Today was a beautiful sunny day for evangelism in Basildon. The team consisted of Josh, Chuck and Myself who was fashionably late to the event... We set up behind the costa coffee store in the open air shopping precinct and prayed. I preached first from John 3.16 - 21 and attempted to show that as sinful people we don't want to come to God because we hate Him and we love our wicked deeds.
A number of people listened and took tracts and a number of Christians were encouraged by the preaching. Chuck preached next and this attracted a number of young people to listen. It also opened an opportunity to speak to a young man who had grown up in a Jehovah witness family.
He was very pleasant to chat with and after we demonstrated from Scripture that Jesus is God we encouraged him to go home and read the Bible by itself and not with the watchtower magazine. Josh preached last and this attracted the interest of a man and woman who were intoxicated.
They asked a number of questions which Josh answered but the man was beginning to disrupt and try and stop Josh speaking. Eventually Josh asked if I would call the police and the man swore a bit more and finally left.
This event did bring a lot more people to the scene to listen to the Gospel!!! Eventually two community officers arrived asking about the intoxicated man incident and a council warden arrived asking if we could "move on".
We were on public land so we have freedom of speech and the particular area we were situated on had the law clearly displayed, which explained that religious services are EXEMPT from noise restrictions!! After the authorities inspected the law, the council warden actually returned and apologized to us which we were very appreciative of!! SDG!!
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