Monday, February 4, 2013

Go, Stand, Preach 2/2/2013

The Burbank mall was extra quiet on this Super Bowl weekend as some great preaching filled the night air. Elder Bob and other team members Mark, Ruth, Jack, Dean C., Sai, Dean S., Nathan, and Steve, distributed tracts and took to the box as a light rain fell. 

Handing out tracts is like sowing seeds of faith. Our prayer is that each one would find a heart that is open to the work of the Holy Spirit. Consider this: every seed that we sow will be used in the providence of our sovereign God to accomplish His perfect will. "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)

Our newest regular team member, Jack, spoke to this group for about 20 or 30 minutes. It is impossible to know who will be receptive to the gospel. It seems the great majority of those we talk with have either never heard the true gospel, or have never heard it clearly explained.

In explaining the Gospel, Dean never fails to put the truth in clear, everyday language. "Please don't take kindness for weakness. Just because God doesn't punish you the second you sin, don't think He doesn't care about sin. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to know how much God hates sin, look at the Cross. Look at what He allowed His own Son to endure for you."

Elder Bob spoke of the justice of God: "If you were to go before a judge, and you had robbed a bank, and you were to say to the judge, 'I'm sorry, can you let me go?', a good judge has to uphold the law. He is not going to let you go. But we expect God to be unjust. We expect that when we go before God, He is going to look at our sin, and our rebellion against Him, and He's going to say, 'OK, I'll just let you go.' But it's not going to work that way."

CBC members and regular attenders are encouraged to sign up for Elder Bob's excellent evangelism class which will be held on Saturdays beginning February 16th.

Our prayer is that you will join us in serving the Lord in this exciting and faith-building way.

But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life."  (Acts 5:19-20)

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