It was a great night of evangelism yesterday at the Gold Coast. A good number of people on the team preached, including someone who has only preached in the open air once before.
God drew in people to listen to what was being said and some people stayed listening for the entire time.
At one stage, there was a man who called out that he didn't believe in God. So I gave him a simple apologetic - that just as we know builders have a builder, so must this universe have had a creator. He said that that made sense, and he quickly backed down from his atheism.
I asked him whether he was a good person and he said "Yes". So I started going through the commandments of God to see how good he really was. He admitted his sin but thought Hell was just going to be a party. I explained that the party in Hell has been cancelled due to fire.
By this time, quite a lot of people had gathered to hear the discussion going on. The man then had his friends drag him away, but I was able to keep the discussion going with someone else who was standing next to him listening and he was willing to interact.
I explained the gospel to the crowd and then this man started bringing up objections like "How can I believe in something I can't see?" I asked him, "Did you see World War 1?" He said "No, but we have accounts of those who did." I said, "Exactly, in the same way we have the historical accounts of those who saw Jesus." He conceded the point.
After a couple more of his objections, I asked him, "Is the real reason you don't want to repent and trust in Jesus because you want to keep on sinning?" He said, "Yes." This didn't really surprise me as Jesus says in John 3 that people love darkness rather than light.
So I explained the futility and foolishness of living in sin to him. I also said, "What good is cup of pleasure in exchange for an ocean of pain?"
You could tell he was thinking about what was being said. He said he didn't have a Bible. So I encouraged him to go over to the Bible table and take one. He then did so. Please pray for this man.
Over the past few weeks whenever we have had our Gold Coast outreach there has been showers of rain. We prayed that for tonight it would not rain till we finished our outreach for the night at 10pm.
And there wasn't a drop of rain until exactly as the clock struck 10pm, then it started pouring down rain. Praise God for his answer to prayer, which meant a lot of people could hear the gospel.
We had a productive afternoon in Sunnybank. Despite the very hot weather, we were able to share the Gospel with quite a number of people.
One of the biggest challenges with minister in this community is that the majority of people speak Chinese (and I don't!). To overcome this problem we set up a Free Bible and Literature table with material in their language. It is always encouraging to see people take God's Word in their own language.
Another challenge in this area is that the Mormons focus heavily on trying to deceive the Chinese speakers. Many of the LDS missionaries are trained to speak the language. Due to this, we make ever effort to reach the missionaries with the Gospel. This afternoon, I was able to have a good conversation with two 'elders.' We chatted about the history of the LDS, their claim of Joseph Smith being a prophet and also the Gospel. Using the Scripture we were able to show them that a Prophet must be 100% accurate (Joseph Smith wasn't) and that salvation isn't something we can earn (as the LDS claim).
It is always interesting that when an LDS missionary gets into a position where they can't answer, they use the excuse of, "I have an appointment; I have to go to." This is a common excuse at Sunnybank. Normally, the elder will leave, walk about fifty metres, then go back to talking to other people. It is clear that they have no problems with breaking the ninth commandment.
Please pray that the Lord would convert the Mormons and also the people of this community.
Glory to God that the gospel went out in Brisbane city.
We had a smaller team at the start, as some of our regulars couldn't make it. So we prayed together at the start for more labourers and also that the council would leave us alone.
God answered our prayers. Not long later, He brought in some more team members and even brought in two new people who have never evangelised with us before! Praise be to Him!
We saw the council hovering around, glaring at us for a while, but in God's providence they did not come up to us at all or fine us!
The fines we have received in previous weeks/months are currently on hold, being reviewed by a different department of the council. Please pray that whoever is reviewing them would realise we are there lawfully and drop the fines. We have been evangelising in Queen St Mall now for over 10 years.
The team had some really good conversations with people, with many saying that they will seriously consider the message. The gospel also went out clearly and boldly through the preaching.
All glory to God!
We had a well spent morning putting about 2,000 gospel tracts into letterboxes in the Wynnum/Manly area (QLD).
We started off with bacon and eggs for breakfast and then split into pairs to distribute the 'This was your life' tracts into letterboxes.
The weather was very pleasant, being mostly cloudy, and at times God brought in some light rain to cool us down.
