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Friday, 20 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 1 March 2009, 11:50 AM by David Gee. Permalink

With many people struck down with flu it was just Sukhraj and I tonight. We have moved away from the memorial to the upper part of barker's pool to be closer to the constant stream of pub traffic. There were two sets of very frightening swinging rides in the square tonight and while they made a fair bit of noise they also drew in people and gave us many opportunities to witness. We gave out many tracts tonight and I was almost running out by the time we left.

Within moments of Sukhraj arriving he was in conversation about our saviour with some of the locals waiting for the rides in the square, I was also occupied with some of the local night-club reps that were willing to talk with me for a short period. Unfortunately I could not talk with them for long as they were at work and not meant to be socialising.

We set up to preach to the passing human traffic and I felt very rusty as I started (worse when I finished!). I preached on the question of how can God be good (or even be) when there is so much suffering, using the plight of those in the fires of south Australia as my spring board. During the preaching I had a couple of hecklers (uncommon for a cold Sheffield night). There was a group of young men who wanted some evidence for God and were willing to talk but had to leave shortly after arriving. I pray that they take on some of what I said and would come back as they promised in the future to talk further. The second was a very frustrating and angry lady who wanted likewise to know what reason we have for belief as Christians but then would interrupt and then claim that no reasons were given. I tried to reason with her but I think it was easier for her to right us off as fundamentalist nutters rather than actually hear why we believe.

Next up was Andy and Tom and their friends, I was able to engage them on the level of Andy being good and we went through the good person test. The conversation was very easy going and they were willing to listen through out and took tracts afterwards. Praise God that He opened their ears to listen even that little amount, may He use it to His Glory. After this I wrapped up as my throat was very sore.

Sukhraj then spoke on the thirst that we all have and the need of our souls for peace and rest that comes only through a relationship with God through Christ Jesus. Using the pointless entertainments of a night out Sukhraj emphasised excellently the need we have meaning. Only a couple of people stopped to heckle but would not stay for long so Sukhraj expounded the gospel clearly and called people to repent and turn to Jesus in trust and faith.

Tired but happy with the night we prayed together and called it a night. Pray with us that God will save the lost souls of Sheffield.


London Team

Friday, 20 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 28 February 2009, 5:44 PM by Rob Hughes. Permalink

Rob preachingWell the team just continues to grow and it is such an encouragement to see God adding to our numbers. On Friday evening we back in Leicester Square. The team for the night: Carl, Wesley, my brother James, James Crooke, Oliver (James and Oliver have been once before so it was great to see them back), Steve, Ben, Susi, Jannah, Elyske, Petra, Lorenco (Petra's husband) and me. We were also joined by my Pastor (Doug McMasters) and his wife Royale, their two sons Matt and Ben, Barney (a great friend from church), Katie (a young student over from Texas who is attending our church) and also some of the youth from my church. So we had a great presence in Leicester Square which was fantastic.

I stood up to preach first and God drew a crowd. Not long into my message, however, a young man came and stood in front of and began "preaching to the crowd." What he said made very little sense, however he emphasised man's right not to be told what to do and as a result drew applause from the crowd. At this point I was thinking "Oh brother!" I wanted to counter what he was saying, however I knew that if I did it would simply become a "slogging match" of sorts between us and so I let him say his thing so that he could move on. After he left I refuted his claims and made it clear that all gods are not the same, there is one true God who made this world and He makes the rules. He will judge us one day and He will call us all to account.

Rob preachingA little time after I got engaged in a dialogue with a man named David. He was rather senior in age and somewhat of an intellectual; he admitted that one could not truly be an atheist; however he maintained that the Bible was not a credible book and therefore Christianity was not trustworthy and valid. I explained to him that the Bible is indeed very credible and when we look at the manuscript evidence, the archaeological evidence, prophesies in the Bible, and the amazing statistics found in its pages, we are left believing it to be very credible. After wrangling with him intellectually I moved to address his conscience and took him through the good person test. This allowed me to open up God's law and then declare forth the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.

