It was a beautiful autumn day in Queensland on Saturday in Redcliffe. The sun was shining, and the temperatures sat around 28'C. All this meant that it was going to be a very busy along the waterfront of Redcliffe.
When we arrived I noticed that there was more traffic than usual; it was clear that everyone had decided to spend the morning enjoying the great weather. When I arrived I was encouraged to find a group of Christians from a local church handing out New Testaments and flyers for gospel courses at their church. We were able to chat to them, and encourage them in the work they were doing. They also encouraged us to keep on sharing the gospel.
Last time I was out in Redcliffe, I was the only Christian witnessing, today, we had nine other people come along to witness from local churches and organisations. It was wonderful to labour alongside each other for the gospel, and even though we have different backgrounds, we were able to make much of Jesus.
Today, the conversations seemed to be coming quick and regular. People were taking tracts, chatting, and we nearly ran out of Bibles on the Free Bible table.
One young lady, who would have been around fourteen years old, was amazed at the message of Jesus. As I explained to her what Christ did on the cross, she couldn't help but say, "Oh! WOW!"
By the end of the day it was great to see so many people walking around with tracts in their hands. The gospel was spreading all along the waterfront.
Please pray that the Father would draw many to the Son as a result of today's outreach.
On Friday night at the Gold Coast we had a smaller team than usual, but God was faithful as always and provided plenty of people to talk to about Christ.
In fact, one of the conversations that the team had lasted for an hour and a half with a man named Mario. He was raised Catholic and thought that his goodness would get him to Heaven. He had plenty of really good questions from things in the Bible, and he was explained the right way of salvation.
Please pray that God will soften his heart to realise that no goodness in him will get him to Heaven and that he will instead trust only in Jesus' sacrifice on the cross for his forgiveness. Mario said that he is a postman from Melbourne and he happens to know a pastor from a local Protestant church on his postal route and so he is going to ask him some questions to find out more. We also gave him a gospel of John to start reading while he is on holidays (he has a full Bible at home).
The rest of team had some good chats as well and were handing out hundreds of gospel tracts (in a variety of languages!). The Gold Coast is an such international tourist destination, that is really useful having gospel tracts in a bunch of different languages so that people can read the message in their own native tongue.
To God be the glory that His word has gone forth!
A.A. Hodge "The human mind was formed for truth, and so constituted that only truth can exert permanent influence upon it."
We spent a short time sharing what God had been doing, then we prayed and went into His harvest field. We rejoiced also to have Rick and Glenda help today as they were visiting from Yangan.
- Lee-Anne met a 15 year old who was standing on the Rock and knew it. He may do some witnessing if his parents permit it. His Mum was there and although not a Christian she was proud of her son and said she would not stop him.
- A group of 5 men passed us and 4 got tracts (the fifth one might have if the old guy wasn't so slow. He might have to re-do Ray Comfort's 6 week course on handing out tracts!). On their return,
- Ryan engaged one, Solomon, an evolutionary geneticist, and showed him some of the flaws in Darwin's theory. Solomon later admitted that the theory of evolution is like a majestic building that has no basis/foundation. Indeed Darwin's assumptions have been shown to be erroneous. Solomon now says that he needs to look into these matters after being taken through the law and gospel;
- Rick engaged one, a thoughtful man but he stumbled in that he could not stop trying to justify himself.
- Glenda and Railee spent a fair while with Adrian, who had some sort of Polish R.C. upbringing and was very confused. However, he listened carefully.
We thank God for these and other conversations and/or tracts handed out and ask Him to have the last Word in each case. We are so thankful that weak as we are, God has shown us mercy and uses us for His glory. There are so many needy and lost souls in the world. If you desire to help but are hesitant, there is training available and heaps of prayerful, comforting support.
Rom. 3:23 When one sins, he robs God of the glory due to Him! Everyone has broken the 8th commandment how many times?
After praying, we engaged in conversation those whom God led us to:
- Ethan, a 'good' young man who was trying to improve his life. He was able to give a clear answer to "Why God should let him into heaven?" after one presentation of the law and gospel. He then indicated his willingness to trust Christ today. Ryan gave him the challenge to show his repentance/faith is genuine by keeping himself 'pure' until he was married (he is presently engaged). Pray for him.
