On Tuesday for our outreach at Woodridge, we had a large team out and as a result we were able to spread out further by some on the team walking around the area in search of people who needed to hear of Jesus. Thankfully there were many around!
A stand out conversation was with a government worker named James. He said he thought about Heaven and Hell a lot but really didn't know where he would go. He thought he was a pretty good guy, but wasn't sure.
After a short discussion, James had raised the selfishness of humanity that he had seen through his job and also was a little frustrated that he worked hard to get places and yet there are people who get to live great lives without ever working hard. On both points, we were able to explain the parallels with what he felt and humanity's rejection of God. God has given us many good gifts, life being the best and yet we use the very gift God has given us to mock Him.
Secondly we shared that we deserve God's justice. We deserve punishment and judgement and yet God in His love, willingly suffered the penalty we deserve so that we can be free. Christians are people who have received a right standing before God and all the blessings of being children of God with no work or merit of their own but entirely of Christ.
Please pray that James is able to understand God's immense love in salvation and to cry out in surrender and trust in Christ! Praise God that He brings people across our paths who so desperately need him!
Eden came to Woodridge yesterday to play Pokemon Go, but he went home considering the claims of Christ. He was one of the people we spoke with during our outreach yesterday in Woodridge. He said that he never thinks about eternal matters, and doesn't have a Bible.
But as the conversation went on, he saw his own sinfulness and how he didn't deserve Heaven, but then came to grasp the gospel as he heard of Christ's death and resurrection for his sins.
He said, "I think I should trust in Christ today". He mentioned how he doesn't live in the area and never usually comes to Woodridge, but he decided to stop by Woodridge this particular afternoon to play Pokemon Go, and I said to him, "I don't think it was an accident that you stopped by today, it was all in God's plan and in His timing so that you would happen to be walking by at this time and we'd have this conversation." We gave him a gospel of John to start reading and recommended a local church.
Please pray for him and the dozens of others who we witnessed to throughout the afternoon. To God be all the glory!
The team enjoyed another outreach at Woodridge this afternoon, with plenty of good gospel conversations had and lots of tracts handed out.
There was a theme with some people who said that they wanted to put off getting right with God now and do it later on in life. So we tried to show them the urgency of doing it as soon as possible, since death could be right around the corner for any of us. We used the following analogy:
Just like if a frog is sitting in a pot that is slowing heating up on a stove, since the temperature increase is slow, he won't realize it's getting hot until it's too late and he boils to death.
So in the same way, we can so often think that we've got plenty of time left in life, and so as day by day goes along, we think we still have more time, until suddenly it's too late and death gets us. And if we haven't trust in Christ, it's too late.
We found this made the people we talked to really think and begin to realise the urgency of trusting in Christ alone for their forgiveness while they still can.
This is also what we went on to say today: For it is not something you want to get wrong. If you fail an exam at school, you can always do another one later. If you lose your job in life, you can always find another. But if you die and get sent to hell, you're there forever and there is no escape. That is why there is nothing that matters more than where you go when you die.
There were also a couple people we talked with who said they wanted to trust in Christ today. There were a few gospels of John given out as well to interested people. To God be all the glory!
Today at Woodridge, many seeds of the gospel went out. Even though it was school holidays, we found heaps of people were happy to talk about eternal matters. Our common starting question was, "Do you think you'll go to Heaven when you die?"
When Cliff was asked that question, he said he would because he thought God will forgive everyone. So we explained to him God's character, that is holy and just and cannot just ignore the sins we've done, otherwise he is no longer just. That is why we need someone who is perfect who can take our hell punishment for us on our behalf.
Even though he said he already goes to a local church, he said he now finally understands the way to Heaven, and was going to place his faith in Christ alone for his salvation. He said, "I really needed this. I think God brought you here today and placed the idea in your head to stop me and talk to me."
Another man named Jordan said, after hearing the gospel, that he doesn't want to trust in Jesus is because of "Christians" who have done bad atrocities against him. I asked, "Would it be right for me to say to you 'You are a horrible person' if someone who claimed to be your friend did some bad things to me?" He replied, "No." I said, "So in the same way, we shouldn't judge Jesus based on some of his supposedly followers." He agreed that made sense and as a result was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading. To God be all the glory!
God gave us another great afternoon of evangelism at Woodridge yesterday. We had 7 of us on the team across the afternoon.
We have some people to pray for:
- Jonathan, thought he was a good person and therefore going to Heaven, came to understand grace and took a gospel of John.
- Caleb, not sure about whether he'll go to heaven, but thought he was good. After hearing the news of Christ and the need to repent and trust in Christ, Caleb said, "I need to do that now." Gave him a gospel of John.
