"Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:11)"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy." (Matthew 2:10)
"Thou shalt call His Name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)"God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) "Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross." (Hebrews 12:2)
JESUS IS RISEN!
"Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead…. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy." (Matthew 28:5-8)
"While He blessed them, He was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy." (Luke 24:51,52) "Rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father." (John 14:28) "God … set Him at His own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion." (Ephesians 1:17-21)
JESUS IS COMING AGAIN!
"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout … and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17) "In Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." (Psalm 16:11)
JESUS GIVES GREAT JOY!
Do you want to have this great joy? God's Word promises eternal joy in heaven if you, as a guilty sinner, put your faith and trust in Jesus as your Saviour. (Revelation 21:1-4; John 3:16) He also promises joy in this life for the believer who follows the Saviour, making Him Lord of his life. "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full." (John 15:11)
NO JOY WITHOUT JESUS!
If you do not have Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, you cannot have true peace and joy, either in this life or in the life to come. When the Lord comes, you will be left behind and the door to heaven will be forever shut. (Matthew 25:10-13) Instead of great joy, you will experience "weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Luke 13:25-28) in hell "where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." (Mark 9:43-48)
Trust Christ today as your Saviour, submit your life to His leading, and know great joy both now and forever.
The angel's message announcing the birth of A Saviour was reason for great joy to the world. All through the ages of man's history—from the day sin first entered the world—man awaited the promised coming of A Saviour. God had declared that the seed of the woman would bruise the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). Now that great anticipated moment had come with the One born of a virgin whose name was called "Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). Jesus is A Saviour, Christ the Lord.
The angel's announcement was to bring joy "to all people"—not just to the shepherds that heard the angel's voice, but to all the world. Jesus Christ did not come to save only a certain group, or class, or race of people. As He was teaching and preaching, some of the Samaritans, who were at enmity with the Jews, believed on Him, saying, He is "THE Saviour of the world" (John 4:42). All the centuries had proven both the need of A Saviour, and the lack of "THE Saviour." No one was able to remove sin and set man free from its consequences, until the Lamb of God came to take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). Only One can say, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" (John 14:6). Yes, Jesus is THE Saviour.
We learn more about this blessed One from His mother, who declared concerning Him, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God MY Saviour" (Luke 1:46,47). This was He who came in lowly grace, born of a virgin, totally apart from the sinful nature of fallen man. For our salvation, it was needful that THE Saviour could lay one hand upon the divine throne and the other upon poor, fallen humanity, completely satisfying God's claims and man's need. As God incarnate, the Lord Jesus Christ paid the full penalty for sin by His death on the cross. That work of redemption was fully accepted by a holy God in that Jesus was raised from the dead, and is now seated at His Father's right hand in glory.
It was faith in Jesus Christ that enabled Mary to call Him "MY Saviour." Though Jesus has done the saving work, not all people are saved. Many refuse Him. Others try to save themselves through some works that they think will merit God's salvation. Still others do not see the peril of being eternally lost in hell's damnation. Only by a personal trust in the Lord Jesus as MY Saviour can a sinner be saved from his sins (Luke 18:13,14).
Is Jesus YOUR Saviour? The answer is either yes or no. There is no room for maybe, or even hope so. He will be YOUR Saviour when you believe in your heart that Christ died for your sins and was raised again for your justification (Romans 4:24,25). Trust Him now, and be saved forever. Then He will not only be A Saviour born in Bethlehem and THE Saviour of many others, but YOUR Saviour.
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
Using good-quality Gospel Tracts gives every Christian a simple and effective way to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
1. Tracts can get inside homes and stay there. You can’t.
2. Tracts never lose their temper or become involved in arguments.
3. Tracts never flinch or show cowardice.
4. Tracts can stick to the point without compromising.
5. Tracts never get discouraged.
6. Tracts are willing to be sent anywhere.
7. Tracts can work 24 hours a day.
8. Tracts are not expensive.
9. Tracts can be read many times over.
10. Tracts contain portions of Scripture, which God will use and bless (Isaiah 55:10,11).
11. Tracts can be used without fear.
12. Tracts have unlimited patience.
13. Tracts are a great way for Christians to fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the Gospel often and widely.
