Pickering Market Place 9th October 2010


YOU’VE SHATTERED MY ILLUSION!

So one young man said after a discussion about heaven.

“I thought everyone went to heaven, but you are saying this isn’t the case!”
“Actually, I definitely said the words, but they were taken from the Bible.

Especially the words of Jesus recorded by John in his gospel, chapter 14 and verse 6:

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

To this I could have added Acts chapter 4 and verse 12

“there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

It all began with a discussion of John Blanchard’s booklet ‘Ultimate Questions’.

 

John Blanchard free booklet offer.

 

“Life is full of questions. Some are trivial, some more serious – and some tremendously important.

Even as you read these words you may have questions about your health, your financial situation, your job, your family or your future.

But the greatest, the ultimate questions, are about God and your relationship to Him. Nothing in life is more important than this. Good health, financial stability, secure employment, a contented family and a hopeful future are all things that people want.

Yet even these are temporary and eventually pointless unless you have a living relationship with God, one that is clear and certain – and will last forever.

In the following pages you will discover why such a relationship is so urgently needed – and how it is possible.

The questions that follow are the most serious and important that anyone could ask. The answers are those everyone needs!

Page 3, Ultimate Questions, author, John Blanchard, published by Evangelical Press. 27th printing 2000

 

A Very quiet day.

 

Market Place - almost empty.

 

The young man and his lady friend had almost walked past, refusing the leaflet offered them, but an inquiry asking whether he believed in God caused him to stop.

He’d been raised to attend Church, even sung in the choir, but had never heard that he was a sinner, unfit and unready to meet his Maker.

We concluded that he was a ‘cultural christian’ rather than a ‘true Christian’, he’d never been ‘born again’, didn’t think he had sins that needed to be forgiven before he would find a welcome from the Almighty.

Unusual in that he had some knowledge of Christianity, he was very typical of those who are deluded into thinking God could turn a blind eye to sin.

Our discussion turned to the matter of ‘lying’, he readily confessed he’d lied and protested that everyone did, surely God realises this and will turn a blind eye!

I carefully set out to explain that ‘God has no blind eyes’, that He sees and records every detail of every  life, and I made it clear that He says there are/ will be no ‘liars’ in heaven.

Revelation chapter 21 and verse 8 says so plainly:

But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

I pressed upon him their urgent need to flee to Jesus Christ, the ONLY SAVIOUR of sinners, the One Who died that people might escape the coming wrath of God.

John says it’s possible for all who will surrender to and believe in Jesus Christ, Chapter 3 and verse 36:

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him”

If this is new to you, then its time you read John Blanchard’s booklet too, write to me and I’ll do my best to get you a copy. Alternatively you could just open your Bible at John’s Gospel and read the word’s of life for yourself.

Saturday 8th November 2009 Pickering


A FINE AUTUMN MORNING

AND

A GREAT OPPORTUNITY

TO TALK ABOUT

JESUS CHRIST!

The town was moderately busy and some people took the time to speak with us.

Nick and Graham

Handing over the Good News

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Park Street

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The Ropery

The Locomotive was on time, and in a rush to be off:-

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Steaming off .......

I’M GLAD TO SAY

THERE WERE SOME

PEOPLE WHO SPOKE

ABOUT

THE REALLY IMPORTANT

MATTERS OF LIFE.

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Good News Table

I spoke with a couple from Bristol where the wife was a believer and the husband wasn’t.

We quickly agreed that we didn’t want to get into an argument, so I proceeded with caution.

Its always challenging to meet couple’s like this, and its usually the husband who is the unbeliever.

He made clear that he wasn’t anti Christianity, that he had no objections to his wife’s beliefs, but simply didn’t believe.

John’s gospel is clear concerning the tragic difference between believers and unbelievers, even if married!

John chapter 3 and verse 36 says:  “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.”

One enjoys a life which has been given by God and will go on forever, the other a life which will soon run out and suffer the indignation of God against their unbelief!

Few people realise the offensive nature of unbelief. God made all of us, provides a beautiful world for our enjoyment, sent His Son to break the power of sin, raised Him from the dead to establish His triumph over the grave, and yet many people audaciously thumb their nose at Him.

Men are easily offended and soon show their displeasure, just cut in front of another car and you’ll soon feel the heat of ‘road rage’. So foolish when you remember there are no perfect drivers.

God’s ‘wrath’ is the expression of a perfect being’s displeasure at imperfect man’s arrogant unbelief.

The sin of taking all the Creator has provided and misusing it, of knowing that Jesus Christ died to save and choosing to drown.

Hebrews chapter 2 and verse 3 says:  how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him?

1John chapter 5 and verse 10 says:  He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.

Those who ‘will not believe’ will find themselves in the most aweful predicament, shut up to suffer God’s wrath, forever!

As you might imagine, our conversation took on a serious turn for I soon demonstrated that his unbelief is a choice of the will, not a lack of information.

Tragically, man’s unbelief is the clearest evidence that he is a rebel at heart, not simply uninformed.

The Good News is that God has diagnosed man’s condition and personally provided the remedy.

