This day began with the fire of God in us (Patrick Roy and Paul Gee). We began with a prayer and went our way to the Temple Square mall train depot. This is where we set up shop for the day, in order to preach the gospel to as many people who would have ears to hear and listen. We each took turns preaching for the next 7 hours. It went so well that when we preached, we had so much to preach on, that words just flowed from our lips. And passer byers couldn’t help but stop and listen for a while. We preached on many things, but most importantly the cross and the resurrection. Because it was Easter weekend, we wanted everyone to get the true Easter message of Christ’s crucifixion and how he rose from the grave the third day. I preached that “Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) That this simple message means much more than people would ever know. It is the gospel that we preach, for it means forgiveness and a new life for every person who receives Jesus’s penalty for sin on the cross. Then, can they also rise up to be with Jesus in the first resurrection.
Patrick also preached the importance of the death of Jesus on the cross. How it was a legal transaction made between us and Him. That from the beginning in Genesis, the penalty for sin is death. That people sacrificed spotless lambs for centuries for the sins of the people and themselves. This, however, was done away with when Jesus paid for our sins as the last lamb to die on the cross. He is the lamb of God and every person who receives Him as Lord and Savior shall be saved and enter into His rest come death. We preached this and much more that day. Even how we must be led by Jesus and not be people who proclaim themselves to be prophets and teachers. That we must compare their teachings and the teachings from the books with the Bible. Then, can we remove any false teachings that don’t agree with God’s Holy Words.
That day, I also preached on the different sins that would cause a person to go to hell. This I quoted and taught from 1 Corinthians 6. It reads, “know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) It was when I preached on these sins, including homosexuality, that a homosexual couple came up to me and started asking me questions. They asked if I believed that homosexuality is a sin and I confirmed it was, just like other things like porn, abortion, fornication, and more.
As I was witnessing to the homosexual couple, I also read with them in Romans 1. Which reads, “for this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise, also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.” (Romans 1:26,27) They then understood that God is against homosexuality and that they are in error. It was then that I asked them to submit themselves to Jesus, just as they are. Then, He would be able to transform their lives. Our conversation ended with them telling me how much they appreciated me not getting upset or judging them. To top off the day, a Navaho lady listened to the preaching for some time. She also talked with us and sang Amazing Grace in her own language. Praise God for that encounter and for others we had that day, for we talked to many other people also.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, thank You for giving me and Patrick words to speak as we preached the good news of the gospel. I pray that many people heard the message and were blessed. May more people have come to know You, Jesus, through what was spoken today. Our lives are dedicated to serve You and are grateful for all the people You put in our paths this day to minister to. May they have received our prayers and teachings with humility. If people would just hear Your message of hope and receive it joyfully, then more people could be saved. I believe in You. I love You, Lord. Amen.