14. Tracts are easy to give to another person with a smile and some encouragement to read them.
15. Tracts explain the Gospel clearly and simply so that the reader can make a decision to trust Christ (if he is at that point in his understanding and personal desire to believe).
16. Tracts go anywhere with you—work, school, vacation, shopping, repair shop, eating out, etc.
17. Tracts can accomplish their purpose anytime—day or night, winter or summer, good times or bad, “right now” or “later.”
18. Tracts can take advantage of a special event or activity—elections, sports, etc.—by taking that interest and relating God’s truth to it.
19. Tracts inject spiritual truth through specialized Gospel messages during seasons such as Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Halloween, etc.
20. Tracts are proven to work. History records the testimony of many who were saved through tracts.
21. Tracts often get read by more than one person.
22. Tracts are “portable”—carry them in your pocket, purse, planner, notebook, or laptop bag.
23. Tracts are also portable when used for large outreaches. Just one person can pack and carry several thousand tracts.
24. Tracts can be used in quantity, multiplying your witnessing opportunities.
25. Tracts can be distributed as part of your normal routine (if you’re living a consistent Christian life).
26. Tracts are available in a variety of designs and formats to suit your tastes and preferences.
27. Tracts address subjects that are current as well as topics that are timeless.
28. Tracts give God’s point of view about life and death issues.
29. Tracts get their point across in an easy-to-read, brief format suited for a generation raised on sound-bites, e-mails, and texting.
30. Tracts cross educational hurdles and are available on various “grade” levels.
31. Tracts can communicate in languages you don’t speak.
32. Tracts cross age and gender differences.
33. Tracts don’t require a degree, special giftedness, training, or experience to use.
34. Tracts never compromise their message.
35. Tracts cross socio-economic barriers.
36. Tracts may contain the only portion of God’s Word some people have ever read.
37. Tracts never get tired.
38. Tracts give their message when the reader is ready to receive it.
39. Tracts continue to repeat their message as often as necessary.
40. Tracts cross ethnic and cultural barriers.
41. Tracts can start a conversation.
42. Tracts reinforce what you say about the Gospel in a conversation, talk, or sermon.
43. Tracts get their message across when no conversation is possible—in a letter, with a bill payment, or when you have only seconds with another person.
44. Tracts can address difficult issues (when written by an expert) on which you aren’t an expert.
45. Tracts can communicate to a non-reader who asks someone to read it to him.
46. Tracts generally add their message to other factors from the reader’s past that may eventually lead that person to salvation.
47. Tracts are a testimony—even if the recipient doesn’t read the whole message, they are reminded of their need of Christ.
48. Tracts provide a point of reference for the reader to find spiritual help by contacting the publisher, church, individual, or website listed on the back.
49. Tracts can directly address certain beliefs—like Islam, Catholicism, and Mormonism—comparing them with Biblical truth.
50. Tracts can be adapted to share their message through various media to reach people and places that you cannot otherwise visit.
WAYS TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS
Hopefully the following list will give you some ideas of how you can put the “silent missionaries” to work. No matter where or how you choose to distribute tracts, seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit for each tract placed, and then pray for the Lord of the harvest to bless the seed sown.
