The team did some amazing 1-2s today. Lee-Anne would speak to a group of two people who broke away after a while. Later in the afternoon Ryan was able to follow through with the same people - some of them getting to the point where they could tell why God would let them into heaven - based on Christ's finished work only. However the commitment to submit to God's One and Only Saviour is, hopefully, still to come some other time.
There seemed to be a number of Roman Catholics today who were open to listening to God's true message of salvation by grace alone. One had received a tract as he entered the area and said in passing that he was trusting in Jesus. Later he was receiving a gospel of John from Ryan after being taken through the law and gospel and realizing that he had not been trusting in Jesus Christ ALONE to save him.
The pleasure was ours as He helped us glorify Himself in proclaiming His offer of salvation. May He keep leading us to those He is dealing with. To God alone be the glory!
Christ came to save and not to just make salvation possible!
- please pray for Jade who had never heard and has now.
- pray also for Daniel who attends a local church but had no idea what it was really about. Now he knows and is so very thankful and intends to follow Jesus from now on.
- pray for Levi who was providentially given a Bible by his grandparents recently and has started to read it. Now he has heard the good news of how to be reconciled to God, for now and forever. He has been invited to attend a local church and begin to be regularly feed.
God always does more than we know about or indeed can squeeze into a report and all to the praise of His glorious grace - Eph. 1.
Our gracious Lord brought Harry here from England to hear His truth. He claimed an atheistic/I believe in science position. He was taken through a reason for taking the Bible as God's revelation = great basis for believing the message of salvation by grace and then showing one's love for the Saviour by obeying His commands, Eph. 2:8-10 + Jn. 15.
Someone has said that the Bible is able to defend itself. It is our pleasure to feed people enough evidence to convince them that one needs to check out the authority of Scripture alone for oneself. Think of the scoffers among archeologists who said things like, "The Bible talks about the Hivites but ther is no evidence they ever existed." Time has proved the Bible true. Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ book/movie, etc. ) is one of a troupe of individuals over time who have set out to disprove the Bible and God has convinced them otherwise. Think of (Frank?) Morrison who, after careful investigation from the stance of an unbeliever wrote, "Who Moved the Stone". This book shows the reasonableness of the gospel accounts of the resurrection and subsequent appearances of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Harry was privileged to hear the law/gospel/count the cost presentation and was last seen staring out to the ocean seemingly thinking about these things. God knows his thoughts. May God have mercy on Harry and to God alone be the glory and praise.
The team headed into Brisbane City last night and many labourers came out and many Gospel conversations were had.
Watch the video to hear Brett and John share some exciting moments from the evening!
Edit: for some reason the audio only works properly on PC's not on phones (will see to right this).
On Saturday evening the gospel was proclaimed in Brisbane city. We were also privileged to have a Christian busker filling the area with Gospel music.
Watch the video to hear the other encouraging events that occured over the course of the evening.
It is a big witness to have a table set up in the main Street of Warwick with signage offering Free Bibles & Resources. Thank our wonderful God for the blessing of this Ministry!
There have been a good number of people stopping to ask who I'm associated with. Some of them are Christians and it is exciting to tell them of the work and blessings that God brings through Street witnessing and events.
Today I met Tony who told me he has been praying for the people of Warwick for years. Tony has looked into the Ministry and is very supportive and was greatly encouraged that we have started here in Warwick.
Some names to pray for are - Warren who used to be a Sunday School teacher, now he says there is no God. Pray the words I spoke to him will challenge him and Gods Spirit stir his heart. He did take a 'Are You a Good Person' comic tract.
One Bible was taken today! A man named John asked for a Bible. We had a little chat but he was needing to go. I gave him a Gospel tract too.
Pray for Barry who took a number of Creation tracts and a booklet that explains the ministry as well as some Gospel tracts. He is from Lismore. We had a good chat about the Ministry and the Gospel.
Its early days here at Warwick but our wonderful Lord is doing work in hearts of people and His Grace is new every morning Great is His Faithfulness!
All Glory to our Lord and our King Jesus
This afternoon five team members made it out to Woodridge Station to bring the Gospel to bear on the ears of the people travelling through.
