Today at Woodridge, many seeds of the gospel went out. Even though it was school holidays, we found heaps of people were happy to talk about eternal matters. Our common starting question was, "Do you think you'll go to Heaven when you die?"
When Cliff was asked that question, he said he would because he thought God will forgive everyone. So we explained to him God's character, that is holy and just and cannot just ignore the sins we've done, otherwise he is no longer just. That is why we need someone who is perfect who can take our hell punishment for us on our behalf.
Even though he said he already goes to a local church, he said he now finally understands the way to Heaven, and was going to place his faith in Christ alone for his salvation. He said, "I really needed this. I think God brought you here today and placed the idea in your head to stop me and talk to me."
Another man named Jordan said, after hearing the gospel, that he doesn't want to trust in Jesus is because of "Christians" who have done bad atrocities against him. I asked, "Would it be right for me to say to you 'You are a horrible person' if someone who claimed to be your friend did some bad things to me?" He replied, "No." I said, "So in the same way, we shouldn't judge Jesus based on some of his supposedly followers." He agreed that made sense and as a result was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading. To God be all the glory!
Last night in Brisbane city we had a massive 22 people on the team, including 3 first timers! This provided an exciting opportunity to engage in many gospel conversations. The team even split up and covered other areas of the Brisbane CBD.
The many conversations engaged, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and general western soceity, "unbelievers".
One team member said that during a conversation with a young lady, who originally professed to be an atheist, went from being hard and closed to being open and interested in learning more!
A lengthy conversation was had with a man named Rob, who professed to be a Christian but was trying to mix his "Christianity" with ideas of enlightenment and postmodernism. He said God was love and only love. He rejected the idea of God's wrath or judgement. It was pointed out that God's love displayed in salvation makes no sense, unless we're being saved from something. He said he understood but was happy to declare that the "god" he worshiped would never punish anyone.
Please pray for the team that each would keep having the desire to step out of our their comfort zone and share their faith. Please pray for those who heard and received the words of eternal life tonight, that they may come to a saving knowledge of the truth!
And if you have the opportunity please join us in declaring this great salvation!
We had a team of 14 or so of us this morning that met to get thousands of gospel tracts into people's letterboxes in Springwood (QLD). We started off with brekkie, and then loaded our hands with eternity postcards and set out. It was a great success, with lovely weather. Glory to God! Please pray for all those who will be reading the gospel tract they've received when they next check their letterbox. God is good indeed!
Many people were out enjoying the beauty of the area, but not many were willing to stop and discuss spiritual matters. The ones whom God sent to us were of a different attitude, e.g.
- Lee-Anne had a long chat with a David who believed in God but was not a Christian. Getting to the reality of hell, he expressed a very deep concern that he might end up there. After hearing the good news, he stated that he was checking the message out.
- Railee had a long chat with a Daphne who had attended a U.C. but said she had never heard the gospel. She had no concept of eternal life/death. After being taken through the law and gospel and shown how the Bible is God's Word, she received a gospel of John and a few tracts to consider what she had heard.
- Ryan had an Aladdin who heard it all, said it made sense and needs to receive God's love gift in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ and trust His work alone to qualify him for glory.
- A young man, Brendan, overtook me as we walked from where we were parked down to the Point. He had some head knowledge and now understands how the gospel flows. He is referred to Romans for studying the gospel and John's gospel for the deity of Jesus.
God encouraged us by making the beautiful day even more glorious for us and hopefully some of those He sent to us, "Today is the day of salvation". God is building His Church and His work is always perfect. Praise Him!
School holidays bring a different sprinkling of people to us, but God's good news is always the same. The ones we were speaking to who seemed more 'open' than others, heard the good news, then the bus would arrive. A few prayers please for these especially:
- Aden, had a Bible and had read half of Matthew but was not currently reading it. After breaking a finger, he had met a 'faith healer' who prayed for him. He said that the pain went away so he never went to a doctor. It was obvious that the bone had healed but not in its normal position. Pointing out the unique of Christianity by the fact of Jesus bodily resurrection, Ryan took him through the law and gospel. Aden then understood the gospel. Still thinking that he would commit to Jesus the next time he went to church, he was challenged to act now - one does not know how many are his 'length of days'. He was also challenged to read God's Word daily and get his spiritual food each day. He was also invited to join us at a local church we attend.
- Oscar, a young student who was unclear about spiritual matters. I took him through the questions he needs answers to if he could believe that 'God is' and that 'God has spoken = the Bible'. He gladly took a comic tract and seemed to likely start searching for God. If indeed the Father is drawing him, he will find the Saviour and new life in Christ.
God is good and His lovingkindness lasts forever.
It was wonderful to see God bring along 10 labourers on the team yesterday for the outreach in Brisbane city. This was a big surprise as I thought we wouldn't have many at all since a couple of the usual team members couldn't make it.
Across the afternoon, the team were greatly encouraged by the conversations they were having with the lost, with people being quite receptive and listening. Over a dozen gospel of Johns went out.
