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Last Day of Internship and the Righteousness from God that Depends on Faith

Today was my last day of work. I understand that many people dream of their last day of work, but not me. Well, at least not for this job. I will miss full-time evangelism. Though this summer came with difficulty, God granted grace upon grace to keep me going and looking to Him for help. He is faithful.

So, how did I spend my last day? Well, I spent much time working on preparing the curriculum for our summer kids series (Exploring Egypt to Sinai: 4 P’s that Point You to Christ!). I am hoping to have it ready as a pdf document that can be accessed for free on the Grace Fellowship Church website. Hopefully it will be ready soon and hopefully it will be a blessing to others. I had a long meeting with a Muslim man today. This was our second meeting. Both meetings have lasted at least three hours! Thank the Lord that Tim Horton’s does not have a maximum time limit!

Luis (from the Spanish Church) came out with me again. This time we read in Acts 4 and 18 before praying and hitting the bus stops in Rexdale. I will share one little recap (or snippet) of an encouraging little conversation we had this morning.

The Righteousness from God that Depends on Faith

Luis and I approached a man handing him a coin with the 10 commandments on it. He thought it was neat. We explained that we are from the GFC and how we were out spreading the Gospel. He told us that he is a Christian.

Before long I asked the man, “If you were to die today, do you believe that God would accept you or reject you?” He told me, “That is tough to answer. I mean, we all have sinned and sin cannot be in God’s presence; so we have to repent. But, I have sinned today, if not in my actions then in my thoughts. But I need to repent. You see, that is a tough question. I don’t know.”

I replied by telling him of the importance of the question. He agreed. Then I said, “We can know whether or not God will accept us. Jesus spoke on these very things when he came. I mean – I know. I know that God will accept me.” He said, “How do you know?” I said, “Because my faith is in Jesus – let me show you a passage.” I went to Philippians 3.7-9. I opened it up and held it before him reading it aloud. Interestingly, he pulled out his pen and underlined everything that I read (while I was reading it). He seemed genuinely interested.

After our public Scripture reading (I love that!), I said, “People refer to an alien as something that comes from outer space, that is, from outside the world. In this passage, Paul speaks of alien righteousness. This is a righteousness that we do not work for. This is the righteousness that I have received because of my faith in Christ. I did not work for it. Now, this is the righteousness that I have which makes me acceptable for Judgment and to God.”

He seemed intrigued. He goes to a Church, but this all seemed like new news to him. Then he said to me, “How can you know if you have faith?” I said, “That’s a great question.” I flipped to 1st John and told him, “This letter, 1st John, was written primarily to answer that question.” I put my Gospel tract in that part of the NT (which I had given to him) so that he could easily access 1st John.

The bus came and I told him that my contact info is on the NT I gave him. He was thankful and told me that he was going to call me. We will see. Praise the Lord for answering our prayers. Luis and I really prayed for open doors. Accordingly, the Lord opened doors. He is faithful. (Prayer is absolutely essential in evangelism because God is absolutely essential in evangelism).

Philippians 3.9 is one of the clearest verses on the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to believers. Those who are truly saved “do not have a righteousness of [their] own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.” May the Lord grant him faith in Christ that he may receive righteousness from God. How else can we be rightly clothed for Judgment Day?

I think it is fitting to end my internship on the note of Philippians 3.9. Chew on this my friend . . . and savour the flavour! The Gospel of justification by faith alone and the imputation of Christ’s righteousness – this is the Gospel that melts the heart with love and causes the mouth to open and even speak! May the Lord help us in our evangelism as he has in giving us his righteousness.

This Blog

This blog will likely continue into the fall, but I will have to think and pray more about this – please let me know of any ideas you have to make this blog more of a blessing to Christ’s church. To those of you who have been faithfully praying for me and encouraging me: Thank you so much for your interest, love and support. I really felt prayed for and I am thankful to God for you. Sincerely, thank you so much – you co-laboured with me and helped in the spread of the Gospel. Rejoice my friend, rejoice! God did great things this summer – lots of planting! Lots and lots of planting. Oh that we might see a harvest in Canada in our lifetime . . . and if not in ours – oh that it may be in the next! The Lord may do it. Glory is due His Name.

Interpretation and Truth

I was talking to a U of T student at the bus stop today. I asked her if she thought God would accept her if she was to die today. She was hoping that God would. She was Catholic. I spent some time explaining how God has given us His Word in human language so that we can know the way to be made acceptable. I emphasized the clarity of the Bible on the topic of the way of salvation.

