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Is christian track distribution part of evangelizing?

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Yes, I believe they are.. However, When I hand them out I always say something about my Savior, Jesus Christ.
---catherine on 4/25/10

Mark E ... I was not referring to any war between our two countries.

As to burglarize, maybe that is a word used only by your police, but it is not a word used here at all ... so you prove my point! Maybe officialdom everywhere tends to make up words that they think sound more impressive.
---alan8566_of_uk on 4/2/10

And I'm sure there's been a war or two caused by it.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/23/10

I doubt the two wars between us were caused by misunderstood words. If I remember correctly, money was involved (its always involved).

As for your "word" study, no one here (except the police) uses the word burglarize. The slang expression is "I got robbed".

There is one thing that I would like to say to you and your countrymen. Thanks for including us and for standing with us. We may disagree, but we are both from the same tree, so to speak, and we will always come to your aid whenever you call on us.
---Mark_Eaton on 4/1/10

Depends which tract you use. I used many & I hope the people got saved or working toward it. I will not use Chick tracts for they're very offensive, rude, & not Godly. they put other denominations down that are christian, but because they donot "fall" under their creed ,their way of church, they put tracts out degrading them. So to me I no longer use tracts, but a mini bible in my purse. Better to use the word of God straight from the bible if they let you.
---candice on 4/1/10

Yes, spreading the written word is part of spreading the spoken word.
---Eloy on 3/26/10

Alan, Sorry, I really wasn't meaning to trivialize the bantering of words. It is, as you state, good for the understanding of issues that are of grave importance. But, I still stand on the declararation that it's good, also, for "trivia", that is, in the sense of understanding where the words of our english language originate, and it how there are interesting differences in verbiage between the U.K., the U.S.A., Canada and Australia, e'en though we, in basics, speak the same language. I'm curious, though, does American english sound peculiar to you in England? I think most americans have a respect for original (British) English.
---Gordon on 3/26/10

I understand what Donna means. I once made the mistake of using this "b____" adjective when among Brits. I got thoroghly rebuked! I had heard others saying it, but didn't realize they were using profanity.
---Donna66 on 3/25/10

Gordon ... It's important to understand the difference in word useage. It's not all just trivia.

Huge quarrels have occurred here because of not undertanding that words mean different things to different people.

And I'm sure there's been a war or two caused by it.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/23/10

Donna ... IT's British, not Brittish.

"B....y" is not a 100% polite word, certainly not among Christians.

It is not "God smacked", but "gobsmacked" which means utterly astonished. (gob is the mouth) She may have said the former, 'cos she has limnited educational abilities)

Basingstoke is about 225 miles from North Liverpool ... journey time by car (sorry, automobile) just over 4 hours, but that's if there is only light traffic.

Yes we have hot-dogs ... sausages in rolls.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/23/10

By the way alanofUK, we here in America LOVE Susan Boyle.

She is Bloody Fantastic, now there's a Brittish term that I can start using here in the States.

What does God-smack mean? She said she was God-smack after her first audition.

Also, do you folks have hot dogs over in England?

How far is Basingstoke from North Liverpool? I have friends in North Liverpool and my company is located in Basingstoke.
---Donna on 3/23/10

Donna and Alan, Glad you two are bringing up the issue of the differences of the English language among the Brits and Americans. It's fascinating trivia. British English sounds so awesomely proper, anyway. The thicker the accent, the better, I think.
---Gordon on 3/23/10

It is part of it, but not everything. Sometimes all you can do with someone is give them a tract. Other times it is a great followup to a conversation. I also like to put them in places where people will find them - when I go running, I place them at bus stops and parks.
---margie on 3/20/10

Alan of UK ...very interesting. "Talk" is used much more often here. "Verbalize" can be sort of an affectation (it sounds more sophisticated than "talk") but it also implies a little more. It's more like "to put a thought or feeling into words". Thus neighbors don't "verbalize" over the "garden" fence!
---Donna66 on 3/18/10

I believe GOD has several different venues for sharing the Gospel with the lost. Tract-passing is certainly one of those ways. Some people respond face-to-face, and, then, some others are more comfortable with taking the Gospel home with them to be alone, or with loved ones, to consider it all, in their own time. Gospel Tracts are awesome! :-D
---Gordon on 3/18/10

I have found that the best use of a tract is to give them out after you have had a conversation with someon about a topic.

The tract serves as a reminder and a resuorse to that person of the conversation.

But my strong beliefe is that God works in many ways. I have heard stories of people picking up tracts n garbage heaps and accepting God because of what they read.
---francis on 3/18/10

Donna ... In UK trunk only means the heavy box, not the part of the car. It also means the torso of your body.

We don't use gasoline, but petrol or diesel.

We use the word boot for the shoe thing.

A soft drink here would be most non-alcoholic ones, but soda would be for carbonated drinks only. Pop as well.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/18/10

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Donna ... You say Americans like one syllable words, and uses 'gas' for 'gasoline' as an example.

Yet in so many cases you appear to make up longer words than are necesaary ... for example 'burglarise' instead of 'burgle', 'verbalise' instead of 'talk'

But then ... in the UK, a 'yard' is the enclosed area around a commercial or industrial building, and would be mainly concrete ... no grass or trees. A home has a 'garden' not a 'yard'

Words! No wonder sometimes misunderstandings occur, even here.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/18/10

Here, "gas" that you put in your car is short for "gasoline". Americans like one syllable words. Otherwise, it is something that is not in it's solid form.
We commonly call the luggage compartment in a car, the "trunk" (which can also mean a heavy wooden or metal box to hold your belongings) And "boots" are what you put on your feet for extra protection or to keep them dry and clean under unfavorable conditions.

