Tim Sutton was saved in a Salvation Army church when he was a child and they taught him how to witness using his trumpet. Today, he trains churches in witnessing. Recently he went to Sturgis, the largest Biker rally on the planet to tell people about Jesus.
Every year Tim Sutton goes with the Chariots of Light to the motorcycle rally in Sturgis which is called “The Larger Biker Rally on the Planet.” This year they prayed with 8,000 people there. He also goes to witness at the Daytona Beach, Florida.
What are “Impact America” Crusades?
William Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army.
Quotes from William Booth, the Founder of the Salvation Army:
Can we go too fast in saving souls? If anyone still wants a reply, let him ask the lost souls in Hell.
Go for souls, and go for the worst!
“‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.
I’m not waiting for a move of God, I am a move of God.
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Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:00):
Tim Sutton was saved in the salvation army church when he was a child and they taught him how to go out on the street in witness using his trumpet today, he trains churches in witnessing recently, he went to Sturgis the largest biker rally on the planet to tell people about Jesus. And today we’re going to find out what God did at Easter.
Evangelism Podcast Host (00:25):
Jesus said, go into all the world and preach the gospel. Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be welcome to the evangelism podcast with Dr. Daniel King, where Daniel interviews, full-time evangelists, pastors, missionaries, and normal everyday Christians to discover how they share their faith, their powerful testimonies, and amazing stories that will inspire you to reach people with the good news. And now here’s your host, missionary and evangelist Daniel King.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:01):
Welcome to the evangelism podcast. I’m Daniel King, and I’m excited to tell people about Jesus. And today I have a very special Guest evangelists, Tim Sutton. Thank you so much for joining me today.
Tim Sutton (01:15):
Hey brother, Daniel. Good to be with you today, sir. All right.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:19):
Knowing each other for a while through ICFM the International Convention of Faith Ministries, and then a couple of years ago, you had the opportunity to come with me down to the nation of Brazil, and we got to do a crusade together and had a wonderful time. And so it’s just so much a delight to get to know you because you are a true evangelist. Tell me a little bit about how you got started in evangelism.
Tim Sutton (01:53):
When it all started back there with the salvation army. That’s where I was born and raised where I got saved as a young man, 10 years old. And then when I was 15, the salvation army Bible college students, they call them cadets were at a revival service as well. You might know them. Most churches might know them in our church, preaching go to all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. And it was so loud. I heard the spirit of God say, you’re going to do that. And that’s where it all started. Man, just go to the world, preach the gospel.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (02:22):
Let’s talk a little bit about the salvation army. It was originally started by William Booth over in England, back in the mid 18 hundreds. And William Booth was quite the evangelist and he would dress up all of his people in bright red uniforms and they would have big brass instruments. They’d go out to the street corner and they would start to play music and it would attract people. And when all the music attracted a big crowd, then he jumped up and begin to preach to them. So, so William Booth was a salvation guy. He, he named it the salvation army because they had ranks in the army. They had lieutenants and captains and, and of course he was known as the general of the salvation army. So, so tell me some about what you learned from the salvation army about witnessing.
Tim Sutton (03:23):
Well, we move it all started at a place called the blind beggar. It was a bar of the day. He would go and preach outside of the blind beggar and what they did. They would take the songs that they were singing inside of the bar. There was one notaria song that the words went here’s the good old whiskey, drink it down. And they changed the words to here to storm the force of darkness, bring them down. And so he would go to the corners and preach the gospel. And one day he went home and he said to his wife, Catherine, when he’d been out preaching darling, I have found my destiny. So it was just born in the street like that. And as far as me, man, when I was 10 years old, they had me out on the corner. I would used to go, my dad played the trumpet. He taught me to play the cornet trumpet. We would go to a place called Clara Cox apartments and preach the gospel. When I was 10 years old, before I even started playing an instrument, they had me beating the bass drum and they would get me up to give my testimony. So that’s where it all started. I’ve had a love of going to the streets ever since brother, the Daniel
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (04:23):
And you continue to play your trumpet. I remember you, you brought your trumpet down to Brazil and, and played, and it was just a tremendous way to usher people into the presence of God. So
Tim Sutton (04:38):
It gets their attention. Yes, sir.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (04:40):
So now you train people in evangelism and you also take people out to do various evangelistic outreaches. What are some of the evangelistic outreaches you’ve done?
