It was a wonderful afternoon of outreach at Sunnybank. The weather was perfect, so there were quite a number of people walking around.
As I was handing out tracts, an elderly man with Parkinson's disease stopped. He said he was given a tract last week, and that he'd like to talk about it. He told me he attends a local church (which is known for being extremely liberal), and he trusts that he'll go to Heaven because God is all-loving.
I asked the man to imagine a scenario, I said, "Imagine that locally there is a good judge who is known as being loving. When a criminal comes before the court, do you think that the judge's love would cause him to let the criminal go, or would it force him to give justice?"
The man said, "Well, if he is loving, he would have to see that justice is done." I agreed, and pointed out that God is a just judge, and that because He is loving, He won't allow sin to go unpunished. The penny dropped for this elderly gentleman. He understood that the love of God was the guarantee that justice would occur. He then said to me, "But, isn't there something about a cross forgiving us?" With that opening I was able to share the message of Jesus with him. The man, even though he was well advanced in years, seemed to be shocked at this message. He told me that he would start reading his Bible so that he could know more about God.
Please pray for that man, and also for the many other people we spoke today.
It was a quieter afternoon on Thursday in Sunnybank, yet despite the slower day we were able to have some wonderful gospel conversations. For those who don't know, this area is a very multi-cultural region, and as such we have many different languages spoken.
One of the challenges we face is being able to share with people from so many backgrounds; however, with modern technology we can use an iPad when necessary to present the gospel in people's native tongue.
One lady that I offered a tract to, in broken English, told me she could only speak Italian. Upon hearing this I was able to show her a short video of the gospel in her own language. She seemed amazed that on the streets of Brisbane, she would hear the good news in her own tongue.
Later on the day I spoke to a lady from the Philippines who only spoke Tagalog. Once again the iPad came out and I was able to share the gospel with her.
It is truly amazing that the Lord has given us such technology to advance His gospel. Truly, the fulfilling of the Great Commission is easier today than it has ever been before.
Thank you for praying for today's outreach. We started off with a conversation with two Mormon missionaries who frequent the area. Often the Mormons do not speak to us much because they have been told to avoid us, but today these two were happy to talk.
We shared with them about how the Bible says we justified by faith in Christ alone and not by baptism or any other work. They responded, "But we think faith is important too". For them, it's not faith alone. It's faith and works.
They were listening before they had an "appointment" to go to. A minute later another pair of Mormon missionaries came by and one gave me a handwritten letter that he had written expressing his thoughts to me.
I have been witnessing to this missionary for the past month or two. Last week he said that as a Mormon, he believes that he is co-eternal and co-existent with God! That is such a high view of self and such a low view of God. Please pray that he and the rest of these Mormons come to humble themselves, and repent and believe in Christ alone.
We also had some great conversations with other people, even some that went on for a long time (including the one shown in the photo).
Praise be to God the gospel has gone out!
It was a rather good afternoon of ministry in Sunnybank today. There were five of us out witnessing, so we were able to talk to quite a number of people.
One great conversation we had was with a man named Szymon. He use to be an atheist, but he has become more spiritual. Through the study of Buddhism he has come to believe in God, and now he is exploring Christianity. We chatted for some time about the differences between Buddha and Jesus. We also got to cover the topic of the gospel and the nature of how to understand the Bible.
He told me that he is now reading the Bible, and his goal is to finish it all. However, he thinks that Buddha and Jesus teach much of the same things.
We recommended the book, "The Lotus and the Cross" by Ravi Zacharias (this book examines the teachings of Jesus and Buddha). I have since been able to get a copy of the book, and will be posting it to Szymon tomorrow. Please pray the Lord would use this to bring him to faith.
I also had a great conversation with a young Maori man. This man had grown up in a church going home, but he was trusting in his works to save him. I was able to use the G7 app from Train To Proclaim to show him that salvation is not something we can earn, but rather it is a free gift from God.
Praise God for a productive afternoon of ministry. May the Lord bring many to Himself.
Thank-you to those who prayed for the outreach this afternoon in Sunnybank. The weather played a little bit of havoc with rain coming and going. However, despite that, we were able to share the gospel.
