The Joy Of Sharing The Good News

Be active in sharing your faith

Daily Spirit & Word: 693: The JOY of Sharing Good News.

What happens when a young woman comes out to learn how to share the Gospel?

“BE ACTIVE IN SHARING YOUR FAITH”

Good morning my friends, it’s been such an amazing experience over the last few days, being a Grandfather to NINE and there’s still another one on the way as Laura (Joe’s wife) is pregnant with her No 4 as well. What’s also been wonderful is how many people “like” baby pictures and especially new babies.  My Facebook pages has been going loopy 🙂 Praise the Lord for that obvious joy.

However, when someone becomes a Brand Newborn Babe in Christ, do we LIKE it just as much? We should be even more OVERJOYED, because that baby won’t just last for a few years here on Earth, but for all eternity in God’s Kingdom Family. A Christian is destined to LIVE forever, now that should make all of us stand up and shout for JOY to the Lord. Also, do you get EXCITED at the prospect of sharing your faith in Jesus with other folks? You should, because when you do God’s promises are mindblowingly awesome!  😛

STREET EVANGELISM:

Last night a small group of us, five in all, went out on a freezing cold February night to share the Good News of Jesus with folks on the streets of West Norwood in London.

I was teamed up with Gemma, a West African woman who’s just finished University. She’d come to me on Sunday at the end of worship and said, “When you were preaching about going and sharing the Good News, and you said “Sharing is Caring” I was on fire, I have so wanted to learn how to share the Gospel with my friends and colleagues”… I said, “Gemma, why don’t you come out with us on Wednesday and learn how to do it like Jesus did?”… She said she’d been frustrated in her attempts at winning folks for Jesus in the past, but wanted to learn. Well, last night Gemma turned up and came out with me. It was not long before Gemma was giving out tracts (£1,000,000 pound notes), sharing how own faith in Jesus and even praying for people on the streets.

But Gemma didn’t come to learn to give out tracts, but to engage people with the Good News of Jesus, it was not long before she experienced that, because two minutes out on our walk we met a man called Aaron. Aaron’s father was a Preacher and Leader in his church, his father had run Alpha Courses and Aaron had attended St Luke’s Primary School, a “Christian” school. However, it was soon obvious that Aaron had not come to fully understand the Gospel. I checked to see what Aaron actually believed, but it was the way that we got chatting that Gemma later said she loved. I said to Aaron, “You look like a good man, did you get your £1,000,000?” He responded with, “Why do you call me good?”   Immediately, I remembered Jesus asking a man that very question, “Why do you call me good, there’s none good but God alone”… (That account is recorded in two of our Gospels: Mark 10:17-27 and Matthew 19 16-22. See below)

Aaron had a wonderful privileged upbringing, but he’d rejected the Christian faith and it’s claims, because he had not EXPERIENCED anything and didn’t know if God was real. He had also reached the conclusion that he never could discover God. I don’t know about you, but when I hear a young man, an honest young man, express his doubts so openly like that, it makes me very sad and a bit angry too. Why don’t we preach the Gospel more clearly in our churches? Why are we so busy in church being religious, having fun, being culturally relevant when there are sincere young men like Aaron headed for hell?

What also became obvious to me was, that the LORD was not finished with Aaron yet. Just a few days before he bumped into Gemma and I, he’d had a similar meeting with another Evangelist from our Church. How many times have you had someone come up to you and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with you? I can count them on one hand, but Aaron had two people come and share about Jesus with him.

After reasoning with Aaron for a while about life after death, God’s reality, etc… I asked Gemma to share her own experience of how she knew that God was real, alive and knowable. As she was telling Aaron, I was watching him, and I knew what his response would be even before he opened up his mouth, “That’s nice for you, but I’ve not had that experience yet”… “I’m happy for you both, because you seem to have found God, but He’s not real to me”… It really is so sad when someone so young believes so strongly that God cannot be known.

Matthew 19:16-25 (NIV) The Rich Young Ruler.
16 Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”
17  “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”
18  “Which ones?” the man enquired. Jesus replied, ” ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony,
19  honour your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’ ”
20  “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”
21  Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22  When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23  Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
24  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
25  When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

Notes: The Disciples had come to realise that EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE SAVED verse 25. How did they arrive at that conclusion? They’d witnessed Jesus, time and time again brining up the LAW of God, the Ten Commandments, with folks as He chatted with them. They NEW that nobody had kept the whole LAW and were ready to be judged by God, that is why they said to Jesus, “Who then can be saved?”… Jesus answer was, “with man it is IMPOSSIBLE” i.e. no one, none, can SAVE themselves, because we’ve all become guilty of breaking God’s Commandments, (Romans 3:23) but with God all things are possible, i.e. God alone can SAVE mankind, as explained in that section of God’s letter to the young Roman Church:

Romans 3:21-28 (NIV) We’re Justified by FAITH through God’s GRACE: Not by living according to God’s LAW revealed in His Commandments. 
21  But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
22  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference,
23  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
24  and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
25  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished
26  —he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27  Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.
28  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.
However, those Commandments reveal our NEED of Salvation, as Jesus’ Disciples discovered above.

Mark’s Account of the Rich Young Ruller:

Mark 10:17-27 (NIV)
17  As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
18  “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No-one is good—except God alone.
19  You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honour your father and mother.’ “
20  “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
21  Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
22  At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
23  Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!”
24  The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
25  It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
26  The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
27  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

NOTES: Notice first, Jesus corrected the man’s understanding of ‘GOOD’, there’s none good, but God alone.
Notice second, Jesus revealed God’s Standard of Goodness and the entry requirement for the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of Heaven: Perfection. Unless a man or woman is perfect, i.e. they’ve kept God’s LAW revealed in His Commandments perfectly all their life, they cannot enter into His Kingdom. The Rich Young Ruler thought he’d kept the Commandments, but it was obvious he was not listening to Jesus, “There’s NONE GOOD but God alone”… i.e. If we take an honest look at God’s Commandments, we’ll conclude that we’ve broken most of them in our lifetime and are guilty Law Breakers in God’s sight.
Well, I’d love to share with you that Aaron was won over by our discussions, but at least he thanked us for stopping to chat with him. I asked if he had a Bible at home. He said, “My dad’s got at least four Bibles open on his desk every day”. I said, why don’t you go home, ask your dad for one of them and read it. Say to God, “I don’t know if you are real, but I’m ready to discover if You are, please speak to me through Your Word”… I do hope we bump into Aaron again. Please pray for this honest young man Aaron, who wanted to discover “Why do you call me good?”.

First Night Of Evangelism:

Gemma’s first night was a brilliant lesson in sharing the Good News of Jesus with folks the way that Jesus did. It was also an eye-opening experience of listening to the Lord as you go, because we also prayed for folks and chatted about God’s Kingdom, Heaven, Hell, Faith, Hope, Healing… We received “Words of Knowledge” you should see people’s faces when you speak God’s Word and their own situation in life lines up with what God is saying to them.  The rest of the team came back and shared their experiences too. My friends, can I encourage you, if you don’t do it already, to keep sharing your faith in Jesus and lead others to the Saviour, because as Jesus own disciples discovered, everybody NEEDS to be SAVED, without Jesus they will die in their sins and end up in Hell, because God has declared He will give them His justice on the day of Judgement.

Here’s the TRUTH:

Here is WHO will NOT Enter God’s Kingdom: Anyone who’s broken God’s Commandments. We ALL NEED SALVATION.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV)
9  Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
10  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Every single person needs to be: Washed, Sanctified and Justified through faith in Jesus Christ.

Also, like Gemma, Sherrie, Ben, Matthew and me last night, you’ll discover Kingdom Knowledge and you’ll experience more of what God’s got in store for you. Note below, the importance of not only loving the Saints as Philemon obviously did, but what will happen to him if he listens to Paul’s instruction when he shares his faith in Jesus.

Philemon 1:4-7 (NIV)
4  I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers,
5  because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints.
6  I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
7  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.

