It was only Steven and myself this past Friday evening, but we had a great night, with some wonderful opportunities!
Steven shared the gospel with a group of young lads (pictured to the right), with a young Muslim in particular who listened intently. My first conversation was with a chap named Bernard. He's from India but grew up in a Roman Catholic family. He told me that his current position is that of an agnostic. So we spent some time talking about the Bible and how we can know that it is true. I love these discussions because I know that I can show people that the Bible must be true, indeed is true, because if it were not true all of life is reduced to absurdity. It gives me so much confidence in my witness knowing that there is not one objection that any person can bring that can cast doubt upon the truthfulness of God's Word.
Bernard listened well as I showed how we can know that the Bible must be true. It is true because of the impossibility of the contrary. When the Bible is removed from the equation, all of life is reduced to absurdity. And the reason for this is because the Bible provides a basis — on a moral level, when we speak about logic, the uniformity of nature (which is the bedrock of science), and even truth itself. We spoke about a few of these, particularly morality. I told him that every single day, people make moral judgments by appealing to moral absolutes. Indeed, it would be impossible to make a moral judgment without appealing to moral absolutes — moral laws that are true for all people at all times. However, without God, how do we account for the existence of these moral absolutes? The answer is simple: we can't. Without God, we simply cannot make sense of this world. So why is it then that people deny God? The Bible tells us that man suppresses the truth he knows, in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18), because he loves his sin (John 3:19). That is the ultimate reason. Therefore, God commands us to repent and trust in Jesus — the Son of God who lived the life that we can't live, to be who we cannot be, holy and acceptable in God's sight, and who died on a cross paying the penalty for our sins, was buried, but rose again on the third day, proving once and for all that sin and death had been defeated!
It was great to share all of this with him. And he listened well. He had a lot to think about as we concluded. We swopped contact details and he even asked me to send him something he can read or perhaps watch. I have since sent him a video by Jeff Durbin, pastor of Apologia Church in the U.S., which I think he made find helpful. Please pray for him and and please pray that we can continue to correspond or maybe meet up. Here's the video I sent: http://youtu.be/tBP1f92fezs
I had another conversation with two chaps, one who said he was a Christian and the other who said he was not sure. But he wanted to hear what I had to say so I had a great opportunity to share the gospel with him. Here is the audio from the conversation: http://bit.ly/1kahmI5. It was great! He also gave me his contact details and I emailed him on Saturday. Here is the email I sent him: http://bit.ly/1yWzjNg. This morning I received an email from him with these words:
Thanks for checking out my website, mate that was a great message you shared with us. i have decided repent today and entrust your life to Jesus. What church do you go to i would like to attend sometime.
So encouraging!! I wrote back:
Dude, that's fantastic!! Very cool mate. Praise God!
Hey, it might be good to meet up some time just to chat and wotnot. Free anytime next week?
My church is in Tooting, South West London. But that may be a bit far for you to travel, so we could see if there's a church closer to where you're at. Where you based mate? But hey, don't get me wrong, I'd love for you to come along to us one Sunday. I'm just thinking of traveling and stuff.
Please do be in prayer for him!
Soli Deo Gloria!
I've had the honour of preaching the Gospel in many places throughout the world, yet, one of my favourite places to preach is in my home city of Brisbane. After nearly two years absence I returned to Queen Street Mall for the purpose of proclaiming the Gospel.
It was around 7:30pm when I met with Ryan and a few others in King George Square for a time of prayer and Bible reading. It was soon becoming clear to me that there were many new faces in the Brisbane evangelism team, and that I was now the new bloke. I was greatly encouraged to see these new faces, as that means that new people are constantly being raised up to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ.
At 8pm we headed to the preaching spot in the mall, and we began to set up. I set up the Free Bible and Literature table, while Ryan prepared to preach. We weren't sure how long we'd have everything set up as it was threatening to rain.
