Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Conviction of sin is essential

The point of preaching the moral Law to the sinner is to bring about the knowledge of sin. Modern evangelism all too often leaves out sin and judgement in place of a feel-good message that's more of a life enhancement program for this life,than a preparation for an eternity in the next. See the quote below by Charles Spurgeon.

"God never clothes men until He has first stripped them, nor does He quicken them by the gospel till first they are slain by the Law. When you meet
with persons in whom there is no trace of conviction of sin, you may be quite sure that they have not been wrought upon by the Holy Spirit; for 'when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of
judgment.'"

C.H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jonathan on Hollywood Blvd.





Here is a conversation I had with Jonathan, a man I met on Hollywood Blvd. during my trip to the Ambassadors' Academy. His father is a pastor yet Jonathan wasn't able to articulate very well what he believed. I'm sure he knew a lot of the right words to use having had a Christian background, but it seemed as though he hadn't ever repented. He was receptive and kind to listen to me and even thanked me for doing what I was doing. The glory is all God's, but this goes to show that there are so many that are hungry for this great Gospel message we have--even those who have spent a lot of time inside of the church. Please pray that Jonathan has responded by repenting and trusting in Jesus alone to finally get right with God. Listen here.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Avoiding an argument

The following video posted by Steve Sanchez over at Stone The Preacher is great example of avoiding one of the most feared arguments a street evangelist can face; how to deal with homosexuals. Actually, what Steve does here is the way we should talk to everyone we witness to. Addressing specific sins from the start tends to take the conversation down endless rabbit trails and before you know it, the person is defending their sin and you are seen as an intolerant fanatic. Steve was able to share the whole Gospel before even mentioning the fact that she was a lesbian. He kept it simple and to the point by sticking to using the Law to appeal to her conscience and then sharing the cross, after which they discussed the "gay" issue. He kept the main point the main point. We can all learn from Steve's example.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Terrin On Mill


I met a young man on Mill Avenue named Terrin. I gave him a Million Dollar Bill tract as he passed by. He paused and asked what it was as so many do. There was my chance to share the Gospel. I explained that it was a Gospel tract. “Do you have any kind of spiritual belief?” “Yeah, I’m a Christian” he replied. I immediately went into my fruit inspector mode. I’ve learned how important it is to test the waters and listen to a professing believer’s testimony. Way too often, it’s pretty bad, typically centering on their belief that they are basically good at heart and that in the end, that is what will tip the scales and get them into Heaven. Terrin however was different. His testimony was pretty strong but he admitted that he didn’t do much to share his faith except by trying to “live the life” for all to see. I explained to him that if we claim to love Jesus Christ, we should feel more of a burden for the lost and that we lacked for laborers (Seek Luke 10:2). God was so kind to forgive me, I in turn want to tell others about him and that was why I was out on the street on a Friday night. After I gave him some basic information on sharing the Gospel, Terrin was on his way thanking me as he walked slowly reading the tract I gave him.

He was such a polite young man. Please pray that God would raise Terrin up as a laborer for lost.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Think about it

I don't think we'll be getting an answer too soon.


Lake Arrowhead #1


My family spent Fourth of July week at a church family camp in the San Bernardino mountains. There was plenty of teaching, fellowship and food along with a volleyball tournament and plenty of free time to hike, explore or just relax. Nothing was planned for the night of the Fourth, so I took the opportunity to go to Lake Arrowhead Village and preach to the crowds. I only had about three hundred tracks which went really fast (there were thousands of people). If I had thought about it before leaving home in Arizona, I would have brought lots more, but with getting ready for the trip it slipped my mind.

I did a few one on one witness encounters, but the majority of my time was spent open air preaching while my evangelism team--okay my kids-- handed out tracks. I'll write more about that next time. The first people I talked to was a group of teenagers that were standing near the docks. The young man with the short blond hair on the right was a preacher's kid. With a little probing I found out that he was depending on his good works to get him to heaven. I urged him to look at Ephesians 2:8-9 along with giving them all the good person test. They were kind enough to be polite and I really do think that they were listening, but I don't think they expected to be confronted with the gospel when they planned this evening.