On the street, 20th September 2014
Today the team had quite a tough time with one young American trying to disrupt the preaching of the Gospel. He had taken exception to the preaching and was determined to prevent people from hearing. His actions, however, had just the opposite effect by drawing quite a crowd around to observe and hear what was going on. The more he spoke, the more he embarrassed himself in front of everybody causing his girlfriend to try to get him to leave on more than one occasion.
All the team tried to engage him in conversation but he was too caught up in his opposition to the Word of God to even converse without making outlandish comments. At one point some brethren from another church that we know even tried to engage with him. Eventually, after what seemed like an hour he left with his girlfriend.
An Irish lady approached Miguel and Amélia. She stated that she had been encouraged to see Christians preaching the Gospel on the street here as she had been feeling discouraged about the situation with the churches here during here visit to England. She had been a Roman Catholic but had found salvation in Christ and was now part of a church in the South of Ireland. She saw how hardened people here in Manchester are to the Gospel message compared to where she was from. She spent quite a while conversing and eventually thanked us.
Let us encourage everyone to be more proactive in spreading the Gospel. Do not lose faith in the power of the message as some have. The message is clear and simple;
“This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”
(1 Timothy 1:15)
The whole world is separated from God because of sin–Christ came to offer Himself as an atonement for our sin–through His death on the cross we were reconciled to God and we now have the promise of eternal life in Him which His resurrection proves.
This preaching of this message is like the broadcasting of seed that farmers do, the seed falls upon the ground, some of it takes root, even begins to show growth, however it eventually withers and dies because it is not deep rooted, some of it gets choked by the weeds of the cares of this life, other is burned by the heat of persecution and dies off, but some of it (not only takes root and grows) continues to until it bares fruit.
We should not expect an instant harvest–some seed can lie dormant in the ground for years before it germinates and begins to grow. We should not try to force this but allow God’s Holy Spirit to do His quickening work. This is why we continue to persist on the streets so that everyone who passes by has the opportunity to hear this glorious message. Never give up:
“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:6)
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