Daily Spirit & Word, 482: Good News Down The Street.
How Going Out to Share the Gospel is turned into Good News for People Today.
Good morning my friends, we got back to Church last night and prayed before going home from an evening of sharing the Good News of the Gospel on the Streets of West Norwood in London. What a brilliant time we had, splitting into teams of two and chatting to people about the Lord Jesus as we went. Sometimes we’re called to listen and other times to proclaim boldly. We had both last night, listening to people’s journey of faith and discovery and proclaiming God’s Great News. However, as mentioned last week, we don’t just go out with words, we’re not called to simply declare, proclaim and shout or preach at people, but to bring a demonstration of the Spirit’s Power into their lives.
Galatians 1:3-5 “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
You know my friends, I’m seeing this more clearly now as I read the Bible with the eyes of the Spirit of God within, He’s setting people free with HIS POWER, not just by reasoning, argument, persuasion or slick presentation. Yes it’s good to get trained to know about apologetics, to know theology and to have sufficient Bible background training. These things are vitally important for the sincere follower of the Lord Jesus Christ today, but we’re NOT called to rely upon our training, we’re called by the Lord Jesus to be guided and led by the Holy Spirit. Especially in Evangelism and Gospel Proclamation, because we meet people from so many different situations in life, the Spirit works differently to bring people to the point of trusting Jesus for Salvation. Yes, we must readily admit that everyone has certain things in common, e.g. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Everyone needs a Saviour from sin and that Saviour is the One and Only Lord Jesus Christ; however, how the Lord brings them is another thing entirely. It may be a touch or a word, it might be a smell or an memory from childhood, a word from the Bible or a prayer. What it takes for the Spirit to break into a person’s life is as varied as the grains of sand on the seashore.
Just last night for instance, Cherrie, who teamed up with me, then later on Isaac, we met; a nurse, a Mormon, a Christian and someone from our Church, we got into quite in-depth conversations with these people and they each had a unique perspective or viewpoint about faith. The Lord used a different method last night to reach them. It’s amazing how God makes the Gospel of Jesus Christ really Good News Down The Street.
The Back-Slidden Mormon
The Mormon, who had back-slidden from Mormonism since rebelling in her teens, when we shared the Gospel she readily acknowledged her need of Jesus, she was humble and remorseful and ready to come back, but was frightened she’d slip back into the world’s ways again. We gave assurance that once a person had trusted in Jesus for Salvation, He also keeps all those who come to Him. When we take hold of Jesus, He takes hold of us for ETERNITY. Then we were led to ask if she’d like us to pray for her, she said, “Oh yes please”. I said “Let’s pray then”. She responded, quite surprised, “What, NOW? You mean here on the street?” I laughed and so did she and Cherrie. Then we prayed and Oh WOWzer! Such a peace came into that back-slidden Mormon’s life. She said, “Before speaking to you, I was rushing and fussing, now I just feel completely at PEACE”. It’s amazing what the Lord can and will do when we take time to be with people as Jesus commanded. It really is Good News Down The Street.
The Exhausted Nurse:
Next, we bumped into a Nurse, leaning against a lamp-post by the Bus Stop. She looked tired from a hard day’s work. As we shared, she lit up, and was so thankful for us stopping and sharing the Good News of Jesus. I’d given her a little coin with the Ten Commandments and that’s what our conversation was all about, how the Ten Commandments are like a mirror to show us exactly what we’re like on the inside. They show up the stains of sin in our hearts. She knew what we were talking about, and afterwards, she tried to give the coin back. I said, “No that’s a gift for you” She was really surprised and thankful. My friends, the LORD can use the simplest things to impress people about His grace, kindness and generosity by offering New Life completely free to us, but it cost Him the life of His precious Son. It really is Good News Down The Street.
Next, we met a ‘Christian’. I put the Christian in inverted commas, because here was a lovely, lively and seemingly very spiritual lady. She’d been going to a church in North London for over 20 years. It was a big Pentecostal church with thousands in the congregation. After talking for only a few seconds, I knew she needed to TRUST in the Lord Jesus for her Salvation. She gave it away when she proclaimed, “I TRY MY BEST to be a good ‘Christian'” Of course we all try out best, but there was something in the way she said it that told me she was not trusting in Jesus for her Salvation, but in her own efforts to be a good person. It was true, as we continued our conversation, the more she spoke the more convinced I became that she’d never come to the Lord Jesus Christ. She’d come to church, she’d come to an experience, she’d come to great fellowship, great teaching, great anointed worship, but she’d never come to the SAVIOUR. Last night really was Good News Down The Street for that lady.
She admitted readily that she sinned, but confessed her sin to be forgiven. Cherrie sensed it too and asked, “Do you pray and read the Bible?” She said she did. I said, “Was there ever a time when you TRUSTED Jesus for your salvation?” She said, “Oh Yes! every time I go to worship Him” and “I’ve always been a Christian, from the moment I walked into that Church, I believed in Jesus”… I said, “WOW! That’s fantastic, after going through the Ten Commandments, God used them to show her that she’d been trusting in the wrong things, that there’s the SALVATION that we all need from SIN, that Jesus delivers us from it once we’ve trusted in His death upon the Cross for our sins. “Have you been DELIVERED or SET FREE from Sin?” suddenly she needed to get away. 🙂 It was as if something changed in our conversation, she said, “I’ve got so many battles going on right now. You look at me and see a happy, smiling face, I know I look all together, but you don’t see the battles going on inside me right now”. Little did she know that I got that feeling after only a few seconds of talking with her. So I said, “Will you let us pray to the Lord Jesus for you right now?” She said, “I’ve got to go”. I said, “It will only take a second to bring God’s Kingdom Power into your life”. She then took time and prayed with us. It really was Good News Down The Street for that woman who’d been going to church for over 20 years. She discovered that she needed to TRUST in Jesus Christ for her Salvation and not her own best efforts. It’s amazing, because after we prayed, all of a sudden the need to rush away had vanished and she wanted to stay and talk some more.
Good News Down The Street
My friends, Jesus is still on the same RESCUE mission, He gave Himself, but He’s called us to go out and set people free by sharing the Gospel of the Good News. Galatians 1:3-5 “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
- He gave Himself for our sins.
- He did it to RESCUE us.
- He did it in accordance with God the Father’s will.
- We give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ for ever and ever. That’s ETERNITY my friends.
My friends, I’ve shared just three of the many conversations we had last night, and I’ve not stated everything that was said, because I’d be writing here all day 🙂 When you go out on purpose to share the Good News of Jesus, you’ll be amazed at the different ways He’ll use you. His POWER is with you. Your own faith will be stretched and you’ll also grow in the knowledge and confidence of every good thing that you have in Christ Jesus. It’s not just good news for the people, but it’s Good News Down The Street for YOU TOO. 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.”
As you share with folks, then you’ll be set on fire with God’s love for everyone and you’ll long to see His Kingdom Power come into their lives. The fields are ripe unto harvest, but the labourers are few. We’re asking that the Lord Jesus, the Lord of the Harvest, will send many more labourers into His Harvest Field, so that thousands of Christians can enjoy sharing The Good News Down The Street to bring many into God’s Kingdom.