Lord… You have the words of eternal life. (John 6:68)
Christians are word people. We’re really into words because the Founder of Christianity is the Word (John 1:1). He came to earth to deliver a message in words. Those of us who have believed his words recognize them as the “words of eternal life” (John 6:68). And we seek to speak these words to others so they too can have eternal life. We call these words the gospel.
Christians are also book people. We’re really into books because our Founder left us a book, a collection of the words he determined are most important for us to know and remember.
This means we’re not into books merely because they’re good for us — as in a good book is health food for the brain, though that’s true. We’re into books because words mean the difference between life and death. If books contain the right words, people may live — forever!
In the fifteenth century Johannes Gutenberg and his new press started printing words of eternal life in pamphlets and books in mass quantities to distribute to everyday people. This changed the world. People read and believed and passed the word to others. It has never stopped.
This is why we are making cases of outreach books available at a very low cost. We think of these books as kingdom seeds. We especially want to help churches equip their people to sow seeds of eternal life in their fields of influence, and these books have been effectively used as gifts to church visitors, neighbors, co-workers, and family members.
As the holiday season approaches, think about giving people the best gift possible. Give them words of eternal life.