Wow it was busy in Queen Street Mall today for our weekly Wednesday outreach. The team was in conversations with people almost the whole afternoon, sharing the gospel. More than 30 gospels of John also went out.
Good sized crowds gathered to listen as I preached the gospel using the sketchboard, which then lead some people in the crowd to ask me some questions in the open air. People were asking about homosexuality, why there is a Hell, suffering in the world, and questions about certain parts of the Bible.
God used that to draw people in to listen to the preaching, with some people staying the entire hour and a half of preaching, as they heard of the message of the cross.
In fact, one guy named Dan was listening the whole time and asking all sorts of questions. He said he was an atheist, and after showing him why we all know God exists, he kept refusing no matter what evidence I presented.
So I put it to him, "I think that no matter what evidence I present to you, you will reject it because you don't want God to exist. You would rather live in sin, correct?" He responded, "Yes, that's right. I do love my sin." I thanked him for his honesty. My prayer is that Dan would be converted. Today he heard the gospel many times.
It is always a privilege to speak God's word. We are nothing but unworthy servants just doing what God has commanded us to do. So to God alone be the glory!
God raised up a lot of labourers for our outreach in Brisbane city last night, which was a great answer to prayer! There were some really good conversations that the team had, with some people even taking a Bible home to start reading it.
About half way through the night, Andrew, Tom and Jason read out aloud the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). It is a great set of chapters which prepare people to hear the gospel. I then got up to preach, proclaiming Christ and Him crucified. Afterwards, a bunch of the team started singing some hymns together which clearly present the message of the gospel.
Overall, it was a very good night with many people coming to hear of Christ. Some of the gospel conversations the team were having were very long. In fact, one team member continued in a conversation even after the team had left for the night! Glory to God.
Please pray for all those who heard the gospel.
We would like to thank all those that helped on Saturday for the OP513 Letter Box Drop.
After a good hot breakfast and even better fellowship, 24 willing saints divided over 6 areas around Holland Park, Brisbane, to distribute more than 7,000 Gospel Tracts.
We praise God that all returned safely a few hours later.
The tract we were distributing was the Eternity Postcard.
Please be in prayer for each household that received a Gospel Tract.
Pray that God would have mercy and open the hearts of those lost in darkness so that they would see the glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Thank-you to all those who were praying for our outreach in Surfers Paradise tonight.
Over the past few weeks we have face opposition from the Gold Coast City Council in relation to our ministry. Even though we have permits to preach, some elements within the council has been seeking to silence the Gospel.
Tonight, we weren't sure what would happen so we had many people praying. By God's grace nothing happened. Council didn't come near us, and God blessed us with large crowds which gathered to listen to the preaching.
Throughout the night many Bibles, and tracts were distributed. Also, many one to one conversations were had. Please pray that the Lord would transform the lives of all those who shared with.
Thank-you to all those who prayed for us today as we ministered in Sunnybank. We were able to set up the Chinese Bible table, and we were pleased to see that native Chinese speakers availed themselves to the Scripture and literature.
Our hope is that this table will be used to reach those who speak little, or no English.
Throughout the afternoon we were able to have many talks to people, and distribute quite a number of tracts. In particular, I spoke to one man who identified himself as an English gentlemen, however, by his unkept appearance, poor hygiene, and bad manners it was clear that he was no gentleman.
This man declared that he was a man of evidence, and that he carried Heaven around with him. He also maintained that whatever you believe to be true is true.
I challenged his worldview and then asked if he had any evidence to support his claims. He admitted that he had no evidence. The conversation was rather difficult, but I did manage to present Christ to him. Sadly, this English gentleman responded by yelling out "Hail Satan!" as he walked away.
Please pray for all those that we spoke to today. May God's kindness lead them all to repentance.
This week in Hobart we have had a incident of Christophobic discrimination by both the police and the local retailers. God be praised this only temporarily limited the preaching of the gospel and distributing tracts and bibles.
I was joined this week by a brother from the north of the state and his lovely wife. Caleb and I decided to start a little early and so made use of Elizabeth arcade. No permits are needed for this area and it provides an excellent area to preach and hand out tracts to people coming through the mall.
I began the preaching with a message regarding the Lord's supper and the need everyone has to be saved and made right with God through Jesus' death and resurrection. Caleb next preached on the holiness of God and our sinfulness. In all of this only small comments were made and few hecklers spoke but many people were obviously listening as they stood or sat in the mall.
Shortly following this we were approached by two police officers who informed us that what we were doing was a public nuisance and we had to stop because complaints had been made. It was clear that Jay Jay's manager was one of the sources of the complaint as she was interviewed by the police before they came to speak to us.
Caleb and I declined to stop preaching as we were not breaking any laws. The police constables then warned us that we would be given a move on order and then arrested if we persisted. After they left I began to preach again focusing on a clear proclamation of the gospel and the need we all have of that gospel. The officers again spoke with the council and then the staff in Jay Jay's before coming to speak to me. I was given a move on order because of the content of my preaching. The issue was not the manner of my preaching or any threatening or obscene comments. It was the offensive Christian gospel that was unacceptable and illegal according to these officers. And so under threat of arrest I left the CBD.
Later in the afternoon I walked to the police station to file a complaint regarding this incident. After a short discussion with one of the sergeants the move on order was rescinded and I was free to be in the CBD again. With this done I went with the team to preach again in the mall and proclaim the glories and hope of the gospel.
Please pray that the gospel will be freely proclaimed in Hobart and the police will be lawful in their behaviour from now on. Pray also for the team and I, that we will be wise, gentle, respectful yet bold and not give into fear or anger.
