Evangelism, the Parable of the “Wedding Supper of the Lamb

“‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” (Luke 14:21b-23, NKJV)

Throughout history, God has called the weak and the base of this world to humble the mighty and the lofty. When Jesus walked among humanity on the earth, he visited and ate with sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors, and others who were despised, hated, and rejected by the world’s self-righteous. Jesus loves the so-called “unlovable.” And He loves the little children, too; and He does not forbid any who truly believe on Him and call on His name to receive eternal life in His kingdom.

WHO can do street ministry?

Anyone who loves Jesus and is led by the Holy Spirit to minister to others. Each of us has a testimony of how Jesus changed us into His child by His Spirit and saving grace through His sacrifice on the cross at Calvary. Perhaps you feel the calling to share your story to show others that He can do the same thing for them.

WHAT do you do during a street ministry meeting?

 We follow the example of Jesus Christ as he lived among everyone around Him. He met people where they were “at” in life. He spoke with them face to face, as if He had known them all of His life. So many people are hurting and need the encouragement and hope that there is a solution to this world’s problems: His name is Jesus! You can be that vessel God uses to share the gospel message.

WHEN can you do street ministry?

Any time the Lord leads you to do so. Jesus usually sent out the disciples in groups of two. It is good to go with at least one other person to support one another. There are also times when the disciples were either alone, or gathered in a larger group. If we have enough helpers, we share in the labor of bringing extra equipment and supplies. Sound systems, clothing, food, refreshments, and other items all can bless those who need help. But none of this is required to preach the gospel to others wherever God brings people together.

WHERE can you do street ministry?

Jesus spoke to people everywhere: in the cities, country and in the wilderness. We are usually led to different parts of the City of Camden to reach as many people possible. There are also times God leads us to go to other cities and even other States. Of course, the key is to be in prayer with God and to be able to follow His leading to the area He wants us to go.

WHY do we do street ministry?

We are following the Great Commission wherein Jesus said to His disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15.) And in Luke 9:2, “… preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.” He also instructed, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20.) Jesus clearly stated, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14.)  In Acts 10:42, the Apostle Peter testified, “And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.”

HOW do we do street ministry?

The Apostle Paul spoke (Romans 10:14-17,) “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. for Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” The Lord gives faith and the power of His word to His people, and they in turn are confident to share it with others. “And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” (Matthew 10:1, Luke 9:1.) In Luke 10:19, He said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” We are able to do this because God gives us the power to do it through His Holy Spirit. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8.)

If you would like to join us in this ministry, please use the “Contact Us” link button for more information.

 

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DUE TO COVID-19, PRISON MINISTRY IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER  NOTICE.

Setting the captives free:

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (Isaiah 61:1)

Jesus came to set the spiritual captives free by saving them from a life of sin and evil through a transformation of the heart and soul. At one time, we were all in that condition of wretchedness.

The Blood of Jesus’ sacrifice clearing us of our guilt and shame, the unmerited love and grace of God, the renewing of the Holy Spirit, and the washing of our minds by the Word of God, are just a few of the ways God describes to us about the life-changing process taking place in those He is now saving as a people of His own. Everyone needs a Savior, and only God through His Son, Jesus Christ, is able to save to the uttermost!

Several times a month, we are led of the Spirit of God to take the message of the good news of Jesus Christ behind bars to those who are otherwise shut out from the world. Presently, we visit the Bayside State Prison systems in Leesburg, NJ. There is always a need for more volunteers.

Think about it… how would you feel if you made some kind of mistake that put you behind bars and no one came to visit you… and maybe you were a lost soul in need of the gospel… but there was no one to bring it to you… but then one day a Saint of the Lord showed up and preached to you the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST… and God used you to be that person to deliver the message… You don’t have to be a “missionary” to go half way around the world and live in a hut… just be willing to used by the Lord Jesus right here in your own back yard.

If you would like to join us in this ministry, please use the “Contact Us” link button for email and phone information.

 

 

God is listening!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV)

What is “prayer”? Prayer is simply “having an intimate conversation with God” by not only talking to Him, but listening to Him as well. It doesn’t have to be kneeling by your bed right before you go to sleep at night. It can be at any time, any place, about any topic, for any reason, alone or with anyone else too. It can be with words, in tears, in the spirit, in the mind, or in the body, or in any way. You can be in a coma, asleep, or in any number of conditions. You can even be a horrible sinner, and God can still hear you and speak to you!

God is able to hear your prayers whether you’re on an airplane, in a car, or in a submarine at the bottom of the ocean, or even in your dreams while you are sleeping. That’s because God is not bound by the physical world around us, but rather is near and dear to us as He keeps His promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. Since the Blood of Jesus washes our sins — past – present – future — completely away by His sacrifice on the cross, we are able to boldly approach His throne of grace and present our needs to Him directly without going through anyone else.

There are times when praying for or with someone else, or having someone pray for you is appropriate, fitting, and encouraged. For example, God tells us in James 5:14-16 (NKJV) that we are to pray together if someone is sick:

“Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

We would be happy to have someone pray with you if you are sick or injured. We also appreciate you remembering the ministry in your prayers as well. Simply use the “Contact Us” link button to get in touch with someone.

Has God gifted you with the gift of intercessory prayer for others? Perhaps you would like to become part of a prayer team to be able to reach out to others in their time of need.

If you would like to join us in this ministry, please use the “Contact Us” link button for email and phone information.

 

DUE TO COVID-19, NURSING HOME MINISTRY IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER  NOTICE.

