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Capalaba Team

Monday, 30 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 30 April 2018, 5:11 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

As we started there was a windy gust or two to remind us of Jn. 3:8 and the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating grace. Here are 2 prayer points for your consideration:

     - Jordan is a self confessed agnostic. Hearing the building/builder analogy he seemed to be open to more. He was told that God says that he is without excuse. He is now evaluating the law/gospel facts as applied to himself. May God be merciful to him and transfer him into the kingdom of His Son, Col. 1:13,14.

     -Jack is a friendly young man who had a R.C. school education. He had not thought of what heaven is like. After reminding him that God is too holy to tolerate even a person with only one sin to 'walk with Him, cf. Adam after his transgression, Jack.suggested that heaven is perfect. Going through the law/gospel, he had not grasped why God should let him into heaven. I repeated that he needed to rest in the merits of Christ and explained that after receiving mercy for the forgiveness of one's sins, then one sought to do good works as a testimony of his love for God. We journeyed through the Blondin illustration to highlight the difference between 'believing the facts' and 'getting into Jesus wheelbarrow - by (saving) faith. He was shown how to get onto our website to the interactive 'way to heaven' section. May God excite him to seek Him out.

The work continues by God's enabling grace which we are especially mindful of our ongoing need of when we encounter some of the more vocal opponents of God. God does as He please and it is all good for us!

We give Him thanks and all the glory for only He can do glorious things that are worthy of unending praise.

 


Warwick Team

Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 26 April 2018, 9:00 AM by Glenda Barnard. Permalink

Praise God for the good response from the people of Warwick.

Today the Ministry Table was set up next to a Salvation Army Table. Terry a Salvation Army soldier has had a table in this spot for many many years. He sets up on a Wednesday but because of Anzac Day he was where I have arranged to be on Tuesdays. It was a good opportunity to team up with him as he knows and preaches the Gospel and it shows the people that we are united in pointing to Jesus as the way to Eternal Life.

Pray for Roy who believes and loves the Lord. He spoke with me for a while and took tracts. He needs prayer for his depression.

Phillip a lovely man very open who says he believes but sadly he is not reading Gods Word. He went on to tell me he witnessed a healing where a man's leg that was short became normal in a church service. At hearing this I grabbed the illusion tracts where you hold up two curved cards and one looks bigger then the other then you swap and the other looks bigger. He was amazed ... then I said what our eyes see can be an illusion. sure God does heal and He can do anything but we must know & focus on what is more important. The tract lead into the question... "Would you sell one of your eyes for $1,000,000? or both eyes for $20,000,000? Of course you wouldn't your eyes are precious but they are merely windows of our soul."

I explained that our soul needs to be made right with God, when we die it's too late for forgiveness of sins and we need Jesus. God sent His Son to save sinners! What Jesus has done on the cross is the most important healing we need for our sinful souls. We need our souls to be saved. Then I encouraged Phillip to read God’s Word because this is how we get to know and love God, we also need to feed our souls, it is even more important than food for our physical bodies. Phillip received tracts and was thankful, hopefully I will get to see him again to see how he is doing.

Terry the Salvation Officer told me he knows Phillip and his family well and was thankful I could talk to him as he says he finds it hard to chat with him because he is close to the family.

I got to talk with an 18 year old girl who has been brought up in a Christian Family and she was interested to hear about the ministry we discussed the Commandments how they show us our sinful state and our need for Jesus, that He is the good news!!!

Jesus forgives us when we see our sin, humble ourselves & trust His offer to be saved - that He lived perfectly and died in our place, He took the punishment we deserve, Jesus rose from the grave! He defeated sin and death & offers us Eternal Life. She has had some hard times recently and her faith tested so I encouraged her by telling her that God is Sovereign and will bring good from all our difficulties as we trust in Him, He helps us to keep in His Word, we need to pray for His help to keep trusting. Everything is for His Glory! We know all the treasures that last will be in Heaven.

Praise God for sending a helper today and being able to be along side of Terry.

Praise God for His Spirit in us & through us in the bond of service & prayer.

All Glory to Jesus our King.


Special Outreaches

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 26 April 2018, 8:51 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had an enjoyable morning sharing the good news of the gospel in Brisbane city. The Anzac Day march was on and tens of thousands of people gathered to watch it.

We brought along some specially themed gospel tracts including our 'Lest we Forget' card and the million dollar notes. And by God's grace, over 5,000 gospel tracts went out into people's hands as most people were very happy to take them.

For we recognize and appreciate the great sacrifices people have made for our country, and when we look back in history we see the greatest sacrifice someone has made to set humanity free from sin and its consequences (hell) and how He offers eternal life to all who would come to trust in Him - trusting that He has paid the penalty for all their sins on that cross 2000 years ago. That is why were out to share this good news with the people there today.

