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Friday, 10 June, 2016

Posted by Posted 12 June 2016, 1:18 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Friday evening the team headed into the Cavill Avenue Mall at Surfers Paradise (Gold Coast) and as 7pm rolled around, the weather was cool and there were only two team members (due to traffic and car troubles). An opening prayer was made, acknowledging that God was in control and that if it be His will, the team could press on with only 2. But thankfully over the next hour another 7 members joined and a regular sized team was able together to share the Gospel!

Starting with some preaching, a few people stopped and engaged and this brought about quite a range of conversations. 

A man named AJ approached us and said each of his children had a question, the first child asked, "When was God created?" and the second asked, "How did God become man?" 

We explained to AJ that God doesn't have a beginning because He isn't bound by time. In fact, God created time. Secondly, it was explained that God became a man to save the human race from sin and its penalty.

It turns out that AJ is a Hindu and has been evangelised to by some Jehovah's witnesses in India. He was keen to know more and as the conversation progressed it became clear to AJ that a works based religion seemed unable to make a sinner worthy before a Holy God. 

The questions were posed in this order: 
"Do you believe God is good?"  
"Of course He is," AJ replied
"Does a good God punish wickedness?"
"I don't think so, because He's pretty loving," AJ reasoned.
"When you see someone beating up another person, is it your desire for good or wickedness that causes you to want to stop it and punish them?"
"Well goodness for sure! I see what you're saying because God is good He wants to punish wrong." AJ answered.
"Exactly, have you lived up to God's standard?"
"No, no one can! I have definitely failed," AJ seemed a little taken back.
"So do you deserve God's love and mercy or His justice and wrath?"
"He justice I suppose," at this point AJ was starting to understand what the preaching was about.
"What will fix this problem? Will you be able to fix it?"
"AJ started listing off the amount of good works he had done and how he was trusting in himself to fix it."

A little dialogue was had around the extreme weight and penalty of breaking God's law and AJ nodded in agreement. He said the more he thought about it the less a works based idea made sense. AJ said his children had been enrolled in Religious Education in schools and that he hoped they would understand this. He went on to explain that some JW's had talked with him in India and that they said Hinduism and JWism is compatible. Thankfully AJ saw that they weren't, he understood that the JW's don't teach what the Bible teaches about God and salvation.

He acknowledged he would have to give it more thought and when offered a Bible, he gladly accepted!

Please pray for AJ who heard the Gospel, the saving message of Jesus Christ! Please pray for Bo, and an atheist named Matt  who was a young man quite obviously on some substances. Also please pray for Kahn, a Muslim man who asked a range of questions to the preacher.

Please bring before our Lord those who heard the words of the Living God being proclaimed and intercede for them, crying out to the Lord for their salvation! And may you be encouraged to share your faith, even to join the team!

Another noteworthy man to pray for we sadly don't know his name. But on Friday night due to a large audience there was some preaching and crowd engagement for over an hour. During this time a young bearded man sat on a bench and seemed to solemnly listen the whole time. Please pray that he will have understood the Gospel and will trust in Jesus Christ!

Soli Deo Gloria!


 


Friday, 3 June, 2016

Posted by Posted 4 June 2016, 5:59 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

On Friday evening, despite the pouring rain the team headed to their usual location on the Gold Coast at Cavill Avenue Mall. Due to the weather there was no preaching or sketch boarding and only one table was set up. There were also very few people in the mall but God provided conversations!

A highlight was a conversation with three young men, Levi, Liam and Corey. These young men stopped and answered the question, 'Do you three think you're good people?' with a resounding yes. This was clarified with the comment, "Well, I do bad things but I think I am a good guy." from Levi. When asked to rate themselves on a scale of 0-100 all three rated themselves between 85 and 95! 

We went straight into a discussion about the law of God and how we compare to it. Very quickly all three acknowledged they had broken God's law and were, lieing, thieving, murderous adulterers at heart. They understood that this disobedience towards God's law must deserve a punishment and Levi said he knew what it was, that it was Hell. Corey understood the implications, "If that is the standard then no one deserves to go to Heaven!". Levi added, "Why are you even out here? Do you believe there are any people in Heaven?" These men understood the bad news, there was no way anyone by their own methods could deserve anything but God's justice.

After discussing briefly a few apologetic reasons as to why one can trust the Bible, Corey asks, "Tell me, what is the solution?". The solution was explained, that it is only in having a perfect sacrifice for sin, someone eternal, sinless and perfect to take our place. Jesus Christ and His work on the cross is the only way! After going a little more in depth the boys acknowledged it made sense and they would have to consider it. They asked a few more questions but they were headed somewhere and had to leave.