It’s obvious we should love the saints, our brothers and sisters in Christ, but it’s not so obvious the NEED for Christians to be actively sharing our faith in Jesus or the reasons why. When you share Jesus, your own understanding of all the good things you have in Jesus will grow, the more you share, the more you’re going to understand. How awesome is that? Philemon also highlights one of the major problems in our modern churches today, we’re really good at LOVING THE SAINTS but forgetting the importance of being active in sharing our faith. There’s so much good going on we’re missing the point of Jesus Commission and Call. It’s not to have a great time being ‘church’, but to win others for His Kingdom before He comes back again. We’re also great a doing ‘good’ in the community, hoping that people will be so impressed with our ‘goodness’ that they’ll want to discover more about Jesus. It doens’t work my friends, the church is getting exhausted serving the world, but the world is heading straight for hell, because we’re too busy doing ‘good’ to share the Good News of Jesus with them.

It is much harder to be ACTIVELY SHARING YOUR FAITH in Jesus with folks, than it is to be LOVING, gentle and kind. Yes we should be doing good and being loving, kind, generous, helpful and faithful, but it’s going to have far greater dividends in Eternity when you take steps of courage and determine in your heart that you are going to make the most of every opportunity to go out of your way to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, that’s what really counts for Jesus’ Kingdom and Eternity.

I could also write about the many other conversations we had last night; the second person we chatted with was also called Aaron, then a young woman who attended church all her life, but hadn’t received Jesus as Lord. A woman who used to come to church, who needed prayer. It’s just too much to write them all or share them all now… Praise the LORD! Pray for the people and don’t forget to BE ACTIVE IN SHARING YOUR FAITH.

Have a fantastic Thursday.

Don.

 

Sharing IS Caring

You can't let your little light hide for long

Daily Spirit & Word: 690: Sharing IS Caring.

Let Your Radiant Face Shine.

At pre-school they try to get the two, three and four year old kids to share things: bikes, toys, prams, dolls, etc… It doesn’t come naturally to most infants, they want things for themselves. However, if we can get the message through at a very young age, then perhaps we’ll influence a whole generation into Kind-Heartedness right?

Well, I’ve observed it in our own grandchildren and their friends. They do understand the principle, “Sharing Is Caring”. They’ll say up until they are about four or five, “Sharing’s Caring”, but as soon as they begin to experience ownership of something valuable for themselves, things that THEY actually care about, love, like etc… Then you try getting them to SHARE… They don’t like it, but even when they do share, they’ll watch their precious treasure like a hawk. Like a Lioness her cubs. No my friends, SHARING doesn’t come naturally to human beings, we’re selfish by nature. We want to keep our precious stuff for ourselves and our family to enjoy, am I right?

It takes MATURITY and AGE to see that we really should care about the plight of others. Yes there are some who care from a very young age, we’re all different. However, the vast majority only care about NO 1… In our late teens or early 20s something happens within us, we begin to FEEL for others. When we’ve been through some tough stuff, we can sympathise and empathise with others.

This PARABLE of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel today follows on from Jesus’ teaching in the Parable of the Sower. You do need to keep BOTH Parables / Jesus’ Teaching in mind. What did Jesus want us to discover in the Parable of the Sower?

That the CROP we produce reveals if we are Good Soil Hearers. He wants us to be FRUITFUL (Vine and Branches John 15.)

Here in this Parable, we can also see if we are good soil hearers… crop producers / fruitful.

Mark 4:21-25 (NIV)
21 He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?
22  For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.
23  If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
24  “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.
25  Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

VERSE 21: Hiding Your Light. 

Imagine for a moment, you are living in a place that has NO LIGHT. Like Alaska for a few months of the year, it’s in TOTAL DARKNESS. One Day: You are given a light, no one else has a light, but instead of letting everybody else see the light, you decide to hide it. What is the condition of the other people? Answer: They are still in complete darkness.

YOU ARE THE LIGHT: 

That’s what Jesus told EVERYONE who puts their faith and trust in Him. You are the Light of the world.

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14  “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
16  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

How Do We Hide The Light?

Have you ever been in company and had the thought come to your mind, “I can tell them about Jesus now”, but thought to yourself, “No, I can’t, it’s not the right time, they won’t like it, it will spoil the evening”… It might just have been the LORD prompting you to share.

VERSE 22: Hidden / Concealed: Disclosed / Brought out into the open.

You can’t HIDE the Light: God will make sure of that (If your are a TRULY BORN AGAIN Christian).

I had an experience of that when I joined a brand new Submarine as a Petty Officer. I was given charge of a small electrical maintenance section. I didn’t want to start Evangelising immediately or let others know of my Christian faith. I thought, I’ll let them see I’m good at my job, a great Artificer, then once I’ve got their respect, I’ll let them know I follow Jesus.

After just two days a young man said, “There’s something weird about you” I said, “What do you mean?” “He said I don’t know, but there is” Then the next day he said, “I know what it is”. “What do you know?” I asked. “You don’t swear” He said, “Why don’t you swear, it’s weird” Well I had to tell him the reason, “It’s because I’m a Christian Sean, I can’t swear or steal or tell lies because I’m following Jesus as my Lord”…… My friends, you cannot HIDE your light for long as a Christian, there are certain ways, if you are living in the world, that they will sus-you-out. If you are really following Jesus, the LIGHT will shine out from you and give light to the world. Like me, you can TRY to hide it, but It will NOT remain hidden for long. (that’s because it’s meant to be DISCLOSED, IT’S MEANT TO BE BROUGHT INTO THE OPEN).

I fully intended to let everyone know that I was a follower of Jesus, but in my own good time. However, God had different plans. He wanted people to know from the first moment that I set foot on that Submarine that I was His man, that I was a Christian and that Christians are different. It was only after about 18 Months that I discovered why. That young man, Sean Frow from Hull in Yorkshire, later gave his life to Jesus Christ whilst at sea, submerged 200 meters under the waves. He’d been watching my life, listening to my words, hearing me tell others about Jesus and I’d shared the Gospel with him too. He came to Jesus Christ.

ALWAYS A CHRISTIAN: (Light Always On).

You may be in your place of work or neighbourhood: Do the people you work with KNOW about your faith in Jesus?

I’ve known some people who try and compartmentalise their FAITH in Jesus. “At work I’m a nurse, doctor, administrator, telephonist, secretary, builder, plumber, etc… At home I’m a Christian.”

My friends, let’s be real and true to Jesus Christ. At Work or At Home: You are ALWAYS A CHRISTIAN. Your light is NEVER to be switched off.

Think of the Christian life like this: As soon as you open your eyes in the morning, Jesus light is shining out of them.

Your FACE should shine with Holy Light.

How Can We Make Our Light Shine Brighter?

Moses Face: (Read Exodus 34:29-35)

Exodus 34:29-35 (ANIV)
29  When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.
30  When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.
31  But Moses called to them; so Aaron and all the leaders of the community came back to him, and he spoke to them.
32  Afterwards all the Israelites came near him, and he gave them all the commands the LORD had given him on Mount Sinai.
33  When Moses finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face.
34  But whenever he entered the LORD’S presence to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded,
35  they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the LORD.
Whenever Moses was in the presence of the Lord, whenever he’d spent time with God, his face was radiant.

The people were terrified by it, they asked Moses to put a veil over his face, because it shone so much.

Ok, we know all about Moses: (Google: Radiant Faces In The Bible) But did you know there are 14 more examples of RADIANT FACES in God’s Word. Each one happens because a person is spending time seeking the Lord, being in God’s presence.

Here’s one example from Psalm 34:5 Radiant FACES. (There are at least 14 others).

