Christopher000 wrote: Hi John, according to what I know, passing out tracts isn't your sole method of reaching out to the lost, correct? I believe it's just one of the things you've done, and/or, do, but not your sole effort, and not limited to that alone. The focus seems to be on the passing out of tracts, only, when, to my understanding, you're far more diversified, when it comes to reaching out to the lost, with the good news. Correct me if I'm wrong...
You're not wrong, Christopher. It is up to the Lord what he does with his servants.
Acts 16:6-10 KJV (6)¬† Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, (7)¬† After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. (8)¬† And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. (9)¬† And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us. (10)¬† And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: We can but trust Him that His Word will not come back empty but prosper. (Isaiah 55:11)
Thanks Bro US,
It reminded me of the Trinitarian Bible Society, who make colouring books for children which are pictures composed mainly of Bible verses.
They also make massive posters of Bible verses, which are bought by people who believe in the power of the word of God, and some people rent advertising space at railway stations and display them there.
Dr. Tim wrote: In May, three men told me they trusted Jesus Christ to save them after reading a gospel tract that I had given them.
I got saved reading a gospel tract.
Thanks for the encouragements, Dr Tim. I have given out thousands and thousands of gospel tracts over the years, and it would bring me such joy to see in heaven even one person who was saved through reading one of those tracts.
John 9 is becoming one of my favourite chapters of the whole Bible.
B. McCausland wrote: Thirdly, as pointed before, everyone is at different station of understanding and hardly a tract will do the trick for all. A tract cannot think and adjust to the hearer as a personal contact can.
Ah, I understand that. And I agree with it no problem. The trouble with it is, that in both England and Wales, you are not going to find "personal contacts" who are able and willing to be "personal contacts". Indeed, you will be hard pressed to find someone willing to give out tracts. And in 99 evangelical churches out of an hundred, if you ask to speak to the open air preacher, they will look at you with a vacant stare, mouth wide open.
So, what is your answer, in the real world?
Or are you sticking to the perfect but unattainable?
My answer has been to go out alone into the open air and preach the gospel and give out tracts, with or without a church's permission. And I have suffered on account of that, especially from the backslidden churches. And I still praise the Lord and worship him. And I will still ask people like yourself what you are doing to obey the commission of Jesus Christ to tell every person the gospel.
B. McCausland wrote: So in this sense you can perceive how the topic in question simplifies, because people need to be taught, say they need to be imparted the knowledge, or the 'words by which they might be saved'.
Sister, I understand the individual words in the paragraph above, but the way you have arranged the words, I cannot understand the meaning. So no, it doesn't help at all.
Could someone interpret the above paragraph and rewrite it in plain English? Thank you. Christopher? Anyone?
Biblical Christians wrote: Many tracts are pretty shallow and some dare I say useless. I'd wait a long time for a tract that explained 'sin' and 'repentance' and why we need Christ in the first place.
True. This is why I had two resources for tracts. 1. I used to write mine own tracts, all based on a different Bible verse, all gospel-oriented. I wrote them, published them using Serif PagePlus, and then distributed them. There must have been over thirty titles. 2. I would buy some from Revival Movement Association in Belfast, about seven titles which were the writings of J.C. Ryle. These also I distributed.
Only the Lord knows the effect some of these tracts had on those who received them.
I remember a time when God intervened in the affairs of men, and flooded the earth, killing the entire population of the planet bar eight. The next time will be the end of the world, and it could be very soon.
Frank wrote: Hey brother. I have just a moment, but I want to say great post and I couldn't agree more. My example is always the thief on the cross. I doubt very seriously if he could withstand one of my theology attacks, but he is with Christ. Salvation is of the Holy Spirit - period.
Yes indeed brother! The Holy Spirit is extremely powerful.
Now if a modern preacher, of the intellectual variety, was up on the roof of his house praying and fell into a trance (well, they don't seem to do that these days - maybe they should try it! ) and the Lord told him to prepare for a visitor, and go with him, and take a message to a man called Cornelius which would be instrumental in his salvation, I wonder if he would prepare a series of 50 minute sermons on the atonement of the cross, to be preached twice a day for three days?
When I tested out Simon Peter's actual message with my stopwatch, even speaking quite slowly, it worked out at 1 minute and thirty seconds. The Holy Spirit did not want to wait a moment longer. He saved all present in the room 90 seconds after Peter began speaking.
B. McCausland wrote: Nothing complicated, John. Though all is of God, it pleases him to gather his own by the preaching of the word. Sadly it seems you delight in creating straw men about the obvious and what it is mutually agreed upon, to which practice there is no intent on my part to entertain or follow up. Regards
Okay sister, the best thing for me to do is, whenever I don't understand whatever it is you are trying to put across, and you are not of a mind to put it into plain English, is just simply to ignore what you say, lest I run the risk of creating strawmen while trying to formulate an answer which I think might possibly have some relevance to the point you are highbrowingly trying to make, and incur your wrath, which thing I am keen to avoid; and for sure the best way to avoid it is simply to let you get on with whatever agenda you have, and if anyone else is at all interested, and they can grasp whatever it is you are saying and correctly respond, I will be delighted to just watch along and enjoy, same as I might sit back and enjoy a classical piece of opera music without understanding a word of it. Not that I like opera; it is purely an example.
B. McCausland wrote: John, you are aware of the answer to the balance discussed Take care
I don't understand the statement, but I will say this.
There is great good in teaching the word of God. It is different from the words of men, and through it, sinners can be born again. Note, 1 Peter 1:23, James 1:18, John 1:13.
I say "can" be born again, because not everyone who reads or is taught from the Bible "is" born again. Indeed, everyone is by nature "dead in trespasses and sins" until quickened by the Holy Ghost. Thusly, without the workings of God the Spirit, none would ever be born again, all would forever remain dead in sins because of their nature, continuing in sins, and without any thought of seeking after God.
Ephesians 2:4-5 KJV (4)¬† But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5)¬† Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved).
It is God's prerogative. He chooses who, when, and where. Christianity is not like an Alpha Course, where you come out with a pass certificate at the end. Christianity is God saving a sinner from his sins.
It's when God removes himself from China that they need to worry. Thankfully, so long as Christians are there, and they are witnessing to Christ, Jesus himself said (promised) "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."