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Monday, 28 September, 2015
At Capalaba on Monday, it was a relatively quiet afternoon, there weren't to many around but by God's grace there were quite a range that engaged in conversations.
It is a very interesting location for evangelism as you have to approach people and ask them and talk to them on their terms, which makes for many people turning you down and also quite a few being pretty angry that you'd even ask them about what they believe.
I talked to a range of people, The first guy and listened and discussed the Gospel, he did admit to being a sinner but also said he didn't really worry about it all. I asked him about what he thought Hell was and he really didn't know, I explained to him what it is and he said it didn't really bother him because this world is pretty bad and so he said Hell couldn't be much worse.
We talked about the common Graces of God, things like rain, wind and sun, food, showers and beds and many more things that we take for granted and he still said it didn't bother him.
I asked him why and he said because of the things he gets to do now, it will be worth it. He wants to sin.
I then talked to a lady who pulled up lots of little problems, things like evil, and morality, like 'science' and other things. I answered her questions and she said she wasn't going to believe in God because she didn't want to.
I also talked to a young man (Jake), who I have spoken to a few times, he says he rarely goes to church, he was able to tell me the Gospel but he said he has plenty of time.
I challenged him by asking when he was going to die, and he admitted that he didn't know, so I asked him if he would consider eternity, there is no time like the present.
This week there was a previously angry older lady sitting next to a younger lady, I entered into a conversation with the younger lady and the older one actually joined in.
By God's grace they both engaged and were able to go through the he law, to hear the truth of the Gospel and said they would consider it.
I also talked to two young men, Jeru and Josh, they both admitted to being sinners but when asked about going to Heaven they both said they didn't want to go to Heaven on the blood of Jesus, they were either going to earn it or go to Hell they said.
It was quite sad but our pride is a big reason we don't want to go to Heaven.
Please be praying for the hearts of those who heard the Gospel, may they hearts be softened and made good soil so that they will desire to trust in Christ alone for salvation and serve God.
Please pray for the team that they are able to surrender to Christ, denying themselves and taking up their cross to follow Him.
Please pray for more labourers at this outreaches, may there be many people desiring to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the way of salvation with the lost.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Thursday, 24 September, 2015
At Sunnybank yesterday the afternoon had a low but steady number of people, we engaged a few as they walked past.
It is a place that has many different people, from Buddhists, to Muslims, to Catholics, to the JW's and Mormons, as well as the skeptics and atheists.
Over all it is a 'spiritual' place, many people think they will be getting to heaven on their own achievement, many people are somehow 'earning' they way into the mercy of God.
Especially the Mormons we talked to, they use many single verses, pull them out of the Bible and use it for the defense of extra biblical doctrines, a previous spirit world, a chance for Heaven after death, baptism being apart of salvation and many other things.
They use the same words as Christians but define them to mean different things.
There are a range of groups of Mormons around and we have spent time talking to most of them on a range of issues but they still valiantly as ever deny Jesus Christ's complete work but have to also show their faithfulness to earn salvation.
I also talked with a young couple briefly about the way to Heaven, they were saying that any God who exists should see their true intentions and let them into Heaven.
I asked them what their true intentions were and they told me, to love and serve people. I looked at them and went through the Law. Then I said why would people who's intentions are good do these things?.
They had no answer, sadly they had to run off before we could finish but may they think about and dwell on that thought.
Please pray for those who heard the Gospel, for the tract takers and those who read the sign, may God use our witness to save lives.
Please pray for the labourers as we continue to evangelise that we will remember from where we came and who our God is that saved us, so that we many humbly preach the truth of God in love!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Wednesday, 23 September, 2015
On Wednesday we went into Queen Street Mall.
Brisbane city is a place filled with people that need the Gospel! Of the people we talk to less than one in a hundred that profess to be Christians and can explain why they are going to Heaven.
This is an extremely sad thing, the vast majority believe they don't need God because they are pretty good, there are some that completely reject God and there are some who profess to be going to Heaven as "Christians" because they deserve it and have earned it through certain means.
There is a desperate need for LABOURERS! There are so many people in the mall, that even with a team of nine like we had yesterday there are still many people that walk past without being asked where they are spending eternity or without being offered a tract and a conversation.
