an eternal difference in the lives of your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers—even strangers.
You can ask this question of atheists, agnostics, Muslims, Jews, Catholics, New Agers, Mormons, Hare Krishnas, intellectuals, evolutionists and relativists without knowing one thing about apologetics or their beliefs.
But you will have to put into practice what you learn. Be willing to step out in faith and watch God work in your life—and in the lives of others.
So this morning, I will show you how to share your faith by asking just one simple six word question.
But before I do I want to give you an effective tool so you can start sharing your faith immediately: That tool is a Gospel Tract.
What is a Gospel tract? A Gospel tract is a piece of Gospel literature, usually written in a simple, concise format, to be handed out to anybody.
People can read the tract, believe, and repent! Simple. It is the easiest way to share your faith. If you get nothing else out of this morning, you will learn how valuable these tools are.
Who in here has handed out a Gospel tract before?
Pronounce the word with me: TRACT! Not TRACK, but TRACT! TRACT! “CT” on the end of the word.
For some reason, Gospel Tracts have fallen out of favor in recent years, but they are highly effective and every Christian should, at the very least, share their faith in this way.
“Wait a minute,” you may protest. “The apostles and the early church didn’t use tracts.” That’s true. But if they had a printing press, they sure would have.
Question: Why should Christians use Gospel tracts? Answer: Because God uses them.
A tract was used to save George Whitefield (1714-1770), a preacher of the 17th century who helped bring about The Great Awakening in America. After reading it he said, “God showed me I must be born-again or be damned.”
A tract also was also used to bring the first great China missionary, Hudson Taylor (1832-1905) to faith.
Read some of these quotes from some power preachers of the past:
R. A. Torrey (1856-1928): “Oftentimes people who are too proud to be talked with, will read a tract when no one is looking. There is many a man who would [reject] you if you tried to speak to him about his soul, who will read a tract if you leave it on his table, or in some other place where he comes upon it accidentally, and that tract may be used for his salvation.”
Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892): “When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract read… 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.”
BILLY GRAHAM: “Nothing surpasses a tract for sowing the seed of the Good News.”
Let me show you a few very cool tracts. These aren’t your grandma’s Gospel tracts:
- Hundred dollar bills.
- Illusion tracts.
- Comic book tracts: A tough ex-Marine friend of mine, Mike Stockwell, travels the world as an itinerant evangelist. These are his favorites.
And my favorites: trillions and millions dollar bills!
Each of these unique tracts has the entire Gospel on it, some longer, some shorter. God may even use one of them to win a celebrity to the Lord. Watch this:
Okay. Are you ready for me to give you that one six word question that delivers the entire Gospel? Hang on.
First, let me give you 7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD USE A GOSPEL TRACT
1) It provides a great opening to share our faith.
2) They witness for us if we are too timid.
3) They speak to individuals when they are ready; people don’t read them until they want to.
4) They can find their way into people’s homes when we can’t.
5) They don’t get into arguments; they just state their case.
6) Tracts are also a great way to close a conversation. They may forget what you say, but the tract you hand them will speak loud and clear.
7) Use tracts to send to people at a distance. Seal them up in an envelope, put on a stamp, and mail it. Or put it in a postage-paid envelope sent to you by a credit card company.
A spokesman for the American Tract Society: “53% of all who come to Christ worldwide come through the use of printed Gospel literature.”
The Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), said, “[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 have the hand of the diligent.”
Let’s say that all you want to do, or all you are going to do, is hand out tracts when you share your faith. I say, “Good!” You will be sharing your faith. And who knows what difference you will make?!
So, here’s that one question that allows you to share the entire Gospel with a loved one, friend or stranger.
Are you sitting down? You take your Gospel tract out of your pocket, hold it out for your friend, neighbor, loved one or stranger to see and simply ask: “Did you get one of these?”
Let’s practice: Turn to one another and practice saying it.
This is the lowest rung of evangelism possible; it’s the least you can do but one of the greatest things you can do.
Do you feel sorry for lost sinners heading to Hell?
David Livingston (1813-1873): “Sympathy is no substitute for action.”
C.T. Studd said: “Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of Hell.”
Jesus said: Mark 16:15: Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.