Two teams of two thanked the Lord for giving a break in the rain so we could take the good news forth to. While the 'pier' duo watched and prayed for the rescue of a becalmed jet skier, we set about proclaiming Jesus as the sole rescuer of sinners, e.g.
- a Hindu lady, Sheeva, came with a burdened heart.She now understands that there was nothing she can do by way of her works to please God. She left with some hope and gave us a hug. Our prayer is that God would draw her to the Saviour, Jn. 6:44.
- Ray and his family have been visited by J.Ws. but he knows that it should be 'Jesus only' but we need to ask God to reveal His truth to him.
- Harry, a young teenager who is well read and not afraid to ask questions or present his views. He did not seem to grasp the gospel, so Ryan took the conversation back to basics, "Do you believe in God?" Progressing through the truth, Harry arrived at the point where he said he would download a Bible onto his PC. We recommended that he begin reading in John's gospel. He was also given a 'comic' tract for his friend Ethan. Pray the God's grace abounds. (This concluded just as he had to go meet his parents who had walked over to King Island and back. We also left, and as we did, precipitation was again falling.)
Praise God for the privilege of serving Him knowing that our efforts are acceptable through the office of the Mediator, our Lord Jesus Christ and our equipping for this work is the unction of the Holy Spirit. It is God who trains my hands for battle >> Eph. 6:10ff.
"Count your blessings, name them one by one..." give God the glory for what He has done today, e.g.
- Sylvester, raised in a Christian home, fell into atheism for a time, and now saying 'Sorry' to his family and was unsure about God's existence. After he responded well to the builder analogy, Ryan took him through the law and gospel. Sadly he wants to sort things out with his family before he considers Christ. Pray that God would give him a sense of urgency - he is on the brink of the pit and eternal punishment.
- Teressa attends a church but some of her prayers are off-centre although she claimed to trust Christ alone. Pray the Lord would correct her thinking so that she takes the gospel as it is in the Bible.
- Jessu is a young man living by the 'golden rule' although he knew practically nothing of God's revealed will in the 66 books of the Holy Scriptures. After giving him an apologetic for why it is reasonable to accept the Bible as God's Word, going through the builder analogy, then going through the law and gospel, he said that it made sense. Pray that he downloads a Bible onto his phone and checks out the claims of Christ to be his Lord and Saviour, as he stated that this was his intention as his bus arrived.
So, in a small but important way (important because it is God's work) the good news is sent forth again. Thank you for praying and praise God that His greatness is unlimited - Ps. 145:3 and so praise is His due and His alone.
We had a great outreach at Sunnybank yesterday, we had 4 of us on the team and praise the Lord, plenty of gospel tracts went out (in English and Chinese).
Three highlight conversations:
1. We spoke with a typical Aussie lady named Taylor who says she has never thought about God or eternal things before, but by the end of the conversation she had a lot to think about. She was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading. Please pray for her.
2. A young couple who I happened to speak to the guy a few months ago in Capalaba. He remembered me, and he said he was much more open this time. He kept bringing up "there is no evidence" even after I discussed some with him. But later he admitted that he doesn't believe in God not because of a lack in evidence, but because he wants to live in sin. But the couple soon agreed that living sin doesn't really satisfy at all.
As the conversation progressed and they heard the gospel, the couple said, "We have never heard it explained like that before. That makes perfect sense!" They each took a gospel of John to start reading. Please pray for them.
3. A Chinese man named Joe who said that his parents are Christian but he doesn't believe in God. After pointing to the fact that the universe had a beginning, he soon realised that God exists. We went through the law of God and the gospel and he said, "I am going to have to really think about this. I am going to talk to my sister about it too because she is a Christian."
To God be the glory!
We thank the Lord that he brought in plenty of people to chat to during our outreach at Woodridge on Tuesday. From those with a religious background to even someone who had never heard of Jesus before.
Two on the team spent quite a bit of time speaking to a Seventh Day Adventist who was confused about whether law-keeping was what will save him. We took him to passages in Galatians and Romans which make clear that by keeping the law of God no one will be justified in the sight of God (as we can't keep it perfectly), but that it's only through faith in Jesus. However if a person has faith, it will evidence itself in good works and obedience to God.
One chat later on that we had was with a Chinese man named Joey. He thought that he would go to Heaven based on his goodness. So we took him through the law of God, and he began to see his sinfulness, so we then explained that Jesus lived on the Earth 2000 years ago and died on the cross, rising three days later. He said he had never heard of Jesus before. But what surprised us is that he came quite quickly to understand the message of grace through faith.
By this time, we had already run out of the Bibles that we had brought that day, giving them out to others who wanted to take one. So Joey said, "I know what I can do, I can download one on my phone, and I am going to start reading it tonight!"
To God be the glory!
The Lord's work is glorious because He is, e.g. Acts 13:48 "... and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed." Thanks for those praying for His work this day:
- Some who had previously refused to take tracts, today took a tract. Pray that they, or others in their households, read the tract through and God stirs their spirit to seek Him out.
- Josh now appreciates intellectually the gospel; pray the Lord draws him to commit fully to being Jesus disciple.
