I decided to head to the Gold Coast early afternoon, well before our weekly evening outreach would begin. As I was driving there, I prayed to God asking that He would send along someone else who could evangelise with me there, for otherwise it would just be me there for several hours.
Once I got to Surfers Paradise, I began handing out gospel tracts and having a few conversations with people. It was not long before I was talking to John, a forty year old man who grew up Greek Orthodox and was on holidays from Sydney.
When I asked him if he was going to Heaven, he replied, “I hope so.” So I asked him what he’s relying on to get him there. His goodness, he said. So I wanted to see how good he really was. “Have you ever lied?” I asked. “All the time.” “Stolen something?” “Yep” “Looked at someone with lust?” “Constantly. In fact I picked up someone just the other day.”
He began to see that compared to God’s standard, he was not good enough and that he was on his way to Hell. I then explained that the only way of entrance into Heaven was by having a substitute – somebody who could take the punishment for his sins on his behalf. That was Jesus, dying on the cross 2000 years ago, rising three days later.
I told him that he needed to trust not in his goodness or Church going or any good action for his forgiveness, but simply in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
But when I asked him a checking question to see if he understood what could get him to Heaven, he reverted to works again. So I explained the gospel again and then again and finally he got it.
He said, “Ah it makes sense! I have shivers going down my spine.” I then was urging him to count the cost - he cannot have Christ and still love his sin. He understood that, and said he wanted to trust in Christ and repent. He then was asking lots of questions on how he can fight sin.
After talking for almost an hour, and then I asked him if he wanted to help me hand out gospel tracts. He said, “Ok sure, let’s do it.” Then for the next few hours he was helping me hand out gospel tracts. What a way God answers prayer! Way beyond anything I expected. Saving a person and then straight away making him a co-labourer in the Great Commission.
He said he had listened to 200 hours of Creflo Dollar, after finding him on early morning television. I warned him about prosperity preachers like Creflo who do not faithfully proclaim God’s word. I then recommended he listened to better Bible teachers – giving him names of John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and James MacDonald.
When 7:30pm rolled around, a couple of regular team members couldn’t make it - the ones who bring out the amplifier. So the outreach was spent in one2ones and handing out gospel tracts, as well as discipling John. Very much a worthwhile outreach. Lots of gospel tracts went out and some good conversations were had by the whole team.
To God be the glory!
Gold Coast Team (QLD)
Meets 7:15-10pm every Friday night at Surfers Paradise on Cavill Avenue.
Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.