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Saturday, 2 November, 2013
On Friday I met Charles in Plymouth City centre, and we set up the bibles and easil and sign before praying. Several people walked past the illuminous sign and read it, including one man called Kano. He had been brought up with a mixed set of beliefs, including Islam, Hinduism and Christianity, and saw himself as being spiritual and having reached a place of knowledge that knew where he would go when he died. We had a great chat about how his works couldn't help him, and he took some tracts to read and was very supportive of us "preaching the word" he said. Our church had a light party the night before instead of Halloween, and so I deceided to preach on Jesus being the light of the world, that people loved Halloween and darkness because they were spiritually blind to the things of God, and like the Pharisees, if people acknowledge their spiritual blindness, they could see, but by thinking they were ok with God by their own standards, were still in spiritual darkness.
A few people stopped to listen, including 2 young people I knew, but suddenly the crowd got much bigger and people stopped to look beyond me. While preaching I turned around to see a man squirming on the floor a few feet behind me, pinned and arrested by 2 security guards, and then 2 policeman. This made the crowd much bigger allowed a great link into the results of sin and breaking the law! It led to many good conversations after, including an older Christian man who was listening and was encouraged. He attended another church in plymouth and saw the intelligence test questions and good person questions on the board, and guessed we were familiar with Ray Comfort, Todd Friel and the Way of the Master. It was very encouraging to hear that someone else in Plymouth was familiar with this evangelism ministry and understood it's principles, as many Christians think using the law before the gospel is frm the OT and judgmental, and that we're not to make people feel bad! Charles also had a good chat with a man who had been listening, and several people took bibles that day and tracts.
The next day we also went out with a couple of others, but it was very windy and so really difficult too preach and set up signs etc. There were Mormons in plain clothes who were also out in the city centre, and wanted to give us some of their literature to give out to people as they said they were Christians too! Charles and I chatted to them, and they affirmed their beliefs that EVERYONE gets another chance to hear the gospel when they die, and anyone responding could then be saved and go at least the lower level of heaven (which Joseph smith said was even more beautiful than anything we had seen on earth), and they affirmed even Adolf Hitler could be in heaven. I asked them then why should someone become a Mormon, why not just live life how you wanted now and then just choose Jesus when you die and be saved!
Charles also said they agreed that Jesus and Satan were brothers, as we were all spiritual children from God, but couldn't explain how Good and evil could come from God.
The Police and Plymouth city centre manager were also patrolling the streets that day, and said there were new laws and regulations for plymouth City centres use of space, and that there would be certain places where people could preach, but we were not allowed tables and our signs standing up in case they fell on people and we were possibly used and we needed public liability insurance! We were not allowed to attach our sign to a tree loosely using a bungee rope, and they said new rules for using amplification meant paying up to £70 a time as we would be classed as street entertainment!!!
And so the police and council manager, who was German, arranged a meeting with us all next Monday to discuss these new policies. The Christian institute are also in Plymouth this Thursday and so I will be bringing these issues before them to see what the council are and are not allowed to impose on us. We managed to give our more bibles and tracts and preached quickly, but a very windy day hampered things, but we hope Mondays meeting will be beneficial.
Saturday, 5 October, 2013
On Saturday I went to Exeter for a change as it is the second biggest city this side of Bristol and always has lots of people to witness to. On the way up on the train, the cross was great to leave around the station and on the train for people to read while I walked around and gave out a few tracts to people.
When I arrived I met Shirley and her daughter, and set up the Intelligence test easil and bible/ tract box. A family started to talk to us and asked us if it was right for a Church to charge £6 a person to enter? (The local Cathedral) And while we said that although some of the finances maybe to help with repairs and restoration, Gods house was a place of worship and not a place of exploitation, as Jesus showed when turning the tables in the temple. The boy in the group was an agnostic atheist, interested in discussing religion, but holding no beliefs of his own, while the Gran was a JW, and so we had interesting chats with both of them, the Gran believing Babies who died not believing would go to hell as they were born in original sin, as so there were some interesting discussions put across, and tracts given to all.
