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Using Train Tracts is Witnessing 
the Way that Jesus Did It


        As the Lord gave me these object evangelism icebreakers, He reminded me that this is the way that Jesus talked to people in His day about the Kingdom of God.   When Jesus explained the Gospel with parables, He used objects or things that were around Him.

           For example:   In Matt 4:18-19 Simon Peter and his brother Andrew were fishermen and while they were casting a net into the sea, Jesus came along and said:   "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."    They immediately left their nets and followed Him.  So this was the first time that Jesus used object evangelism  (Matt 4:18-19).  He used the fishing net to relate to the fact that He was now calling them to catch men and hook them and pull them into the Kingdom of God.

           In Matthew 13:18-23, Jesus gives His disciples the meaning of the parable of the sower.  He used object evangelism with seeds sown on the path, seed sown on rocky places,  seed sown among the thorns and the seeds that are sown on good ground  that produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty what was sown.

             In Jesus’ day many people were farmers.  So many examples He gave to teach people about the Kingdom of God related to some kind of gardening or farming because that is what they understood.  It is not like that today where many people grow up in the city and have no clue about farming or agricultural things.  They just know where Walmart is.  Here are some more examples from Matthew 13:

  • ·        In Matt. 13: 24 - 31 Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like the wheat and the tares (or weeds). At harvest time, the wheat is gathered and the tares are burned.  Here Jesus is relating to when He comes again, the born again Christians the Lord will gather up to heaven and the unbelievers will go down to be burned in hell. 
  • ·        In Matthew 13: 31 Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man planted in his field.  Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.
  • ·        In Matthew 13:33 Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is like yeast  that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.
  • ·        In Matt. 13:44 Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.  When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
  • ·        In Matt. 13: 45 Jesus said that the Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.  When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
  • ·        In Matthew 13:47 Jesus said that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish.  The good fish were collected in baskets and the bad fish were thrown away.  He explained that this is how it will be at the end of the age.  The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  

       Jesus said over and over “the Kingdom of God is like” or “the Kingdom of Heaven is like.”   He was teaching or actually prophesying into the future about what the Kingdom of God was going to be like. 

          Jesus was looking ahead to the cross and what the Kingdom of God would be like after He died.  But now we are 2013 years on the other side of the cross.  So when witnessing with an object, I say:  “This_______ object reminds me of…_________”  because the whole act of salvation through Jesus shedding His blood and dying on the cross and being resurrected from the dead already happened 2008 years ago.  So I am remembering what Jesus did for me on the cross using a object to illustrate that remembrance.

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