Tim Sutton (04:56):
I do well, the, the, the Lord spoke to me several years ago in Monks Corner, South Carolina, and said your purpose is to stir the church for the harvest and get them out of the four walls into the street. So that’s what I want to do everywhere. I want the church and it was last year, man, with all that happened last year, the church left the building and I’ve been telling everybody, don’t go back. Amen. Don’t stay in the building. Keep going out. So as far as outreach, there’s a, you know, I worked with the chariots of light. I’m a member of the church of light. And people often ask me, do I own a bike? No I don’t. But I’m a soul-winner that goes and helps them. And we went souls to go to Daytona. We go to Sturgis and we also take people out in the local churches. One thing we’re doing in April is an evangelism school out in Iowa, and we’re going to birth evangelism teams in a church there again, so that I fulfill my purpose there, the church for the harvest, get them out of the four walls to the street. Amen. You know, you don’t catch a fish in the bathtub. You gotta get out there with the fish on the Lake. So that’s what we do. So I’m intrigued go with the
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (05:58):
Motorcycle riders. And for the last several years, you’ve gone to the big motorcycle rally up in Sturgis, which is called the largest biker rally on the planet. And they have all kinds of bikers from all over America. Come to that. What response have you received have, have you been able to lead any bikers to Jesus?
Tim Sutton (06:20):
Oh Lord have mercy. I don’t do it by myself, but all of us together, I was this morning. I was doing some video work and just last year alone in Sturgis, I don’t have the actual figure in front of me, but it got nylon and close to eight or 10,000 people that receive Christ in streets as Sturgis. Same in Daytona last year, over 6,000 that were saved in the streets. I’m not, I’m talking about one by one. When there’s a, you know, 15, 20, 30 of us a day out there. If we all talk to a hundred people a day, it adds up really quick, really quick.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (06:56):
Talk to me about those conversations that you have with bikers, because bikers tend to be tough. Burly kind of the, the mental image I have is a guy with a beard and wearing black leather, probably some patches on the back of his, his leather jacket. And he’s not the type of guy that you would want to mess with, but how do you start that conversation? And where does that conversation go? How do you turn the conversation towards Jesus?
Tim Sutton (07:27):
One of the things that the president of the church of light that’s brother, bill horn, many people might know him. What God gave him several years ago was what we call the hand of God. And when we reach our hand out to shake their hand, that gets them to stop and we take their hand, they put their hand in our hand, we believe that the Holy Spirit’s going to touch them. They don’t know what’s happening, but God gets a hold of them. And our simple question is that, you know, for sure, without a doubt, 100% certain, are you on your way to heaven? I used to be like, what you said at first, I’ll be honest with you. I was intimidated. You need to think about bikers or whatever. I found out something. Some of them are just big bears, big Teddy bears. Okay. They may put up a front, they may put up a tough man image, but inside they’re people just like anybody else.
Tim Sutton (08:13):
And Hey, every biker that comes to the rally, they’re not a, in a motorcycle biker club, you got everyday people. That’s what I love about it. You got dentists and lawyers and all kinds of people that love the ride bikes. And they come to this bike rally. And because the loss people don’t come to church, it’s a great opportunity to get a hold of them, where they made, never received the gospel somewhere else. So they’re just like, we are just a matter of sharing. The love of God reminded them how much Jesus loves him. Yes, sir.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (08:44):
You’re going out of the walls of the church to where people are, where they need Jesus and talk to them about Jesus it’s is tremendous. And then you’ve also been doing impact America crusades. Tell me about that. What’s an impact America crusade.
Tim Sutton (09:00):
Well, it started several years ago. Well, what I called SWAT attack evangelism weekend. And that was when we would go with our ministry just on a Saturday, we’d go into a community. We give out toys, candy hot dogs gift cards, all kinds of things. Because fish comfort bait. We would do this in a community, setting an apartment complex, the section eight housing, somewhere like that started out as a one day event. But about three or four years ago, the Lord began to direct me to take that same template and go to a church where we hand out the five to 10,000 flyers in the days before the impact America crusade, we don’t build it as a church service. It’s built as gospel. I spring Fest or as fall festival or something, a community event. A lot of them may realize or come to church, but many people show up to get the free stuff.
