Wow it was busy in Queen Street Mall today for our weekly Wednesday outreach. The team was in conversations with people almost the whole afternoon, sharing the gospel. More than 30 gospels of John also went out.
Good sized crowds gathered to listen as I preached the gospel using the sketchboard, which then lead some people in the crowd to ask me some questions in the open air. People were asking about homosexuality, why there is a Hell, suffering in the world, and questions about certain parts of the Bible.
God used that to draw people in to listen to the preaching, with some people staying the entire hour and a half of preaching, as they heard of the message of the cross.
In fact, one guy named Dan was listening the whole time and asking all sorts of questions. He said he was an atheist, and after showing him why we all know God exists, he kept refusing no matter what evidence I presented.
So I put it to him, "I think that no matter what evidence I present to you, you will reject it because you don't want God to exist. You would rather live in sin, correct?" He responded, "Yes, that's right. I do love my sin." I thanked him for his honesty. My prayer is that Dan would be converted. Today he heard the gospel many times.
It is always a privilege to speak God's word. We are nothing but unworthy servants just doing what God has commanded us to do. So to God alone be the glory!
God raised up a lot of labourers for our outreach in Brisbane city last night, which was a great answer to prayer! There were some really good conversations that the team had, with some people even taking a Bible home to start reading it.
About half way through the night, Andrew, Tom and Jason read out aloud the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). It is a great set of chapters which prepare people to hear the gospel. I then got up to preach, proclaiming Christ and Him crucified. Afterwards, a bunch of the team started singing some hymns together which clearly present the message of the gospel.
Overall, it was a very good night with many people coming to hear of Christ. Some of the gospel conversations the team were having were very long. In fact, one team member continued in a conversation even after the team had left for the night! Glory to God.
Please pray for all those who heard the gospel.
At one stage two young men came up to me saying they wanted to help evangelise. They said they attend an Anglican Church in Brisbane. I knew that that kind of church in Brisbane is often quite liberal and so I asked them what they think would get them to Heaven.
One responded, "I don't think I'll go to Heaven because I have done too many sins." The other said that if he "tries his best" he hopes it will get him to Heaven.
So I explained to them the message of grace and how it is by faith in Jesus alone that we can be forgiven. After a few analogies they came to understand the gospel, and they then realised they had never been Christians yet. One said, "They have never explained this in church to us. This has been massive eye opener. Thank you so much."
We had a good size team last night, and many great evangelistic conversations were had.
To God be the glory!
When we arrived for our outreach in Brisbane city today, we checked out the rain radar and saw a large rain band about to hit the city. So we decided to set up the Bible table undercover.
After praying and starting to hand out tracts, we met two new ladies who said they wanted to help us share the gospel today. The funny thing is that one asked the other, "Do you know where the Christian group is who share the gospel here?" The other lady replied, "That's exactly who I am trying to find too!" Their names were Grace and Emily.
We are always praying for more labourers to help us so this is an answer to prayer!
There were a lot of good conversations today with a bunch of different people. A few conversations were with atheists, but when I gave them a simple argument of - just as a building must have had a builder, so must this universe had a creator - they backslid from their position of atheism and acknowledged God's existence. This meant, I could go on to talking about sin, the coming Judgement and the gospel.
Also there were a few people after hearing the message said that that they wanted to repent and trust in Christ alone for their forgiveness today.
This included a guy named Jon who was sitting nearby where we were for most of the afternoon. He professed to be a Christian, but didn't understand the gospel. After talking with him, he came to understand grace and stayed around us till it was time for us to leave, and then mentioned to me that he wants to come next Wednesday afternoon to help us share the gospel with us!
Glory to God! He said, "I want to do something with my life now that is of eternal value."
Thirty minutes to go, the rain ceased and so this enabled Norm to get up on the step ladder to share his testimony in the open air (this is the testimony he is going to share this Sunday when he gets baptised). Afterwards Gerhard got up and read in public from John 3. It is great to hear these guys breaking the sound barrier and unashamedly making Christ known in the open air.
It is never in vain when God's word goes out. So to God alone be all the praise!
Short video from Wednesday's outreach in Brisbane city with Norm sharing his testimony in the open air.Posted by Operation 513 - Evangelism Action Group on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
We thought tonight was going to be a quiet night, however, as my previous post made clear it certainly wasn't!
The night started a bit slower than usual due to the rain showers, however, there still was a number of people out in the Queen Street Mall, so we continued the outreach.
The team set up, and almost immediately we began having conversations. People were taking tracts, and many wanted to talk.