- Alisha likewise; it seemed that she began to accept the facts of salvation but needs a sense of urgency. to respond in repentance and faith.
- Lily now appreciates the faith somewhat better understanding how trusting Christ, perfect Substitute, gives her acceptance with God that removes any fear of Judgment Day - 1 Jn. 4:16-18
And some people were 'good' regardless of what God says, and others were very imaginative in their excuses but we pray that God might be merciful to some...Thank God that in spite of our inadequacies, He equips us for the battle and He always has the victory - to Him be the glory and praise, now and for ever, Amen.
Hundreds of gospel tracts went out yesterday in Woodridge and some really great gospel conversations were had. Plus God raised up a team of 6 of us.
One conversation we had was with a man named Uzzi. I remember chatting with him in Sunnybank a month or two ago, but I couldn't remember exactly where he was at with God. So he gave me a recap by saying:
"On that day in Sunnybank you asked me if I was going to Heaven when I die and I said I would because of my good deeds. You then explained to me that our good deeds have nothing to do with us going to Heaven, and instead it is only through trusting in what Jesus has done by dying on the cross for our sins. Now I understand that and believe it for myself."
He was overjoyed to see us again and he said he has been reading his Bible everyday. That was wonderful to hear. I encouraged him to now make the most of every opportunity to share his newly-found faith with others and I mentioned to him the various outreaches we have on different days of the week. He said he would love to come along to our Saturday night outreach in Brisbane city, so we exchanged numbers.
Glory to God that He is saving a people for His name's sake!
It was a beautiful autumn day in Queensland on Saturday in Redcliffe. The sun was shining, and the temperatures sat around 28'C. All this meant that it was going to be a very busy along the waterfront of Redcliffe.
When we arrived I noticed that there was more traffic than usual; it was clear that everyone had decided to spend the morning enjoying the great weather. When I arrived I was encouraged to find a group of Christians from a local church handing out New Testaments and flyers for gospel courses at their church. We were able to chat to them, and encourage them in the work they were doing. They also encouraged us to keep on sharing the gospel.
Last time I was out in Redcliffe, I was the only Christian witnessing, today, we had nine other people come along to witness from local churches and organisations. It was wonderful to labour alongside each other for the gospel, and even though we have different backgrounds, we were able to make much of Jesus.
Today, the conversations seemed to be coming quick and regular. People were taking tracts, chatting, and we nearly ran out of Bibles on the Free Bible table.
One young lady, who would have been around fourteen years old, was amazed at the message of Jesus. As I explained to her what Christ did on the cross, she couldn't help but say, "Oh! WOW!"
By the end of the day it was great to see so many people walking around with tracts in their hands. The gospel was spreading all along the waterfront.
Please pray that the Father would draw many to the Son as a result of today's outreach.
On Friday night at the Gold Coast we had a smaller team than usual, but God was faithful as always and provided plenty of people to talk to about Christ.
In fact, one of the conversations that the team had lasted for an hour and a half with a man named Mario. He was raised Catholic and thought that his goodness would get him to Heaven. He had plenty of really good questions from things in the Bible, and he was explained the right way of salvation.
Please pray that God will soften his heart to realise that no goodness in him will get him to Heaven and that he will instead trust only in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for his forgiveness. Mario said that he is a postman from Melbourne and he happens to know a pastor from a local Protestant church on his postal route and so he is going to ask him some questions to find out more. We also gave him a gospel of John to start reading while he is on holidays (he has a full Bible at home).
The rest of team had some good chats as well and were handing out hundreds of gospel tracts (in a variety of languages!). The Gold Coast is an such international tourist destination, that is really useful having gospel tracts in a bunch of different languages so that people can read the message in their own native tongue.
To God be the glory that His word has gone forth!
A.A. Hodge "The human mind was formed for truth, and so constituted that only truth can exert permanent influence upon it."
We spent a short time sharing what God had been doing, then we prayed and went into His harvest field. We rejoiced also to have Rick and Glenda help today as they were visiting from Yangan.
- Lee-Anne met a 15 year old who was standing on the Rock and knew it. He may do some witnessing if his parents permit it. His Mum was there and although not a Christian she was proud of her son and said she would not stop him.
- A group of 5 men passed us and 4 got tracts (the fifth one might have if the old guy wasn't so slow. He might have to re-do Ray Comfort's 6 week course on handing out tracts!). On their return,
- Ryan engaged one, Solomon, an evolutionary geneticist, and showed him some of the flaws in Darwin's theory. Solomon later admitted that the theory of evolution is like a majestic building that has no basis/foundation. Indeed Darwin's assumptions have been shown to be erroneous. Solomon now says that he needs to look into these matters after being taken through the law and gospel;
- Rick engaged one, a thoughtful man but he stumbled in that he could not stop trying to justify himself.
- Glenda and Railee spent a fair while with Adrian, who had some sort of Polish R.C. upbringing and was very confused. However, he listened carefully.
We thank God for these and other conversations and/or tracts handed out and ask Him to have the last Word in each case. We are so thankful that weak as we are, God has shown us mercy and uses us for His glory. There are so many needy and lost souls in the world. If you desire to help but are hesitant, there is training available and heaps of prayerful, comforting support.