Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kairos On Board 4/12/2013

The CBC Evangelism Team was blessed with help from several members of the Kairos group of CBC singles: Ruth [yes, "<')))><"], Brian, Forest, and Lana. Regulars Mark, Paul, Dean C., Sai, Dr. Jack, Barbara, Steve M., Steven V., answered the call, under the leadership of David.

Since we were blessed with a large group we split into two teams, one in our usual location on the outdoor mall, at Palm Ave., and the second at the corner of Magnolia and San Fernando, across from the Town Center Mall.

One to one witnessing,

tract distribution,

and open air preaching are among the tried and true methods of proclaiming the gospel. Each of these methods is effective in its own way, and each provides an opportunity for a person to work within their "comfort zone" as they gain the confidence and conviction to branch out into the other methods.

Dave's bold declaration of the gospel elicited responses from these two young men, as well as a young woman who was with them. Their sombre countenance in this photo belies the mocking and supercilious attitude that characterized their behavior. Yet, it is the Holy Spirit, working on hearts such as these, that prompts them to stop and contend with the preacher, even if only to find sport in wielding the "weapons" of a post-modern worldview.

Frequently the questions posed assume that all truth is relative and that no one can claim to have a knowledge of absolute truth. This self-refuting and absurd worldview has been embraced and passed along by the public education system, producing generations of young minds, lacking critical thinking skills, who question everything without seeking answers. They begin with the presupposition that there is no God, only a purposeless, pitiless, material universe (i.e. naturalism). They have no rational basis upon which to discern answers. They assume that all truth claims are meaningless and life itself is absurd and pointless. Why wouldn't they be cynical?

Heard from the box: "When you try to live apart from God it leads to death. Believing in God leads to life. Jesus is called the Prince of Life. He said: 'I am the bread of life, the living water.' He said: 'I am the way, the truth and the life.' The scriptures teach that God made you, and He made you for Him. The Bible says that those who hate God, love death. We, in America, have a culture of death. We are obsessed with it. We teach children that we evolved. And then we wonder why they go and shoot up other children in schools. Why? Because they think that they are an evolved monkey. They think that there is no God. They think that if there is no God, and I am just an animal, then what does it matter what I do? And they love death. And they act on the hatred that is in their heart. And they murder, and that is sin."

"For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:3-7)

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