NTEB Street Preaching Update: News From The Front Lines

When you witness and preach on the streets, it is not only for the lost people. Street preaching is a great reminder to the saved and born again people of our Heavenly Home that is waiting for us soon and very soon.
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Street preaching is also a great reminder to the saved and born again people of our Heavenly Home that is waiting for us soon and very soon.

“Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:23,24 (KJV)

As we prepare to enter our 5th year of preaching on the street in St. Augustine, I thought it might be good to give you an update of what’s been going on lately. The people you see in the above photo had just stopped to sit on the park bench as we were preaching today. We had a nice chat and then they asked to have this photo taken together as a souvenir. When you witness and preach on the streets, it is not only for the lost people. Street preaching is also a great reminder to the saved and born again people of our Heavenly Home that is waiting for us soon and very soon.

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The brother in this photo was celebrating his 5th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife, and they too stopped to chat with us today. As you can see by his shirt, he is a bold witness for the Lord Jesus Christ. He also is a preacher and I gave him a nice stack of gospel tracts to take with him. I tried to be as much of an encouragement to him as he and his wife were to us. On top of all that, he is also a Steelers fan so we had that in common as well.

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This is Bro. Damien sharing the gospel with a dear, lost soul who had stopped for a quick cigarette break. She sat and patiently listened to how she can avoid the “smoking section” for all eternity by trusting Jesus Christ as her Saviour. Please pray that she will reflect on the things she heard today and do something about it.

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CLICK IMAGE TO ORDER YOUR BOX OF NTEB GOSPEL TRACTS

Now how about you, dear brother and sister in Christ? Have you answered the call to go out into the “highway and hedges” and tell people about Jesus while there is still time? Click on the image above to order your box of street-tested, Holy Spirit approved gospel tracts from NTEB. These are the very same tracts that we have been using on the streets since we started, and I can tell you from first hand experience that they are very well received.

Remember the words of missionary CT Studd who said these wonderful, inspiring words:

“Only one life, yes only one,
Now let me say,”Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call,
I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life,’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, ‘twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be,
If the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”

It’s time to get in the game, Christian, time is almost up. Are you ready for what comes next?

 

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.

  • Jimmy

    Love it! 5yrs! Praise the Lord brother!

    • Amen, brother…I still remember the day you were called to preach on the streets. What a blessing!

      “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)

  • Edwitness

    Witnessing has been one of the great pleasures in my life. Whether on the street or at the job, or even at church. It seems there is always an opportunity to share the love of God with someone. The method that God has laid on my heart consists of bringing the person to the understanding that they need the life God has to deliver them from death’s power.

    The fact that they may have broken the law God gave to Moses, has no bearing on their need for salvation whatsoever. Not even for the Jew. Given the fact that if they kept the law perfectly, they still would not have eternal life. If making someone aware that they have broken the law could give life, then those who were under the law, the Jews, would not have needed Jesus. Their need for life eternal could be met by keeping it ‘blamelessly’. But, we see that Paul recognized that keeping the law ‘blamelessly’ did not give to him eternal life. Phil.3:6-8. Not even close. He even referred to it as “dung” and “loss”.

    The need for a relationship with Jesus is absolute because “knowing Him” is life. John17:3, 5:24. When we read the breaking of the law into our presentation of the gospel for salvation, we are saying that it is because of our breaking of the law that we are not saved. That is not what the Bible teaches. Because the law was never meant to save us. It doesn’t have the power to save. Gal.3:21. Therefore, when we present the gospel, it is important that we do not give the impression that given the right circumstances, it could.

    When Adam sinned death came. Then that death spread to all men. Death was like a wall of separation between God and man, that passed from generation to generation. Rom.5:12-14. Jesus died, so that through the resurrection, He could conquer death for all who would trust in Him. Thereby making the “WAY” for all to follow Him into life eternal. Jesus is the way through this wall of death.

    Sin is a byproduct of death, as a stinger is used by the bee, so the law uses sin to enslave people.Rom.6:16 and 1stCor.15:56. For the power of sin (the law) to be done away with, Jesus had to take on Himself the sins that were under the first testament. Heb.9:15. This was for the Jew only. There was no need for the Gentiles to have the sin of breaking the law taken away by Jesus, because they were never responsible to the law. Rom.2:14. That was a covenant that God made only with Israel. Ex.20.

    So what was it that the Gentiles that were BC responsible to God for? Until Jesus came, they could only have a knowing of a creator through what can be seen. Rom.1:20. Some joined with Israel, but this was not God’s ultimate plan for the Gentiles, as they were not given the oracles of God. But, in Jesus’ death and resurrection, there was a responsibility placed on the whole world. Jew and Gentile alike. Eph.2:11-20. That responsibility is to place our faith in Jesus and His death and resurrection. It was the sin that the Holy Spirit was sent to now reprove the whole world of. John16:9

    The breaking of the law then has no place in a presentation of salvation in Christ. A person is neither saved by works, nor unsaved by works, right? So why do we include this in our message to the unsaved, or to the saved for that matter.

    When Paul expresses how we are to be saved does he say this? “That if you will confess with your mouth that you have broken God’s law….” NO. He says we “confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord.” And does he say “and believe in your heart that you have broken God’s law….” NO. We are to “believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from the dead.” Paul rejected the requirement for the unsaved to acknowledge their law breaking in order to be saved. Their sin is that they “have no faith in Me(Jesus).” John16:9.

    This is what saves us. Knowing that Jesus is Lord and has been raised from the dead by God for us. The law has nothing, I repeat nothing to do with salvation. There is plenty to learn as we grow as a Christian. But, what we are to learn after becoming a Christian has no more to do with the law than what we needed to know to place our faith in Jesus in the first place. It has only to do with a personal relationship with our Savior. Knowing Him personally.

