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Friday, 23 January, 2015
It was raining the whole time we were out at Surfers Paradise last night. But even though it was much quieter than usual, some good one2ones could be had.
Initially quite a number of the conversations we were having were with people who were not at all concerned about where they would spend eternity and just wanted to keep living in their sin.
But then I had a conversation with a young man named Julius. He said he had been searching for the past hour for a homeless man he met the day before to give him some clothes to wear.
Julius said he believed in God, but didn't like church, and he thought that by doing the good deed to the homeless man, it would get him a bit closer to Heaven.
So I told him that since the standard of getting into Heaven is perfection, no amount of good deeds he could do could ever save him. God would never be able to overlook the history of his sin.
When he heard the message of the cross and that complete forgiveness of sins was only by trusting in what Jesus had done on the cross, he thought that he had always been trusting in that. But I explained that although he may have been believing the intellectual fact that Jesus died on the cross, that is very different to relying only on His death on the cross to save him.
He then appeared to come to understand the gospel, with the use of a few analogies, and so I encouraged him to count the cost of trusting in Christ. I warned him that the Bible says he will be persecuted, and that he will want to put Jesus first in his life.
He said he would seriously think about what was said. He was on holidays from Germany, he had been here for 4 months and was returning in a week and a half's time. It is great that came to Australia for a holiday, but while he was here he came to understand the best news one could ever hear. Please pray he will repent and place his faith in Christ.
Please also pray for Leo and Laneta who heard the gospel. I could tell Leo was really thinking about it.
To God be the glory!
Thursday, 22 January, 2015
Some encouraging conversations with people yesterday at Sunnybank.
Our team member, Col, spoke to one of new Mormon missionaries that were just recently transferred to Sunnybank.
Col asked the question to him, "What happens if you sin?" The Mormon missionary responded with a whole list of tasks that he must do to be forgiven. Col pointed out that if that were so, it is works that saves him and not grace through faith as the Bible says. Col then showed him Ephesians 2:8-9.
That passage came as a surprise to the Mormon and said to Col, "Can I tell you something...but don't tell the other Mormon missionaries. I don't know if the Book of Mormon is true. I know the Bible is, so I now basically only read the Bible."
We hope to continue the conversation with him next week. Please pray that this Mormon missionary comes to understand the gospel and subsequently leaves the Mormon Church.
Also, another good conversation that was had was with a young lady named Adriana. She is Muslim, but she said that she is not practicing it very much. She knew she was going to Hell, but she thought that if she simply prays for forgiveness and stops sinning she will go to Heaven.
I explained that even if she managed to do that, because God is just, He could not overlook the history of all her sin. So I explained that she needs a perfect substitute who can take the punishment for her on her behalf, and that it is Jesus.
After explaining about the cross and forgiveness through faith in Christ alone, and that He is God, she said that this is completely new to her. She had always been taught Jesus is just a messenger.
She saw the high cost of leaving her religion, for her whole family is Muslim too. She was seriously considering what to do. She ignored the fact that her bus came and went, because she wanted to learn more.
I gave her a gospel of John, and answered many of the questions she had. I also warned her about the Mormons - that they are not Christians and that their religion is similar to Islam in that instead of just having one extra book that contradicts the Bible, they have three!
I also stressed with her that anything she hears about God, to always check it with the Bible. Please pray that God brings her to salvation.
One last person to pray for is Michael. He is non-religious but heard the whole gospel presentation and he said he would think about it.
Sharing the gospel is never in vain! Glory to God!
Wednesday, 21 January, 2015
There were lots of great conversations with people on our Brisbane city outreach this Wednesday.
Here are some names to pray for:
• Jordan, Luka and Gabby - thought good people, said they would think about the message they heard and start reading the Bible.
• John (secular) and Bashia (Muslim) - the Muslim had common objections, like "there were other perfect prophets besides Jesus", and "why go through someone else who is not God", not understanding that Jesus is God.
The secular guy, John, said "I haven't found my purpose in life". Very willing to listen and said he would consider the message.
• Jimmy - Chinese guy lives in Canberra. Up in Brisbane for Soccer game Thursday night. He intellectually knew the gospel, but said he is living in sin. I encouraged him to trust in Christ alone and it will mean he will no longer want to live in sin.