David was quite gracious and did not become aggressive, he was a great heckler and he drew people in, which then allowed me to preach the gospel. After he left he took a Bible from me, which was really great. I spent the rest of the time pleading with the crowd to turn to the Lord in repentance in faith.

After I finished preaching open-air I joined with the rest of the team in talking with people one-to-one. I stood by the table that we put out, which is great for getting into one-to-ones. The team was engaged in conversation with people and many tracts and Bibles were taken and so for that we can only rejoice.

Soli Deo Gloria!!


Gold Coast Team

Saturday, 21 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 27 February 2009, 8:03 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Jason Lamont, Joel Barnard and I made our way to the usual preaching spot at the top of Cavill avenue. On the way we started handing out gospel tracts to everyone we met, and had a few brief witnessing encounters with people. When we arrived, we had a time of prayer, to remind us that God is the one who is sovereign in salvation.

I stood up to preach first, and after a while, a small crowd gathered. I asked a couple of the people listening whether they thought they were good people. I went through some of the commandments with one fellow, and he admitted to breaking them. He understood he deserved Hell, but after I preached about how he can be saved from his sin, he was really interested. He said he would really think about the gospel that he heard today, and he received a gospel tract.

After about an hour of preaching, I tagged Jason in to preach. He did a good job explaining the judgment to come, sin, and the wonderful news of the gospel.

During this time, a mate of mine named Jerram arrived and was keen to witness. It was his first time evangelising on the streets, but after receiving a bunch of tracts, I turned my back for a moment and he was out of sight. It turns out he had walked up and down the path that runs parallel to the beach handing out tracts to everyone he met and starting up conversations with people.

Joel also, for the whole time, was handing out gospel tracts and having witnessing encounters with people.

Right when Jason finished preaching, it started to pour down rain. So we went undercover and continued to hand out tracts there.

At 2pm, we thought we might start heading back to the car since it was still raining. But on the way back, Joel and I started up a witnessing encounter with a mother and her daughter from Melbourne, who were holidaying at the Gold Coast. At first, the mother was saying that she will get to Heaven because she's a moral person. But after going through a few of the commandments, she agreed that she wasn't really moral. She was a Roman Catholic, so she thought that the fact she tries her best, God would have to make an exception for her and let her into Heaven. So I showed her where in the Bible it says we are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). After 30 minutes of discussion, she seemed to understand the gospel message, and why the blood sacrifice of the Son of God was necessary to forgive our sins. She then said that she now has put her trust solely in Jesus' death to save her on the day of judgment. Praise God.

In the meantime, Joel was chatting to her daughter and she seemed to have a bit of trouble understanding the gospel message. She kept bringing up objections at every point and it seemed like her heart was very hard. But she said she now has many things to think about because the extensive conversation.

Just before we reached the car, we noticed a large line of youths waiting at a bus stop. There was a concert on that day and they were trying to get there. So we decided to give them all gospel tracts. However, we had each run out of tracts from the outreach. So we returned to the car and picked up some more and handed them out.

Many seeds of the gospel were sown today.

To God be the glory!


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 14 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 22 February 2009, 10:10 PM by Andrew Hsu. Permalink

Andrew Walkington witnessingIt’s Valentine ’s Day, the mall is filled with couples celebrating their togetherness, they are playing music normally too sickening sweet for regular consumption and the decors are fluffy and pink... what better setting to talk to people about the universal value of love and tolerance...

Too bad we are out preaching the Biblical Gospel.

Kyosti witnessingOur fair sized team assembled at our usual spot for prayer and scripture reading, after that we make our way into our preaching spot in the Queen Street Mall. We had a rare guest joining us this night: Andrew Walkington from Sydney has abandoned his love wife forsook temporal earthly pleasures and came out on a fine Saturday evening to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Andre also showed up as well so we have a good number of preachers for the night. We set up the Free Bible table, the security camera rolling, and we are good to go.