A middle aged man walked past to look at the intelligence test, and after going through this with him, I started to ask his views on being a good person. He responded by saying he was a Christian, though hardly ever attended church, but brought his children up with christian values and morals. After explaining the law to him, and then the gospel and how I had been religious all my life until I was saved 6 years ago, I asked him if he had read John chapter 3 and if he was born again, or at least if he knew what it meant. I was gladly able to share with him what this meant using various scriptures, and afterwards he seemed very thankful and gave a firm handshake and took tracts which was great.
A few teenagers stopped to look at the intelligence test too, and after taking them through the good person test with the amp on, a few people stopped to listen and chat/ disagree! One of these was a lady who said she was a scientist, who went about trying to show the proof was on us that God existed, that science had proved evolution and that dating methods showed the fossil evidence to be true. After some debating over various evidences and proofs and their credubility, I asked the small crowd if they could provide one piece of scientific evidence for darwinian evolution of one kind of animal turning into another kind of animal. Her answer to this was MRSA bacteria, upon which I sated this was still Bacteria! (Very similar to Ray Comforts chat with lady on his film.) She quite shortly left after that, but we carried on talking to the onlookers, including an irishman called 'Paddy' and several others about why people didnt want to believe in God.
The big piece of art work of a womans face on the side of the wall gave a very good visual analogy for people to see that proved time and chance and wind and rain could not have made that piece of art, and yet creation cried out that there was a creator. A man called Keith claimed he was a Christian, had been baptised when younger, but had backslid and wondered if God could help him stop smoking, in which he seemed quite distraught about, and that he couldnt find any other christians to help him. We shared with him for a while about how important it is to fellowship with other believers, and how God could work in his life if he surrendered to his will. Everyone took tracts and seemed very open to talk and think further about what had been said.
An elderly man also stopped to chat and said he was a convert to Catholic Church, and although I tried to keep reiterating that this couldnt help him, he kept stating this was all he needed, and a tract was popped in his bag to read.
We didnt get a chance to open air preach properly in the end as a couple of young boys were right next to us performing songs with loud music on, gathering quite a large crowd, but it was a great sunny day with many tracts given out and conversations had with a variety of different people, especially Peter the religious man who wasnt born again, and so we prayed he may respond to the true gospel and be saved.
Tracts and Bibles for poeple to take
Lots of people out in Exeter city centre A good visual for people waiting for trains at the station to think about
A large face carved from the masonry on the side of the wall always gives a greta visual point for people to think about
Saturday, 28 September, 2013
Another rainy and windy day in Plymouth hampered Charles and I somewhat in our outreach today, with wind blowing the cross and intelligence test board over, signs flapping everywhere and we had to run for shelter at one point, but it was still an eventful couple of hours.
Charles was already witnessing to a young man when I arrived, and it turned out he had witnessed to him over a year ago. This man believed in reincarnation and the Hari Krishna movement (although he was in trouble as he didn't have a pony tail to be pulled up to heaven by, but a skin head!)
The rain came down pretty soon after that, just after a man stopped to look at the intelligence test. He went with us underneath some shelter to continue the conversation, and when I offered him a tract, he read the first line and then offered to give it back to me, after stating he was a humanist.
This led onto a very interesting conversation about morality and ethics, with "Dan" claiming he could be good without needing to acknowledge Gods existence, and trying to justify abortion by saying we had all come from animals anyway. I showed him he had no justification for knowing what the definition of "good" was unless God existed, and he stated he believed that absolutes existed, and yet could give no reason why. I tried the best I could to refute his claims and show him that his God given conscience and the creation around us was plenty of reason to know that God existed, especially as our conscience is objective, we still know rape is wrong, no matter what rules the government tries to change, and people in all countries and tribes and religions all know of the 10 commandments written in their hearts.
