25 June 2009

4th of July witnessing

It's getting close to that time of year again when we hit the Streets of Canton, Georgia to witness and hand out hundreds of tracts to the folks who will be busy doing nothing while waiting on the fireworks to start.

If you would like to join us in handing out some tracts (Very non-confrontational) or join us in some 'one to one' witnessing (Never know what might happen), we would be more than than happy for you to join in.

We will meet in the Riverstone Shopping area between Publix and Hibbitt's Sports around 6:45pm on July 4th. We will pray and go out 2x2 for a couple hours until it's about time for the fireworks to start.

Join us if you can!

24 June 2009

Witnessing and the Holy Spirit

From Witnessing Encouragement

Over the last few weeks I was within the hearing of some anointed Gospel street preaching (as well as Bible preaching in church) by men filled with the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no true witnessing or Gospel proclamation. I’m exhibit A of the train wreck that occurs when attempting to witness without the power of the Holy Spirit.

There is so much to this extremely important topic; it is vital to learn it and live it if we are to be useful to God as His vessels. He fills His clay pots with the Holy Spirit. Only then are they used. This gives God all the glory! We know all true believers are indwelt and sealed with the Holy Spirit. I am speaking here of the filling or empowering of the Holy Spirit for fruitful service, which comes by faith, prayer, repentance and obedience.

Here are a few quotes from “The Church’s Greatest Need”, by E.Reisinger.

The Holy Spirit is the source of all spiritual witnessing and all spiritual worship; He is also the “Divine Agent of Evangelism”.

The power of the church for her external work will be proportionate with the power which dwells within herself.

Gauge the power of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believers and you may fairly judge their influence upon unbelievers.

We ourselves, must first drink of the living water before the rivers of living water will flow out to the unconverted.

Without the Spirit there will be no conviction. Without the Spirit there will be no conversions. Without the Spirit there will be no Spiritual growth. Without the Spirit all preaching and witnessing is in vain.

The Holy Spirit at Pentecost produced powerful evangelistic preaching.

The answer is Spirit-breathed, Christ-centered, Bible preaching in the power and unction (anointing) of the Holy Spirit. Only the Spirit can bring conviction.

..if He does not so work we should search ourselves to see what it is that hinders, and whether there may not be somewhat in ourselves which vexes Him, so that He restrains His sacred energy and does not work among us as He did before. (He is referring to repentance.)

No acceptable action of the Christian life can be performed without the Holy Spirit.

The Bible makes two things very, very clear in connection with the fullness and power of the Spirit. First, prayer (Luke 11:13). Secondly, obedience (Acts 5:32).

The Holy Spirit does not flow through methods but through men. He does not anoint plans but men.

Knowledge comes by studying. Power comes by prayer and fasting.

Everything that grieves the Spirit must be put away. (He is again referring to repentance of sins.)

We will not have the power of the Holy Spirit without importunate earnest prayer (Acts 1:14 preceded Acts 2; Luke 11:9-13).

You might also like to see the post, The Power of the Holy Spirit, and listen to The Holy Spirit is the Witness, by Joseph LoSardo.

22 June 2009

Law before Grace

"Evermore the Law must prepare the way for the gospel. To overlook this in instructing souls is almost certain to result in false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and to fill the Church with false converts... Time will make this plain."

Charles Finney

20 June 2009

Car show evangelism

This Saturday my best friend (on the right) and I braved the 97+ degree weather to witness and hand out tracts at the local car show in Canton, Georgia.

There were plenty of people to talk to but the heat was brutal and we only got to talk to about 11 folks in all.

My buddy brought his two girls and a friend of theirs to help out in tracting. I brought along the camera and let the girls take pictures of our encounters and whatever else they felt was a good shot. The girls did an EXCELLENT job of taking pictures! Every shot was perfect and some were very creative.

We prayed, got some water and went fishing! Our first encounter was with a group of five young folks ranging from mid-teen to about twenty five years old.

We handed each one a Million Dollar Bill Gospel tract and then asked them the million dollar question..."If you guy's were to die today, where do you think you would spend eternity?"

Mostly the answers we got back were everything from 'I don't know' to 'That's a good question'.

When I took the group through the good person test, two of them bolted out of there pretty quick and the fellow sitting on the car became the one who answered the question and then had questions of his own.

When I asked him if God would find him innocent or guilty of breaking God's Commandments (sinning) when he died he said 'guilty'. When asked if he would go to Heaven or Hell he said 'somewhere in between; maybe'. He said that he would ask God for forgiveness. I told him that on the Day of Judgment there are no second chances to ask for forgiveness. I told him that it was appointed unto man once to die and then the Judgment.

He told me that, if that was the way it was going to happen, then he would be going to Hell.

He continued to ask me questions and we talked for several more minutes before I gave him the glorious Gospel.

Always keep in mind when your witnessing to who you feel is the main person of the conversation may not always be the person who God is moving to repentance.

Case in point with our next group of guys.

Notice the young man in the black sleeveless shirt. This guy, almost immediately, I could tell didn't want anything to do with the conversation. So I focused on him specifically and went through the good person test with the group but kept coming back to him when he would raise an objection or ask a question.

Now notice the young man in the red shirt.

After I went through the Law I could tell this guy's countenance changing and it was apparent to me at this point that the Law was working this guy over.

