The Importance of Creation in Evangelism

Many people today have grown up in a school system, or watching TV programs, that claim humans are the result of millions of years of evolution. If the world was created by random chance, then the Bible is not the Word of God. As Christians we “know” we have eternal life (1 John 5:13), and we know God’s Word is true (John 17:17). If people do not realize that God owns the world and has the right to punish sin, then the preaching of the cross will seem foolish (1 Corinthians 1:18).

To effectively evangelize it is important to start from the beginning:

  • God is the lawgiver because He created the world. (“In the beginning God created…” Genesis 1:1)
  • God is very good; therefore, the world He created was very good. (“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…” Genesis 1:31)
  • Man sinned and brought death into the world. (“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin…” Romans 5:12)
  • We all deserve to die because we all have broken God’s laws. (“…and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.” Romans 5:12)
  • God is holy and just. He will not let lawbreakers go unpunished. (“…and that [God] will by no means clear the guilty…” Exodus 34:7)
  • God is rich in mercy and has provided a Savior to take your punishment. (“Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.” Romans 5:18)

While evangelizing someone with a secular worldview (belief in evolution), or anyone of a non-Christian background, it is important to mention that God created the world, and it was very good. Doing this will help the hearer to understand that there is only one true God we are accountable to, and that man is responsible for the evil, death, and suffering in this world.

Most people you evangelize will have a different god from the God of the Bible. Even though they believe something very different, God has given everyone a conscience (Romans 2:15) that can be used to reveal how we will stand guilty in front of a very good God. All people believe that lying is wrong, stealing is wrong, murder is wrong, but the Bible explains why lying, stealing, and murder are wrong. Use the Bible to show who God is, and use the conscience to show how the Bible is true.

1 Corinthians 15:21-22

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

– Randy

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The Fear of the Lord

I.) This phrase occurs 30 times in Scripture and ‘fear God’ 101 times. The first occurrence is found in 1 Samuel:

1 Sam 11:7  And he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them throughout all the coasts of Israel by the hands of messengers, saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done unto his oxen. And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out with one consent.

The Fear of the Lord is both a necessary and desirable thing.

If it wasn’t necessary then we wouldn’t have a holy, perfect, and righteous God whose thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways not our ways. We’d have a false, pagan god of our imagination, which is what every lost person has – they have no real fear because they have no real god.

If it wasn’t a desirable thing we wouldn’t have a glorious God worthy to be worshiped.

I think of the times when men are most fearful. And it is when confronted with the only holy and just God:

Moses – Exo 3:6  Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

Isaiah – Isa 6:5  Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Peter – Luk 5:8  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

Paul – Act 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

John – Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

And wouldn’t you be fearful in their shoes? Remember your most fearful time? I remember mine – when reading the Gospel of John in my living room alone after the Holy Spirit brought conviction of sin and I realized I was going to hell.

What could my reaction be other than fear? I found out for the first time that I had transgressed God’s Ten Commandments innumerable times and that the wages of sin is death, and I was headed for hell.

And that was good, for by the fear of the Lord men depart from iniquity!  Pr 16:6.

Fear brings warning and seriousness. And that’s what the Holy Spirit does through our conscience when the Law does its work. Conviction falls, our will is broken, our hearts are contrite, and we are humbled from our proud state, from which God can gives grace, mercy, and forgiveness (James 4:6).

We then cry out, “What must I do to be saved?!” (Acts 4:12, 16:30)

Other mentions of the fear of the Lord include:
Mat 10:28  An fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Heb 10:31  It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

2Co 5:11  Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…

Other things the fear of the Lord accomplishes are…

It enables us to depart from evil:
Job 28:28  And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

It gives us wisdom:
Pr 1:7, 1:29, Psa 111:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever

It teaches us what to hate:
Pro 8:13  The fear of the LORD isto hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

It reveals to us our perspective of serving God:
Hebrews 12:28-29  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.

It reveals to us our perspective of serving God:

Hebrews 12:28-29  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.