Even though I had been away for some time, there are certain things that do not change. For instance, there were three members of the Brisbane Atheist Society present at the open-air meeting. Apparently, these guys come out regularly for the purpose of trying to disrupt the meeting, and argue with Christians. Personally, I think these guys must be some of the saddest and loneliest people around. Even though they claim that there is no God, yet, they devote their weekends to talking about Him with strangers. Personally, I don't believe in fairies, yet, I don't spend my time going to 'fairy festivals' in order to prove my point. The reason I don't waste my time on this kind of thing is because I know that fairies don't exist. Yet, the atheists come out to debate, and argue. It is as if they are trying to suppress the truth in unrighteousness for they know that God exists (Romans 1).
Ryan began to preach and at first not many people stopped to listen. But soon a drunk heckler came along who began to shout and rant. He argued that God made the world flat, but science made it round. Ryan tried to answer the heckler but he wasn't prepared to listen. However, the heckling soon brought in a good size crowd to listen to what was happening.
The crowd kept growing for sometime, but eventually the heavens opened up and the rain began to fall. At first I thought this would disperse the crowd, but all it did was push the crowd back undercover. Many remained to listen as Ryan explained the Gospel of Christ to them.
While all this was going on members of the team were engaged in one to one conversations and handing out tracts. It was during this time I got to spoke to a young lady who identified herself as a Christian. She approached us as she was concerned that it was 'unloving' to preach in the open air, and that Jesus wouldn't do it. This lady was not looking to fight, she was a well-meaning Christian who was concerned for the Gospel. For that I commend her. I asked this young lady if she had read Matthew 23, to which she said that she had. From there I pointed out that Jesus engaged in action that would be deemed 'unloving' by many today. After looking at this Scripture I then went to Acts and showed how the early church engaged in public preaching. I stressed to her that just because something may seem confrontational doesn't mean it isn't loving. After speaking for awhile she seemed to come around to what I was saying. Before she left I was able to encourage her to be a witness for Jesus in her own life, and in a way that she is comfortable with.
The rain was still coming down at this point, and Ryan was still preaching. I was soon approached by a Muslim man who had been listening to the preaching as he wanted a Bible. I was more than happy to give him a Bible and encourage him to read it.
By this time Ryan had finished preaching, so the team focused on handing out tracts and talking to people one to one. It was decided that we wouldn't preach again until the rain had stopped. For around thirty-minutes it poured down, but then it began to clear.
At 9:30pm, I stood up to preach my first open-air in Brisbane in nearly two years. My text was 1 Timothy 1:15 - "The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
My message began by explaining how there are many different views of who Jesus is, and depending on who you ask will determine the answer you get. From there I went on to stress that the only way we can know who Jesus is and what He taught is if we let Jesus speak for Himself. To find out who Christ is, we need to open the Bible and read what God says about Himself.
This was my launch pad to explain who the Biblical Jesus is, and also what He has done. I spoke about how He is the Creator who made all people with value and worth. I spoke about His love in coming to earth to save sinners, and then I spoke about how we as human beings are the sinners who have rebelled against God.
While, I was preaching a Roman Catholic man began to heckle. He declared that he was a good man and that he'd go to heaven. He then claimed to have kept the Ten Commandments, so we began to look at them. As I engaged the heckler a crowd began to gather. This Catholic man didn't view himself as a sinner, and thought that no matter what he did, he'd go to heaven because he is good. I explained the Gospel to him, and then he took offence at what I said. He disagreed with the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.
As I answered his objection a group of young atheists decided to stop and heckle. These young males (they weren't men) were the perfect picture of what society would look like if God's Law is ignored. They were foul mouthed, hostile, and when challenged by a lady walking pass they raised their fists and threatened her. When they threatened the lady I issued a warning to them. I will not tolerate any male threatening a lady. As I finished my message I pointed out these boys as a visible example to the crowd of what atheism leads to. I then reminded them of the solution to such chaos, and that solution is found in the Gospel.
Please pray for all those who heard the Gospel tonight. May Christ save them and bring them into His Kingdom.
Soli Deo Gloria!
I had a fruitful time of witnessing this morning outside Tooting Broadway station.
Unfortunately, I was out by myself. However, the Lord was with me and that's what matters.
By God's grace I was able to hand out a good number of tracts. I also had some great conversations.
The most encouraging conversation I had was with a young couple who listened intently as I shared the gospel with them. It was great to hear them say that it made total sense for them.
