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Here are some novel ways for you to preach the gospel, or inspire you some other ways.

Ways to Preach the Gospel

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“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

1. Home Display. Some people like to display a scripture on the inside or outside of their house like part of Joshua 24:15. You can also buy door and lawn ornaments with the word of God on them. On a small scale, you can tape a word on the inside your front door window facing to the outside. A good height for all to see is 5 feet, 6 inches - the short will have to look up some, and tall will have to look down a bit.

2. Telephone Answering Machine Greeting. An example is: “Praise the Lord! We are not available at this time, but if you would like to, leave a message at the tone.” Some people will know immediately that they have the wrong phone number, and others will be blessed. Sometimes I had used that old love message, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

3. Envelopes. You can hand-write something on your envelope that the recipient may see as well as the letter carrier. Also, a verse or tract can be sent inside your personal and business mail.

4. Stationary. With computers, you can design your own simple or elaborate stationary, and put a favorite verse wherever you would like. I did someone's resume, and in 8 point blue type I wrote in the middle of it, “Jesus is the Lord.” It wasn't real obvious but you could see it, and they got hired too!

5. Lapel Pins and Buttons.

6. Bumper Stickers.

7. Brandishing the Bible. When I was a young Christian, I toted a large Bible with me everywhere I went. I guess I was happy and proud to be a Christian, but I wonder now if it was a type of phylactery at the time -“Look at me, I am a spiritual Christian!” Like a phylactery, the word of God doesn't show on the outside, but it was very interesting to see the responses I got from people. Many were positive and many were not. At least if someone mentioned your Bible, you could take the opportunity to be a witness for the Lord. It is a good way to meet other Christians, too. When I was in college, several Christian guys toted their Bibles around the campus.

8. Tracts in Libraries. Insert them between the pages of random books or specific books. After reading some of Mark Twain's blasphemous writings (" Letters from the Earth" ) I enjoyed putting them in his. Also, you can insert them in magazines in waiting rooms. Use your imagination.

9. Public Restrooms. Roll tracts up in the toilet paper for the next visitor to read as they wait. (That's pretty imaginative, don't you think?)

10. Place of Work. I knew a man who was a machinist in a plant, and at his work spot, he set up a blackboard and wrote a new scripture on it every day. If he didn't write one or was absent, the new message was missed.

11. Special Occasion Cards. Many times you can buy a card in a secular store that has scripture on it. Some people like to make their own cards and put an appropriate scripture. Most people will not be offended even if they are not Christians because of your thoughtfulness.

12. Screen Savers. Put the word of God on your PC's screen saver. Of course, it is always good for you to look at, and someone else may see it too. When we were selling our house, I put a banner scripture on the screen saver for prospective buyers to see as they went through the house.

13. Business Cards. You could put scripture on your business cards, but you can make business cards with just scriptures on them. I used to hand these out and they might have an appropriate picture on them as well. At nursing homes, they love them and can put them up in their rooms.

14. Apparel. I had a medical vest like someone might wear at a hospital, and it was very similar to the Wal-Mart's employee vest. So I made and put a computer iron-on picture on the back that said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand.” It was especially fun to wear at Wal-Mart because from the front I looked like an employee, but not from the back. There is no shyness when it comes to looking on someone's back to see what is written there.

15. Name Tags. Some people wear their work's name tag in public. You can buy simple of fancy ones at an office supply store. Instead of your name, however, you can put a scripture. I have found that people are very interested in looking at name tags.

16. Banners. One time my wife and I had a banner professionally made that was about 2 ½ feet wide and 7 feet long. We would stop in a parking lot or on the side of a road and hang it on the side of the truck. People couldn't miss it, and some folk would stop to talk and ask what we were doing. Also, we put the banner on our house after a destructive hurricane to remind people “The Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand.”

17. Magnetic Signs. Come up with a design for a sign company to make for your vehicle. You can have it on or off whenever you like. This is especially good if you are traveling long distances and lots of people from all over will see the word of God. The first one we made was, “Repent: for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” Once at a rest stop, another traveler came over and said they had seen the sign about a hundred miles back and were blessed. We gave him some of our ministry things to look at too.

18. Email. Instead of, or in addition to your automatic signature, you can add a scripture. The internet is also a great place to find all sorts of addresses for gospel messages to disperse one way of another. You can get many physical addresses of individuals and companies to send snail mail to.

19. Snail Mail. After getting addresses from the internet, one can send out messages. In the “ol' days” I would go to the library and hand copy addresses from different phone books. I also used the crisscross directories which listed addresses by specific streets and phone numbers, and one time sent out 1000 first class gospel letters. They were all addressed to “Beloved” and there were responses of various kinds. This is much easier to do with computers now. On another project, special gospel tracts were sent to different businesses and individuals in a certain city. About 200 on that one. To the Mexican restaurants, I sent Spanish tracts, as well as appropriate tracts to other restaurants and to certain denominations and religions other special tracts. To Arab businesses one time, I sent tracts in Arabic, and they wrote back and asked me not to send them anymore. At least they had the opportunity to read the Gospel.

20. Foreign Language Scriptures.

You can find foreign language Bibles on the internet, and figure out which book is which, and use chapter and verse references to get a scripture you can use. Just yesterday, my wife and I went to a Chinese restaurant. But beforehand, I made several John 3:16-17 pieces in Chinese and handed them out to the employees. I asked if they could read them, and they smiled and said they could. I think I even held them up the right way! Also, I dropped one into the paper towel dispenser from the top for someone to get when it was refilled as well as other places.

21. Your Testimony. Many Christians do not feel that they were called to be a public preacher and might have stage fright in front of a small group. However, there is one thing every Christian ought to be able to tell anyone in any size group, and God will empower them to do it. Everyone that is saved can tell what the Lord Jesus Christ means to them. If you can't, may I suggest that you are not really a Christian but some sort of a bump on a pew? The Lord Jesus said, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33) There are no closet Christians. If you were old enough to remember when the Lord saved you from your sins, you ought to be able to tell of that event, as you were there. And if you were very young when you got saved and don't remember, you can certainly tell of the many wonderful things the Lord Jesus has done for you since then. Amen.

22. Obituary. I knew an older woman who stayed home most of the time because of her health but had an outreach ministry. She would hand write gospel messages to surviving relatives mentioned in the obituaries. (Addresses were found in the phone book.) She figured their hearts were tender at that time to the things of God and eternity. You never know what some people are doing in the service of the Lord. Her ministry was a pleasant surprise to me.

23. Fax. Before I had ever seen a fax machine, I understood what it did, so I went to buy one. After I figured out how it worked, I composed Gospel messages and found numbers down at the library in the yellow pages. One time I got a bonanza of fax numbers from a discarded national 800 number telephone directory. Many of the businesses had their fax numbers listed too. From some of these faxes, I received replies from Christians who were blessed and non-Christians who weren't. A couple of Christians who received the fax wrote back and said they were leaving it at the machine for others to read. I kept some statistics at the time and believe I got to 48 or 49 states this way in 1700 individual faxes.  However, I don't know if you can do such things anymore. Also, you can fax to other countries if you are imaginative enough to find the numbers. Ask the Lord. He can help you out.

24. Memorial Stones. What a great place to have scriptures for others to read over the years. If you are making your own arrangement about your stone after you depart, make sure to have something worth reading on it besides you name.

Additional suggestions will be considered.

God loves you.  Read your Bible.

 

Maranatha


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen