It was raining the whole time we were out at Surfers Paradise last night. But even though it was much quieter than usual, some good one2ones could be had.
Initially quite a number of the conversations we were having were with people who were not at all concerned about where they would spend eternity and just wanted to keep living in their sin.
But then I had a conversation with a young man named Julius. He said he had been searching for the past hour for a homeless man he met the day before to give him some clothes to wear.
Julius said he believed in God, but didn't like church, and he thought that by doing the good deed to the homeless man, it would get him a bit closer to Heaven.
So I told him that since the standard of getting into Heaven is perfection, no amount of good deeds he could do could ever save him. God would never be able to overlook the history of his sin.
When he heard the message of the cross and that complete forgiveness of sins was only by trusting in what Jesus had done on the cross, he thought that he had always been trusting in that. But I explained that although he may have been believing the intellectual fact that Jesus died on the cross, that is very different to relying only on His death on the cross to save him.
He then appeared to come to understand the gospel, with the use of a few analogies, and so I encouraged him to count the cost of trusting in Christ. I warned him that the Bible says he will be persecuted, and that he will want to put Jesus first in his life.
He said he would seriously think about what was said. He was on holidays from Germany, he had been here for 4 months and was returning in a week and a half's time. It is great that came to Australia for a holiday, but while he was here he came to understand the best news one could ever hear. Please pray he will repent and place his faith in Christ.
Please also pray for Leo and Laneta who heard the gospel. I could tell Leo was really thinking about it.
To God be the glory!
It was a busy night at the Gold Coast last night.
Initially the Hare-Krishna's were hanging around right near us offering their books to people and then requiring payment from them.
I think people could see the vast different between us and them - as we were offering gospel tracts and even Bibles completely free to people. Which is in line with the gospel's free offer of salvation in Christ.
When we set up the sketchboard, the Hare-Krishna's left in a hurry, and large crowds gathered to hear the preaching.
One great thing about the sketchboard is that kids also love to stop and watch what's happening, which causes the parents to stop too.
Usually when the markets close at 10pm, it quiets right down. But even after the markets had closed for the night, crowds of people gathered to continue listening to the preaching.
Please pray for all who heard the message, including the following names:
• Coby and Shinei - said they will think about message.
• Samuel & Carmen - thought good works saved them, seemed to come to understand gospel.
All praise belongs to God!
During our Friday night outreach at the Gold Coast, there were a lot of people who were very receptive to the message.
Here are some people to pray for:
• Alexi - young man on holidays from Melbourne. Church goer, thought obeying commandments saved him. Came to understand gospel. Said he would repent and trust in Christ.
• Julel & Ebony - boyfriend & girlfriend. He goes to a Christian church, she goes to a Catholic Church. They thought being a good person saved them. Once they heard the law and the gospel, they came to profess faith in Christ. She was saying "oh wow you have completely changed my point of view".
• Liam & George - two teenagers, they said they grew up in an atheist family, so they didn't believe in God. After using the building builder analogy they came to believe that God exists, I went through law and gospel with them. They said, "this is a big thing, we are going to have to think about it." Gave them both a gospel of John.
A great night of outreach at the Gold Coast tonight. We handed out over 2,500 gospel tracts and quite a large number of people stopped to listen to the preaching.
One good conversation I had tonight was with a Muslim young man who was interested in finding out about what we believed. He came back later on with his cousin to talk further.
They were clearly presented with the gospel but I could tell pride was preventing them from leaving Islam and trusting in Christ. I explained that only through the cross can God show mercy while not compromising his justice.
These two men have now heard the truth. Please pray for their salvation.
There 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!
We 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!
It 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!
I 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!
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!
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!