It was a very busy afternoon to begin with, as over 300 tracts were handed out, but the foot traffic slowed down as the usual school traffic left.
One conversation was had with a man named Dustin. He professed that religion wasn't really his thing and he was happy to live his life how he wanted, without needing to think about God. Dustin sort of rejected the idea of God but was quick to acknowledge that God must exist, because the universe does (because every house needs a builder and he himself is a builder).
Dustin ultimately heard the problem of sin, the desperate situation it leaves us in and that hope is only found in Jesus Christ's perfect life, sacrificial death and victorious ressurection. Sadly Dustin still didn't really want to surrender to God because he was pretty happy living according to his own standard.
Please be praying that Dustin will not be able to stop thinking about the conversation and will come to trust in Jesus as His Lord and Saviour.
Another brief chat was had with Hayden. In the past he had been a drug user but proudly professed that he had been clean for 2 months. It was good to rejoice with him in this but as the conversation turned to the Gospel, it was clear that he had very little understanding of who God is. Thankfully, he was open to hearing what God had revealed about Himself.
Some simple explanations were given about God's perfect standard and the punishment for sin. At this Hayden seemed to understand the dire position all of humanity was in.
As his train arrived, a simple and clear Gospel presentation was given and Hayden left with a tract in hand.
Please be praying that this message may take root in his heart and that he too may be forgiven of sin and reunited with God, through the work of Christ!
At Sunnybank yesterday, God raised up a team of 8 of us for the outreach, which meant we were able to reach both sides of the road very well, handing out gospel tracts and starting conversations.
Two standout conversations - one person who was quite hard hearted and the other person who was very receptive.
The hard hearted man was a man in his 50s or so who said he is a Mormon all the way from when he was young. He was very familiar with all the teachings of the Mormon church, saying that God the Father has multiple wives and lives near the planet Colob. He said that Jesus and Satan are brothers, and that humans were never created but have always existed.
There were so many false beliefs to deal with, so we decided to focus on a main topic - salvation. He said that God would judge everyone one day on their works, and so therefore he interpreted from that that God will weigh a person's good deeds verses their bad deeds. We made the point that the Bible says even all liars will have their place in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8), that means even one lie is enough condemn us forever. And it would not be the just thing for a judge to let a criminal go free based on doing more good actions than crimes, neither can the good God of the universe do that.
We then brought up Ephesians 2:8-9 which describes how we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus and not by works, and he said that belief is from the devil. He then jumped topics on to the trinity saying that there can't be one God who exists in three persons, instead there must be multiple gods. What this man was saying really shows how different Mormonism is to Christianity and the Bible. And he wasn't misrepresenting Mormonism at all, this is what they actually believe.
He didn't want to believe what the Bible said about all these subjects and instead wanted to rely on the modern prophets of his church. So the conversation ended some time after that.
But not too long later, we had a good chat with a Chinese man named Roy who hasn't even heard of the name Jesus before or what He has done. We got to talk about how we have all sinned, deserve God's judgement, but that Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin if we would come to believe. The evidence that we believe is that we will then start living a different way.
He asked a bunch of clarifying questions, even asking, "Why would Jesus do that for me?" We also gave him a gospel of John to start reading.
To God be all the glory!
Here in Hobart the Secular elites and their minions have been having quite a run of bad behavior over the last year. Just lately our state run and taxpayer funded hospital is to be the new location for an abortion clinic, regardless of what some taxpayers may think of this. If you disagree with the intrauterine killing of the innocent you are free to hold that opinion privately, but heaven help you if you seek to convince others of that conviction. Worse still if you were to start a group that holds to pro-life convictions and register that at the local University student union. Worse again if you publicly stand and speak against abortion. But worst of all is the act of quietly standing outside the hospital with literature or the offer of counsel and support for expecting mothers going in desperation to have their children killed because no-one will care for and support them.
If you speak to others about abortion, expect at least an angry tirade if a progressive even suspects you are influencing others against this “holy cow”. I have lost track of the number of times this has happened over the last couple of weeks.
