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Series: Witness: Shine For Christ; Share Your Story
2 Corinthians 4:1-6
In April of 1829, William Booth was born. He was born in England. When he was about 15 years old, he heard the gospel, and he responded to the gospel, and he received Christ as his Savior and Lord. And God put within him a desire to preach. And he was in the Methodist Church, and so he began to preach, but he was a little unorthodox. He was such an evangelist and such a fiery evangelist and they wanted to put him in the pastorate, but that really wasn't what he was wired for. And so he just started to become an itinerant evangelist. But he was unorthodox in his ways of doing things. And so the churches of that day said, ''You know, this really doesn't fit.'' And so they didn't want to have him come and preach. And so William Booth was undaunted. He said, ''Well, God has called me. I'll just go somewhere else.'' And so he began to just go out in the open air, go out on the street corners, and he began to preach, and people began to respond. But they weren't the normal kinds of people that society deemed as good people. They were kind of the outcasts of society. They were the street folks. They were the prostitutes, and they were the derelicts, and they were the alcoholics, and they were the petty criminals. And they began to listen to Booth, and they began to trust Christ because he preached Jesus. And he preached Him crucified, and he preached the empty tomb, and he preached repentance, and he preached faith, and the people responded. And then his movement began to grow, and it really didn't have a name. He was just bringing people in. He had a little mission. And he'd bring them in and he'd feed them, and he would clothe them, and he would take of them, and he'd preach to them and win them to the Lord. And it was in 1865 when God gave him a name for his mission outreach. He called it The Salvation Army. He began to call himself General William B ...
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