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
Family Service today, with lots of visitors. I spoke on Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
A favourite text of many Christians, but today I took time to show its place in the life of Oliver Cromwell.
“Oliver Cromwell – it influenced his conversion, it comforted him when he suffered the bereavement of his son Robert, and he passed it on when he was writing to one of his officers whose son was shot in battle. Then when he lay dying at Hampton Court in 1658 he asked for someone to read this very passage to him from Philippians. “He that was Paul’s Christ is my Christ too”, Cromwell commented on the day he discovered this text, at his conversion.” Dr Ivor Oakley in a sermon.
Remarkable fine weather today after last nights heavy rain.
So we are out in the town centre again, holding forth the Word of Life.
Conversations were rare, too many in too much of a hurry, but we did pass out lots of leaflets.
I had an interesting discussion with a lady about being born again. Like so many religious people she’d never heard of it and didn’t understand what it meant. She wasn’t very good at listening, I hope and pray that the Word of God will take root and she will indeed be born again. At one point she asked whether I thought that all the beings named as ‘god’ by the various religions weren’t just the same being, I was enabled to say there is only One God and all the rest are imposters.