    I told you I get a lot of pleasure out of witnessing. I hope it blesses someone as much as it has blessed me to share it.

    Blessings:-}

    • Sola scriptura

      Great article!

      Edwitness – Jesus came to earth, as the angel said to Joseph in Matthew 1:21, to save his people…from SIN. Romans 8:3, 1 Corinthians 1:15, Colossians 1:14, 1 Timothy 1:15 and 1 John 3:5, are a few of the other verses that make it clear…Jesus was manifested to take away our sins by his blood. Their is no gospel message without the mention of sin, and his death and resurrection for that sin. That is the whole point of everything. We have a relationship with him because he first loved us and showed us that love by being beaten, tortured and murdered to bear our sin on a cold hard cross…for by his stripes we are healed (spiritually…from the consequences of sin). 1 Peter 2:22-24. So I beg all who preach – preach the love of Jesus, illustrated by him paying the price on the cross for our sin. And now he sits in glory at the right hand of God the Father, and soon he will judge the quick and the dead.

      • Edwitness

        Sola scriptura,
        Can you show me the scripture that says Gentiles were sinners because they broke God’s law and that they were held responsible to keep God’s law? The sins Jesus died for that were under the 1st testament were sins Israel committed, not Gentiles. Because the 1st testament was to Israel. And not the world. So if that is solely what you think Jesus died for, then Gentiles are still lost.

        Paul told us that from Adam to Moses sin was not imputed. What do you think that means? I will tell you. It means that the reason they died had nothing to do with their own personal sins. Inherited sin is rejected in Rom.2:14 & 5:14. If the Gentiles could do what the law commanded “by their nature” as Rom.2:14 says they did, then they can not have a sin nature. They died because “death spread to all men”. And as a result of this death, they sinned. Rom.5:12-14. Paul said that “death reigned”, not sin. And again in 1stCor.15:56 Paul expresses the relationship between sin and death. He compares the way death uses sin to the way a bee uses it’s stinger when he said, “The sting of death is sin.” Sin has already been defeated (Rom.6:14), but not death. 1stCor.15:26.

        I am not saying the Gentiles had no sin. What I am saying is that the sin that Gentiles committed relative to the law God gave to Moses, whether in the old or New Testament, never counts/ed against them. Because the law was not given to the whole world. It was only given to the nation of Israel. They were responsible to keep it, not Gentiles. Rom.2:14. “For when the Gentiles who do not have the law…”

        So God’s judgment of the Gentiles is in reference to their having no faith in Jesus. John16:9. Until then there was no sin the Gentiles did that was held to their account. Rom.5:12-14. “Where there is no law sin is not imputed.”

        Therefore, when the scripture says “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”, there are two categories for the sin, because there are two separate covenant groups;
        Group #1. The sins under the 1st Testament – Israel only. Heb.9:15
        Group #2. No faith in Me – Gentiles and Israel. John16:9

        Number 2 is the reason that now the whole world, Jew and Gentile alike, have been “concluded under sin” (Gal.3:21,22). With the result being that “from two He has made one new man.” That new man is the Christian. Eph.2:11-22.

        It was imperative that the law be “abolished”(“Having ‘abolished’ in His flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments…” Eph.2:15) for the church age, so that the promise of eternal life could be made available to Jew and Gentile alike. “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (New Testament) has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Old Testament law.

        Praise God!! He has made ‘the way’ for us to know Him through His Son, Jesus Christ.

        So if you are going to witness or teach the gospel, when you bring in the issue of the sin of ‘the world’ that Jesus died for, please leave the sin that relates to the law out of it, the same way Jesus did when He said; “I will send Him(the Comforter) unto you. And when He come, He will reprove the world of sin…..Of sin, because they believe not on Me” And in Acts when it says “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved…”

        The sin of the world that Jesus died for is NO FAITH IN JESUS. It is the only sin that will send you to hell. He died that we might know Him. And after all, isn’t that what eternal life is? John17:3. And isn’t that the ‘work of God’ that we are called to do? John6:28,29.

        Blessings Sola Scriptura:-}

  • AndrewA

    Congrats on the 5 years. My church is just starting to finally wake up from its death like slumber where we will actually start doing some witnessing and street preaching. Wont lie your site helped push me into being more vocal on the subject. Hard to believe I found this place roughly a year ago.

    Keep up the good work.

  • DC

    I very much respect what you do. It takes a lot of courage and conviction to do what you do. Do you ever get much confrontation? I visit several Christian web sites and I am amazed at how much vitriol there is in the comments–between fellow Christians, probably b/c of a certain level of anonymity. Maybe they’re more restrained/less confrontational in person. Has anyone ever gotten in your face?

    God bless your ministry. May the Lord save many souls through it in a very short amount of time left.

  • Pat (South Africa)

    Thank you Geoffrey for your witnessing and the hard work you put into your NTEB updates. May the Lord continue to bless you and your ministry. May there be a great harvest of souls.

  • Nina

    May our Lord and Savior Jesus bless and keep you Geoffrey for this noble ministry you have..Street Preaching is rarely seen of today..it does take a lot of courage..Thanks to all who also join in with you..I would love to come up to help out in the near future..always wanted to visit St. Augustine..your NTEB site is a wealth of information..God Bless You..

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  • Gene Gautz

    Hi Geoff

    I live in Toledo Oh. where there is no “town square” or even a pedestrian business district where street preaching could be set up without getting arrested for trespassing on private property. What would you suggest? Also is there a video of your street preaching that I could watch to kind of show me how you do it? My feeling is to present God’s Holy Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work, but I am sure you have perfected your technique in which those just starting out like myself could watch and learn.

    God Bless

    Gene

  • We are currently visiting St. Augustine and we thank you for your ministry. What is the name of the church you pastor?

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