There were no Mormon missionaries to be seen at all on Thursday during our Sunnybank outreach. That is good news in that thankfully they were not able to spread their false message, but it also meant we weren't able to continue witnessing to any of them, including the one who last week revealed to us he doesn't believe the Book of Mormon is true. We will hopefully see him another week.
When I arrived I started handing out tracts as I crossed the bridge. And one young lady I handed a tract to came up to me only about half a minute after I gave her tract, and she wanted to give the tract back to me.
So I started a conversation with her asking whether she thought she'd go to Heaven. She was a firm believer in reincarnation.
I explained how reincarnation doesn't fit with reality in that if it were true, you would expect the population of this Earth to be staying about the same - for when someone dies they go into a new body. But the population of this Earth has exploded exponentially, thus showing reincarnation is not true.
She said, "But you could turn into an animal too." I pointed out that that doesn't help her case, as there are more animals on this Earth right now than there ever has been, because humans are mass-breeding them for food.
I said, "Since we both haven't died yet, it would make more sense to believe the words of one who has died and rose from the dead three days later, and that is Jesus. Jesus says it is Heaven and Hell after we die."
She conceded the point and so I went through the law of God, talked about the judgement to come and she said she was terrified of ending up in Hell. She thought stopping her sins would save her, but I pointed out that doing that won't get rid of the history of her sins.
So I explained how the only way to be saved is by having a perfect person take the punishment for us on our behalf, that is Jesus. At this point she exclaimed, "No one has ever explained this to me before! It makes sense."
By this time, it had already begun to rain but she didn't care, she just wanted to learn more. She said she would download the Bible on her phone (for she didn't want to have one made of paper) and she said she would seriously think about trusting in Christ after counting the cost. Her name is Helen.
Col arrived a bit later in the afternoon and was able to hand out lots of gospel tracts to people as they got off the bus.
Some more people to pray for whom we talked to:
• Ivy - a Buddhist, after hearing the full message and my challenge to her of when will she come to trust in Christ for her salvation, she said "This is a very big. I will need several days to think about this. It is really big."
• Victor - Goes to a Catholic Church. Had no idea of gospel. Said he would repent and believe the gospel. Encouraged him to then start reading his Bible daily and to check everything he hears about God with the Bible.
Just a team of two today, but the people we spoke to and those who received tracts will never be the same in eternity!
It was another great outreach in Brisbane city on Wednesday. One thing I love about the city during the day is that there are lots of people about, which means lots of people to witness to.
We used the sketchboard to present the gospel in the open air and it was well received. After one of the presentations of the gospel, a number of people came up and took a gospel of John. For I encouraged anyone who was interested in finding out more to take one. And it resulted in some very good one to one conversations afterward.
Here are a couple people to pray for from the outreach:
• Ben - from Nauru, will be studying in Brisbane for the next 4 years. He was very receptive. After initially thinking it was his own goodness that could save him, he came to understand the gospel. I gave him a full Bible and he said he would start reading it daily.
• Vishal, family is Buddhist, so that is why he is. He admitted he loves his sin, but he did have many good questions. He heard the whole message but said he knows his parents will disown him if he converts. To him, the cost was too high. Please pray God compels him to come to Christ.
To the God who can convert even the hardest heart, to Him be the glory!
There was a lady who came up to me and grabbed the front of my shirt near my neck and said, "God loves me." She was drunk, and her friends had to pull her away.
Then right near the end of the outreach, after all the other team members had left, she returned and at the time I was witnessing to someone. She was yelling things like "Stop talking about God. No one likes God. Go away."
It looked like she wanted to get physically violent again, but her friends were holding her back. So she started pulling out things from a nearby bin and started throwing them at me. I am thankful that she didn't find any glass bottles in the bin.
After ducking for cover, she eventually left and the person I was witnessing to said, "I think I have to go..."
Things like that are to be expected for a Christian, because people hate God, so it shouldn't be a surprise that they will show that hatred towards his followers.
Nevertheless, it was another glorious day where the gospel was proclaimed. There were 4 of us on the team.
Please pray for the following people from the outreach:
• Everston, Ethan, Lethan and Sam. - thought good people, came to profess faith in Christ.
• Elaina - her mum's a Buddhist, initially very stand-offish. Didn't believe in God. After showing her why it makes sense God exists, she was a lot more willing to talk. After talking about sin and the judgement, she was concerned about ending up in Hell, so she wanted to know the way of forgiveness. I explained the gospel, and she was happy to take a gospel of John to read.
To God be the glory for another great outreach!
We had a special outreach for Australia Day 2015 at the Gold Coast.
There were 9 of us on the team, and the tract that we were handing out was the 'Good Aussie' card. It was so easy to hand them out as almost everyone was willing to take one.
Please pray for three people from Iran - Matthew, Andrew and John. They were attending a church but they had no idea of how to go to Heaven. They were very appreciative of hearing the gospel explained and said they would think about it.
Here is a video from the outreach:
Here are some photos from the outreach:
The gospel went out again yesterday during our fortnightly outreach at Wellington Point (Australia).
I had a conversation with Maria, a mother who attends a Catholic Church with her family and has been doing so for 15 years. She thought had to be very lucky to get to Heaven.
I got to explain the gospel to her but I couldn't tell whether she properly understood it, and she said she had to go.
But the next chat I had was with her son (probably about 18 years old). His name was Isaac. He said that he wakes up each morning terrified that he knows he will go to Hell because he said he has sinned so many times.
He said that he knew that stopping his sins wouldn't get him to Heaven because he still has the history of them that God cannot overlook. He then said, "I need someone who is perfect who can take the punishment for me on my behalf". I asked, "And who is that?" "Jesus", he said.
He had managed to overhear the conversation that I was having with his mum earlier and that is why he understood he needed a substitute.
So I encouraged him to trust in Christ alone for his forgiveness. He said he would and he realised the catholic idea of works doesn't save and so he said he wants to find a good Christian church to join instead.
At the same time, Rick was able to share the gospel with Isaac's brother, Mickah, and he was quite receptive.
The people in this photo are:
Lachlan & Dilan - they attend a catholic school. Rick explained gospel. They were not sure of going to Heaven, one had a bible, other didn't. Listened intently. Encouraged them to read the gospel of John.
Please pray for all who heard the message. We have a great gospel!
Please pray for the following people:
• Dimitri - he said he was a scientist from France and he didn't believe in God. So I thought that this would be a tough conversation, thinking he probably wouldn't budge from his atheistic position.
But after showing him that just by looking at a building we know it had a builder, even though we have never seen him, so we can look at this universe and since it had a beginning, it therefore must have had a creator, he though we can't see him, Dimitri came to acknowledge that God exists.
So I went through the law of God with him to bring the knowledge of sin, talked about the judgement to come, Heaven and Hell, and the cross. He was intently listening to what I was saying and seriously considering the message.
• Forest & Zeff - they said they were Christians because they attend a Church. They also thought that being a good person saved them. I explained the whole message and they came to understand the gospel. They said they would think about it.
• Robert - goes to Hillsong in the valley. Didn't know the gospel, but after hearing it explained to him, he said he would trust in Christ alone for his forgiveness.
There were many other conversations that were had also. Please pray for those who heard the message and those who received gospel tracts. To God be the glory!
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!
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!
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!
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!