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I am still a big time sookielala (wimp) when it comes to the one on one, street evangelicalism so I am sticking with the tract depositing by stealth.

However even depositing tracts by stealth still comes with its pit falls, challenges, fears, worries and problems!!!

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Would you ever think that a quote from John Calvin could be turned in to a song? What about Mark Driscoll talking about Idolatry worked in to a techno thumping sound track?

“No!” you say?
Well then keep reading!

Would you like to have the best parts of sermons preached by the likes of:

Mark Driscoll
John Piper
Joshua Harris
Rick Gamache

And then have the Gospel and reformed/Calvinistic theology worked in to modern smooth techno rhythms?

If so, then welcome to…

www.1031sermonjams.com

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I was listening to way of the master last week and was very taken by a section sent in by a listener to WOTMR, sent in this quote from “Hope Lutheran church – C F W Walter”

“There is a difference between the Law and the Gospel. All religions contain PART of the Law. Some of the heathen have advanced so far that they have even perceived the necessity to have a inner cleansing of the sole. Purification of thoughts and desires, but of the Gospel not a particle is found except in the Christian religion.
The Law is written in their hearts, Their consciences bearing witness to them, but not the Gospel, this is why we need to go to the ends of the world. Had the Law not been written in men’s hearts, no one would listen to the preaching of the law. Everyone would turn away and say “That is too cruel, no body can keep the commandments, such as these!”
But my friends do not hesitate to preach the Law, people may revile it but they only do so with there mouths, but what you say to them is the things that there conscience is preaching to them everyday! [Unless God has let them go, and that is a terrifying thought…] Nor could we convert any person by preaching to him unless we preach the law to him first. It would be imposable to convert any one if the Law had not been written in men’s hearts.”
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Got a spare 50min? This is a recent Church message by John Legg (WOTM, Melbourne) that is well worth listening to. I have heard half of it and it is a great challenge for people who may have entered the Church through a man centred gospel. I look forward to your comments. The message is entitled Impostors In Our Midst.

Josh and I went out witnessing for about an hour and we shared the gospel with 5 people and handed out a couple of tracts to others.

I arrived late and Josh was already witnessing to Valentino. He was a mature man with a black polo shirt and red braces. He had a large chunky silver necklace and spoke with a strong European accent. I am not exactly sure if he claimed to be an extra-terrestrial or if he claimed to be somehow in contact with aliens, but he was not ready to listen to the gospel. He had all sorts of clunky ideas that he countered with in response to the presentation of the gospel and he was very secretive and said that he was not permitted to tell us stuff. Strangely enough he did encourage at the end to continue to preach the gospel.

After a quick prayer we headed to wards the skate park. 3 girls lay on a picnic rug stroking their white dog. The all had trendy sunglasses on and one of them was busy receiving calls on her mobile while we chatted to them. They had a Catholic school background and were quite blasé about anything to do with Christianity. They all listened well as I explained the good test. Josh confirmed at the end how the commandments show us what God’s character is like – holy, just and good.

We left the girls and headed under the flood barrier and talked to Dave in the skate park. For the entirety of our conversation Dave swore heavily and blasphemed intensely. We met Dave resting on a mountain bike as he watched his two boys doing tricks on their BMXs. I had a good natural conversation with Dave about his background and what he does for a living.  I have worked doing the same job as he does so we shared about that. At one point he made a joke about suicide and that was when I asked, ‘what do you think happens when you die?’ He believed that he would just go into nothingness. Josh and I then spent some time overcoming his ignorant objections to the authority of the bible. I took Dave through he good test – he really thought he was good but then he started to make a joke about everything. It was weird – Dave was constantly changing between caring and not caring about his eternal destiny. Dave was very proud and I thought it wise to not go on to share the gospel. Josh did give a small mention of the gospel in answer to one of Dave’s questions. I am concerned for Dave.

We left the afternoon joyful and thankful that we had an opportunity to glorify God. I took a camera but didn’t get any footage of the witness encounters to share and spruce up this post. I will try to do something like that in the future.

Last night I listened to a brilliant and compelling lecture by Curt Daniel on why reformed Christians (and any Christian) must evangelise. The lesson is strongly reformed but it is also wonderfully balanced in holding the paradoxes that seem to exist in the doctrine of salvation.  

This is a 5 star lesson that you must listen to if you are a Christian. If you have heard Hells Best Kept Secret you will appreciate this teaching and it may move you further along to an even more biblically faithful understanding of how to present the gospel to non-Christians. I appreciate the Way of the Master but I am coming to understand that there is more that can be done in improving our Gospel presentation to be more biblical. I think this message from Dr. Daniel can provide some missing information to help us get there. I want to run a series on this Lecture because it has many insights that I want to share. Please download it today. If you use windows, right click and select ‘save as’ from the menu that pops up. Its 55mins and only 6.5Mb.

I found it difficult to be listened to by a close family member this last week. They were quite stuck on the idea that there can’t be just one true religion in the world.

I think the Way of the Master is close to reality when they say that Family members can be the toughest to share the gospel.