Saturday 18th April 2009 - Brisbane
It had been a long stressful day. At the start of the day, while preparing to go out witnessing down the Gold Coast, my dad ended up having a heart attack. Which resulted in me getting the ambulance and then spending the day at the hospital.
That evening I went out on the streets of Brisbane, and as we were setting up the Bible table a young couple approached me and asked for a free Bible. Our policy is every person wanting a Bible gets a witnessed to also, so I began to talk to the couple about the central message of the Bible. It turns out that both of them were philosophy students at the local Roman Catholic University. They were both asking about Christ and how we have to somehow maintain salvation, so I spoke about the sacrifice of Christ being one for all time and for all sin. They seemed amazed, and then I explained to them how we cannot merit salvation. They both seemed really grateful at the end of our conversation.
Andrew Hsu was the first preacher up for the night, as he spoke he had a rowdy crowd. Including a woman who said she was a Catholic, she went after Andrew something fierce all the time pushing the demonic Roman doctrine of works based salvation. Hsusy kept countering from the Scripture showing that salvation is God’s free gift and not something we can earn.
After Hsusy finished preaching, Ryan got up and had a preach. There was a marked absence in the heckling tonight as Alex stayed true to his word and stayed away. Ryan, however, kept preaching. He presented a very strong, caring and loving gospel message to all who would stop and listen. It was great to watch people as they heard the good news of the gospel. Please pray that God would save souls.
At the end of the night I stood up to preach. By now the mall was near on empty. But when I began to speak two young women stopped to heckle. One of them decided to climb onto the box I was standing on and press herself against me. Instantly I raised my hands so all could see, as that way I couldn’t be accused of touching this woman. Her friend was a bit more open to the gospel so I targeted her with my presentation. After she realized her sin I started to talk about grace. It was at this time that her friend began to drag her away. It is interesting that the enemy will allow people to hear about judgment and sin. But never about the cure. However, by God’s grace the girl broke away from her friend and came back to hear the good news of Christ Jesus coming to save sinners.
The night was a lot slower than normal, yet the gospel still went out and people still heard about Christ. Please pray that God would grant repentance and faith to those who heard the good news tonight.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Brisbane Team (Night) (QLD)
Meets every Saturday night in King George Square 7-10pm.
Brisbane Team (Day) (QLD)
Meets Wednesday afternoons 1-5pm in King George Square (near Adelaide St crossing).
Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.