There’s an App for Sharing Your Faith

by Brad Harmon on July 26, 2010 in Employees

There's an App for Sharing Your Faith | marketplace christianity

When I was growing up, one of my favorite things to do at church was to check out the tract rack in the lobby. Remember those? Some smaller churches still have them, but they’re quickly fading away. (A word to the wise – spinning the tract racks like a kid in a revolving door will make the pastor mad.)

Some of these tracts were pretty scary. Some were funny. Some were like mini comic books, but these always seemed to make it in the hands of the youth group to read when the sermon was boring. My favorite was the one that looked like a $20 bill that you strategically placed in public places so people thought they were finding money.

Tracts can be very useful tools to help you share your faith; however, most workplaces have a policy against distributing any type of pamphlets that are not pre-approved by the company. Here’s a couple of ways that you can still use tracts without violating this policy by using your iPhone.

The Romans Road Tract

Without a doubt, the most popular (and perhaps easiest) way to share the plan of salvation is to use what’s been termed “The Romans Road.” All the scripture references you need come from the book of Romans in the Bible, thus the name.

Different tract makers vary which verses they include, and some even add supporting verses from other books of the Bible. The apps below use different verses.

Introducing Tracts for the iPhone

Living up to it’s tag line, there really does seem to be an app on the iPhone for just about everything. The convenience of being able to carry your Bible and tracts with you via your iPhone means that you’re always prepared when the opportunity to share your faith presents itself.

It would be nice if you could share the tract with the other person like the contact app Bump does, but I didn’t find any apps with this functionality. Until there is, just pull up a chair next the person at lunch, or at the coffee house after work, and launch your app.

Roman Road App by Cross Forward Consulting, LLC

Roman Road by Cross Forward Consulting, LLC simply displays the verses of the Romans Road on an easy to read background image (shown below).

It’s ideal for those who have used the Romans Road plan of salvation before, and just need a visual aid to show the supporting verses.

You can choose to display the verses in either the King James Version (KJV) or the World English Bible (WEB) translation.

This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 3.0 or later.

There is no cost for this app.

The verses included in this app are:

  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 6:23a
  • Romans 6:23b
  • Romans 5:8
  • Romans 10:9
  • Romans 5:1

You can download Roman Road from the iTunes app store.

The Romans Road eTract by Laridian

RomansRoad eTract by Laridian provides a series of questions and commentary to spark discussion about the verse displayed.

This app is useful for someone not used to using the Romans Road plan of salvation. It’s also great if you need to hand your iPhone to someone and let them simply read the tract (sadly, there is no share option).

While this app is the closest I could find to a traditional tract, it lacks the clean layout of the simpler app above. I wish it had a landscape layout and an option to hide the commentary.

You have a wide variety of translations (ESV, HCSB, KJV, NASB, NIV, NKJV, or NLT) from which you can choose to display the verses.

You can also change the font, font size, and color scheme under the settings tab.

This app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 3.0 or later.

This app costs $0.99 to download.

The verses included in this app are:

  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 6:23a
  • Ezekiel 18:20
  • Romans 5:8
  • Romans 6:23
  • Romans 10:9
  • Acts 16:31
  • 1 Peter 5:5b
  • Luke 15:10

You can download RomansRoad eTract from the iTunes app store.

Go Forth and Fulfill the Great Commission

I’m excited to see apps coming out that can help us bring our faith into the marketplace. We live in an amazing time where Christians have never had more resources and tools to fulfill the Great Commission.

19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20, King James Version)

I’d love to hear from you. What did you think of these iPhone apps? What apps do you use to share your faith with others?

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