For many years, the newsletters for Open Air Outreach were only published through email. Those newsletters were not posted online. We are now in the process of archiving these old newsletters online so that they are available to the body of Christ at large to read and be encouraged and edified by them.
The contents from this post was an email newsletter sent out on 1/24/2008
Open Air Update & Sound Doctrine Series
Jan 24, 2008
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WE THANK GOD FOR ALL YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT
OPEN AIR OUTREACHES
As you read the comments and view the pictures below, please remember to pray for the students that they will give their entire lives to the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. May the Holy Spirit continue to influence them to surrender everything and follow Jesus.
EACH CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, GREEN VILLE
I was very pleased to arrive on campus and find this local Pastor already preaching! Image how the world would be impacted if Pastors did not always stay inside the four walls of the church but ventured out to preach the gospel! As the Apostle Paul told Pastor Timothy, “do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim 4:5). That is how Pastors should build the Church!
The news recently declared that less and less women are having abortions! Women are choosing to be mothers instead of murderers. The pro-life activism may have an influence in this decline. Brother Ross brought out a pro-life sign for the campus. Many girls at colleges will fornicate, get pregnant, and end up having an abortion. The police were called because of our banner and they came to check out our sign and permit. After a few phone calls, and after we firmly held our ground, they allowed us to continue to use it. Abortions don’t like pictures of abortion for the same reason that the Nazi’s didn’t like to see videos of the Holocaust.
As you can see in the background of the right picture, the police allowed us to continue to use the abortion exposing sign. Students would sit on the wall and on the steps as we preached the gospel for hours. These students will not go to Church for a one hour service, or even tolerate listening to one Christian song on the radio, but they will listen to campus preachers for hours!!
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL
What is great about living next to a major campus that has a wide open free speech policy, is that I can continue to preach there on a regular basis and develop a first name basis relationship with some of the students. Some of the same students will join our meeting, literally, every single time that we go out there. They will mock us, hate God, yet keep coming week after week. The Holy Spirit is working on them.
The picture on the left is of Brother Pat O’Connell who has been coming out regularly with us when he can find time off of work. The Lord gives him some great words to speak to the students. And on the right is Brother Kerrigan, whom you will see in other pictures, who has become my preaching partner. He lives nearby, along with Brother John McGlone, so the three of us have become a traveling team full time. A three stranded cord is not easily broken.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY, RALEIGH
This campus requires a permit so it is a little bit of a hassle to go through the paper work and wait during their waiting period, but once the permit is acquired it is just like any other campus. This day however was particularly cold so we were not able to draw in any crowd for more then twenty minutes. But during those twenty minutes we gave it all we had! We attacked the lies of evolution, the depravity of homosexuality, and the criminality of all sin! And then we pointed the students the wonderful Savior who can forgive them of all their rebellion against the Kingdom of God. The seeds were planted and God will give the increase!
ROB BELL OUTREACH, RALEIGH NC
While we normally leave professing Christian events alone, this one needed to be confronted. Rob Bell, who made a video against open air preaching, was on a tour called “The god’s aren’t angry”. Of course, the Bible says that God is angry with the wicked every day (Ps. 7:11). We attended the event and were even given free tickets to go inside. But the message was that God is not angry and everyone is already reconciled unto God without turning from their sin. This provoked us in the spirit to preach the true gospel to the crowds that were leaving the event. We also put the footage on YouTube and it has had thousands of views.
HOME FELLOWSHIP MEETING
As many of you know, we recently moved from Texas to North Carolina. The Lord has blessed us with some great believers who live some what nearby. So every Saturday we get together and have a home fellowship. This allows us to edify one another and enjoy the Lord together. Already at these meetings I’ve had the honor of being able to teach on, “Conditional Security”, “The Disappointed and Broken Heart of God”, and “Are Men Born Sinners?” The videos of these meetings are going to be added to YouTube regularly.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL
Kerrigan recently had a new sandwich board made which says, “Are You An Enemy of God Or A Friend Of God?” and on the other side it says, “Repent And Believe The Gospel”. This helps to not only get the message out, but also to help get the attention of the students for these open air meetings. Students (and protesting unions) no doubt see the value and effectiveness of this method because they are always making their own signs! Our whole culture is immersed in signs and advertisements to “get the word out” of their products.
