Today Peter Ruck and I hit Brentwood town center. After prayer we both walked up to the main street and began to hand out many tracts. Peter had a few conversations with some people who were sitting on the seats near the ruins and I too, managed to speak to a number of people. Firstly it was a young girl named Taylor who said that during the last few weeks various people had been talking to her about Jesus and giving her Bibles etc. We discussed the Law of God and the need for Jesus death for forgiveness of sin. She appeared to be taking these truths seriously, perhaps God is drawing her to salvation! The second person I spoke to was a young guy named Grant. He just wanted to "live life while He's got it" and we discussed the notion of Divine Justice for law breakers. He agreed that people will be held accountable for their sins, but didn't want to think of the penalties he will incur at the moment. He did take a tract at the end, may God break his capricious spirit! The last gentleman I spoke to was a Dave. He was a Scotsman who had a Presbyterian up bringing. We discussed the Law, condemnation and Jesus' death for those who repent and believe. Dave didn't seem to take much interest. I reminded him that even if he didn't believe the Bible was true, it wasn't going to change the reality of Gods judgment on His and everyone's sin. I think he tuned into what we were talking about then and even thanked me for chatting to him. SDG
Today, the Essex team went to Romford to join with a number of Christians from surrounding churches to proclaim the Gospel. Roman and I met James, Elvin, Micky and at least six others at Romford train station. We proceeded to the shopping precinct were I preached first and when finished, we all began to hand out tracts. Many conversations were had on the street, I had a number of young guys asking about the million pound notes. This led into discussing the Law and the Gospel!
I also came across a young man named Glen. At first he decided that nothing I was to say meant much to him, but after discussing the Law and repeatedly pressing His conscience it appeared that his mouth was stopped and he found himself guilty before a Holy God. (As we all are out side of Christ!!!)
Roman and I could only stay for a few hours but in that short time period, many people had the Gospel presented to them. May God grant repentance!! Amen.
After an extended Christmas break, the Essex team have begun afresh this year, bringing the Gospel of Christ to streets of Brentwood. The team was small but as the day grew, the team expanded. I was joined first by Suzi and then by Mike and later by Roman.
After chatting to a South African couple about Christian things in Cafe Nero we went to the High St and prayed. I managed to share with a couple of young boys who were resting from riding their bmx bikes. We joked a little about the sins we have all committed but later they took a more serious demeanour when discussing the punishment of God against sin. They took some good person tracts and split.
Mike introduced me to a hindu friend of his and we proceeded to discuss the presuppositions of the hindu worldview and how it contradicts itself. I attempted to explain the Biblical worldview and how God is the Creator and how we break His Law. I concluded with the Gospel and handed the hindu man a tract and a copy of Johns Gospel. He was very interested to hear what the Bible says, I pray that he understands and is granted repentance!
The conditions this afternoon were very cold and then it began to rain so after a couple of hours we left. Quite a number of tracts were handed to young men and woman as they pass by so we pray that thay will read them and turn to the only Mediator between God and man: Jesus Christ!
The snow had melted and the general public were in a shopping frenzy this particular Saturday. I was greeted by Peter Ruck on arrival and we were both joined later by Ingrid and her daughter Elyske. Tracts were easy to pass out since people appeared to be engrossed in a mind frame of consumerism as we approach Christmas Day. I managed to have a conversation with a young man named Alex. He began by saying he was an atheist but believed that when we die, we go to better place. This is perhaps similar to Buddhism in that it does not have personal God that reveals Himself, but through moralism, one may attain a state of benevolence in the cosmos...
We discussed the Law and the concept of justice and what happens in ultimate justice, instituted by God who will by no means clear the guilty! Again, Alex like many others, felt that what he believed about reality would actually be true in his experience of it. He also asked why God cannot just "forgive" and let everyone go free. We discussed the need of Atonement for sin and the sacrifice of the Son of God on the cross for his people. This was to be entered into by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. Alex was very friendly and took a couple of tracts to read.
