I had a chance to join some friends witnessing in Mountain View, CA a few Friday nights ago. We handed out tracts, preached on the street corner and have one on one conversations. The first conversation that I had was with Pete. Pete was not a Christian and was willing to dialogue about the gospel. It was a good conversation because he clearly heard about the person and work of Christ but it did not lead to his turning from his sins and trusting in Christ.
Another one on one conversation that I had was with a Hindu gentlemen. We were able to speak about the gospel but he was unwilling to turn to Christ. It was very hard for me to talk with him as he was unwilling to admit that Jesus is the only way to salvation. He kept on reiterating that what I was saying was true only if one believed in the bible but he did not believe in the bible so he rejected all that was said. One thing that should be understood is that truth is not relative and does not depend upon a persons affirmation.
Other men in our group were able to share the gospel with individuals. It was encouraging to hear others share the gospel with grace and truth.
Daniel did some gospel paintings during our time in downtown Mountain View. It was the first time that I saw a gospel sketch board in person. It was encouraging to think through other means of presenting the gospel.
My favorite question of the evening was asking people about what they thought about the paintings that Daniel had created.
The art question led to Daniel being able to share the gospel with this couple who was walking down town. I may have to bring paintings with me in the future.