We had a good outreach in Woodridge on Tuesday afternoon. There were four of us on the team, and many tracts were handed out...not just in English. Since Woodridge is very multicultural place, we had with us tracts in a dozen or so languages.
One person we spoke to was Samson. He had just recently been chosen to be in the Broncos development program. Even though he used to go to church, rugby training was now the focus of his life. He thought God would let him into heaven because everything in his life is going really good right now.
After hearing the gospel and the cost of discipleship - that Jesus can't just be an add-on to our life, He should be the centre - he said he can't trust in Christ yet. He said he now realises that if he died right now he would be going to hell. For he saw sport as his idol, but he wanted to keep it that way until he was older.
After speaking with him further and challenging him, he was happy for us to pray for him. Please pray that God will really convict Samson of his sin and draw him to Himself.
Please also pray for Hakim, a Muslim young man from Uzbekistan. He came to realise the only way his sin debt can be paid for is by a sinless substitute taking his hell punishment for him. He was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading. Please pray that God will save him.
To God be the glory!
The Way to Heaven tract we were using is available here.
On Saturday evening the team headed into Queen St Mall (in the heart of Brisbane City) and very quickly things were underway. Without much hesitation many people were in conversations, the preaching was started and the citizens of Brisbane City who had ventured into the mall were being exposed to the truth of human sin and the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross.
There were a few first timers who had come out and it was a blessing to see them watch along, standing beside another team member before having a go at a conversation themselves. As always the easiest place to talk to someone is either as they walk away from listening to the preacher or as the preacher finishes. It was good to see that small step of courage taken, the simple question, "What did you think of that?"
One highlight conversation from the evening was with a man named, Errol, at first he was unsure whether or not God existed but the conversation quickly pushed past that and basically then revolved around the Gospel.
Discussing sin Errol acknowledged quickly that he was a sinner and that he deserved God's penalty for sin. When asked how he would fix it, as his eyes started to well up, he said, he had no idea and it worried him. We discussed common ideas and theories and addressed why these were unable to save before Errol was offered the good news of Jesus Christ, the one and only way to be saved from sin.
It was a wonderful conversation and to finish it off Errol acknowledged his fault before God and said he would have to consider this and said he might go and read his Bible that evening.
Please pray for Errol, pray that he will surrender to Jesus as Lord and Saviour and be trusting in Christ alone for salvation.
Please pray for the team as normal weeks get underway that 'normal' life will not be one void of Gospel ministry, that work weeks, university classes and the rest of their lives will be filled with the Gospel of Grace and the declaration of the truth.
Soli Deo Gloria!
At Surfers paradise in the mall, there were crowds of people to enjoy to musical entertainment and despite the noise and the intensity many Gospel conversations were had.
The first 'sketch' done on the board mentioned abortion and as a product a young couple came up and were quite upset that anyone would call it wrong. When posed with the question to finish the statement, "It is okay to murder a baby in the womb when..." the answer was given, it isn't a baby until birth.
The discussion went along for a little while, with the couple saying it is okay to say all other things are wrong but when it comes to abortion there is no room for commenting. An explanation was given that we must call sin, sin otherwise we are removing the need for salvation in Jesus Christ. The discussion didn't get much further as Dom and Sam were adamant that it was okay.
Surprisingly another pair, this time two ladies came up and had a similar discussion over the painting that was still on the board. They were very quick to defend their position saying simply, that their life and ability to live how they wanted shouldn't be impeded by a child's birth and so abortions aren't wrong.
Again the conversation was taken towards the Gospel in that, the team isn't out to proclaim personal Holiness or goodness but rather to proclaim the guilt of all and the salvation available in Jesus Christ.
Both of these conversations were immensely saddening and it is hard to know how better to address such scenarios. For sin is something we must talk about for the Cross of Jesus to make any sense.
Please pray for the conversations had tonight regarding abortion and the many others had regarding Jesus Christ and His power to save.
Please keep the team in prayer as they seek to find more loving, careful and sensitive ways to share the hard truth of the Gospel with the lost people of this world.
It would be a blessing to have you along to declare the goodness and mercy of God!
You may have seen some of the witnessing clips, some of the different times of people sharing the Gospel and you may compare yourself to 'the team'. You may consider yourself to bad at speaking or not good enough at thinking on your feet. Let me reassure you, we as the team are not some super talkers, we are no world class intelligence.
We are full of normal humans, who are nothing special, we are unworthy servants, willing to be used by a Holy God!
May you take the opportunity to join us on an outreach to proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified!
On Friday evening, the team headed into the Surfers Paradise Mall and as always began to share the Gospel, the team committed the evening to the Lord and then spread out and made it their goal to share the Gospel with anyone who would listen.
A sad but important conversation was with a man named Simon, he had spoken with the team almost a year ago (there is actually a video of the conversation on our page) and had heard the Gospel, he had acknowledged the way of salvation but his heart wasn't changed. I spoke with Him again tonight and we had a brief conversation but as we started to talk about sin, he got angry and said that we were all self-righteous and needed to lighten up.
Before I could explain he had marched off, please pray for Simon, a man who needs God's mercy just as desperately as the rest of us but just as I was; so lost that I didn't know I was lost.
Thank you for the prayer support for the team as they head out, please continue to keep the team members in prayer and continue to pray for those who hear the news of the salvation of Jesus Christ, that they may heed the message and turn to trust in Christ!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Wednesday afternoon, we headed into the mall, there was only four of us on the team but God provided many opportunities! We started the afternoon with some preaching and despite a relatively controversial preaching on sin, there was a decent sized crowd of twenty five who listened for the vast majority of the presentation.
What was most surprising was as the sins were listed and discussed, including abortion, not a single person flinched, in fact more people came to stop and listen. (The video starts in the few moments after the sin of abortion was revealed on the board).