Please pray the Lord would draw them to repentance by His lovingkindness.
Here is a link to the audio from the conversation: http://bit.ly/1ocVrOL
Soli Deo Gloria!
Never a dull night out evangelising in Brisbane city. Tonight there was a drunk man trying to speak over the top of a street preacher and annoy him by putting his hands in his face, but watch what the crowd, which consisted of Atheists and Muslims, did.
Glory to the King of Kings!
7 June 2014 - Stirling
There is a cartoon that describes a conversation between two men in Scotland. One of the men asks, "What is the special Scottish word for when it is cold, grey and raining." The other man replies by saying, "Summer." This most certainly was the case when we arrived in Stirling today. The trip down was beautiful, sunny and warm, but that all changed just before the outreach began. Yet, despite all the rain God was glorified!
At 2pm, we met together to prepare for the afternoon of outreach. The sky was dark and rain was threatening, so we decided that the best thing we could do was start the ministry as soon as possible. While the team handed out a few tracts, I began to preach. The text I chose to preach on today was John 3:16 - "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal"
I started by talking how people today always seem to overcome by bad news, and as a result a sense of hopelessness can abound. From there I was able to introduce a message of Good News. The message that says that God is Love, and that He can forgive sinners on the basis of what Christ has done.
A few people came out of shops to listen, and a few others sat opposite to the preaching. One young man objected to me saying, "God is loving." His reason for the objection was that he couldn't see that God had done anything for him. I answered his questions, but it was clear he wasn't overly interested in answers, instead he just wanted an excuse to justify his unbelief.
I preached for around twenty-minutes, and in that time we saw the rain come and go. After, I finished preaching Jason stood to preach on how only God is good. For a new preacher he did well. Then it was time for Craig to step up. By this time the heavens had opened up and the rain was coming down quite hard. Yet, a group of people stood and listened to the preaching under the cover of a local shop entrance. Also, during the preaching, a group of teenage girls stopped to ask questions of Craig. Even though the rain was falling, and it was wet and cold, the Gospel was still going forth.
Eventually after all the preaching had finished we began to pack up. As we got our bags together a young man who was smoking a cigarette engaged us in a conversation. It started off by him realising that I was an Australian and thinking that was 'cool.' The next part of the conversation then went to him recommending different alcoholic drinks I should try before I leave for home.
Somehow the conversation got around to the fact that we were Christians. The young man was quick to declare that he liked Jesus and that he was a Christian also. So I asked him, "If you die tonight, why will you go to heaven?" To which he answered, "Because I'm good." This then opened up a whole gospel conversation. We spoke about how by nature we have all sinned, and none of us deserve God's Heaven. From there we explained the cross, and how it is only by the mercy of God that any of us can ever be forgiven. The young man visibly changed throughout the conversation. He started as a boasting young man, but by the end you could see the conviction upon him. He knew that he was not good, and that he needed the Saviour. The young man then took a tract and also a Gospel of John. Please pray that the Lord would save him.
Even though the rain came down, we still had many gospel opportunities. Praise God for His faithfulness in allowing us to declare Jesus.
Soli Deo Gloria!
It was an intense night in Brisbane with constant crowds listening to the preaching for over 2 hours.
You will see in the clip below how one person responded angrily to the gospel, while at the same time many others were asking genuine questions and were listening intently.
To God be glory forever!
31 May 2014 - Glasgow
It was a lovely, and warm day as I made my way to Scotland's largest city. The plan was to meet with the guys at 1pm, but God in His sovereignty had other plans. As I was making my way to the outreach I discovered a massive traffic jam which resulted in it taking thirty minutes to move two miles. Needless to say I was now late for the outreach!
When I finally arrived in Glasgow, I discovered that the outreach had already commenced. Craig Scott had come across a Muslim group trying to win converts, so he decided to go and talk to them. It was a real interesting clash of world views in that part of Buchanan Street, for there was the Muslim group, the Communist group, and a bunch of Scots playing bagpipes. In the middle of all that was our small group of Christians handing out literature and talking to people about Jesus Christ.