We sheltered under a shop roof outside the shopping mall for a few minutes, with several people walking past and stopping to ask for a bible, before the mall security guard moved us on as we were not allowed to give out tracts and bibles on their "private property". Just before we moved though, a young woman in her early twenties stopped to ask for a bible called sophie, and she said she had a church background as a child and that her boyfriend was a Muslim. I managed to lead her through the comic good person tract which was great, and she defiantly understood her sins in light of Gods holy standard! her sinfulness and the consequences of breaking. Gods laws after death, and the immense price that Jesus paid for sinners like her on the cross. She was quite tears eyed at the end of the conversation, and when taking a small white Gideon's New Testament and some tracts! she understood the day to get right with God was today as she had no reasons to know how long her life would last.
We managed to then move across to an abandoned hair salon and shelter again , with the bible stand and hand out some tracts to people. Charles preached with an ampa, and after receiving a complaint from a bakery about the noise, a Policeman came along a few minutes later and loitered, which was when Charles had finished preaching and so there was no reason to move us on or speak to us.
Our friendly local atheist called Christian King then walked past with his long black hair, black top, jeans and boots, and dismissed our conversations to a group of teenagers about. Gods existence, before coming back to me about the passage in Deuteronomy about a rapist marrying their victim, and how cruel God was on forcing the poor person to suffer even more under the hands of this evil. He berated me and would not listen to 2 things I had to say about it, from commentaries from Ray comfort and Gotquestions.org app about this verse (he asked me before so I found out the answers In case, like today, he used it again).
I got quite angry with him at he refused to listen to the responses, saying Ray Comfort was doing a dishonour to Christians by giving false information on the evolution vs God dvd, and so I had to walk away from him to calm down. He didn't really want the answers, but was just trying to use this excuse to justify his sin and unbelief.
In the end he walked off and we managed to speak with a couple more Christians who encouraged us, took a bible and some tracts to give to others, and also a few students at the school I work at walked past againa, and so I hope the tracts I have them would be read any lead to conversations in the week when I bumped into them.
Saturday, 31 August, 2013
We have been out in Plymouth city centre over the past few weeks, and had many eventful conversations, had run ins with security guards and the Police, handed out many tracts and Bibles, and were asked the same questions by atheists and unbelievers week in, week out.
I made a new cross/ sign to bring out, seeing the ones Tony Miano and others have out in the States, this is a great, bold and direct for people to see as they walk past and think about. Last week Alex and I prayed and handed out tracts, before a man and his son stopped to read the intelligence test. Upon talking to them, they said the were Christians, and he was actually a Priest and his son was called Eden who attended a local Anglican church. After talking to them for a bit, It appeared all was not right with their beliefs, as they did not believe in hell, his evangelism was giving people the Lord's prayer on cards and not talking about people needing to repent and get right with God, and the they both did not understand the true meaning of being born again. His son believed in liberal views too, and I left the conversation giving them some tracts and to read John chapter 3 again and see what Jesus had to say.
We also had a complaint made by someone to the Police, after a man walked past while I was preaching who had his shirt open showing a predominant Satan's star tattoo on his chest. As I preached, I stated that everyone needed to be saved, regardless of colour, wealth or status, even if we had a Satan's star tattoo on our chest. I then moved on in the preaching, I didn't point at the man, look at him directly, was just that one comment, but as he walked past he stuck his finger up at me and then later on a Policeman came along saying someone had complained about my preaching, that I had made someone feel 'threatened, distressed and harassed' under section 5. I conversed with the Policeman, who said I had the right to speak, but was not allowed to single people out individually. We chatted for a while, making my thoughts known to him about what happened, and continued preaching that day.
Today I went into town with Charles and the Ian the Pastor from our church (www.ivybridgeevangelicalbaptist.com), and again we prayed before handing out tracts etc. A few people stopped to do the intelligence test, Charles preached, and then I preached about our origins, showing a big secular book I bought about the history of man which starts, surprisingly from Adam and Eve and maps out the progression of Noah's Ark, the spread of mankind and right in the centre of our history, the birth, Life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, how Christians know our past and where we came from and where were going. However Atheists and evolutionists have no reason for existing, no purpose and no hope for the future.
