It was a wet, windy, and cold (by Queensland standard) start to the outreach. Yet, despite the weather we gathered at the pier in Redcliffe to share the gospel. It was particularly encouraging today to bump into several Christians who had been impacted by our open-air work, and who prayed for us.
We set the Bible table up and began to hand out tracts and try to get into conversations. At the start things were slow, but soon people began to listen.
One conversation I had was with an elderly man named George. George has a Czech and Jewish background, but was very confused about who God is, and how to be saved. He started by telling me that he has been to Heaven twice, and that everyone will go there one day. Our conversation centred around the goodness and justice of God, with George openly admitting that God should punish bad people, but at the same time affirming if we punish ourselves then God will let us go.
In reply to this, I said, "George, is there someone you really love?" He replied that there were people in his life that he loved very much; I then stated, "George, imagine someone comes along and murders your loved ones. The murderer later feels bad about what he has done, so each night he beats himself with a stick. One day the murderer is caught, but the Magistrate lets him go because the murderer had been punishing himself..." Before I could go any further George interrupted by declaring, "That is wrong and unjust! The judge must punish him!"
This provided a perfect way to explain how God because He is good must punish wrong doing and that there is a penalty for our sin; George agreed saying that what I said was logical. He also conceded that means that not everyone is going to Heaven. From this point I was able to explain how God is both the just and the justifier of those who have faith in Christ (Romans 3:26).
George listened, and stated it made sense. But, he said he didn't know if he could believe the Bible as what the Scriptures says today isn't what they said in the originals. I countered this argument with a brief apologetic on how we got the Bible, and he seemed rather interested. At the end of our conversation he took a couple of booklets from our table and thanked us for the conversation.
Another highlight of the day came from a bus driver who was driving by in his bus. He saw our free Bible and Literature table, so he pulled over and ran down to get a Bible. I'm not sure if he had any passengers onboard, but this man was keen to get a copy of the Word of God!
Overall it was a wonderful day of ministry in Redcliffe. The Lord is at work. Please pray for us.
It was a beautiful autumn day in Queensland on Saturday in Redcliffe. The sun was shining, and the temperatures sat around 28'C. All this meant that it was going to be a very busy along the waterfront of Redcliffe.
When we arrived I noticed that there was more traffic than usual; it was clear that everyone had decided to spend the morning enjoying the great weather. When I arrived I was encouraged to find a group of Christians from a local church handing out New Testaments and flyers for gospel courses at their church. We were able to chat to them, and encourage them in the work they were doing. They also encouraged us to keep on sharing the gospel.
Last time I was out in Redcliffe, I was the only Christian witnessing, today, we had nine other people come along to witness from local churches and organisations. It was wonderful to labour alongside each other for the gospel, and even though we have different backgrounds, we were able to make much of Jesus.
Today, the conversations seemed to be coming quick and regular. People were taking tracts, chatting, and we nearly ran out of Bibles on the Free Bible table.
One young lady, who would have been around fourteen years old, was amazed at the message of Jesus. As I explained to her what Christ did on the cross, she couldn't help but say, "Oh! WOW!"
By the end of the day it was great to see so many people walking around with tracts in their hands. The gospel was spreading all along the waterfront.
Please pray that the Father would draw many to the Son as a result of today's outreach.
It was a very hot day today as we commenced our first outreach at Redcliffe. It was greatly encouraging to see seven Christians from four different churches coming together to make much of Jesus.
Due to the heat the area was rather quiet, but despite that we were able to have several good gospel conversations.
Pastor Peter had a good conversation with a lady who was well educated and interested in religious things. He spent some time chatting to her and she left with an "Essential Jesus" book and a church invite. She indicated that she would very much like to come along to a service.
I was able to engage two Maori Mormons in conversation. They both said that to have sins forgiven you must keep the Ten Commandments, so I asked them to do two things; first, name ten alcoholic drinks (they did this extremely easily). Second, I asked them to name the Ten Commandments, they looked at me blankly and couldn't name a single one. I pointed out to them that if they are trusting in the Commandments to be saved then they probably should know what they are.
From this point I was able to talk to them about the Commandments and the need of the Saviour. They quickly realised that they needed Jesus and that they works couldn't save. This then provided a wonderful opportunity for me to share the message of salvation by grace alone as opposed to the Mormon doctrine of works righteousness. Both young men listened to the gospel and took an in-depth gospel tract, please pray that the Lord would save them.