We praise God that the gospel message could go into 2,000 more homes this morning. Please pray for all those who read the tract.
We aim to do this again later in the year, we hope you can come along then too.
To God be the glory!
We had a great outreach on Wednesday afternoon in Brisbane city. Despite the opposition we have been getting in recent months, we see that there are plenty of people open to hearing about God.
Throughout the afternoon, the team was in gospel conversations with people, and a few team members preached, while God drew in people to listen.
One conversation we had was with a high school student named Emily. She said "I am a nice person", hoping that that would get her to Heaven. After talking to her about sin, the coming judgement, the cross, repentance and faith, she thought for a moment and said, "I will do that now, you have now convinced me".
I asked her a few checking questions to see whether she had understood the message of grace - that forgiveness is not something you can earn, it's a free gift available through trusting in Christ. She had. Please pray for her, she has a Bible already.
Straight after that conversation, I talked with another high school student named Olivia. The conversation went very similar and she too was open to the gospel. Afterwards she said, "I learnt something today. Wow thank you, I did not think I would learn this today".
She didn't have a Bible, so we gave her a gospel of John to start reading. Please also pray for her.
All glory to God that His word is going out and impacting people!
It was a rather hot and sunny afternoon of outreach in Sunnybank. I haven't been out witnessing here since before Christmas, so it was great to return to our regular location.
Sunnybank is a centre for Mormon missionaries. Within minutes of arriving two "Sisters" approached us to begin a conversation. One of them was from the US and the other from China. We chatted for awhile about the way of salvation, and how to return to Heavenly Father. They gave the standard LDS replies, and they told me that they are trying as hard as they can to keep the commandments.
Under the LDS system, in order to be forgiven you have to trust in Jesus and then do works. One of the many works is keeping the commandments. I asked the Sisters if they were keeping the commandments, they replied that they were trying. I then put a question to them, I said, "If I said to you, I tried to climb a mountain. Would that imply that I succeed or that I had failed?" They both answered that it would show that I had failed. I then asked them, "If you say you are trying to keep the commandments, does that imply you are succeeding or failing?" The point was made. They realised that they were failing in their efforts to earn salvation.
Once this point was made, I took them to Galatians 3:10 where the Apostle Paul says, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them."
I asked them, "If you are trying to keep the law, what does the Bible say about you if you don't keep all the law?" They acknowledged that they would be cursed.
From there I took them to Galatians 3:11-14: "But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
There on the side of the road in Sunnybank, I stressed to the LDS Sisters that salvation isn't through law-keeping, but rather it is only through Jesus Christ who became a curse for us. I explained justification by faith alone to them, and their response was to say, "We have an appointment we must attend." With that they walked off.
Shortly after this, two Mormon Elders came by. We had the exact same conversation, and again we got the same response. It is amazing that whenever a LDS missionary can't deal with Scripture that they have an "appointment" they have to go to. One cannot help but wonder if they are breaking the ninth commandment!
For the rest of the day the LDS avoided us, but we were able to chat to many other people about the Good News.
Please pray for those that we ministered to today. Also, please pray that the Lord would deliver the Mormons from their works righteous system.
It was a windy, yet, productive outreach in Woodridge today. We arrived at just after 2pm and began by setting up the "Free Bible and Literature Table." We then proceeded to hand out tracts and talk to people. At one point the Police came by; they were quite friendly and chatted to us. They even helped us pick up all our resources when a strong gust of wind flipped our table.
I was able to chat to one man whom we've spoken to several times before. He was looking for any excuse to justify his unbelief. We chatted for sometime, and he admitted that he was more concerned about his children and his children's children than he was about his own soul.
I quoted to him from Deuteronomy 6 about the responsibilities of parents. I stressed to him that if he was truly concerned about his children then he would be seeking to instruct them in the ways of the Lord. He admitted that this was true.
After talking to him, I was able to chat to a man who had just finished talking to Mako. This man wanted to know how he could be sure that God exists. I pointed out to him that he already knew that God exists (Romans 1) and then proceeded to use the cosmological argument to confirm this knowledge. The many very readily agreed that God does exist.