II.) But what about after we are saved? As saints there is now no more condemnation, wrath, guilt, or judgment. Are you still fearful? What kind of fear it is? What situation(s) bring it on?

We see an interesting thing where fear becomes our ally:
Act 9:31  Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Hmm, how can that be? How can fear not be fearful anymore??

Because of the truth of God Himself! Given to us in His Word!

Because he has forgiven us:

Psa 103:3  Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;

Because we know there is now no more condemnation, wrath, guilt, or judgment:

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

1Th 1:10  And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Heb 10:22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

Because He has already perfected every saint:
Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Because He is merciful and gracious towards us saints:
Psa 103:8  The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.

Because He has not remembered our iniquity:
Psa 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

He has not rewarded us according to our iniquity:
Psa 103:10  He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.

He knows our frame; that we are frail:
Psa 103:14  For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

He pities us because of it:
Psa 103:13  Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

His mercy is everlasting:
Psa 103:17  But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;

Therefore we can rightly take rest in our God:
Psa 103:4  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;

Moreover, we now do not fear man!
Heb 13:6  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

It helps our witness:
1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

God’s love in us drives out all fear!
2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

III.) How does God help us not have fear after we’re saved?

88 times in Scripture God commands us to ‘fear not’/’be not afraid’!

Fear comes from the flesh, which is imaginations, so we know that whenever we fear, it is from the falsehoods from the flesh:

Psa 53:5  There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

 2Co 10:3-5  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

 1Jn 4:18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

My personal favorite is:
Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Therefore, we can bless Him from the bottom of our soul!

Psa 103:22  Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.

Praise God!

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A Tale of Two Cities

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

Some might find it odd to start a Christian blog but this really describes a couple of outreaches that we recently had at area high schools, Riverside and Washington.

We had gone the week before to Whitefish Bay and Shorewood High Schools. It was the first experience that we had as a group with the Police. The Whitefish Bay police were wondering what we were doing and we explained that we were giving out free 180 movie DVD’s (go to www.180movie.com to watch the free 33 minute movie) and explained that it was about interviews with young people asking them about World War II, Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany and what happened with the Jews, then drawing a parallel with modern day United States called the American Holocaust.

The police asked us stop distributing but we were firm and said that we were on public sidewalk and exercising our free speech rights. After that they were fine with that and simply observed us after that. We were able to hand out about 200 DVD’s and a few gospel tracts. Pray for many to come to the Lord along with their families.

There was one woman walking around that neighborhood who when she saw us became very irritated and couldn’t be spoken with. We tried to share the good news of the gospel but she was opposed. Pray for her and soft heart to hear the gospel.

At Shorewood High, when we arrived, I saw an officer sitting in her patrol car and I approached her and explained what we would be doing there. She said that as long as we stay in the parameters that we stated, we should be OK.

As the kids were leaving, initially the giveaway went great. There were some administrators who approached us. We gave them a DVD and explained to them what we were doing and continued to hand out DVD’s.

We were approached by a person who identified himself as a teacher at the school and wanted to know why we were giving the DVD’s out to young people.

We had quite the battle. The man wanted to go into all the arguments against Christianity and why all religions are the same and it’s all the same god. At the end we were finally able to share with him why not all religions are the same and share the gospel with him. We showed him what God had done for us and why man cannot make amends for his ways before a Just and Holy God. Pray for his salvation and for the kids who received a DVD and their families.

The Best of Times

The next week we scheduled to go to Riverside and I called the Milwaukee Police ahead of time to let them know that we would be there, staying on the sidewalk and handing out the DVD’s. The Sargent that I spoke with said that we were in our right to practice free speech.

When we got onsite, we were approached by some school administrators. We explained to them what we were doing and they said that we were OK to be there.

As the young adults were leaving, the experience was amazing. They gladly took the DVD’s. Some asked what it about. We were also able to hand out some gospel tracts. The whole experience was over in about 15 minutes. Pray for many to come to the Lord.

