As the team heads out into Brisbane city again tonight, here are the photos from last week's outreach.
The team were encouraged with the various gospel conversations that were had, with some people coming to grasp the gospel for the very first time. This included a lady named Jacinta, who attends a Catholic Church but thought her own goodness would get her to heaven.
When she heard that salvation is a free gift simply received through faith in Jesus, it was like a light bulb turned on in her head. She was then encouraged to count the cost of following Jesus, but at the same time to not delay.
To God be all the glory!
Hear a team member recount a conversation with a lady, that ended with her understanding her sinfulness and need for a saviour for the first time! Praise God!
Hear how on a quieter night in the city, the team was able to use the Gospel to encourage a seeking, Singaporian.
A team of 5 today whose age range covered 5 decades. We had 3 in the bus stop and 2 outside the library which is close by.
Lee-Anne had a long chat with Travis who started with "I don't believe in anything I cannot see". As the conversation progressed, it became apparent that he had more than a superficial knowledge of the Bible. He did not like the holiness of God. He would have accepted a god who loved him the way he was and with no judgment. Lee-Anne patiently showed him Scriptures as she worked past his defenses to the good news. He left with a gospel of John and our prayers that God would break through his defenses.
An interesting act of providence: I handed a lady a tract 'Intelligence Test' then realized that was not what I had intended to do. I managed to give her a 'Law' tract. Her response was, "This should be interesting. I am a lawyer"
Meanwhile a trial run with the flip chart was being done.
The results as always are in His keeping. We give Him all the glory for what He does through His imperfect (but justified) servants.
God sent a brisk breeze such that we could not set up the flip chart where it was last time. We were to know by the end of our outreach one reason why God did this. There were 4 Indian gentlemen who had been brought up in a R.C. grounding. As they were taken through the law and gospel, understanding seems to have been granted them. They, each one, expressed a desire to trust Christ alone this very day. Once the fog of tradition is blown away, the simplicity of God's salvation is so relieving. Eph. 2:8-10 shows God's prevenient grace produces saving faith which invariably produces God's good works. There can be no merit in doing what we are supposed to be doing as His children, Lk. 17:7-10. Our works, which God prepared beforehand that we should do, are the Christian response of love, e.g. Jn.15:14 +1 John 5:3 " For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome."
God was doing more than this but all His works are glorious as they exhibit His glorious being. To Him alone be the glory and we thank Him for the privilege of serving Him once again in this way.
Our first 2 chats were with people we had not seen before.
Ryan chatted with a 15 year old, Connor. He was 'hard as nails' to the gospel but deeply 'in love' with his sins. He had the usual misconception that hell would be full of his mates. He heard that God was in charge of His prison and there would be no partying with his mates there for he would spend eternity under the wrath of God. He did not care. Only the grace of God can help the spiritually dead to come alive!
I had an open chat with Byron who knew much about the Bible, e.g. Jer 23:6/Rom. 4 The Lord our righteousness. He thought he would enter heaven as he was considerate of others and generally sounded like one who was seriously trying to 'love his neighbor'. Pointing out the need to love God first and foremost, and working through the law and gospel, Byron seemed to understand. He also knew the Blondin illustration on believing involving giving the Lord control of his life. He was referred to a church in his suburb - he needs to forsake some lifestyle sins and needs to be discipled. Pray that he follows through.
The work goes on until the Lord Jesus Christ returns. We give God triune all the praise and glory. Amen
The Lord encouraged our hearts on this day as we altogether had 4 preachers preach at Speakers Corner.
When we started there was absolutely no body in sight, and as we preached at one point a small crowd of students stopped to listen to the preaching of the gospel. There were small number of crowds that stopped throughout our preaching course.
I also got to hand out many of our Op513 tracts to students passing by. We look to our great God to bring the increase.
Please pray for our next outreach on Friday (6th July) as we will be having that on South Mall in Manurewa South Auckland, closer to our church where there are many homeless folk that loiter there and sleep along that footpath, we will be handing out food, gospel tracts and preaching open air.
Praise God that 2 Bibles were given out today!
