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Friday, 5 December, 2014

Posted by Posted 19 December 2014, 1:45 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Gold Coast evangelismThere were lots of young people about on Friday night at the Gold Coast. Many had gone to Catholic schools, thought being a 'good person' would save them. It was good being able to use the law to bring the knowledge of sin and then share the gospel with them.

One chat I had was with a man in his 50s who called himself a Christian, but had completely rejected all churches. He thought he doesn't need to be under any elders. I warned him that not being part of a local church can often make you go loopy theologically.

And this man was no exception. He hadn't been to church for 23 years, and he had all sorts of bad theology. He believed that Jesus was the Christ, but is no longer. He said that on judgement day we'll be standing before Satan and not God. He said that Jesus is the Father and is the Holy Spirit as well. 

I showed him verses in the Bible which counter his ideas, but he was very hard hearted. He didn't know the Bible very well, so I pleaded with him to start reading it and to come know who God really is, for his salvation depends on it. Please pray for David and his wife Carol.

We sow the seed, God gives the growth! To God alone be the glory!

 


Friday, 7 November, 2014

Posted by Posted 19 November 2014, 12:30 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Gold Coast Sketchboard PreachingWe used the sketchboard again last night at our outreach at the Gold Coast. It is a great visual way to help people understand the gospel.

After one of the presentations, a number of people took gospels of John because they wanted to learn more, including a teenager who seemed very open to the gospel. We talked with him further. His mum is a psychic and his dad is very opposed to the Christian message, and ended up dragging him away telling him not to listen to anything we were saying. But the son had heard the message and received a gospel of John. Please pray for this young man.

Salvation is in God's hands. To God be the glory!


Friday, 17 October, 2014

Posted by Posted 18 October 2014, 6:49 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Gold Coast EvangelismIt is always a joy and a privilege to share the gospel, and doing so at the Gold Coast last night was no exception.

As we were walking back to the car, a young guy who I handed a tract to said "You have spoken to me before." So I asked whether he has been thinking about what I said.

He responded by saying he is now converted, trusting only in Jesus for his forgiveness and is fighting against his sin. He has been praying daily and attending a local church. But he didn't have a Bible, so I was able to give him one and encouraged him to start reading it daily.

He was very thankful to receive one. His name is Liam. Please pray for him.

Praise God for saving a people for His name!


Friday, 11 April, 2014

Posted by Posted 29 April 2014, 1:11 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Gold CoastI decided to head to the Gold Coast early afternoon, well before our weekly evening outreach would begin. As I was driving there, I prayed to God asking that He would send along someone else who could evangelise with me there, for otherwise it would just be me there for several hours.

Once I got to Surfers Paradise, I began handing out gospel tracts and having a few conversations with people. It was not long before I was talking to John, a forty year old man who grew up Greek Orthodox and was on holidays from Sydney.

When I asked him if he was going to Heaven, he replied, “I hope so.” So I asked him what he’s relying on to get him there. His goodness, he said. So I wanted to see how good he really was. “Have you ever lied?” I asked. “All the time.” “Stolen something?” “Yep” “Looked at someone with lust?” “Constantly. In fact I picked up someone just the other day.”

He began to see that compared to God’s standard, he was not good enough and that he was on his way to Hell. I then explained that the only way of entrance into Heaven was by having a substitute – somebody who could take the punishment for his sins on his behalf. That was Jesus, dying on the cross 2000 years ago, rising three days later.

I told him that he needed to trust not in his goodness or Church going or any good action for his forgiveness, but simply in Jesus’ finished work on the cross.

But when I asked him a checking question to see if he understood what could get him to Heaven, he reverted to works again. So I explained the gospel again and then again and finally he got it.

He said, “Ah it makes sense! I have shivers going down my spine.” I then was urging him to count the cost - he cannot have Christ and still love his sin. He understood that, and said he wanted to trust in Christ and repent. He then was asking lots of questions on how he can fight sin.

After talking for almost an hour, and then I asked him if he wanted to help me hand out gospel tracts. He said, “Ok sure, let’s do it.” Then for the next few hours he was helping me hand out gospel tracts. What a way God answers prayer! Way beyond anything I expected. Saving a person and then straight away making him a co-labourer in the Great Commission.

He said he had listened to 200 hours of Creflo Dollar, after finding him on early morning television. I warned him about prosperity preachers like Creflo who do not faithfully proclaim God’s word. I then recommended he listened to better Bible teachers – giving him names of John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and James MacDonald.

When 7:30pm rolled around, a couple of regular team members couldn’t make it - the ones who bring out the amplifier. So the outreach was spent in one2ones and handing out gospel tracts, as well as discipling John. Very much a worthwhile outreach. Lots of gospel tracts went out and some good conversations were had by the whole team.

To God be the glory!


Friday, 6 September, 2013

Posted by Posted 15 September 2013, 2:13 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

One couple that we spoke to tonight were from the Revival Centres International and their beliefs were very contrary to Scripture. They thought that no one in the Old Testament was saved, they thought that baptism was a requirement for justification and that everyone must speak in tongues.

Soli Deo Gloria!


Friday, 30 August, 2013

Posted by Posted 6 September 2013, 4:18 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We encountered a few very open people to the gospel on our outreach to the Gold Coast.

Watch the following two minute video battle log report from the night:

Praise be to the Lord of all!


Friday, 23 August, 2013

Posted by Posted 26 August 2013, 3:02 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

There are always interesting characters that you meet out on the street when evangelising, but tonight we had one individual who thought he was an angel.

Take a look at the following 3 minute video from the night:

For our Lord's glory!


Friday, 16 August, 2013

Posted by Posted 18 August 2013, 11:08 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

This Friday, one person that was spoken to talked about he had previously been part of a Church but they had kicked him out for practicing homosexuality. He recognised that homosexuality was a sin and said that he predicts that in his 'spiritual journey' he will one day give it up. 

Justin was able to share the news about Christ's death and resurrection for the forgiveness of his sins and he said that he had never heard it explained like that before, despite being part of a Church in the past.

Watch the following 4 minute video report from the outreach:

If you live nearby, please contact us and join us serving our Lord in this way.

To God be the glory!


Friday, 26 July, 2013

Posted by Posted 1 August 2013, 12:08 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

This Friday, during a conversation with two young adults, it appears God was working on their hearts convicting them of their sin, so one asked, "How can my sins be forgiven?"

Listen to how it went:

To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling!


Friday, 24 May, 2013

Posted by Posted 31 May 2013, 12:23 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

This Friday, one young lady was presented with the choice of forgiveness through Christ or doing what her boyfriend wants, and that is to reject Christ. Listen to how the conversation panned out.

To the one who made the world and everything in it!


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