War Weekend – Saturday 17th October 2009


A Fine But Cold Day, But Pickering is Packed with People.

 

Officially its 1943 and everyone is to dress appropriately!

 

An excellent opportunity to reach out and talk about the only lasting Peace Maker.

 

FIRST – SOME PICTURES:

 

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Looking up Market Place

Looking up Market Place

 

Looking Down Market Place

Looking Down Market Place

Smiddy Hill

Smiddy Hill.

 

The Ropery

The RoperyBirdgate

 

 

While many reveled in the romance of the day, there were some who sought to speak of the reason men fight and the One who intervened to liberate man from its terrible grip.

Jas 4:1  Where do wars and fights come from among you?

Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

Many stopped to talk, listen, and face the terrible truth that man is at war with God until he is given grace to surrender and believe.

Good news table.
Good news table.

 

The Home Guard

The Home Guard

Our Group

Our Group

 Nick Preached about the need to be rescued to an attentive audience.

Nick Preaching

Nick Preaching

Asking whether anyone on the beach at Dunkirk would refuse to get in a boat, he challenged all who heard about their refusal to be rescued by Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 1:21

  “you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

 

 

Saturday 12th September 09 – Pickering, North Yorkshire


Another Fine Saturday Morning. And what better way to spend it than making people aware of the amazing love of the God who forgives sin.

A Busy Market Place.

A Busy Market Place.

Park Street seems quieter.

Park Street seems quieter.

The Ropery is quiet.

The Ropery is quiet.

The gospel is spread faithfully here, whether there be few or many to receive it.

Graham, Vanessa and Nick, read to speak.

Graham, Vanessa and Nick, read to speak.

That's me, a clear picture this time.

That's me, a clear picture this time.

My conversation with Mark.

Just as we were about finished setting up the table a young man called Mark engaged me in conversation. He was looking for information about places to walk his dog which we were able to furnish. But with it I offered a leaflet which asks, ‘Are you good enough to go to heaven’. Its a very useful tool in bring people to understand their sinfulness and the need of the Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Our conversation went round and round on the same subjects for about half an hour, so I was able to explain the gospel and the need to personally embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour. Mark left with a collection of leaflets, may it be the pleasure of God to bring about his new birth.

Mark is typical of this sceptical generation. They know what they don’t want to believe and confirm it to themselves from a distorted understanding of the Bible.

His Argument was: Men Wrote The Bible, not God. – Now any Christian would answer that man’s involvement in giving us the Scriptures is only part of the story. 40 men did indeed record the words, but each of them was directed by God Himself. The unity of the Bible indicating that the one Supreme Being over saw those who wrote. Peter says this in his second epistle, chapter 1 and verse 21:

“prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

As Micheal Green explains in His Commentary:

“The word moved is a maritime expression (Acts 17:15,17) used of a ship carried along by the wind in its sails. The prophets raised their sails and God filled them, and carried them along in the direction He wished. … Revelation was not a matter of passive reception; it meant active co-operation. God did not use instruments, but men.”

“The Bible was written over a period of about 1,500 years by more than forty different human authors.

From a variety of backgrounds, including Joshua (a military general), Daniel (a prime minister), Peter (a fisherman), and Nehemiah (a cupbearer).

They wrote in different places, Different Continents And Languages

The wilderness (Moses), prison (Paul), and Patmos exile (John). Three different continents (Africa, Asia, Europe), and in three different languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek).

The contents of the Bible deal with many controversial subjects.

Yet, the Bible is a unity.

From beginning to end, there’s one unfolding story –

God’s plan of salvation for mankind. “

From: Answers to Tough Questions What Skeptics Are Asking About The Christian Faith Josh McDowell And Don Stewart McDowell, J., & Stewart, D. D. (1993). Answers to tough questions. Originally published: San Bernardino, Calif. : Here’s Life Publishers, c1980. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Saturday 6th September 09


Colder but fine, what a privilege to get out to speak with people about the only Saviour and their need of His saving grace in their lives.

