Falcons home game #2, vs Titans. We (Lew, Jim, and I) distributed around a thousand gospel tracts to fans pouring off MARTA on their way to the Crystal Cathedral (Mercedes Benz Stadium). True to the Scriptures, we went, aiming to be,
“…the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:15-17)
The crowds treated us accordingly, with some hearing words of death, and others hearing words of life. Either way, God’s word had its intended effect. We know He accomplishes His purposes whenever we faithfully proclaim the truths of Scripture!
Lew initiated our outreach today before we even arrived. As we traveled MARTA to the stadium, he handed a gospel tract to another passenger. Lew allowed the man to read the tract (pictured), then shared Christ with him.
As the crowds passed by, one of us overheard a passerby telling his friends that he appreciated the boldness of our conviction to stand and preach. I (Jeff) later noticed a man walk past as I handed out tracts. He pointed at me and said, “There he is.” I’m not sure if he was exactly happy to see me, but I’m glad he recognized me from previous outings. I recognized him as well. More evidence that we’re slowly, methodically claiming that piece of sidewalk for Christ and His glory! Many fist bumps, thumbs up, and “amens” encouraged us throughout the typical mockery and reviling.
At Atlanta Falcons games, we hear many fans scream “Rise up!” as they pass by. These same fans’ hopes and dreams ebb and flow with each passing game. For them, each season ends in disappointment as their team lets them down, over and over. No thanks. We’ll place our hope and trust in the One who really did “Rise up!”
“Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was RAISED—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding..” for HIS fans, His followers! (Romans 8:34, emphasis mine)
Until He returns,