She responded by telling me that people misinterpret the Bible. She told me that most people have different ideas about what it says. All in all, her argument boiled down to this: we have little hope of knowing for sure what the Scriptures say.

I replied to her objection saying, “Yes, I agree with you. This is a big problem. Many people misinterpret the Bible. They butcher it. However, just because many people misinterpret the Bible, that does not mean we cannot get it right. Think about this: Imagine a bunch of your friends were gossiping about you and saying things about you that are not true. Or, it could be people at your work. Whatever the case, they could tell me things about you that are not true. How am I to know the truth? I can find out. I could go to your closest friend and find out the truth about you. Or, I just go to you to find out the truth. You see, just because people say different things, that does not mean we cannot find what is true. (She nodded for she got my point). The Scriptures are very clear on the way to be made acceptable to God. We can know this truth. God has spoken on it.”

The bus was coming so I gave her a NT and told her that the way to be made acceptable to God is explained on the insert (which I wrote) in the NT. I encouraged her to read it. She told me that she was planning on taking a course on religion at U of T this year. The bus came. That was it.

Bus Stop Dialogue about Judgment Day

I approached a lady at the bus stop this morning, giving her a coin with the 10 commandments and telling her that I am from the church down the road. I explained to her that I am “out spreading the Gospel.” She didn’t look  to be overly thrilled about the idea of talking with me about God. Whatever the case, throughout our conversation she kept interacting with me in a manner that proved that she was really listening and thinking about what I was sharing. Furthermore, she shared what she thought.

I asked her if she had ever broke the 10 commandments. With a smile she said, “We all have.” I said, “Well, yes, that’s true. I have broken all ten commandments, but the fact that I have broken them should not somehow make you feel any better.” I asked if she thought that God would accept her if she was to die today. She was quite. She thought about it and then said, “I don’t know how to answer your question. I do not know. God will decide.” This is the second most common answer that I come across on the streets of Rexdale. The majority of people I meet are confident that God will accept them. Some are not sure, but believe that we cannot know until Judgment Day. Even less believe that God will reject them.

I told her that we can know. I went on to share the Gospel with her, starting in Genesis 1-3. While I was teaching about the holiness of God and the fact that he cannot tolerate wrong, I quoted Paul from Romans saying, “the wages of sin is death.” Interestingly she responded, “but the gift of God is eternal life.” I said, “Ah, so you know this.” I forget how the conversation turned at this point, but it became clear again that she did not believe that we can know how we stand before God until Judgment Day.

By the grace of God, I had an idea. She had the classifieds in her hands. So I said, “see here (pointing at one of the ad’s), we know that (pointing at the name at the bottom of the ad) Charles is selling something. He is selling a Ford (pointing at the title of the ad) and here are all the details (pointing at the middle section). We can know what he is selling because he has spoken about it. She seemed to get my point. I went on, “God has spoken in his Word about the Judgment. In Matthew 25 Jesus said that unrighteous go into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” I said, “Do you believe that you deserve eternal punishment? She said, “I don’t know, do you?” I do not know if she was asking if I deserve eternal punishment or if I think that she deserves eternal punishment. Whatever the case, I said, “Yes, I deserve eternal punishment and so does everyone else. Jesus spoke about hell more than anyone else in the Bible. It is real. And it is where the unrighteous go.”

Then I said, “The question is, ‘Who are the righteous and the unrighteous?'” She shared with me that even religious leaders sin. I could not agree more. I opened up my Bible to Romans 3 and read to her a part of verse 10, which says, “There is no one righteous, no no one.” And then I shared a portion of verse 12: “not one does good, not even one.” At this point the bus was coming, so I gave her the NT with a copy of the Gospel which I have as an insert in the Bible. I encouraged her to read the insert. May the Lord help her to see that she is not righteous and that like me, she must turn to Christ for the forgiveness of sins and for justification. Oh that she may be concerned about her sin and oh that she may fear the judgment – and then, may she cry out for mercy (before it is too late!). May we take seriously our call to “save others by snatching them out of the fire” (Jude 23b). Not that we save people – but may the Lord grant us grace to spread His Word and plead with fellow sinners to be reconciled to God – this is “snatching.”

Talking with a Grade 12 Couple: What is Faith?