The Worst of Times

Now we’re feeling pretty good so we decided that since there was an hour difference in dismissal times between the two schools we’d try to head over to Washington H.S. I had call the district Police station for that school and explained to the officer what we’d be doing.

When we got to the location where we’d be handing out the DVD’s we were approached by an officer who wanted us to move across the street. I respectfully explained that we had spoken with the district station and that as long as we stayed on a public sidewalk, we should be able to practice our free speech rights and hand out the DVD’s.

Then a school administrator came out of the building and confronted us. I explained what we were doing and why we were there. She asked us to move across the street and I respectfully told her no, as there would be no students exciting the grounds there. All the students would be getting on buses near the sidewalk where we were standing.

She went back in the building and as it approached the time for students to go home, more administrators and private security came out of both the front and back of the building.

As the students left, we began to hand them the DVD’s to which the administers and security yelled at the kids to give them back or don’t take them or they gave the kids the slashing across the throats sign indicating not to have any contact with us.

On the other side of the school, one administrator was asking students to ask us for more DVD’s and we found out later that he was confiscating them.

All in all, it was a very disappointing experience and the exact opposite of Riverside. I would have to say in hindsight that we weren’t prayed up enough for that outreach and we  took for granted the goodness of God.

Acts 5: 41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.

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Memorial Day Parade – Menominee Falls, WI

I love a parade! I think there is a song by that title. It’s easy to hand out tracts when everyone is in a good mood and you’re handing out the million or trillion dollar bill. It’s always a good ice breaker to start a great conversation.

The weather was incredible and we were able to hand out zillion tracts. OK, maybe a few less than that, but it was joyful!

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Evangelism Boot Camp Recap

The Milwaukee Seed Sowers recently held it first Boot Camp and it was well attended. Each person received the Conquer Your Fear and Share Your Faith book along with free lunch and snacks.

There was great camaraderie, questions and answers. All in all it was a great equipping session. There were more fishermen at the end than when we started.

Some of the comments afterwards were:

  • I excitedly have already spoke with someone about what I had just learned – Wildred
  • So helpful it’s getting clearer about using the Law, lawfully – Jayne
    Glad I made it – Cynthia
  • Every person in this church and every believer should be taking this course! – Sharon
  • We need to be prepared to point people in the right direction for follow-up – Cheryl
  • Wanted to let you know that my husband Jim and I took the plunge this afternoon and went down to the Lakefront and engaged a number of people in spiritual discussions using the Trillion dollar bill and the Smart Cards.  We had various responses, but were happy that we went. The house that exploded in Glendale last evening was 7 houses south of us which was a good discussion point with a number of people. Thanks for your willingness to lead the Way of the Master classes and the seminar.  We both feel like novices at this, but look forward to continue sharing using the Way of the Master approach. To God be all the glory and praise. Thanks again – Sharon

Please keep watching for the next opportunity to get yourself equipped!

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Evolution Seemed to Make Sense

Thursday evening at UWM we met a young man who shared with us that he was on the path of studying the brain and was hoping to go to medical college. He wants to be in the field of research.

He had grown up in a Christian home, gone to Awana and generally had a good upbringing. He admitted that when he began public school and learned the theories that they seemed to make sense to him. That led to a general dismissal of God’s word and creation. Creation teaches that God created the world and everything in it in six 24 hour days and rested on the seventh.

He put himself not in the category of an atheist but was more agnostic in his beliefs. That there was an all-powerful being, who created the world through evolution (the two can coexist according to him) and is sitting back watching everything. I asked him if there was anything specifically in the Bible that caused him to not believe it but he couldn’t really think of anything other than his study of evolution.

We had a wonderful conversation and as we talked the thought came to me that how could a person study the human body, with all it complexities and not believe that a all-powerful God, through the power of His word, create this wonderfully complex and designed universe.

As we talked, I was amazed at how much of God’s word this young man knew and God was bringing back to his memory. As I took him through the commandments, he admitted that he was a liar, a thief, a blasphemer and adultery at heart that if there was a God who judged him, he would be guilty but when I asked him if he thought God would send him to Heaven or Hell, he said heaven because he thought God would look at his overall life not solely based on the 10 Commandments.

