It’s that time of year again! The leaves are turning, the air is brisker, the sun is setting earlier, and neighbors are decorating their houses with skeletons and cobwebs. Front yards are turned into graveyards, and eerie lights on the sides of homes cast a strange glow in the neighborhood. Soon, you’ll get knocks on the door from 4 feet tall Jedi Knights, Superheroes, and Princesses, eagerly looking up at you with big smiles and large bags. What will you do?
Don’t be like those stingy people who tossed rocks into Charlie Brown’s Halloween bag! Instead, be generous with candy and goodies. What’s more, the scariest time of the year is one of the best opportunities we have to share an even greater treasure. HCBC is encouraging you to consider using Halloween as a fun and strategic way of getting the good news of the gospel into the hands of your neighbors, and we’ll even help you to do it! Here’s how:
Make HCBC gospel packs!
- Make goodie bags (you could use zip lock bags) to hand out to all the costumed kids that come to your door.
- Make sure those bags have great treats!
- Slip a gospel tract in each bag. Soon, HCBC will have a whole bunch of fun, kid-friendly, Halloween-themed tracts to use. We’ll make these available to you for free! You can get a sneak peak of the tract here!
- Include some information about Harbins Church in the bag. We’ll make that available for you as well.
- Have fun, and silently pray for the families and kids as you see them come and go!
It’s that easy! Of course, you don’t have to do it exactly that way. If you’d rather not make individual goodie bags, you can just toss candy, a tract, and church information into the kids’ bags. Surely there are many other creative ways you can reach out to your neighbors too.
What’s more, if you’d like to provide more “treats” for neighborhood families, here’s a couple of additional ideas.
The Biggest Question DVD
One way to extend your reach to neighborhood parents is by passing out “The Biggest Question.” This is the same DVD that our church distributes whenever we deliver gift bags to new residents just moving into the community. It provides a clear, strong, precise gospel presentation featuring Voddie Baucham, Ray Comfort, and more. Each DVD contains an English and Spanish version and you can purchase a pack of 100 cheaply here.
The New Testament!
While a tract and a DVD will contain some Scripture, you can take it up a notch and just give them the Scriptures! You can find great deals on pocket Bibles all over the internet. For example, purchase a case of 100 New Testaments for less than a dollar apiece!
How will they hear without a preacher…
People don’t give saved in a vacuum. They get saved through the Holy Spirit working through the witness of believers.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10:13-15)
On October 31st, your beautiful little feet don’t even have to go anywhere. Lots of little feet will be coming right to your door! Consider participating in HCBC’s community-wide, gospel outreach, and be on mission without even leaving your house.
Or, if you’re taking one of your own little ones house to house, you can satisfy your sweet tooth AND give your kids some basic evangelism experience. Just make some HCBC gospel packs, take them with you, and when someone gives you those little fun size snickers, or, my personal favorite, Reece’s peanut butter cups, thank them by giving them something even better, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
If your conscience forbids you from participating in anything related to Halloween, you can still make the night holy by gathering your family together and praying for your neighbors while discussing other creative ways you might reach them. God has put us in our neighborhoods and on our blocks to be tiny little Kingdom outposts, shining a light for Christ and His gospel! So beyond Halloween, let’s pray for and encourage one another’s efforts in spreading the gospel the other 364 days of the year!
Grace and Peace,