• Aeora and Gemma - said would think about message.
• Cameron - young Christian goes to Hillsong. Michael encouraged him to read the Bible.
• Two Vietnamese boys (Tony and his friend) - listening intently, heard whole gospel.
• Dana & Josiah
• Maverick - appeared to be tearing up as he heard the gospel. Gave him NT. Said he would seriously think about message.
• Denis - spoke to Michael, was feeling guilty he had been with a prosititute, wanted a Bible.
• Matthew, Daniel, Frasier interacted with me while I was preaching. They attend a Christian school. They said to be saved one must "ask Jesus into their heart". But they had no understanding of grace. And they admitted they are living in sin. Was able to continue speaking with them after finishing up preaching. After using a few analogies, they came to understand grace, and said they would each trust in Christ alone for their forgiveness. They said they had counted the cost.
• Michael - orthodox, "I am not good enough", came to understand gospel.
We keep sowing the seed and God causes it to grow in His time. Glory to God!
Tuesday, 20 January, 2015
It was another interesting outreach at Woodridge on Tuesday.
The aborigines were sitting near to where we were having our outreach drinking alcohol for most of the afternoon. At one point, one of them stole a team member's drink bottle, emptied the water from it and filled it with alcohol and proceeded to then drink from it.
After asking for it back, we were met with threats of our noses being broken. Thankfully the police were on the train station and they quickly sorted out the issue.
There were plenty of good conversations with people. Here are some people to pray for in particular:
• Mooki - I spoke to him at length last week, when he came up to me and said that the week before (that is, 2 weeks ago) he was rude to me when he just walked straight past saying that he followed Satan, but said that now he wants to hear what I have to say. So I explained the full message clearly to him last week. This week he came back again and he had been thinking about what I said, but admitted he loves his sin.
• Catherine - from NZ, been giving into sin a lot recently. Thought following God's will saved her.
• Ayuel - took a New Testament Bible. Seemed to realise that he was guilty before God.
• Julian - heard full presentation, he at least intellectually came to understand the gospel, please pray he is genuine.
God's word is so precious and all the people we encountered on the outreach this Tuesday will never be the same again in eternity because they have heard the truth.
All glory to God!
Friday, 16 January, 2015
It was a busy night at the Gold Coast last night.
Initially the Hare-Krishna's were hanging around right near us offering their books to people and then requiring payment from them.
I think people could see the vast different between us and them - as we were offering gospel tracts and even Bibles completely free to people. Which is in line with the gospel's free offer of salvation in Christ.
When we set up the sketchboard, the Hare-Krishna's left in a hurry, and large crowds gathered to hear the preaching.
One great thing about the sketchboard is that kids also love to stop and watch what's happening, which causes the parents to stop too.
Usually when the markets close at 10pm, it quiets right down. But even after the markets had closed for the night, crowds of people gathered to continue listening to the preaching.
Please pray for all who heard the message, including the following names:
• Coby and Shinei - said they will think about message.
• Samuel & Carmen - thought good works saved them, seemed to come to understand gospel.
All praise belongs to God!
Thursday, 15 January, 2015
It was hot today as the team met at Sunnybank to share the gospel.
The first thing I noticed was that there were a new bunch of Mormon missionaries around the place. That meant, different Mormons to witness to.
There were four of us today at Sunnybank, including a new team member. We are always praying for more labourers, so this is an answer to prayer!
Here are a few names to pray for:
• Zingu & Baron - thought good person, said they would repent and believe.
• Riccardo - initially he said he didn't know whether God existed or not. He quickly came to affirm God's existence after the simple building builder, creation creator analogy.
He then asked whether Jesus was black or white. I said neither, as he was Middle Eastern. He was shocked to hear me say that, and he said now I want to hear what you have to say because apparently everyone else he has asked the question to in the past has got it wrong.
I went through the law and gospel with him, and explained the cost of following Jesus. He said he does enjoy his sin, but will seriously consider the message.
He said he had been thinking about eternal matters for the past 3-4 days. He said he sees this conversation as a sign from God. I gave him a New Testament and he said he would start reading it everyday.
• Johan - goes to church, thinks that it saves him. He looked bothered after hearing the gospel.