Andre stepped up to preach first. He preached a very timely message of God’s love set against the backdrop of the wrath of God. While it is more desirable to focus on God’s love in sharing  the Gospel, without the knowledge of God’s wrath against our sin His love makes no sense to the sinner. While Andre preaches the regular crowd shuffled in: Alex along with a few other familiar faces started to heckle the preacher. We were hoping that being Valentine’s Day they will take a break, nope, Alex “the friendly neighbourhood Atheist” remains consistent. Have to give it to him; he is a lot more regular in fighting against the Gospel than most Christian fighting for the Gospel.  (The above statement is designed to inflict guilt to the guilty.)

Andrew Walkington preachingAndrew Walkington is the next preacher up. He preached for twenty minutes the straight Gospel and ignored the hecklers. I am the next preacher up, since Andre and Andrew both fulfilled their duties without any incidence, I was hoping my time on the soapbox would be relatively peaceful as well. It took ten seconds for my hope to be completely dashed.

One of the issues I was hoping to avoid is the whole Victoria bushfire that is going on down south. Many people have lost their lives (209 last counted) and countless thousands have lost their homes, processions and livelihood. The Bible says that “we weep with those who weep” and the study of theology and having propositional answers to the question of evil and suffering is not a licence for us to be emotionally detached from the suffering of fellow human beings.  While I am confident the Biblical answer of a sovereign God exacting both providence and judgement in this sinful world is the only way the problem of suffering can be satisfactorily answered, emotions runs hot over this issue right now, and I don’t think such answers, while true, is helpful.

Andrew Hsu preachingThe gentleman raised the question over the bushfire is someone I dealt with a couple of weeks ago. I still don’t know his name because he refused to give it to me and he, for a lack of a better description, really doesn’t like me. Alex and I can have a civil conversation after the night is through; this man on the other hand, is very unpleasant to deal with.

The question this man raised is aimed at what we have been preaching: that God has the right to exact judgement upon sinners whether in this life or the next, and according to the Bible, there is no such thing as “innocent people.” Not happy with that theological titbit, he asked the question to this effect: “What about those people who perished in the bush fire, what have they done to deserve having such tragedy befall them.” Of course, the problem here is that he assumes the position that men is inherently good and no one deserves to have bad stuff happen to them, while the Bible assumes the opposite, human beings are not good, and the question is not so much why bad thing happen to good people but why do God allow the “rain to fall upon the just, as well as the unjust. “ Why is God so patient with the wickedness of the world? Why does he show love to those who do not love Him?

Rick witnessingI tried to answer the question as straightforwardly as I can, knowing there isn’t much chance that my answer is going to be received with joy and gladness. As I try to explain the Bible calls people to repentance in the face of tragedy such as the Victorian Bushfire in light of the frailty of our lives and the reality of suffering attest to the fallen condition of this world. It was not long before the men start to twist my words and try to incite the crowd. Not surprisingly I was accused of being hateful towards my fellowmen as I would not affirm the general goodness of men and the crowd gets into overdrive. It is apparent that part of the heckling crowd is no longer being reasonable and I started to ignore their antics. They “borrowed” two milk crates and tried to up stage the preaching. A couple of them started to throw profanity and insults my way. A couple of young lady decided to empty two cups of soft drinks on my pants and shoes. The man who raised the Bushfire problem decided to bring out his “question to end all questions”, directed at me, he asked: “If God exists, why are you so fat?” Incidentally, that’s the first question he ever asked me when I first met him weeks ago. Hmmm... can’t you feel the love tonight?

Andre and Rachel witnessingMeanwhile I was addressing another group of people, a young Canadian lad and two girls in their late teens who were disgusted by the uncivilized behaviour of the others, and we were able to have a reasonable discussion about the Gospel. The two young ladies had previous experiences with Christianity but were very confused with what we are preaching as they have never had the Gospel explained to them before. I took them through the Law of God so that they have an understanding of the rightness of God’s judgement upon the world and then explain the death of Christ in satisfying the justice of God on the cross and therefore making us right with God. They thanked me for being honest with them, they said that they understood what I explained, I told them I would pray for them and they went on their way.

