Evangelical?


WHAT IS AN EVANGELICAL?

It appeared to be a genuine question, so I sought to give an honest answer.

“An evangelical is one who holds to and emphasizes the Good news revealed in the Bible of Jesus’ work to rescue lost sinners and restore them to a right relationship with the living God.” Because this is the essence of Christianity, and the only way to escape the downward drag of sin.

 I further explained that: “everyone is a lost sinner and all therefore ought to tremble at the thought of being judged by One who isn’t, One who sees and records everything anyone ever does, doesn’t do and says! One who has declared that just ‘one’ sin is ‘one’ too many, as it means that the sinner is guilty in His sight, and therefore unfit for a relationship with the holy and perfect One.

I then had the privilege of speaking of  “Jesus’ incredible work to deliver the guilty from judgment, make them acceptable to God and establish a new life, which begins now and continues without end.”

 AN EVANGELICAL has good news for sinners, explaining to them that: “they are called to ‘repent’ and ‘believe’ that Jesus Christ conquered sin and death in His death and resurrection. That He is a substitute, bearing  guilt and giving His righteousness, thereby creating a whole new person who enjoys the honour of knowing God now and looking forward to enjoying Him forever.”

 Clearly he had much to contribute to the conversation, and freely interrupted me, but no one seemed to have explained these things to him! Like so many today, he’d grown up and been educated in an atmosphere of space men and evolution, choosing rather to embrace their world view of futility, of living for the present, because when you are dead you are dead!

JESUS CAME BACK FROM THE DEAD AND WAS SEEN BY OVER 500 WITNESSES!  Death is not the end of life, just the beginning of forever.

EVANGELICALS are committed to informing mankind of God’s way of Salvation! Giving hope by dispelling darkness and ignorance.

Mark 16:15–16 (NKJV)

He [Jesus] said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 

Romans 1:16 (NKJV)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NKJV)

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

A Table Loaded With FREE Gospel Literature

 For God so loved the world, not just a few,
The wise and great, the noble and the true,
Or those of favored class or rank or hue.
God loved the world. Do you? Source Unknown

AS WINTER APPROACHES, THE STREET OUTREACH MUST BE PUT ON HOLD, BUT THE ‘GOSPEL’ IS THE SAME IN EVERY SEASON.

It has been a privilege to speak with so many, including those who disagree.

We are praying that even now God might open your heart and mind to understand and embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour.

Please feel free to make contact, we’d love to carry on our conversations with you.

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War Weekend, Pickering October 11


Railway at War, Oct 2011

No he wasn't getting 'nicked'!

 Over 10,000 people swamped Pickering on this glorious, sunny October Saturday.

These Pictures were taken at 10 o’clock in the morning:

Birdgate

Smiddyhill

Hungate / Ropery Traffic Lights

This is the Ropery and Market Place at around 11:30:

The Ropery and Park Street

Market Place from the Ropery.

People, People, People, all day to spend strolling around admiring the culture and machinery of War.

Parade

Parade 1

Parade 2

A privilege afforded to so few by the sacrifice of so many, over 40,000,000 shed their blood to establish peace and ensure freedom.

Tragically, while ‘the Second World War’ ended, people still fight and war seems to be ever present.

Man has always struggled to find peace in the world around him, when the problem is actually on the inside.

Mark 7:21–23

“From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

 It Was Our Privilege to be out among the crowds telling  of God’s provision to bring peace on the inside, through the ‘blood’ of His Son.

The Greatest Battle In History took Place on the Hill called Calvary. Here sin’s grip on people was finally broken for believers. Through faith in Jesus Christ they find peace with God, their neighbours and themselves.

Peace In Our Time.

Lot’s of people stopped to speak and take away literature, the news that real peace is available was gladly received.

2 Corinthians 5:19 

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Colossians 1:20

and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

 Romans 5:1 

 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Philippians 4:7 

the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

“We have not only peace towards the outer world, but peace within. After all, happiness and peace lie more within the man than in anything about him. Heaven lies more in the heart than in golden streets, and hell’s flame consists rather in man’s tortured conscience than in the Tophet fire which the breath of God has kindled. So the peace which Jesus gives is within us; “the good man is satisfied from himself.” C H Spurgeon 1343.148

The deepest want of man is not a desire for happiness, but a craving for peace; not a wish for the gratification of every desire, but a craving for the repose of acquiescence in the will of God: and it is this which Christianity promises. Christianity does not promise happiness, but it does promise peace.

