Ended up with a team of six in Cashel Mall on Sunday afternoon. We had a flip chart set up, tracts were distributed and walk up conversations were had. I spent my time during the outreach pairing up with different members of the team.
I spoke with a guy dressed in a suit and bow tie. He was familiar with biblical concepts, but he wasn’t able to clearly articulate why he would be getting to heaven. He danced around various terms, but missed the center of the gospel: Jesus. Later when I asked if he had to do good deeds to go to heaven, he hesitated for a while and then said, “It’s part of the package”. I clarified that works are NOT required for salvation, but will follow. It turns out he is a modalist (denying the trinity of God). He heard why it is essential to understand who God is, as it impacts our understanding of the gospel.
I approached a young couple, who stopped to listen. Reading their body language, I didn’t think they were interested in the conversation - and I gave them an option to leave. I was wrong. The guy esp. was keen to keep talking. They heard the gospel. It turns out they had Christian backgrounds, but weren’t part of any local church. I encouraged them to change that. The guy thanked me for the chat as we parted ways.
I had other good opportunities to interact with people - but for various reasons, the gospel wasn’t delivered. But tracts were taken. Seeds were sown.
Christchurch (NZ) Team
Heads out on to the streets of Christchurch usually 6 days a week to various locations.
Including Fridays in Cathedral Square from 12:30pm and in Cashel Mall after that till 3:30pm. Also Sundays in Cashel Mall 1:30pm till 3:30pm.