We also had some conversations with people. One brief chat happened with an elderly man who said that his god is the 10 Commandments. We asked, "Wouldn't it make more sense that God would be the giver of the 10 Commandments?" He said, "No, the 10 Commandments have evolved into being over time."

We explained how just like a building has a builder for it, so must the universe have had a creator for it, and he thought for a moment and said "That makes sense." Pray that he reads the gospel tract he received. Please also pray for all the others who received gospel tracts today.

To God be the glory!


Gold Coast Team

Friday, 20 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 8:19 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

On Friday at the Gold Coast, we expected it to rain as it was raining for almost the entire time driving there, and yet once we arrived at Surfers Paradise the ground was completely dry and it turned out to be a really busy night.

God raised up a team of about 10 to 15 of us and He saw fit to allow lots of people to hear the gospel. We used the sketchboard to preach a message on the way to Heaven - during which a crowd instantly formed.

This also led into some good conversations with people afterwards, some who only got to hear the last part of the message and so wanted to find out more about what we were saying. One man we spoke with was like this and he was very receptive. He began to see the urgency of what we were talking about after we said:

"Imagine if you were walking across the road tonight and a speeding car came straight towards you. You wouldn't just stand there, would you?" "No", he said. We continued, "The fear of getting hit by that car will make you run out of the way. So in the same way, in what you've heard tonight you now realize that if you died tonight you'd be sent to Hell forever and that should absolutely terrify you, but it should terrify you enough to do something about it - and that is, trust that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and so be saved."

He grasped that, and so we kept talking for a further 20 minutes answering his questions and explaining the gospel. He took a gospel of John from us to start reading.

God's word is sharper than any two edged sword, so please pray that God will use it to bring this man to himself.

The team prayed together at the end of the night and went home rejoicing that we were able to be used of God to communicate the good news of the gospel to those who are still in darkness. To God be the glory!


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 8:18 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The gospel went out again last night in Brisbane city. God brought along about 15 labourers for the team. It was great to see the team in constant conversations throughout the night.

We talked with Muslims who thought they had to earn their forgiveness by doing good deeds. For them, we gave them an illustration - "If a criminal stood before a judge and said. 'Judge, yesterday I murdered someone, but today I have done 5 good things, so please let me go free.' Would that work?"

Of course it wouldn't. Same thing with God, our good deeds could never get rid of any of the sins we have done - that is why we need a substitute who would take our punishment for us - Jesus.

We also talked with Christians who lacked assurance of salvation. We asked, "What would happen if you sinned on your way home this evening and then 5 minutes later you died, where would you go?" They said. "That's a good question, I'm not sure, because of that last sin."

We were able to explain that Jesus didn't just die for our past sins, but even for the sins we'll do tomorrow, and next week and next year even - if we are trusting only in His death on the cross for our forgiveness. That means we can know where we are going when we die, because Jesus has paid the price. And the evidence that we are trusting in Jesus is that we'll start living our life differently - instead of for sin, we'll want to live for Jesus.

One other person we spoke with said he had had a bad experience with church in the past and so that is why he has given up on church and just believes in God. I asked, "If you were sick and you went to a doctor but he turned out to be a pretty bad doctor, do you say, 'I'm never going to any doctors ever again!' No, instead you would go and find a good doctor. Same with church, if you happen to have been part of a bad church, you don't give up on church, you find a good church instead." The man said that made sense.

To God be all the glory for a wonderful night!


Capalaba Team

Monday, 23 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 5:04 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

There were 2 very similar but separate conversations with two young men - Dillon and Hudson. Both were open to the possibility that 'God is' after hearing an analogy.

They heard the overview of God making man in His image, the introduction of death through Adam's sin and the cursed state of planet earth even to this day. Told of the 2 natures of Jesus and why each nature was necessary if He was to fulfill His name - Mt. 1:21, they were shown how God's moral law was satisfied. Jesus was born without sin and lived without sin = absolutely righteous, cf. Jer. 23:5,6.

Furthermore He suffered all that God required to make atonement for His peoples' sins, cf. 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18. Now one can approach God asking God for His mercy of forgiveness of all his sins by pleading the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ on his behalf. Because God's standard of righteousness has been fully met in Jesus Christ alone, one can trust Him now for eternal life and know he has been given it - Jn. 3:36a.

Both seemed to have accepted the need to read the Scriptures asking God to reveal Himself to them.  Please pray that they do and may God grant them the graces of repentance and faith in Christ alone.

