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Gold Coast Team

Sunday, 17 February, 2008

Posted by Posted 22 February 2008, 5:54 PM by Josh Mitchell. Permalink

 

Word of thanks: I would like to personally proclaim thankfulness for the police officers of Surfers Paradise, who did a fine job of protecting the public from a man recently released from NSW prison. Unfortunately, I did not catch the officer’s names, but God knows who they are.

Here is a brief overview of events today:

God exalted, in the darkened minds of sinners who realised their great need for Christ.

Foreigner hears gospel for first time, and tears up during preaching.

Keith Rochford successfully exalted the knowledge of God, while debating a strong-willed atheist.

Large crowds gather to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ preached and defended.

Large numbers of public, enthusiastically shake hands with Christian gospel preacher.

A popular myth: “The Church is the place for Christian’s to preach”

Much Much more, but don’t have time to share it all with you.. J

The Report:

Today was an overcast day, but we risked the weather, trusting in God to provide the weather we needed to preach His gospel. It was windy, it was a little rainy, but despite what might have been deemed by some as “dreary”, people stayed and listened.

This has surprised me a lot lately, because most people seem to be really thirsty to hear the truth and logical reasoning of the Christian faith, even though they are getting wet in the rain. God is working curious things in the hearts of men. It is no surprise really, since the secular world is offering no particularly good answers to the great philosophical questions of life. And people want answers, they are not satisfied.  

It is no longer good enough, for them to hear claims such as: “There is no such thing as truth”, or “Millions and millions of years ago, the big bang..”. God appears to be waking people up, from the dreamy and impossible world of Atheistic Evolution, where no one is accountable for their actions.

Please pray that God will give us boldness to proclaim the truth, in humility and meekness of mind, that we might properly exalt the risen Lord Jesus to a lost and dying humanity. We need you praying beloved.

The first lady I had the delightful experience of speaking with Open Air, was a European visitor. She openly believed that she had a good heart, and that she believed it. Over and over again, we looked at her sin, and accountability to God, and then eventually the penny dropped. While approaching the gospel, she began to cover her eyes with sunglasses, and as I had the privilege of sharing the gospel of Christ Jesus with her, she began to wipe her eyes. I pray that God will grant her repentance to the acknowledging of the truth, that she may recover herself from the snare of the devil.

Keith Rochford, our new Surfers Paradise 2IC, was next up preaching. Keith did a fine job revealing the fraudulent claims of the Evolution theory. He instantly had a small gathering of the public that began dialoguing with him. This was the beginning of a large gathering of humanity, who were curious, and asking lots of really good and profound questions. Keith handled himself very well, thanks be to Christ who does in us His will and good pleasure. Many were contented to stay and listen.

Shortly, we were pleasantly engaged by a very vocal Atheist, who did his best to employ almost every common atheistic argument I have heard in my life. Keith handled them well, and showed the nice fellow the failure of Atheism as an intellectual position. That indeed Atheism, exalts itself against even the simplest of reasoning, and is really an attack on God’s very existence. This is always an interesting topic, because people, for some reason or another, seem to think that Atheists are the answer to the Christian message.

I stepped up to preach after Keith gracefully took a variety of questions, and responded to the best of his ability. One of the beautiful things, about having a preaching partner, is you get to catch the questions your partner missed and answer them. We do this for each other all the time.

I have noted over and over again, how a heckler will come in, and try to throw as many difficult questions in, not allowing time for response and then walk off. It makes some listeners, think the heckler was right and the speaker must answer those questions, so that damage is not done to the overall presentation. We of course, don’t mind the extra work, because it leaves a further opportunity to show the validity of the claims of Christianity.

After responding to some Muslims who said all religions are the same, and disproving that statement from the Koran’s own quotes against History. I moved on, to answer the remaining questions of the crowd. It was at this time we had an interesting fellow arrive.

Earlier on in afternoon, while Keith was preaching, I heard a strange hysterical laughter coming from one side of the crowd. It was a large Samoan man. I thought it strange, because there was absolutely no reason for the loud laughter.

This fellow came into the crowd, and began to yell profanity at me, and express his emotions about religions very loudly. I requested that he not swear because of ladies and children that were present. I am often compelled to pity for people, when they do this, because we never know that these people have not suffered from some kind of abuse at a young age, by the hands of people posing as Christian. I have heard many cases of the damage done by hypocrites in the modern church, wolves in sheep’s clothing. While I understand all humanity is in sin, I also know that sinful men have abused others. That abuse has caused deep long-lasting wounds that only Christ can heal, through repentance to God and trust in Jesus for salvation, against God’s wrath at sin.

I paused for a long time, to let this man get his emotion off his chest, but for some reason he kept on pacing and was unreasonable and didn’t want to talk to me. I addressed the crowd with the answer to the question, using greater volume, for their benefit, since the fellow kept on yelling profanity.

It was at this moment that the two members of the Surfers Paradise Police entered and one distracted the drunken Samoan, and one asked me to come away and have a chat.

Shortly after, the team disbanded to go home, since we had reached our decided finished time of 3:45PM. I was very encouraged by the large numbers of men who came up to me and quietly thanked me for sharing my piece and shook my hand and asked me to keep up the good work.

If only they understand, that it is not I that am good, but Christ who lives in me.

I must answer one objection that the church is the proper place for Christians to preach. Quite, the contrary, all Christians are commanded by their master Jesus, to preach the gospel to every creature, and teach them all things that he has commanded.

It is a common misconception, that the exercise of the Christian faith is bound to a church building. This is simply not so. The Christian religion is exercised most properly in obedience to Christ, through public preaching of the gospel. I quote the Lord Jesus from the bible:

“Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

“Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

“Matthew 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” {Emphasis mine}

So readership, I thank you for your prayers, and pray to God, that he will raise up more labourers for His work.

Eternally Christ’s,

For Christ and His Covenant,

For the glory of God,

josh mitchell, overseer
Gold Coast, Operation 513 Team Leader

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