This is the fifth anniversary of Mission Good Friday, the event which became Project Ezra. Mission Good Friday was started by Tony Miano of Cross Encounters (who was at that time with Living Waters, and is now a full time missionary street preacher) just a week before Easter, 2009. Since then many people around the country and the world have been encouraged, through Project Ezra, to share the gospel of Jesus Christ by the reading of scripture. Some who participate are seasoned public evangelists and street preachers, but many have shared the gospel in public for the first time as part of Project Ezra. We are praying that you will consider doing the same, and will encourage the Christian brothers and sisters around you to do the same. All it takes is a spot where the public gather, or with good foot traffic, a Bible, your voice, and your bold desire to bring glory to God through the saving of souls. Just find a stool, ladder, bench, concrete wall, or anything else that will give you elevation, open your Bible and your mouth, and proclaim the glories of the God who gave you life. His word will never return void, so step out in faith and read the account of His incredible redemption of sinful man through the blood of His son. Please share this with friends, and post it wherever you can. The text below is an outline of what Mission Good Friday is, taken from previous years. If anyone has any more specific questions about how they can get involved, feel free to contact me HERE.
MISSION GOOD FRIDAY
The mission is simple and can be accomplished anywhere.
This is a call to all Christians everywhere, whether or not you are a street evangelist.
Find a public place--preferably a place where people gather (the size of the crowd matters not). Climb atop a box. Open your Bible. And read Matthew 26-28 (that's right: all of it) aloud, using the voice the Good Lord gave you.
If you have never open-air preached, and you don't think you are ready to do so, then simply read the text with love in your heart--love for God and love for lost people. The Scriptures can speak for themselves. The Word of God is true, powerful, and entirely sufficient.
Open-air preachers: Read Matthew 26-28 as your springboard for heralding the Law and the Gospel.
Join me in bringing Good Friday to the people who likely will not darken the door of your church.
Think of it. Men and women around the world, in large cities and small towns, reading the Gospel to the lost.
Who's with me?!
Now, for our fifth anniversary, the challenge is the same. The book of Hebrews says:
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
So let’s go out, and let the living and active word of God pierce the hearts of those in our community this Good Friday. If you are an active member of Project Ezra, or even if you are not, and challenge you not only to participate in our anniversary reading, but to invite others to participate with you. We will be reading three chapters, and it is easy to divide them up so multiple people can read. Also, please post this on your social networking profiles and email it to friends and family, and let’s let more believers know about Project Ezra. More and more, people are falling away from the Church. Inviting people to church is fine, but what if they won’t come? Then we need to go to them! The book of Romans says:
Romans 10:14 - How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
It is possible that through the reading of God’s word, and through public evangelism, you or I may have the amazing privilege of being the instrument God uses to bring the gospel to someone for the very first time, or be the encouragement he uses to draw someone to repentance and faith. Why would you not want to be part of that? What could be more joyous?
So start praying and preparing now. The event is up on the Project Ezra Facebook page HERE, and I will be making up a Google map for the event, so be sure to sign up for the event and post your location on the event wall. This has been a great encouragement to people in the past, and I think it's time to start it again. Also, please try to post all your pictures to the main page photo album in the future, so they will still be visible after the event expires. Let’s see how many people we can get to participate in our anniversary event and start into our fifth year strong. Thanks so much to all of you for being part of Project Ezra, and please pray that the group will continue to make an impact for the glory of God and the edification of his saints.
All for His glory!