He continued to listen intently to the conversation I was having with black sleeveless shirt dude (when witnessing to a group, even though you may be focusing on someones questions or objections, be aware of the other folks in the group to see where God is moving) and it was obvious that the Holy Spirit was doing something.

By the time I got through the magnificent Gospel he seemed to be broken.

I fully went through repentance and trusting in Christ to save them like their life depended on it; because it did.

We spent a little more time talking with these guys before moving on.

We ended up talking to a few more people........

Looked at a few cool cars.......

But the image that keeps burning in my mind is of the young man in the red shirt on whom the Holy Spirit seemed to be working....

Thank you little ladies for the great pictures....thank you my friend for coming out and witnessing with me...and, most of all, thank you Father for leading us to these young folks today and for giving us the joy of doing your work in the field that is white for harvest. I pray that one day these folks we talked to and every one we handed a tract to, will have their names in the Lamb's Book of Life.

19 June 2009

Car Show Saturday - June 20th, 2009

His Feet on the Street will be handing out tracts and doing some 'one to one' witnessing this Saturday starting around 4pm in the Riverstone shopping center in Canton, Georgia.

If you are in the area and would like to join us, please meet between Publix and Hibbitt Sports at 4pm.

If you are not ready to do personal evangelism, you can team up with someone and pray silently while they witness.

We will have plenty of tracts so come by and help us get the Word out!

17 June 2009

Fast food evangelism tip

From Fish with Trish -

You can do this!

Witnessing to a Jewish person

Here is Ray Comfort witnessing to a Jewish lady -

12 June 2009

His Feet on the Beach

As much as I love going to the beach there's nothing like 'home sweet home'.

We had a great time Boogie Boarding, playing in the sand, playing in the pool, smoking cigars (wait, that was just me), walking on the beach, watching a Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Atlanta Braves Single A team) game, doing nothing and, for the first time ever, metal detecting (wait, that was just me again).

My wife gave me a metal detector last year for Christmas and I couldn't wait until we went to the beach to try it out in the sand. I have played around with it a little bit over the past few months getting used to the feel and sound of the thing and found a couple coins and a kids action figure but mostly nothing but garbage.

But at the beach, one has the hope of finding that century old coin or some poor bride's lost diamond ring or maybe a cool watch...anything but trash.

So I set off the first evening with detector in one hand, implement of destruction in the other and headphones on my ears in hopes of cashing in big on other peoples misfortune.

Oh yeah, one other item I had on me was a few Million Dollar Bill Gospel tracts.

The one thing I read over and over from metal detecting sites and publications was to be prepared for people to come up to you and ask you if you have found anything yet. This, according to the publications, was a good time for you to introduce people to the joys of metal detecting.

I had a different idea; introduce them to Law and Gospel.

I'll be honest, sometimes I struggle with 'the right time and the right place' to witness with people. It's one thing to hand out Gospel tracts while people are on the move and going to and fro, but I find that there are some venues where people are less likely to have that one on one conversation with you.

So I thought if people are going to go out of their way and stop me on the beach and engage me in conversation, then I have the perfect opportunity to turn the conversation around and not only get a Gospel tract in their hand, but ask them a few questions concerning the things of God.

So I did.

The first night I went by myself and handed out a few tracts and talked briefly with those who stopped me.

The second night my wife and kids came with me and walked the beach while I scoured the beach for lost possessions. My wife brought the camera to capture some family moments and I told her if someone stops me tonight make sure you get a photo or two of the witnessing encounter.

That was the night I met Mickey.

Mickey walked straight up to me and ask me if I had found any treasure yet. I told him I had found a lot of beer bottle tops and pull rings but nothing that made my evening of detecting worthwhile yet. The I told him that I did have something that might make his night worthwhile; a Million Dollar Bill.

He took the MDB with joyful fascination.

I told Mickey that there was a Gospel tract on the back and then asked him the million dollar question; if you were to die tonight, where would you spend eternity?

Mickey told me that he was sure he was going to Heaven when he died. I asked him how he knew that. He told me that he came to know about God through AA. I asked him what he meant when he said know about God. He gave me his personal testimony from his alcohol years to going through the AA steps and then finding God along the way. When Mickey told me he was a local in the area, I asked him which church he attended. He told me that he sometimes went to a particular church along the strip.

I immediately took him through the Law to make sure he understood the seriousness of his sins in light of a holy and just God. I reasoned with him on the penalty of those sins in light of God's perfect justice and then I magnified God's amazing grace through the shed blood of His Son Jesus Christ.

I made sure Mickey knew what repentance was and explained why he needed to fully trust in Jesus to save him from God's wrath on the Day of wrath like his life depended on it; because it does.

I went through all this even though Mickey said he was a Christian. Why? Because I had a sense that Mickey was relying on something other than the blood of Christ.

I had a good long chat with Mickey and I hope to run into him again someday when we come back to the beach. I pray that Mickey indeed is a Christian and, if not, the Holy Spirit moves him to repenting and putting his faith in Christ alone.

By the way, I never did find any rings or watches or century old coins but I did find almost $5 dollars in change and that, if you're willing, God will use you no matter where you are are.

04 June 2009

Sticking with the Law and Gospel

Ray Comfort witnessing to a couple folks who have some questions. Don't be afraid!

You can do this!!