Evangelism Report: 03/02/2008 Sunday Afternoon 1PM - 4PM
Beach Side, of Cavill Ave/The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD
Thankyou to all those who came out to share the gospel of Christ, even though the police of late, have been taking away our freedom of speech.
I commend you for your bravery, for even the gentlest spirits will find they have powerful adversity, when they stand to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. And bravery is required, that men might turn from thier hardened ways of lying, stealing, raping, murder, hatred, lust, back-biting, and turn to the one living God who can change their hearts and desires for the glory of His great name, through the finished work of Jesus Christ at Calvary 2000 years ago.
Hard rain, and an uncertainty hung over us. We arrived and were drenched making our way to fellowship, and so quickly decided to break off to hand out gospel tracts, and planned to meet again. Keith pressed me to make a call regarding preaching, and I decided to give it a crack, hoping in God for good weather. Thanks be to God, we got it!
Standing to preach, a young man and his young lady friend held each other while he engaged me and asked questions. It is a pleasure to talk with so many polite, and easy going people on Surfers Paradise. There is always the odd few, who scream abuse for some unknown reason, or who belittle the preachers, but we must remain compassionate.
Why do some do this? It could well be that these same people may have been abused as children, by persons pretending to be christians, and so have intense dislike for those called by the name of Christ. For this reason, we are compelled by the love of Christ, to love these people and seek their betterment and the increase of their wealth.
Again there is a great many who have been decieved by ignorant teachers in High School, and lecturers at University, into thinking that christianity is not a viable intellectual option, but rather a distasteful thing, to be hated and ridiculed.. that christians might come into line with their way of thinking. From personal experience, this is a common attitude I encounter.
The only response I have found, is to treat each person with dignity, and teach them using reason, factual knowledge and logic, that the christian position (in reality), IS the only viable acceptable intellectual option when it comes to the big questions and answers in life.
It is sometimes difficult to treat another person who is insulting you, with compassion, but we are compelled to combat them with love and truth.. for the scriptures say and experience reveals, that men's minds are darkened, and they have been decieved. Therefore their attitudes and knowledge is all they have learned to know, and can only produce a defiant attitude, to the truth.. especially when the root cause of thier unbelief is gently exposed.. and it is always sin.
The one reason, a human being rejects the living God, is because he or she wants to rule thier own lives. They want to choose the amount of morality they will uphold, leaving room for thier particular sins. They don't want to be called out for what they are, and intensly dislike those who do so. Romans 1, 3, and John 3 reveal this clearly.
Our polite young man, reasoned that he was not concerned with the judgment of God, for he did not believe God existed. He went onto to explain that he believed evolution was true, and therefore there was no need for God. After a delightful discussion, the young man both acknowledged the existence of God, and that God ought to be angry at him for his sin.
After preaching the gospel he took a gospel tract, courtesy of Keith Rochford, and I am praying that God will grant him repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. Quite a few people were interested and stopped to listen, though not as many as normally.. and then Keith Rochford stepped up to preach.
Keith quoted scientist after scientist, who had called out the evolution theory as being baseless, and a fairy tale. He had a good discussion with some people who stopped to listen, and God was pleased to grant him a larger crowd than mine, for which I was very happy to see.
Keith asked the chap, who had stopped to dialogue with him, what proof he had for evolution. There was none to be had, which is to be expected.
We even had the pleasurable company, of two police officers who listened to Keith's gospel message, and we pray God grants them repentance toward God, and the Lord Jesus author's faith in thier hearts, they might one day see Him as he is, in heaven.
May your death be the result of being worn-out for Christ!
Thankyou to all my ones and ones of readers out there! I appreciate you all, and pray God uses you mightily for changing your communities into a place of right-living in Christ!
May the children be safe from terror,
May the people be safe in Christ
and may we be the ones walked-on, to get them there,
For Christ and His Covenant,
josh mitchell, pastor of Hallelujah Baptist Mission
Gold Coast Team (QLD)
Meets 7:15-10pm every Friday night at Surfers Paradise on Cavill Avenue.
Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.