Pickering – Saturday 22nd August 2009


Another Fine Day To Be Out And About, But The Town Was Quiet!

Looking down Market Place

Looking down Market Place

 

Looking up Market Place.

Looking up Market Place.

 

We were unable to be at our regular spot, so set up in the middle of Market Place.

Nick setting out the table.

Nick setting out the table.

 

Good News indeed.

Good News indeed.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Few people could be persuaded to stop and talk today, our hour had almost finished before Rosalind and Ralph gave me about 30 minutes of their time.

 
An articulate Roman Catholic, Rosalind spoke gently and passionately of her religious convictions.
She was persuaded that the Church of Rome is the only true, visible, worldwide church of Christ.
She defended confessing sin to a man, spoke of the vital place of Mary as the mother of Christ.
Challenged my views as biased and based on anti Roman literature.
For her the Reformation was the Deformation, a tragedy which has resulted in people like me excluding myself from the true Church of Christ.
 

At times the debate was dramatic, but always friendly.

 
 I was able to point out that forgiveness for sin against God cannot be given by a man.
That all must speak directly with God concerning the matter, as He alone can forgive sin.
That Jesus Christ is to be approached directly and not through His mother or other imaginary representative.
Scripture like Matthew chapter 10, makes this clear:
28  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29  “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30  “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
 
Or this, from Acts chapter 13:
 
38  Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;
39  and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
 
Mary is without doubt given a unique and highly honoured position as the human mother of the Holy Child, but is given no further special role beyond this in Scripture. At one point the Saviour Himself even turns her away: [note the ‘brothers’, she isn’t a ‘perpetual virgin’!]
 
Matthew Chapter 12 records these words:
 
47  Then one said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak with You.”
48  But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”
49  And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers!
50  “For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”
 
The Church of Rome has imposed the teaching of men on the people of God and must be rejected as corrupt.
Millions blindly follow its dogma and ultimately perish because they have been duped into thinking a man can pronounce their sin forgiven!

Here are a few BIBLE verses which clarify matters –

Proverbs 14:12  There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.

Matthew 7:13  Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

The last Word Belongs to Jesus:

John 10: 9  “I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

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Pickering – Saturday 15th August 2009


Another fine Saturday

morning and we have

good news to share!

Table Set For Use.

Table Set For Use.

Nick ready to speak.

Nick, ready to speak.

PEOPLE WITH WHOM WE SPOKE:

My first conversation was with Anthony. He happily conceded the existence of God and that we will most certainly meet Him on the judgement day, but had no fear of doing so. He thought God would welcome welcome everyone regardless of who they were or what they’d done.
It took some time, but I think I was able to persuade him that such an outlook was really quite dangerous, ignoring the evidence freely available to all who would take time to examine what He has revealed about Himself in His book, the Bible.

John Explains this in his Gospel, Chapter 3 verse 36

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”
Wrath describes God’s attitude toward those who do not believe on Jesus Christ, He is offended by their unbelief!
Because He has taken time to send and sacrifice His Son to save sinners, those who ignore His work of salvation are in great trouble now and will feel His displeasure on the day they meet Him.
The Good News is that Jesus Christ has borne the full weight of this wrath on behalf of all who trust Him.

1Thessalonians, chapter 5, and verse 9

For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

The 11 am locomotive draws attention.

The 11 am locomotive draws attention.

If only people paid as much attention to preparing to meet our Holy God!

Everyone falls into one of the following two categories, the Good News, is that you can transfer from the first to the second, TODAY!

Revelation chapter 1 and verse 7  :

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

Hebrews chapter 9 verse 28  :

Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

Mark was the next person with whom I spoke. He was happy to agree to most of the Biblical truth that I shared with him, but kept saying that assurance of sin’s forgiven depended on whether you had enough faith. I happily explained to him that the object of faith was what mattered and not the amount of faith.  It isn’t a form of energy by which we save ourselves, but a resting in the promises and person of Jesus Christ to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. His philosophy leaves him and all like him on a merciless treadmill where you never know when enough is enough. Listen to the Bible:

Galatians chapter 3 verse 22 :

But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Romans chapter 10 verse 9:

if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts chapter 16 verse 31

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Nick and Vanessa explaining the amazing grace of God.