Here are some interactions that God ordained:
It’s so easy to leave tracts in public places and hand out to shop workers or to attendants at the petrol station etc. It’s getting the Gospel message to the people, God does the saving work and will lead His people to seek Him out.
If you could pray for workers for Warwick in the work of evangelism here on the streets, as I'm on my own and it is good to have other Christians to work together for many reasons.
All Praise and Glory to our wonderful loving Father full of perfect love kindness patience mercy and grace.
School holidays generally means that we meet different people than the usual commuters/shoppers. So it was today.
As exception was young Chris whom Lee-Anne had spoken to a week or so ago. He was polite but not showing much enthusiam for eternal things but enough. So I showed him how to pray for God to reveal Himself to Him as he read through small sections of John's gospel regularly.
Sharon was one who initially did not have time to take a tract but Ryan was able to chat with her once she was settled at her stop. Sounding very much a 'new-ager' and not having a good domestic situation, she listened to the law and gospel. Pray the Lord quickens her conscience.
Some sad stories as we expect in a fallen world. A young Indian lady with a child is here on a student visa. Her husband, also on a visa, has deserted her. Pray she is given the ability to come in saving faith to He who is the Light of the world and our living Hope.
As long as we have breathe we give all glory to God triune, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God blessed forever. Amen.
There is a lot of ink that has been spilt over the last month on the festival of Dark Mofo, particularly the upside down red crosses in the harbor. I am tempted to wade in with my opinions on the festival but probably better than that is to thank David Walsh!
I would like to give a hearty thank you to David Walsh for putting this festival on. He has gathered together large numbers of seeking non-Christians in one place – my home town! It is wonderful that not only has he brought all these people here, but he places preaching illustrations around our town to boot! So, for these entirely unintended blessings, thank you very much David!
No actually… I really want to thank you Almighty God for using a blasphemous God-hater to give glorious opportunities and blessings to your people!
Over the last two Fridays a team from Cornerstone and other churches and I have been blessed to reach out to the crowds at Dark Mofo. Over the course of two nights almost three thousand tracts were placed into the hands of locals and visitors to Hobart. It was wonderful to see the tracts going into pockets and bags to be read later and even better yet to see groups of people gathering around people with tracts in hand and to hear the gospel read to them.
We were using three different tracts these evenings, the “Eternity” card, the “You May Not Have Tomorrow” card, and the cartoon “How We Know God Exists…” tract. With the black and white color scheme on the cards and the message about life and death they were the perfect foil to the “festival of death and sex” around us.
It was wonderful to work with other evangelists; the team was varied in age and background. Yet we were united in our aim, to share the good news of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ. The team all had their own styles, some very bold, Robyn would walk along-side groups of people talking to them about God and offering them tracts. Some quiet, Andrew would smile and hold out a tract and allow people to take them as they wished. Some serious, Karl would speak to people with a serious, loving and urgent voice and give them tracts. Some cheerful, I would smile and laugh and wish people a good night as I offered them tracts.
The response of the people varied as much as the approaches of the team. One man laughed and declined with a thank you, a lesbian couple eagerly took a tract each interested in life after death, one woman scoffed and handed it back, and an adult family stopped and came back to get a tract each. In all the response was very positive. There were even a few who recognized Karl and I, laughing that we were down at Dark Park too!
Towards the end of each night I preached, there were a moderate number of people who gathered to listen as I spoke. Andrew also spoke at the end of the first Friday, giving a great gospel message. As opposed to last year, we were not harassed by the staff from the festival. Last year they called the police, but the police were utterly uninterested in our work as it is perfectly legal and positive. I think that street preaching and outreach fit the festival rather well, I suspect that a lot of people initially thought the preaching was some sort of street theatre as part of Dark Park.
In the gathering dark of winter and a society increasingly running from God, a great gospel light shone in the streets of the Hobart harbor. Thank you to all those who prayed for the team and a huge thank you to the team for their courage and faithfulness.
Please pray that all those tracts would find homes and that the Gospel message would be used by God to the salvation of thousands!
God is great, God is good, God is merciful, God is kind. Praise His name!