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 4/03/2009
Two Sinners Pray for Salvation During Miami Outreach
Apr 3, 2009
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CHRISTIAN PERFECTION SERMON
CAN A MAN GO A SINGLE DAY WITHOUT SINNING?
At the Southeastern Open Air Preachers Associations conference, I was blessed with an opportunity to speak about the doctrine of Christian Perfection. My sermon was divided into a few parts:
1. What sin is.
2. What sin is not.
3. What perfection is.
4. What perfection is not.
5. Moral perfection attainable in this life
SIN & PERFECTION
Essentially I argued that sin is the choice to violate God’s law; moral perfection is an obedient heart; moral perfection is attainable in this life because God wants us to be morally perfect in this life. God supplies us with the ability and influence necessary to obey His law.
GNOSTICISM: SINFUL FLESH UNTIL GLORIFICATION
I also argued that sin is not a substance, therefore you do not need to wait until you have a glorified body to be morally perfect. Gnosticism teaches that sin is a substance, that matter has moral qualities, that our flesh is sinful, therefore we cannot be morally perfect in this life until glorification. The truth however is that moral qualities can only be prescribed to states of the will, not states of matter. Only what violates God’s law can be considered sinful. God’s law tells us what types of choices to make, not what type of body to have. Therefore our choices can be sinful, but not our flesh or nature.
Sinfulness is the choice of the heart to disobey God’s law. Perfection is the choice of the heart to obey God’s law. God has given us a free will to choose between obedience and disobedience. God influences us to obey Him. Therefore moral perfection is possible and attainable in this life. Physical perfection however is not attainable until glorification. Gnosticism however fails to distinguish between the physical and the moral.
DOES GOD WANT US TO BE SINFUL OR PERFECT?
I argued that God wants us to be perfect. Since God wants us to be perfect, He gives us the ability to be perfect. If God does not give us the ability to be perfect, He must not want us to be perfect. If God does not want us to be perfect, God wants us to be sinful. Therefore if moral perfection is not attainable in this life, sinfulness is the will of God.
Many of the open air preachers at this conference greatly enjoyed the message. Even the Pastor of the Church said that he liked it very much. I am in the process of uploading this sermon to my YouTube account: www.YouTube.com/BibleTheology
MIAMI FL OUTREACH
CONFRONATIONAL EVANGELISM CHANGES LIVES
I was able to meet Brother Martin during my time in Miami. He is the man in this picture holding the bullhorn. A couple years ago Brother Micah came through his campus and preached for a week. Micah preaches very strongly about sin, hell, judgment, and Jesus Christ. Martin came under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and gave his life totally to the Lord. Now he is involved in open air preaching! People ask all the time “where is the fruit of this type of ministry”. Talk to Brother Martin and you will find out how life changing ministry like this can be.
In soul winning, the object is to get the mind of sinners to consider the truths of sin, judgment, hell, and Jesus Christ in order to influence their will into submission to God. The most effective way of achieving that object is by plainly preaching about those issues.
We stationed ourselves right next to an open area that has outdoor showers. This area has a lot of traffic of people going to the beach and people coming from the beach. Standing on the public bench for elevation so that everyone could see and using a bullhorn for amplification so everyone could hear, we attracted many crowds that gathered around and listened. These crowds mainly listened. There was very little heckling and very few questions. Most of the time they sat or stand and simply listened as we preached the full Gospel.
NATURAL BARRIERS ARE GOOD TO LOOK FOR
This slab of grass provided us with a very ideal location for preaching. The land was raised just slightly an it has bushes which creates a boundary for the crowd. I often look for places like this to preach because the crowds can close in on you which makes it hard to minister to the entire audience. Using this location we had some great open air meetings, calling sinners to forsake their wicked ways and to make Jesus Christ their Lord and Savior.
South Beach in Miami not only has university students coming to see it but also has internationals coming to visit. Two Christian men from England saw us with our signs and banners and were greatly encouraged by our ministry. A Christian woman from Romania also heard us preaching open air and said that she was so excited and encouraged by what we were doing out in the public. Another man came to South Beach all the way from Sardi Arabia! He however was not a Christian but was a Muslim. He read our banners, heard our preaching, and talked with me. I encouraged him to read the “Injeel”. He knew what that was. It is the Islamic name for the Gospel of John. I thought that it was an absolutely amazing opportunity to minister to a Muslim from the Middle East. If we preached to him in Sardi Arabia what we were able to preach in South Beach, we would have been beheaded! Who knows who else from other foreign countries were also in the area and read the banners or heard the preaching!
THE POLICE & SPITTING SINNERS
The Conference notified the local Police to let them know that we were going to be preaching in the beach area. They granted us the liberty to use our banners and bullhorns without any problems. One Officer did approach us to tell us that we could not use the bullhorns but when he made a phone call he found out that we already cleared it. Though the Police gave us a lot of liberty, they also gave the crowd a lot of liberty. At one time some sinners were getting in our faces and spitting upon us, but the Police ignored it and even drove away. Still, we held our ground and preached the truth.
TWO SOULS PRAY FOR SALVATION
We preached during the day and during the night. During one of our night time outreaches Ruben prayed with a young man who was apparently very serious about the condition of his soul. We preached the Gospel plain and simple and therefore I hope that this man genuinely committed his life to the Lord.
Another individual heard us preaching for days. She was a young homeless woman who hangs out at the beach. She would stay and listen to us preaching for hours. One of the brothers was able to pray with her for salvation. She seemed to me to be very genuine. We also have some brothers who live in the area who knew of a Christian program that she could become apart of to get her off the streets.
FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY, NC
We have two very important sermons now available on DVD.
“Why Preach God’s Wrath” deals with the issue of evangelism. Is it necessary to mention God’s wrath against sin when soul winning? Can a person see their need of Jesus Christ if they don’t understand God’s wrath? These are the types of questions this DVD addressess.
“True & False Repentance” deals with the many popular yet false concepts of repentance, while presenting a truly Biblical definition and understanding of what repentance really is.
“Understanding Open Air Preaching” is a teaching on the heart, concept, and practicalities of public preaching. Many in the Church today seem to misunderstand open air preaching as a whole. That is why many reject open air preaching completely as a good form of evangelism. This DVD is designed to explain open air preaching in a very basic yet powerful way.
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BABIES R US
Time is drawing close and we are getting everything ready for the baby. Krista and I are greatly excited to have our first baby in May! We will find out once the baby is born if we have a boy or girl. We will raise the child up in the fear of the Lord. Becuase our 5th wheel is smaller then a house we have to be choosey with what we get for the baby. So we decided to start a registry at Babies R Us. This also makes it more convient since orders can be done on line and we can pick up at any Babies R Us. If you would like to get us a gift for the baby, this registry is the way to do it. Thanks in advance to any friends who buy a gift for the baby!
You can look up our registry online at www.babiesrus.com
Search for “Krista Morrell” or by our registery # “91778963“.
LOOKING FOR PLACES TO PARK
Starting in the fall Krista, the baby, and I will be traveling with our 5th wheel all over the country. Our plan is to travel every month to a new location. During the school year we will be preaching on the campuses and during the summers we will be preaching at the beaches. We are looking for places near Universities and beaches where we can affordably park our 5th wheel. Our 5th wheel is 30 feet long.
If you have a place or know of a place where we could park so that we could do ministry in the area, please let us know. All that we absolutely need is a slab to park, a fosset for water, and an outlet for electricity. We could park at Churches or in drive ways.
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