It was also good that tonight we were able to encourage a few of the men in the team to get up and read the Bible in public for the first time. After, we had read the Scriptures, I preached on Matthew 7:13-14. As I preached, I had a couple of hecklers stop to ask questions. Sadly, a professing Christian took offence at our preaching and drove the hecklers away as I was sharing the Gospel with them. She came up and said to them, "God loves you" and that was it. Sadly, this well meaning lady drove away people who were about to hear the Good News that Christ can forgive sinners.
After the preaching was when things really heated up. While the team was handing out tracts a group of about twenty Muslims of Middle-Eastern appearance walked by. They were offered literature, but they refused, and began to curse Christianity. They yelled out a few things about Muhammed, and then began to make threats towards us. They threatened physical violence because we are Christians.
The gang walked away, so I spoke to two Police Officers about the situation. While I was talking to them the gang returned, surrounded us and continued to make threats. The Police drove the gang away, and then it was arranged that Police would send more Officers to the area to keep us safe. The Queensland Police Service did a wonderful job in ensuring our safety. We are thankful for their service.
What we saw tonight with the threats from these young Muslims men is true and consistent Islamic belief. Islam always opposes by force those who would disagree with them. The West needs to wake up and realise that Islam seeks to dominate by force, and will be a major threat to our freedoms. My prayer is that Islam will be stopped through the preaching of the Gospel, and that these young men that threatened us would come to know Christ.
The Lord was pleased today to bless the ministry with many people wanting to talk and listen to the Gospel. However, there were some very sad moments. For instance, I spoke to a lady who would have been in her mid-eighties; when I asked her about eternity she boasted she would go to Hell, and that she didn't care for Jesus.
She went on to say that she has never owned a Bible, and never wants to read one. At her age it won't be long before she meets her Creator, may the Lord soften her heart.
Other conversations were had with people who seemed very open to the Gospel. While I was preaching a man from Saudi Arabia became very excited. It turns out that he was formerly a Muslim, but had since been converted to Christ; his excitement came from the fact that he loved hearing the message of Jesus being freely proclaimed in public, which is something he never experienced in his home country.
The Lord was truly kind to us. To Him be all the glory!
It was a slower night in Brisbane due to rain and cooler weather; yet, the Lord was at work.
I preached using the sketchboard on the topic, "The Way to Heaven." At the start of the message a young man stopped to listen. His friends tried to entice him away, but he refused saying he wanted to listen to the preaching.
After the open-air one of the team members spoke to him. It turns out that he's been thinking about this topic and wanted to learn more. He took a Bible, and exchanged numbers with a team member. He was extremely open to hearing of Jesus.
A crowd of about twenty people listened to the preaching. We rejoice that the Lord brought them in to hear the Gospel.
Two other members also preached, and the group was able to hand out many tracts and have some great conversations.
Please pray for all those who heard.
Great night of outreach in Brisbane last night. We brought in 30+ New Testaments for the free Bible table, all went out. A few members of the team commented to me after the outreach saying that they spoke to a number of really receptive people tonight.
Our prayer that we prayed at the start of outreach was that God would prepare people's hearts to hear the gospel. He answered that prayer.
One such person I spoke to whose name was Danny. He mentioned that this last week he was speaking to a friend about how to get to Heaven and both of them were not sure. Then on Friday while at work up in Cairns a customer gave him a Bible. Then on Saturday (yesterday) he moved from Cairns to Brisbane and then at night he happened to be walking in Queen Street and came across our outreach, and I asked him whether will go to Heaven.
He said he sees these things as a sign from God that he should find the way to Heaven. So I explained to him about sin, the judgement to come, grace, repentance and faith. He came to understand the gospel, and so I encouraged him to count the cost of following Christ, but at the same time without delay, come to saving faith. He thanked me for the chat and said he is going to do that and start reading the Bible that he got the day before.
Please pray for him and all the others who heard the gospel.
All Glory to God!
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From a Korean man with no religion, to a lady who says she only believes in people, to those who went to Christian schools but have never understood the gospel, it was a fruitful day.
A good number of people said they were challenged by what they heard and said they will count the cost of repenting and trusting in Christ.
I also did some preaching with the sketchboard and there was a guy right from the very first word of the preaching who started shouting profanity repeatedly to drown out the preaching, showing his hatred of God. It was interesting seeing the crowd repeatedly telling him to stop and so eventually he went away. And in a way, God used him to draw in a crowd to hear the gospel.
Glory to God for another great outreach!
The gospel was proclaimed in Brisbane city on Wednesday again this week. Some people in the crowd stuck around listening for the two hours or so of preaching, and then wanted to keep talking with us afterwards.
People were asking all sorts of questions and presenting their objections during the preaching. This encouraged more people stop and listen in to the discussion.
Please pray for all those who heard the gospel, received gospel tracts or took a free Bible, that God would save them.
The city presents such a great opportunity to get the gospel out to many people. So if you have any time Wednesday afternoons to join us, please do.