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, GREENSBORO
The last time that we attempted to have an outreach on this campus, if you remember, we were told that the public campus does not allow free speech. So we found a nice sidewalk to preach from which the Officers said was also public but did allow for free speech. But this time that we tried to preach from the same sidewalk the Police were called and told us we couldn’t preach there! When the Officer arrived I had my video camera running. He said, “Turn off your video camera.” I said, “No. Your not going to do anything illegal are you Officer?” He said, “turn off your video camera”. I said, “No”. He said, “Then you are going to be arrested.” He was bluffing. I asked for His superior and he informed us that it was a public sidewalk and that we can continue to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
As we continued to preach, with the Police presence, a pretty large crowd gathered. The students were boastful of their sin, even flaunting it. Two men rolled on the ground kissing each other in front of all as the crowd roared with approval. It was depraved. Universities today are full of students who believe it’s “Ok” to be a homosexual, but that it is idiotic to believe the bible. Such absurdity! Somehow it’s considered foolish and stupid to believe in the Bible and to obey the Lord, but it’s not foolish and stupid for men to be sleeping with men, and women with women??
John McGlone is holding the banner as Kerrigan Skelly is preaching to the crowd. These students all claimed “we don’t want to hear you” as they stayed for hours and hours to hear us! I was grieved to see such hostility from my own generation towards the truth of Jesus Christ.
To protect our preaching the students brought out white signs. But this did nothing but draw more attention to what was going on. The Christians on the campus were very encouraged by our preaching, but were also very disturbed at how hateful the study body was reacting towards the bible. The student on the right with the bible in his hand was not reading it, he was ripping pages out of the bible and burning them! Lord help him!
Take a good look Church. These are the future leaders of our country and they are very hostile towards the reigning of God in their lives. These are the future politicians, lawyers, doctors, scientists, journalists, business men, and yet, they are children of the devil. They need Jesus Christ. The devil is doing a massive job reaching this generation. We must do all that we can before it is too late. If the devil can destroy their lives out of hatred, certainly we can seek to help their lives out of love!
THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION
(Outline for the video lectures)
“Behold, now is the day of salvation” 2 Cor. 6:2
This session will cover:
– What salvation is
– The necessity of salvation
– The conditions of salvation
– The nature of salvation
– The marks of salvation
– What salvation is not
– How salvation is brought about
– When salvation occurs
– What keeps men back from salvation
WHAT IS SALVATION?
Salvation is the reconciliation of sinful men with a holy God; saving man from wrath, sin, and this present world; bringing man into a right relationship with God.
Charles Finney defined salvation this way:
Salvation: to be saved from the power and penalty of sin by being in a present right relationship with God and our fellowmen. To be in a state of salvation is to be reconciled to God, to have a personal intimate relationship with Him; to love Him supremely and our fellowmen equally.
Reconcile: to restore to friendship, compatibility, or harmony, to adjust or settle differences; to restore to favor.
– Salvation is an intelligent choice to be reconciled unto God. (Ezekiel 18:28, Matthew 7:24, Matthew 25:2, Luke 15:17)
– Salvation is a voluntary choice to be reconciled unto God. (2 Corinthians 5:20, Romans 6:17), requiring a decision of the will to deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow Jesus (Matt 16:24, Mark 8:32, Luke 9:23), a radical decision to forsake all and follow him. (Luke 14:26, Luke 14:27, Luke 14:33)
The necessity of salvation:
Salvation is conditional:
Salvation occurs when God forgives men their sins (Acts 5:31, Acts 13:38, Acts 26:18, Eph 1:7, Col 1:14) and pardons their debts (Matt 6:12, Matt 18:27, Luke 7:42). But God will only pardon man’s rebellion upon specific terms which render the forgiveness of sins a safe and wise act for His universe. Since sin is rebellion against the Government of God, there are governmental obstacles which need to be overcome in order for God to pardon our debt.
When these three conditions are met, reconciliation occurs between God and man, and they enter into a happy loving relationship with peace and harmony.
Salvation is threefold:
Salvation saves a man from the wrath of God, bringing him under the grace of God.
Salvation saves man from the power of sin, bringing him under the power of God.