I shared with him that he was also guilty of breaking the second commandment, that he was making a god that he was comfortable with and that he had made himself a graven image or an idol. I shared with him that God would find him guilty and send him to hell for all eternity. I asked him if there was a God, who is a good judge, and He sent you to hell, would that concern him? It did. I then reminded him that it isn’t God’s desire to send anyone to hell but His true desire is that all are saved and come to the knowledge of truth.

That truth can only be found in Jesus Christ, who through the cross, suffered for us, died for us, was buried for us, rose from the dead for us and defeated death for us for all eternity. Jesus took the Father’s entire wrath on Himself in our place.

Finally I shared that James 2:19 says, Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. This verse reveals that mere belief, when not accompanied by repentance (Luke 13:3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.) and placing one’s faith in Christ (Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.) is not sufficient for salvation.

I thank him for his time and the talk that we had. I urged him to read Genesis Chapters 1-11, because that tells us we got here and why this world is in the mess that it is and the gospel of John because that is God’s answer to the mess. He agreed that the gospel of John is a good place to start. We separated friends and I’m praying for truth to reveal itself to this young man and the rest of those who we shared with that evening.

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But They Are So Nice, They Must Be Going to …

I have a confession to make, I made a personal observation about a person and let that cloud the truth rather than rely on what scripture says about the state of man.

Let me introduce to a person that I’ll refer to as “S”. I’ve known “S” for almost 1 ½ years now. They work at the hotel that I stay at when I travel to my client in the Kansas City. We have the same likes and interests. We both talk in the same tones and have a lot in common. We could get started on a topic and talk for hours. I believe that we’ve become good friends.

One early morning I was prompted to give them a tract entitled: “Are You Good Enough to Go To Heaven?” available at www.livingwaters.com. I politely gave it to them with a gift offering as it was close to Christmas and urged them to take the time to read it during a break explaining that there is nothing more important than where a person will spend eternity.

After I had gotten ready for work that morning and returned to the lobby, “S” saw me and declared that they didn’t know if they were good enough to go heaven but that they thought they might be. As there were many people in the Lobby and it wasn’t convenient to talk at that point, I urged them to read the tract and consider what it had to say.

That is a good thing about a tract, you can leave it with a person and it can say the things that you can’t get to speaking and it never forgets to leave out the important parts such as: Where will you spend eternity? Have you considered or examined yourself against the light of God’s law (the 10 commandments) versus your own goodness? If God judges you by His high standard, would you be guilty or innocent? Would you go to heaven or hell? Given that Bible says that all liars will have their part in the fire and that no adulterers, thieves, blasphemers, murderers, etc. will enter the kingdom of God. A tract then shares the glorious gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the death, burial and resurrection. It asks them in light of their sin, to repent and to put their trust in Jesus and tells them they will be born again. They will be new creatures and have now entered into eternal life. It tells them to read their Bible every day and to obey what they read. To go and sin more, as Jesus said, then to go and share this unbelievably good news with others.

The next month when I went to Kansas City, I made it a point to speak with “S” more directly and we went through the commandments and they could see that against God’s Holy Law, they weren’t good but they still wanted to justify themselves and thought that God would still let them into His heaven. That if they would just confess their sin when it occurs and ask for forgiveness and try not to do it again, that God would overlook their indiscretions. I admonished “S” to really consider the criminal standing before an earthly judge and using this approach, “Judge I know that I broke the law, I hope that you’ll forgive me and I’ll try not to do it again”. “S” agreed that the judge would not let him go free and that justice must be served and that the fine must be paid. Who’s going to pay that fine? Jesus paid the fine and we are set free from the grasp of the evil one and free from the grasp of sin.

“S” didn’t repent and put their trust in Christ as their Savior, but I continue to pray for them and believe that the Holy Spirit is working on their conscience. Perhaps the next time I’m in Kansas City, there will be a praise report.