- Mainitor, knew the gospel already, but said he is living his own way at the moment. Stressed need for him to take this all seriously, and also recommended a local church for him to start attending.
- Lucky, a Muslim student, after hearing the gospel said, "Can I believe both?" So explained to him the exclusivity of Christ being the only way and the fact that He is God. Gave him a gospel of John to start reading.
Seeds have been sown, thankfully God is in charge of the results. To Him be all the glory!
After each outreach we go home rejoicing that the gospel went out and that each of the people who heard the gospel will never be the same again in eternity, whether they come to faith or not. It's never a waste!
Yesterday at Woodridge, we got to speak to a bunch of different people, including a man named Walter who said he wanted to have a fight with God on the day of judgement as to why God let some bad things happen in his life.
We explained that we can never charge God of doing anything wrong because if you think about it, everything we have is from him anyway. God gives and can take away as He sees fit. We didn't even make our own arm, in fact our whole body is from him. Even our very mouth that we might be using to accuse God of wrong, He made it!
We encouraged him to look at the book of Job, and in particular God's response to Job who wanted to have his day in court with God (Job 38-40). For example, God says in Job 38:4 - "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?"
The law and the gospel was explained to him, please pray that Walter humbles himself and realises that what he so desperately needs is to come to faith in Christ.
Also pray for others we spoke with throughout the afternoon including George, Micky, Tristan and April who in separate conversations were intently listening and were each happy to take a gospel of John home to start reading.
To God be the glory!
We were blessed by the Lord on Tuesday to have 8 labourers on the team at Woodridge, including 3 new people. One of the new people had never done any street evangelism before and as was expected, he was were terrified. But it wasn't long before he was handing out gospel tracts and got into numerous gospel conversations.
At one point, he remarked, "I am so happy I just got to share the gospel with a Muslim lady!"
Please pray for all those who received a tract or got witnessed to, including an Chinese man named Leo who had never heard the gospel before. After hearing of the news of Christ, he was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading.
Also. pray for Omar who thought it was his 10 Commandment keeping that would save him, but then came to grasp the gospel by the end of the conversation.
God is always faithful, to Him be all the glory!
Thank you to everyone who prayed for yesterday's outreach in Woodridge. We had 6 people on the team.
The man in the red in the photo is named Tristan. He initially didn't care about eternal matters, but as the conversation went on, he opened up a lot more. He thought Christianity was about doing religious activities in order to find forgiveness, and so it was a big eye opener when he heard that forgiveness is a free gift that Jesus offers because of His sacrifice on the cross. Please pray for him.
Please also pray for Nora who right from the start of the conversation thought she was going to Hell. She listened intently as she heard of the message of the cross, and she is now going to count the cost of whether she is prepared to repent and trust in Christ.
"So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth." (1 Cor. 3:7)
To God be the glory!
On Tuesday at Woodridge we had a team of 5 of us as we sought to make Christ known to whoever happened to be there.
One person on the team got chatting with a guy named James who had just been kicked out of his home and had all his stuff stolen and given away by his housemates. So the team member took him to the local Kmart to buy some clothes for him, and got to share the gospel with him.
Later on, James returned to where he had met us, and some others on the team got to chat further with him, further explaining the gospel to him so that he came to grasp it. Please pray for James that he would repent and trust in Christ.
Please also pray for a man named Lyle who wasn't sure whether God would let him into heaven. Even though he knew about Jesus' death on the cross, he thought his good deeds had an essential part in him getting to heaven. We spent a bit of time looking at a few passages of the Bible that speak of salvation being a free gift, nothing that we earn, but one that we receive by faith alone. Good works will simply naturally follow if we are saved.
Hundreds of gospel tracts went out, and Christ was honoured, so to God be the glory!
We thank the Lord that he brought in plenty of people to chat to during our outreach at Woodridge on Tuesday. From those with a religious background to even someone who had never heard of Jesus before.
Two on the team spent quite a bit of time speaking to a Seventh Day Adventist who was confused about whether law-keeping was what will save him. We took him to passages in Galatians and Romans which make clear that by keeping the law of God no one will be justified in the sight of God (as we can't keep it perfectly), but that it's only through faith in Jesus. However if a person has faith, it will evidence itself in good works and obedience to God.
One chat later on that we had was with a Chinese man named Joey. He thought that he would go to Heaven based on his goodness. So we took him through the law of God, and he began to see his sinfulness, so we then explained that Jesus lived on the Earth 2000 years ago and died on the cross, rising three days later. He said he had never heard of Jesus before. But what surprised us is that he came quite quickly to understand the message of grace through faith.
By this time, we had already run out of the Bibles that we had brought that day, giving them out to others who wanted to take one. So Joey said, "I know what I can do, I can download one on my phone, and I am going to start reading it tonight!"
To God be the glory!