Reasoning with people in public places
Acts 17:17 (ASV 1901)
17So he reasoned in the synagogue with Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with them that met him.
Through a street chapel ministry and tea-shop conversations, the work of God was bearing fruit in a Chinese city. Many came to Christ and a few became successful preachers, although these gains also came with intense persecution.
An angry mob threatened to stone Jacob Chamberlain and his team to death if they would not leave their city. But Chamberlain boldly preached the Gospel and proved it to be the power of God to tame the heart. Like the Apostle Paul on Mars Hill, Chamberlain appealed to the people's own religious poetry and philosophy to show that only the One True God can cleanse their sins.