Tim Sutton (09:47):
Gift cards, free cell phones, bicycles, toys, candy, thanks for the kids, whatever. But when they come, we preached the gospel. So now we take it beyond the one day on Saturday and we go for three or four days in the evening and people get saved, touched, healed, delivered, set free. And then we involve the local churches in that when they get saved, we have several pastors that get involved. We have them come up each night, introduce themselves so that those who received Jesus are fed into a local church. We want to be sure. And we’re believing God that when that crusade ends on Friday or Saturday, whatever we do in that particular community, that on Sunday morning, they are in church somewhere. That’s our goal impact America crusades. And with all this going on and has been going on in our country in the last few months, I told my wife a couple of days ago, Lord have mercy. That name that he gave me impact America. Crusade is even more pertinent now than it was when he put it in my heart about three, four years ago. I think.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (10:44):
Amen. One of the things I’m excited about is training other evangelists and coaching evangelist. And I just loved your attitude when you came down to Brazil, because you told me brother, I just want to learn everything there is to know about doing crusades. And now God’s put it on your heart to start doing some crusades of your own. So what are some of the things that you learned being there in Brazil and in seeing the ministry there and what are some of the things that, that you’re hoping to imitate and start doing in your own ministry?
Tim Sutton (11:21):
Well, I’m believing for the masses years ago, when the Lord spoke to my heart, he said, go to the world and preach the gospel to every creature I had. In fact, when we were there in Brazil, you remember I shared with you that the first time we stood up on that stage and saw that massive of people it’s undescribable, because I know I’ve seen that in my heart and, and even really in a dream before years ago, I saw this that God’s going to do there. I don’t believe I’ve touched what God wants to do. So my heart is to go to the world and I learned down there, it’s just the same template here. If you hand out the flyers, get the word out, blankets with what’s happening. I believe the people will come. And I saw, you know, some things that that, that work here and work there on a massive scale.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (12:11):
Amen. I remember you showed me a little track that you give away with, with a woman on the front. Tell, tell me about that track and why that the story of that woman is effective.
Tim Sutton (12:24):
Well, God dropped in my heart to write a track from that experience. It was at Sturgis, South Dakota, probably about three, maybe four years ago. It was a young lady who I encountered on the street as we were out during the day that she didn’t say it. But to me, it was evident. She probably worked in one of the strip clubs or one of the clubs of that one. She wasn’t a nice girl. Let’s put it that way. And the way she was dressed. And I just took, began to tell her about the love of Jesus. She looked at me and she said, well, I’m too naughty to be saved. I said, really, this is not about naughty or nice at this Christmas. Hallelujah. I said, here’s the deal. God is a giver. He gave Jesus. And if you received Jesus, you go to heaven. Simple as that.
Tim Sutton (13:07):
Well, she did right there on the streets. Amen. And so I wrote a track from that little testimony, praise God of that young lady there realizing that God will touch anybody. When they hear about the love of God. See what’s happened is people look at Christianity. Sometimes as religious, I’ve got to do a certain thing to live a certain thing, keep a lot of rules. They don’t realize it’s simply receiving a free gift of God. That’s what people got to discover. That’s what the body of Christ has got to discover. They think brother Daniel, that it’s hard to tell somebody about Jesus. No, it’s not. Has God ever done anything for you? Just tell him what Jesus has done for you to share the love of God. And that’s basically what happened with that young lady on the streets. It’s not about religion. It’s just about telling people to receive the free gift.
