Last night, we headed out with a team of about 10 people; to “First Fridays,” (an arts fair)in downtown Phoenix. Our team included two new faces (Angie and Josh from Praxis) who were both quite humble, yet bold and eager to witness. Walter and Scotty B started up the night strong, speaking on the mic regarding the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.While Scotty was on the mic he noticed an acquaintance listening in the crowd. He asked the gentleman to come to the mic and share his testimony. Not only did this man share his incredible testimony of deliverance from various addictions( including drugs and alcohol) and nearly loosing his life, but he continued to preach on several bible verses and even rapped the gospel for us! This drew in a crowd of about 40 people; which continued to grow as the night went on at which point we all rotated the mic around. Throughout the course of the night several hundred people heard at least a glimpse of the gospel !
Mia and David were still going strong after conversing and debating one to one with several teenagers, atheists, and homosexuals. They were each able to pray with a few unexpected on lookers. Mia also got up on the mic for the FIRST time! I guess she didn’t have much of a choice being that Scotty B announced to a crowd of about fifty that she would be coming up to the mic to give a few words.
Just when the night was wrapping up our friends the “resistance,” aka the secular free thought society showed up, including Kazz, Rocco and Kaylee. We conversed with them here and there, holding a few short debate sessions. Now I gotta harp on them a bit here because I love them all but, they didn’t exactly bring their A-game. Kazz tried to prove that Jesus was actually evil, because he told a fig tree to wither. I would like to thank Kazz for enlightening me; before I thought Jesus was trying to show us a universal truth. Now I know that he’s actually a cruel, fig tree murderer. Josh did get to go over and have a pretty nice conversation with Kazz and I felt Scotty and Walter both acted respectful and wise in that they conversed with the atheist while also attending to the crowd and continuing to deliver the gospel.
Although we evangies like to joke around and tend not to take ourselves too seriously we are passionate regarding the message of the gospel.I would therefore like to end on a bit of a serious note. While I was standing in the crowd last night, I looked over at some skeptics. I was reminded of when Ezekial was in the I valley of dry bones( Ezekial 37:1-14)God commanded Ezekial to speak life over the dry bones; in order to show who God Almighty was! The Lord knows that those dry bones, those living in sin, those lost, may have life in him. When Ezekial prophesied life over the bones, they STOOD UP on their feet and became an army. That is our prayer, that the unsaved may know that Jesus is Lord(Rom 10:9) and that we may not loose hope when all we see is dried up, lost bones.