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Yesterday because of the Holidays there was a large amount of people in the mall and many were just wandering around, allowing for people being more open to conversations.
I talked to Ava, a lady who thought she would get into Heaven on the basis that pretty much everyone goes there. When I asked her what God's standard was she replied, "I am not really sure, I just think He is loving and forgiving."
I challenged her with the Law of God, for we know the law shows us our guilt, she admitted to being "probably guilty" before God and I asked her what she could do about it.
We considered her options, being good, doing good, stopping doing bad, being sorry for doing wrong and many things like these but as we tested in a 'Court of Law' scenario all of them fell down, someone had to pay the penalty for sin.
"Thankfully we have a loving and Gracious God who has offered a way for our sin debt to be paid," I told her. "God literally sent Himself, came as a man, lived the perfect life we couldn't live, died the death we deserve and rose again three days later, proving He was God, conquering sin and death and offering His death as a ransom for our sin."
She looked at me a little confused, asking, "Why would God do such a thing?" and I explained to her it definitely wasn't anything we did to earn it but purely because God is LOVE!
She said this sounded crazy but she would have to consider it.
Soon afterwards I talked with a teenage couple, Hannah and Adam. Hannah professed that her Christianity would get her to Heaven and I questioned her a little and asked her what about it and if she deserved Heaven and a few things about the way of salvation.
Very sadly she, despite growing up in church did not know the Gospel, she just was a Christian because she grew up that way, she even professed to be living relatively guilt free in sin.
Then I asked her boyfriend some questions, he wasn't just a non-Christian but even an anti-theist, he was quite angry that I would ask him about such things and was adamant God didn't exist for reasons he didn't want to discuss but was very quick to leave after I started talking to him.
Another conversation I had was with Adam, a relatively young guy and a skeptic. He had many different theories about things and was a cool guy to talk to, he was interesting and was relatively knowledgeable. Sadly, personal conversation skills and knowledge save no one, only the blood of Christ.
I offered him the Gospel but he said there wasn't enough evidence for God, I offered him some, about the historical accuracy of the Bible and the complexity of our universe and the like but he said he wasn't convinced. Thankfully it is not my job to save people but just to faithfully preach the truth in Love.
Please pray for labourers, Operation 513 would love to have you along, no matter how scared you may be of sharing your faith, no matter how badly you think you will represent God, or how little compassion you think you have for the lost.
Let me assure you, we all start being scared of sharing. Why? Because it is hard to have compassion for the lost when you don't know them.
We all started being very unable to explain the Gospel or defend the faith but we can learn.
And we all fail God but Christ's Grace is enough to save anyone, even me!
Please pray for those that heard the Gospel, that God may use the seed to land in good soil, allowing it to grow into a mighty tree of faith.
Please pray for the perishing that they may come to know God as God and Jesus and Lord and Saviour!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Monday, 21 September, 2015
At Capalaba on Monday there were not many around as the normal school traffic was gone, this meant there were less people to choose from but still, by God's grace we were not short of people to talk to, there were still many freely wanting to converse.
I first talked to a man named Brett, he had grown up in the Catholic church and told me that he was too sinful to get to Heaven, he said this had worried him and definitely made him sad.
I looked at him, smiled and asked if there was a way to heaven if he would be interested no matter the cost?
And he said definitely, I asked what he thought it might be and he said always being good and we discussed how Justice works that someone needs to pay for his sin and he got that I was meaning that there was someone but he didn't know who it was.
When I said the name of Jesus Christ he was a little surprised but I explained who Jesus was, God come as a man, perfect in every way without sin and who died the death we deserve.
He said he definitely wanted a saviour but just at this point his bus arrived, I offered him a Gospel of John and a tract and he headed off.
I then talked to a young lady, Dallas on her way to work, she said she never really believed in God, when I asked why she said 'science', we discussed briefly what science is and she said maybe God does exist.
I challenged her with God's law and whether or not He'd let her into Heaven and she admitted that she probably couldn't get in, but she also was still a bit skeptical of God.
I shared with her the Gospel and she said she would consider it but wasn't overly confident in it.
I then talked with a young man who pulled every single reason to not believe in God that he had, many of which contradicted each other.
