Video ‘Preaching at a Victorian Style Dickens Festival (hecklers included)’
Today I responded to an invitation to attend a men’s breakfast in Norco, that presented an edifying message on the eight Greek words for worship and praise. While driving back through Riverside I decided to see what was going on in their downtown area. To my surprise was a city sponsored event called the Riverside Dickens Festival. Their theme was from the Victorian style era. I must say that much of it was very well done. By Gods grace I was able to distribute many Gospel tract and then preach this sermon. So that you may be able to see the facial expressions of the people under the shade inside the display booth, I suggest watching this video in ‘full screen’ format. The lady that was with that heckler had a ‘look of fear’ in her face. Either she was being convicted by the message (in fear of God), or perhaps she was in fear of what her angry male companion might do. As the Scriptures say, the preaching of the Cross is foolishness to those that are perishing.
Immediately after this sermon the Lord sent some unexpected encouragers. One couple from the place I fellowship at. And a fellow and his family from Calvary Chapel Moreno Valley. He had some encouraging words for all of us, as well as a wonderful prayer for us.
“Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him” (Acts 17:17).
“For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe” (1 Cor 1:17-21).
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said of George Whitefield, “They must not wait for souls to come to them. They must go after souls, and compel them to come in. He [Whitefield] did not sit tamely by his fireside…. He dived into holes and corners after sinners. He hunted out people, and their sin, that he might present Christ to them.”