Some views of the Town:

If you can see yourself, get in touch we’d love to hear from you. If you can’t see yourself, get in touch anyway!

Looking up Market Place

Looking up Market Place

Looking along the Ropery

Looking along the Ropery

Looking along Park Street
Looking along Park Street

Nick And Vanessa are Happy to Be Out Today:

Ready to Serve!

Ready to Serve!

I even managed to get my picture taken

Passing out tracts

Passing out tracts

I Spoke With Three Believers Today:

Its a real delight to meet those who share the hope that comes from embracing Jesus Christ alone as Saviour.

Jude 3  Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

The first was Toby, a fine young man who was happy to have his picture taken.

Toby, with Locomotive in the Background

Toby, with Locomotive in the Background

We very quickly found that we of one mind, I’d never met him before and may never meet him again as he was in town visiting family.

A simply enquiry as to whether he was ‘born again’ brought out a hearty ‘yes’ and before long we were talking about the Saviour and the need to speak of Him to the people around us.

The concept of being ‘born again’ lies at the heart of the distinction between real and pretend Christians. We know that as our natural birth gave us life in this world, the new birth gives the life of the world to come, right here and now.

A work of God, it opens the heart to love God and turns the feet to follow Jesus. As I didn’t decide to be born naturally, I don’t decide to be born again its the gracious gift of God.

These Bible Verses Explain What Happens:

John 1:12,13  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

1Pe 1:3,4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

1John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

You are ‘born again’ when God the Holy Spirit gives you new life as you hear the word of God, this new life shows itself in that you turn from sin, to God and like a new born infant cries out, you cry out to Jesus to save you.

Jesus said its absolutely essential if you are to have any hope of seeing or entering the kingdom of God. There are some religious organisations which call themselves ‘churches’  where they say you are born again when a religious official says a few words over you and sprinkles water on your head, they didn’t get that from the Bible, you can’t trust those who add their own ideas to what God has said in Scripture. A very wise man called Agur once wrote:

Proverbs 30:6  Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

Have you been born again?  Is the new birth you describe the same as that which Jesus described to Nicodemus in John chapter 5, its for adults, not babies.

The second was a lady from Staffordshire, she introduced herself as  a Gypsy Believer.

Again we quickly found that we were of the same persuasion, she looks to Jesus Christ for Salvation and Rests in the Work He has done on her behalf. So different to religious people who invariably depend on their own efforts to satisfy the justice of God. Have you ever read these words:

Romans 5:1-4  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

To be ‘justified’ is to be declared not guilty because another has borne your punishment and reconciled you to God. He who has done this is Jesus Christ, the only completely innocent man to have ever lived. The only one who could therefore bear the punishment others deserve for law breaking. As man He stands in the believer’s place, as God the merit of His sacrifice is infinite and therefore sufficient to clear the debt of all who call upon Him to save them.

This is what separates Believers from those trapped on the treadmill of Religion, God has specifically said that Jesus came to set men free, not to entrap them with religious ritual as they strive to gain merit. Let the Bible Speak:

John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

Romans 4:7,8  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”

Romans 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,

This is why we are out each week talking to people about the Good News bound up in the Person of Jesus Christ.

We want to tell you about HIM!

We want to tell you about HIM!

The third person, actually a couple who live locally, worship with us regularly. They are like family, born of the same Spirit, partakers of the same hope, we expect to live forever in the presence of God because of the great work which Jesus Christ accomplished by dying and rising from the dead.

Ephesians 4:4-6  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Pickering 25th July 09


 

2 Corinthians chapter 2, verse 14 :  Now thanks be to God  who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

These were the words of our meditation and prayer before venturing out today and were are pleased to report His amazing kindness is allowing us to speak of the one who is ‘altogether lovely, the fairest of ten thousand to our soul’. [Song of Solomon 5:16, 10]. There is a great personal benefit in bearing the light of the Gospel to an indifferent world, it drives home the wondrous nature of the mercy by which God gave new life by His Word and Spirit.

