Gospel tracts come in many different varieties, but are essentially pieces of paper with the printed gospel message on them. Some of the most popular gospel tracts are in the form of dollar bills that often have dollar values that don't actually exist as real money. Gospel tracts are a great way to share the gospel when it may not be appropriate or desirable to spend the time verbally sharing it.
Charles Spurgeon has been quoted saying "When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready...get good striking tracts, or none at all...therefore, do not go out without your tracts." Charles Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, is saying that sometimes it may not be appropriate to share the gospel through preaching, and the circumstances may not be ideal to engage in a private conversation about the gospel. In those cases, use a good gospel tract. I can only assume that Spurgeon would want a gospel tract that contains a clear, concise, biblical gospel tract that contained both the bad news that sin is breaking God's law and the punishment for it is death and eternity in hell, and of course, the good news that Jesus Christ suffered and died on the cross to pay the price for sinners who would believe in Him.
Why should Christians use Gospel tracts? The short answer is "Christians should use Gospel tracts, because God uses Gospel tracts." The Apostle Paul said, "To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" (1 Corinthians 9:22). If the Apostle Paul meant "by all means," he surely would have used gospel tracts as a means to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all, that some might be saved. While I don't support everything that the aging Billy Graham says, I do agree with him when he said of Gospel Tracts: "Nothing surpasses a tract for sowing the seed of the Good News." Here's ten more reasons to use Gospel tracts to share the gospel of Jesus with others:
Ten Reasons to Use Gospel Tracts
- Gospel tracts are a very economical form of evangelism
- Gospel tracts work while we sleep
- Gospel tracts have the ability to get into a house and stay there
- Gospel tracts are never afraid or show cowardice
- Gospel tracts are never tempted to compromise their message
- Gospel tracts never get tired, discouraged or give up
- Gospel tracts stick to what they have to say and never argue
- Gospel tracts can present the message when don't have time
- Gospel tracts can go to places where we cannot
- Gospel tracts get people in the mood – they only speak when they are read
Great Places to Get Biblical Gospel Tracts
... and more. Of course, there are many sources on and off the internet of gospel tracts, but be cautious which ones you buy and hand out. Some gospel tracts do not include the needed information and, even worse, some include inaccurate or misleading information. Check out this article from C.A.R.M. about which gospel tracts to choose. If you're still not convinced that the use of gospel tracts is biblical, pray about it, read this article, and feel free to share your thoughts or comments below.