Raining Again.


All Covered Up.

Nothing to do but hand out some leaflets.

For the first time someone crumpled one up and put it in the bin!

Surprised? No! Disappointed? Yes!!

Most folks take them and at least seem to wait until they get home before they decide what to do with them.

Jesus wept for people like that:

 Luke 13:34 (NKJV)

 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!

 Like The Prodigal Son of old, they’d rather have a good time now than live in God’s World and Presence.

The encouraging thing is that the Prodigal came to his senses –  and returned to enjoy God’s Love and Favour.

 Luke 15:17–19 (NKJV)

 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’

I hope you know the conclusion of the story, and that you will be encouraged to turn back to God!

Take note thought of that little word ‘sin’ – it’s really gone out of fashion.

Man calls sin an accident; God calls it an abomination. Man calls sin a blunder; God calls it blindness. Man calls sin a chance; God call it a choice. Man calls sin a defect; God calls it a disease. Man calls sin an error; God calls it enmity. Man calls sin fascination; God calls it fatality. Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it fatality. Man calls sin infirmity; God calls it iniquity. Man calls sin luxury; God calls it lawlessness. Man calls sin a trifle; God calls it tragedy. Man calls sin a mistake; God calls it madness. Man calls sin a weakness; God calls it willfulness. There is only one remedy for sin—the precious blood of Christ, which was shed for the remission of sins on Calvary’s Cross.—Author Unknown

Fashion aside, it’s the reason people treat the gospel with contempt and through away any reminders.

Unbelief is the most destructive sin known to man, but it can all change, and does in those who have the change of mind that works repentance and takes you back to confess your folly to our God and Father.

Jesus used only 504 words to tell the Parable of the Prodigal Son, judged by some to be the greatest story ever written. James Hastings

 There is hope today, even for the young lady who threw the leaflet away, if she will but ‘come to her senses’, repent and return home.

 Mark 1:15 (NKJV) [The words of Jesus’ first recorded sermon]

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

 Jesus Christ, lived and died that Prodigals might be welcomed home.

The Gospel is for all who've come to their senses.

Don't huff and puff, turn back to God today.

 

 

Capital ‘C’ or small ‘c’?


She’d Stood at a Distance

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Studying the Banner

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around the Table.

Table Banner

“Have you got the answers?”

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I asked as she drew near

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and was about to pass by.

“No”,  she chirped, “I suppose I’m a Christian with a small “c”!

 “So you think there are two kinds of Christian“, “Yes” was her prompt reply!

The conversation developed to the point where she informed me that she regularly attends one of the local churches, but that she wasn’t one of those ‘born again’, capital ‘C’ christians.

She liked to hear about Jesus, but knew not that transformation wrought  by the Spirit of God whereby He removes the shutters and floods the inner man with the light of the world.

BUT , there is only one kind of ‘Christian’, the biblical kind, those who have experienced the life transforming power of the Word of God applied by the Spirit of God :  

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NKJV)

For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:22–23 (NKJV)

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.

The words ‘Born Again‘ may have been robbed of  meaning by over zealous enthusiasts, but when used in context, they describe that wondrous work of God in which He acts on a sinner to give them life, life which expresses itself in a heart cry to God for salvation and reaches out in repentance and faith toward Jesus Christ for salvation.

James 1:18 (NKJV)

Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

1 John 5:1 (NKJV) Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,  

Everyone Needs to be ‘Born Again‘, Jesus says it’s a ‘must’ and so essential to ‘seeing’ or ‘entering’ the ‘Kingdom of God’ . [John  chapter 3 and verses 3 and 5]

2 Corinthians 5:17  (NKJV)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

A strange phrase that has crept into our vocabulary in recent years is “born again Christian.” The phrase is redundant. It is like saying “dog dog.” The phrase suggests there is more than one kind of Christian. There is not! If you are born again, you are a Christian. If you are a Christian in the scriptural sense, you have been born again!

Nothing less than this revolutionary transformation provides the answer to the questions on the banner!

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