This 2 minute excerpt from a sermon preached by Dr. Steve Lawson, of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, contains a powerful message that we have and will continue to bring to the streets of Ottawa this year: the narrowness of the gate Christ calls His own to enter into and the requirements of doing so. A very sobering and encouraging message, indeed.
WOW! 2012 is already here! To reflect on all that has happened in 2011 would require much more than just a blog post. How about a book?!
God was very gracious to Kim and me in 2011 by giving us more than ample opportunities to share the gospel with people all over Ottawa. "With people" in regard to those we gave the gospel to ourselves and "with people" in regard to fellow brothers and sisters we gave the gospel with.
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Aside from the many personal opportunities we were given to share the gospel in 2011, Winterlude, St Patrick's Day Parade, Easter Weekend, College Outreach, March For Life, Ottawa Marathons, Westfest, Canada Day, Changing of the Guard Ceremonies, Bluesfest, Ribfest, Busker Festival, Mission Ottawa, Zombie Walk, Santa Parade, were some of the city events our intrepid team of street evangelists from our church were present at to proclaim the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
Lord willing, if there is one thing you are going to be seeing more of in 2012 here on the old blog, it is our church. Our two year old church plant is now a church. We are on our own and on our way to becoming incorporated. The name we have chosen for our church is Emmanuel Baptist Church.
By God's grace, we have been richly blessed with a small and devoted group of men to lead our present congregation of about 35 people. Our pastor, Bob Doble, is a most humble man with a deep love for the Lord that is clearly evident not only in his preaching but in all aspects of his life and ministry.
One of the most encouraging characteristics of our band of believers the Lord has assembled together, from Pastor Bob on down, is a shared burden for lost. We have, therefore, committed ourselves to continue serving the Lord in the building of His kingdom by bringing the gospel outside the four walls of our building and into the public square.
We have every intention to be found continually busy in all aspects of street evangelism, giving God the glory He deserves by exalting the name of Jesus, open air preaching, public Scripture readings, tract handing, one-to-one and group conversations, etc.
The missionaries we will be supporting will be from our own church and the mission field our own backyard - Ottawa - the national capital city of Canada.
There was a time up until a year and half ago we could count on one hand how many regular street evangelists were proclaiming the gospel in this city of almost a million. Now there is Emmanuel Baptist Church. Over the last two years, the Lord has seen it well to answer our prayers that He would give increase to the quantity of gospel laborers here in Ottawa. We are deeply grateful and excited.
If 2011 is any indication as to what it will be like in 2012 on the streets of Ottawa with the gospel, we are going to be in for another busy year. We are looking forward to it with a great sense of duty and anticipation.
Glory to the Lord via the public proclamation of His glorious gospel!
"Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest." - Luke 10:2
An everyday Christian's effort dedicated to encourage fellow believers who regularly share their faith with others and to hopefully motivate those who do not.
There is nothing more important for people to know than where they are going to spend eternity, for certain. There is no other truth that must be offered to others than the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.
But the same good news for us is bad news for others if we but keep it to ourselves. And that would be wrong.
Christians are called by Jesus Himself to get busy telling others about Him and what He has done to secure eternal salvation for those who hear and believe.
"Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation." (Mark 16:15)
My name is Paul Latour. My gospel giving partner on the street happens to also be my wife and best friend, Kim.
It is our prayer that our gospel giving efforts seen here and other content viewed on this blog, would be of encouragement to fellow Christians everywhere whose hearts' desire is to herald the Good News of eternal salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, to a lost and dying world by various means of street evangelism.
If we can be of help to you in any way, then this blog will have served its purpose for your benefit and for the glory of God.