Salvation saves a man from the course of this world, from serving the devil, so that he starts living for the world to come, serving God and seeking to please Him supremely. The born again experience includes justification, regeneration, and sanctification.
“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God [regeneration], that they may receive the forgiveness of sins [justification], and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith in me [sanctification].” Acts 26:18
The Marks of Salvation:
What salvation is not:
Likewise, condemnation is not unconditional, but conditional. (Ezekiel 18:4, 18:20, John 3:18, Romans 6:23)
How salvation is brought about:
The Agency of God:
– Salvation is brought about by the drawing of the Father. (Isaiah 65:2, John 6:37, John 6:44)
– The Spirit uses the instrument of truth to convert souls (John 8:32, 1Tim 2:4, 2Peter 1:2, Titus 2:11-12)
– The Spirit reasons and persuades men to surrender unto God. (Isaiah 1:18, John 16:8)
The Agency of Christians:
– God uses men in the salvation of sinners (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 15:12, Acts 16:17, 1 Corinthians 3:6, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, James 5:20)
– Men are to preach the truth for salvation of sinners. (Romans 10:13-15)
– Men are to reason and persuade men to surrender unto God. (Acts 17:2, Acts 18:4, Acts 18:19, Acts 24:25, Romans 12:1)
– God uses Holy Spirit filled men to reconcile sinners unto God. (Luke 24:47-49)
When salvation occurs:
– When men voluntarily respond to the call of the gospel (2 Chron 7:14, Romans 10:13, 2 Thess 1:8) by repenting of his sins (Matthew 9:13, Luke 13:3, Luke 24:47, Acts 17:30-31, 2 Peter 3:9, 2 Corinthians 7:10) and trusting in Jesus Christ (John 3:18, John 6:29, Luke 8:12, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:43, Acts 15:11, Acts 16:31, Romans 9:10).
– The call of the gospel is to forsake everything and follow Christ (Matt 16:24, Mark 8:32, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:26, Luke 14:27, Luke 14:33
– The moment a sinner surrenders everything to God is the moment that God forgives him of all His past sins. (Luke 17:3-4, Romans 3:25, Acts 2:37-38,)
What keeps men back from salvation:
– God is ready to forgive all men their sin. (Ps 86:5, 2 Peter 3:9)
– The atonement has been made for the whole world. (John 3:16, 1 John 2:2)
– The only thing that keeps men from salvation, once they hear the gospel, is:
THE DOCTRINE OF SIN
(Outline for the video lecture)
This session will cover:
– What is sin?
– What is not sin?
– What are the conditions for sin?
– What is the source of sin?
– What is not the source of sin?
– What are the consequences of sin?
– What is the remedy of sin?
WHAT IS SIN?
– Is sin a gas, solid, or a liquid? Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Is sin physical or moral? Is sin voluntary or involuntary?
Charles Finney defined sin as: “the breaking of religious law or moral principle, especially through willful act. Sin is evidenced through some willful thought, word, or act, involving free moral choice in which self is made, or considered, to be more important then God or fellowman. All acts of sin are acts of selfishness, and all selfish acts after the age of accountability are sinful. The foundation of sin is the selfish motive, or reason behind the act. Sins of commission: acts committed for selfish reasons. Sins of omission: without right acts for selfish reasons. Sins of ignorance: choosing to be ignorant of doing what one should or should not do for a selfish reason.”
Both Webster and Pelagius defined sin as, “doing what is forbidden and failure to do what is commanded”.
– Sin is an unintelligent choice (Ecc 9:3, Matt 7:26) to rebel against the reigning of God (Luke 19:14), an attempt to dethrone God and establish yourself as the center of the universe (Isaiah 14:13-14); it is violation of known Law (James 4:17), it is transgression of the Law of God (1 John 3:4).