Psalm 34:3-14 (NIV)
3  Glorify the LORD with me: let us exalt his name together.
4  I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
5  Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
6  This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
7  The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
8  Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
9  Fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.
10  The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11  Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12  Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
13  keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.
14  Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

My friends, here’s how you to can get the Glory Glow (Radiant FACE): By spending TIME with Jesus every day. In the morning, when you get up, go and get your Bible, Pray to Jesus, Ask Him to speak to you through His Word, let the Word soak into your being. Ask Jesus to fill you with Holy Spirit… My friends, when you spend time with Jesus, your light is going to shine. Your FACE WILL BE RADIANT.

a) It takes a DECISION:

Although God will make your light shine, sometimes against your will, like me. Most times He wants you to LET IT SHINE.

You know the little song? “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”… It’s a choice and a decision every day.

Jesus said, “Take up your cross daily and follow me”… We’re to follow Jesus when? On a Sunday? No! On a Wednesday or Thursday? NO! We are to follow Jesus EVERY DAY….

b) Paul said to Philemon. 

Philemon 1:4-7 (NIV) “I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, 5  because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. 6  I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. 7  Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”

First Paul commends Philemon for his sincere love for the Saints (His fellow brothers and sisters in Christ). Then he encourages him to “SHARE HIS FAITH” Why does Paul encourage Philemon to share his faith? Because “FAITH SHARING” is much harder than being loving to the saints.

However, there’s more, listen carefully my friends, “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, SO THAT (That “So That” in this section is there for a very good reason). SO THAT “You will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ”… WOWzer!

So by just sharing our faith, by letting our light shine, we don’t only bring others out of darkness, we too have an increase in our awareness, knowledge and experience of “EVERY GOOD THING WE HAVE IN CHRIST”… That’s totally AWESOME.

Use it or Lose It:

My friends, we can see this truth in the light of Jesus teaching in Mark’s Gospel today.

23  If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
24  “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.
25  Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.”

Sharing is Caring: Use it or loose it. 

It’s a very sad state to be in, to be a Christian, but to have such a dim-light-for-Jesus. “Even what he has will be taken from him”… My friends, if we don’t SHARE Jesus with folks, then our light is going to get dimmer and dimmer and dimmer until we’re as good as in the Darkness again.

Share it and it grows brighter. Let your light shine and you’re light will grow even brighter.

Your light in Christ is not like a TORCH. When you shine a torch-light after a while the battery runs down.

What Jesus is telling us here is this: It’s a KINGDOM secret: The more you let your light shine, the BRIGHTER it will become.

You will have a full GLORY GLOW, like Moses, the more you do the will of Jesus and let your light shine. (It’s like living with FULL-BEAM HEADLIGHT ON)…

How do we do it?:

How can we let our light shine for Jesus?

By being good, by doing good, by sharing our faith in Jesus. We’re going to GLOW BRIGHTER.

Of course there’s only one way we can be good or do good: And that’s by staying CONNECTED with Jesus Christ. We can try to do all sorts of ‘good things’ but if we’re not connected with Jesus, the VINE (John 15), then we’re as good a dead.

  • You are going to get a RADIANT FACE when you spend time in Jesus company.
  • You are going to get a DEEPER KNOWLEDGE AND EXPEREINCE of all the good things you have in Christ, when you don’t just do good, but share your faith as well.

My friends, “Sharing IS Caring”: Sharing the light of Jesus Christ shows that you do care about those who are living in the DARKNESS, let your light shine. You’ve been given a wonderful TREASURE in the Gospel Seed that’s been planted in your heart by Jesus. Now, you have a choice, will you let your light shine?

Here’s how to measure: Tea Cup or Barrel: Which one holds the most water? How many cups are in a barrel? With the measure you use, it will be measured unto you. Kingdom Secret: Share your faith as much as you can, your understanding will grow of all the good things you have in Christ, Share your faith as much as your can, your light will GLOW EVEN BRIGHTER.

Have and awesome week with Jesus.

Don.

P.S. I just wanted to say a quick thank you for all your prayers and thoughts for my daughter Stephanie. She is in hospital now, ready to give birth, but they are keeping her in until the baby comes.

 

Revelation of Jesus Christ

Book of Revelation: John on Patmos

Daily Spirit & Word: 676: Revelation of Jesus Christ.

John got REVELATIONS from Jesus, because of His actively sharing the Gospel. God promises in His WORD that you too will get REVELATIONS (Of all the good things we have in Christ) as you go out and actively share the Gospel of Jesus with folks that He brings across your pathway in life.

Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2  who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3  Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

Good morning my friends, before we jump into Revelation, I wanted to share a little about last night’s Street Evangelism. We began as usual, meeting together in the Parish Office to prepare / train. However, our preparation last night was awesome. Two of our team sorted something out that could have become a stumbling-block to further fellowship. It’s so good to clear-the-decks or clear-the-air: Satan loves it when we get offended and don’t get right with each other, when that happens things fester and bitterness can build-up. God’s Word encourages us to “not let the sun go down on our anger” for good reason. Afterwards, the Street Witnessing was truly AWESOME. So many brilliant conversations with folks.

The first man we (David and I) talked with, for over 20 mins, we were able to share the whole Gospel, to show him his need for Jesus and he responded. I’d forgotten to ask his name, when I eventually did, it made us all laugh-out-loud: His name was the same as mine: Donald. Of all the names a black West Indian man from Jamaica could be called, we didn’t expect it to be “Donald”. The very next person we got into a conversation with was a woman from Poland, a Catholic, I asked her name quite soon into our conversation; She was called Dorothea. I said, “My mum was called Doris”… David and I knew, that tonight (last night) was going to be fantastic. It was… We were able to show the difference, without offence, between Roman Catholicism and Biblical faith and trust in Jesus. You know what stays with me the most? The fact that she understood the Cross of Jesus, the shed blood of Jesus for her sins and the fact that she needed to repent and put her personal trust in Him as her Saviour and Receive Him as her Lord. Dorothea got it! Praise the Lord! David asked when she was going to do it? She said, “Next Sunday”. You can guess what we said after that. You know my friends, when you go out and share Jesus, He’s with you, He’ll use you, He’s drawing people to Himself through your every word and action. Praise be to His Holy Name. Amen!

Please Pray for; Donald, Dorothea, Cyprian, Ashley, Jodie, Charmaine. Just a few of the people we met and shared Jesus with in conversation last night. I can’t remember all their names. Pray for them all, that even now Jesus will be drawing them to Himself.

Now: A short thought about Revelation (It’s my day off)… LOL.

Revelation 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2  who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3  Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

The Book of Revelation: Is the TESTIMONY of Jesus Christ, given by revelation / vision to John. He was the same John who wrote: The Gospel of John, 1,2 and 3 John and the Book of Revelation. So, there’s no reason to be afraid to dip your toes into this amazing book. God the Holy Spirit was right there with John as he penned this work; it is the WORD of God.

It was give to John to encourage the Christians in the Seven Cities of Asia Minor, but it’s also for those who believe and trust in Jesus Christ today, because much of the prophesies of this book are yet to be fulfilled. What the LORD tells John to write to those seven churches, to encourage, rebuke and strengthen the believers, is also applicable to your own life and walk with Jesus. There are dire warnings in the book, but great encouragements for the believer today.

Look what happens when we READ this Revelation, and take to heart what is written:

Verse 3 “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

  • When you READ it: You are Blessed by the LORD.
  • When you TAKE TO HEART: What you read, then you are doubly BLESSED.

That’s an AWESOME thought to dwell upon today. Think about it, “I’m being blessed by God by just reading His Word and taking it to my heart.” Say that out loud to yourself. Say it a few times and then read these first few verses again. Oh WOWzer! I’ve just done that, and I’m being totally honest now, I’m feeling BLESSED by Jesus afresh this morning.

“I’m being blessed by God by just reading His Word and taking it to my heart.”

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

How AWESOME is that?

PRAISE JESUS.

Praise the LORD now with a song: What song has He placed upon your heart right now?

For me it’s “I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today, I know that He is living, no matter what men may say” Do you know that Hymn?

Have an exciting Thursday with Jesus, Keep sharing Jesus with folks and you too will continue getting more REVELATIONS just like John did on the Island of Patmos.