A Sikh man came along and asked for Bible which was great and he took a tract and showed him the book of John to start reading. Chris the local 'friendly' atheist walked past again, and when I asked if he had seen the latest video by Ray Comfort 'Evolution vs God', his unsavoury views and swearing showed his distaste, again like so many saying that Ray should show people the edited footage which he claimed would prove evolution was true, though like so many he had no new proof of evolution being true apart from scientists had proved it.
Later on while preaching, a woman came along and started shouting out that God didn't exist, that as an atheist she wasn't trying to fore her views onto others, so why should I shove my views onto others, as well as saying that science had proved the big bang, that fossils showed how old the earth was and that I believed in Noah's Ark, when allegedly the millions of animals on Noah's ark could not have fitted and so it was unbelievable. She was a great heckler, and I told her she was an answer to prayer as she caused quite a large crowd of listeners, she said she didn't believe in God but yet she used his name as a curse word a number of times, and as I showed the crowd her views of the Ark and how many animals had to fit was wrong, she just kept shouting out that the Big bang showed God didn't exist, and yet when I asked her for her scientific proof, she had none.
It was a good 15 minutes good conversations after with people after her outbursts, including Cecelia coming to get bible and wanting to go to a church, a Roman catholic man listening and coming to talk to Ian our pastor, who believed good works would get him to heaven. It was a great sunny day with lots of tracts and Bibles going out, and Ian said he enjoyed the experience and would hope to come again to support.
Saturday, 29 June, 2013
Today was a glorious sunny day in Plymouth, and even though I was out bymyself as others were unable to make it, God brought along many interesting characters to come and chat with.
Once I set up the table of free bibles and intelligence test, I handed out some tracts to people that came along and stood to look at the intelligence test. This is always great as enables you to speak to people who are interested and makes them relaxed and laughed, and provides an easy springboard into going through the good person test. Quite a few young people from various schools in the city stopped to look at the questions, which enabled them to have tracts afterwards to read and think about. It will never stop being funny when people proudly say they are intelligent and will know the questions, and then trip up on the first one, its a great way to humble people and show that we can all make mistakes.
A couple came along whom I think had consumed some alcohol or drugs, but were able to chat and asked fro a new testament. One guy called Dan said he was a Christian and went to church, but said he was not born again, and revealed he hadnt read his bible in a while, but his parents were always speaking to him about things. I tried to explain that our appetite shows us how healthy we are, and just as we ususlaly make time for breakfast to give us energy for the day, we too need to read Gods word daily to be spiritually fed. He took a tract and said he would read it.
There were lots of people in town today, with buskers playing music, big issue sellars shouting out to sell their magasines, and a stall trying to get people to sign a petition to keep Plymouth airport open, all of which were about 10 metres from me, so was hard at times for people to see what was goin on, and even harder to preach. I prayed that other Christians or people I knew would come along to encourage me, and a couple from Church did, as well as an interested Christian man from another church who stayed to help support and listen while I tried to witness to others.
An atheist who is well known to me walked past, and as usual, gave his excuses for not believing in Christianity and the Bible, as many other world religions talked of a young virgin, wise men, kings, and miracles etc way before Jesus, and so he claimed that Christianity had copied from other older religions before it. He also said the OT condoned killing homosexuals and forcing people to marry those who had raped them. I questioned where he got his morality from to judge these things as wrong, as according to his world view, there should be no conscience, but he arbitrarily claimed that our consciences had evolved over time, before walking off.
I had a great chat with about 6 teenagers who stopped by, who stopped to listen for around 15-20 minutes, and said that the gospel message made sense and they had understood it, and realised they needed to get right with God, and they took testaments and tracts and were very open to talking about spiritual things. The gravestone I bring along has questions on it stating people do not know the age of their death, cause of death nor date of death, and so it gave them something to reflect on.