As usual, there were other conversations ranging from 'who cares', to the defiant ones who love their sin, to those who were very open to hearing the things of God.

Thanks for praying, and please join us in giving all the glory to God triune.     


Capalaba Team

Monday, 16 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 18 April 2018, 10:54 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

A team of 5 gathered to the share the gospel at the bus stop in Capalaba today. Commuters were not many but God's appointed conversations took place. One was with a 25 year old man, Storn, Ryan met and witnessed to more than once 2+ years ago. He had not 'done' anything with the gospel as he said he had been too busy or too lazy.

Recently this man's 35 year old cousin had headaches for a week before suddenly dropping down dead. When Ryan and Storn met today, Storn seemed to be more concerned this time because 'he realised he gets headaches too and what if he was next'. Pray that he has a sustained sense of urgency to be reconciled to God.

I also met with Lachlan whom I had not seen for over a year. He is still treating the whole matter of Biblical revelation as a matter of indifference. He is living for himself now - sadly. He maintains that macroevolution has been proved by science.

May God soften hard hearts, otherwise who would be saved? To Him alone be thanksgiving and praise for He alone is worthy!


Warwick Team

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 18 April 2018, 10:45 AM by Glenda Barnard. Permalink

Today was the first day of street ministry in Warwick. Every Tuesday a Bible table will be set up in the main street with the offer of free Bibles and resources & tracts from the ministry.

What a great day it was, with a good handful of conversations. Being held up in prayer in preparation for this outreach was much felt and shown by the results at the end of the 3 hours. Wow God is so great!!!

Rob from Stanthorpe was my first inquirer, he is a fellow Christian and asked all about the ministry, we talked about the law being used to bring knowledge of sin and the need to have our sins paid for. Rob took a few different tracts and will check out the website. Pray for Phillip, he was brought up Catholic, he was open for a short chat, a few seeds planted and he received a tract. Pray for one of my work mates and a client who stopped for a chat and received Gospel tracts. Andy from Gatton agreed with the Gospel but is not attending a church or reading his bible. Pray for him and his wife and son. He received a comic book tract and Anzac tract. Jeff a busker who was playing his guitar not far from me when he had finished walked past me, I handed him a million dollar tract and said he played so well. I mentioned that the message on the back was worth more than silver or gold. We had a conversation and he was interested and took tracts. A good handful of Anzac tracts went to some people passing close to me and it was good to say "good morning" and "have a nice day" to lots of people.

Praise God for a good response today & open hearts.


Capalaba Team

Monday, 16 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 16 April 2018, 5:32 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Operation 513 Sharing the GospelA team of 5 gathered at the bus stop today. Commuters were not many but God's appointed conversations took place. One was with a 25 year old man, Storn,  Ryan met and witnessed to more than once 2+ years ago. He had not 'done' anything with the gospel as he said he had been too busy or too lazy.

Recently this man's 35 year old cousin had headaches for a week before suddenly dropping down dead. When Ryan and Storn met today, Storn seemed to be more concerned because 'he gets headaches too and who knows when he will die'. Pray that he has a sustained sense of urgency to be reconciled to God.

I also met with  Lachlan whom I had not seen for over a year. He is still treating the whole matter of Biblical revelation as a matter of indifference.  He is living for himself now - sadly. He maintains that macroevolution has been proved by science. 

May God soften hard hearts, otherwise who would be saved? To Him alone be thanksgiving and praise for He alone is worthy!


Wellington Point Team

Sunday, 15 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 16 April 2018, 5:15 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

There was no particular interest in eternal things evidenced in most of the people contacted today.  But we know God is always working, Jn. 5:17, and we often do not realize it at that time, Jn. 3:8. 

There was this timely reminder of the dire consequences of preaching that states "God loves everybody" but does not even attempt to define what this love is. A young man named Christian had the firm view that God loved him. He grew up in a Christian family but he was the only non-believer in that household. He claimed to have repented and trusted in Jesus twice before but he was unchanged.

He was reminded that God knows when repentance is true or not. He was shown Ps. 5:5 which states that God hates doers of iniquity. Christian appeared to be truly shocked that this was in the Bible. Pray that he has his ears opened to God's truth about himself and truly repents. As we know, anyone who dies in his sins must pay the penalty = finite creatures are consigned to everlasting punishment and can never be released nor escape: they cannot meet God's standard of absolute 'repayment'. God's justice is absolute. If anyone refuses Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord now, he can never be reconciled in hell.  

Praise the Lord that His love endures forever and everyone who is 'in Christ' is firmly in God's household, Rom. 8:38,39, for ever.

We give God all the glory for His ways are far higher than ours and He does not change. 


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