His Great Love Has Made Us Children of God, a family that transcend ‘tribe and tongue and nation’. One of the joys of being out on the streets is meeting and encouraging other believers.

This week we met Adriana, a Romanian girl who is living in town and who was delighted to find like minded people to speak with. We were doubly delighted to have her join with us on Sunday Morning to worship the risen Saviour.

 

Adriana with Dwayna's cd and Nick

Adriana with Dwayna’s cd and Nick

 

 

Were You In Town Today? If you are in one of these pictures, please get in touch or leave a comment.

Market Place

Market Place

Park Street

Park Street

The Ropery

The Ropery

 

People with Whom We Spoke:

He was in town for a Lawn Bowls Competition. He was from the Lake District and said he was a Church Warden.

His willingness to listen was remarkable, I explained the priority of knowing Jesus Christ as the one who forgave sin, spoke of his need to be born again, asked whether he would get a welcome from God when he met Him? He responded with lots of information about his religion, but there did seem to be a seeking soul within, pray with me that this dear man will come to know God for himself and be graciously saved.

She was a local woman, who appeared to have a knowledge of Christ and His word but would not be drawn as to whether her sins were forgiven, typical of so many we meet, she has her own thoughts and opinions but no fellowship with believers and therefore a law unto herself.

Literature Table

Literature Table

Let me take a moment to remind you that when people are converted they are immediately part of the universal Church of Christ, but as disciples they are called to identify with a local congregation. The Lord’s purpose is plainly recorded in the Bible, He has come to build HIS Church and its members are to show their love to one another by caring and mutual encouragement and discipline.

Matthew Chapter 16, verse 18  :

I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Acts Chapter 2 verse 47 b:

And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

John Chapter 13 verse 35:

“By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Hebrews Chapter 10 verses 24 and 25:

Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works,  not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

If you do claim to be a believer, let me encourage you to take your place in the communities of His people that we might work together to convince the world of His great salvation.

For those who are interested, I managed to photograph the 12 noon locomotive this week:

Locomotive

Locomotive

Pickering Saturday 11th July 2009


Another beautiful day and we are out to speak to to those whom the Lord sends our way.

We have ‘Good News’ for those who understand the ‘Bad News’ that sin separates people from God.

All this to tell you about Him.

All this to tell you about Him.

Were you in town? Have a look at the following pictures. If you see yourself, write a comment and we will send you the booklet: ‘Ultimate Questions’ by John Blanchard.

Market Place around 11:30 am

Market Place around 11:30 am

The Ropery around 11:30 am

The Ropery around 11:30 am

Market Place and Ropery

Market Place and Ropery

Sir Nigel was in town, right on schedule

Sir Nigel was in town, right on schedule

CONVERSATIONS
Nick and Vanessa, waiting ........

Nick and Vanessa, waiting ........

