Slough : The Lord opened Lydia’s heart, and this is what all need today

The Minister reports as follows : Pastor John Sherwood (Wood Green), Pastor Peter Simpson (Penn) and Mr Graham Parkhouse (Epsom) were preaching the gospel in Slough High Street on Tuesday. 

Brother Graham was out there proclaiming Christ crucified for sinners even though he faced the great sadness the next day (Wednesday) of the funeral of his dear wife of many years. May the Lord much uphold him in this time of bereavement.  

One irate passer-by said, amidst much swearing, that we had no right to be shouting at people in the street. We responded that we had every right, because people are sinners and are in desperate danger, God’s wrath resting upon them. 

Another man walking past angily declared that God is dead. I responded that He is alive in my heart; and nor was this a mere subjective answer, because  the reality of regeneration in myriads of transformed lives is hard objective evidence that God lives. Also, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, rose from the dead, and lives right now governing this earth from His heavenly throne. 

An encouraging number of tracts were handed out, which asks the vital question, Why did Jesus Christ come into the world? The tract then explains,  

“Let us first of all state what the Lord did not come to do, because there is much confusion about this. He did not come to establish world peace and unity. He did not come to abolish poverty. He did not come to establish a society based on current politically correct thinking. 

He in fact came down to this earth to rescue sinful men and women. He came down to change people in their hearts. He came to change them from being rebels against God into being God’s own children. The only way to improve society is to first change the individuals within it, and only the Lord Jesus Christ can do this. So, why did He come down to this earth? The Bible tells us : “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). 

May hearts of those who heard in Slough be opened, just as that of Lydia and the Philippian gaoler were. 

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