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Sunday, 30 October, 2016
We met up and prayed together and set off to our usual areas, the ladies on one side of the point the men on the other side. As we were walking, Lee-Anne met a young man named Ben and spent a long time sitting at a table with him. During that, Railee & I prayed and handed out tracts to people passing by.
Then the two of us went over to the jetty and handed out more tracts. Railee got to talk with a guy named Sam for quite a while I prayed for them. One of Sam’s friends came up to try to pull him away so I tried to engage with him but he wasn't responding so I gave him a tract and encouraged him to read the message as it is so very important. Eventually he did pull his friend away but Railee got to share the glorious Gospel with him.
Lee-Anne came over after a while, and we had a few more short conversations. But it was more quieter than usual, so we decided to slowly walk to the other side and hand out tracts on the way. Just as we were only metres from the men on team, we handed out tracts to three young adults. They said they didn't believe they would go to heaven as their belief is that only Christ Jesus went to heaven and when he comes back there will be a resurrection and God's kingdom will be established on earth.
They didn't believe that Jesus is God or the trinity doctrine. They did not believe Hell exists either. We discovered that they were Christadelphians. These young people have been brought up in this false religion and their eyes are blinded by twisted scripture.
They use the King James Bible but have been taught lies, such as this for example: Jesus cannot be God because God cannot be tempted, and we know Jesus was tempted in the wilderness.
Lee-Anne showed these young adults, two girls and a male, that Jesus is God by opening her Bible and speaking and showing them the Scriptures. The three of us spent some time with them reasoning and pointing them to the truth of who Jesus is and also the reality of the hell punishment for our sins, that it is a conscious eternal punishment where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matt. 8:12).
Railee had to leave, so Lee-Anne and I kept engaging their questions and their false belief of the Scriptures. Later on, Rick joined in as well. We spent well over an hour with them.
Please pray for them as they were listening as we were urging them to look into what we were saying. They need to have the right understanding of who Jesus is for salvation.
You can see how this cult deletes the essentials of the Christian faith and therefore they are not Christians even though they will tell you they are. We need to always check anyone who says they are a Christian.
We can not see the heart but God can, so we are very grateful that we know His power to save is in His Hands and to give us the words to speak as we go. We did share the gospel clearly to them and that we care for them and their salvation. Rick shook hands with the young man and Lee-Anne and I hugged the girls and pray they will search for the truth. To God be the Glory forever and ever. Amen.
Tuesday, 1 November, 2016
We had a great afternoon of evangelism in Woodridge yesterday. Sometimes you'll encounter people who profess to be Christian, and instead of just assuming it must be true, it's important to find out what they believe will save them.
One lengthy conversation we had yesterday was with a young man named Geoffrey. When I asked him why he will be let into Heaven, he quoted Ephesians 2:8-9. That was a great response and so I thought this man understands the gospel. But as I was talking further with him, he began to start saying that faith and good works bring salvation.
So I gave him an example, "Let's say you're walking home and you sin in some way and ten minutes later you die, would God let you into Heaven?" He replied, "Yes." "Why?, I asked. He said, "Because God will see that I have been faithful in my life."
So I spent some time explaining that that is not the gospel. It's not our faithfulness that saves us, but it's what Christ has done for us in dying for all our sins (our sins past, present and future) if we trust in Christ.
For there is a big difference between having faith in Christ and being faithful. If it's our faithfulness, then we would be saved by works, the very opposite message of Ephesians 2:8-9. Good works will simply naturally follow if we have faith in Christ.
It was great to see this man really thinking about what he was hearing and he said he would investigate whether what I said was true.
Please pray for all who heard the gospel yesterday or received a gospel tract. To God be all the glory!
Saturday, 29 October, 2016
We headed out on to the streets on Saturday night after being spurred on from the Re-Engage conference during the day, and it was a great night. We had a good size team and while someone on the team was preaching, God brought a crowd in to listen and ask questions - some in the crowd stayed for the whole hour and a half!
During this time, the rest of the team were handing out gospel tracts and getting into conversations with people either walking past or those who were walking off after listening to the preacher for a while. We'd simply ask, "What did you think of what he was saying? Do you think about your eternity much?" And that leads into a gospel conversation.
One such conversation was with two young ladies from Germany who are travelling in Australia at the moment. They were atheists, but after showing them how we know something like a building had a builder, so must this universe have had a creator - they began to backslide from their atheism. One said, "That actually makes a lot of sense."
So we went on to talk about sin and how we will all stand before God one day to give an account of our life. They expressed how they really love sin and don't really want to turn from it. So we pleaded with them about the serious consequence of our sin and how forgiveness is available only through Jesus, and also about how any of us could die at any moment. That's when they said, "Did you know that we were at Dreamworld on the very day when those 4 people died on that ride? And one day earlier, we were there again and were on that very ride."