Philemon 1:6 (NIV) “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

What awesome promises Believers in Jesus Christ have been given by God the Father in His Word.

Believe them, take God at His Word and BE Blessed today.

I hope you’ve been blessed by Jesus today.

Don.

 

Rejoice and Jump for JOY.

Joyful, Jumping for Joy, when persecuted for Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word: Rejoice and Jump For JOY.

“We walk by FAITH, not by sight”.

Have you ever been put-off because of what someone said? Have you stopped sharing Jesus with people? Many followers of Jesus today don’t believe in Evangelism. However, it was Jesus who commanded His followers to go into all the world. “Walk by Faith, not by sight”.

Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV)
11  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me12  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Good morning my friends, another awesome evening of Evangelism last night on the streets of West Norwood London. We were joined by a new member of the team, a lady who’s just joined our fellowship called Gwyneth, she teamed-up with me as it was her first time. We go out in twos and share the Gospel with anyone who’ll stop and have a chat.

Last night I was so up for it, but the week before, I was dreading going out, because it’s getting quite cold now in London. However, even though it was freezing last night, people did stop and chat; but most just received a little Gospel tract or a Ten Commandment Coin.

Though we had many conversations; ranging in duration from just a few words or seconds, to ten or fifteen minutes. One that stands out from last night was our last encounter, which was just in front of the Church when we were on our way back to meet up with the rest of the team. The man was standing, looking cold, waiting for his bus. Gwyneth offered him a Ticket to Heaven tract; he refused saying he didn’t believe in forcing ‘religion’ on anyone. He said, “I don’t think it’s right to go around trying to force people into any religion”.

In the past, if someone had said that to me, I’d probably have thanked them and moved on. However, the LORD has encouraged me over the years to be cheeky and ask questions about how people have arrived at their convictions. Thankfully, Gwyneth had obviously learned that lesson too.

I listened and Gwyneth explained, “We’re not out forcing the faith of Jesus, we’re sharing the Good News”… He remained steadfast in his conviction that it was wrong, stated that he was a Christian, and “A ‘real’ Christian keeps his faith private, and goes into his closet and prays secretly to his God.”

I’ve heard that many times before in my lifetime, but mainly from the older generation. I was surprised to be hearing it from a man so young. I said to him, “What do you think about the Disciples and followers of Jesus? They went out into all the world and proclaimed Jesus Gospel of Good News wherever they went?” He said, “I don’t agree with that, they mainly went to private places and shared with people who wanted to listen”. I said, “What about St Paul, who went into Market places and debated in public?” I explained, “Market places are pretty busy with lots of people just out doing business”…

Well, we went to and fro in our conversation like that for a while, until I sensed that it was the time to switch from the natural (argument, reasoning and discussion about ordinary things) to the Spiritual (discussing the Gospel of Jesus). I asked the man, “Do you believe in Heaven?” He said, “I don’t think about that too much, I’m a medical scientist”. Another red-herring was approaching 🙂 I kept him on track, “Eternity has been planted by God in your heart”. He looked at me in the strangest way, “It’s real, Heaven is real and God put it in you to know it’s real, that’s why there are so many religions in the world, everybody knows that this life is not all that there is”.

The man wouldn’t engage, so I switched back to the Natural again: “Do you pray for your patients?” He said, “No, I use science to cure them”. He didn’t think that his god would intervene, his god had given him the capacity to cure and know how to fix things for people.

He said, “I don’t pray, I use science to cure people”

Do you know what he had done? He had made a ‘god’ to suit himself. His god was not the God of the Bible. It was idolatry that He was suffereing from. Whenever you hear someone saying, “My god wouldn’t do this or my ‘god’ wouldn’t do that”, they’ve exchanged the God of the Bible for a convenient god of their own imaginations. It’s the most common form of idolatry that we come across today.

In our conversation, it became so evident that he was worshipping a false god of his own creation, there were so many aspects of Biblical Christianity that were obviously missing from his version of ‘faith’. He’d arrived at convictions and practices that are convenient, easy, un-challenging and unreal. His version of faith meant he could be a secret Christian, who didn’t need to call upon his god, and that Heaven and Hell wasn’t real.

Before we could share the TRUE Gospel with the man, his bus that he was waiting for had arrived. I quickly thanked him for speaking with us and gave him one of our tracts that says, “Thank you for listening”. It’s got a picture of a dog with big ears. It always makes people smile. But on the back it has the Good News of Jesus. I said, “Will you read this when you get home?” He took the tract. I hope and pray that he’ll think deeply about our conversation and that he will read the tract. I believe he will, because he was obviously a deep-thinking man.

The one phrase that I know God planted in his heart last night, that made a deep impact crater upon his soul was, “God has planted eternity in your heart”… His countenance changed when I said that, his mouth stopped for a moment.

The TRUTH has a way of stopping the mouths of unbelievers, but you’ll only see it if you are out doing what Jesus commanded, sharing the Good News.

Ecclesiastes 3:10-11 (NIV) 
10  I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11  He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

God has PLANTED ETERNITY: men, mankind, human beings; we all KNOW that this life is not the end.

God Shuts The MOUTH: Of the Self-Righteous.

Romans 3:17-20 (NIV)
17  and the way of peace they do not know.”
18  “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
19  Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.
20  Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.

It’s amazing when you actually see God doing this to someone, when the TRUTH hits home or lands in their soul in such a powerful way that their mouth goes silent. There’s a physical change that takes place in a person. You can see it hitting home. Praise the LORD!

So, my friends, don’t be put-off when someone says something FALSE about what you are doing for Jesus.

Matthew 5:11-12 (NIV “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

That “rejoice and be glad” in the verse above: in the Greek of the New Testament it literally means “Leap and jump for joy”… The KJV says “be exceedingly glad”.. It’s amazing, but the LORD puts His deep joy in your heart when you know an attack is coming because you’re walking in obedience with Jesus.

We’re learning, slowly, not to get angry when someone says something false about what we are doing for Jesus. The man last night said, “You shouldn’t force people into religion”. With every lie of Satan, there’s also an element of truth. Of course we shouldn’t force anyone, we can’t make a convert by force. Only the Holy Spirit brings conviction and converts a person. However, by going out and sharing the Good News of Jesus on the streets with people, we’re NOT ‘forcing’ anyone, we’re just being obedient to Jesus command to go. The man made that statement before we’d barely spoken a word to him about Jesus. Of course it was a ‘false’ statement, a lie from Satan, designed to cause us to doubt what we were doing. Thankfully, Gweneth and I were not put-off or dismayed by it for a moment.

Gwyneth and I, and the rest of the team REJOICED last night.

We’d been out sharing the Good News of Jesus. We know that the LORD’S promises hold true;

Isaiah 55:10-12 (NIV)
10  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11  so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12  You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

“It shall not return to me void.” God will use the WORD planted in people’s hearts. He will accomplish what He desires. All He requires of us is that we be willing to be obedient to His Command to GO and to SPEAK the Gospel for Him! Amen.

My friends, keep GOING for Jesus.

  • Don’t give up.
  • Don’t be put off.
  • Don’t feel that you’ve failed.
  • Success is not obvious results, but being and living in the obedience that comes from faith.
  • Success in Evangelism is not measured by the number of converts, but by the fact that you’ve gone out and shared the Good News of Jesus Christ with people.
  • Keep LOVING People: They need Jesus, even if they don’t think they do. Their eternal destiny is what matters most to God, not that they are offended by you sharing the Good News with them.

It’s not by sight but by faith that we walk with Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) “We live by faith, not by sight.”

You might not see results or expected results when you do things for Jesus, but have faith; when you go out in His power, in His Spirit and on His mission; He’s with you, He will accomplish and achieve His purpose. Jesus IS building His Church, so keep sowing the WORD in people’s hearts.

Have an awesome day with Jesus full of His Spirit.

Amen!

Don.

 

Are You Groaning For Heaven?

