An encouraging outreach at Woodridge today.
Three weeks ago, one of the team spoke to a young lady named Demmi. She initially refused a tract and said she was Buddhist. By the end of the conversation she was questioning Buddhism but said she couldn't become a Christian because her Dad said that that is not allowed. So she was going to count the cost.
Today, she returned saying she has left Buddhism and is now a Christian, and so is her Dad! Her Dad is now trying to evangelise to his sister. Praise God for all that He does!
It is always a joy and a privilege to share the gospel, and doing so at the Gold Coast last night was no exception.
As we were walking back to the car, a young guy who I handed a tract to said "You have spoken to me before." So I asked whether he has been thinking about what I said.
He responded by saying he is now converted, trusting only in Jesus for his forgiveness and is fighting against his sin. He has been praying daily and attending a local church. But he didn't have a Bible, so I was able to give him one and encouraged him to start reading it daily.
He was very thankful to receive one. His name is Liam. Please pray for him.
Praise God for saving a people for His name!
Riverfire is one of the busiest night of the year in Brisbane where thousands flock to the city to watch fireworks. Operation 513 provided all the gospel tracts for free to be handed out at the event. We can only do this thanks to generous supporters of this ministry.
All praise be to God!
People will go to great lengths to conjure up arguments against the God they know exists. This Saturday night was a prime example of that, with someone claiming that because she doesn't have a footprint of Jesus therefore He didn't exist.
To God be the glory!
"The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few" was especially evident on Saturday night in Brisbane city. We had a very low number of team members and yet God brought in lots of people to hear the preaching.
To God be the glory!
Another glorious night of sharing the gospel in Brisbane city.
We've seen in the Bible how God spoke through a donkey, now we've seen God speak through an Atheist. Watch the following video from the night:
Here is another video from the outreach, where Balazs recounts a conversation he had with two young ladies:
Listen how God brought along some encouragement for a Christian sharing their faith after dealing with a bunch of Atheists going off their nut.
May the following video from the night encourage and challenge you to go and share your faith.
To the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
It sure was an interesting evening tonight with lots of people trying to stop the gospel going out, but it simply drew in a larger crowd. Watch an evolutionist support his belief in evolution, see a universalist argue against Scripture, but ultimately rejoice because Christ is proclaimed!
Watch the following 4 and a half minute entertaining video report from the night.
All glory to God!
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!