– Sin is a selfish motive of the will (Matt 23:5), a state of the inner heart (Matt 5:28, Matt 15:18:19), which manifests itself into outward action and conduct. (Matt 12:33, Matt 12:35)
– This inward sin, the inward motive of the heart, is completely voluntary. (Job 11:14, Matt 23:26, Romans 6:12) A man determines the condition of his own heart (1 Kings 8:61; Zec 7:10; Eze 18:31; Ps 119:112)
– Sin is whatever the Divine Intelligence of God deems as harmful or hurtful to the highest well-being of all. (Deut 10:12-13, Luke 6:9)
– All sin is either against the person of God (Exodus 10:16, Exodus 20:3-11, Deut 1:41, Deut 9:16, Josh 7:20, Judges 10:10, 2 Kings 17:7, Jer 3:25, Jer 8:14, Luke 10:27) against the person of your neighbor (Exodus 10:16, Exodus 20:12-17, 2 Chron 6:22, Luke 10:27), or against the person of yourself (1Cor 6:18). But all sin is rebellion against the law or government of God. (Lev 4:22, Dan 9:11, 1 John 3:4)
– Sin is always voluntary, optional, and avoidable. (Gen 4:6-7, Deut 8:2, Judges 2:20-22, Exodus 33:2, Exodus 34:24, Eze 3:19, Eze 12:13, Eze 33:19, Jer 18:8-10, Psalms 81:13, 1 Corinthians 10:13)
God commands us to love and only voluntary choices can be commanded. Involuntary emotion cannot be commanded, especially at the threat of eternal hell, since a man has no control over them. A man can be rightly commanded to do only what he has the power or ability to do.
LOVE vs. SELFISHNESS
– Love is a commitment of the will to promote the highest well-being of others; God supremely and neighbor equally. Selfishness is a commitment of the will to promote the highest well-being of self supremely. Selfishness is the supreme pursuit of ones own self-interest. In this state of selfishness, sinners neglect and/or harm the well-being of others.
– Love obeys the law (John 14:15, John 14:23, 1 John 5:2, 1 John 5:3), love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:8, Romans 13:10, Gal 5:14, James 2:8), therefore selfishness disobeys the law; selfishness is the breaking of the law.
Specific outward manifestations of sin:
– Ten Commandments: idolatry, blasphemy, lying, stealing, adultery, murder, etc (Exodus 10:3-17)
These are not the root of sin but these are the manifestations of sin.
– Unbelief: being unwilling to live according to the revelation given by God. (Romans 1:18)
Because unbelief is a choice, Jesus Christ marveled at it, rebuked it, and God punishes it. See: Matt 8:26, Matt 17:17, Mark 6:6, Mark 16:14, John 3:18)
Why do men choose to sin:
All choices respect ends and means. Once an end is selected, means to that end are chosen, and volitions are executed to secure that end.
Men sin against God and against neighbor because they are selfish. Selfishness is inward sin which gives birth to outward sin; it is the inward intention of the heart which manifests in outward expressions.
– The sin of lying is motivated by selfishness
– The sin of murder is motivated by selfishness
– The sin of stealing is motivated by selfishness
– The sin of unbelief is motivated by selfishness
– All sin is motivated by selfishness; a willingness to serve self supremely and unwillingness to be governed rightly by God.
The Bible says that those who walk after the flesh are self-willed and despise the government of God. (2Peter 2:10)
WHAT SIN IS NOT:
– Sin is not a mistake or an accident. It is open rebellion against God. (Deut 31:27, Josh 22:22, Neh 9:17, Prov 17:11, Isaiah 30:9, Isaiah 65:2, Jer 5:23, Jer 28:16, Jer 29:32, Luke 19:14, Luke 19:27)
– Sin is not a substance of the body or soul. It is a state of the will (Isaiah 14:13-14, Luke 19:14), a condition of the heart (Matt 5:28, Matt 15:18-19, Matt 12:33. Matt Matt 12:35, Matt 23:5, Matt 23:26, Romans 6:12). Sin is not physical but moral. (James 4:17, 1John 3:4)
– Sin is not hereditary (2 Kings 14:6, Deut 24:16, 2Chron 25:4, Eze 18:2-4, Eze 18:19-20, Romans 9:11). Sin is voluntary (Job 11:14, Matt 23:2, Romans 6:12), optional and avoidable (1 Cor 10:13), and personal (2 Cor 5:10, 2 Cor 11:15, Rev 22:12).
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR SIN (MORAL ACCOUNTABILITY)
– Men are only responsible and accountable according to their ability. (Deut 6:5, Matt 22:37-40, Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:27)
All men are required to love with all of their ability, no more and no less. They are to love with all that they do have. “With all thy” is the command.