I was able to have a good conversation with a young man who subscribes to the Baha'i religion. This is a belief that I have very little knowledge of so it was great to have him explain it to me. As we chatted we examined the issue of all religions being true (a Baha'i belief). We talked about the Scripture and how Jesus doesn't leave the 'all roads to God' option open to us, but rather He makes an exclusive truth claim that He alone is the way to the Father (John 14:6).
Our conversation also centred around the nature of God; the way of salvation and how we can know God. At the end of our talk the young man took a Gospel of John and also an Ultimate Questions booklet. Please pray the Lord would save him.
Praise God that His gospel went out in Sunnybank today.
Being school holidays there were less students about, but there were still plenty of gospel conversations had.
A few names to pray for:
Sarah - thought good enough, very open, gave gospel of John, in 20s, with her Muslim mother.
Jesse - Chinese, didn't believe in God initially, quite open, going to think about it, received gospel of John in Chinese, has a Christian roommate.
Matthew - receptive, happy to take gospel of John, grasped gospel.
To God be the glory!
We had a productive afternoon in Sunnybank. Despite the very hot weather, we were able to share the Gospel with quite a number of people.
One of the biggest challenges with minister in this community is that the majority of people speak Chinese (and I don't!). To overcome this problem we set up a Free Bible and Literature table with material in their language. It is always encouraging to see people take God's Word in their own language.
Another challenge in this area is that the Mormons focus heavily on trying to deceive the Chinese speakers. Many of the LDS missionaries are trained to speak the language. Due to this, we make ever effort to reach the missionaries with the Gospel. This afternoon, I was able to have a good conversation with two 'elders.' We chatted about the history of the LDS, their claim of Joseph Smith being a prophet and also the Gospel. Using the Scripture we were able to show them that a Prophet must be 100% accurate (Joseph Smith wasn't) and that salvation isn't something we can earn (as the LDS claim).
It is always interesting that when an LDS missionary gets into a position where they can't answer, they use the excuse of, "I have an appointment; I have to go to." This is a common excuse at Sunnybank. Normally, the elder will leave, walk about fifty metres, then go back to talking to other people. It is clear that they have no problems with breaking the ninth commandment.
Please pray that the Lord would convert the Mormons and also the people of this community.
It was a rather hot and sunny afternoon of outreach in Sunnybank. I haven't been out witnessing here since before Christmas, so it was great to return to our regular location.
Sunnybank is a centre for Mormon missionaries. Within minutes of arriving two "Sisters" approached us to begin a conversation. One of them was from the US and the other from China. We chatted for awhile about the way of salvation, and how to return to Heavenly Father. They gave the standard LDS replies, and they told me that they are trying as hard as they can to keep the commandments.
Under the LDS system, in order to be forgiven you have to trust in Jesus and then do works. One of the many works is keeping the commandments. I asked the Sisters if they were keeping the commandments, they replied that they were trying. I then put a question to them, I said, "If I said to you, I tried to climb a mountain. Would that imply that I succeed or that I had failed?" They both answered that it would show that I had failed. I then asked them, "If you say you are trying to keep the commandments, does that imply you are succeeding or failing?" The point was made. They realised that they were failing in their efforts to earn salvation.
Once this point was made, I took them to Galatians 3:10 where the Apostle Paul says, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them."
I asked them, "If you are trying to keep the law, what does the Bible say about you if you don't keep all the law?" They acknowledged that they would be cursed.
From there I took them to Galatians 3:11-14: "But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
There on the side of the road in Sunnybank, I stressed to the LDS Sisters that salvation isn't through law-keeping, but rather it is only through Jesus Christ who became a curse for us. I explained justification by faith alone to them, and their response was to say, "We have an appointment we must attend." With that they walked off.
Shortly after this, two Mormon Elders came by. We had the exact same conversation, and again we got the same response. It is amazing that whenever a LDS missionary can't deal with Scripture that they have an "appointment" they have to go to. One cannot help but wonder if they are breaking the ninth commandment!
For the rest of the day the LDS avoided us, but we were able to chat to many other people about the Good News.
Please pray for those that we ministered to today. Also, please pray that the Lord would deliver the Mormons from their works righteous system.
On Thursday the 22 October it was a rainy day, this pushed us into the under cover area at the bus shelter, however, this causes more people to gather and give us some great to opportunities to witness one to one.