That brought the message home to these ladies. Please pray for them, their names are Joyce & Laura. To God be the glory that His gospel is going out!
Saturday, 29 October, 2016
The Essex team went to Romford today and had a blessed time of evangelism and encouragement. I was joined by Chuck and Jacob and we decided to set up in a different spot to see how we would fare. I preached and then was followed by Chuck. Jacob spent a long time chatting with a woman who had been involved in mormonism. Many Christians also approached us and said they were greatly encouraged by our presence. SDG
Chuck preaches while Jacob and I are talking to pedestrians.
Me preaching from Acts 4.12
Chuck proclaiming the Gospel in Romford High St.
Jacob chatting to the Mormon lady.
Friday, 28 October, 2016
After a fortnight away it has been great to come back to this city and share the gospel again in Hobart for the second half of the month. This last week has been full of interesting and gospel focused conversations and interactions.
On Monday I was intending to spend time at the University talking with the students but it is currently exam time so conversations are very hard to start with stressed out students. Instead I spoke with a series of very interesting people in the mall:
Jenny – Coming from a new age background she believed that our “energy” went onto somewhere else after this life and wasn't sure where that was. She then asked me where I thought people went after death. I shared the gospel with her and the two destinies of people after death, heaven and life eternal with God or hell and eternal punishment. As most people do Jenny found the idea of hell very difficult and thought it very harsh. I offered to explain why the idea of judgement was comforting, interested she ask why. I pointed to the horrible injustices of this life and the many people who get no reward for good work and the many who are never brought to justice for their evil deeds. I also discussed the wisdom and understanding of God and how we can trust ourselves to Him because He can see all the facts of someone's life and all their intentions also. So the infinitely good and infinitely wise God who will judge the earth is a comfort for all the injustice we become upset by in this life and also the resolution of the lackings of our justice system. Jenny and I also talked about the need of personal salvation and the many great promises made by God for those who will trust in Jesus. Jenny thanked me for talking as I left and I went glad in heart for the blessings of God!
Jeremy – We have talked before in the past and this time he stopped while I was handing out Eternity cards and asked what it was all about. I responded that the card spoke about life after death, where we go from here when we have died. Jeremy wasn't sure what happened and wanted to know what I thought happened to people. I shared with him about the judgement of Jesus and His separation of people into two destinies depending on their deeds and their response to Him. I showed how the law leaves us all without excuse before God and that my only hope (and Jeremy's) was that God would accept me for the sake of Jesus and His goodness and sacrifice in my place.
Annie and Jehovahs Witnesses – There are many J.W.s around the city regularly handing out literature and sharing the distorted gospel they have been taught by the Watchtower organisation. I spoke with Annie and her friends about who would be in heaven and who Jesus was. The discussion was quite congenial but there is a hardline that JWs will not cross and that is who Jesus is. They have been deceived into thinking of Jesus as another created being and not part of the Triune God. This then leads to a huge clash between the gospel we proclaim and the one that they proclaim. I did my best to show some of the many reasons that scripture gives to support Jesus as God not just a god. I hope that some small seed of doubt in the Watchtower organisation were planted and moved them towards faith in the real Jesus.
There were another couple of conversations over the course of the day and I pray that there would be God's hand on all of them. May they be blessed with the exact words that He desires them to hear which will glorify Jesus and draw these people to faith in Him.
On Tuesday I had a good discussion with Samuel who has been making an effort to read the bible and has begun with the gospel of Matthew. He had some questions he had about the law of God and how it applied to Mary's situation when she was found to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit. This appeared to be fairly standard questions for Samuel but at the same time it was encouraging to see him reading the Word of God.
Also encouraging was the crowd of people who gathered during the preaching. God in His grace saw fit to bring along three young guys who were heckling me during the preaching and a couple of other young guys who would answer questions. Initially I was preaching on the end of the world and asking people what they thought would happen at the end of the world. The amusing answers and shout outs from the crowd drew some people to listen as I spoke about what God says will happen and why. Further people were drawn in as the three young guys shouted for me to “Stop, Stop, Stop, Shut up, Stop!….” and that no-one was listening to me (they didn't get the irony of their own listening or the crowd they were drawing). I had to preach over the top of them as I shared the great need of salvation and the great salvation that Jesus offers through faith in Him. After a period they went away and I continued to preach the gospel.
After the preaching I was able to discuss with two of the hecklers and urge them to reconsider their opposition to the gospel. May God change their hard young hearts!
It has been a wonderful week in Hobart. May Jesus receive the glory and honour and praise and dominion!