If you register an organization at the Uni, expect as we have seen lately here, protests on the street and on campus, angry letters to the editor, and formal complaints made to the university. I salute the bravery of those standing for the unborn and for mothers on campus, please do not give up!
If you stand outside the local abortion clinic, no matter how quiet and loving your manner. The police will come and lock you up! Graham Preston is fighting the charges brought against him for standing outside our Hobart abortion clinic. His conviction and bravery humble me, may God see to it your name is cleared!
If you stand publicly to speak against abortion and call people to repent of this horrible crime and sin, expect a fortnight like we’ve just had in Hobart.
I have placed on the front of the bible table a series of signs speaking against abortion and encouraging people to consider the little person whose life is taken. I have spoken a number of times of the sin of our nation in allowing this legislation to be passed and then not removing it after it was enacted. I called men to look after the women of our community rather than use them for pleasure and then abandon them to be single mothers or to abort the child. I have urged the people of Hobart to see that this is murder and that taking the life of a child, no matter how early the stage of life, is still taking the life of a child. I warned the people that God is not to be fooled with and He has a passionate and jealous love for all the children He gives us.
God warns explicitly in Scripture that those who take the life of a child whether for religious purposes or convenience or even through neglect will face His judgement. This is murder and all those complicit in it and encouraging it will face wrath of God for this sin.
But this is not the end of the story necessarily, God in His mercy offers a way for wrath deserving sinners both great and small to receive mercy and grace through the atoning death of Jesus Christ the perfect lamb of God. For those who turn from sin and come seeking Christ no sin is great enough to keep us from Him. But likewise, there is no sin too small that it will be overlooked by God’s justice. We all need a savior and there is only one that God offers. Jesus Christ our Lord!
Needless to say, our sin delighting and justifying society is not pleased when people point out the evil that they have taken as their “right”. We have had the Bible table thrown over and about a number of times, an attack video has been published against us, and I was assaulted for standing in the way of the Bible table being overturned and had to restrain the man involved. I was not badly hurt in case you were wondering.
In all these things we rejoice that God is over-ruling our world and only allows that which we need for growth in holiness and Christ-likeness. Praise God that in the midst of all this opposition there are many wonderful gospel conversations happening and Christians are being encouraged to stand boldly in the city.
Over the course of the last 2 weeks we have had numerous great conversations with people who come asking why we do this and what God’s word says about them and this world. Also, we’ve had a number of Christian people who have made explicit comment that the work in the Hobart mall has encouraged and emboldened them to speak for Jesus also. Likewise, there are a large number of tracts going out whenever we hand out literature.
Please continue to pray that God will graciously call sinners out of the Australian culture of death and sin and bring them by His glorious power into His kingdom of life and light.
Praise God for His abundant goodness and ongoing patience!
As we started there was a windy gust or two to remind us of Jn. 3:8 and the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating grace. Here are 2 prayer points for your consideration:
- Jordan is a self confessed agnostic. Hearing the building/builder analogy he seemed to be open to more. He was told that God says that he is without excuse. He is now evaluating the law/gospel facts as applied to himself. May God be merciful to him and transfer him into the kingdom of His Son, Col. 1:13,14.
-Jack is a friendly young man who had a R.C. school education. He had not thought of what heaven is like. After reminding him that God is too holy to tolerate even a person with only one sin to 'walk with Him, cf. Adam after his transgression, Jack.suggested that heaven is perfect. Going through the law/gospel, he had not grasped why God should let him into heaven. I repeated that he needed to rest in the merits of Christ and explained that after receiving mercy for the forgiveness of one's sins, then one sought to do good works as a testimony of his love for God. We journeyed through the Blondin illustration to highlight the difference between 'believing the facts' and 'getting into Jesus wheelbarrow - by (saving) faith. He was shown how to get onto our website to the interactive 'way to heaven' section. May God excite him to seek Him out.
The work continues by God's enabling grace which we are especially mindful of our ongoing need of when we encounter some of the more vocal opponents of God. God does as He please and it is all good for us!
We give Him thanks and all the glory for only He can do glorious things that are worthy of unending praise.