51. Tracts can be placed in greeting cards.
52. Tracts can be passed out door to door.
53. Tracts can be shared with fellow campers.
54. Tracts can be posted on bulletin boards in public areas.
55. Tracts can be put in pockets of used clothing given away.
56. Tracts can be passed out at parades, festivals, and other special gatherings.
57. Tracts can be handed out at stadium entrances before sporting events, concerts, etc.
58. Tracts can be left in laundromats.
59. Tracts can be included in a mailing to people in your community—or around the world.
60. Tracts can be given to attendants at parking garages, toll booths, etc.
61. Tracts can be left in motel rooms (in the drawers, telephone book, etc.)
62. Tracts can be included in bills paid by mail.
63. Tracts can be handed to store employees, check-out clerks, valets, etc.
64. Tracts can be left in returned library books.
65. Tracts can be put with other reading materials in waiting rooms.
66. Tracts can be placed in tract racks in stores and other public places—with permission, of course.
67. Tracts can be enclosed with letters to prisoners, pen-pals, etc.
68. Tracts can be left with a (generous) tip in restaurants
69. Tracts can be given to hospital and nursing home patients while visiting.
70. Tracts can be handed out at zoos, picnic areas, and beaches.
71. Tracts can be left on a seat in a bus, cab, plane, etc.
72. Tracts can be left in a locker at the gym.
73. Tracts can be passed out on busy street corners.
74. Tracts can be given out on college campuses.
75. Tracts can be left in the break room or cafeteria at work or school.
76. Tracts can be left for paper and mail carriers, etc.
77. Tracts can be placed in each box or bag of merchandise you sell.
78. Tracts can be placed in airport lounges, or distributed in bus, train, and subway stations.
79. Tracts can be given to students at Vacation Bible School and Sunday School.
80. Tracts can be given away from booths rented during fairs or carnivals.
81. Tracts can be given with Christmas cookies (or gifts) to neighbors each year.
82. Tracts can be given to attendees of church choral programs at Easter and Christmas.
83. Tracts can be handed to anyone who has helped you at a store, given you a haircut, serviced your car, or worked in your house.
84. Tracts can be taken overseas on short-term missions trips in the language of the country being visited.
85. Tracts can be handed out during special community outreach programs and events like fall festivals, Christmas programs, etc.
86. Tracts can be placed on a business counter or in an office for people to pick up.
87. Tracts can be included in disaster relief packages.
88. Tracts can be placed in Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets that are given to needy community families.
89. Tracts can be included with Christmas cards and annual letters for a clear gospel witness.
90. Tracts can be given out during appointments with doctors and health care workers.
WAYS NOT TO USE GOSPEL TRACTS
When distributing the Gospel, be sure to do so in a way that brings glory and honor to God. With that in mind, here are some things to avoid.
91. Don’t litter—tracts left outdoors can easily blow around and become a nuisance to those who have to clean them up.
92. Don’t leave tracts in Post Offices or other places where literature is prohibited.
93. Don’t force tracts on people.
94. Don’t be rude when someone turns down your tract.
95. Don’t trespass.
96. Don’t leave tracts on houses or cars where they can get wet and make a mess.
97. Don’t leave a tract in place of a tip (or with a tip of less than 15%)—it is a very poor testimony.
98. Don’t use bad tracts. Make sure they are attractive and contain the true Gospel message.
99. Don’t use tracts that you haven’t read. Make sure to study the message (and all referenced Scriptures) so you are familiar with what you are distributing.
100. Don’t do it alone—seek God’s guidance and blessing at every turn.
“Nothing surpasses a tract for sowing the seed of the Good News.” –Billy Graham
“When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready . . . get good striking tracts, or none at all. A touching gospel tract may be the seed of eternal life. Therefore, do not go out without your tracts. Let each one of us, if we have done nothing for Christ, begin to do something now. The distribution of tracts is the first thing.” –Charles Spurgeon
“The smallest tract may be the stone in David’s sling. In the hands of Christ it may bring down a giant’s soul.” –Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Did you know that George Whitefield, a preacher of the Great Awakening, was saved by a Gospel tract? After reading it he wrote, “God showed me I must be born again or be damned.”
The great missionary to China, Hudson Taylor, was also saved by reading a tract.
God even used a Gospel tract as the tool that led Greg Koukl, founder of Stand to Reason, to Christ. He has stated that “some brave soul” put it in the bottom of his grocery bag while checking out.
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
The Bible is the only inspired, inerrant authority for Christian Faith, and it contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness.
Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
Justification is by faith alone. The full righteousness of Christ imputed to us by faith (comprised of His active and passive obedience) is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are remitted.
Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
Christ is Prophet, Priest and King; the only mediator through whose work we are redeemed.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
Salvation comes by God's grace or "unmerited favor" alone — not as something merited by the sinner. This means that salvation is an unearned gift from God.
Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)
All glory is to be due to God alone, since salvation is accomplished solely through His will and action — not only the gift of the all-sufficient atonement of Jesus on the cross but also the gift of faith in that atonement, created in the heart of the believer by the Holy Spirit.
Based on SCRIPTURE alone, we can affirm that justification is by GRACE alone, through FAITH alone, because of CHRIST alone, for the GLORY OF GOD alone.