During this time, Ryan and Pastor Luther were talking to two people from Iran. Both of them have arrived in this country as refugees. It was great to have a local Pastor with us as we ministered, as he was able to get their contact details and will be meeting with them tomorrow.
It was great to get back out to share the Gospel in Woodridge. Please pray that the light would dispel the darkness in this community.
It was a rather hot day at Wellington Point on Sunday arvo so it was good to be under the shade of a tree. It’s always good to pray and fellowship with the team members as we hand out tracts and share the good news of the gospel with the people of the area out and about enjoying the day.
I had a talk with Ian, a middle aged aussie bloke and his asian partner and upon going through a few of the ten commandments I asked if they have ever told a lie. They agreed and the lady said that she lied to her mother and then pointed to Ian and said that he lied to her. Not wanting them to start an argument with each other, I quickly went on to another commandment to show them that they and all of us are guilty of breaking God’s laws.
I explained that we will have to stand before the judgement seat of God one day and give an account of the way we lived while on our journey in this short thing called life! This couple had someone waiting for them but before they went I shared the Gospel and challenged them to investigate this message for they do not know if they will have tomorrow!!
When I had finished the chat with that couple, Ryan told us that a young man had contacted him during the week and said that he lived in Wellington Point and asked if it would it be alright if he could come and meet us and join us in sharing the gospel. Well of course we said no (only joking).
Ryan told us that he was coming that arvo. He (Tai) arrived and we got acquainted with him, gave him some tracts and showed him tips on handing the tracts out. He also got to listen to Ryan witness to a couple of teenage boys. These two boys were cousins of two other teenagers Ryan had shared the gospel with only ten minutes before. They were of the Indian Sikh religion and had never heard this message before and told their two cousins to check out what Ryan was sharing!!! Wow praise God. Please pray for the young boys that our Lord would bring them to saving faith in Him.
The ladies joined us shortly after they had witnessed to a number of people at the jetty. We introduced them to Tai and they got to encouraged Tai in his decision to come out and share the gospel with us. We prayed and thanked our Lord for His abundant mercy and grace poured out upon us daily and that His word will not return void but will accomplish what He sent it to do.
Bless His Holy name.
Sunday afternoon at Wellington point was overcast but quite warm so we were blessed to have a breeze and a shady tree to keep us cool. After committing the afternoon to the Lord in prayer we started to hand out our Gospel tracts, it’s good to have a variety of tracts to suit the different people groups and various ages of the people.
As a family walked passed, one of the teenage boys who was with them stopped to chat as he was asked the question on whether he followed Jesus. He said he was and is obeying the message of turning away from sin. It was during the chat that he told me that he remembered talking with me at the Halloween Festival in Wynnum last year, and so I encouraged him to continue to read the Bible.
Now at the same time, Gordon was talking with 3 young adults from Cleveland Baptist church. They were testing a homemade PVC spud gun and they said they were going to be coming back periodically in coming weeks to do more testing. The good thing about this was the spud gun sounded like a mini cannon every time they fired it and was attracting onlookers (more people for us to hand out tracts to). Gordon got to talk to an onlooker who was also a believer who was drawn by the noise - God uses everything.
The ladies came back with many good conversations, LeeAnne spoke with 3 teenagers even before we started, she had lots of people she engaged with while Railee and Glenda prayed and kept handing out tracts.
Glenda spoke with a Japanese lady, she said she would read the tract but was not interested in Jesus being the only way to heaven. The amazing thing was: While Glenda was working a few days later she was taking an elderly Client for a walk and she saw the Japanese lady from Sunday and got to say "Hello, remember me from the other day at Wello?" She looked and waved. We pray she will consider all that was said to her about Jesus and her salvation.
Another great afternoon of sharing the glorious Gospel. To God be the Glory.
This evening, the team headed out into Queen St Mall, in the heart of Brisbane city. For a range of years it has been a weekly occurrence, each Saturday night, yet without fail each time God brings along new people to hear His message of salvation. Tonight was no different, as the team met up for prayer at seven, there were already a few team members in conversations with passers by and as always we were hanging around for a while after the designated evangelism time finishing off conversations.