There were many conversations had including a discussion with a lady named Rhoia, she was adamant that all religions were true, that there was no real right and wrong and certain that there was no Heaven or Hell. When asked about why, she simply stated because she didn't want to believe in such things. The conversation went from there and went down a few interesting routes but in the end came to a place, after hearing about sin and hearing the way of salvation Rhoia said, it sounded nice but she just didn't want to believe that because it would mean admitting she was wrong.
Please pray for Rhoia who has heard the saving message of Jesus Christ, pray that her heart will be softened and that she will trust in Christ alone as Lord and Saviour!
There was also a lengthy conversation had with two ladies named, Sharon and Collette were Hindu's and believed that they were trusting in the same message as Christianity, yet denying the essential truths of Christ. They were hard of heart and strongly professed that there was no such thing as truth and that morality was subjective meaning they weren't wrong to live how they wanted.
Please consider Sharon and Collette in prayer, they have heard the Gospel, they have tracts and just like us all they need Jesus Christ's salvation!
Thank you for your support and prayers, may you take the opportunity to join us!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Anzac Day 2016 Outreach
Yesterday afternoon in Brisbane City the mall was quite busy as it was the Anzac Day public holiday, where Australian's celebrate the sacrifice of the lives that men and women gave for our country's freedom.
So we went to proclaim the sacrifice Jesus the Christ paid, His sinless life, so that we may have freedom, from sin and death.
The tract we were handing out was our new Anzac gospel tract.
Watch the video from the outreach:
Soli Deo Gloria!
On Friday night at the Gold Coast we had a great night of evangelism. It was busy and after setting up and praying together as a team, we started handing out tracts. It wasn't long before most of the team were in gospel conversations.
A few times throughout the night, we used the sketchboard while preaching and God drew in people to listen. In fact, one man was asking the preacher a number of questions that he had, which drew in more people to listen. After a good while of discussion and being challenged to repent and trust in Christ, he left, counting the cost.
We also brought a flipchart down that goes through the message of sin, judgement, heaven and hell, and the cross. It was great to see many people stop to have a look at it as one of our team explained the message.
Please pray for those who heard the gospel on Friday.
Thank-you to those who prayed for the outreach this afternoon in Sunnybank. The weather played a little bit of havoc with rain coming and going. However, despite that, we were able to share the gospel.
I was able to have a good conversation with a young man who subscribes to the Baha'i religion. This is a belief that I have very little knowledge of so it was great to have him explain it to me. As we chatted we examined the issue of all religions being true (a Baha'i belief). We talked about the Scripture and how Jesus doesn't leave the 'all roads to God' option open to us, but rather He makes an exclusive truth claim that He alone is the way to the Father (John 14:6).
Our conversation also centred around the nature of God; the way of salvation and how we can know God. At the end of our talk the young man took a Gospel of John and also an Ultimate Questions booklet. Please pray the Lord would save him.
We had a great night of evangelism last night at the Gold Coast.
While one of team was preaching, it was wonderful seeing a young girl who had taken a gospel of John from the free Bibles table, go over to her dad, take his hand and then pull him towards where we were, saying, "You've got to listen to this dad!"
Also last night we had a large size team, which is a great answer to prayer, as the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. The team had some good conversations with atheists, agnostics, Jews and Muslims. In fact, our free Bibles in Arabic table (we have one in English too) had large groups of people from the Middle East around it for most of the night, with many people asking questions about the Bible and being happy to take one home.
Glory to God!
It was a lovely warm day today in Hobart and there were many good conversations we had in the centre of town. As we move into the darker and colder months it has been nice to sit with folks and speak of eternity in relative comfort.
I began the day with a conversation with Mr P. who is a representative for the Jehovah's Witnesses. One Elizabeth street the JW's set up a literature stand and speak with people who stop. I have meant for some time to engage them in conversation and today took the opportunity.
The Watch Tower and Tract Society or Jehovah's Witnesses claim to be a Christian organisation. Indeed they claim they are the only true Christians in the world today and all other Churches are perverting the truth presented in scripture. The organisation teaches a number of heretical things and many books have been written on this topic one of the best of them being Walter Martin's "Kingdom of the Cults". Some of the central issues revolve around the denial of the Triune God, the divinity of Jesus Christ, the existence of hell, and authority of scripture.
My conversation with Mr P. revolved around these issues and was very pleasant. This is one thing that I believe is very important when dealing with members of destructive cults : be polite and respect them as people. These people often deal with a lot of abuse from the general public and as Christians we should always be a positive contrast to the world.
We discussed the divinity of Jesus and different passages that speak of Him. After a short period Mr P. suggested that we organise another time to discuss things further and so we said fair well. I will try to use this opportunity to reach out to the different people in the team on Elizabeth Street.
There were a number of other people we spoke to over the course of the day and a number of people asked for bibles at the bible table. There are a number of Christians who now make it a weekly ritual to come when we are in the mall and encourage us. May God bless these wonderful people and urge them on in their prayers! If you know of people witnessing on the streets of your town please go and let them know you pray for them (and if you don't already, start praying!). Your encouragement will be a wonderful boost and much needed I know for sure.
Karl read from the word and I preached once on ANZAC day and John 3:16-17 and the great sacrifice of Jesus to save us from our sins. I used the bravery of our diggers over the centuries to draw people's attention to the great bravery of our risen saviour. I also spoke about Victoria Cross recipient Cameron Baird and pointed to the great love he showed for his mates and for us as a nation as he fought.
A few people gathered to listen and we spoke to them afterwards. I had a good conversation with a Christian man and we encouraged each other in the Lord.
Towards the end of the day Karl started a conversation with a gentleman who stopped at the table. It was a wonderful discussion and ended with the man asking for directions to our church for the coming Sunday.