He said, science has disproved God and we discussed that. Then he claimed that God couldn't exist because there is so much evil in the world, we discussed the problem with that claim.
Then he said God is immoral and hates people, and we discussed that. We continued in loops, me answering his questions and queries and problems until the point where he said, I can't believe in a God that won't let me do what I want.
And that was very sad he had the Gospel, the way of salvation explained to him numerous times throughout the conversation but he wanted his own way and to not be subject to God.
I also talked to two young men, Ryan and Kyle who both go to a Catholic school and I asked them what would get them to Heaven, they said their good works.
We discussed the law, and our guilt before God, then I asked them what could pay for that and they said works, which I then used the court room analogy, do good things pay for speeding fines?
And of course not, good works don't remove guilt. So then we discussed someone having to pay the fine and yeah they agreed, so I ask them who is paying your fine of sin before God?
They weren't sure, I said that the Bible says, the wages of sin is death, in the eternal lake that burns with fire and sulfur.
I said only two people can pay that, either ourselves or Jesus Christ and His work on the cross.
They said they want Jesus to pay for their sin! So I offered them the Gospel and we discussed the urgency of it and the importance of the surrendering to Christ as we don't know when we will have tomorrow.
Please pray for those whom we talked to, may God use the conversations we had about Him to His glory bringing many to salvation.
Please pray that the angry and closed off people who threaten violence or aggression will be convicted of their sin and turn and trust in Jesus Christ.
Please pray for the team as we continue to head out!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Friday, 18 September, 2015
On Friday at the Gold Coast we had an interesting night, praise the Lord that we had ten labourers out. The team is slowly sitting, more constantly, higher but there is always a need for more!
The mall was quieter than usual which was weird for a school holiday period but it may be that it will be very busy next Friday.
The team split up around the mall, preaching, handing out tracts and trying to start conversations. Praise the Lord many were able to hear the good news.
I talked to a man named Livio, he professed to be a Christian but also admitted to living in unrepentant sin, he said that God has saved him and now he is under Grace not Law.
It was very sad to hear, sure enough he was out for a night in the clubs. It is conversations like this that break my heart, I challenged him with Matthew 7:13-14 and 21-23 and he was relatively apathetic to it, he said he knew he was getting to heaven and that was all that mattered.
I soon after talked to Will, another young man out for a night and desiring to sin, he said that his parents were Christians but he didn't like the Law that came with God.
So he had tried to discard both but said he was still an agnostic.
I then talked to an older couple, who were both very certain that they were good enough to deserve Heaven, the problem was that they thought it was works based.
I challenged them on the Gospel, that which Christ proclaimed and they said they believed it but still said they were justified by works.
Interestingly after a small amount of conversation they were talking about how they were too old to change now, it was sad to hear, the pride had set in, change, that would require admitting being wrong for so long.
I talked to a young couple Ash and Mirin, they mentioned previously attending a Catholic school, I was able to discuss with them salvation, the Bible and the things of God.
They started off not really wanting to talk but by the end were asking questions and engaging.
They both said it was something that hadn't given much thought to but said they would have to now.
I also talked to a range of drunk guys, who in groups made different claims anywhere from having a day off from Christianity, or were Catholics or Jews.
It is awfully sad to see the state of this world, the desire to sin and the lack of consideration many have for their eternity.
Please keep the lost we talked to in prayer, please lift them up to God, the author of salvation, the loving and merciful God who allowed for us, wretched sinners to be saved.
Please pray that God's Gospel pierces their hearts and that God may use this encounter as a way to bring them to repentance and salvation.
Please also pray for the team that they are able to seek continually for God's glory and are able to remain humbled by the Grace of God and able to prayerfully consider His word.
Also pray for the team, that in coming evangelism hours they are able to remember from whence they came, to sanctify Christ as Lord and to be able to in Love, without sacrificing truth be able to present the Gospel.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Wednesday, 16 September, 2015
This afternoon in Queen St Mall (Brisbane) we had a very busy afternoon, there were many people around, the mall was a bit busier than usual and so we took the opportunity to do quite a range of open air preaching, from drawing a large crowd with the preaching alongside the sketchboard, to just reading a small passage of the Bible and talking about salvation, or just generally discussing our sinfulness before a Holy God.
