We had a blessed day sharing the good news of Christ with the people of Brisbane city today. We had 5 of us on the team, and together we got out about 800 gospel tracts.
It's so cool to think that 800 people today have had the words of eternal life given to them today. It excites me to think what God will do with it!
We also had some good gospel conversations with over a dozen people. One in particular was with a Muslim fellow from India named Razza. He was quite firm in holding to the Qur'an, but his foundations began to shake when he came to realise that in order for the Qur'an to be a book from God, it must line up with what God has said before. For he agreed that God would never contradict Himself.
And since the Qur'an claims to be the latest revelation from God after the Torah and the New Testament, he acknowledged we should check to see if it is consistent with these prior revelations. And he came to realise that it's not.
We then also talked about how the our sins can be forgiven - not merely by God overlooking our sin (for that wouldn't satisfy his justice), but by someone else paying our penalty for us. This was the first time he had heard this; he had hoped God would just show him mercy if he tried his best. Razza took a gospel of John and said he would start reading it. Please pray for him.
To God be all the glory for everything that happened today!
Today during our outreach in Brisbane city, we had the privilege of sharing the great news of Easter with a variety of people.
Firstly with a man named Mick who said he used to believe in Jesus, but now believes in the sun, moon and stars as 'god'. He maintained that he still loves Jesus, saying, "Jesus never said we can't worship the sun."
But when he heard that Jesus said that we should have no other gods before Him, he said, "Oh I didn't realise that." And as we talked about sin and how we need a substitute (who is sinless) to pay the penalty for our sin he said, "I think you are on to something. I've never heard that before." Please pray for him.
Later we chatted with a young lady named Miss Blue. She said she was a Christian, but didn't know if she was going to heaven because recently both the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses have been talking to her family and what they have been saying has confused her greatly. But this confusion hasn't driven her to read the Bible to find out, it's had the opposite effect.
She wanted to know what the Bible says, and so we spent some time sharing a number of different Scriptures refuting what the cults have been telling her. She was so appreciative to hear that the Bible has answers to her questions and she said she wants to start reading it daily. We explained the gospel to her a couple of times before she came to grasp it. Please pray that she comes to salvation.
Hundreds of Easter gospel tracts went out and more conversations were had. So to God be the glory!
On Wednesday afternoons the team in Brisbane has been meeting in King George square. This brings a slightly different style of evangelism, with faster moving foot traffic in bursts. This means a lot more tracts are given out and less conversations are had.
This Wednesday we handed out around 700 gospel tracts, most of which were the "Easter Tracts". Which pose the question, "What is Easter really about?"
When this question was posed to one man he very hastily retorted, "Oh you Christians, trying to take all the holidays for yourselves." This man didn't really know where Easter had originated but he was sure the Christians were trying to hijack it.
It was explained that Friday is the day Christians celebrate the life purchased by Christ's death and Sunday is the day we celebrate the Victory of Christ over death, so that all who trust in Christ may rise with Him. It was also pointed out that it occurs during the time of the Jewish Passover, just like Christ's death and resurrection this man was a little less sure of his original claim but still didn't want Jesus to be the centre and sadly didn't want any offer of salvation from sin.
As this Easter seasons races upon us may we ALL not waste this God given opportunity to share with those who are perishing, that there is a God who came to save sinners. A God who came to take the justice and penalty we deserved upon Himself, so that we may be given the gift of life, the gift of mercy!
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!
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!
We were lower in team number's yesterday for our outreach in Brisbane city, but we knew God was with us. And He also saw fit to bring along a new labourer who hasn't done much evangelism before, praise the Lord.
Across the afternoon several hundred gospel tracts went out to people and dozens of evangelistic conversations had.
One such conversation was with Doug. He said he was an atheist, but after hearing that since the universe had a beginning therefore logically it must have had a creator, he backed down on his atheism and said that he was happy to believe in a creator that is outside of space and time, but as long as it's not God.
He said, "You will never guess why I don't want to believe in God." I replied, "It's because you don't want him to tell you how to live, right?" He looked shocked and said, "How did you guess that? I just don't want a God to tell me what I can and can't do." What he said reminded me of Romans 1:18-20 how by nature we suppress the truth that we know about God in unrighteousness.
We chatted further, and I asked him, "What good is enjoying the momentary pleasures of sin if you end up in a place of pain and suffering forever later on? It's like having a cup of pleasure in exchange for an ocean of pain. Definitely not worth it." At the end, he thanked me for the conversation and said he would think about it.
No matter the response, it is always a success when God's word goes out. To God be the glory!
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We had a great outreach yesterday in King George Square (Brisbane). It always amazes me that quite often the typical Aussie hasn't really considered much about what comes after or about God, they've just heard the odd negative thing here or there about God and they've been taught evolution in school and therefore assume that God doesn't exist.
That was evident in a conversation we had yesterday with a man in his mid-thirties named Michael. After being asked whether he thought he would go to Heaven, he replied, "I don't believe in things that don't exist."
I pointed him to the building in front of him and said, "You know that had a builder, don't you?" He agreed. I continued, "Even though you've never set eyes on the builder or shaken his hand, you still know that there must have been a builder. So in the same way, you look at the universe and you know that it had a beginning and therefore it must have had a creator for it. You've never seen Him or shaken His hand, but you still know that He exists."
He then asked, "But what about evolution?" I replied, "That is irrelevant, for evolution still requires that matter exists, where did that matter come from?" He said, "That's a good point, I haven't thought of that." He agreed it made sense that there must be a God and so then I explained how therefore it matters what we do on this earth in that God will judge us one day based on how we've lived.
After talking about how we have all sinned against God and therefore deserve Hell, he asked if there is anything that he can do to fix it. So he then listened intently as the news of Jesus death and resurrection were explained to him and how forgiveness is a free gift through repentance and faith in Jesus.
I encouraged him to count the cost of following Jesus, and he said, "I am going to have to think about this today. Who knows, today might be the beginning of a new chapter in my life."