The young man from Canada on the other hand is an ardent atheist. However, he is very pleasant to talk to, frustrating but pleasant. Our conversation went well pass mid night. Not surprisingly he remains an ardent atheist at the end of the night but I was able to show him the reasonable arguments for Christianity. I don’t believe that men and women can be reasoned into the Kingdom but it is crucial to present Christianity as true and present the faith as reasonable. This young men and his friend both came from Christian families, both of them now rebelled against the faith of their fathers largely because Christianity was presented to them as being “just-so”. No one gave them the reason for believing, instead they were told to “just believe” and asking too many questions is a sign of unbelief. As this young man and I said good bye I couldn’t help but think how many sceptics we meet on Saturday nights are produced by churches and Christians who never explained the reason for their faith, Christian faith is based upon the solid rock of truth, and the Bible instils no virtue for blind faith.

I was told at the end of the night there were many great Gospel conversations. We packed up and left the mall, a chaotic but fruitful night. May the Lamb receive the reward of His suffering.

Andrew Hsu preaching

Alex heckling Andrew Hsu's preaching

Andrew Hsu responding to hecklers questions

Andrew Hsu responding to hecklers

Soli Deo Gloria.


London Team

Friday, 13 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 21 February 2009, 5:30 PM by Rob Hughes. Permalink

On Friday evening the team met once again at Café Nero for a time of prayer and devotions before heading into Leicester square. The team was as follows: Carl, Wesley, Ben, Susi, Petra, Jannah, James, Steve, Wayne, Nigel, Josh, Melissa and Fredee. Josh (president of Operation 513), Fredee and Melissa were at the last leg of their mission trip around the UK and joined up with us for the night. Josh of course is from Brisbane, Australia, and the two girls are from California. Nigel and Wayne are two friends from Mansfield who travelled down to London to join. We truly were blessed to have such a large team; brothers and sisters in Christ from all over partnering to fulfil the great commission!

We headed to our usual spot and set up our table that has free Bibles, DVDs and tracts for people to take away. Once we were sorted I stood up to preach. I had not even been preaching for even five minutes when four police officers approached me and asked me to step down. They told me that they did not permit public speaking in Leicester Square because it draws a crowd, which "lends itself to pick pocketing." This seemed ridiculous to me and I explained to the officer that we had been coming to Leicester Square for over a year. I asked him if we had broken the law and he said no. With Josh coming to give support we pointed out to the officers that there were buskers in the square that also brought in a crowd, as did the nightclubs, but he simply said he was not interested in them and was concerned simply with what we were doing. It was quite apparent that they were not prepared to let us continue so we asked them what we would be arrested for, since we were not guilty of breaking any law. We were told that we would be taken in for anti-social behaviour. At this point righteous indignation arose in us and we decided we needed to speak with the inspector at the station. We had been discriminated against and it was only right that we made a stand concerning our rights (see Acts 16:35-39).

'Ello, 'ello, 'ello. Wot's goin on ere then?

Let's be 'avin you!

Josh, Steve and me then made our way to the police station. Before leaving we told the team to remain in the square and hand out tracts and speak to people one-to-one. Arriving at the police station we waited until we were able to speak with the station inspector. Josh took the lead in this and I was really impressed with the way he handled himself. He was very assertive and bold, but at the same time he was deeply respectful and courteous. He did use strong words with the inspector and told him that we had been discriminated against and as such felt vilified. The inspector was very apologetic and agreed with us that we had done nothing wrong. He said that we were not in breach of any law. He assured me that we were totally within our rights to preach open-air in Leicester Square, provided of course we did not deliver hate speech. We of course had no problem with this and thanked him for his time. We headed back to the team and told them the good news. They of course were very encouraged.

I stood up once again and preached a solid gospel message. God brought people to listen and you can see that in the photos below. The gentleman in the white cap was a good sport and agreed to go through the good person test. It's always good to be able to do this as it brings a bit of humour and also keeps the crowd interested. 

Rob preaching open air

Rob preaching

Rob preaching

After I preached Josh stood up to preach and he did a wonderful job of defended the faith against a number of objections that came from those listening. Josh is incredibly knowledgeable in the field of apologetics and I always find it inspiring when I go witnessing with him.

Josh preaching open-air

During both open-air sessions the team spoke with many people and handed out many tracts. God was so very good to us and we give Him all the glory that He sovereignly intervened and used us to proclaim His gospel in the midst of persecution. It was a great night of ministry and one we will remember!