Towards the end of the day a young lady who had attended a Christian school stopped to talk. She took the good person test and saw that she wasn't good, so between three of us we were able to explain the gospel. As I shared with her about Jesus and His love I asked the question, "Are you trusting in Christ?" She replied that she wasn't, so I asked, "Why not?" The young lady looked at me and said, "Because I never knew if he was true." I did a brief apologetic explaining the historical Jesus and then offered her a copy of the "Essential Jesus," she took the book and an in-depth tract. She also acknowledged that she needed to trust in Christ.
Overall it was a hot but wonderful day of sharing the gospel. Please pray that the Father would draw many to the Son and that Jesus will be glorified.
Warren, Chris and I met at the Redcliffe jetty at 2pm, ready to do some evangelism. After prayer together, we started handing out tracts to everyone we met, and had some good one2one conversations.
Once the whale watching was nearing the Jetty, we made sure we were ready to tract everyone who was leaving the boat.
So we were able to tract the hundred or so people that were onboard.
Many seeds for the gospel were planted.
This is actually the last time the Redcliffe team will meet, as the man-power on the Gold Coast evangelism team is currently low, so they need assistance. Please pray that God will raise up more labourers to go into the harvest field, for harvest is surely plentiful, but the labourers are few (Matt. 9:37-38). If you are near any of the locations where an Operation 513 evangelism team meets, it would be great if you would join us in serving the Lord in this way.
Praise God for the opportunities we have had to witness at Redcliffe!
I met up with Chris Addison and Tim Neal on Sunday, and after spending some time in prayer we headed out along the jetty handing out tracts. It was great weather, so there were a lot of people about, and quite a few took tracts. There were heaps of people who came in off the whale watching boat as well, and we were able to tract quite a few of them. Unfortunately, not much in the one-to-one department happened though.
The only conversation I got to have was with an elderly lady, whose husband was continually edging away while I was speaking to her, putting something of a time frame on our conversation. We talked a bit about what it means to be a good person, and she acknowledged breaking the 10 commandments. She also mentioned that she had a Bible at home, so I encouraged her to read it. After a few minutes, she saw that her husband had "edged" a considerable distance down the pier, so she went off after him.
Pray for her, that she would pick up a Bible, and that God would convict her through His Word, and for all the other people who took tracts.
Warren and Chris joined me this week at the Redcliffe Jetty, for purpose of sowing the seeds of the gospel in Redcliffe. After some prayer together we started handing out gospel tracts, using that as a springboard into a one2one conversation with them.
I had a conversation with two atheist blokes who were from Europe. They acted in the natural way Atheists act, that is, they say that "there is no God" and when asked what evidence they have for that belief, they turn the tables on me. Instead of proving their absolute negative claim, they try and shove the burden of proof upon the theist to give evidence for God. It is true that a theist must provide evidence for God, but if an atheist wants to contend that there is simply no God, they must have good evidence to substantiate that claim.
They often then try and say that an absolute negative cannot be proven, in order to be released from their burden of proof. However, they are wrong in that claim, for if a contradiction can be shown within something, then it cannot exist (eg: square triangle). Or if somebody knows everything about a subject matter, they can use that to prove an absolute negative. Regardless, the fact that they are admitting they cannot prove the absolute negative that God does not exist means that if they are rational, they cannot make the claim that Goes does not exist.
So I briefly reasoned with the guys why we can know there is a God from the very existence of the universe itself. They understood it was a rational belief to hold. This progressed onto what happens after we die and then the gospel message.
When the whale watching boat came in, we made sure nearly everyone got a gospel tract (would be close to 200 on-board). This lead into further one2one conversations as well.
To God be the Glory!
Warren and I met at the usual time of 2pm at the Redcliffe Jetty ready to do some witnessing. We firstly prayed and then started handing out tracts to everyone we met, at the same time trying to get into one to one conversations.
The first conversation I had was with a middle aged man who said that he did not believe that beliefs existed. I've heard many people say that there is no absolute truth, but never heard anyone go as far as he did by saying there are not any beliefs. I pointed out to him that his position is self-refuting, for that in itself is a belief that there are no beliefs. In fact I pointed out to him that he has many beliefs, for example, he believes that the seat he is sitting on will hold him up. He also has a belief that he and other physical objects exist. However he objected to that by saying, "Nothing physical exists." However as the conversation went on he admitted that he believes the inner consciousness exists. He said I should look within myself for the truth, not to anything objective.
At this stage, I knew that this man was massively deceived into believing the new-age cultic material. So I showed the man that we can know there is a God, and I told him of the judgment to come. I then brought him through God's law in order to bring the knowledge of sin to the man. I pointed out that because he had sinned, and he was deserving of God's wrath as the just punishment for his sin. At this stage he just started swearing and cursing at me, so I promptly left the man alone, and helped Warren who was handing out gospel tracts to the hundreds of people that were coming off the Whale Watching boat.