Georgie and I were at the bus stops for a bit yesterday morning. We saw a young couple (grade 12 students) sitting on the step in front of the church beside the bus stop. The young man was talking on his cell. I was hesitant to go to them, for I usually do not like to interrupt people. However, his girlfriend was not talking on the phone. What do we do? I went back and forth, deliberating . . . but since no one else was around, we finally decided to go talk to them. We approached them handing them the 10 commandment coins and telling them who we are and what we were up to (spreading the Gospel).

I asked the girl if she knew the Gospel, she said that she did, but that she did not know it well, nor much about it. With a smile and joy in my heart I said, “Well then, have I got something to share – this is the best news ever!” She smirked, but must have wondered “what’s up with this odd guy? And how did he score such a lovely and pleasant fiance?” I went on to share the Gospel with them; by this time, her boyfriend was off the phone and listening. I started in Genesis 1-3 and preached the Gospel in conjunction with Romans 5: Adam as our representative (sin, death) and then Christ as our redemptive representative (obedience and life). Were they listening? Yes, they really seemed to be listening. After this I opened up the Bible and read to them Mark 1:15 telling them that God commands them to turn to Jesus and to believe on Him.

Now, he was Catholic and I am not sure what her background was. Whatever the case, I asked, “Is Jesus number one in you life right now?” He said “no, not always.” I responded, “Me too. I cannot say that he is always number one in my life.” He replied, “Having faith can be hard sometimes – how do we know (Christianity) is true?” I said, “what is faith?” He said, “It is what you believe but you do not know.” I discerned a problem with that concept of faith. Thus, I turned to Hebrews 11:1 and gave him the Bible to read for himself. He read (silently) Hebrews 11:1, which says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (ESV). I said, “Faith is being certain of would you do not see.” I explained to him that you can be certain of things that you have not seen.

Whatever the case, they live in the neighbourhood. Georgie and I explained how we are moving into the neighbourhood soon. We gave them Bibles (with our personal and church contact info) with a pamphlet of the  Gospel. We opened up the doors for further dialogue, whether it be over a coffee or at our church. May the Lord guard the Word that was cast upon the soil of their hearts. Hopefully it is good soil; if not, may the Lord make it so.

Sitting with some Sikhs

Yesterday, I spent some time with a friend of mine at a local mall. My friend is a professing Christian who openly confesses that his works contribute significantly to make him acceptable before God. His confidence in his works makes for some very interesting Bible study and discussion. May the Lord gives ears that hear and eyes that see.

Whatever the case, he introduced me to two of his friends who are Sikh. I sat down with them at the food court. They asked me what I do. I told them how I am training to be a minister. I asked them about their religion. I asked what they must do to be right with God. They explained the core beliefs of Sikhism, and noted that it is the newest of the world religions (being only 500 years old).

Before long we were talking about Jesus. The man denied that Jesus is the Son of God. I opened up Mark and read to him Mark 14:61-62. When Jesus is asked if he is the Christ, the Son of the Blessed, he says, “I am . . . ” The one man responded, “who wrote that?” I said, “Mark.” He said, “How can we know its true? We have our holy book, you have your holy book – how do you know its true?” I said, “That is a fair objection and very reasonable.” I continued, “First, the Bible says it is God’s Word and therefore I believe it is true. But also, I have studied the reliability of the Scriptures and I know that they are reliable. In fact, there is more historical evidence for the historical reliability of the Bible than the rest of ancient literature. If you discount the reliability of the Bible, you must be consistent and thus discount Aristotle and Plato. Now, I am not arguing right now for the inspiration of the Bible, I am just arguing that the Biblical authors really wrote these books.”

The one may responded, “but it is in the hands of men.” He was implying that it must have been changed throughout history. I replied, “The copies of the originals are so numerous that we know that we have good English translations, for they continue to be based on the Greek and Hebrew text of old.”  They seemed to accept my argument about the historical reliabity of the Scriptures, but I am not sure what they thought about the faithfulness of the contemporary English translations. Whatever the case, they didn’t seem to believe that the Bible should be trusted more than the holy book for Sikhism.

Holding up the first 39 books in my Bible before them, I said, “the OT is about promise – it is God’s promise to Israel that somebody’s coming – a Savior. And these (holding and showing the other 27 books) are about how Jesus is the One, the One who fulfilled the promises.” He went on, “but we have our book. Why should we believe your book.”