- A young man who blamed God , if He is there, for some traumas in his life. He isn't going to 'follow a book'. I started to tell him why I took the Bible as God's Word, but he was not engaging. We parted on speaking terms. Pray that God speaks to him as he reads t.he tract.
- A teenage girl from Roman Catholic schooling. Admitted she broke 10 commandments. As she reads the tract, may God show her His truth and cause her to be concerned for her stance before the thrice-holy God, Is. 6.
We praise God for everything He does is for the good of His church and thank Him for giving us the privilege of serving Him and accepting our imperfect efforts through the Mediator, our Lord Jesus Christ.
We had a team of 10 of us for our outreach last night in Brisbane city. It was great to see the team in gospel conversations throughout the night.
At one point, a young man named Jarrod approached me at the free Bibles table and said, "I don't know anything about the Bible, can you please tell me, what is the message of the Bible?" So I took him through the law of God to show how we have all fallen short of God's standards, how as a result we deserve His judgement, and then pointed him to the good news of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and how he rose on the third day.
It seems that the Lord had prepared Jarrod's heart; as he was very receptive to the message. He said, "I need to trust in Jesus as soon as possible." I encouraged him to make sure he counts the cost.
He then asked, "What does sharing this message like you're doing have to do with going to Heaven?" I said, "Nothing, sharing the gospel doesn't save us, neither does doing any other good work save us, because Jesus sacrifice on the cross is the only thing that saves, which we receive through faith alone. But if we are trusting in Christ, our desire will be to do good works for the Lord because he commanded it and because we love Him."
"Plus if you saw a blind man walking towards a cliff, you wouldn't stand idly by would you? You'd want to warn him. So in the same way, people are heading towards Hell, and so compassion should motivate us to warn them and tell them to turn from their sins and trust in Jesus." Jarrod replied, "That makes a lot of sense." He said that he had a children's Bible at home and asked whether that was the same thing. We gave him a gospel of John because he wanted something small, as he had to head off to work.
Please pray for him and all the others who heard the gospel last night. To God be the glory!
This week has been a sharp spike in interest in the work in the mall. We had many people gather to discuss the gospel and biblical matters. We also nearly ran out of bibles on the bible table, a problem every evangelist should have!
The afternoon began as many have, with quiet discussions around the bible table. Samuel dropped by to have a quick chat before heading off to other commitments. My discussions with Samuel have become quite cordial, something that I am immensely grateful to God for!
After finishing chatting with Samuel I began to preach the gospel and I was working my way through a passage of scripture when an aboriginal man started shouting at me that I should stop preaching about God on aboriginal land. Apparently God and Jesus are not welcome in Australia, and according to this man I was being disrespectful of his people by preaching as I did. I responded to him as best I could, seeking to show him that race and nationality do not remove our responsibility to our maker. I also urged him to consider the fact that many in the aboriginal communities of our land are Christian (75% according to the ABS census done just recently). There have even been elders come out in opposition to the activism of “Invasion Day” saying aboriginal Australians should be seeking to reconcile not foster division and hatred. None of this had any effect on this particular man and he continued to spew hatred towards God and threatening me if I did not stop preaching. All this obviously concerned some people listening because one lady called the police because she thought I was in danger. They came and spoke with the man off to one side leaving me free to continue preaching.
I rejoiced when I looked around at the large crowd that had gathered to witness the spectacle and doubly so when members of the crowd began to ask their own questions. It began with a question regarding other religions – what do I think will happen to them (with particular reference to Islam as some Muslims had walked past). This I answered with the words of Jesus underlying His claim to be the only way to God and asking in return if He was right or wrong? Not receiving a reply I urged the questioner to consider all that Jesus did that made it urgent that we believe Him, He was God in flesh and proved it beyond all doubt.
At this point the police spoke to me briefly about avoiding violence in the mall, something I assured them I was ng very hard to avoid if I could. They then left me to continue preaching, taking the aboriginal man with them.
The questions continued from there for the rest of the afternoon until I had to pack up and head home apologising to the unanswered questions. The questions were fantastic, biblical questions that allowed me to glorify both God and the gospel.
