I grew up as an MK (missionary kid) and watched many people come visit us and go out to villages and use the evangelist cube. My parents didn't go around sharing the gospel at all. They were actually helping disciple many pastors from churches around the area. For someone to come share the gospel and use the evangelist cube was always fun for me to watch cause I rarely got to see it. It seemed quite effective.
The bracelets on the other hand weren't all that great, only good to give to kids and if they could repeat the meaning after them they got candy. Most of them I found in the trash afterwards though.
The tracts were almost useless. It wasn't as interesting for them as the cubes were.
That's just in a third-world country though, and my personal opinion. I'm not sure about other places.
I think witnessing to people that you actually know is the best way to actually reach someone. And the best way to reach those people is to be consistant in your walk and in your speech. You also need to speak the gospel to them regularly. Not shove it down their throat, just make sure they understand what you believe and how Jesus can change their life as well. I disagree with the notion that your friends will just "see" your walk and be led to Christ because of it. I think a lot of Christians are going to have to answer to God because they never actually witnessed to those closest to them.
That being said, I do think "props" such as tracts are great for witnessing to people whom you are going to have a brief encounter with. They can at least take the tract and read it, and hopefully decide to beleive in Christ as their saviour.
I think that the other "props", like the bracelets, cubes, etc. are good for teaching lessons in Sunday School and VBS, not witnessing neccessarily.
I've actually used the evangecube the past couple summers at the Christian camp I work at, and the biggest thing when it comes to evangelism period is knowing a person individually. I found the cube helpful for a visual aid when sharing at cabin devotions, and especially useful for younger children who often need something to look at to focus on what you're saying, but it's not always appropriate.
If the tool backs up or goes with what you're saying, great; if not, don't try and stick it in for the sake of using it as a crutch or a distraction from evangelism. Christ in you should be the greatest tool, along with sharing the Truth of His Word.
Yes. I really like the cube. I also have a pretty good 10 commandments stone with a mirror on the opposite side.....looking at the 10 commandments shows our imperfections, just like looking in a mirror.
People have used them on me before, and they piss me off. It's refreshing, however, to have an intelligent conversation. I feel insulted when people are "genuinely worried" about my soul and all the effort they're going to put into leading me to salvation is a beaded bracelet.
These are all very helpful to a degree if you know how to use them but they must be accompanied by a personal testimony of a changed life. The cube is most effective when in a foreign country and you don't speak the language and have to use an interpreter
Having gone through several years of Campus Crusade when I first gave myself to Him, I've pretty much memorized the Four Spiritual Laws. I even went on a summer project where I met Ice T before I knew who he was. Of course, a bird had to target my back while we were talking. He was a very nice guy and the son of a charismatic pastor.
Anyway, I don't have the gift of evangelism. Three years in CCC doing all they put before me proved that to me, as well as a horrid decade afterward. However, I have mulled over what was meant to be communcicated by the verses the tract uses and have reformulated in my own words. Now if I use the concepts they come from my understanding and my heart rather than from rote memorization or even reading from a tract.
The little bracelets I've used, to witness to younger kids they are helpful and I think it's great to have the props to use so kids can visualize what they're hearing. Maybe not so useful for adults, but I don't have much experience with you using them for adults.
I like them. I am a visual person and so it helps me to be able to communicate what i am saying. I think it's nice to have something to look at while someone is explaining something, bc it helps conceptualize it.