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Evangelism Taking Jesus to the Streets (of Denton)! — Part 1 

Evangelism Taking Jesus to the Streets (of Denton)! — Part 1 

Evangelism Taking Jesus to the Streets (of Denton)! — Part 1 

Evangelism

Taking Jesus to the Streets (of Denton)! Part 1

My name is Jeff Patton, and for the last four years, I have been involved in public/open-air evangelism. I have the tremendous privilege of being a part of a group of believers, who faithfully go into the public square of Denton, Texas to share the gospel of Jesus Christ every week. We have made a habit of being on the same corner, on the same day, at the same time, every week, for years now. Though the seasons change and the audience varies greatly, we strive to maintain a steady evangelistic voice on the Denton Square. We believe that Jesus gives us the mandate to go and make disciples. In doing so, preaching the gospel is the means by which people hear, believe, repent, and are brought into the kingdom of God.

This outreach that began with only a couple of men, has grown into quite a team. Men, women, and young people from my home church, The Church At Pecan Creek, and other like-minded churches, who come together every Saturday evening to do what we can to share the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.

A Typical Evening of Evangelism:

A typical evening will consist of evangelism, usually consisting of: open-air preaching, open mic dialogue, scripture reading, an occasional song, passing out gospel tracts, and striking up spiritual conversations. Opportunities often arise to pray for people and to offer comfort and encouragement to hurting souls. We have seen many people affected by our efforts. Some have come to know Christ as their Savior and some other Christian passersby’s have been greatly encouraged toward personal evangelism as well. 

However, evangelism is not all roses. As we know from the Apostle Paul, the same gospel that saves some is the same gospel that caused others to want to imprison, stone, beat, and whip him. Though it usually does not get quite that hostile, we do bear the brunt of many people who hate God and those who represent Him.

“Keep your message in your church walls!”

A misguided, yet widely held belief, is that preaching is only for church and that people should keep their beliefs to themselves. Believe it or not, many of those who hold such a view profess to be Christians. It seems that many Christians and non-Christians have believed the old saying that, “Two things never to be talked about in polite company are politics and religion”. However that is not a verse in the Bible. 

Questions and objections that often arise to our evangelistic efforts:

      • Is street evangelism effective?
      • Have your efforts brought forth any success?
      • Are there not better ways to engage the lost?
      • People are offended. Instead of winning people to Christ, are you not turning them away from Him?

These all can be legitimate concerns. However, our conclusions to such questions must not rely on human reasoning, pragmatism, the opinions of others, or our own personal feelings and preferences.

Instead, we should be asking:

      • What does the Bible say about gospel proclamation?
      • Are there any examples of public evangelism taking place in Scripture?
      • Did Jesus and the Apostles only evangelize in private?
      • If open-air evangelism was practiced in Biblical times, then why would Christians believe that it should not be done today?

The purpose in future articles is to provide sound answers to these questions based on God’s word.

Earlier in my Christian life, I, like many, disagreed with public evangelism. But the more I studied the Word, the more my position was challenged. We must remember that the church is the body of Christ and made up of believers. Those who attend church on Sunday, supposedly, are already saved and are there to worship Jesus together with other believers. But what about those who are lost?

How will those outside the walls of church buildings get to hear the gospel if it is only proclaimed within the walls of a church building?

As God’s people, we are ambassadors for Christ. God makes His appeal to the lost world through us as we implore people on behalf of Christ to “be reconciled to God”(2 Cor. 5:20). 

Even though God has grown our evangelistic outreach by sending other believers to help, we, like Jesus, clearly see that “the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Luke 10:2). Please join us in prayer for our evangelistic efforts, and pray that you would see the harvest and the need to proclaim the gospel to those who are around you as well.

If you would like to more information about our outreach or starting your own, please email us at: FindOutMore@TheChurchAtPecanCreek.com
~ Jeff Patton

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God’s Immutability and You: Seven practical applications of the immutability of God.

God’s Immutability and You: Seven practical applications of the immutability of God.

God’s Immutability and You: Seven practical applications of the immutability of God.

God’s Immutability and You

Seven practical applications of the immutability of God.

