On Wednesday we went into Queen Street Mall.
Brisbane city is a place filled with people that need the Gospel! Of the people we talk to less than one in a hundred that profess to be Christians and can explain why they are going to Heaven.
This is an extremely sad thing, the vast majority believe they don't need God because they are pretty good, there are some that completely reject God and there are some who profess to be going to Heaven as "Christians" because they deserve it and have earned it through certain means.
There is a desperate need for LABOURERS! There are so many people in the mall, that even with a team of nine like we had yesterday there are still many people that walk past without being asked where they are spending eternity or without being offered a tract and a conversation.
PLEASE CONSIDER JOINING THE TEAM FOR OUTREACHES!
Yesterday because of the Holidays there was a large amount of people in the mall and many were just wandering around, allowing for people being more open to conversations.
I talked to Ava, a lady who thought she would get into Heaven on the basis that pretty much everyone goes there. When I asked her what God's standard was she replied, "I am not really sure, I just think He is loving and forgiving."
I challenged her with the Law of God, for we know the law shows us our guilt, she admitted to being "probably guilty" before God and I asked her what she could do about it.
We considered her options, being good, doing good, stopping doing bad, being sorry for doing wrong and many things like these but as we tested in a 'Court of Law' scenario all of them fell down, someone had to pay the penalty for sin.
"Thankfully we have a loving and Gracious God who has offered a way for our sin debt to be paid," I told her. "God literally sent Himself, came as a man, lived the perfect life we couldn't live, died the death we deserve and rose again three days later, proving He was God, conquering sin and death and offering His death as a ransom for our sin."
She looked at me a little confused, asking, "Why would God do such a thing?" and I explained to her it definitely wasn't anything we did to earn it but purely because God is LOVE!
She said this sounded crazy but she would have to consider it.
Soon afterwards I talked with a teenage couple, Hannah and Adam. Hannah professed that her Christianity would get her to Heaven and I questioned her a little and asked her what about it and if she deserved Heaven and a few things about the way of salvation.
Very sadly she, despite growing up in church did not know the Gospel, she just was a Christian because she grew up that way, she even professed to be living relatively guilt free in sin.
Then I asked her boyfriend some questions, he wasn't just a non-Christian but even an anti-theist, he was quite angry that I would ask him about such things and was adamant God didn't exist for reasons he didn't want to discuss but was very quick to leave after I started talking to him.
Another conversation I had was with Adam, a relatively young guy and a skeptic. He had many different theories about things and was a cool guy to talk to, he was interesting and was relatively knowledgeable. Sadly, personal conversation skills and knowledge save no one, only the blood of Christ.
I offered him the Gospel but he said there wasn't enough evidence for God, I offered him some, about the historical accuracy of the Bible and the complexity of our universe and the like but he said he wasn't convinced. Thankfully it is not my job to save people but just to faithfully preach the truth in Love.
Please pray for labourers, Operation 513 would love to have you along, no matter how scared you may be of sharing your faith, no matter how badly you think you will represent God, or how little compassion you think you have for the lost.
Let me assure you, we all start being scared of sharing. Why? Because it is hard to have compassion for the lost when you don't know them.
We all started being very unable to explain the Gospel or defend the faith but we can learn.
And we all fail God but Christ's Grace is enough to save anyone, even me!
Please pray for those that heard the Gospel, that God may use the seed to land in good soil, allowing it to grow into a mighty tree of faith.
Please pray for the perishing that they may come to know God as God and Jesus and Lord and Saviour!
Soli Deo Gloria!
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Brisbane Team (Day) (QLD)
Meets Wednesday afternoons 1-5pm in King George Square (near Adelaide St crossing).
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