Creation Groans, The Spirit Groans, Are YOU Groaning?

Daily Spirit & Word: 662: Groaning For Heaven.

Good morning my friends, it is good too, because we had a glorious prayer gathering last night. We praised the Lord, danced in His presence and worshipped the Living God in the Power of the Spirit. Had a time of fellowship, catching-up after the Christmas and New Year celebrations; Then we interceded and read some more of God’s Word. And sang songs of praise again. WOWzer!

 Have you ever wished for Heaven? I mean really wished that Heaven would come now? That the LORD Jesus Christ would return in all His glory? He’s coming soon, all the signs are with us now that Jesus Christ’s return is imminent. In my heart I’m crying “Come Lord Jesus, this world is suffering and needs You”… But the LORD tarries, He’s waiting until His time is just right, but from the Word of God, we can see that the scene is set for His return. In the meantime, we await in eager expectation, just as God’s Creation does;
Romans 8:18-27 (NIV) Groaning For Heaven:
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19  The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.
20  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21  that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23  Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
24  For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?
25  But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26  In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
27  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.
Was there a time when you felt young in the faith, full of energy and excitement that soon you’d meet your LORD? When I first got filled with the Holy Spirit I felt I’d soon be touching the Messiah, because He felt as close as a thick morning mist upon the face. However, that was in 1984, I’ve been filled with and experienced the closeness of the LORD many times since then: last night, for the first time in a few weeks, I felt His wonderful close presence during our prayer meeting. I don’t know why the LORD chooses to make Himself known in power like that sometimes, and yet at others I feel as if there is a Grand Canyon between me and Him. I suppose it’s because the LORD wants me to walk by FAITH not by sight, nor by feeling, nor by touch. But my friends, I do know this, just ONE touch from the LORD changes everything. However, “Hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?”
Let us, with all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the whole world, “wait patiently” upon the LORD. There will be times when, like last night, you’ll feel His close presence, and others that you’ll be waiting for Him in eager expectation, hoping for His coming.
Know this too, the Holy Spirit is helping you in all your weaknesses. There are times when you just don’t know what to pray for; it’s in times like that the Holy Spirit Himself takes the initiative and intercedes for you. Further, He’s praying and interceding for you in accordance with the will of God your Heavenly Father. Knowing that gives me great encouragement.
I’m looking forward to Heaven, more today than when I first came to know the LORD, but I’m also full of JOY in the Spirit as I await His imminent return with eager expectation. In the mean-time I know, He’s got things He wants me and you to be doing; winning the LOST. Reaching out with His love to those in the world today who don’t yet know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. As we take the initiative, make the most of every opportunity that He’s giving us every day, to share Jesus in His POWER, then He’s showing me right now, He’ll be with us. Jesus Christ will be with us. We’ll know His presence as we reach out with His hands to a world that desperately needs His loving touch.
Tomorrow, we begin our weekly Evangelism as a Church, there are only a few who’ve been set on fire with His love to come and share Jesus with us on the streets. The Harvest is truly plentiful, but the Labourers are still so few. I’m praying, that the LORD of the Harvest will send out more labourers into His harvest field. If you are nearby in London, I invite you to come and join with us. You’ll see Jesus at work through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. We don’t go to “bash” people into the Kingdom, we go out in LOVE, filled with compassion. It’s only when we step out in faith, take a risk, do stuff that doesn’t come naturally to us, but out of obedience to His command, we go in faith; then we see. Not only that, but we also get an even greater understanding of all the good things that we have in Jesus. So even if you don’t feel for the LOST, come because you want to experience the LORD’S goodness again.  Philemon 1:6 (NIV) “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”
HOPE: It’s a powerful faith filled hope we have. Not an empty hopeless kind of hope, but a joy filled, full of assurance, kind of hope in the LORD. Have you got the HOPE of the LORD in your heart today?
Let’s keep joining with God’s Creation, let’s keep GROANING for His return. Notice I said GROANING not moaning. There’s a vast difference between groaning and moaning.
Moaning: Express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness. Show one’s unhappiness or a critical attitude.
Groaning: Express audibly, make sounds (not necessarily with words), in the Spirit.
So let’s get filled with God’s Holy Spirit today, so that we’ll GROAN in accordance with God’s will. Amen!
Come LORD Jesus!
WORSHIP: Last night we sang along with worship songs from Rick Muchow.
I invite you to take a few minutes to soak in the powerful presence of Jesus and worship Him in the Holy Spirit.
PRAY: Oh Lord, the signs in this world are that You are coming soon; come Lord Jesus. If you tarry Lord, Help me to be Your hands of love to a world the desperately needs Your loving touch. Help me to speak for You Lord. Give me courage as I share the Gospel with the folks You bring into my life. Help me to make the most of every opportunity You are giving me today. Lord I’m also praying for brothers and sisters who’ll come and discover the joy of sharing the Good News. Amen!
Have an awesome exciting day with the Lord Jesus,
Don.

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Come Back Rejoicing.

What would you do with rotten chicken?

Daily Spirit & Word, 622: Come Back Rejoicing.

Preaching The Good News: It’s Fantastic!

Good morning my friends, we came back rejoicing last night after being out on the streets of West Norwood sharing the Good News of Jesus. Though, like our fellow believers throughout the world, we must endure many hardships, our momentary troubles are nothing compared to the eternal joy of knowing that the Lord will use our efforts to save some from certain destruction in Hell.

Acts 14:21-22 “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22  strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.”

We were joined by Daniella last night, it was her first time out sharing Jesus with folks. She really did come back rejoicing, because she knew she’d planted the seed of God’s Word in people’s hearts. She noted that there were ‘believers’ in Jesus, who were still trusting in their own good works to enter into heaven rather than upon the finished work of the Lord Jesus on the Cross.

The reason we’ve got so many FALSE CONVERTS in West Norwood is because of the preaching in many places of a false Gospel message: It goes something like this, “Do you want to have true; joy, satisfaction, happiness and lasting peace in your life? (Who doesn’t?) Then accept Jesus into your heart and you will be saved”… They then tell people Jesus died for sinners and lead them through the so called “Sinner’s Prayer”. Once people ‘pray that prayer’ they tell them they are Christians and encourage them to get baptised in their church, attend worship and pay their membership fees. Yes my friends, “membership fees”. They gladly do that though, thinking they’re adding to their salvation by paying the price themselves. Then they’ll try and live a good life under the anointing of the Holy Spirit which is dished out by the ‘Anointed Man of God’.

How do we know this? We meet people from these churches every week on the streets. We only need talk for a few minutes to ascertain their true spiritual condition; false converts. Do you know my friends, even false converts overflow with JOY once they hear the true Gospel of Jesus? Why? Because it makes complete sense. They are also shocked that they hadn’t heard that message in their own church before and saddened that they’d been trusting in a false message, sometimes for many years.

MANY CONVERSATIONS:

Last night we got back and shared with each other about the people we’d shared Jesus with; Three Muslim young men, a Buddhist, a son of a Roman Catholic Priest (hardened against and bitter about the message of Christianity), many non-Christians and countless false converts. We also met with some real followers of Jesus from a Portuguese fellowship, and another church in West Norwood. Praise the Lord! We chatted with people at a bus-stop who said, “I’m a believer, but I don’t need to go to church”. Two teenage girls, one who wanted to go, but her friend wanted to stay and chat because her mum was a committed Christian. As we shared the Gospel she knew what she had to do to be saved, but hadn’t done it all. She told us of confessing her sin and asking for forgiveness, but her life hadn’t changed. We were able, in a few short minutes to show how she needed to trust in Jesus Christ and the reasons why. She walked away last night with assurance that when she fully trusts in Jesus Christ she will be saved, also that we’d pray for her poorly mother Denise. (Will you pray for Denise? She’s a real Christian who loves the Lord, shares the Gospel regularly with her daughter, but is too poorly to attend fellowship meetings. A tear came to the young girls eyes when I said, “I’m going to be praying for your mummy”…

I can’t write about all the conversations, but we know the LORD will use every word planted in the dear folks of West Norwood’s hearts last night.