One method that I have used often is that of leaping from Luke 13:1-5. In the passage the Pharisees ask Jesus if those that died in the tragic events (The collapsing of the tower at Siloam and the murdering of the Priests in the temple), if they are any worse than the rest of us.
And Jesus aptly responds, "No, but unless we repent, we will likewise perish."
Then it is easy to expand into human sinfulness and our need for a saviour.
I also talked with an older man, who had been listening to the preaching and I asked him what he thought, he said that he wasn't really sure, he thought he was pretty good, so I went through the law with him. He soon admitted he was not as good as he thought and that maybe he was bad.
But then he asked, "How could a good God let bad things happen to good people?" I looked at him and asked if there were any good people? Is there anyone in this world who is 'perfect' or 'good' in the sight of God?
And he said, "Nah". He recognised that everyone has broken God's law and just like him and I, we were sinful in the sight of God.
Then I explained to him that he was right, before a Holy God we are all sinners, except for one man, God himself come as a man. So then the answer to why do bad things happen to good people is simply, that it only happened once and He volunteered, Christ surrendered His life as a ransom for many.
Then the question turns around, why do good things happen to bad people? Why did Christ die for us sinners? Why does God allow if to rain on the sinners of this world, why does he allow us food, life, a place to sleep or people that care for us.
And that is a tough question because it can't be our merit but only God's goodness! I gave them man (Danny) a Gospel of John and a tract and he said he would have to consider it.
I also had a similar conversation with a young lady Ashley who also had that similar question about bad things happening to good people. I also had to do a little apologetics with her as she didn't really believe in God.
By the end of our conversation she said this was interesting, she wasn't entirely convinced but it had definitely rocked the boat of what she believed!
And at the end I talked to a young man and his girlfriend who were very slippery. They said there were no such thing as absolutes, to which I asked, including that statement 'there is no such thing as absolutes' and he said we all get to determine what is true for ourselves.
And he was winding himself into a knot, he made many different points but all of them when expanded made little to no sense compared to what we observe in this world and the whole time he made continual truth claims then had to back track and say they were only true for him.
The conversation went in many circles, every time I would talk about God's judgement and our sin he would deny the truth of it and say he just wanted to do what he wanted, didn't want to submit to anyone, especially not God and wanted to do whatever he liked.
Even though he had a gaping hole in his belief he was fervently arguing.
We discussed the believability of the Bible and he made some points about how no one believes eye witnesses yet earlier he had said that Julius Caesar existed based on eye witness account.
Then we discussed authorial intent, I was able to use a Don Carson analogy, where I asked him does authorial intent matter, he said no it doesn't for a range of reasons, then I replied so you're saying it is utterly important.
He then got frustrated and said no I said it doesn't matter, to which I replied again, so you're saying it has the highest importance.
I then said, see how you are getting frustrated with me 'misunderstanding' what you are saying, that proves to us both that what you mean when you say or write something matters.
But he did not want to submit to that and was adamant it didn't matter.
After talking about the salvation offered only in Jesus Christ three times he was fed up with the fact that I was so unintelligent that he told me he had to leave.
It was a sad conversation, even though I poked many holes in his worldview by the truth in the Bible and the truth only inherent from God, he did not want to submit to God's Lordship.
Please be praying for these three and all the others whom we interacted with, whether by our presence, the preaching of the Gospel, the tracts, the conversations or any reading of signs that all who had some influence will not be able to sleep tonight before they consider eternity, that they will not be able to rest before that are right with God.
Please pray for the softening of hearts of the many whom we have or will speak to and that the Gospel will penetrate deep and that God may be glorified through their salvation.
Please pray for the team as they go home that they will diligently seek God, committing the day to Him and further seeking Christ and knowledge of God, being more in love and better equipped for representing Christ tomorrow.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Friday, 11 September, 2015
Friday night at Cavill Avenue (Gold Coast, Australia), the team was strong in numbers, in comparison to recent weeks (That doesn't mean we don't need more labourers!) but it was a blessing to have so many around to be able to engage the public as they spent some time with the family on the Coast or to talk with the locals who were out for the night.
