Tracts Sermon Illustrations

Tracts Sermon Illustrations

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Only a Tract

It's only a tract! You may tear it,
And crumple it up in your hand;
The wind, as it passes, may bear it
And scatter it over the land.

It's only a tract! You may spurn it,
And deem it unworthy a thought;
May ridicule, trample, and burn it,
Despise it, and set it at naught.

It's only a tract! But it telleth
Of holiness, happiness, Heaven;
Where God in eternity dwelleth
With sinners His love has forgiven.

It speaks of a future in glory,
Of present enjoyment and bliss;
And will you neglect a message,
So loving, so joyous as this?

It whispers, "No matter how hardened,
No mater how vile you have been,
You may at this moment be pardoned
And saved from the bondage of sin."

It points to the Substitute dying,
The Sinless, for sinners like you.
Oh, soul, on His merits relying,
Come, prove that its message is true!

It is but a tract! Yet its warning
Is whispered in Jesus' own voice;
And at thy acceptance or scorning
Either Heaven or hell will rejoice!—Selected.

Objectors Silenced

There are those who object to tract work because they have seen tracts on the sidewalks which were discarded by the recipients. True, some of the tracts distributed may be wasted, but the work is abundantly worthwhile even making that allowance. (Luke 8:5-8).

When tracts are printed in very large quantities, an attractive two-page tract can often be produced at the rate of twenty-five for one cent, and a four-page tract at a dozen for a cent. At that rate one must see from a dozen to twenty-five tracts thrown away before the thought of wasting one cent could be entertained.

On the other hand, seeing a tract on the sidewalk by no means proves it wasted. A man wrote from Newark, N. J., saying he was walking to his work one rainy morning and noticed a piece of printed paper on the sidewalk which had been trampled upon. He was in a reading mood and although the paper was wet and dirty, he stooped, picked it up and perused it. He said: "The paper proved to be a tract entitled: `$35,000 Spurned For a Son.' As I read it, I thought of ten persons to whom I should like to give a copy. The tract bears your imprint, so would you please send me some extra copies of it?" The extra copies were cheerfully sent — so that discarded tract led to an increased circulation of itself.

Someone may say: "I have seen a tract taken from an envelope and hurled into the wastepaper basket." Granted. But even then you cannot be positive that it is wasted. A janitress in New York City wrote saying she had found a tract in a waste-paper basket and she liked it so well she was sending a dime for a quantity.

Another person may say: "I saw tracts torn to pieces and scattered to the winds." Maybe so — but if you concluded that that was wasted effort and material on the part of the tract worker, you may be mistaken! A person writing from a distance said he had found a piece of paper the title of which he didn't know for it was torn off. "But," said he, "there was sufficient left to show me my condition and my Saviour and to inform me where I could secure more such literature. So I am sending to you for a sample packet of all your literature as I should love to read the missing part of this paper!"—Tracts and Their Use by Olson.

Look to Jesus

An earnest city missionary in New York was passing through the tramcars going down to Fulton Ferry, distributing a little card, which read: "When tempted, when in despair, when sick, when dying, look to Jesus!" One of these cards fell into the hands of a passenger on the car, who read it. As the man who gave it to him started out of the car, the passenger followed him and said, "Friend, let me speak a word to you. I have just buried my wife and two children and I have been unfortunate in business. Life is a blank to me; it is as dark as midnight. I was on my way to Fulton Ferry, thinking I would end it all down there in the river, but the little card you gave me has given me hope!"—Dr. A. C. Dixon.

Tract Distribution Works

Ever since the invention of printing, God has been pleased to use the printed page as a means of getting His Word into the hands and hearts of men. John Wesley saw the importance of the printed page and wrote hundreds of tracts which he distributed in great quantities as he visited town after town on horseback. Think of the chain of blessing that has resulted through the conversion of Hudson Taylor who was brought to Christ as he read a tract that had been placed in one of Ins father's books.
I know that tract distribution works today because I have seen it work. In a New York subway, I watched a little girl of eleven pass through the cars and give tracts to 400 people. In a few minutes she reached more people with the Word of Life than some churches do in a whole week or month.

The other day a serviceman in a California hospital wrote telling of his conversion through a tract. In his letter he passed on a dollar and asked that we send more tracts of the same kind that he might give to his buddies as they lay in their beds with plenty of time to think.

Hitchhiking one day, a Canadian evangelist noticed a farmer plowing in his field. Upon seeing his lunch box by the fence post a little further down the road, the evangelist opened the bucket and placed a tract on top of the lunch. The farmer had been troubled about his soul. At noon when he saw the tract in his lunch bucket, he did not understand how it came to be there but its contents were a message from God, and the tract was the means of his conversion.

Tract distribution works... and every Christian should be a consistent distributor of the Word of Life in tract form. Our generation is hungry for the Word of Life. We must feed them. The tract is only a tiny morsel, but may he used by God in the salvation of a precious soul.

Someone has said, "The Pen is mightier than the sword." In the great challenging days ahead, we must be pre pared to reach the great masses of people with the pen. In America, in our own Gospel enlightened country, there are 27,000,000 young people who do not darken the doors of any church. One way to reach this great number is by the printed page. I believe that printed page evangelism should be one of the means in God's hand in getting the Gospel to the uttermost parts of the world. Christian, He needs YOU. He needs your feet to go. He needs your hands to give out the Word of Life!—Clyde H. Dennis Director, Tract club of America.

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