Please pray for Corey, Levi and Liam. Commit their hearts and lives to God! Plead with the Lord that He would bring them unto salvation and a true faith in Christ! Commit them to God, for we know it is God alone who can save!

Soli Deo Gloria! 


Friday, 20 May, 2016

Posted by Posted 22 May 2016, 10:58 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was a quieter night last night at the Gold Coast, yet the gospel still went out to many. The team had a number of great evangelistic conversations.

 

After the outreach, as we were walking back to the car, a man asked us what we were up to, as he saw our Scripture sign. He professed to be a Christian and at least intellectually understood the gospel. We then asked him what he was up to. He said it was his mission to hug girls in night clubs and thus "show them Jesus' love".

We expressed to him how that doesn't seem to be appropriate behavior for a Christian. He said, "I was told that I should come to Jesus just as I am, because he is just love." We said, "You come as you are, but you don't stay as you are." If a person comes to Christ, his or her desire is to flee from sin, not to indulge in it.

We talked extensively with him, and he was listening to everything we were saying. It appears he had never been told about how God desires us to be holy. Please pray for this man that he will come to genuine repentance and that he starts reading his Bible.

 

To God be the glory!


Friday, 13 May, 2016

Posted by Posted 22 May 2016, 10:52 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had a good size team for our outreach at the Gold Coast last night. Be encouraged as you watch the following 3 minute video from the night.


Friday, 6 May, 2016

Posted by Posted 13 May 2016, 4:54 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

At Surfers paradise in the mall, there were crowds of people to enjoy to musical entertainment and despite the noise and the intensity many Gospel conversations were had.

The first 'sketch' done on the board mentioned abortion and as a product a young couple came up and were quite upset that anyone would call it wrong. When posed with the question to finish the statement, "It is okay to murder a baby in the womb when..." the answer was given, it isn't a baby until birth.

The discussion went along for a little while, with the couple saying it is okay to say all other things are wrong but when it comes to abortion there is no room for commenting. An explanation was given that we must call sin, sin otherwise we are removing the need for salvation in Jesus Christ. The discussion didn't get much further as Dom and Sam were adamant that it was okay.

Surprisingly another pair, this time two ladies came up and had a similar discussion over the painting that was still on the board. They were very quick to defend their position saying simply, that their life and ability to live how they wanted shouldn't be impeded by a child's birth and so abortions aren't wrong.

Again the conversation was taken towards the Gospel in that, the team isn't out to proclaim personal Holiness or goodness but rather to proclaim the guilt of all and the salvation available in Jesus Christ.

Both of these conversations were immensely saddening and it is hard to know how better to address such scenarios. For sin is something we must talk about for the Cross of Jesus to make any sense.

Please pray for the conversations had tonight regarding abortion and the many others had regarding Jesus Christ and His power to save.

Please keep the team in prayer as they seek to find more loving, careful and sensitive ways to share the hard truth of the Gospel with the lost people of this world.

It would be a blessing to have you along to declare the goodness and mercy of God!


Friday, 29 April, 2016

Posted by Posted 13 May 2016, 2:19 PM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

You may have seen some of the witnessing clips, some of the different times of people sharing the Gospel and you may compare yourself to 'the team'. You may consider yourself to bad at speaking or not good enough at thinking on your feet. Let me reassure you, we as the team are not some super talkers, we are no world class intelligence.

We are full of normal humans, who are nothing special, we are unworthy servants, willing to be used by a Holy God!

May you take the opportunity to join us on an outreach to proclaim Jesus Christ and Him crucified!

On Friday evening, the team headed into the Surfers Paradise Mall and as always began to share the Gospel, the team committed the evening to the Lord and then spread out and made it their goal to share the Gospel with anyone who would listen.

A sad but important conversation was with a man named Simon, he had spoken with the team almost a year ago (there is actually a video of the conversation on our page) and had heard the Gospel, he had acknowledged the way of salvation but his heart wasn't changed. I spoke with Him again tonight and we had a brief conversation but as we started to talk about sin, he got angry and said that we were all self-righteous and needed to lighten up.

Before I could explain he had marched off, please pray for Simon, a man who needs God's mercy just as desperately as the rest of us but just as I was; so lost that I didn't know I was lost.

Thank you for the prayer support for the team as they head out, please continue to keep the team members in prayer and continue to pray for those who hear the news of the salvation of Jesus Christ, that they may heed the message and turn to trust in Christ!

Soli Deo Gloria!


Friday, 15 April, 2016

Posted by Posted 13 May 2016, 1:42 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had a great night of evangelism last night at the Gold Coast.

While one of team was preaching, it was wonderful seeing a young girl who had taken a gospel of John from the free Bibles table, go over to her dad, take his hand and then pull him towards where we were, saying, "You've got to listen to this dad!"