Craig spoke to the Muslim for quite sometime, and while he did that the rest of us were able to hand out many tracts. The position I was in allowed me to distribute around two-hundred tracts in about twenty minutes. People were friendly, and some even came back asking for some more literature.
After Craig had finished speaking to the Muslims, we made our way to the top of the street in order to begin the open-air meeting. We found a spot that appeared to be ideal for our purposes, and we began to share the Good News.
I was the first preacher up, and I took for my text Acts 16:30-31 - Then he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" And they said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.
From that text I was able to talk about how in life we have many questions, but the most important question we should be asking is, "How can I be made right with God?" From there I was able to provide the answer that is found in Jesus.
Things were fairly slow during the preaching. A few people sat to listen, but many others walked-by. One man sat and listened to the whole message, and at the end he took a tract. About half-way through my message a Muslim man with his family stopped to listen. He seemed to be very interested, but left before anyone could give him a tract (although, I did see him later on in the day and he gladly took literature).
While I was preaching a young lady came up to ask a question. She was a Christian and was struggling with her spiritual walk. Since at that moment I was preaching, I couldn't deal with her specific pastoral need, so I referred her to Craig who was able to help her.
At the end of the message, a well-meaning Christian man came up to me and wanted to debate Bible translations. He believed that the King James Version is the only real version, and that all other translations make Jesus to be a liar. He even argued that the Greek and Hebrew was in error. I answered his questions briefly, and then continued on the outreach. The questions that he raised are questions that should be discussed and answered, but that is an 'in-house' discussion, not one for an outreach.
By now Craig had stood up to preach. It has been good watching Craig's open-air preaching develop in the time I've known him. I truly believe God is going to use this young man to reach the people of Glasgow. Make sure you are praying for him.
While Craig was preaching a drunk man approached him and began to be silly. This drunk didn't pose any threat, he was just 'out of it'. At one point he lit a cigarette and began to walk around Craig. This riled up an onlooker who walked up the drunk, smacked the cigarette out of his mouth and told him to be more respectful. A couple of us had to intervene to make sure no violence erupted.
By this stage it was getting close for me to head home. But just before I left it was great to see Dane arrive with a large group to continue on the outreach. Dane and I would disagree on many points of theology, but we agree in the Gospel. I am thankful for men like Dane, and those with him who are passionate about preaching Jesus to those who are in the darkness.
As Dane began to preach I made my farewells to the group. Today was my last outreach in Glasgow before returning to Australia. While it was great to work with all these different Believers, it was also sad to say goodbye to them. I will miss working alongside them, and I will miss being able to preach the Gospel in the beautiful city of Glasgow.
As the motto of Glasgow use to say, "Let Glasgow flourish by the preaching of the Word and the praising of Thy name!"
Soli Deo Gloria!
Did you know the nightly news at 6pm on Channel 7 and Channel 9 proves something? Watch as you see an overview of the Operation 513 outreach held on the 24th May 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.
Watch the following three minute video from the night and be encouraged.
Soli Deo Gloria!
It has been a couple of months since I have taken time to write what has been happening in Scotland. The reason for this is that four months ago my daughter was born, but we have discovered she has a rare bowel disease. Numerous trips back and forth the hospital has taken up much of my time which would have otherwise been devoted to evangelism.
However, in the midst of all that the Gospel has been still advancing. I've had opportunities to spread the Gospel in the hospitals, via tracts and personal witness. While I would have loved to get out on the streets more often, I have found that God has given me more than enough to do in day to day life.
On Saturday, 24 May, I was finally able to get back out on the streets of Scotland to proclaim the Gospel. I was invited to Stirling by the Reformed Presbyterian church plant there to assist them on an outreach.
We arrived in the historic city at 2pm, and immediately I noticed that the High Street was full of people. I found a good location to preach, and from there the outreach began. The first preacher for the day was Craig Scott. The plan was that he would preach first, and then I would follow, but God in His providence had other plans.
As Craig preached a few people sat down to listen. While he preached and people listened, I handed out tracts to those who were walking past. As I did this I noticed that a young man who was well dressed and sat down next to a lady who was listening. He had a coat zipped up high, but I could see that he was smartly attired. At first, I didn't think much about this, but then I noticed he began to engage this lady in conversation, before too long he had produced a booklet and handed it to her. This booklet was a Mormon pamphlet that spreads their message. It turns out that two Mormon missionaries had snuck in to try and spread error as people listened to truth.