The most surprising and encouraging conversation that day occurred when 2 men stopped to take the intelligence test, and as we went through, revealed they were both Christians. When questioning them further though, one revealed that I had witnessed to him previously, and that he was a JW, and the other man said he was a Christian, but was a Mormon! So for about 15 minutes, the three of us discussed the Bibles views on the trinity, Jesus' incarnation and when he started to exist- whether he was created or was eternal, salvation, and how the Bible says that if we dont have the right view and doctrine on who Jesus is- fully man and yet fully God, then we also dont have the Father also, and so are not saved. I appealed to them that they needed to make sure they knew who the right Jesus was, and that lovingly I had to tell them that we all believed in a different Jesus, and they should examine the Bible to see who Jesus really was. It was a fantastic conversation, and both men took tracts afterwards, so I pray that I meet them both again to speak with more thoroughly.
The Christian man helped me back to my car with the gear, and saw one of the answers in Genesis books I brought to read about the age of the earth. He said that he thinks people get too caught up in the age of the earth and in evolution, and thjat as long as people believed in Jesus then that was the most important thing. I tried to explain to him that differences on the age of the earth was not a salvation isue, but yet reflected on how much people believed Gids wrod to be true and accurate, for Jesus believed in the teachings of Moses and Genesis in the OT, and if Adam and Eve were not real people, then there was no reason for Jesus, the last Adam, to be real either, and so it wa simportant that Christians believe the Bible all the way through and not just from Genesis 11 as many do today.
It was a great day with a few New Testaments being taken along with many million pound note tracts, and pray that people with respond to Gods great love shown through the cross in repentance and faith.
Saturday, 15 June, 2013
Last Saturday Charles and I went out into Plymouth city centre to preach and hand out tracts for a short time. Weather had not been great so we just preached as supposed to bringing out the intelligence test and bible stand again as sometimes it's been know to fall over in windy weather, sometimes being a near miss to a passer by! We prayed, and then Charles preached first while I handed out tracts and tried to engage people in conversations.
Many people walked past the tracts, a few stopping to take them, but many thinking we were just leafleting like lots of other people to. Charles held tracts in his hand while he preached, and encouragingly a couple of people purposefully came up to him while he preached to take tracts which was good, as they obviously knew what they were about.
I then preached for a short while from Ephesians 2 v 1-10, trying to explain to people the reason why they had no interest in the gospel and would rather choose their sin and the consequences in Hell, rather than Heaven with God there, and this, as the text explains, was because people were dead in their sins, could not spiritually see or comprehend Eternal matters and were captivated by their own sins, just like Charles and I once were, purely from the fact that the scriptures say if we are not a Christian through spiritual adoption, then we are enemies of God in our minds and children of wrath, and we needed God to open up our spiritual sight to who Jesus is and why he came to suffer and die for our sins. I explained that works and religion and church attendance didn't make them right with God, but that salvation is a free gift, received by grace, through faith, a free gift from God.
This had to be appropriated humbly through repentance and faith, and that was the stumbling block for people, their pride and love of sin, but through acknowledging their sin in front of an all seeing God, he would have mercy on them when they came to God on his terms. We didn't have long, but 2 clear gospel messages went out and many tracts taken. Last Saturday, 3 of us went out into Plymouth city centre, but our usual spot outside the mall was taken by protestors and petitions to try and open Plymouth airport again, and so we had to move right down to the bottom of town past all the buskers to stand outside a closed store-T.J.Hughes.
We set up the intelligence test and it was a scorcher of a day, with loads of people out shopping in Plymouth city centre. Shirley preached, and an angry woman stopped and said she shouldn't be mentioning Peadophilia ( As it had come up on the news recently) as young people were present. We both said to her that we had just said the name, and many young people are exposed to these things like sex education from the age of 5 and hear and see much worse on TV even before the watershed and on magazines. Another man stopped and said that he was a born again Christian, but that each religion had their own way of doing things, as long as it didn't hurt anyone else. He said that people had a right to these things, and I mentioned that according to his opinion, Adolf hitler would have been right and entitled to his beliefs, which he couldn't answer.