This brings me back to my faults and raises a few issues when determining of whom we should witness to and when we should do it.

I let how I felt about someone cloud my judgment about sharing the gospel. They were so nice that I made an assumption rather than finding out for sure, which put them at risk. How did that put them at risk you may ask? What if that person would have died without at least hearing the gospel? They would have no opportunity to repent and trust the Savior. Ultimately without that a person will spend an eternity in Hell with no time off for good behavior and no possibility of parole. ETERNITY!

The second issue is that this is the reversal of asking what is different about this person. Why are they the way that they are? Have you ever heard that argument about why people don’t openly share the gospel? I’m just going to let my little light shine at work or in my neighborhood with the hopes that perhaps they’ll ask and I have an open door to share the gospel.

I don’t know about you but I’ve never had anyone ask me why I bother to care, showing it by snow blowing the neighbor’s driveway if they are a widow or are out of town or checking in on someone out of concern for their wellbeing.

We should always show our concern for another person by starting a conversation and sharing what we believe and why we believe it, explaining that we’re sharing because we love the person and are concerned for where they will spend eternity. The biggest reason is, does the person have the next minute? We don’t know and neither do they. Only God knows for sure.

Finally the biggest problem that I ignored was what does God’s word say about the State of Man or the Sinner? I’d like to share with you an excerpt from a book entitled The Ambassador’s Handbook:

State of the Sinner:

In order to talk to the sinner we need to know the sinner as defined in the Bible. This will clarify how we reply no matter what someone says (believe it or not, there are only a few biblical categories of possible replies). This also frees us from having to learn a vast number of possible replies to counter with.

Here’s a snapshot of the lost. The lost person is not seeking God – Ps 14:1, 53:1. He doesn’t care about being saved, about going to heaven, or about obeying God, or anything else spiritually. In his mind he is an enemy of God (Ro 8:7). He cannot understand God nor does he want to. There is no good thing in him (Ro 3:10-22). His righteousness is as filthy rags (Is 64:6). He is in bondage to his sin and enslaved to it (2 Peter 2:19). He loves his sin more than anything else (John 3:19). He cannot understand Scripture because he is spiritually dead (1 Cor 2:14). Some will be offended upon hearing the gospel; others will stumble (1 Cor 1:23, 1 Peter 2:8). So what are you going to say?

In addition, the lost person currently stands condemned (John 3:17-18); God’s wrath is abiding on him (John 3:36); every day he continues to sin he is storing up more wrath for his day of judgment (Ro 2:4); God is angry with him every day (Ps 7:11); and the day he dies he’ll face judgment (Hebrews 9:27).

And it’s your job to let him know of all of this – what do you say?

Contact: jesuswaytruthlife@yahoo.com The Ambassadors Handbook – Page 7

Please pray for “S” and may we stand in our witness with the Apostle Paul and share from the heart without tarrying:

1 Corinthians 2: 1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

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In Defense of the Gospel

…It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 3

What are the lost saved from? Their sin and God’s wrath. Period.

Matthew 1:21 – thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Romans 5:9 – …we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Romans 2:5 – But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath.

How do they know they’re a sinner? By God’s law – the Ten Commandments. Period.

Ro 7:7 – … Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law.

1 John 3:4 – For sin is transgression of the law.

Romans 2:15 – Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

See also Romans 3:19, 7:13, Gal 3:24, 1 Timothy 1:8.

How do believers witness to the lost? By preaching the gospel. Period.

Ro 10:14-15 How then shall they [the lost] call on him [pray for salvation] in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard [have not heard the words of the gospel]? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Matthew 4:1 – From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Matthew 10:5-16 – These twelve Jesus sent forth…  And as ye go, preach, saying

Luke 10:1 – After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place.

Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

1 Cor 1:17 – For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.

Acts 20:20-21 – but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 8:4 – Therefore they [all the believers; not just the evangelists] that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

See also Acts 12:24, 13:5, 12, 38, 44, 46-49, 14:21, 25, 15:7, 16:35, 17:30-31.