I tried to reason with them about the faithfulness of the apostolic record. However, before long the conversation had turned to other things. They really seemed to enjoy talking, but they certainly did not believe the things I shared. However, out of curiousity the one man started sharing points about Sikhism and then asking me what the corresponding view is from Christianity. This was great, for I was able to teach about creation, eternal punishment and eternal life, and justification by faith alone.

I asked the one man, “in light of these things (judgment and eternal punishment) are you worried about death?” He smiled and said, “No. I just life my life man – do good and that’s it – I don’t worry about it.”I told him that he should be concerned. Then I shared with him what Jesus said in John 14:6. I told him, “If you are not with Christ, you are againt him. If you do not turn to him and trust in him, you reject him.” He was silent for a moment but then seemed to make the logical connection. I said, “So, you realize that you are rejecting Christ?” He said, “yes.” I told him that he ought to be concerned and said (about Jesus), “What if its true?” He didn’t say much but didn’t seem too concerned. I encouraged him to read the Scriptures.

He (and his other Sikh friend) hang out at the mall often. I was glad to meet these two very friendly men. I hope to see them again. By God’s grace they seemed to enjoy meeting me as well. May the Lord have mercy on whom He will have mercy.

Two Weeks Off, but Lots to Blog: Reflections from Alex P.

Two Weeks Off

Well, as an engaged man, I have learned that working full-time in evangelism, while trying to do a Master’s thesis is tough to say the least. There are some who could likely manage, but not me. I am thankful to the elders at Grace Fellowship Church (GFC) for giving me two weeks off to work on my thesis (the written part is due August 20th!). Accordingly, my 8 week internship has now become a 10 week internship. I will be working for GFC into the first week of September. 

But, even though I am officially off work, there is a lot of “unposted stuff” from the first 5 weeks – especially from co-labourers. Accordingly, this blog will continue to be active during my two weeks off. Furthermore, I am going to two weddings on my two weeks off – please pray that the Lord would open doors for the spread of the Gospel at these events . . . I will keep you posted.

The post below was written by my friend Alex P. (who I just met this summer). I just learned that he is the chaplain at Peoples Christian Academy. I was delighted to have him co-labour in the Gospel with Phil and I on Saturday afternoon. I was encouraged by his love for the truth, his sincerity, his boldness and his concern for the spiritual condition of people. He was certainly a blessing to me. I am thankful that he responded to my request to write a post – I hope that you will learn from him the way I have and that it will be an encouragement to you as well.

Reflections from Alex 

I have been asked by Paul to capture some of what happened on Saturday, August 1, 2009.  Having come to learn about Paul’s work, I faithfully tracked his progress through this blog and, with my wife, prayed for him and the advancement of the gospel in Toronto. 

Wanting to bless Paul, I asked if I might join him.  He graciously agreed and invited me to participate.  I met him that afternoon in the parking lot of Grace Fellowship Church.  He was accompanied by Phil.  Paul invited us inside to spend some time in the Word of God and in prayer.  We feasted on a sizeable portion of 2 Corinthians and digested some of the meal with each other – sharing any encouragements or insights from the word.  We prayed and sought the favour of the Lord on our preaching.

Upon leaving the church, we walked the short distance to the Islington Avenue.  Along the way, Paul shared about some of the residents in the homes we passed by.  It was evident that Paul was incarnating the heartbeat of his namesake when he wrote that he loved the Thessalonians so much that he not only the gospel with them but his life as well.

Hostility to Jesus

With ESV’s in hand, Christ in our hearts and the gospel on our tongues, we approached the bus stop where a half-dozen or so individuals stood.  Phil went to one direction while Paul and I approached an elderly looking gentleman.  When we introduced ourselves to the gentleman and asked him if he had heard of the 10 Commandments, he seemed to come alive with a spirit of contradiction.  Although I had difficulty understanding him at points and although the conversation seemed to spring from subject to subject, my overall impression is that this man found the judgement and punishment of God on some and not on others to be deplorable.  Let me explain.  This gentlemen informed us that he had trained for the priesthood but at some point abandoned it.  As such, he seemed to have a working knowledge of the Biblical narrative.  It was the story of God’s judgement against Ananias and Sapphira that seemed to upset him, especially in light of the fact that there were many others who were similarly disobedient but did not face a similar fate as they did.