Tim Sutton (13:55):
In fact, I often use that particular terminology. I just ask people, did you ever get a Christmas present? Well, yeah. I said, what did you pay for it? Well, no, that’s right, because it’s a gift. You just receive a gift. And so that’s how the approach I use in the streets. Hey, receive the free gift of God for by grace. Are you saved through faith? It’s a gift of God, not of works. So that’s what we tell them. That’s what I told that young lady. And I’d say it changed her life. And Hey, it’s changing thousands of people’s lives because I got a good track out of it. Hey man. And I share it all over the world.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (14:28):
What’s the front of the tract say
Tim Sutton (14:31):
The front of the tract says you’re too naughty to be safe.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (14:35):
You’re too naughty to be saved. And so people start looking at it, but then they find out that it doesn’t matter how naughty you are. Jesus died for you and you can be set free from all that naughtiness. Amen.
Tim Sutton (14:48):
Exactly. Yes sir. Yes, sir. Tell me some more
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (14:52):
Testimonies of people that have been impacted as you’ve gone out witnessing and, and training others to witness.
Tim Sutton (14:59):
I was just doing a live video this morning. And one of the things God has shown me is that because my purpose is to serve the church or the harvest and get them out of the four walls in the street several days ago, he just dropped him a heart. I’ve got to begin sharing more and more of these testimonies so people can realize it’s not about you have to be fancy, or you have to know a lot of stuff. It’s about sharing what Jesus Christ has done for you. Amen. And one thing that people need to realize is if they will just listen, if they’ll just be observant, if they’ll just pay attention to what’s going on around about them, you don’t have to get a word from God. They’ll tell you what they need. They’ll tell you how you can minister to them.
Tim Sutton (15:40):
And I’m thinking of a certain situation that I talked about this morning when I was on the way to Sturgis South Dakota, just last August. I stopped at the rest area there to, to stretch my legs and walk around a little bit in South Dakota. And I heard this young man well, he’s younger than I am. And he began talking, I guess you may be in his early fifties. And I heard him say, well, I didn’t think I lived to be 38 years old. And so I’m just listening. I didn’t run up. I said, what do you mean? What are you talking about? You didn’t think you would live. I just listened. He was talking to a stranger and he was having a conversation. So I just ma I was milling around there in the, in the register. He reading the historical markers and the different things that had gone on in that area.
Tim Sutton (16:23):
And when it got off by itself, I just walked up to him and I couldn’t. And I, this morning, I was talking about seizing opportunity. A lot of times people will let opportunities pass by. That can be a soul winning opportunity. And so I simply walked up to him and said, Hey, how you doing today? Good to see you just started a conversation. And then I said, couldn’t help. But over hearing, I heard you say, you didn’t think you’d live, but to be 38 years old, I said, did you ever read what Psalm 91 said with long life, will I satisfy you and show you my salvation? That’s what God wants for you. So we had a little conversation there. Then I went right to my question. What do you know, without a doubt, sir, that you’re on your way to heaven. He didn’t. But before we got done, he did brother.
Tim Sutton (17:05):
Cause I don’t ask them. I don’t say, would you like to pray? I simply say, let’s pray right now. Say this with me. And he prayed and received Jesus right there. The thing I was trying to point out this morning to people, brother Daniel, is that you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or somebody with a PhD or a lot of training in evangelism to grab and seize an opportunity. Every Christian can and should be doing that with the people that they meet. There, there are hundreds of testimonies like that. Just talking with people out there where you are. Amen. So that’s what, what I tried to do. Start people. I get the testimonies in every church that go and every evangelism school, let them know what God did through us and remind them that God will do the same thing through you. Amen. Praise God.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (17:51):
Amen. Let’s circle back around to William Booth, who started the salvation army and I’m working on a book about the history of bass evangelism. And one of the chapters in the book will be about William Booth. And so I’ve been collecting some of his soul winning quotes. And I just love these quotes because every time I hear them, it makes me want to be a soul winner. So here’s, here’s one. He says, can we go too fast and saving souls? If anyone still wants to reply, let him ask the lost souls in hell. And so that, that that’ll fire you up. If you
Tim Sutton (18:37):
Fast, faster, one time he told him about that. He said he said I I’m trying to remember just how it went. But he talked about if I have to hang over a hail and play the tambourine with my toes, come off in order to tell them about Jesus, I’ll do it. And another one I love with William Booth, you probably got this one written after researching him. One of the things he often said was go for souls and go for the worst.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (19:00):
Yeah. What, what does that mean? Talk about that. And how does the salvation army go after the worst?