– Men are only responsible and accountable according to their knowledge. (Matt 10:15, Matt 11:21-22, Matt 11:24, Mark 6:11, Luke 10:12, Luke 10:14, John 9:41, John 15:22, James 4:17)
The age of accountability is the age of reason, when an individual knows and understands right from wrong, then the idea of morality is developed in their mind. (Deut 1:39, Isaiah 7:16, James 4:17)
– God is by no means the source of sin in the world. Everything God has created was good. (Gen 1:31)
– God created man in His image, thereby giving man freewill. (Gen 1:26)
– Freewill is the power of voluntary and contrary choice; the ability to choose good over evil or to choose evil over good. (Gen 4:6-7, Isaiah 7:15-16)
– God wanted man to use his freewill rightly, to use it the way that He Himself uses His own: to do good and not evil. (Genesis 6:5-6)
– While God is responsible for giving man freewill, man is responsible for how he uses it. (Gen 4:6-7, Genesis 6:5-6, 2 Cor 5:10, 2 Cor 11:15, Rev 22:12)
– Each individual is the cause of his own sin (Matt 12:35, Luke 6:45), thus each individual is responsible and accountable for their own sin. (Eze 18:2-4, Eze 18:19-20, 2 Cor 5:10, 2 Cor 11:15, Rev 22:12)
The source of temptation:
– The flesh is often where temptation arises from. (James 1:14)
– The flesh tempts us to serve it supremely, in opposition to obeying our conscience and living by our intelligence. (Romans 7:21-23)
– This was the source of temptation for Eve. (Gen 3:6)
– The body in and of itself is not sinful as it is involuntary and physical, but to serve it supremely, or to submit to it in opposition to your intelligence (conscience) is sinful. (James 1:15)
– The source of temptation is the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh, or the pride of life. (1 John 2:16)
WHAT IS NOT THE SOURCE OF SIN?
– God and His plan is not the source of sin. (James 1:13, 1 John 1:5)
– Whomever God is angry with for sin must be the source of sin.
– Whomever God punishes for sin must be the cause of sin.
– God is angry with sinners for sin and punishes sinners for sin; therefore sinners must be the author of their sin.
– What a man is accountable for, a man must be responsible for.
– What a man is responsible for; a man must be the author of.
– God holds sinners accountable and responsible for their sin, because sinners are the cause of their own sin.
WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF SIN?
– Separation from God: God cannot dwell with sin. (Isaiah 59:2, 1 John 1:5)
– A sinful nature: you develop the law of habit and righteousness becomes harder and harder. A sinful nature is synonymous with the law of habit or the habit of sin. Your free choices determine your nature; your free choices create the law of habit. (Ephesians 2:2-3)
– The wrath of God: God must protect the Universe He loves. (Ps 7:11, Romans 1:18, Romans 2:5, Eph 5:6, Col 3:6)
WHAT IS THE REMEDY OF SIN?
– The only solution to actual sin is actual repentance: a decision or committal of the will to turn from sin and follow Jesus. (Deuteronomy 30:19, Joshua 24:15, Isaiah 1:16-20, Isaiah 55:6-7, Hosea 10:12, Jeremiah 21:8, Ezekiel 18:30, Ezekiel 18:31, Ezekiel 18:32, Jeremiah 18:11, Jeremiah 26:13, Act 2:40, Acts 17:30, Romans 6:17, 1 Corinthians 7:1, 2 Timothy 2:21, James 4:2, James 4:8, James 4:9, James 4:10, 1 Peter 1:22)
– Since sin is a personal decision to live selfishly, the solution is to make a personal decision to live benevolently. (Deut 6:5, Matt 22:37-40, Mark 12:30-31, Luke 10:27, John 14:15, John 14:23, 1 John 5:2, 1 John 5:3, Romans 13:8, Romans 13:10, Gal 5:14, James 2:8)
– Because of the atonement of Christ, we are given a loving motive to repent of our sins (Romans 2:4, 1 John 4:9, 1 John 4:19), and we are given an example as to how we are to live lovingly towards God and our fellow man. (John 13:15, 1 Peter 2:21, 1 Peter 4:1). If we make the decision to “walk in the light as He is in the light”, then “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
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