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Brisbane Team

Saturday, 16 August, 2008

Posted by Posted 19 August 2008, 12:36 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

One2One ConversationSince Josh Williamson was down in Adelaide for the whole weekend, Josh Mitchell came in and helped lead the Brisbane team with me. After a time of prayer, Bible reading and fellowship, we moved to our regular preaching spot in Queen Street Mall.

Andre was the first preacher up for the evening and he preached a solid gospel presentation for about 20 minutes. Next up was Andrew Caswell. It had been a while since he's been with us out on the streets in Brisbane, but he did an excellent job of preaching. He was very fiery and many people stopped to listen. Alex (our regular agnostic heckler) couldn't resist a heckle either. Alex asserted that God is not just because how can the death of Jesus pay for an eternal sentence in Hell. However, Alex misunderstands what the wages of sin is. The Bible says it's death, not an x amount of years in Hell. But unbelievers will still go to Hell because the Bible describes it as the second death. But in Hell, a person will be continually dying, but never actually die, so thus they will be in Hell forever because they will never fully pay the fine for their sins. So if the fine for our sins is death, because Jesus was sinless, his innocent death on the cross could satisfy God's justice for us if we trust in Him.

Kevin PreachingNext up it was Kevin who had a turn of preaching. He had some hecklers ask him questions about the Bible and he also managed to bring them through the good person test.

Kevin's voice was straining though, so after a while he tagged me in to preach. I had many various hecklers ask questions about the Christian faith. But a couple guys in particular were very upset with the Christian message. They were Sikhs. Sikhism is basically an ecumenical religion that says that every religion's god is the same as each other and all are true. So I pointed out to the guys that that is logically impossible. For in Islam, for example, there is only one God in one person, but in Christianity there is only one God composed of three persons. They are totally contradictory to each other, so thus they cannot both be true at the same time. However, the fellows just kept shouting that they are all true.

Ryan Preaching

Sikhism also denies that there is a judgment to come. So I asked them, "do you believe that Jesus is God?" They said yes. So I said, "Then why don't you believe the words of Jesus when he says there is a judgment to come, and when he said he is the Way, the Truth, the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Him." At this point the guys were beginning to get really angry, and one for them stood right in front of me, started swearing and I thought that at any moment he might take a swing at me. But thankful, two guys who were not part of our team stepped in between the angry guy and me, to protect me. I realised, once the Sikh's had left, that these guys who protected me weren't even Christians, as they said they didn't like me preaching, but were willing to defend my right of freedom of speech.

Josh Mitchell PreachingBy this time, there was a large crowd gathered, so I was able to preach the gospel to them all and deal with some more heckler's questions.

After I stepped down from preaching, many one2one conversations were being had. Josh Mitchell stood up to preach at 11:45PM and had various hecklers, one being Alex. Since Josh Mitchell is not a regular on the Brisbane team, he got to hear Alex's stash of illogical beliefs. One being that he doesn't know he exists. Although when I was talking to him after in a one2one conversation, he finally admitted that his thoughts absolutely exist, so he now believes in absolute truth. :)

Many seeds of the gospel went out throughout the evening, please pray for those that heard the good news of the gospel.

To God be the Glory!

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