Sunday, February 17, 2013

Epic Evening of Evangelism 2/16/2013

God answers prayer! The Lord is ever faithful to raise up laborers for the harvest. Tonights bumper crop of evangelists was greater than we dared imagine:  Mark, David, Dean S., Ruth, Steve, Forrest, Sharon, Debbie, Elder Bob, Dean C., Sai, Jack, Steve V., and a new guy, Paul.

Due to the abundant grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, there are too many things the Holy Spirit was doing to even begin to recount here. As the one whom Jesus loved said reverently, "if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written." (John 21:25)

Consider the everyday miracle that sinful men and women, both saved and unsaved, could be used in such a glorious way, by the Lord, to accomplish His perfect will. Our friend and "nemesis," Roger, who is unrestrained in his passionate contempt for the plain truth of scripture, drew a crowd with his usual invective. What followed was two hours of heated heckling by various persons young and old. The result of which was the repeated, fervent, clear proclamation of the glorious Gospel.

Sometimes the observers can't help getting involved and start heckling the heckler. This is something we try to avoid, because it dissipates the focus of the crowd. So the man on the box does what he can to restore order.

Surrounding the public debate on the box, countless one-to-one and one-to-many conversations and Gospel presentations were occurring.

If you look closely, you will see at least six separate conversations taking place.

Some of the questions hurled at the man on the box:
-Is it a sin to be gay?
-Doesn't everyone have a right to be happy?
-How do you know that the Bible is true?
-How do you know that Jesus even existed?
-What is 2+2 ?
-Where do babies come from?
-How does a one year old child sin?
-Why do you want to force others to follow your religion?

The greatest evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in the hearts of men was in the eagerness with which many sought answers to these and other serious questions. In addition to many tracts and all of the Bibles, 200 copies of the "180" DVD were distributed.

Finally, we were blessed to see numerous conversations continuing as we left the mall.

"Then He said to them, 'Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.'"  (Luke 24:46,47)

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