The night started quickly, there was a small threat of rain but thankfully nothing came of it. Early in the night we started with some sketch boarding alongside some preaching, a man came along early, who name was Dave and very quickly started engaging, he was very animated and quickly a crowd had formed to listen to the discussion which was taking place. Dave argued that all truth and morality was relative and simply by making the claim that all truth was relative had refuted his own argument. Dave continued discussing but after a a few questions when he had no more objections he didn't want to hear anymore about God and abruptly left.
Thankfully a decent crowd stuck around and heard the Gospel articulated and were given te challenge to consider if they are trusting in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross alone, or if they were relying on themselves to get to Heaven.
The preaching drew in a few different couples who stayed around and conversed with team members for varying lengths of time. One couple even stayed for an entire three hours!
One man the team talked with was named Steve, he was a professing Atheist. He explained that he didn't believe God existed on the basis that there wasn't enough evidence. We discussed a wide range of topics, starting with a quick jog through morality, its basis and why it matters, past the evidence for an intelligent designer in the complexity of creation and finally we spent a decent amount of time on the evidence for the reliability of the Bible.
Steve who a few minutes earlier seemed so sure, was suddenly in a place out of his depth, though he held strongly to an atheistic belief, he never spent much time considering who Jesus is and whether or not Jesus rose from the grave. Steve had strong opinions but we challenged the basis of his belief. Please be keeping Steve in prayer and pray that God will use our discussion with him to bring about salvation.
Just as he was making a move to leave he asked a final decisive question. Why not other religions? Why Christianity? To which we were able to discuss a little more, summarised finally with the simple explanation, all other religions, and proclaimed ways to Heaven teach that humans, in their fallen and evil state can somehow work hard, to improve enough to deserve the recognition of a Holy God. Where as Christianity states that we could never please God, contrarily we deserve punishment for our sin, yet God in His love, became a man, in the person of Jesus Christ (fully God and fully man), lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death, suffering God's wrath for sin and rose from the grave, so that we can have our sin paid for, if we surrender to Him as Lord and Saviour through repentance and belief.
Steve had never heard this before and said it was interesting, he did have to leave but would consider such a claim.
Another brief highlight was with four young men, Damo, James, Josh and Thomas. Each proclaiming a level of skepticism or agnosticism and one boldly declaring he was an atheist. We started out discussing, what the worlds biggest problem was, with a range of answers, from racism, to littering and even selfishness getting some air time we soon were into a discussion about morality.
Damo, declared that morality was relative and determined by the majority, James (seemingly speaking for the other three), declared that we are taught morality by our parents. We started to deconstruct these misconceptions. Damo quickly stepped back, when we discussed whether or not slavery was wrong because the majority of people for the vast majority of history believed it was. James, continued on with the family structure and your surroundings but soon was denying certain things were wrong on a level higher than parental authority. We got to a point where each attempt at explaining morality seemed to have a hole in it.
Thankfully there was one answer that hadn't been considered, the fact that we were created in the image of God, inherently with knowledge of good and evil. This seemed to settle that discussion and now we were covering ground quickly, again we hit a bit of a bump, "How can we be sure there is a God?", Josh interjected.
We had very quickly jumped into a much deeper discussion, if God exists, there must be a standard by which we are judged. So we set out onto a few steps into a journey, we discussed the prophetic ability seemingly contained in the Bible, we juggled some questions about displays of the supernatural and we systematically addressed the validity of the eye witness testimony that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead.
The young men had never really discussed this side of the evidence before and were in a world of unknown, Damo tried to stabilise the rocking of his worldview, with a summary line, "Isn't it all about just being pretty good anyway, I think surely if we just try to be decent people it will all work out". This presented a perfect opportunity to in depth explain the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, after hearing the way of salvation through Christ alone, the men seemed to not be quite so sure, of their beliefs. They did have to head off and so they left with one final challenge, "Did Jesus Christ rise from the grave?"
Many others engaged the preaching, conversed with team members or were exposed to the Gospel through tracts and other literature, please keep Dave, Steve, Damo, James, Josh and Thomas in prayer, alongside all others who were exposed to the truth of the Gospel, for we know God is sovereign over salvation and may we plead on behalf of the hearers of His eternal truths that they may come to repentance and faith in Christ Jesus!
Soli Deo Gloria!