Tuesday, July 2, 2013

God's Faithfulness 6/29/2013

Even before we can pray for more laborers the Lord provides them. Due to the great turnout, we were able to split into two groups and cover the corner of Magnolia and San Fernando with some "stoplight" preaching. This evening's team included: Jeremy, Brian, Steve M., Mark, Andrew, Kyle, Dean S., Steven V., Dr. Jack, Barbara, Sai, Dean C., and Dave behind the camera.

As usual, the great majority of visitors seem indifferent to the Gospel message which the preacher is sharing. Yet we know, from the occasional "drive-by" shout, mocking laugh, or shaking head, that people are hearing and thinking about what is being said.

Here, at the corner, we see Dean S. and his brave son Kyle, with Steve M. on the box. We've covered stoplight preaching in an earlier post, but the basic idea is to keep the Gospel message short and to the point.

Often the interactions are more numerous and friendlier, perhaps due to the close proximity. Usually one or more persons will stop and listen, patiently waiting to dialog with the preacher or his team mates.

Andrew joined us from the Veritas group, and courageously took a turn on the box.

Brian, a first-timer, discusses scripture with Jeremy, who has also recently joined us.

"The mistake that we make is that we think that God is just like us. That He will let sin go, that He will never punish sin, that I can do whatever I want. In fact that's the lie from the garden of Eden. Satan told Adam and Eve that they could be autonomous and they could live on their own, apart from God. In the darkest time of Israel, the Bible says that 'Every man did what was right in his own eyes.' (Judges 21:25) That is exactly what we are living in right now. We are living in a nation where every man does what is right in his own eyes. And if someone disagrees with him we say that person is being hateful. We try to pass laws that allow us to sin freely, as if that's going to change God's standard. Friends, God has a standard and it is not yours. Just because we have a constitution that allows us freedom of religion, that does not mean that He endorses idolatry."

Once again, Dr. Jack was blessed to draw a heckler and a crowd. After presenting the Good Person Test, he made the classic Ray Comfort analogy of the parachute. "If you are going to survive jumping from a plane, you need to do more than know about the parachute, you must put on the parachute. In the same way we are not saved by knowing about Jesus, but rather putting on Jesus' imputed righteousness through repentance and faith in Him as Lord and Savior."

The Apostle Paul speaks to us today, now, in this present generation:

I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom. Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of and evangelist, fulfill your ministry.  (2 Timothy 4:1-5)

Next scheduled CBC Evangelism outreach:  Saturday, July 6, 2013, at BPD Parking Lot, 6:00pm.


1 comment:

  1. Praise the Lord for all the laborers! Great post Steve. PS- Who is that angry man in the blue shirt pointing... oh wait. ;)