Acts 14:21-22 “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22  strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

Yes there were some hardships last night, some people were not interested at all, some took a tract and returned it immediately once they heard it was a Christian message, but be encouraged dear friends, because many more received tracts with joy, some with a smile, some asked for more so they could share them with friends. We had lots of conversations last night that led to a full presentation of the Good News, that’s our aim when we go out in the power of Jesus. Not just to give out tracts, but to engage people with the Good News.

What is the Gospel Message: The Good News that we shared last night?

Quickly: We share how people need Jesus because everyone has sinned against God by going against their own conscience’s alarm bells and breaking His Commandments by; lying, stealing, lusting (adultery), idolatry (making up a God in their own minds that will allow them to get away with sin), being disobedient to their parents. As people hear HOW they’ve sinned against God, then the GREAT NEWS suddenly makes complete sense: Jesus died upon the Cross to take our punishment upon Himself. He died in our place upon the Cross so that we can be saved on the Day of Judgement. God will give us a new heart and a new start in life once we put our trust in Jesus Christ for our Salvation. He’ll also give us assurance of a place in Heaven for all eternity. We’ll gladly serve the Lord with our lives, not because we’re trying to be ‘good enough’ but because of His love and gratitude because of what Jesus did to save us.

(You can read more of what we share by clicking here: THE GOOD NEWS).

We use illustrations to show people how to trust Jesus:

The Parachute: You wouldn’t jump out of a plane without one, because the law of gravity means we’d plunge to our death. In the same way, if we jump of planet earth when we die without a Saviour, then the Law of God means we’ll face His just and righteous judgement for our sins, we’ll be carrying them ourselves and the weight of them will take us all the way to Hell.

The Chicken That’s Gone Bad:

We share with folks that it makes sense that God cannot allow contaminated sinners into His Holy Heaven.

No one in their right mind would put a piece of rotten chicken in their fridge with the good, fresh chicken would they?

We ask people, “If you got home from the Supermarket and found that a piece of Chicken you’d just bought was rotten, stinking rotten. Would you put that piece in the fridge beside good pieces of chicken? They always answer, “No Way!” We ask them, “What would you do with that stinking rotten piece of Chicken?” They always answer, “I’d throw it in the bin”.

So the LORD cannot allow rotten sinners, who’ve broken His Commandments, into His Heavenly Dwelling Place, because we’d contaminate Heaven. God’s Wrath and Anger abides on anyone who tries to enter into Heaven with their sins still on them.

So we need to have our sins removed. The Good News: Only the blood of Jesus Christ, His Death upon the Cross, can remove our sins from us. He died in order that we might be cleansed from ALL SIN. He took our place upon the Cross for our sins.

AND MANY MORE 🙂

You should see people’s faces:

When you open up a person’s understanding, so that they can at last see their true Spiritual condition before God, they’ll be and are amazed at the good news of Jesus Christ. They’ll thank you! They did last night and they do every time we get into a conversation that leads to a full presentation of the Gospel. Non-Christians thank us, back-sliders say, “This is a wake-up-call”, we also cause Atheists to back-slide into belief in God.

But: Acts 14:21-22 “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22  strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.

We MUST go through many hardships in order that some may enter into the Kingdom of God.

We GO, but we come back REJOICING.

Why? Because, the LORD has been with us. He’s drawing people to Himself. The Holy Spirit is a work in people’s hearts the moment we open our mouth for Jesus. We’ve seen the TRUTH of the Bible’s Teaching: that “FAITH COMES BY HEARING” ( Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

Can I encourage you, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ reading this message today, to GO and share your faith in the Lord Jesus? Everyone needs to HEAR the Gospel, some will be saved, others warned about God’s judgement to come, many encouraged in their walk with Jesus. But GO, because Jesus told you to share His Gospel Message. Go because your own faith and understanding will grow.

Philemon 1:6 “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”

When we SHARE THE FAITH (The whole Gospel of Jesus Christ) our UNDERSTANDING of it increases. All the good things that we have in Christ make our hearts leap for JOY.

But most importantly GO because, Jesus came into this world to SAVE SINNERS. His hearts desire is that many more will be saved. He died in order that people get saved. He died because of His love for people. Let’s SAVE as many as we can for Jesus sake. Amen!

So Endure The Hardships with JOY.

Be at peace with Jesus today.

Don.

Things that will KEEP People OUT of Heaven.

Revelation 22:14-15 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15  Outside are the dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practises falsehood.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10  nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11  And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Galatians 5:19-21 “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 5:5-7 “For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6  Let no-one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7  Therefore do not be partners with them.

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Evangelism, Miracles or Both?

Should we preach or perform miracles or both?

Daily Spirit & Word, 620:

Miracles or Evangelism or Both?

Good morning my friends, it’s fantastic when the LORD is speaking to you loud and clear. Yesterday we had a visit from the Gideons in church, it was good for me to listen to another man bringing God’s Word and to be fed in a different way. It was also great that the man speaking was an obvious convert to the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved the Lord and the Lord spoke through Him.

His message was about Cracked Pots: Shining the Light of the Lord. He recounted the story of Gideon’s Battle. His message was that God’s light can only sine out of the cracked pots. I was tempted to make a joke at the end of his sermon: “Let’s all be Crack Pots for Jesus”… It may have raised a smile, but it would have detracted from His brilliant message.

Before the service began I welcomed him and we chatted. He was telling me about his son’s church in Clapham, it’s a new Vineyard Church plant, they are good, Holy Spirit filled people. That church has been out on the streets of Clapham sharing Jesus and healing people. There was one slight difference in what they called their team from our team: They are called the ‘Healing On The Streets Team’, we call ours ‘The Evangelism Team’. But I’m thinking of changing it now!

What team would you be more inclined to join? The Healing On The Streets or The Evangelism Team?

It’s a no-brainer for me, but I know there’s one word that makes the vast majority of the Church quake in their boots and run for cover; it is the word EVANGELISM. Why?

Well my friends, it’s because even just thinking about going out to share Jesus with folks is scary, it’s daunting, and it’s confrontational. (of course it’s not, but that’s what people automatically believe and imagine, because they’ve swallowed the lies of Satan about Evangelism). Whilst on the other hand ‘Healing On The Streets’ sounds much more appealing, less confrontational, more powerful and has much longer lasting and more profound effects. (Of course it doesn’t, but we’re much more comfortable with the ‘miraculous’ than we are with the ordinary).

Adrian Rogers has said; “Miracles normally came in clusters in the Bible. There were miracles, obviously, in the Creation, miracles around the ministries of Moses, Elijah, and Elisha, miracles with Jesus and the apostles, and there will be end-time miracles. I do not know anybody today who has the gift of miracles, but I would certainly not deny God’s ability in that area. He’s proven it too well. However, I would rather have it said of me that many believed on Jesus through my word than that I had the power to do miracles—because that is the lasting miracle, the new birth, the greatest miracle of all.” {What Every Christian Ought to Know Day by Day: Essential Truths for Growing Your Faith.}

How About BOTH: Miracles & Conversions:

I’ve been thinking about this my friends, since yesterday 😎  and ever since I’ve been saved. 😛   Jesus commanded us to go and proclaim the Good News. He equipped us to do it by giving us the Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts. However, it’s also true that He wants us to perform miracles as well as proclaim the Gospel. In Mark’s Gospel the Great Commission is slightly different from Matthew’s.

  • Matthew’s Commission concentrates on “The Making of Disciples”
  • Mark’s Commission concentrates on those going out: “The Ability to Preach and Perform”.

Which is right? Since they are both from God’s Word: They are both right my friends, we are to Make Disciples and we are to Perform Miracles. That becomes obvious as we read the rest of the New Testament and discover how the first followers of Jesus lived out His Great Commission. They went out to preach the Gospel and signs and wonders accompanied the Gospel proclamation.