Quite a few young people from the school I work at walked past that day and took tracts and chatted, some liking the yellow tracts from loving eaters that say " if you don't need a ticket to heaven, tear this up (if you can)", and of course all the boys liked trying to show their strength, but obviously failed in tearing it, and took the tracts to read. A group of girls did the intelligence test with me and were very convicted and took lots of tracts and a Gideon New Testament each which was encouraging, and other bibles and tracts were handed out too, and so was an enjoyable, very hot outreach, and we pray that the girls and others that day will come to saving faith.
Saturday, 6 April, 2013
Over the past few months since leaving my last house Church that dispanded, I have become a member of Ivybridge evangelical baptist church, and have been fortunate enough to be able to help lead the way of the master basic evangelism course with around 8 people including the pastor, as well as go out into the town with a few people and witness to the many teenagers who populate the local area on Friday evenings.
I been mostly preaching in Plymouth city centre with my good friend Charles who also used to attend there, and was in the Navy and got converted whilst hearing other open air preaching in Plymouth city centre around 3 years ago! He is a very humble, down to earth man who I am very encouraged to preach with.
Last Saturday in Plymouth, a man called Eddie and wife came along and spoke to me just before I was about to preach. He said he was a recovering heroine user and a Christian, had been in rehab and had now stayed clean for the past 4 months, with his wife being a Christian for many years. They saw our free Bible sign and cross and were encouraged, as they had just that day prayed to meet other Christians for encouragment, and we had a good chat and they have since attended Church with me.
I preached about the man that was in the news that had been convicted for killing his 6 children in the house fire and getting a minimum of 17 years in prison, and whether or not this was justice for taking 6 lives, and how we all intuitively have a moral code of right and wrong, asking people where they believed this came from, and how our conscience pointed to Gods existance and breaking his moral laws. If humans can feel injustice, what must Almight God feel like, and asked people to compare themselves to Gods standard of morality and to see if they would be found guilty before God or not, and the length of the sentence they feel they deserve. This springboard allowed me to speak about Hell being just and fair for law breakers, being eternal as our crimes are against an infinite and Holy God, but how in Jesus our fine can be paid, with God still being just, but showing mercy at the same time.
An angry atheist that we now know well walked past and responded by shouting that God doesnt exist, for if he did then why did he let women get raped without stopping this from happening? Charles and I tried to explain that 1) He must know God exists to argue against him, 2) where did he get his morality from and sense of right and wrong, again showing Gods law was written on his heart, and 3) If God got rid of all sin in the world there would be no one left! That God saw all sin, but as 2 Peter explains, is patient towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
He didnt want to listen, but instead called me stupid, swearing at us lots and showing his utter disregard to have a reasonable discussion. A man had been sitting on the bench behind us and listening to what was spoken about, and we ended up having a great conversation, finding out he was an open minded Muslim. We managed to look at Daniel 7 and Mark 2, focusing on who the Son of man was in Daniel, and what Jesus meant by calling himself the Son of Man in Mark 2 when healing the paraletic and forgiving his sin and healing him, and why the Pharisees thought what Jesus did was blasphemy, for 'who can forgive sins but God alone!'. He listened intently, and gladly took a Gideons bible and tract afterwards which was great.
That day we managed to hand out about 10 Gideons new testaments and have encouragement from Christians walking past and other good chats with people who stopped to take the intelligence test. It was a lovely sunny day for a change and God blessed us with good conversations too, and the gospel message resonated around the great acoustics of the shopping mall with many people walking past that day.
Friday, 26 October, 2012
There were 3 of us out in Plymouth last weekend,and I know I didnt reaaly feel much like preaching (sad to say), but God had blessed us with good weather and lots of people in the town that day.
That morning I had been to watch the new James Bond film 'Skyfall' with a lad I supported, and thought I would use this aa a springboard to preach on. Bond has everything most people want in life- excitement, cars, gadgets, fame, women, looks, physique and friends. And yet in the film it showed Bond ageing, with a grey beard and being shot in the arm and bleeding- it showed his mortality. An Email was sent to his Boss 'Q' from the villan, saying- 'remember your sins' which I thought was also quite poigniant.