We also had the Good Person test flip chart set up, which is something we haven't set up before for our Wednesday afternoon outreach. But we found that it worked well, with individuals and even groups of people stopping to have a look and listening as they were run through the good person test, which leads into the gospel. Please pray for all those who heard.
"What we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord..." (2 Cor. 4:5). So to God be all the glory!
God gave us another great afternoon of evangelism at Woodridge yesterday. We had 7 of us on the team across the afternoon.
We have some people to pray for:
- Jonathan, thought he was a good person and therefore going to Heaven, came to understand grace and took a gospel of John.
- Caleb, not sure about whether he'll go to heaven, but thought he was good. After hearing the news of Christ and the need to repent and trust in Christ, Caleb said, "I need to do that now." Gave him a gospel of John.
- Mainitor, knew the gospel already, but said he is living his own way at the moment. Stressed need for him to take this all seriously, and also recommended a local church for him to start attending.
- Lucky, a Muslim student, after hearing the gospel said, "Can I believe both?" So explained to him the exclusivity of Christ being the only way and the fact that He is God. Gave him a gospel of John to start reading.
Seeds have been sown, thankfully God is in charge of the results. To Him be all the glory!
Last night God brought in a great sized team for evangelism in Brisbane city. It rained a few times, but that didn't stop the gospel conversations happening.
It was really exciting seeing some new preachers getting out of their comfort zone to proclaim the glorious gospel in the open air for the first time.
From atheists and agnostics to Buddhists and Muslims, last night they were spoken with and got to hear the good news of Christ. Please pray that God will save many. To God be the glory!
Even though we are apparently having an extended Autumn in the south of Australia it still feels cold in Hobart to me as an “ex-pat” Brisbane boy. That said God blesses us with beautiful wind streaked skies and amazing sunsets and rises over our picturesque river city. More than that He blesses us with the opportunity to share the gospel.
We spent a fair amount of time at the bible table chatting with people as they came. Things are quieter now that the cold months are here but there is still a steady stream of bibles and literature going out every week. Several Christians dropped by to chat also and they were encouraged to hear about the Dark Mofo festival outreach.
I preached once in the afternoon as there was someone else who wanted to use speakers corner. I preached about the revealing nature of our words and actions. The recent Dark Mofo festival had featured several quite dark, disturbing and plain gross “art” installations. I used this to point to the darkness that is present in the hearts of the organizers and the artists. From this I pointed out that we cannot point fingers at others though as we each have darkness and sin in our own hearts. I urged the people to hear what God says about our sin and rebellion and flee to the savior Jesus Christ.
There were a few people who stopped to listen as I preached. Karl had a conversation with a young guy who has cancer and is struggling with the recent loss of a friend. He said that the preaching really spoke to where he was.
Just as I was wrapping up a young lady Miss C. came and spoke to me about homosexuality. She was very friendly and open to hear what Christians and particularly the bible says on the treatment of homosexuals. We had a good chat and I underlined the responsibility of Christians to treat people with love and respect. I also clarified that love and respect do not equate with agreement and facilitation. Christians love and respect others but will never agree with or seek to facilitate sinful aspects of their lives. This applies to homosexuals and heterosexuals, sexual sin and all other forms of sin. Miss C. understood and appeared happy with what I’d told her. We also chatted about the bible and particularly what it says about Jesus. I encouraged her to read the new testament asking the question “Who is this man?”. Please pray for Miss C. that God would encounter her and bring her to faith in Jesus Christ.
The someone else who wanted to use speakers corner was Mr S. my regular heckler. He set up his atheist’s equivalent of a bible table and spent an hour talking to the couple of people who came to his table. Unsurprisingly I recognized a few of my past hecklers amongst his visitors. Much to the apparent upset of Mr S., Karl and I wandered up the mall and handed out tracts for the hour.
As the day of outreach ended we prayed together and asked our sovereign Lord to save the sinful and dark hearts of the people of Hobart.
Praise God for another glorious day in His service.
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- Dylan, with a spiritually mixed up father, hearing the gospel was a delight as we know the truth will set you free as you abide in it. He received a gospel of John. Pray the Lord opens his spiritual eyes so that he comes in repentance and faith in Christ alone to seek God's mercy;
- Ann, concerned for difference between her Bible and the Watchtower version. Explained how the Jehovah Witnesses call themselves Christians but are not (they worship another god, Gal. 1:8). Then we looked up 1 Jn. 5:1-13 and I challenged her to receive God's assurance based her trusting on the perfect object of faith, the Lord Jesus Christ;
- A person named Ryan thought the Bible might not be true. I related my wife's coming to faith from the same position of doubt. Going through the gospel he is now left to verify the Biblical facts from his own prayerful study and told that he needed to make a commitment that he would not renege on.
And some had never considered gospel truths:
- Ashley, very receptive to gospel. He received John's gospel to explore.
- Cam, gospel heard, "makes sense"; counting the cost
and whatever else He enabled team member Ryan to communicate in the ensuing hours.
What a joy and privilege to serve our great God. Oh, yes, there was the usual types who heard the reason to abandon their worldview but they preferred the life of sin. God, thankfully, has the last word in every witnessing encounter. Glory to Him alone!