God, Himself states“I the Lord do not change” (Mal. 3:6). This means that He is forever precisely as He is; changeless/immutable. God has always been all-powerful, and He forever will be. God has always been all-knowing, and He forever will be. God has forever been infinitely wise, and that He forever will be. This also means that God’s plans and purposes are also not subject to change. There was never a time when God was not, nor will there ever be a time when God was or will be any different than He is right now.
 
What does God’s immutability have to do with you? Here are seven personal benefits for you to consider: 

1. Your assurance of salvation should increase.

Even though you are saved, do you still have doubts whether or not you will truly be saved in the end? If so, a possible cause of this could be an insufficient understanding of God’s immutability. There is great comfort in understanding that your salvation is tied directly to the immutability of God. 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (1 Pet. 3-5).

A Christian is forever God’s possession. It is His power that brought you to repentance of sin and belief in Jesus Christ, and it is His power that permanently secures your salvation.

2. Your purpose in life should be more greatly realized.

Most people’s purpose, time, energy, money, and efforts are focused on this world, a world that is in an unstable, unsure, and constant state of change. As a Christian, however, you should make better use of your life than living for the pursuit of only temporary gain.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever (1 John 2:15-17).

Passages like this serve as a reality check. How foolish is it for you to spend all of your efforts and days on that which is perishing, and give little thought to the eternally immutable One? Your chief purpose is to glorify God with all that you are and to enjoy Him forever. 

3. Your steadfastness during suffering should increase.

It is common for people to have doubts about God’s love, goodness, or power during difficult times. However, instead of allowing your mind to think such wrong thoughts of God, times of suffering, persecution, or trials should be a time when you focus more than ever on God’s immutability. Think of all that Job went through; the loss of his family, all his possessions, his health, companionship, yet, “In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong” (Job 1:22)

4. Your trust in God’s Word should increase.

You have a standard of truth from God, of which to base your beliefs and behavior upon. Many people just believe and behave how the culture expects them to as if there is no standard of truth. However, God, who is changeless, has given us truth that we can depend on. So that no matter how much the culture around us changes, you should remain steadfast in our adherence to the doctrine and behavior that God has put forth in His Word. You can trust in the Word of God, because, “All scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 3:16).

5. Your rest in the love of God should increase.

Sadly, some people’s view of God’s love fluctuates so much that it could be called, “He loves me, He loves me not theology.” However, a better understanding of His love for you would be, “He loves me immutably and eternally.” God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jer. 31:3). 

There is no perfect relationship on earth. Your relationships fluctuate significantly based on emotion, hormones, distractions, etc. However, you must realize that God’s love for all who are in Christ is absolutely perfect and unchanging.  

6. Your trust in God should increase.

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock” (Is. 26:4). 

The scriptures often use the analogy of God as a rock, because of the rock’s ability to stay put and be unaltered by change. He is your everlasting Rock of stability; therefore, you can trust in the Lord forever. 

Trust is a beautiful attribute for people to have, yet perhaps you have been hurt by those who have abused your trust; but God can be fully trusted, because He is forever, and immutably trustworthy.

7. Your worship of God should increase.

While immutability may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are worshipping God, maybe it should be. 

The Apostle John gives us a glimpse of the worship that God receives in heaven around the clock. 

And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Rev. 4:8). 

In this passage, God is praised perpetually for His holiness, His power, and His eternal immutability. As He was, He is, and forever will be. He is worshiped in heaven by acknowledging Him for who He truly is. As you worship, you should strive to join the chorus of heaven by doing the same.
 
~ Trey Talley

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New Book: The Missing Gospel of Modern Christianity

The Missing Gospel of Modern Christianity

Would you like to know and understand the doctrine of salvation better? Do you desire to communicate the gospel clearly, correctly, and without confusion? Do you have questions about your salvation or the salvation of others? Would you like to be able to witness to your friends, co-workers, and family members with confidence that you are sharing your faith the right way? If so, this handbook on evangelism, The Missing Gospel of Modern Christianity, is for you!
 
The details of the gospel have become less known by professing Christians and have been replaced with gospel distortions which are powerless to save. Professing Christians have added, subtracted, softened, and twisted the gospel to the point that creative license with the gospel is now the norm. However, false gospels only produce false Christians who have a false assurance of salvation. What is the solution? We need Christians who know, believe, and share the true gospel of God.
 