The film showed how short our life is, and how even though we want to cram in as much sin as we can before we die, we should remember our sins before we faced God, so that
shows us we all have an appointment with death
Man stood there with hood up and sunglasses on. As I was speaking he removed hood and glasses, said Christians were brainwashed, asked questions about homosexuality, the crusades, slavery, he said his Mum had Cancer so there was no God, he said he had past of drugs/ alcohol/ mental health problems, tattoos all over including illuminate all seeing eye in triangle (and he said I was the one that was brainwashed!)
He kept coming over to the bible table and picking it up, shouting lots, saying at times he feels like killing people, I said hopefully not now, he said well maybe! I kept trying to use what he said to show the listeners that God must exist for his views to be true, such as injustice, right and wrong and absolute truth.
He caused quite a large crowd to gather, caused others to stop and come and listen, and we had encouragement from another christian lady who bought us coffees who had listened to the preaching and what was going on. 2 young people stopped to listen with their baby, and it turns out the day before had been given a bible from someone at another Church. James listen to the preaching and afterwards said he wanted to get right with God. We gave him tracts, a biggest question dvd and info etc. He has since come to church, and shown fruits of repentance etc.
It was a great day, with a new man from my new Church coming to help and listen and give out tracts which was encouraging, and lots of people stopped to hear the gospel that was preached. God knew who would be listening that day and blessed us with great conversations and witnessing opportunities.
Saturday, 11 August, 2012
Today 2 of us met to preach in Plymouth city centre. We set the intelligence test questions up, and pretty soon this drew 2 young men called Adam and Matt- chatted for 3/4 of hour- Matt brought up in church, but his mum treated him bad in life and led to questions about justice etc. After sharing the gospel with them and giving them some tracts, I said it is more important to put the parachute on first before the plane crashes, and then bringing up questions about the plane or where the parachute was made etc can come secondary.
Lots more people stopped to take the Intelligence test- and the great thing is as they stop of their own accord it means they have the time to chat, and after laughing at the questions and answers, are more open to chat or take a tract with the good person test on afterwards.
Today I was preaching on John 9- where Jesus said to the Pharisees ''If you say you are blind, you will see, but if you claim you can see then you are still blind''. Asking people to see if they think they are good and dont need salvation, shows they are still blind, which led in asking people who were walking past if they thought they were s sinner or a bad person or not, which allowed some engagement with people and interaction.
Some of this involved 3 Hecklers- Howard the atheist was one who had previosuly walked apst saying that God didnt exist. I tried using 'presuppositional apologetics' starting with God and using the Christian worldview to show him his atheistic worldview cant stand to scrutiny. I aksed him if absolute truth existed and why, and if he thought rape was wrong, and why. He got quite stressed when his views and opinions could only be shown to be true if God existed and therefore absolute truth existed, which evolution, the big bang and atheism cant account for.
An Angry lady shouted out that Jesus didnt exist, and that all religions are ok to believe and I shouldnt be saying one is right and all others wrong- her boyfriend came and chatted too, quoting leviticus and do I still believe slavery is ok as thats what bible teaches? Quite a few people stopped to listen and this led to a discussion about historical accuracy of the Bible, context and covenants in the Bible and what was for those people at that time, and what Jesus fufilled in his life and death. The lady also shouted out that we evolved from animals and humans were no different to animals. I explained humans were made in Gods image and we are different from animals, even though she may have been acting like one then. The crowd then increased the more, until the third man came along.
A Drunk man came from behind me- swearing lots, drew a bigger crowd, and him also acknowledging we will all die one day, as the gravestone pointed out. His jeans were hanging down, and as I said to pull his boxers up- he pulled a moonie, which got the crowd going, and eventuallyled to him being taken away by security guards and Police.
With the people all standing around as he was being taken away, I tried to Use the grave stone to preach about certainty of death, asking people if they knew where they would go when they died. The Drunk man had been annoyed I said I knew where I was going when I died, he said no one can know. I explained other religions like RC and Islam teach we cant know, but Christians can know with assurance.