By Gods grace I manage to get large groups of teenagers to talk with and this day was no different. A group of about 6 -7 teenagers took tracts and I began to ask them whether they felt they were 'good people'. Some of the girls said they were fine to get into heaven so after we discussed the demands of the Law the depiction of their righteousness did change. We discussed why we celebrate Christmas and what we have to do to get right with God. SDG!!!
Another cold winters day in Essex, Mark Torrington and I hit Brentwood to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Most of the time out we spend handing out tracts but, we had a few conversations with people. I came across one elderly man who was a JW, he said that heaven will be on earth and you have to be hooked up with the 'organization' to make sure your going to get there. He was very difficult to talk with, but I managed to show him from scripture that Jesus Christ is God. This was done by reading Psalm 102 v 25 - 27 which was written to "Jehovah" and then turning to Hebrews 1 v 10 - 12 and seeing that the verses are applied to Jesus the Son. He was not very interested in debating this, He preferred to talk about belonging to the correct organization.
The other conversation Mark and I had was with a group of three young boys who came up to us and were asking about the tracts we were handing out. They understood the Law and the demands it makes on humanity and this led into the finished work of Christ at Calvary.
Later we were joined by another member of our church, Peter Ruck. The day was a success in that the Gospel was proclaimed to many members of the public.
After a long break from evangelism, the Essex team have resumed their Saturday afternoon outreach!!! I (Andrew) was joined by Nina and Roman, at first and then came Ingrid and her daughter Elyske too. So a healthy total of 5 hit the town high st. handing out tracts and attempting to instigate conversations.
I spoke to about 4 or 5 groups of teenagers during the afternoon. Each group consisted of 3 to 6 kids. We discussed God's Law and how we all have broken it, then leading into repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. I was impressed that the kids hung around to listen to me talk as some conversations took about 10 - 15 mins. I am also most impressed by people that feel mere belief will dictate what reality will be, eg. "I don't believe in Hell, so I wont go there...".
Ultimately God grants repentance, so we continue to pray for those we had a chance to speak to today.
Today's evangelism team consisted of my brother Peter and his wife Altamira, Roman, Ben and myself (Andrew). We met up at the high st. ruins and after prayer, we proceeded to split up and pass out tracks amongst the locals. Roman shadowed me to gain some experience and we eventually encountered a group of youths sitting on some public benches. Out of the group, a young girl named Faye had many questions to ask (and a lot of foul language to boot).
I kept pressing the requirements of God’s Law and the judgement that will ensue in having broken it. I think she eventually understood the predicament and I explained the Gospel as accurately as I could for her. She took a Gospel of John and a few tracts so perhaps she will begin be drawn to Christ through this encounter. My brother Peter also had a few conversations...
After the prayer I went over to the entrance of Bay Tree shopping center and handed out some Good Person comics and Million Pound Tracks. One girl named Alice was completely convinced she was a good person, very self confident in her works but once I out lined the Ten Commandments and Romans 3:23, her world view began to crumble. I finished with the good news that Christ had paid the price for her sin if she would choose to repent and put her faith in Christ and live for him.
The overall response was great, many people heard the Gospel. Three young girls sitting on the bench were a great chance to share the word and after we spoke they had (I assume) a much better understanding of they’re position with God, how to get to heaven, which is only by Gods grace and not by by works (Eph 2:8-9), that they needed God and were a heart beat away from eternity in hell if they died today and that Christ was the ONLY way to get there (John 14:6).
We met a cafe nero Brentwood High st, for a quick revision of what the Gospel was and how we ought preach it. The team consisted of Ruth, Nina and myself (Andrew). After a brief chat and prayer we headed to the main pedestrian areas to try converse with people.
We all found people rather unresponsive but still managed to hand many tracts out. I happened to run into a hare krishna who was also handing out books and chatting to folk. Initially he didn't want to talk to me but after I offered to by a copy of the bhagavad gita he opened up a little.
His name was Prima and he was born into a hare krishna family.
It was evident that Prima didnt like discussing the nature of truth or whether hare krishna beliefs were objectively valid, so I took the conversation very carefully so as not to challenge him with too much too quickly. Surprisingly to me, he use certain Christian terms like "sin" and "repentance" and they appeared to carry the same definitions.