His concerns were expressed with great force and certainly found a hearing.  We explained to the gentleman that Ananias and Saphira received what each of us deserved but God is gracious and does not treat us as our sins deserve.  Therefore, the dichotomy he feels is not a dichotomy between “fair” and “unfair” but actually between “fair” and “gracious.”  If God treats us as our sins deserve he is only being fair.  Ananias and Sapphira experienced God’s fairness.  We, who have not experienced that, are enjoying God’s grace.

During our conversation this gentleman worked himself up to the point where he bombastically declared that Jesus was the “worst sinner in hell.”  The comment flattened me under both confusion and fear – fear for him for carelessly blaspheming Jesus and confusion in regards to the source of his conviction.  I asked him how he could support such a statement.  He admitted he could not support it at the moment.  To this, we encouraged him to read the 4 gospels again and reassess his view of Jesus.  The bus arrived and Paul offered him the New Testament to read. 
I pray that God would lead this man to repent and that the beauty and purity of Jesus Christ might dazzle him.

Talking to a Hindu: “I am happy with my religion”

After he boarded the bus, Paul and I approached a younger gentleman, seated on the ground who was waiting for a bus.  At first he did not seem interested in speaking to us but as we sat down beside him, on the grass, it seemed that he opened up more and more.  He shared with us that he was happy with his religion, Hinduism, and that he was using it to find peace in his life.  Asked how he was achieving this peace he said “meditation.”  I shared with him that true peace is found through mediation, not meditation.  Because of our sin and rebellion, the wrath of God is upon us.  However through the mediation of God’s son, Jesus Christ, who bore the wrath of God on the cross, we can enjoy peace with God.

This gentleman agreed with us until we mentioned Jesus Christ as the only means of having peace with God.  He said that “Jesus” was the same as Allah, Ram and Krishna.  We explained that a real 20 dollar bill and a Monopoly 20 dollar bill had some superficial similarities – they were rectangular in shape, green in colour and had a 20 printed on them.  However, these superficial similarities paled in comparison to the substantial differences: one was real, the other was not.  We hoped to continue sharing with him but his bus arrived and he departed.

My prayer for this gentleman is that the excellence of Jesus Christ would loom large in his life and that the false gods with which he is associating Jesus would be revealed for what they are: worthless idols.

Evidently Interested: This Man Let the Bus Pass Twice!

Paul, Phil and I recollected and spent some time in prayer for the individuals we had met.  Afterward, I joined Phil and approached a middle-aged couple.  I led the conversation asking if he knew the 10 commandments.  He named 2: do not murder and do not commit adultery.  We read through the commandments from Exodus and asked him if he had violated any of them.  I was surprised by his sincere but negative response.

We informed him that according to God’s word, all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.  Furthermore, the wages of our sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ.  This gentleman was sincerely interested in what we were sharing with him, although the woman with him seemed correspondingly uninterested.

He inquired about why a person could not simply obey the law in order to gain salvation.  I explained to him that if I did good for the sake of impressing God or earning His favour, then the good things that I was doing would be shot through with selfish motivation.  Thus, they would not be good.  The only way that we could be free to do good for “goodness’” sake is through the gospel.  For, in the gospel, Christ earns the favour of God through His obedience, even unto death.  Now, the favour of God is upon the repentant believer in Jesus.  That believer now can actually go out and do good without the nagging ambition of trying to impress God.

The gentleman seemed intrigued by this and let not just one but two buses pass.  He was genuinely interested in the gospel and its relationship to works of righteousness (though he did not use that term).  He wanted to know what place obedience had in relationship to the gospel.  I explained to him that true obedience was the product of faith in Christ.  Obedience to the law was a good way to live but a terrible way to be saved for only one person could ever and has ever accomplished it – Jesus Christ.  We warned him to not build his life on the platform of his own obedience but on the platform of Jesus’ obedience for the former will crumble but the latter is strong.

His final issue concerned the exclusivity of Christ.  How could we claim Christ as the “only” way when there were so many other religions available?  We asked him how many numbers there were.  He replied “billions.”  (In fact it is significantly more than that already large number.)  We asked then asked him, how many of those numbers answer the equation 2 + 3.  He replied “only one.”  Similarly, while it is true that there are many religions and religious teachers, there is only one who adequately addresses the problem of sin – Jesus Christ.

