Evangelism Booklet Tract Reaching Muslims IslamYOUR STORY reveals how a sinner's story can be forever linked to God's story. This 36-page booklet takes 35 minutes to read aloud - which raises a question in many minds:

Why give away a 36-page booklet instead of a 3-page tract?

Why give away a 36-page booklet instead of a 3-page tract?

Have you ever given away a short gospel tract? Was the recipient led from confusion to clarity? While many readers have been marvelously helped by such brief presentations of God’s good news, multitudes are left wallowing in confusion as a result of the tract’s use of terms and concepts that are alien to them—terminology like Bible, God, sin, Christ, Son of God, shed blood, salvation, eternal life, repent, believe, etc. Is it right to expect anyone to believe a message they don’t understand? Is it fair to ask someone to trust a stranger? For most people today, God is a stranger. And the gospel of Jesus makes little or no sense.

Years ago I corresponded with Ali, a 68-year old Muslim doctor who, in response to the statement that Jesus died to save sinners, wrote:
“What happens to the people who were born and died before God decided to concoct this charade  only 2000 years ago? It seems that the Christian God is a poor planner and a late thinker because  it took him thousands if not millions of years to find a way of forgiving ‘the sins’ of mankind.”

And last year, Jeff, a 35-year old lawyer in Iowa, sent this email message:
“I came to your website and chronological Bible series as the result of a question which I had  after viewing a program on the History Channel. That question was, ‘How did God forgive sin  prior to Jesus’ crucifixion?’ Before finding this site, I considered myself a Christian. However,  my understanding was very elementary and, in hindsight, wholly incomplete. For example, it had  never made sense why, or how, Jesus was able to forgive our sins through his crucifixion… Suffice  it to write that I now understand... Unlike before, I realize that it is not about trying to be a good  person. …God established a single way to become righteous before him. All other efforts are futile.”

In today's biblically-illiterate world, are our skeletal outlines of God’s message geared to lead people from confusion to clarity? Such brief presentations of the gospel often ignore the architecture of God’s Book, which has a New and an Old Testament. It is time to rethink the way we share our faith. If the Creator of the universe took thousands of years to prepare the world for the arrival of the promised and prefigured Savior, is it unreasonable to expect truth seekers to invest an hour in thinking their way through God’s amazing rescue plan that has made it possible for them to know Him and live with Him forever?

The Scriptures are not a collection of isolated doctrines. The truths God wants people to understand are embedded in a story—HIS Story. But it takes time to tell a story. Some ask, “Who has time to read a 36-page gospel booklet?” The answer is: People who value their souls and care enough about their eternal destiny to forfeit a one-hour TV program or an hour of sleep. “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)

Ten Commandments, Animal SacrificeThe Bible tells of two travelers who, like our email correspondents above, did not understand the concept of a crucified Messiah. So the Lord Jesus, whom they knew only as a “stranger” (Luke 24:18) came alongside, and after listening to their story, He took them back to the first pages of the Old Testament, “and beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” (Luke 24:27) And what was the end result of Jesus’ chronological retelling of His story and message to these two confused travelers? “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’” (Luke 24:31-32) At last they understood why it was necessary for the Messiah to shed His blood, be buried, and rise from the dead. Law of sin and death, False Religious Concepts, God's Truth

Yes, it was the Lord who opened their minds and hearts, but He did it by giving them a clear and compelling panorama of His message and story. YOUR STORY presents God’s message and story. Does it provide enough information to lead a person from confusion to clarity? Read it and decide for yourself.  If you find your own heart “burning within” as the Scriptures are opened to you, then pass it on to family, friends, and associates—and trust God to open their minds and hearts so that they too might recognize Him and understand the good news that can transform their lives for time and eternity.

-- P.D. Bramsen, September 2009.
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