I first talked with Brendan, a young man who professed to be perfect, he claimed to never have broken God's law and that, though it is a rare that response does come out from time to time.
It is a scary thought to think someone is so proud they can't admit they have sinned. Please pray that Brendan will come to understand sin and the offense it is to God and therefore repent and believe the Gospel.
I talked to another you man who said he had talked to the team a few times but said it didn't bother him much, that he would suffer in Hell.
I begged with him to consider it tonight because I don't want him in Hell and he definitely doesn't want to be there and God has offered salvation, that payment for sin.
I also talked with Matthew and Natalie a young couple, one whom had gone to a "Christian" school and the other who had grown up in a "Christian" home.
But they both didn't really want to consider it, they said they had heard it all before but it wanted to live how they wanted to. I challenged them with the Eternity they were accepting if they continued in sin.
Please keep these two in prayer, that God may bring them to repentance and saving faith.
I talked with and older couple Ray and Marlene. Ray said he disbelieved God but was to old to change now, despite the apologetics I offered him and despite all of the evidence. He said he was too far gone and too old to change his ways now.
And Marlene was convinced she was saved, even though she was professing to be saved by works. She said she had done the right thing her whole life (except for the occasional sin) and was definitely going to Heaven. She to said she was to old to change now.
Please pray for Ray and Marlene that they may come to saving faith! May God change their hardness of heart, soften it and allow for the seed of the Gospel to grow!
I talked to Hannah and Yasmin two young ladies who were out looking for boys, it is more of a rare thing for young women to admit that but these two had no shame in admitting their sinfulness.
In fact they seemed proud of being deniers of God, even though they professed to be Christians and said they attended a local church.
Please pray for these two, may God use the sermons they hear, or the Bible, or any means possible including the conversation to spark the start of a life change, including surrender to Christ as Lord.
I also talked to Jesse, he said that he had thought about Eternity a little bit the questions I posed where much more real, much deeper than what he had been asked before
He said that he would have to consider where he is going when he dies and he would have to do it tonight!
It was a blessing to hear a young man having to ponder the eternal things.
Please pray for each and every one of those that interacted with the team, please pray for them that the seed which was sown will fall on the cultivated field of good soil, prepared by God and that many may desire to lay aside the life they are living and surrender to Christ a Lord.
Please keep all of the team in prayer, praising God for the opportunities we had and thanking Him for protecting us in what we have done and allowing us the freedom to share the Gospel.
May it all be to the praise of His glorious Grace!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Thursday, 10 September, 2015
At Sunnybank on Thursday it was a beautiful afternoon, we were given a display of God's common Grace that all people were able to experience His blessing of good weather.
There was only a few of us at the outreach, but the Gospel still went out, though we were limited in some forms by numbers, God is still supreme and sovereign over who we talk to, who will hear the Gospel and who will take a tract.
I talked to a young man first who was on his way home from school, he has almost finished High School and is excited about finishing.
I asked him where he will spend eternity if he was to die tonight and he said he wasn't sure. He thought Heaven but didn't know.
We compared him to God's standard of perfection and just like me, he too had fallen completely short of God's standard.
He said this worried him and started offering ways to fix it. But after we discussed the flaws in each of his plans he started to feel a bit helpless, having no idea how he could go to heaven or have his sin paid for.
So I offered Him the Gospel, the message of Jesus Christ and His salvific work offered in Christ's perfect life, death, burial and resurrection and though he at first wasn't grasping the magnificence of it, he still wanted to earn it after a little while he understood he could not earn it at all.
That freed him a little but I explained that saving faith will change you and you will want to honour God not to earn salvation but in gratefulness for what He has done for us.
I also talked to a young boy, named Josh who correctly articulated the Gospel, he knew we were all sinners, he knew that we can't do good to get to Heaven and he knew that Jesus Christ was the only way, by asking forgiveness for sin and trusting in Jesus Christ's payment for sin we can be saved.
And surprisingly he was able to very well articulate it, may this young boy grow up and believe what he knows!
Please keep all who heard the Gospel in prayer, for the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation!
Please pray that many more may want to join us! That local churches will encourage their congregations to go out and proclaim the Good News to the lost!
