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SOS Monthly Newsletter - October 2001
The Effectiveness of High-Visibility Evangelism
Dear Christian Friends,
This month, I want to give the second part of a teaching on what I call "High-Visibility Evangelism" (write me if you didn't get the first part). By this I mean such things as open
Second, they cause people to become conscious of the Gospel and their need to make a decision either to accept or reject Jesus Christ. Each time a person is confronted with the Gospel, he must think about Christ and his need for salvation. God can use each witness to draw the person to Himself.
Third, they leave people without excuse. God has given each person a free will
Fourth, they cause an entire city or nation to become more conscious of the Gospel. Often, we find that when we witness at major events, people comment that we are everywhere. People get used to expecting Christians to be at rock concerts, parades, sports events, downtown parks, etc. They start talking to one another about all the Christian activity. They are also impressed by the dedication they see in these Christians.
Fifth, the atmosphere of a city or neighborhood can change. Demonic principalities loose their hold on an area where Christ is consistently preached and worshipped. As the Holy Spirit descends upon an area, demonic strongholds are broken up and people become more open to the Gospel. Demons cannot stay in a place where Christ's lordship has been established.
Sixth, the Christians who participate will be strengthened spiritually. We have found that many of those who participate in our outreaches find that they have become bolder witnesses in other situations. They become more excited about the Lord, as they see Him using them to witness to others. Their desire to intercede for the lost increases, as does their desire to grow spiritually so that their life will be a better witness for the Lord. Their renewed excitement about the Lord spreads to other Christians.
Seventh, other Christians are encouraged by our boldness to witness for Christ. After seeing what we are doing, many Christians have been encouraged to witness to their friends, or even to start a street ministry in their own community.
Finally, many people do get saved as a result of gospel preaching. However, we only get to see a small percentage of the fruit. Some come to the Lord on the street and we are able to follow.
On The Streets
On August 11, the choir from Independent Community Church in Richmond and "Children of the Rock" ministered at United Nations Plaza. We had the largest crowd ever gather to listen to the music and preaching in this park. At least 35 persons made professions of faith that day.
On August 17, our Friday night evangelism team went to PacBell Park to witness at the Giants baseball game. Last time, we only had three Christians. This time, there were nine of us. A police sergeant told us that the public sidewalk on King St. was private property. He threatened to arrest us if the ballpark officials complained. Although he is probably mistaken, we didn't want to get arrested. We moved to a bus stop area and preached from there. About 25,000 people heard the gospel that night.
On August 25, Shiloh Full Gospel Church (San Francisco) ministered at Powell and Market St. Hundreds of people gathered to listen to the music and preaching. Afterwards, Promised Land Fellowship (San Francisco) ministered at Washington Square. Also, Christian rap artist "Deezer D" ministered at the park. He has acted in several Hollywood movies and plays the nurse Malik McGrath on the TV show "ER".
SOS Coming Events
Note: All outreaches are subject to change. Call (510) 531-5325 or (510) 244-0277 (pager) to confirm outreaches or for more information.
Friday October 5, 12, 19 7:30-10 PM Witnessing in various S. F. neighborhoods. (Call for meeting location.)
Sat. October 6 San Francisco Church on the Street? Worship rallies. 12-1 PM. Powell and Market St. 1:30-5 PM. United Nations Plaza (7th St. and Market)
Sat. October 13 Berkeley Outreach. 12:30
Sat. October 20 San Francisco worship rallies. 12-1 PM Powell and Market St. (Calvary Chapel, Livermore) 2-5 PM. Washington Square (Columbus & Union St.)
SOS Ministry Needs
Thank you for your prayers and financial support for this ministry. We have one opening in our Oakland ministry house for a spiritually-mature Christian with a calling in evangelism. We also need Christians who can witness with us on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. We especially need musicians to sing and lead worship on the streets.
Please pray for those who wrote us this past month in response to tracts, including Albert and Denise(SF) and Zeina (SSF). Also, please pray for those who made professions of faith at U. N. Plaza on August 11, including Keith, Derek, James, Terry, Adrian, Joseph, Anthony, Lerene, Shantell, Fareedah, Aladrian, Carrie, F.B., Granual, Dante, Joann, Joyce, Mary, and Carita.
Our Tape of the Month is Evangelical Fervor by Ray Comfort. In this teaching, Ray gives us several explosive Bible principles to set us "on fire" for the Kingdom of God.
God bless you all. Please continue to pray for us. I hope you will join one of our outreaches this next month.
Yours in His love,
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