After a few moments I was able to engage this LDS missionary in a conversation. It turns out that he travels between Ireland and Scotland, but is originally from Utah. He was very polite as we began to discuss different issues. At one point he asked me, "What do you like about our church?" My reply seemed to shock him, I said, "To be honest, I like nothing about your church, as according to Galatians 1 it preaches a false gospel."
Elder J— was surprised at my bluntness, but we were able to have a great conversation. I asked him to explain how someone was saved, and he replied by saying we need to repent, have faith, be baptised, and keep the commandments. He went on to say that salvation is much like a person trying to cross a big canyon. We do as much as we can to bridge the gap, and then finally God's grace takes us across the final bit.
I pointed out that while the Book of Mormon may teach such doctrine, it is actually foreign to the Bible. At this point I quoted from 2 Nephi 25:23 (Book of Mormon), which states, "...for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do." Then, I compared it to Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast."
Elder J— didn't have an answer for this verse, except to point to James 2, which I was able to answer by showing that James 2 talks about works after salvation, not works for salvation. From there I was able to show numerous other verses that explain that salvation is not based on what we do, but rather it is based upon what Christ has done. As I explained the Gospel to him, a man interrupted and politely asked if he could listen into the conversation. We both agreed that he could, and I continued to present the Gospel.
Elder J— was quickly trying to get onto a different topic, so I asked him about the Book of Mormon, and if it was God's Word. He said that it was, and that it confirmed perfectly with the Bible. He also, went on to say that there were no contradictions between the Bible, and the Book of Mormon. I replied by saying I had already showed him one in relation to salvation, and that I could show him another if he wished. Elder J— asked me to show him another contradiction, so I asked him, "Where was Jesus born?" Elder J— quickly replied, "Bethlehem." At this point I had him open his book of Mormon to Alma 7:10 which states that Jesus was born in Jerusalem. Elder J— just looked at his book, and then said, "The Bible says that also, as it is cross referenced to Luke 2:4." So we turned to Luke 2:4 and discovered that the Bible says Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
At this point Elder J— called over Elder G— and asked him for help. Elder G— got to hear the Gospel also, and then made this admission. He said that the Book of Mormon had made a mistake, and got this doctrine wrong. This then opened up a whole discussion on how we can know the truth by comparing Scripture to Scripture. After talking about this for awhile the LDS missionaries had to leave, but both of them willingly took tracts.
The man who has asked to listen in was still standing with us at this stage, and he turned to me and said, "I will never become a Mormon now." I asked if he was a Christian, and he admitted that he was an atheist. For about the next thirty minutes we had an excellent conversation on apologetics and the Gospel. This young man was very open to learning more, so he took a tract, and said he'd do some research. It is always nice to have conversations with atheists who are friendly and open.
But, the next atheist I was about to encounter was not friendly, nor open. He had begun heckling Craig so I went along to see what I could do to assist. It turns out that this atheist was the son of a missionary. He was an apostate, who had turned his back on Christianity, and had embraced the life of sin. No matter what you said this atheist would just rant saying that he has heard it all before. Yet, when you questioned him he admitted to never hearing it before. This man was just angry at God, and was not prepared to talk. He just wanted to rant and rave. We were able to present the Gospel to him but he just scoffed.
By this stage the day was getting late, so we decided to pack up and head home. As we were packing up three older women walked past and yelled abuse. We were able to engage them in discussion, and it turns out that they just hated Christianity and wanted to banned in public. One of the ladies said to me, "I will never go to church as that is only for sinners." I answered her by saying, "Well, I guess I'll see you in church tomorrow then?" This stopped her for a moment, and we were able to talk of Christ again.
Overall today was an excellent day. The Gospel was proclaimed; people heard of Jesus, and many people wanted to learn more. May Christ be honoured!
Soli Deo Gloria!
This evening in Brisbane city we encountered a lot of Muslims and tried to persuade them to find forgiveness in Christ. Watch the following video from the night:
To God be the glory!