Therefore perhaps I’ll change the name of our outreach team to: “The Healing & Converting Team” or “The Miracle and Evangelism Team”… Whatever!

As I talked with the man about his son’s church in Clapham and listened to what he said, “They also proclaim the Gospel and pray for Healing”. I said, “We do the same, we pray for some people and we proclaim the Gospel too, some people get touched by the Lord”…

It Is Both; Gospel Proclamation & Signs and Wonders.

However, it is also what we are about:

  • Do you just want to see miracles?
  • Do you just want to see people come to Christ?

We should always want both with all our hearts; seeing people healed is AWESOME. We’ve had the privilege of seeing that as we went out to proclaim the Good News and lead people to Jesus. Seeing people come to faith and delivered from darkness, from bondage to sin and on their way to hell, that’s AWESOME too.

What does God want?

That’s the bottom-line question: What does the LORD desire? He wants ALL: He wants people everywhere to REPENT and TRUST in His Son Jesus for Salvation. That’s God’s PRIMARY (Highest agenda). He sent Jesus into this world to rescue men from Hell. He died in order to fulfil His mission. Yes he performed a few (many) miracles along the way, but His primary purpose was to SAVE. He’ll use both, miracles and proclamation of the Gospel to accomplish it. But we should never be tempted to think one is better than the other, they were always meant to accompany one another anyway.

We, both teams, the Healing Team and the Evangelism Team, were actually doing the SAME things anyway. However, what should our primary focus is to be? It’s my belief that our total commitment to Jesus should include; being obedient to His Commands and Serving the Lord with gladness. We’ll all use our gifts and skills to fulfill His Great Commission. Unlike Adrian Rogers who only wanted to be remembered for his proclamation of the Word in effectively leading souls to Jesus, I want that too, but I also want people to experience the miraculous. I’ve seen how one miracle can lead a whole family to the Lord.

It’s my experience that people come to the Lord in so many different ways; sometimes it is through a healing miracle, but other times it’s just a word that impacts their soul and heart. There is a TRUTH in the modern worship song “Just ONE touch of the KING, changes everything”… Just one touch from KING Jesus changes water into wine, cause a deaf person to hear, a blind person to see and a lame person to walk and leap for joy. Just one touch of the KING: Changes EVERYTHING in a person’s life.

Jesus is still in the LIFE TRANSFORMATION BUSINESS: He wants to do both; to HEAL and to DELIVER. With Jesus it was miracles and preaching the Kingdom, with the Apostles after Pentecost it was the same, we need to stay balanced and focused on following Jesus example and his commands.

Notice that in both versions of the great commission the emphasis is not on the miracles first, but on the proclamation of the Gospel. That’s God’s tool for bringing lost souls to Himself. It’s the Gospel that has the power to Salvation. We can heal people and they’ll get healed, but imagine healing someone and then not bringing them to faith and trust in Jesus Christ? That would be a terrible tragedy wouldn’t it?

I’ve seen it happen before, a great miracle whilst on an Evangelistic Mission in Cornwall. A woman who’d been wheelchair bound for years was healed instantly. But she did not come to trust Jesus as her Saviour. As a result of her healing the husband did trust Jesus and began attending church, but she went out dancing and lived a reckless loose life, they eventually divorced because of her adultery. Jesus didn’t take her healing away, but she also didn’t become a follower of Jesus. What a tragedy! Yes, let’s go out and heal, but let us also remember that Jesus called us to make Disciples and to lead people to faith and trust in Him, that’s got to be our PRIMARY focus, purpose, calling and reason for going out: In order that many people will be coming to faith and trust in the Living Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.  Amen!

Have an awesome week with Jesus,

Don.

Mark 16:14-20. The Great Commission.
14  Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15  He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
16  Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
17  And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;
18  they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19  After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.
20  Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission.
16  Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17  When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted.
18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

Yesterday’s Street Evangelism in Brixton London.

Brixton Street Evangelism, London.

Daily Spirit & Word: 609: Yesterday’s Witnessing.

Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Good morning my friends. We came back rejoicing last night from our little trip to Brixton to share the Good News of Jesus. Brixton really is a melting pot of humanity, with people from every country, creed and colour. It’s amazing how the Lord seems to test us and leaves the best conversations and encounters till the last few moments of our excursions. We’d been out for about 40 minutes, giving out tracts and trying to engage people, but not many wanted to stop and quite a few didn’t take the tracts. After a while, David, my fellow follower of Jesus said, “Shall we go back to Tulse Hill, perhaps we’ll get better results there?” He’d been sworn at, rejected and was feeling slightly oppressed. It was tempting to just call it a day, to give-in or give-up and go back home, but I said, “No, let’s persevere, let’s keep going, let’s keep praising the Lord, I’m sure Satan would want us to give up, let’s ask the Lord to give us good conversations with folks tonight here in Brixton”.

Well, I’m glad to say that it didn’t take very long, because the very next person was a woman on her way back home. We got talking and discovered she was a Christian, who knew the whole Gospel, who’d obviously trusted in the Saviour. But I felt prompted to ask her about her worship. I said, “Where do you meet with other believers?” She said, “Oh, I don’t go to church, I just read the Bible and worship at home”. I felt so sad for her, imagine having no regular place to gather with brothers and sisters in the faith. She shared about her sad experience of ‘church’ and how she felt judged and disheartened and discouraged by the experience. Although the place was lively, full of young students like herself, it was not very loving or ‘Christian’. She’d also back-slidden and her faith was dwindling, until she began to worship at home. We got to know all about her life, how she’d started to stammer more and put that down to a lack of focus upon the Lord and worrying about what people were thinking about her.

She then encouraged us as she related how our meeting was not an accident, because she’d boarded a bus only to discover that she couldn’t find her bus-pass. Then when the bus had gone, she looked in her bag and found it, but decided to walk and then she bumped into us. It was an amazing time of encouraging her to get into fellowship. What was really awesome was she’d been watching some Christian videos on Youtube that we’d also been watching. She knew all about Ray Comfort and the Evangelism School and had started sharing the Gospel with friends and colleagues. She didn’t live far from our Church so we said that she’d be more than welcome to come and join us for worship or at our Discipleship Fellowship. We exchanged telephone numbers and said our goodbyes after a short time of prayer, right there on the busy streets of Brixton.

The next few conversations were with folks who didn’t know the Lord, but each one was significant in moving them from complete unbelief or indifference to thinking seriously about their life, their eternal destiny and purpose in being here on the earth. Each one encouraged to consider the Lord Jesus Christ and what He came to earth to do: To give His life to save sinners from God’s wrath and anger against sin.

What did I learn from last night’s Street Evangelism?

Don’t give up when the going gets tough. Just keep going in the strength of the Holy Spirit. Imagine how God must feel when people reject Him, the Creator of the Universe.

David said, “In one night, we’ve been abused more than any other time, we’ve been encouraged more and I’ve even been treated to a few people who fancied me” We laughed. Because one lady responded “I don’t want your tract, but I’ll take you any day”… LOL.

On our final conversation for the night, a young lady from France whom we’d been chatting to for about ten minutes about the Lord said, “I’ve really enjoyed talking to you guys, you’re nice” Even though we’d been through the whole Gospel and she was not yet ready to respond. We encouraged her to read her Bible and pray. She said with an assured nod, “I will”.

Whilst out sharing, we need to keep focused upon what the Lord is doing, wait patiently for His leading and respond when the right moment comes.

Even though a few people didn’t want to know, there were many more who took tracts with a smile, some were intrigued, other’s questioned and a few were very interested. Stay focused upon the reasons why you are there: we go out to share the good news of Jesus Christ with people who are; blind, walking in darkness, who are trapped and enslaved by sin and Satan. They need the Lord Jesus Christ to set them free, give them hope and fullness of life and the gift of faith and eternal life too. When we know why we’re out, then all the hassles and lack of response don’t matter, we’re reaching out in obedience to the Lord’s Command to go out with God’s love, gentleness, boldness, anointing and peace; praise the LORD for those who do respond and for those we move closer to trusting the Saviour.