We spoke to one man named Gordon; he has a vast range of beliefs, which included him being unsure of God's exists, yet he was adamant that he would go to Heaven. What he appeared to have done was mix various religious beliefs together. He had made a god that he was comfortable with; a god who doesn't judge sin. We able to speak to Gordon about the nature of truth, and how God reveals Himself. Gordon said this all sounded well and good but why would a 'loving' God let bad things happen to good people. We discussed the guilt of all men, that every single one of us has broken God's law, has disobeyed Him and therefore deserve the punishment for our sin.
Sadly he didn't want to admit that he was bad in the sight of God. We stressed the fact that all have sinned, and thus deserve judgement. We also explained clearly to him the good news, that Jesus Christ has come to rescue bad people. Please pray for Gordon. He uses a Gospel tract as a bookmark and he has talked with the team a few times before.
We also talked with Scott, a young man who professed to have done many drugs and sadly was speaking irrationally. Our discussion didn't really flow. He very adamantly denied God's existence based on his own enlightenment that a certain drug was the 'god'.
The conversation didn't go far and he directly rejected sin and the Gospel. Please keep Scott in your prayers; he is in need of the Saviour to come and rescue him.
We also had the opportunity to briefly speak with Andy, he had grown up in a Christian home and said he went to church. Yet, he never really 'believed', he heard the stories but by age eleven he had all but rejected God. We asked him why and he didn't really give much of an answer, he said it didn't seem right. We discussed the evidence for the reliability of the Bible and a few other things but sadly he had to leave. Please pray for Andy that our encounter will cause him to begin to think about the things of eternity.
Please pray for everyone we encountered today.
Soli Deo Gloria!
At Sunnybank there is always a range of people, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Catholics, Atheists, Muslims and some 'Spiritualists' but a serious lack of Christians.
On Thursday we were able to head out and talk to some people waiting at the Bus stop, we had a few early conversations where they would answer the question about eternity, whether it be that they were going to Heaven, or they didn't care or something similar but would very quickly lose interest.
One pair of girls, said they were going to Heaven because doesn't everyone, then they added that they don't really think about it because why consider the future, aren't they still alive.
We asked them if they knew the moment of their death and they said of course not, no one does. Then we said, why does eternity not bother them? If they are living for the now but don't know when they will face eternity, why can they with such certainty ignore thinking about it to scroll down facebook?
Soon after we talked with Rebecca, a young lady who attends a local Catholic school, she said that she was pretty sure she was going to Heaven because she has done Holy Communion and been baptised.
We asked her if those things take away sin and she said she thought they did. We used some analogies, explaining how deeds don't pay for sin and that the penalty of sin must be paid. She said that bothered her because the penalty for sin is death.
We offered her the salvation of Jesus Christ, offered only in the repentance and belief in Him and she said she would consider it because she knew her own sin.
Then we talked with a young lady named Stephanie, a Mormon girl, who professed her works as the way to Heaven, she was adamant that as long as she kept being as good as she currently was, God would have no problem letting her into Heaven.
We asked her how good she was by God's standard and she said that she had never sinned, we tested her with God's law and she admitted to having broken the law and said she didn't know what it was.
She then seemed a little worried that she wasn't as good as she thought she was. We offered the salvation of Jesus Christ, that Christ came into the world to die for sin, that anyone who believes in Him may have everlasting life.
She said it sounded too good to be true but would have to think about it. We encouraged her to read her bible when she went home.
We briefly talked with a man named Shaun who was a practicing Muslim and said as long as his goodness outweights his badness he shall get to Heaven. Sadly he had to catch the bus before we could challenge him on the 'justice' of his god.
We also talked with Kyle, the atheist, who sort of didn't know what he believed but was sure that God didn't exist. We challenged some of his presuppositions but he too had to catch a bus.
Please pray for the local Mormon missionaries, that they will realise the weightiness of their sin, how wretched we are before God and therefore admit that Christ is the only way and therefore submit to Him alone as Lord and repent and believe the Gospel for salvation and as a product desire to share the true Gospel of Christ Jesus!
Please pray for those we interacted with that they will heed the warning on the Gospel, that they will understand their dire need of a savior and turn to Jesus Christ the only way to have sin paid for.
Please praise God that we were able to proclaim the Gospel and pray that many might decide to join us in the labourers of sharing the Gospel, may Christians hearts be stirred up with compassion, desiring to warn the perishing and desiring to share with them the way of salvation!
Soli Deo Gloria!