Nick and Vanessa explaining the amazing grace of God.

Finally, I spoke with Julie. She had previously received and read literature from us, and was happy to receive more. We pray that the Lord will reveal Himself to her, giving her the faith to believe and be saved.

Saving faith may thus be defined as a voluntary turning from all hope and grounds based on self merit, and assuming an attitude of expectancy toward God, trusting Him to do a perfect saving work based only on the merit of Christ. L. S. Chafer, True Evangelism, pp. 55–6 Galaxie Software. (2002; 2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed Galaxie Software. (2002; 2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.

Market Place

Market Place

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Park Street

Park Street

Pickering 8th August 2009


Pickering Beck [Stream]

Pickering Beck /Stream

Blessed again with a beautiful day we were ready and willing to be out on the streets again. I forgot the camera so there are none of the usual pictures to view. I did take some later in the day and have included them to illuminate the text.

Pickering Town from Beacon Hill.

Pickering Town from Beacon Hill.

A 13 year old seeker:

Almost immediately on setting up the table a family on holiday stopped to talk, believers from Leeds, it became clear that their 13 year old daughter was unconverted and genuinely interested in what it meant to believe on Jesus Christ as Saviour. Our conversation revolved around the fact that John wrote his gospel with the specific purpose of providing the information needed to believe and be saved.

John chapter 20 verses 30 and 31:

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

She took the gospel away with her and to our great joy and delight, she brought it to church on Sunday and showed us how far she’d read! May God have mercy and save her.

An Older Man Who Hadn’t Heard The Gospel:

A gentleman in his 70’s stood to speak, a holidaymaker, and from my home area said that no one had ever told him of Jesus Christ dying for sinners or of his need to personally repent and believe the Good News. I found it hard to comprehend, but he insisted that what I was saying to him was entirely new.  He listened well and left with literature to read which would leave him in no doubt of his need and the Saviour’s power and willingness to save.

Mark Chapter 1 and verse 15 – Jesus says:

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

 

Tourists Waiting at the Ropery corner.

Tourists Waiting at the Ropery corner.

 

A Spiritualist

Nick and Vanessa had opportunity to lay out the Gospel before a man who claimed to be a spiritualist healer, he was very sure that everyone would judge themselves on the last day, but was gently corrected and pointed to the only safe haven on that day – Jesus Christ.

Alpha Course Casualties:

A couple explained to Nick and Vanessa that they had attended the Alpha Course and now believed themselves to be Christians. It didn’t take long before we found out that they had no concept of their sins being forgiven, their hope lay entirely in a ‘god of love’ who is a caricature of the God who so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son to pay the penalty of sin and bring life and forgiveness to believers. I heard them say they were now hearing things which they’d never heard before.

So much of modern evangelicalism is ‘another gospel’, may the Lord deliver us from modern delusions and those who spread them! Its nothing new, Paul writes in:

Galatians chapter 1 verses 6 and 7:

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.

 Jesus Christ came to rescue sinners from their sin and the impending judgement of God against them. God’s Love is seen in the provision of His Son as substitute, but everyone must both repent and believe before they can enjoy the benefits of Christ’s great work.

Romans chapter 5 verse 8 and 9:

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

Acts chapter 16 verses 30 and 31:

 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

If you’ve read this far, I plead with you in the name of the Lord Jesus, that you flee to Him for the forgiveness of your sin. Write and tell us if you need further help, or if you do indeed cast yourself upon His mercy.

 

Crowds waith for the Traction Engines to arrive.

Crowds waiting for the Traction Engines to arrive.

 

Yorkshire Day – Pickering – 1st August 2009


Sorry to say it was raining hard all day and we were unable to get out to share the gospel.

I’m able to report that Adriana came back to Church on Sunday. Praise the Lord.