The Power of God Unto Salvation

Heres a story from my dear friend and street fishin partner John Schaffer in Jacksonville, FL:

Typically when we share the Gospel on the streets (e.g. college campuses, malls, etc.), it is a very rare occurrence, if ever, for most of us, to actually meet someone with whom we’ve shared the Gospel who God has brought to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. By God’s grace I had such an encounter. This past November I was at UNF (University of North Florida—Vernon’s old fishing hole) with a first-timer, Daniel. He has become a very faithful “fishing” partner. Our last conversation of the night was with a couple of guys sitting outside of the UNF library (Vernon knows the spot well). While we were speaking with them, I noticed a young man sitting nearby. He seemed to be listening to our conversation. When we finished talking with the two students, we started heading towards the parking garage. The young man who was sitting nearby approached us and asked me if I remembered him. I told him that I kind of did, but not exactly. He said his name was Ben and that I had shared the Gospel with him and his twin brother Max, who are Jewish, and a friend of theirs in the summer of 2009. He said that their friend, a person who knew about the Bible according to Ben, kept bringing up objections during the Gospel presentation. However, he and his brother, by God’s grace, were coming to an understanding of who Christ is as the conversation continued (WOW! God may have been providentially using Ben and Max’s friend’s objections to steer the conversation and ultimately make the Gospel clear to them). He thanked me for sharing the Gospel with him and his brother. He told us they both were saved and proceeded to share his testimony with us right there on the spot. Ben and Max are Jews, who by God’s grace know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah and trust in Him alone for their salvation. He told us how he and his brother saw the Lord Jesus Christ all throughout the Old Testament. I was able to witness their baptism in January. Both Ben and Max are excited to learn more about Christ, glorify Him, and evangelize the lost. They love listening to MacArthur. Pray that the Lord will strengthen them and use them in a mighty way to proclaim the Messiah. Also, pray for the UNF outreach. It is our desire to exalt the name of Jesus Christ by singing doctrinally rich Gospel songs on the green (a large grassy area in the middle of the campus) and proclaiming the Gospel in between the songs. The Lord has been providing more laborers to UNF recently. We lost Vernon, but gained numerous others. He is Faithful! May we be faithful in sowing the seed of the Gospel. Keep Proclaiming Him! In His power! For His glory!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Keep Fishin!!


Paul Latour said…
What a beautiful story! This is SO encouraging.

We must never stop, never give up, no matter if we may sense at times that we are seemingly ineffective in converting hearts to Christ. That's not our job. It's God's. We're just the messengers.

It must be, however, the blessing of blessings when you hear of someone that has come to faith in Christ because of how God used you in your obedience to reach a soul that was lost. (In John's case, Jews, no less!)

I think my heart would explode!

Thanks for the uplifting post, brother! Have a great week!