Jonah 3:4 – And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. So the people of Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them.         Note: Jonah preached open-air once to strangers and 100% were saved!

How are the lost saved? By the preaching of the gospel. Period.

John 5:24 – Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life

Eph 1:13 – In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.

1 Thess 1:5 – For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost.

1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God.

Note: If a believer is too fearful or not equipped to preach the gospel there’s something called gospel tracts that can be used until they do get equipped.

If one doesn’t approve of Way of the Master/Ray Comfort, open air/street preaching, witnessing to complete strangers, door-to-door then by definition they also don’t approve of the following list of open air/street preachers (looking backwards in history). It’s not Ray’s method – never was; he simply studied Scripture and preachers of the past – it’s the biblical gospel.

Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Dr. David Livingston
Public Crier George Fox
Street Preacher Dwight Lyman Moody
Emma Revell Moody
Street Preacher George Whitfield
Public Proclaimer William Booth
Catherine Booth
AW Tozer, saved by a street preacher
William Ashley “Billy” Sunday
Preacher John Bunyan
Scores of independent Baptists in colonial America who spread the gospel across the fruited plains   (from What Hath god Wrought?)
Rueben Archer Torrey
John Huss
William Penn
John Wycliffe
John Wesley
Jonathan Edwards
John Knox
Peter Waldo
Francis of Assisi
Robert Flockhart
Charles Finney

(from: http://www.officialstreetpreachers.com/Faces%20from%20the%20past/FacesFromThePast.pdf)

Miracle on George Street http://www.livingwaters.com/listenwatch/georgestreet.m3u

Hudson Taylor, the first missionary to closed China, was saved by a gospel tract.
Noah, a preacher of righteousness.
The 12 apostles.
Paul, an apostle.
The two witnesses of Revelation (Rev 11:3).
A flying angel in the midst of heaven (Rev 14:6).

…and most importantly, Jesus Christ.

The preaching of the gospel is foolishness to those that are perishing. It is also foolishness to some believers who don’t believe that the preaching of the gospel is the power of God unto salvation; hence they believe there are others ways for the lost to be saved:

1 Cor 1:18, 21 – For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness. … it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory with another:

Deut 4:4 – For the LORD thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.

This is why people only get saved by the gospel and no other way; otherwise man would share in God’s glory as they would’ve thought up a new way ‘to reach people’. God draws them; the Holy Spirit convicts them, and the gospel saves them. Period.

Luke 16:31 – And he said unto him, If they hear [hear words] not Moses [the Ten Commandments] and the prophets [God’s Word], neither will they be persuaded [convicted, broken and contrite heart, repentant, have belief or faith], though one rose from the dead [even if they saw a miracle].

For a complete, doctrinal study of salvation please read The Ambassador’s Handbook at: http://pilgrimpublisher.org/the-ambassadors-handbook/.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. — Romans 1:16

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Milwaukee Seedsowers Ministry Announcement

Psalm 26:7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works.

A friend of mine wrote a book entitled “The Ambassador’s Handbook” with Psalm 26:7 on the cover. The book dealt with a very in depth look from a scriptural perspective on sharing the gospel, its essentials, man and the essentials of what and how to share.

Today, it is with great joy that I am publically announcing a ministry, The Milwaukee Seedsowers, with the intent of proclaiming or publishing the gospel with the voice of thanksgiving, to tell of all of the wondrous works of the LORD.

Why care to share?

Our world is increasing in darkness and evil. You can see it in the utterings of men, in the media, in the marketplace, in the place where we work, in homes and yes, even in houses that are supposed to be set aside for worship. It’s really an “all about me” mentality.

In 2005 I wrote to a pastor friend of mine:

“in light of the recent beatings, killings and other crimes, sins that happen every day in our metroplex, could God raise up an army prepared to do battle?