Stylistically similar to Dr. R. C. Sproul, Dr. Trey Talley, a church planter, elder, and doctoral graduate of Ligonier Academy, takes on this task with theological precision, yet with a teaching style that is simple and straight forward.
 

About the Author

Trey Talley traveled the world for 15 years as an evangelist working with local churches to bring the gospel to their communities. These experiences lead him to realize that there are many professing Christians who do not know the gospel. There appeared to be something missing in many of the churches and people that he worked with, and that something was the knowledge of God’s word. After witnessing such Biblical anemia among professing Christians, a zeal was fostered. Trey was led to start a church in his town where believers could be equipped with the knowledge of God’s word through expository preaching and teaching. Soon he planted The Church At Pecan Creek of Denton, TX, where he serves as pastor and elder.
 
Trey has been dramatically impacted by the teaching of Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. So much so, that he received his Doctor of Ministry from Ligonier Academy.
 
Trey lives in Denton, TX, with his wonderful wife, who homeschools their three children.

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God Does Not Believe in Atheists

God Does Not Believe in Atheists

God Does Not Believe in Atheists

God Does Not Believe in Atheists

Atheism is the supposed belief that there is no God. This is a belief that seems to be growing in popularity. Many contribute such growth to the thirteen years of teaching that children receive in our public school system. An institution that teaches that there is no God and that everything, literally everything, came about by time and chance from absolutely nothing. What is the result? At the end of their education, if all has gone according to plan, the teenager will have a good understanding of somehow the universe came into being from absolutely nothing, that life came from non-life, and that humans are just cosmic accidents with no purpose, worth, or moral obligations. Such institutionalized atheism, left unchecked by Christian homes, is, of course, resulting in a higher number of people who profess to be atheist. 

Have you ever had interactions with someone who professes to be an atheist? How did it go? Was he or she kind? Considerate? Patient? Maybe you have met such an atheist. Most of the time, however, the atheist whom I have spoken to about God tend to become quite angry. Early on, I found their anger puzzling. Why would someone who doesn’t believe in God get so mad just because I believe in God? However, over the years, I have come to understand more about the source of their anger. They might appear to be mad at me for believing in God, but in reality, their hatred is rooted in the fact that they are in an extreme state of denial, so much so that it becomes maddening. By reminding them about God, we bring to the surface what they are trying to suppress.

Even though atheists claim to not believe in God, God’s word reveals otherwise. According to the opening chapter of Romans, all people, even those professing to be atheist, know that God exists.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Rom. 1:18-20)

Paul makes it abundantly clear that God has plainly made Himself known to people so that no one can honestly claim that he or she does not believe in God. Many people will profess with their mouths that they do not believe that God exists, but according to God’s Word, they are lying not only to you but to themselves as well. 

God’s existence and power have been so clearly revealed by His creation that no one can logically say, “God does not exist.” All of creation stands as a witness to the fact it has been created by a Creator. No matter where you look in creation, it all screams that there is a Maker. Where do the stars come from? The earth? Water? Plants? Animals? As the Psalmist writes, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). This is a truth that all people know, yet some, atheists, try to suppress.

So, the question is, “If people know God exists, then why do some people profess to be atheist?” The answer is that their love of sin causes them to suppress the truth. Even though the creation reveals the eternality of God, His power, and His righteousness, they strive to live as though there is no Creator. For the atheist, they believe that if they can get rid of God as the Creator, they will have also gotten rid of the God who is their Judge; thus, freeing them to live however they choose and to engage in any and all sin with no consequences.

However, such thinking is absurd. To deny the existence of God is such an absolute rejection of proper reasoning, that the Bible even says that such a person is a fool. “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.” (Psalm 14:1). Even though God has made His existence abundantly clear to humanity, the love of sin causes some to deny the truth that is in plain sight. This foolish thinking is also what we find in Romans 1:21. 

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:21)

Rejecting God is far more than a poor mental decision, it is also a heart issue. Suppressing the truth that they know about God only brings more darkness, more ungodliness, more unrighteousness, and increased sinful behavior.

So, are there true atheists? According to God’s Word, the answer is “No.” So the next time you meet a person who claims to be an atheist, you can safely assume that he or she actually knows that God exists, but is involved in foolish suppression of the truth. 

In the end, God doesn’t believe in atheists, and neither should you. 
 
~ Trey Talley

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