Beginning with Friday to Saturday (6-11-10 to 6-12-10), I got to Mill a bit after 8:00 p.m. shortly after that I was joined by Nathan Briscoe, Toby and a friend of theirs. They’re part of a group of believers who have been coming out the past few weeks. They had seen us evangelizing and felt led to share the Good News, so they‘ve been joining us, which is great and is something I praise God for (Luke 10:2). Justin Bond also stopped by for a bit. After he came by, Jennifer (my sister) showed up. Around the time Justin left, Walter joined us.
I started out with a little open airing. Lately with open airs, I’ve been trying to talk about the finitely of this life. I’ve been mentioning the fact that compared to eternality, this life isn’t even a drop in the bucket. We should have our priorities on that which is eternal instead of that which is temporal. Keeping this in the forefront of my mind has personally helped me a bit lately. We need to look to the things that are not seen, rather than to those which are seen (2 Corinthians 4:18) and be like whose in Hebrews 11. This world and the things of it are fleeting, fading, passing away (1 John 2:15-17). Even many things that aren’t necessarily bad will end. This life is, but a vapor (James 4:14). Our standing before God should have preeminence in our priorities. I also like to mention the fact that I’m not trying to get people to go to a particular church or to join a particular denomination (of course they‘re more than welcome to come to my church) and I don’t want them to follow me, but I point them to Christ who alone can save. Of course, if people get saved they should get involved with a local body of believers. However, throughout the Scriptures Jesus and His first century followers didn’t go around inviting people to church; they told them to repent and believe (read the Gospels and the book of Acts). By the way, I think if local churches were as they should be, we would have what Paul descried in 1 Corinthians 14:24-25 happening.
Often during times when no one’s been preaching I’ve been putting the Bible on the amplifier using my cell phone. This night I had it play Matthew 5-7 and some of Romans (1 Timothy 4:13) and we also will often do Scripture readings without the cell phone. On this particular night, Nathan and Toby did their first open air on the amplifier. Which I also praise God for, watching people set aside fears and tell others the Gospel is wonderful to see.
As I was passing tracts out, a man named Raymond was passing by, so I gave him one and we got into a great conversation about the things of God. He said he was a believer, but I’m always cautious when a person claims to be a Christian, as so many people in America do. He seemed to be very humble. He said he had just come from playing basketball and he was dressed for that and not for the Mill Ave night life. We talked for some time. He seemed to be sound in doctrine and he had an amazing testimony of how God saved him. He told me before he was saved, he would sell drugs and sell woman, but God delivered him and changed him. He stuck around with us for over an hour and he said he’d likely be out in the future. I was encouraged by him.
Eventually the group of us dwindled down to Walter, Jennifer and myself. At one point a man came up to Walter and began doing some inappropriate acts and another man (who said he was a Christian) came over, got close to the man and told him to stop what he was doing. There was some arguing and the man who was doing the inappropriate act threatened the other man, but his friend eventually pulled him away. Praise God! It was getting to be about 2:00, when Josh (who is part of the group of believer who‘ve been joining us lately) showed up. We all decided to go over to IHOP and do some fellowshipping.
As for the Saturday to Sunday (6-12-10 to 6-13-10), I got to Mill a bit after 8:00 again. Tom and Catharine Fusco, Alan, Al Gordon, and Dan were already there or were just showing up at about that time. Al gave a report of the night on his blog http://saintsoftheway.blogspot.com/2010/06/saturday-06-12-10.html
After the others left (well after midnight), a man came up to me while I was open airing and asked me why a person couldn’t be good without Jesus. I didn’t get into the fact that without Jesus there is nothing good. Instead, I decided to explain that he like everyone else had sinned against God and was deserving of hell. I them explained how Christ paid our penalty in His life’s blood. That Jesus suffered the hell (wrath of God) that we were due on the cross and that we can receive that through faith in Him. The man had a surprised look on his face and then thanked me and said he never understood it like that before. I gave him a Bible and told him to repent and put his trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. His name is Dan, please pray for him. He was very receptive and came back a little later when I was talking to a man named Louis who was a Jehovah’s Witness. He was friendly, but admitted that he was not living as he should be. I encouraged him to repent as well. I also told him about the Deity of Christ, which JW’s deny. We talked for some time and I left about 2:00 again.
By the way, below are a few pictures from First Friday (6-4-10). There were a lot of believers out there and I was encouraged by that. I also wanted to mention that on the 5th of June I want to a class held by Tom Fusco. It was fun and encouraging. Check out his site for future classes. They’re free. It’s focused on the Way of the Master. Tom has one about each month. http://tillthenetsrful.blogspot.com/
God will be glorified.