On Tuesday July 21st the urgency of coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ was heralded forth in Slough High Street by Pastors John Sherwood of Pilgrim Tabernacle Church, Finchley and Pastor Peter Simpson of Penn Free Methodist Church, along with Epsom-based elder/evangelist, Mr Graham Parkhouse.
Three passing young Muslim boys sadly would not take a tract, arguing that God cannot possibly have a Son. It is interesting note how Muslims even of a very young age have been trained up how to oppose witnessing Christians. May the Lord open the eyes of these boys to see that embracing the Sonship of Christ is crucial if anyone is to be saved from their sins.
There was remarkable difference in response from two people reading the words of John 14:6, which were on display, as they walked by. One young man read the poster, and then blurted out with much disdain a four letter expletive as Pastor Simpson was preaching, whilst, in contrast, a young lady, reading the same poster, was intrigued to find out more about what Christians actually believe, and entered into a detailed conversation with Pastor Sherwood.
At one stage a lady who was a professional press photographer took some pictures of the preaching, but did not say for what purpose she wanted them. Some free Bibles on display were taken by passers-by, which was encouraging.
One of the texts which Pastor Simpson preached upon was James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
Explaining the verse, the Penn pastor stated that people must approach God as unworthy sinners or not at all. They must abandon all thoughts of their own goodness. All are unclean in the sight of the holy God. God has spoken to men and is calling them, but they for their part must heed His call and draw near to Him. The initiative of God in reaching out to the non-believer does not negate the responsibility upon him to respond by drawing near to God in all humility of heart, and to seek Him by crying out to Christ in repentance and faith.
May many who heard the gospel in Slough upon this day be moved to do just that.