There are regional differences within the US, too. A "soft drink" a "pop" a "soda" are all the same thing....depends on where you live.
---Donna66 on 3/17/10

Donna Smith Take your point about spelling what you think you've heard!

No those words did not morph ... although English "splendour" & "colour" morphed into splendor" and "color"

In England, we call the hood of a car the bonnet, and the luggage compartment at the back is the boot.

Petrol is the liquid that we in England put in cars (automobiles) to make them move ... I think Americans put gas in. In England, gas is not liquid, but is ... gas, auch as oyygen. Petrol becomes a gas as its temperature rises, then it explodes providing the energy.
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/17/10

Alan of UK-- I have an interest in language, too. (Sorry to bore everyone)
Some Americans do not spell (OR enunciate) well. The word "tract" is not a word used often in secular life or seen often in print. People hear "track" and spell it accordingly.

"I couldn't care less", of course, correctly conveys the meaning of indifference. MANY Americans know this and use it correctly. But some are just...well...careless. They claim they "could care less".

I don't see how the English words you mentioned "morphed" into such dissimular words. Besides, all but the words PETROL, are still used in American English....only may have different meanings.
---Donna_Smith on 3/17/10

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Donna ... As my last final paragraph says, I could not care less about this. We do all understand what these words mean. But I hope you don't mind me being interested in words?

Now you say "God-smack" is "Brittish" word.

Really? I can't find it on the web. Nor can I find the word "Brittish"
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/17/10

LOL whoever said my spelling is proper? Cracks me up!

Hey Cluny and alan of uk, Simon Cowell doesn't know what a binky's a baby's pacifer.

Just like American's don't know what God-smack means, it's a Brittish saying.

So maybe Track is tract, but who cares, we get the points made on this blog about them, right? Don't we folks?
---Donna on 3/17/10

Strange then that so many here have used the word "track"!

I thought I would ask for in so many cases, the original UK spelling & usage has morphed into something completely different in American

"bonnet" has become "hood"
"boot" has become "trunk"
"petrol" has become "gas"
verb "burgle" has become "burglarized"
"Trousers" is "pants" (which in Engand means the underwear briefs)

English expression "I could not care less" has become in USA "I could care less"

But I don't think I could
---aln8566_of_uk on 3/17/10

Cluny is right, the correct spelling is tract.

I have found tracts in phone booths, back when we used phones that way, in public restrooms, and in doctor's offices.

I find them impersonal, and cold.
---Trish9863 on 3/16/10

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The word is spelled "tract" in American English, too.
---Cluny on 3/16/10

The answers are interesting, and all have an element of truth in them.

But my question is now: In the UK we would call them tracts.

but here, everyone except Bill and myself calls them tracks? Is that how it is spelt in the USA?

Just interested in the different word and grammar usage in our two countries!
---alan8566_of_uk on 3/16/10

I met a man (horribly disfigured from his mother womb) on the island Grenada. He was passing out tracks and I would say he had legitimate cause to use that method of evangelism.
I have also had the experience of using tracks(Spanish) in Mexico. I discovered one morning when my translator didn't show up how to do this. I walked up to the person and handed them the track, as they started walking I stayed with them ,walked with them and since they know I'm not speaking Spanish they soon realized that I'd given them the track and wanted them to read it. Several did read it, some people sat down and read it, and I saw people saved by literally staying with them until they read the track.
---mima on 3/16/10

Track are really not that effective for evangelism and I would suggest almost any thing else as an alternative to their use.

If you insist on using them pick a place to put a rack of different track titles where people can voluntarily pick them up. Pick locations where people have to wait for something. Good locations are Coin Laundries, Coffee shops, private restaurants, Privately owned drug stores. Auto repair waiting rooms.

What never to do. Passing them out on street corners. Have kids distribute them from floats in local parades. Giving them out at fairs or events.

Never ever give them out at work, even to people you my know well. It can be considered religious harassment and you can be terminated from your job.
---Friendly_Blogger on 3/16/10

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Many years ago I was with a group that passed out 17,000 tracks at the Diamondbacks baseball stadium in Arizona.
This was done over a three-day period two people received and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ from that 17,000 tracks handed out. And those two people were the two people that I have talked to individually as I was handing them tracks .

How does passing out tracks compel anybody??

Scripture,"23And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." Luke 14:23
---mima on 3/16/10

It depends on God's choice. You can pray and find out with Him. You need to check what's on the tracts, and we need to be God's example. If we really mean for people to become our own brothers and sisters in God's Family, we want to spend time with them and not just hand them a piece of paper and expect the paper to bring them to Jesus. But a tract can give someone something to consider and to help him or her. You can prepare a writing, yourself, or of your group. But personal reaching can be what God wants. And have Bibles you can give to people.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/16/10

Jesus said be ye witnesses...not witness to them.

Handing someone a Christian track is the most coldest way you can introduce someone to Jesus.

Unless the Holy Spirit is drawing that person, when a person picks up or takes a track, do you think they're going to say, Oh, okay I'll get saved today, this track makes sense.

I handed out tracks in 1983 to 1986 and not one person received Christ as Lord and Savior.

In person relationships, loving the person on an on-going basis, then telling them "so what do you think about Jesus?" Or "Do you believe you're going to heaven when you die? and why do you think you are?"
---Donna on 3/16/10

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