When this all ended, an Elderly Lady was listening to the preaching- and sat down afterwards to chat. She was called Prilla, and I found out she had deep Jewish roots which could be traced back into the Bible she said?, her Mum had read her the Bible when younger, she believed some, but didnt know all it taught. We Managed to give her a Bible and a Tract I received from Messianic Jews whilst in London which the lady also appreciated and said she would read how Jesus is the promised Jewish Messiah. and asked for more understanding of what the true gospel was.
A girl called Becky who was brought up a RC also came and chatted with people about what the truth of the gospel was. Some other Christians came and chatted with people around, was a great day, crowd drew dramatically in space of a few minutes, lots of people stopped and heard the gospel and something to consider and think about.
Saturday, 30 June, 2012
Over the past few weeks we have not had a complete team of people out on the streets due to various commitments, but we have managed to be out on the streets and preach and witness, with God still being faithful and bringing people across our path who need to hear the message.
Below are several key witnessing opportunities and conversations we had during this time.
Saturday 23rd and Saturday 30th June
-Plymouth has many foreign students studying at University and at the language school, and had the opportunity to share the gospel with Spanish and Russian students with the Living Waters GM28 app on iphone using amp.
-A Heckler walked past saying Religion has started all wars. We got into a debate about how atheism and Communism had actually caused more in the Ukraine, Germany and China. His claim was not reasonable as he had not witnessed every war that had taken place, and so he didnt like the fact his large claim was indeed false. Later on though he came back and we shook hands and he was open, and we discussed his background and previous Church upbringing, and what made him turn away. I managed to give him and his 2 friends lots of various tracts and one chatted about astro physics she had studied did indeed prove the big bang cant happen and that the creation of the Universe pointed to a designer.
-Hari Krishnas were in the city centre today also, going past with a big procession and dancing and music, which gave us a great spring board to preach about what they believe and how other religions believe they can make themselves right with God, and the only true way that God has provided in Jesus Christ.
-A south african man called Ed stopped and chatted a few weeks ago, and we managed to take him through the law and show him his need for a saviour. He was very open and had already been thinking about things, which gave an opportunity to pray for him, and he also prayed to God himself about his sins which was great to see.
-The Gravestone has gotten lots of adults and teenagers stopping to read and think about the age of the death, date of their death and cause of their death, and how we can not determine any of these. We chatted with kids about it and where morality came from if there is no God, which got them thinking about how we know what right and wrong is?
-An interesting student came along who couldn't say paedophillia and rape was wrong, and said that God was selfish wanting people to worship him! He had very radical views, but this led to show people where peoples thoughts and reasoning can lead to if they believe God doesnt exist.
-And finally, some sad and some great news. Dewi, and 21 year old welsh student studying molecular biology at Plymouth university who has been part of our team and church for the last year had to go back to Cardiff to continue his masters. We will miss his enthusiasm and passion in the team and intelligence in witnessing to people, but God has answered our prayers in bringing along another young guy...
-Tom is 21, and came to outreach 2 weeks ago. He said that about 3 years ago nI had given him a million pound note tract and witnessed to him, and even thjough he was with his friends and had a bit to drink, it had gotten him thinking. So, after outreach last week we chatted and he watched 180 movie and God of wonders DVD, and he repented and put his trust in Jesus! Since then, he has watched more DVDs, we have bought him an ESV bible and he is currently taking in the gospel of John, and has already wanted to come out and hand out tracts with us, wants his own, and started to take some teenagers though the intelligence test and good person tests without any guidance, and is really keen which is great. His girlfriend is 21, and is 32 weeks pregnant, and I have also had the opportunity to share and witness to her and give my testimony, and both are hoping to come to housegroup and church now which is fantastic.
Even though we dont need any proof or deserve anything, God is good in showing us how he is working in bringing Tom to faith, 3 years ago since he was last witnessed to. Am now looking forward to helping disciple him and see how God uses him and moves in his life.