Also last night we had a large size team, which is a great answer to prayer, as the harvest is plentiful but the labourers are few. The team had some good conversations with atheists, agnostics, Jews and Muslims. In fact, our free Bibles in Arabic table (we have one in English too) had large groups of people from the Middle East around it for most of the night, with many people asking questions about the Bible and being happy to take one home.

Glory to God!

 

Surfers Paradise Evangelism Operation 513


Friday, 25 March, 2016

Posted by Posted 6 April 2016, 11:09 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was extraordinarily busy at the Gold Coast for our weekly Friday night outreach. And God brought along a good size team to share the good news about Good Friday with the people.

It was great to see quite a number of Muslims approach our free Bibles in Arabic table, and the team was able to share the gospel with them.

A common question that they asked was, "Where did Jesus say the exact phrase 'I am God, worship me'?" They erroneously think that unless that exact phrase is mentioned in the Bible, then Jesus mustn't be God. However, we see Jesus made claims to being God in John 8:58 and accepted worshipped from people numerous times (Matt. 28:9,17).

It is wonderful to see that even though it is hard for Christian missionaries to go to the Middle Eastern countries where these Muslims are from and share the gospel with them there, they come to us! God is good!

We had a variety of people on the team who preached, and at times God drew in a crowd to listen, with some who asked questions.

God's word has gone out and it never returns empty. Praise be to God for another wonderful night!

 

 

 


Friday, 19 February, 2016

Posted by Posted 14 March 2016, 9:47 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

It was a great night of evangelism yesterday at the Gold Coast. A good number of people on the team preached, including someone who has only preached in the open air once before.

God drew in people to listen to what was being said and some people stayed listening for the entire time.

At one stage, there was a man who called out that he didn't believe in God. So I gave him a simple apologetic - that just as we know builders have a builder, so must this universe have had a creator. He said that that made sense, and he quickly backed down from his atheism.

I asked him whether he was a good person and he said "Yes". So I started going through the commandments of God to see how good he really was. He admitted his sin but thought Hell was just going to be a party. I explained that the party in Hell has been cancelled due to fire.

By this time, quite a lot of people had gathered to hear the discussion going on. The man then had his friends drag him away, but I was able to keep the discussion going with someone else who was standing next to him listening and he was willing to interact.

I explained the gospel to the crowd and then this man started bringing up objections like "How can I believe in something I can't see?" I asked him, "Did you see World War 1?" He said "No, but we have accounts of those who did." I said, "Exactly, in the same way we have the historical accounts of those who saw Jesus." He conceded the point.

After a couple more of his objections, I asked him, "Is the real reason you don't want to repent and trust in Jesus because you want to keep on sinning?" He said, "Yes." This didn't really surprise me as Jesus says in John 3 that people love darkness rather than light.

So I explained the futility and foolishness of living in sin to him. I also said, "What good is cup of pleasure in exchange for an ocean of pain?"

You could tell he was thinking about what was being said. He said he didn't have a Bible. So I encouraged him to go over to the Bible table and take one. He then did so. Please pray for this man.

Over the past few weeks whenever we have had our Gold Coast outreach there has been showers of rain. We prayed that for tonight it would not rain till we finished our outreach for the night at 10pm.

And there wasn't a drop of rain until exactly as the clock struck 10pm, then it started pouring down rain. Praise God for his answer to prayer, which meant a lot of people could hear the gospel.


Friday, 22 January, 2016

Posted by Posted 26 January 2016, 10:24 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Being a long weekend, it was especially busy at the Gold Coast last night for our weekly outreach. Even once 10pm rolled around, when we usually finish up, the mall was still buzzing with people. So we decided to stick around a bit longer sharing the gospel with people.

Throughout the night, when we were preaching with and without the sketchboard, a good number of people were listening, some for extensive periods of time. This led into some good conversations with them afterwards.

One conversation we had was with a guy named John. He was a student from China who had been studying in Australia for the past year.

When I asked him whether he was going to Heaven, he responded, "No, I am too busy with study." After enquiring more about his current beliefs, I established that he didn't really have any religious background but has attended church once in Australia and has a grandmother who is a Christian.

So I explained how we have sinned against God and deserve His wrath forever, and how the only way to be saved from that wrath is through what Jesus has done in dying on the cross for our sins. After talking about the need to repent and believe in Jesus, he said to me, "Can I do that now?"

To ensure he knew what it really means, I then went on to reiterate that Jesus shouldn't just be an add-on to our life, He should be the centre. Jesus should be our number one, not study. He said he understood that.

He was very open, and knew of a Chinese church he wants to start attending. He even has a Chinese Bible. Please pray for John that he will truly repent and believe the gospel. And praise God that the fields are ripe for harvest!

Gold Coast sharing the gospel Reading Bible on the phone


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