Tim Sutton (19:08):
Well, the salvation army, the thing about them is, you know, differently than us. And I’ve often told him, I said, you guys don’t forget because I came out of the salvation army. I said, don’t forget the opportunity you have because they help people. They come to them, they come into their doors. They come in to receive help that, you know, they are a blessing to people. So they’ve got an opportunity that some churches don’t have just because they come there. So go for souls and go for the worst. You know, the drug addict, the homeless person, the prostitute, whoever it is, you know, God can change anybody. I can’t say that I can get into the heart of William Booth or the mind of what he meant when he said that, but I that’s quoted all of the place, go for souls and go for the worst. And it always touched me.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (19:49):
The salvation army has always done that. They’ve always here in Tulsa, that right in downtown Tulsa, they have a mission here where they, every single night, they allow homeless people to come in. They give them beds then. And some of these are very rough individuals that are dealing with addiction and they’re addicted to alcohol, to drugs, you know, have very serious issues in their lives, but they’re there ministering to them and feeding them and giving them a place to sleep. And what a tremendous legacy that William Booth left. Here’s another one of his quotes. He says, not call. Did you say not heard the call? I think you should say, put your ear down to the Bible and hear him. You go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burden, agonized, heart of humanity, and listened to its pitiful whale for help. Go stand by the Gates of hell in here, the damned and treat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters. Not to come there. Then look Christ in the face whose mercy, you have professed tow Bay and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the March to publish his mercy to the world. What a tremendous yeah.
Tim Sutton (21:11):
At Harper. So he had a heart for souls. I mean, that’ll just fire you up. My prayer will be God, do it again. You know, do it again. Do it in every denomination, every church, every body of Christ, every, every believer do it again. He had a heart for the lost, had a heart for the lost
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (21:27):
Another quote from him. He said, I’m not waiting for a move of God. I am a move of God.
Tim Sutton (21:33):
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (21:34):
What a Tremendous legacy to, to think that you’re not waiting for God to move. You’re going out and taking God’s love to people who need them the most.
Tim Sutton (21:46):
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (21:48):
Tell me about the book that you wrote. You just recently read your book and yeah.
Tim Sutton (21:54):
Yes, yes. You, you may not remember it Daniel, but I called you years ago before we really got connected and was asking you about that. And I didn’t know what to do, how to do it or whatever, but in the timing of God, yes, we just released a book last year called warning. Don’t forget what you’ve got. And that is the power of the anointing. And the ability of God is on the inside of you. The body of Christ needs to realize that we are the temple of God he’s in us. And all he’s waiting for us to do is to let him out. People run around and talking about, like you said what are you boosted? I am a move of God. You know, years ago, the Holy spirit spoke to me and he said, many people are wondering, where are the miracles?
Tim Sutton (22:34):
Where are the miracles of Elijah? Where are the miracles of the prophets? Where are the miracles of Peter and John spirit of God spoke to me? He said, the miracles are inside of you. Amen. So this book, the premise of it is that we can release what’s already on the inside of us so that people can come to Jesus. You know, years ago, brother Hagan used to talk about healing being the dinner bell. So when we released the power of God on the inside of us, I believe that they will cry out just like that. Philippian jailer did and say, tell us what must I do to be saved. Yes, sir.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (23:09):
If someone is interested in finding out more about your ministry or interested in supporting you, what’s your website, what’s the way for them to get in touch with you.
Tim Sutton (23:19):
I can get us in touch with us at T Sutton ministries dot O R G R. We of course, on Facebook, just Tim Sutton, the personal page and Tim Sutton ministries international the ministry page, praise God. So they can get in touch with us like that. If they’d like. Yes, sir.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (23:37):
That’s awesome. And if a church wants you to come and teach about soul-winning, you’d be willing to come and do that. Absolutely. Let’s go yesterday.
Tim Sutton (23:46):
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (23:47):
Amen. Well, thank you so much for being on the evangelism podcast. It’s always great to
Tim Sutton (23:52):
Talk to you. Yes, sir. God bless you, sir.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (23:54):
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