The gentleman was sincerely grateful for the chance to discuss these matters with us and told us that he had a KJV at home. It is my prayer that if he has not already done so, he would take the Bible he already possesses and feast on it. After this conversation, our time had come to an end.  We returned to the church’s parking lot where we sought the Lord’s favour on our efforts and asked that God would bring revival to our city.

Catholic, Catholic, Catholic

Andrew M. joined me for an hour or so on Saturday morning at the bus stops. We approached three people. All three were willing to talk. All three were Catholic. What follows are little summaries which recap each conversation.

Conversation 1: I could not get to my point

We met a man who received the 1o commandment coin that I hand out. I inquired about whether or not he thought God would accept him. He thought about it and suggested that God would accept him. I asked, “why.” He said, “Himself.” He meant “God Himself.” He did not appeal to his own works. I said, “Yes, the Bible is clear that God is loving, gracious, merciful and forgiving; but he is also holy and just. He must punish sin.” With sincerity I said,”Based on the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 7, we know that many people will go into eternal destruction; how do you know that God will forgive your sins?” He said, “If I am honest about my sin and repent, he will forgive.” He seemed a little flustered at my suggestion that there is more too it.

What caused me concern was the fact that he was not appealing to Jesus for forgiveness, nor any of his cross work as the basis of his forgiveness. His concept of receiving forgiveness was quit similar to that of Islam (Just ask and if you really mean it, and seek to change your ways, God will forgive . . . it’s that simple). I tried to explain that there must be punishment for sins, but I was not able to articulate it well. I decided to try to use an illustration which teaches that God the Judge must execute justice and that he will not simply forgive without payment for sin. I seemed to have a hard time getting to my point; in fact, I did not really get to my point. Before long the bus was there. I gave him a copy of the NT with a Gospel tract. This is not unusual for me – not being able to articulate what I would like to.

Conversation 2:What is a good person?

We approached a young man who is a student at Humber College. I told him what we are up to (spreading the Gospel). I asked him if he’d be willing to talk about the Gospel. He was willing. First, we talked about his studies. Thereafter, we talked about God. He grew up Catholic but he is not practising. I asked him he thought God would accept him or reject him if he were to die today. He thought God would accept him because, as he said, “I am a good person.”

I asked him to reason with me. I suggested that ultimately what counts on judgement day is what God considers a good person to be – it is his standards that count. The young man agreed with me. I went on to talk about these standards. One that I highlighted was Jesus’ teaching on adultery in Matthew 5:27-28. We talked for a little while, but then the bus came. He seemed to be thankful for the little talk we had. I handed him a NT with a Gospel tract.

Conversation 3: Andrew preaches law, sin, guilt and Gospel 

We approached a lady, giving her a 10 commandment coin and explaining to her what we were up to (spreading the Gospel). She said that she was Catholic. I told her that Andrew grew up Catholic. Andrew said, “Yes, my mom dragged me out to church every Sunday; I was out of there as soon as I could be.”

Andrew went on to explain, “as Christians we have some similarities with Catholics.” Thereafter, he went on to say that “there are differences.” Then he proceeded to tell her about the righteous standards of God which are evident in his law. He reasoned with her that we are all sinners, for we have all broken God’s law. She agreed. Andrew talked about the judgement and how we are all guilty. She understood and commented on the hopelessness of our situation. However, I do not think she really believed we are completely hopeless based on how the conversation went later.

Whatever the case, Andrew went on to clearly explain the Gospel of God’s forgiveness. He explained how Jesus was punished in our place, because God is just and must punish sin. He made the Gospel plain and it was refreshing to hear.

She seemed to understand. She also seemed to enjoy hearing it. I knew that the doctrine of justification is a BIG difference between Catholicism and what the Scriptures teach. Thus, I pulled out the Bible and shared Ephesians 2:8-9. She seemed a little confused and surprised by the teaching that our works in no way contribute to gaining God’s acceptance. I tried to explain to her Christ’s substitutionary life and death on our behalf. She asked for me to explain it again; this really seemed like NEW stuff to her. I tried my best. The bus came. We gave her the NT with a Gospel tract. She was thankful and seemed to be hopeful to meet again. 

Three for three. This is not normal for bus stop ministry. A 100% ratio of people willing to listen and converse about the Gospel is not simply not normal. Usually there is more rejection. But, you never know what doors the Lord may open . . . that is, unless you knock. May the Lord help us.