Numerous other conversations were had and many gospel tracts went out. To God be the Glory!
I made it to Redcliffe shortly after 2pm and met up with Warren. After waiting for a brief time for any others we spent a few moments in prayer then made our way out onto the pier. Warren and I handed out our tracts and were continuing to do so when we noticed the Whale watching boat making its way in. Being low on tracts and only having the two of us I was thinking to myself ... 'we're not going to get as many of these people as we would have liked to. Though praise the Lord that Tim turned up just prior to the boat coming in.
We made the decision to hand our tracts out further down the bridge this week to avoid people dumping them in the bin immediately after having received them. We managed to hand out quite a few tracts which was great. After the 'rush' we decided to make our way up the beachfront and over to the Redcliffe lagoon. We handed out a few tracts on the way down and back but unfortunately the one to ones were scarce this week and we didn't have any good conversations with people. Nevertheless, the Word of God was preached to the many people that received the tracts and we pray the Lord will use this work for His glory and to draw these people unto himself.
After spending a little time at the end of the bridge and continuing to hand out the tracts we decided to call it a day and made our ways home.
Report by Chris Addison
As Warren, Alistair and I met at 2pm at the Redcliffe Jetty, we firstly prayed and then made our way down the Jetty giving gospel tracts to everyone we met. We had some good one-2-one conversations, with the gospel being clearly proclaimed.
One conversation I had was with an elderly fellow, who was a deist - someone who believes God just made the world and has never interacted with it. This man was very versed in psychology, and loved to talk about it. When I asked him whether he thought there was a God, he quoted some psychologist who doesn't believe there is a God, but rather knows there is a God. However, I pointed out that psychology just deals with the subjective, so his 'knowing' that there is a God can only be based on some feeling/experience that he has had. I said we can objectively know there is a God because of the things that have been made (Romans 1:20). He agreed, but he did not think God has intervened or interacted in any way with this world.
So I asked him if he thought God is just. He said yes. So I pointed out that for God to be just he cannot turn a blind eye to the things that are happening on this Earth, but rather he must punish the people that do sinful things. He said, "We punish ourselves". So I responded, "No we don't. Some people may, but the most don't. We don't like getting punished. That is the exact reason why a criminal will not usually turn himself in to the police."
So then I talked about the judgment to come after we die where God will judge us on everything we have done. This lead onto the gospel message and what someone must do to be saved. However, through his psychology study, he had learnt that humans are inherently good. So I asked him, "Do we have to teach our children to disobey? No, of course not. Thus that shows that we are all inherently evil from our birth." I let him know that psychology usually goes completely contrary to what the Bible says because it tries to teach people that they are good. But the Bible says we are not, and the objective evidence seems to point that way as well.
Chris, Alistair and Warren joined me for the Redcliffe team on Sunday. It was good to have Warren back, after his mission trip to various north Queensland aboriginal towns. Firstly, we prayed and then head down the Jetty handing out gospel tracts to everyone we met.
I had a conversation with an eldery man who was a pantheist - a person who believes everything is God. So I asked him what evidence did he have to back up his belief. He said, "You need to get out of realm science, knowledge, and reason and empty your mind and the truth will come to you". So I said, "You are telling me that I should forsake believing in things I have good reasons for by getting out of the realm of science, knowledge, and reason, and enter the realm of fairy tales?" He proceeded to say that he has a good feeling that his belief is true. I pointed out that I've spoken to many people who also claim to have these same feelings and they say something totally contradictory to you. Who can we believe?
So then I provided logical reasons as to why pantheism is false. Such as, if God is everything, and since we know the universe had a beginning, God must have not existed at some point. But that is impossible because then God would have to exist (to create the universe) before he existed. That's self-contradictory.
He said, "We are all made in the image of God. So if we are made in God's image, then we must be God." So I responded, "That does not make sense. Firstly, Adam and Eve were made in the image of God, not us (because of the fall we cannot say we are exactly God's image). Secondly, just because I make something to look like me, it does not logically follow that that thing becomes me."
So I proceeded to talk about our sinful nature and that we have all sinned and deserve God's wrath. He did not like that concept. He didn't think he was a sinner and refused to admit he had broken any of God's law. He admitted he just picks and chooses what parts of the Bible he will accept. He said, "One day you'll wake up to your divine nature and realise you are already in Heaven." I made it clear to the man that if he does not repent and trust Christ alone for salvation he will suffer the wrath of God in Hell. Please pray for this man, as he seems to be totally deceived.
Many seeds of the gospel went out on Sunday, to God be the glory!