Please pray for the team as we head out around the area, that we boldly proclaim Christ and Him crucified in Love, sanctifying Christ as Lord so that we can give a defense for what we believe and present the Gospel accurately and without offense in the delivery but only in the message.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Tuesday, 8 September, 2015
On Tuesday afternoon at Woodridge we had a team of 6 members which was a blessing to be able to split up and talk to people in a larger area was great. There was much conversation had and we were able to share the love of Jesus Christ despite our sinful state.
I spent the first while talking to some Mormons and they are very adamant in what they believe, they take many singular verses from the Bible pull it out and use to to justify and defend things like a previous spiritual world, the option for salvation after death and different levels of Heaven.
It breaks my heart that they are convinced of their falsehood and greatest of all the blaspheme God in saying that we can please Him with our deeds and that Jesus Christ's death was not sufficient, we must also earn it by works.
Please pray for the many who believe this, please pray that these two and many others can hear the truth of the Gospel and walk away from trusting in Jesus + Themselves and turn to trust in Jesus ALONE and His perfect work for their salvation.
We also talked to some of the usuals, there was a young man who we had talked to a few times who has been reading the Gospel of John and we have invited him to a local youth group to encourage him in the faith.
I finished off the evening by talking to two young men who were relatively drunk, they kept pulling up problems, throwing out many objections they had but wouldn't accept this answers, they wanted to live in unbelief so that they could do what they wanted to do
I challenged them about the reason they didn't want to believe, was it because of their desire to live for themselves and they both admitted to that being the reason.
This breaks my heart, for Christ has died for sinners such as us and they still don't want His salvific work.
Please pray for those who took tracts, there were many who left with tracts, many who we had short encounters with and some we talked to and discussed the things of God with, please pray that God changes lives, that he changes the hearts of the many people in the area.
Please pray that the fruits of this evangelism become widely shown, that many want to be saved, that many people hear the good news and turn in repentance trusting in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness and payment of sin.
Please pray for those who are damaged by the effects of alcohol and drugs that they may desire to turn from these harmful ways and live a life Holy and blameless because of a miracle of salvation worked by the Power of the Holy Spirit!
Please keep many in prayer.
Also please keep the team in prayer, I found myself getting frustrated yesterday as I talked to two different groups, I lost sight of the fact that we all need the Gospel, I lost sight of the Grace of God in my own life that I didn't deserve salvation just as much as they and I had got into argument winning mode rather than Gospel sharing.
Please pray for the team that we can stay vivigilant in remembering the place from where I came and it is only by God's power that we are who we are!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Monday, 7 September, 2015
At Capalaba on Monday afternoon we had a team of four members for the first time and it was a blessing, not only were they many more people around catching busses but there were more of us to talk to them as well!
I talked to a young man called kyano and he thought he wasn't too bad. He even professed that God should let him into Heaven. After a run through the law he admitted and realised his sinfulness and that he couldn't get to Heaven.
But the Gospel, the Good news of Jesus Christ took much longer to sink in, he wanted to trust in works, or asking forgiveness or stopping sinning and things like that, he didn't want to have to trust in Jesus Christ.
But I explained why Jesus was thinking only way and after a few runs through of the repentance on belief and the life change that should bring about he was able to repeat back the way of salvation.
He has heard the Gospel and said he would consider it, please be praying that God uses this encounter to change His life that be may come to repentance!
I talked to Linda then, who said she wasn't sinful, deserved Heaven but decided she wanted to go to Hell. She professed Catholicism and was very muddled in what she was saying.
I talked to Ethan a young man who heard the law, heard the conviction of the fact that not one of us live up to God's perfect standard.
When then spent much time discussing why we believe the Bible, some apologetics, what reasons do we have to believe in God and the like and by the end he said he would have to consider it all. He admitted he sort of wanted to live for himself but we had put some thought in His mind.
We shared with Him the way of salvation and he left seemingly pondering the message he had heard.
Please keep these men and women on prayer and the others that we talked to, commuting them to God, for we know He is sovereign, we know all things work according to His will.
Please pray for the team as we continue to go out that we will be good ambassadors for Christ, doing well in defending the Gospel and preaching the truth.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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