Have an awesome Saturday.

Keep Sharing and Keep Praising Jesus.

Don.

Matthew 4:16-17 “the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” 17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

Isaiah 9:2 “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Proverbs 20:6 (NKJV) “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man?”

Romans 10:14-15 (NKJV) How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

Faith Comes From God

Faith is a gift from God

Daily Spirit & Word 578: Faith Comes From God.

Good morning my friends, I’m still enjoying holiday time. Recently we’ve been having family staying and it’s been really great catching up on our daughter’s life. Hearing her joys and hardships and experiences; stories that without meeting up would remain untold or forgotten. It’s amazing how many things don’t get said often enough.

Faith doesn’t come from inside the individual: It is first generated by God.

We often imagine that faith comes from our own efforts:

I recently bought some silicone sealant: It comes in great long tubes and it’s really difficult to get them flowing at first, requiring great effort to squeeze out even a tiny dribble of the thick-creamy-goo from the nozzle. However, once it’s flowing it’s quite easy to keep it going, getting it to go where you want it to go is another thing though. I’ve watched trained craftsmen and they’re just dazzling they way they make straight lines with silicone; mines are more often than not; wobbly, lumpy and with peaks resembling a lemon meringue pie 🙂

Some people think that faith needs to be squeezed out like that, but it’s not by effort or force that faith comes.

Listen to how the Bible tells us that faith comes, and from whom it comes, because once you know this you’ll be less likely to be frustrated by your own and other people’s lack of faith. Also, If you want other people to come to a living faith in Jesus, then you’ll know how to achieve it, because you’ll be freed from many false expectations and you’ll also be able to set other people free too.

1) Faith is a Gift:

 Ephesians 2:8 (NLT) “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.”

It’s not by our own effort of good works or anything else we do, it’s a GIFT from God.

2)  Faith comes by hearing:

And it comes into a person’s life by hearing God’s Word.

Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message (the good news about Jesus Christ), and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”

The ‘message’: (Read Romans 10:8-17 in Context below) It’s the whole Gospel of Jesus Christ: How all have sinned against God, what it means that we’ve sinned, how we have sinned, the consequences of sin, what happens to sinners if they were to die in their sin, God’s heart for sinners and how He demonstrated His love by sending His Son Jesus to save sinners from the wrath to come, then what it means to trust in Jesus by repenting and receiving Him as Lord: That’s the MESSAGE: People receive the gift of faith when they hear that message, it’s a gift that comes from God.

Sometimes as you share the ‘message’ of Christ, you’ll actually see faith coming upon a person, it changes them physically. Once a person has faith enough to believe, then all that’s needed is for them to exercise that saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ Rom 10:8-17.

3) Faith grows:

The more you exercise your God given faith, the more it will grow and the easier those mountains will be removed.

1 John 5:4-5  “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”

That’s Mountain Moving Faith:

Matthew 17:20-21  “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief (lack of faith and trust in God): for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. 21  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”

4) Faith is BELIEVING:

Remember that faith is BELIEVING in God, or believing what God has said. Jesus reminded His disciples on many occasions that they could move mountains if they had just a tiny amount of faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed. When you’re ready to believe God, what God has said in His Word; you’re ready to do ANYTHING.

Hebrews 11:1-13 Faith is Believing (Trusting / Risking Everything in and on God).

1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
2  This is what the ancients were commended for. 
3  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 
4  By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 
5  By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
6  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 
7  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 
8  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
9  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
10  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 
11  By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
12  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 
13  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.

Conclusion:

“Faith comes from God; it’s His gift to those who hear the Gospel, but it needs to be exercised for it to grow stronger, exercise your faith and you’ll see mountains being moved.”

So my friends, if you have found that your own faith has begun to smoulder, then you know how to get it glowing again; get into God’s Word and let Him speak to you afresh. Avail yourself of all that He’s provided to enable that GIFT of faith to grow.

Secondly, if you’ve got friends who don’t yet believe or know God personally, then don’t simply say “Believe in Jesus” because that’s like trying to force silicone-sealant out of the tube with your fingers instead of using the device that’s been provided to make it easy. Faith is a gift from God, it comes by HEARING God’s Word, then it needs to be exercised to make it grow.

Another way to think of faith: It’s like a muscle. We’re all born with the gift of muscles, but some people get really huge muscles because they exercise them, the same is true with faith, God will give the gift of faith to anyone, but to make it grow it needs to be exercised. The way to spell faith is RISK 🙂

Have an awesome day, growing in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. Share your faith by letting those who don’t know Jesus know His Word and see how faith explodes into life in those professing atheists 🙂 Watch them backslide away from atheism.

Don.

NOTES:

Read Romans 10 in Context Below:

Romans 10:6-17 6  But the righteousness based on faith [imputed by God and bringing right relationship with Him] says, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into Heaven? that is, to bring Christ down;
7  Or who will descend into the abyss? that is, to bring Christ up from the dead [as if we could be saved by our own efforts].
8  But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach,
9  Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
10  For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.
11  The Scripture says, No man who believes in Him [who adheres to, relies on, and trusts in Him] will [ever] be put to shame or be disappointed.
12  [No one] for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek. The same Lord is Lord over all [of us] and He generously bestows His riches upon all who call upon Him [in faith].
13  For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.
14  But how are people to call upon Him Whom they have not believed [in Whom they have no faith, on Whom they have no reliance]? And how are they to believe in Him [adhere to, trust in, and rely upon Him] of Whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without a preacher?
15  And how can men [be expected to] preach unless they are sent? As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who bring glad tidings! [How welcome is the coming of those who preach the good news of His good things!]
16  But they have not all heeded the Gospel; for Isaiah says, Lord, who has believed (had faith in) what he has heard from us?
17  So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).

 

 

Street Evangelism UK

Don and Dave

Street Evangelism:

Witnessing one-to-one / Face-to-Face.

Good morning friends, I’m a bit late today, but hope you’ll forgive me for that.

Last night David Wilson, Isaac Fofie and I went out onto the Streets to share the Good News of the Lord Jesus. West Norwood is a busy little part of London, it’s growing in popularity and more City folks are moving into the area, pubs are going up-market and being turned into fantastic ‘Gastro-Pubs’, but one thing it does do is make sharing the Gospel much harder (I tell you why in a minute), but it’s good for the area, because things are getting sorted now that were ignored for years. Funny how it takes money movers moving in to shake things up (Just saying politicians).

Don and Dave July 2015

Anyway, David, Isaac and I began sharing Jesus, right in the gardens behind this photo: We met a man who was sitting on the bench from North Africa who was an Orthodox Christian. He was smoking something stinky 🙂 Anyway, as we began sharing it became obvious within just a few words that he didn’t understand even the most basic tenets of the Christian faith. He believed that all religions are OK and we should just let people do their own thing regardless. It’s amazing just how many people actually believe this these days. Believe what you want and the world will leave you alone. Apart from Biblical Christianity that is. Why? Because Biblical Christianity (we believe) is the ONLY true religion in the world. In fact we’d go as far as saying it’s NOT a religion at all, it’s an ongoing relationship with the Great God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We’ll call him Farouk (Not his real name, to protect his identity), but close enough. As we shared all about Jesus, Farouk said he didn’t read the Bible, but believed in a loving God who’ll forgive everyone and welcome everyone into heaven. I responded with, “That’s so interesting you should say that Farouk, because ….” Then we were into the Gospel.

What really broke the ice with Farouk was, after sharing all about Jesus, we asked if we could pray for him. His whole demeanour changed afterwards and he thanked us so much for taking the time to stop and chat with him about the Lord.

Don’t ever be afraid to open up a conversation about Jesus, because Jesus is with you when you GO in His Name. Amen!

I’ll add some more about our sharing later, but do go and give it a try…

Don.