His own dear Son has suffered the wrath of God on the cross at Calvary that all who believe might never experience the wrath of God, surely you must abandon your unbelief and cast yourself upon His mercy. TODAY.

Hebrews chapter 3 and verse 15 says:  “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

 

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:

 

If you can see yourself write a comment and we’ll send you information about finding peace with God.

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 10th October 2009 – Pickering, North Yorkshire.


The weather is good today, visitors are fewer, but there’s plenty of opportunity to talk about knowing God through Jesus Christ.

Park Street and Station
Park Street and Station

 

The Ropery

Market Place, and yes, that's me.

Fire Brigade are out.

 

The Train is on time.
The Train is on time.

Speaking

Waiting

My main conversations today were with two separate young women .

The first one had no understanding of the Gospel, yet believed she ‘might’ meet God one day. Was she perfect? By her own admission she tried to be, but she knew she wasn’t.

Trouble is, God is perfect and His heaven is place for ‘perfect’ people.

Matthew 5:48  “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

I had the privilege of explaining that ‘perfection’ is God’s gift to those who hear and obey His Son:

Matthew 19:21  Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”

 You must choose between your possessions and Jesus Christ, otherwise you become just like the the young man referred to above.

Matthew 19:22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

The other , a young mother, knew that the Gospels were in the New Testament, but knew nothing of its message.

She stood and talked, grappling with what she was hearing about her personal sin and her need of a personal Saviour, she eventually gave way to her young man who insisted on leaving.

Reminds me of Felix when Paul sought to teach him the Truth.

Ac 24:25  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.”

 DON’T PUT OFF TILL TOMORROWWHAT GOD REQUIRES TODAY.FOR MAN’S TOMMORROWAND GOD’S TODAY NEVER MEET.Duncan Matheson

Light and Life.
Light and Life.

Saturday 3rd October 2009


The weather  was a bit uncertain, but we managed to get out for an hour before the rain came down!
Locomotive

Locomotive

Though it was a ‘Steam Weekend’ and there was lots of steam and soot about, people were less obvious.

Market Place

Market Place

Park Street

Park Street

The Ropery

The Ropery

That's me at the table

That's me at the table

Only one man stopped to talk today and he kept us busy for about 40 minutes.

An interesting discussion, it ranged from his conviction that we needed to find another word for ‘sin’ because no one understood the word any more, to the merits of Barth’s theology which revealed itself in his conviction that the Bible became the Word of God when applied by the Spirit.  He told us that while we spoke of ‘grace’ he would prefer to speak about ‘peace’, he’d trained for the anglican ministry but believed in baptism by immersion, his favourite portion of Scripture was the book of James!

The many doors that opened gave ample opportunity to present Jesus Christ as the one who gives peace to those who confess themselves to be ‘sinners’ and cast themselves upon His mercy.

GOSPEL PREACHERS ARE THE TRUE PEACE MAKERS.

Matthew chapter 5 and verse:

Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

Telling mankind how to find ‘peace with God’

Romans chapter 5 and verses:

1 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.

That they might know the ‘peace of God’,

Philippians 4, verses:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

and thus calling all men everywhere to throw down their arms and end their war against God,

2Corinthians chapter 5 verse:

20  Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

GOOD NEWS INDEED!

Good News, free and satisfying.

Good News, free and satisfying.

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.

Saturday 29th August 09


Weather’s fine but definitely cooler.

Still, the freedom to witness of the Risen Saviour gives ample cause to be out speaking to any who will hear.

Looking up Market Place.

Looking up Market Place.

Park Street

Park Street

The Ropery

The Ropery

My First Conversation was with Bob.

A gentleman, who it turned was in his 80’s, he told me he hadn’t heard the Gospel since his childhood, in Sunday school.

Part of that slowly increasing mission field [especially here in Pickering] of older people. They’ve lived a whole life without God and have little sense of urgency about needing to prepare to meet Him.

Mt 24:44  “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Bob said he recognized life was a one way journey and that he was conscious of being statistically nearer the terminus than many others, but felt no need to get ready to get off!

He did take a copy of Ultimate Questions [You can have one too if you will just ask], I pray that the light of God’s glorious grace will shine into his heart.

Matthew records Jesus’ exhortation to get on the right road now rather than waiting till its too late.

Mt 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.
Mt 7:14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

John 14:6  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

The Locomotive is always on time.
The Locomotive is always on time.

Nick and Vanessa spoke with Linda

She took away the first of our recorded sermons, ‘Why You Can Trust The Bible’, you can have one if you request it.

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Vanessa and I spoke with a Roman Catholic Couple From Leeds.

Quite firm in their commitment to Rome’s teaching, they resisted any probing questions with something like, ‘we don’t want to get into an argument’. Truth is neither did we, but we were persuaded that man will live forever in either heaven or hell, and that only Jesus Christ Himself can save you from the latter. For this reason we dare to cross the barriers of popular convention to press home the importance of knowing Him as Lord and Saviour. Churches can’t save, men can’t forgive sin, God can, will and does!

Acts 4:12  Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 5:31  Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

For this reason, God Willing and weather permitting, we count it a privilege to speak of Christ to all who will stop and listen.

Ready and Willing!

Ready and Waiting!

1Corinthians 9:22  to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.