The major differences arose when the Moral Law was discussed and how one atones for their law breaking. Prima felt that God was going to turn a blind eye to his sin and I gently tried to explain from Isa 64.6 and Mark 7.20-23 that both he and I are more wicked than he is concluding. He felt that chanting his krishna lines dissolved his sin and he would get to a higher consciousness.
Prima took a tract and I left him with a number of things to consider, but I'm quite certain he is very closed to the Gospel at this moment. Only the Holy Spirit can do this impossible work!! Lord grant Prima repentance!!! Amen.
This saturday I was reluctant to go up the street and witness. I was tired and I had things to do, the weather was patchy rain and I figured I was the only person going up the high st to evangelize. Well, I was the only person on the high st evangelizing but I had one of the best afternoons sharing the gospel yet...
I began with handing tracts out and eventually two young teenagers both called Tom stopped and chatted. They really seemed to be listening to my words and clearly perceive the weightiness of the matter. They both took more tracts and I encouraged them to read their Bibles and seriously consider the problem of sin and eternal punishment vs repentance and faith.
I next encountered a young man named Mark who was hanging with his emo friends. He got a concise Gospel message and when his friends came over to see what I was talking to him about, they all got tracts and a brief Gospel message too. Next a young man named Adam stopped to see if He was a "Good Person".
It turns out he use to go to church but since moving out of his parents house, he seemed to have fallen away from fellowship. (I am guessing he may have been a false convert or just never submitted to Christ in the first place) The Law and the Gospel was discussed and he had much to think about afterwards.
I also met another local pastor who was very keen to hook up and chat regarding evangelism. I am always keen to see local churches unite to continue the Great Commission of our Lord.
Before I went to leave, I saw a lady from my church that I had recently met. Her is Jane Robb and she is 62. She suffers from arthritis but still spends 3 days a week evangelizing the people who sit on the benches in the high st. A further 3 days in the week she stays at home and studies the Bible and Sundays are for Church! She has been doing this bench evangelism for 10 years. I felt very humbled and encouraged to see someone so passionate to share Christ in their later years.
Even though I was sharing Christ solo, I was blessed by having some of the best and most enjoyable conversations with many locals in my town. May God grant repentance, Amen.
I began to evangelize this Saturday by myself but soon was met by Elyske and her mother Ingrid. We were blessed by the fair weather and people were much more willing to engage in conversation. Elyske had a long conversation with a gentleman who had deep rooted philosophical views. She said that he began to listen when she talked about the Law of God and the Gospel. She was not too sure how much he really took to heart but its still another seed sown for the Glory of God. Ingrid was conversing a great deal with some Bolivian musicians who were busking on the High St.
I managed to have a number of conversations with pedestrians as they went about their business. The first was two young teenage guys who had probably never heard the tremendous requirements of the Law of God. They listened and went on their way.
Then I met a paratrooper named Scott who stood and talked with me and really appeared to understand the seriousness of our conversation. I encouraged him to read his Bible and read the Gospel of John and the tracks that I gave him. I next met a fellow named Daniel who didn't wish to engage in conversation at first but after a bit of humour and persistence he opened up and we talked sufficiently about the things of God. He took a track and I urged him to blow the cobwebs off his Bible and READ IT!!!
I also met a catholic woman who said I was "preaching to the converted" when I spoke to her. Sure enough when the Law of God was invoked, the self righteousness she clung too was swiftly demolished and her facial expression changed dramatically. She took a track and we parted ways but I must remember that sometimes we need to be "cruel to be kind". The truth is what matters, not supporting peoples idolatry as they get closer to the flames of Hell.
My Last conversation of the day was a fellow named Dave. He said he had "faith" but not "religious type faith". I presume He meant he believed in God but did not have religious rituals such as catholics etc... He was very easy to speak to and seemed quite aware of the implications of the truth of the Bible and the claims it was making on his life. What great arvo of evangelism, it was probably our most enjoyable outing thus far and what a privilege it is to share the Gospel with this dying nation!!!