Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson were preaching the gospel in Slough High Street on May 11th, helped by US evangelist, Mr Ryan Schiavo.
Those witnessing, including Mrs Eve Hammond, were encouraged by a number of Christians passing by who thanked the brethren for being there and who wished them the Lord’s rich blessing. A Spanish believer in particular seemed deeply moved and grateful to see a public proclamation of the word of God taking place.
One of Pastor Simpson’s addresses was based on Ephesians 1:7, “In (Christ) we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
Those walking past were told that the word ‘redemption’ means purchasing out of slavery, and that all men without Christ are slaves to sin, being governed by the lusts and passions of their fallen natures. Only the blood of Christ can unloose the shackles of this slavery. Blood is the redemption price which God has pre-ordained :
“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls” (Leviticus 17:11). Sin deserves death – the shedding of blood – but God has provided a Substitute for unworthy sinners, One who shed His blood in the sinner’s place, so that all who come to His appointed Substitute might be acquitted and set free from their deadly slavery to sin.
Prayer is being offered up that many who heard in Slough upon this day might realise their slave status, and so come to Christ, that they might be washed in His most precious blood.