Please pray also for all the Mormon missionaries who we were able to share the truth with today. Praise God that He can convert anyone and that His word never returns void!
Tuesday, 13 January, 2015
The gospel went out at Woodridge again yesterday and there were some good conversations.
The man in this photo I offered a tract to, but he waved his hand indicating 'No I don't want it'. So I asked him a question and he waved his hand again. I thought, "Ok this person doesn't want to hear anything about God." But the man then said, "No English."
So I asked him, "What language do you speak?". He replied, "Persian, Farsi." I knew I had just recently packed some Farsi tracts in my bag, so I pulled one out and he gladly received it. He then began reading it all the way through. Please pray that God would save him.
Here are some more people to pray for from our outreach yesterday:
• Nukki - goes to a Catholic church. He said: "I don't follow the 10 commandments." So after talking about sin and how we deserve Hell, I explained the gospel. He said he would seriously think about the message.
• Sarah - had no assurance of salvation, knew the gospel, encouraged her to read bible and find a good local church.
• Leslie - receptive. After hearing the gospel, he said: "That makes sense" He had never read the Bible before. Gave him a New Testament.
• David - had just come from doctor where he found out he has cancer in his ear. He recognised that death could happen to him at any time, so he was very willing to listen to the message. He said he would think about it.
It is great seeing how God prepares people to hear the message. To God be the glory!
Friday, 9 January, 2015
During our Friday night outreach at the Gold Coast, there were a lot of people who were very receptive to the message.
Here are some people to pray for:
• Alexi - young man on holidays from Melbourne. Church goer, thought obeying commandments saved him. Came to understand gospel. Said he would repent and trust in Christ.
• Julel & Ebony - boyfriend & girlfriend. He goes to a Christian church, she goes to a Catholic Church. They thought being a good person saved them. Once they heard the law and the gospel, they came to profess faith in Christ. She was saying "oh wow you have completely changed my point of view".
• Liam & George - two teenagers, they said they grew up in an atheist family, so they didn't believe in God. After using the building builder analogy they came to believe that God exists, I went through law and gospel with them. They said, "this is a big thing, we are going to have to think about it." Gave them both a gospel of John.
Thursday, 8 January, 2015
It was a good afternoon of outreach at Sunnybank yesterday.
The Mormon missionaries were out in force in the area and they mentioned that they are about to be transferred to a different area. This means a new bunch will be coming to Sunnybank soon.
So I tried one last attempt of witnessing to one of them who I haven't spoken to much before. He was advocating that there are at least 3 different gods that exist - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
I asked, why then in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 does Jesus say "...baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
'Name' is singular, not plural. That means the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not 3 separate beings, but the one being, existing in 3 distinct persons.
The Mormon elder had no idea how to respond and went to their usual, 'But I have received a feeling that Mormonism is true'.
I explained that feelings are not the way we know that something is true, for the Bible says our heart is deceitfully wicked. Instead we should follow the example of the Bereans who searched in the Scriptures daily to see whether what was being said by Paul was true (Acts 17:11).
Please pray for Elder Reading, that God would save him out of the Mormon church and bring him to saving faith.
Please also pray for a Buddhist man named Elvin. After hearing the message, he thought at first he could add Christianity on to his existing beliefs. When I quoted Jesus saying that He is the only way, Elvin knew he had to make a choice - Buddhism or Christianity.
He said he would seriously think about what he heard. I gave him a gospel of John to read.
The seeds have been sown, our job is done for now, the results are in God's hands. To God be the glory!
Saturday, 10 January, 2015
We had a good sized team last night in Brisbane city.
Something interesting happened. On Friday night at the Gold Coast, I spoke to group of 4 young men, probably in their early 20s, who were content living in their sin.
Then last night Brisbane as I was beginning to hand out some tracts, who walked by? The very same four guys I spoke to the night before!
They said, "It's you again!" So I said, "Maybe God is trying get your attention. Two nights in a row in two different places. And even though God has allowed you to live another day since yesterday, his patience may run out at any moment. You need to get right with God."
One of the guys then said, "Now I have two of these", as he pulled out of his bag the tract he received the night before.
Please pray that God would save these young men.
A very good night overall. The gospel was preached. And a number of team members also reported that some people came to profess faith in Christ.
Watch the following video from the night:
To God be the glory!
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