Wednesday, 26 October, 2016
“I won't need more than four hundred gospel tracts today”, someone on the team commented. But as the afternoon went on, he came over saying, I actually need more! Praise the Lord.
We met in Queen Street Mall again today to first of all pray, before finding a place to witness. The council has really stepped up their opposition to us sharing the gospel there recently (despite us having permission under a State law). When we arrived last week, there were three council workers and six police officers waiting for us to see if we would approach anyone to talk about the gospel, and if so, they would fine or arrest us. But last week, we had already decided beforehand that we would go to somewhere outside the Mall to witness, and it went really well.
Today, when we arrived the council workers were already there waiting for us again, and this time with four police officers, staring us down. That didn't deter us - we prayed together as we planned to and then found a place to witness outside the Mall. The council officers followed us and remained staring at us across the road from the Mall for a long while, before possibly finding something more important to do.
We had a lovely afternoon of evangelism chatting to various people - from a guy named Carrey who thought of himself as a god, to a young man from Brazil named Jerome who was very open to hearing the gospel and is going to now seriously consider repenting and trusting in Christ. Please pray for all those who heard the gospel today or took a gospel tract.
Glory to God alone!
Saturday, 22 October, 2016
Be encouraged as you watch this video from last night's outreach in Brisbane city.
Wednesday, 19 October, 2016
Today we had five of us on the team in Brisbane City. We decided to evangelise in a different spot and it went really well. Hundreds of gospel tracts went out and the team got into several good witnessing conversations.
While some may try and silence the word (eg: the events of last week), ultimately God's word can never be silenced. For God is saving a people for His name from all the nations. Glory to God!
Saturday, 15 October, 2016
The gospel went out last night in Brisbane city. There were a variety of different gospel conversations that were had. One was with a Muslim man who received a gospel tract earlier in the night and then came back later on because he wanted to ask questions and find out more.
We also had a long chat with a man who is part of a 'church' which denies the Trinity and instead holds to Modalism (the belief that God does not exist in three distinct persons, but that he just takes different modes at different times - currently God is only the Holy Spirit, and thus the Father and Jesus currently don't exist). We got to point him to Scriptures where Jesus prays to His Father, and also where Jesus said "The Father is greater than I".
We then asked what he thinks he needs to do to get to Heaven, and he said it was about following the commandments. We asked whether he has done it perfectly and he said yes. But when we asked about specific ones, he in essence, dismissed them. He then also explained that water baptism was necessary to forgive your sins.
We got to share with him about how salvation is a free gift, not something you can earn by keeping the commandments - because ultimately, we have not done it perfectly at all. Nor is it about getting baptised. We receive salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. Good works will simply follow as a result of having salvation.
But this man then went on to explain how only people part of his 'church' will be saved. We asked when his church started. He said 1964. He went on to explain that no one at all was saved prior to 1964, because they were not part of his 'church'.
The craziness didn't stop there, he then explained that the Messiah they are waiting for is not Jesus, but a South Korean man who died in the 1980s. And he said that currently there is a second god that they worship called "The Mother" - a South Korean woman who is alive today. He tried to back up all these beliefs with the Bible, by doing a bit of twisting here and a bit of twisting there.
Please pray for this man, his name is Eugene. Pray that he comes to understand what the Bible actually says and comes to salvation. Glory to God that His gospel went out!
Friday, 14 October, 2016
Thank you for praying for our outreach last night at the Gold Coast. The Lord raised up about 14 labourers to be on the team, which was really encouraging to see.
The wind was blowing a gale at the beginning of the outreach, and so we were having trouble keeping the resources on the free Bibles table. But as the wind died down, it was great to see that the Bibles were still flying off the table, but this time because people were taking them.
One of the conversations we had last night was with a group of young men from Indonesia who said that they were Muslims. They didn't think that they were good people - they considered themselves to be 'bad boys'. But they thought they would go to heaven if they merely improved their lives, since God is most merciful.
So we got to share with them how since God is a just judge, He cannot simply overlook our sins. We said, "Imagine if an earthly judge had a murderer standing before him and he said to the murderer, 'I am a very merciful judge, so I am just going to let you go free without any punishment for the murder you've done.' That would be unjust of him, wouldn't it?" The men agreed.
We continued, "God is definitely not going to be like that. For God cannot show mercy at the expense of justice. That is why we need a perfect person who can pay the penalty for our sin, and as a result, God can show us mercy." These men were beginning to see how this made sense.
So it lead on to explaining about how Jesus is the one who has taken the punishment for our sin, if we trust only in what he has done for us, and as a result we will want to turn from our sin. These young men were clearly thinking it through, and also counting the cost, since all their family and friends are Muslims too.
They were happy to take a gospel of John each to start reading. Please pray for them. To God be the glory for a wonderful night!
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