At one stage two young men came up to me saying they wanted to help evangelise. They said they attend an Anglican Church in Brisbane. I knew that that kind of church in Brisbane is often quite liberal and so I asked them what they think would get them to Heaven.
One responded, "I don't think I'll go to Heaven because I have done too many sins." The other said that if he "tries his best" he hopes it will get him to Heaven.
So I explained to them the message of grace and how it is by faith in Jesus alone that we can be forgiven. After a few analogies they came to understand the gospel, and they then realised they had never been Christians yet. One said, "They have never explained this in church to us. This has been massive eye opener. Thank you so much."
We had a good size team last night, and many great evangelistic conversations were had.
To God be the glory!
After a week of rainy days, it was good to experience warm sunny weather on Thursday at our weekly outreach at Sunnybank (QLD).
One of the first conversations I had was with an elderly man who attends a Uniting church. After asking him why he would be let into Heaven, he quoted John 3:16 to me.
But then after probing a bit deeper into what he believed it turned out he denied the fact that Jesus died on the cross or experienced any suffering whatsoever. Instead this man said he picks out the nice things of the Bible and only believes them.
So I spent a bit of time explaining how Jesus said he came to give His life as a ransom for many, and that forgiveness is available only because He died. But not long after, his bus arrived. However it is my prayer that this elderly man would seriously consider what he heard.
I then got into a conversation with a high school student named George. He didn't believe in God, but soon conceded that he would be happy to believe in a deistic God - that is, one that doesn't tell him how to live. I could tell then that it was a love of sin that was the reason for this young man's rejection of God.
But he had a lot of questions. So I spent the next two hours reasoning and sharing the gospel with him. Please pray that God would convict him and save him.
Meanwhile, George's friend named Taneegee was listening for most of the conversation and so after speaking with George I turned my attention to Taneegee. He said he goes to a True Jesus Church, where they don't believe in the Trinity and instead think that God simply takes different forms at different times. So I asked him, "Who was Jesus praying to on the cross?" He couldn't respond.
The discussion went on to about how we are saved, and Taneegee thought it was baptism that saved him. I showed him Ephesians 2:8-9 and a few other Scriptures - that it is only by faith alone in Jesus alone that we can be saved. He said he is going to go home and study the Scriptures I showed him and come back to chat with us another day. This discussion with Taneegee actually helped George who was still listening, as from this he appeared to come to grasp the relationship between faith and works.
During this time, team member Col was handing out hundreds of gospel tracts to all the people getting off at the bus stop.
It was another very worthwhile day sharing the glorious gospel. Soli Deo Gloria!
When we arrived for our outreach in Brisbane city today, we checked out the rain radar and saw a large rain band about to hit the city. So we decided to set up the Bible table undercover.
After praying and starting to hand out tracts, we met two new ladies who said they wanted to help us share the gospel today. The funny thing is that one asked the other, "Do you know where the Christian group is who share the gospel here?" The other lady replied, "That's exactly who I am trying to find too!" Their names were Grace and Emily.
We are always praying for more labourers to help us so this is an answer to prayer!
There were a lot of good conversations today with a bunch of different people. A few conversations were with atheists, but when I gave them a simple argument of - just as a building must have had a builder, so must this universe had a creator - they backslid from their position of atheism and acknowledged God's existence. This meant, I could go on to talking about sin, the coming Judgement and the gospel.
Also there were a few people after hearing the message said that that they wanted to repent and trust in Christ alone for their forgiveness today.
This included a guy named Jon who was sitting nearby where we were for most of the afternoon. He professed to be a Christian, but didn't understand the gospel. After talking with him, he came to understand grace and stayed around us till it was time for us to leave, and then mentioned to me that he wants to come next Wednesday afternoon to help us share the gospel with us!
Glory to God! He said, "I want to do something with my life now that is of eternal value."
Thirty minutes to go, the rain ceased and so this enabled Norm to get up on the step ladder to share his testimony in the open air (this is the testimony he is going to share this Sunday when he gets baptised). Afterwards Gerhard got up and read in public from John 3. It is great to hear these guys breaking the sound barrier and unashamedly making Christ known in the open air.
It is never in vain when God's word goes out. So to God alone be all the praise!
Short video from Wednesday's outreach in Brisbane city with Norm sharing his testimony in the open air.Posted by Operation 513 - Evangelism Action Group on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
It was a rainy day today, yet, despite the weather we still had our outreach in Woodridge. When we arrived today we saw that Police had a strong presence in the area, and also there was a large group of Maori Wardens (community support group). This had a positive impact in the area as it kept crime down.
Today, for the first time we set up the Bible table in Woodridge. We had free copies of the Gospel of John, colouring books for the kids, apologetic material, and other evangelistic literature. We weren't sure how the table would be received, but to our surprise people loved it. Many people came over to take resources and to chat. We were even encouraged by a Police Officer who encouraged us in our work and said it would only be the Gospel which changes this community.
Throughout the afternoon we had good conversations and many tracts were handed out. In particular, I had a great conversation with a young New Zealander who is a local drug dealer. He had never heard the Gospel before, so for the first time in his life I had the honour of telling him about Jesus. This young man acknowledge the truth of Jesus and the fact that he needed the Saviour. However, he openly said he couldn't come to Christ as that'd mean giving up his drug dealing. I stressed to this young man that sin, while it may look good for a time, will actually be the death of him. We agreed, yet he still held onto his sin. At the end of the conversation the young man couldn't stop shaking my hand and saying thank-you. Even though he wanted to continue in sin, you could see that he was seriously thinking through the issue. He took a Gospel of John and also an evangelistic leaflet. Please pray for him.
Please remember to pray for all those we spoke to today. May the Father draw many to Christ.