Pastor Peter Simpson and Mr Graham Parkhouse were preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for sinners in Slough High Street on September 26th, and they were helped by Mr Pablo Sharma in leaflet distribution and talking to passers-by.
One of the tracts being distributed began with the words, ‘The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the most important events in all human history’. The tract includes the following statement : ‘The resurrection of the Lord Jesus demonstrates what happens to those today who repent of sin and trust in Him – they receive new life in the power of the Holy Spirit. All people are spiritually dead and controlled by a sinful heart, but those who come to Christ receive forgiveness of sins and are raised up from their spiritual death and separation from God’. A good number of passer-by were willing to receive these leaflets. May the Lord speak powerfully though them about the sinner’s need to be raised up from his utter spiritual deadness.
Pastor Simpson had an interesting conversation with a gentleman who had been through the Boys’ Brigade as a youngster, and he expressed an interest in attending the pastor’s church, which was encouraging.
Pastor Simpson took as his opening text when preaching the Lord’s words in John 5:40 ; “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life”. He then went on to explain that during the ministry of our Lord upon this earth, the majority of people refused His call to come to Him for mercy. He declared to them, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem … How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not. Behold, your house is left unto you desolate” (Matthew 23:37-38).
What terrifying consequences there are for refusing to come to Jesus Christ. Within a generation of Jerusalem’s rejection of Him, the city was destroyed by the Romans. Today our Lord is continuing to call upon all to come to Him for mercy. All are under an obligation to heed this call. May there be those who heard His call in Slough who do indeed respond and flee from the wrath to come, before it is too late.