Though we meet many  different people each week, those who pause to talk have very similar out looks. There appears to be an almost universal idea that ‘if I don’t do anything too bad’ then the ‘good’ that I do will be enough to convince God that I am worthy of a place in heaven. Surprised? I’m not, they are held captive by the same evil spirit, a self declared opponent of God and the beings He has created in His image..
The Apostle Paul writes these words in 2 Corinthians chapter 4, verses 3 and 4:
But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
I spoke with a number of professing believers today, 4 in all.
The Lord clearly has His people in other Christian groups and we are glad to meet them, but few have seem to have grasped the implications of the Great Commision.
Mark 16 verse 15 “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
We are privileged to have heard the gospel and through it to have come to know the author, and therefore the best equipped to recommend Him to all who will listen. Not every one is an evangelist, but all are witnesses, sometimes the only believer with whom an unbeliever ever has contact.
My Final Conversation of the Day.
Was with a 17 year old girl and her friend who hovered in the back ground.
What significance has the Gospel for one as young as this, one who is in the prime of life and with the world apparently lying at her feet? EVERY SIGNIFICANCE! Her life could really be worth living!
I was once 17, but I’m a lot older now, most grow old, some don’t!  Average ages mean that for everyone who reaches 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 there is one who doesn’t.
No one is guaranteed another breath, never mind another day. From our earliest years we learn to take precautions to avoid danger: Walk on the pavement [sidewalk] not the road. Look both ways before you cross a road. Don’t play with fire or put your fingers in the electricity sockets. I thank God for every one of those little, life preserving rules.
But why is it thought so strange that people need to be told to avoid the danger of hell fire, by fleeing to the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We spoke for a while and it was soon clear that she’d not thought about herself as a sinner for a long time, but she was thinking now. She left when her friend eventually persuaded her to go, but with many words about the Saviour of Sinners in her head and some good literature and music in her hands.
These words of Solomon are 3000 years old but as fresh and relevant as any spoken today:
Ecclesiastes 12 verse 1
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
Before the difficult days come,
And the years draw near when you say, “I have no pleasure in them”
The Lord has appointed His people as lights shining in the dark, and through the truth they pass on, the Holy Spirit graciously turns on the light of faith and dispels the darkness and bondage with which Satan keeps people captive.
2 Corinthians chapter 4 and verses:
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.
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.
Matthew chapter 5 verses:
14  “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
16  “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Pickering, Saturday 5th July 2009


Another fine day and great opportunity to speak of the amazing grace of God.

Table Set And Ready

Table Set And Ready

WERE YOU IN TOWN?

Take A Look At These Pictures And If You See Yourself Write a Comment and Let Us Know. 

 

Looking up Market Place

Looking up Market Place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking Across Market Place

Looking Across Market Place

 
 

 

 

Park Street and Locomotive.

Park Street and Locomotive.

The Morning Began Quiet and Then Came A Rush Of People Ready To Talk.

Edith spoke of her childhood church attendance, but for all she’d learnt, she’d no idea whether her sin might be forgiven. What has religion done for this country of ours? Experience is showing that it has created a delusion, blinding minds and destroying any sense of need to seek and find forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy chapter 3 verse 5 describes it like this:-

“always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. “

Daisy told us she was an agnostic, we quickly explained the foolishness of such a a position, and exhorted her to make finding out the truth her priority. Though she gladly took literature and Dwayna’s new cd, the lack of urgency was obvious.

Acts chapter 24 verse 25 Describes such a scene:-

Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”

Our most dramatic and prolonged discussion was with a young man who called himself James. His response to everything we said was the same: “Its only ink and paper, anybody could have written the Bible, I could have written it”. Add to his assertions that nobody knew whether God existed, that we were wasting our lives and should go and do something useful, and you get the picture of a young man bound up in a bubble of his own making and proud of it.

 

Talking with James.

Talking with James.

 

 A proud and haughty man —”Scoffer” is his name;

He acts with arrogant pride.

2nd Peter Chapter 3 and verse 3 says:-

“knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days,

walking according to their own lusts”.

LETS BE CLEAR THAT CHRISTIANITY HAS NOTHING TO FEAR FROM HONEST INVESTIGATION. THAT IT INVITES THE SERIOUS MINDED TO EXAMINE ITS CLAIMS. THAT ITS TRUTHS ARE CONFIRMED AS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.

2nd Peter chapter 1 verse 16 says:-

For we did not follow cunningly devised fables

when we made known to you

the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.

1st Corinthians 15 is a record of the Apostle Paul’s Words:-

3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
6 After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
7 After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.

This book is not of human origin. Long had I despised it; long had I deemed it a class-book for the credulous and ignorant; until, having investigated the Gospel of Christ, with an ardent desire to ascertain its truth or falsity, its pages proffered to my inquiries the simplest knowledge of man and nature, and the simplest, and at the same time the most exalted system of moral ethics. Faith, hope and charity were enkindled in my bosom; and every advancing step strengthened me in the conviction that the morals of this book are as infinitely superior to human morals as its oracles are superior to human opinions.—M. L. BAUTIN.

 

 

Proverbs chapter 21 verse 24 says:-

Sunday Evening 17th August 08


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.