One set of questions in particular was regarding the role of biblical law in the Christian's life. My questioner claimed we had to fulfill all the law in order to be right with God, not only believe in Jesus through faith. This question was fantastic as I could speak about the full salvation that Christ had won on the cross and how we are freed from the demands of law which we could never fulfill. I went to Galations many times to underline God's thoughts on this false gospel. Praise God He gave us the law which has delivered us to Jesus who sets us free from from bondage to both law keeping and sin!
As I said many bibles went out as did much literature. Praise God that He is so kind to us here in Hobart and sent to gather the people to hear the way to life. May He use what was said and what was taken to be read!
Please continue your faithful prayers for the people of Hobart and for our work in the mall.
To God be the glory through Jesus the Son!
As we began our outreach in Brisbane city last night it was wonderful to see City Hall lit up in gold to represent the glory of God. The council had agreed to light up City Hall and the Storey Bridge in gold for that purpose in connection with the National Day of Prayer and Fasting.
It provided us with the opportunity to let people know of that and transition into talking about eternity.
God brought in a team of about 10 of us and it was a fruitful night. As we began walking back to the car at the end of the night, a young man named Mossid came up to us and wanted to find out how he could go to Heaven. It seems that God that had prepared his heart to hear the gospel.
We talked for a long while and he came to profess faith in Christ. He said he wants to come along to next week's outreach because he wants to now share what he has heard with others.
To God be the glory!
It was a fruitful day of outreach on Wednesday in Brisbane city. We had 5 of us on the team.
We got to chat to a variety of different people including Henry who was a Chinese man who said his culture doesn't believe in God so he has never given it any thought. As we talked, he was listening intently and took a New Testament at the end.
I also got to briefly see a young man named James who I witnessed to firstly about a week or two ago in Brisbane city, then on the Friday night following, he happened to be at the Gold Coast so I got to continue the conversation with him.
He has come to realise his sin and says he has been hanging out with the wrong crowd. I encouraged him to make sure he counts the cost of repenting and trusting in Jesus. For it would be worse for him to put his hand to the plow and then look back (Luke 9:62).
That is one of the reasons we don't lead people in a "sinner's prayer", because they need to really count the cost first. Plus we don't want them to think they are saved simply because they prayed a prayer.
Please pray that God will save James and all the others who heard the gospel today.
To God be the glory!
The gospel went out again in Brisbane city on Saturday night. We started with two of us, but not long after praying we had a team of about 15. Praise the Lord!
There were plenty of gospel conversations that were had with people, with some conversations lasting well over an hour. One person in particular had his mates waiting for him as he was interested in finding out more about Christianity and talking with someone on the team.
So I started chatting to his mates - one was an atheist, one who hadn't given any thought to eternal matters, and one who was a professing Christian who appeared to be living life his own way.
After speaking with the atheist and the professing Christian for a while, they went and sat down on a seat while I continued to talk with the man who hadn't thought much about eternal things. His name was Tony.
He came to grasp the message of forgiveness through what Jesus has done for us on the cross and not our works. He had some good questions and wanted a Bible, so we gave him one. Please pray for him as he counts the cost of coming to faith in Christ, and please also pray for the others who heard the gospel throughout the night.
To God be the glory!
A cooler day today but so too seemed to be the general response to God's only Way of sinners becoming reconciled to Him.
However, God has His own way of presenting the claims of Christ, e.g. a young girl who had previously been given a tract and had had the gospel explained to her, had time to be briefly challenged before her bus came.
There was also another young lass who was very unclear initially but was taken through to the point where she knew she deserved eternal condemnation. As we walked the 10 steps or so to her bus, I was able to point her to the sufficiency of the Lord Jesus Christ and have to be content to pray for others to meet her and complete the gospel message and challenge.
Dave, trained in a Roman Catholic institution, was told that this was the Biblical message that Protestants proclaimed. At the end, he was pleased to be prayed for.
Our pleasure is to serve the only One worth serving and that through the Mediator He has given us Thank God that He saves a people for Himself, e.g. Rom. 9:25,26. Let us pray that God will be merciful to many at this time in this land He owns (as well as the whole created order).