Our 11 year-old granddaughter said she was writing a story about my pier ministry. She wanted to know the first three things I say to someone fishing on the pier.
My answer: “It’s important that we show an interest in what they’re doing. So we ask these questions: 1. Have you caught anything yet? 2. What kind of bait are you using? Then after admiring their catch and checking out their bait we’ll say: 3. We’re handing out some good news about Jesus. Would you like some?”
Usually they are open to receiving a Good News Tract. If they seem interested and begin flipping through it, I might say, “May I ask you a question? If you were to die today do you know where you’d go?” Sometimes they’ll say, “Heaven because I have received Jesus as my Savior and Lord.” Of course, that’s the best answer!
Other times they’ll say, “I think I’d go to heaven because I’m a good person.”
I usually say, “You look like a good person, but I happen to have with me a Lie Detector Test.”
I bring it out of my pocket and usually this brings a smile to their faces. It’s a small wooden plaque that says, “Are you a good person?” There are two boxes below: YES and NO. I hand them a small metal cube and ask them to place the cube where it belongs. Invariably they’ll place the cube on the YES. Immediately it jumps to the NO. Usually they laugh. Other times they look alarmed. I quickly explain there’s a magnet under the NO. “Why? Because even though you look like a good person, nobody is good enough. The Bible tells us we are all sinners and we all need a Savior…and there’s only ONE.”
Most will agree. From there we share stories from the Bible and the important message of John 3:16 – that one only needs to BELIEVE on Jesus to be saved. Of course, once we truly place our faith completely in Him, our lives will soon show it.
Yesterday we shared with three young men who were sharing a marijuana cigarette as we spoke. At first they were not interested in hearing about Jesus. But once we began asking them the above questions, they softened, asked us questions, took our Lie Detector Test, began to confess their sins and allowed us to pray for them. We departed with great joy and love for these guys who all agreed they needed and wanted a Savior.
- For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
- For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
- Tracts we like to use: Would You Like to Know God Personally? https://www.cru.org/us/en/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally.html
- We use a variety from www.mwtb.org A popular one: What are you Trusting? Also, Bad News for Good People & Good News for Bad People and Heaven’s Gate.
- For Jewish people? Love the Jewish People
- For young mothers: Promises for Mothers
- ONLY ONE LIFE – Lyrics by C.T. Studd, Music by Kathleen
This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/
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