The evening message was that ‘Judgement is coming’ from Revelation chapter 20 verses 11 to 15.
11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.
14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
I explained the unique and awesome nature of the judge, then that all must appear before Him, and finally that he has and will use his detailed record of each life to establish His justice. Only those in the Lamb’s book of life have any confidence of a positive verdict.
The sermon this morning was “Behold the Lamb of God” from John’s Gospel chapter 1 verse 29.
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
In it I explained the significance role of lambs as sacrifices in ancient Israel, then Jesus Christ role as ‘the Lamb of God’, and finally the call to ‘behold’ Him with the eyes of saving faith.
Well, the weather is fine this morning after a whole week of rain.
Table set up and ready to go.
Though it is a holiday weekend there are not a lot of people around, most took a leaflet, one lady from Cropton also took two cds as well assuring us she would listen to them. We had a strange conversation in which she said she believed in Jesus but had also ‘seen things’? May it please the Lord to open her eyes to the Gospel!
Looking up Market Place
Three others are worth mentioning, the first took a leaflet entitled ‘Do you know Jesus Christ’ and handed it back with the answer no and don’t want to! Another older man wanted us to know that he thought we were wasting our time and came back a second time to make sure we had understood him. The third man just walked closely by muttering something out loud about ‘religion’.
Looking down Market Place
I had planned to Preach on Jesus our Lawgiver this evening from Galatians ch. 6 v.2 and 1 Corinthians ch.9 v.21.
(NKJV) Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
(NKJV) not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ
Explaining that Jesus Christ is Lord and Lawgiver for His people.
But the appearance of Daniel, whom we’d spoken to in the Market Place twice, convinced me I had to preach the Gospel of Saving Grace, which I endeavoured to do from both these texts.
I preached today on Jesus’ temptations under the title of the Second Adam and used 1 John 2 v.16 as a framework.
(NKJV) For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.
We tried a different place today and though we gave out a fair number of lealets, no one was willing to stand and talk
I spoke this evening on the subject of Forgiving. Part 2 of a two week series. You can access the recording through the link in the side bar.
My text was Ephesians chapter 4 and the last part of verse 32 .
“forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.”
Again there were a number of visitors here on holiday, Oh for local people who would come to hear and belive God’s Word.
I preached today about the Lord Jesus being baptised by John, from Matthew chapter 3, verses 13 to 17.
Addressing the Lord’s words:
“Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.”
I sought to present the Lord Jesus acting in perfect obedience to all God’s commands, then His assuming the sin of His people and finally; Heaven’s affirmation of His accepting his great work with the promise of the power to accomplish it .
We had a lot of people in Church this morning, a number of families visiting the area for holiday / vacation, joined us to exalt in and magnify the God of all grace.
Cooler today, but dry, Nick and I were out looking for opportunities to pass on the wonderful Good news that Jesus Christ died and rose that sinners might be saved.
Very few people were in the Market Place, but we did manage to talk with some. One or two came over for a closer look but didn’t stop.
I spoke with four people in particular. The first were believers from North Leceistershire, they encouraged us to press on. Then there was the young lad, he’d never heard the gospel and listened well taking a booklet away when he left. Another man was the most demanding person today. He came to the table to speak, a disillusioned Roman Catholic, he has been dabbling in the Occult and leans toward Buddism. He spoke at length and would hardly listen to the Gospel but did give me opportunity to be very direct about being prepared to meet the real God! Finally the older man with his family who took a leaflet as he laughed and passed by.
The great need is for the work of God’s Spirit to open eyes and give new life, may it be His pleasure to give life to the dead.
I spoke this evening from Psalm 103:3 on the subject – Forgiveness, forgiven. Attempting to show that this is an act of God’s mercy whereby He graciously acts to remove the guilt of sin from His people forever.
Thus far did I come laden with my sin, Nor could aught ease the grief that I was in, Till I came hither. What a place is this! Must here be the beginning of my bliss? Must here the burden fall off from my back? Must here the strings that bound it to me crack? Blest Cross! blest Sepulchre! blest, rather, be The Man that there was put to shame for me! John Bunyan in Pilgrim’s ProgressP