Why use Christian printed clothing to evangelise?
Will you wear a t-shirt that displays a brand? a photo of your favourite classical composer or TV programme? If you run a business, will you advertise what you do?
What reason do we have not to prayerfully wear an item of clothing that speaks of our Lord and Saviour? Is He not eternally more important than the things of this world that we would wear and promote?
Very much like the Christian poster, or street witnessing board, something like a Christian t-shirt, hood or polo shirt etc can silently speak to the reader. It can reach more people than a tract with one extra special bonus - it is worn by someone who can be questioned about eternal things!
I once remember wearing a top that had Amos 4:12 written on the back. I was involved in a witnessing encounter with someone at the time. But someone walked behind me and read the scripture to the person they were with. Double witness at the same time!
I also once entered a very large supermarket near our home. The t-shirt I was wearing had a distinct Christian message on it. I prayed as I walked around the shop that the Lord would use the t-shirt to speak with someone - even if I did not find out who that would be. I went to the checkout, only for the cashier to point to my shirt and tell me how they loved it. They also briefly shared with me how she had been lost for years within a church because nobody told her she needed to repent of her sins.
Another time, not long after, I walked into a major furniture store and prayed the same thing. Went to the check-out and the cashier said she loved the t-shirt too, which led to a conversation.
All this to say - God can use you, if you would be used. Reaching the eyes of both believer and unbeliever alike.
What could you have on your printed clothing?
If you are looking for an ice breaker to a conversation. Here are a few ideas.
"the million pound / dollar question - will you go to heaven when you die?"
I brother that I know had something similar printed on their jacket. It does not matter if the person reading it responds, just reading it in their mind cause them to think on eternal things. Of course it would be a great thing if they do approach you to speak about it. But the beauty of the displayed question is - many will read it and think about it.
"Would you consider yourself to be a good person? Take the test"
Many people like to talk about how good they are. As the Proverb reads: "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness" (Proverbs 20:6). Such an ice breaker allows you to run the person through the Law of God to show them why they need the Saviour.
Jesus said that no person is good but God alone. "Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God" Matthew 19:17
Some people say this is Jesus denying His deity. But we see this is not so, because He claims to be the Good Shepherd: "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." John 10:11.
Printed scripture verses
This is the number one idea. Why? because "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17. If our primary aim is to win hearts to the Lord Jesus - the Bible tells us how that person's faith will come.
"Let's Talk" or "What do you think?"
A great addition to any message. Because it tells the reader you would like to have a discussion about whatever else is on your clothing.
Other questions you could wear (to spark conversation or encourage people to ponder eternal matters):
"Death is not the end, what do you think?"
"Who do you say that Jesus Christ is?"
"Why should God let you into heaven? - Let's talk"
"Is God for you, or against you? - Let's talk"
"What do you think happens after death? - Let's talk"
"Why do all people die? - What do you think?"
"No one to turn to? - Let's talk"
"Is hell real? Where will you go after this life? - Let's talk"
What ideas do you have for printed clothing for evangelism? Contact us and we may add it to the list.
Your printed clothing ideas
Do you need Christian printed clothing items such as t-shirts and hoods for your upcoming events or ministry activity? Get in touch with us today so we can help you. It is best to discuss your project before creating a design, as there are different ways of printing when it comes to clothing. Some ways can be very expensive to set up.
Here are some of our designs (but you can have your own printed - contact us for a quote):
Click here to Contact us to discuss your printed clothing ideas
Take it one step further
"consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works" Hebrews 10:24
Don't forget to encourage other Christians to wear these too! - share with them a story of how you have had conversations from them / opportunities for the Lord. Point them to this article to show them how useful to the Kingdom a printed item of clothing is.
Speak with your pastor too to see if he needs any church branded items printed for an evangelism outreach.
Remember to pray about what you are wearing, that you might be led where the Lord would have you go. That He might prepare hearts to read what you wear and work in them and their household.
Can you think of anything to add to this article? Contact us with your stories and ideas.
For His Glory,
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