A lot of lost people won’t stop to listen to gospel preaching, but nearly everyone wants to take the intelligence test. People love a challenge and they love to figure stuff out. How well would YOU do on this test?
Bro. Jay Mascio has been with the NTEB Street Preaching Team almost from the very beginning, nearly 7 years to date. Every Saturday afternoon from 12:00 – 2:00 PM , you will find Bro. Jay and the team out on St. George street in Saint Augustine witnessing the gospel of the grace of God to young and old alike.
“And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” 1 Corinthians 9:20-22 (KJV)
He starts with something we call ‘The Intelligence Test’, a series of 5 light-hearted questions that oftentimes produce hilarious answers. But then, Bro. Jay turns the conversation toward the Saviour, Jesus Christ, and the real question and answer period begins!
This is what it looks like when people take ‘the test’:
Bro. Jay is very soft-spoken, so you may have to turn it up to hear what he is saying, but the most fascinating thing about how he ministers is the reaction he gets from people. He is engaging and they are LISTEN and THINKING, so you know that after they leave they are really pondering the things that were discussed, most importantly the gospel!
There are a lot of people who think that street preaching is getting a bullhorn, standing on a street corner, and telling people how wicked and rotten they are. They enjoy yelling at homosexuals, pronouncing curses on drunks and fornicators, and then demanding that people step right up and get saved. Fat chance. That is not street preaching, that is being what we would call a “bible bully”, and it is not scriptural. Not unless you never get out of the Old Testament.
True Biblical street preaching is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ found in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:8,9, and John 3:16 for starters. True Biblical street preaching tries to engage the listener in conversation, and reason with them from the scriptures. The Bible says that it is the job of the Holy Spirit to convict people of their sins and lost condition, and we do that by preaching God’s preserved word. We are not the ones who should do the convicting, we do the preaching. We pass out gospel tracts so that they have something to refer to after they leave.
NOW LET’S ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS FROM THE INTELLIGENCE TEST AND SEE HOW YOU DID:
- How many of each animal did Moses take into the ark? None! Noah built the ark.
- What is the name of the print that deaf people use? Deaf people don’t use Braille.
- Is it possible to end a sentence with the word ‘the’? Yes, we just did.
- Spell the word ‘shop’ (then ask them what do you do at a red light). Most people will say ‘go’, the answer is ‘stop’.
- Spell the word ‘silk’ (then ask them what do cows drink). Most people will say ‘milk’, the answer is ‘water’.
The bible asks us to ‘come and reason together’ with the God of Heaven, God desires to engage us in a real conversation about our eternal destiny, and Bro. Jay is being faithful to carry out the biblical command to go out into the ‘highways and hedges’ and compel them to come in.
Watch What Street Preaching Looks Like From Our Perspective
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