Senior Citizens Hear the Word of God:

“Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” (James 1:27, NKJV)

God cares about the elderly and afflicted! We invite you to join with us every 4th Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the 2nd Floor Activities Center for an hour or two of ministering to the residents of the Arista-Care at Cherry Hill. We sing old hymns, talk about Jesus, read from the Bible, and fellowship with up to 25 brothers and sisters of the Lord. Come and see how easy it is to share your time with others who can always use a visit.

Their address is:
AristaCare
(formerly Cherry Hill Convalescent Center)
1399 Chapel Avenue West
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

NOTE: Please see the “Meeting Times / Directions” link button for more information. Always call or text to verify to make sure we haven’t moved the meeting time or date. Also, check out the “Video Sermons” link button for some segments filmed in the nursing home.

If you would like to join us in this ministry, please use the “Contact Us” link button for email and phone information.

 

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Make a Joyful Noise
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“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16, NKJV)

Evangelist Scott Seabock has prepared a CD-ROM to be given out in Camden for free. We praise God for inspiring and leading Scott to play guitar and compose and sing praise and worship songs to our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Father, and the Holy Spirit. We are confident that God can use these songs to minister to others as they seek to hear more about Jesus and His kingdom, love, grace, mercy, kindness, healing, miracles, history, wisdom, and other such means of extending the gospel through the hearing of the Word of God.

Free downloads of his songs can be obtained at:

 
 

Of course, you can also click on our Videos link and listen to more songs sung out on the street ministry lots.

Perhaps you also have a gift of being able to sing and/or play a musical instrument and are being led by God’s Spirit to do likewise. We can introduce you to various methods and sources of preparing to record your own music ministry, or to join with us in making a “joyful noise” to the Lord.

If you would like to join us in this ministry, please use the “Contact Us” link button for email and phone information.

 


Look What The Lord Has Done
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‘Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”’ (Mark 9:36-37 NKJV)

Every year around Christmas time, many volunteers come together from many churches and backgrounds to wrap gifts of toys, games, dolls, candies, and so on, for the biggest event of the year: the Christmas Eve Day Event. Others prepare and organize boxes of hats, gloves, scarves, and coats, to warm shivering children in the cold. Still others prepare foods and refreshments, hot dogs cooked on a grille, and hot chocolate drink. Others donate toys. Still others have worked tirelessly several nights out of the year to repair hundreds of bicycles, wagons, wheeled toys, and so on.

A day or two before Christmas Eve day, trucks are loaded with bikes and toys from floor to ceiling. By now, an empty lot has already been picked out before hand as the Lord leads, and a lot plan developed. The lead setup team assembles at the ministry building on Christmas Eve day (or a day other than Sunday) and lines up a huge convoy of trucks and volunteers to get on the road between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Others meet at the lot to assist with the setup, fencing, food and refreshments, and so on.

None of this would have been possible without the Lord Jesus sending wonderful people who worked together to complete His will in such a mission.

Watch our: Christmas Event in Camden Video

If you would like to join us in this ministry, please use the “Contact Us” link button for email and phone information.

 

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A bicycle can be a powerful witnessing tool!

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14 NKJV)

Throughout the year, volunteers collect, repair, clean, and maintain hundreds of bicycles to be given out along with as many toys, hats, gloves, and other gifts to the children on Christmas Eve Day. It is a labor of love that God has called a few to accomplish faithfully.

Over the past 40+ years of the ministry, many of these children have grown up and said, “You don’t remember me, but when I was a little kid, your ministry was the only one who brought me and my family a bicycle and gift for Christmas.” It is a memory that lasts a lifetime, and it was all because of Jesus!

In so many families, there isn’t enough money for the parents to buy their child a bicycle. God has provided a way for these children to be able to enjoy something most would take for granted.

We know we are not the only ministry doing things like this. But it is encouraging to hear years later that it had such an impact on people’s lives. As the Lord leads, those children will someday grow up to be adults who love Jesus. A bicycle can serve as a powerful and long-lasting reminder that Jesus loves the little children.

Do you know how to fix or clean any part of a bicycle? Want to learn how? We could use a hand if you feel led by the Lord to help us out.

Throughout the year, a small group of steadfast volunteer men regularly get together on Thursday nights between 7 and 10 p.m. to repair bikes, and sometimes come in by themselves on other days. Many of the bikes are in bad shape, and the most skilled men do those. People with fewer skills air up tires, straighten seats and handle bars, and so on.

It requires a lot of dedication and perseverance to commit to that many hours a year – resulting in about hundreds of bikes being repaired at the present rate.

However, the repair part of the ministry is also open to women and children. Even if someone has no skills in mechanical repairs, we will teach you how to begin by such things as putting air in and changing tires, how to loosen and tighten nuts and bolts and adjust a seat or handle bars, test driving a repaired bike, and so on. We were all born not knowing anything and anyone who knows how to fix things had to learn somewhere along the line of life.

Back when the bike ministry started years ago, we thought it was a big deal when 2 or 3 volunteers finally reached 125 bikes! The Lord has provided these additional men as laborers for the harvest! Now, when the bikes reach about three or 400, we have to have a bike moving day to relocate them from the ministry basement to storage buildings or warehouses. Fortunately some of our volunteers own a trucking company and provide the trucks and space for free to move and store them. That gives us room to do another bunch to finish out the year.

We don’t have a church building per-se` (our street ministry works out of a basement in the bottom of an apartment building,) but at several denominations volunteer to help when we give the bikes out to the children.

If you would like to join us in this ministry, please use the “Contact Us” link button for email and phone information.

If you want to know lots more about how the Bicycle Ministry is used to bless others, please go the Christmas Eve Event link at the top or bottom of this page.

 

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