I believe God has laid on my heart a vision of partnering with other Biblically based churches in our area, with the pastors and congregants, to go door to door, two by two, to every house, to every person we meet on the streets, and give them the gospel, to ask and pray right there for their needs and invite them in. No house or person should be unvisited. The entire city and surrounding area will hear the gospel.

I believe that a good pattern to follow is the one used by Ray Comfort’s www.livingwaters.com ministry because it’s a simple method of using the 10 commandments to show people where they stand in God’s eye’s and then show them what God did to atone and provide redemption. Please, could we pray about it?”

I wish that I could say that I at that very moment dropped everything and dedicated all my to serve the Lord and proclaim His goodness but in reality it’s been quite the journey since then with both triumphs and trials but always with the mind of moving forward, gaining ground and not surrendering.

The Mission

Our mission is two-fold, to share the gospel (Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:14-18, Luke 26:46-49, John 21:21-22) pointing all men to Jesus and to equip other believers (Ephesians 4:11-16, 2 Timothy 3:16-17) to share that gospel. The very same gospel that was preached by Jesus (Mark 1:15), the apostles (Acts 8:25) and all true believers (Romans 10:14, 15) for the last 2000 + years.

The first is important because have been given the gift of eternal life (John 6:40; 1 John 2:25; Titus 3:4-7) and we wish others to have the same gift (John 17:3). That is the heart of God (1 Tim 2:4). Man can only have this new birth after hearing the gospel. (Rom 1:16; Rom 10:17; 1 Peter 1:23, 25; Eph 1:13)

The second is just as important because the gospel was the only message that was given to church to help it grow (Acts 2:40-45). I believe along with many other likeminded believers that this work, (Rom 10:14) has been very neglected by most of the organized institutional church.

How Will this Be Accomplished?

Obviously without the Lord’s hand upon this work (John 14:26; Act 1:26; Acts 9:31), we won’t be able to do a thing. So it is with much fervent prayer that we seek His guidance and direction that we embark upon this ministry.

It is our intent to grow believers to get over the fear of sharing and to go door to door, or wherever a person walk (Luke 10:1, 17), to events and even do open air preaching in the public market place (Acts 17), to proclaim the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank you

As you consider your role in proclaiming and preaching the Gospel, a role that we believe has been commissioned to every believer, we hope that you will consider joining us for future outreach events and sit in with us on future training sessions to get further equipped.

More information can be found at http://www.milwaukeeseedsowers.com, email milwaukeeseedsowers@yahoo.com or call Jim at 414.218.9849.

Thank you and May the LORD bless your work.

The Milwaukee Seedsowers.

Oswald J. Smith said, “Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the Church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected.”

We have polished the engines of worship, prayer, and praise and neglected the sober task given to us by God. A firefighter who ignores his responsibilities and allows people to perish in the flames is not a firefighter; he is an impostor. How could we ignore our responsibility and allow the world to walk blindly into the fires of hell? If God’s love dwells within us, we must warn the lost. The Bible tells us to “have compassion…save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22,23). If we don’t have love and compassion, then we don’t know God—we are impostors (see 1 John 4:8).

Charles Spurgeon felt so strongly about evangelism that he said, “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” Although evangelism is not required to be saved it may reflect your knowledge and concern over others spending eternity in eternal torment.

Each of us should examine ourselves in light of these sobering thoughts (2 Corinthians 13:5) so that we won’t be part of the great multitude who called Jesus “Lord,” but refused to obey Him. It will be professing believers who will hear those fearful words, “I never knew you: depart from me” (Matthew 7:21–23).

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Milwaukee Seedsowers is a Ministry that Cares on VCY

The Milwaukee Seedsowers has begun airing announcements on WVCY 107.7 and TV30 in Milwaukee. The reason for doing this is because we are a gospel sharing ministry that is like minded with our brothers and sisters at VCY who have maintained a desire to share the gospel boldly and in truth for many decades. We would also like to let believers know that we are a ministry that equips believers and goes and shares the gospel.

You can hear our information after the Ankerberg Minute @ 5:10 PM, weekdays and on TV 30 at various time throughout the day.

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