Soli Deo Gloria!


Gold Coast Team

Sunday, 15 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 20 February 2009, 6:25 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Tim handing out gospel tractsDave handing out gospel tractsRyan witnessing to a group of guysTim, David Strachan, and I arrived at the coast and as we walked to Cavil Avenue, we started handing out gospel tracts. This lead into quite a few witnessing conversations with people.

One in particular was with a guy who responded by saying he's broken so many laws, when we asked, "What law do you think everyone in the world has broken?" We explained that the only law (or group of laws) that every single person in the world has broken is the Ten Commandments. So I went through a couple of them and he admitted that he had broken them. He understood that he was deserving of Hell. So I explained the gospel to him, but he said he wouldn't repent and believe because he wants to get his just deserts. He said that in life he would rather receive the consequences of his actions, and not be let off the hook. But I explained to him that that is foolish and he doesn't really hold that philosophy in life. For I got him to imagine that if his job wasn't paying enough money to provide food on the table for himself or his family, and so some people were offering food to him. I asked him, would you accept the free food or let you and your family die? He said that he'd obviously accept the food. So in the same way, I explained, we deserve to be sent to Hell for eternity and Jesus is offering forgiveness if we repent and trust in Him. Why would you reject His free gift? And this gift is much greater than simply food, as this has eternal consequences.

Due to the fact that by the time we arrived at Cavil Avenue, it was already late. We decided to not preach today and simply continue to hand out tracts and witness to people. I was able to witness to the Meter Maids briefly, many gospel tracts went out.

To God be glory!


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 7 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 16 February 2009, 9:47 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

WitnessingAfter some time of prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship, we moved to our regular spot in Queen Street Mall to begin our night of evangelism. Craig Ireland and a number of people from his Church joined us again for this outreach, which was a real blessing.

I stood up to preach first and talked about how every single human being knows there is a God (Romans 1). But what many people do is that they suppress this truth in unrighteousness. Alex (our weekly agnostic heckler) didn't like hearing this so he immediately began to heckle me with his usual line, "There is no God!" Since Romans 1:20 tells us that the way everyone knows there is a God is through "the things that have been made", I gave a simple argument for God's existence from the universe's existence. It is outlined below:

  1. Everything that has a beginning has a cause.
  2. The universe has a beginning.
  3. Therefore, the universe has a cause.

Ryan preaching open airJason witnessing one2oneThis argument is logically valid, but Alex wanted to dispute the first premise. He said that there are examples in quantum mechanics (like virtual particles) of things that arise without a cause. However I responded by saying that wholly apart from the disputed question of whether virtual particles really exist at all, the central point to be made here is that the quantum mechanical vacuum on which they depend for their existence is emphatically not nothing. The dynamical properties of vacuous space arise out of its interaction with matter and radiation fields, in the absence of which "this dynamism of empty space is but a formal abstraction lacking physical reality." The quantum vacuum is a sea of fluctuating energy which gives rise to virtual particles. Thus, virtual particles can hardly be said to arise without a cause.

Alex simply ignored my point, and kept repeating that virtual particles are an example of something coming into being uncaused. So as to not get the discussion bogged down on this topic too much, I then talked about what is to come after we die. Since there is good evidence for God, the topic of the afterlife is very relevant to discuss. Alex brought forth his usual argument against any afterlife by saying, "Have you ever had a thought outside your brain?" Obviously we haven't. Therefore, he concluded that there is no afterlife. I pointed out that his conclusion does not logically follow from the argument's premises. For in order to prove a negative, one must either know absolutely everything about the subject matter to know it does not exist (like there are no Muslims in the U.S. Senate), or show a logical contradiction within it, making it impossible to exist (like a married bachelor). But Alex did not do either, so therefore his conclusion does not logically follow.

Ryan preaching and Alex heckling

So I briefly outlined how we can know there is a judgment to come, and the existence of Heaven and Hell. I then proceeded to talk about how we've all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I warned both Alex and the crowd that had gathered that every idle word that you speak will be judged on the Day of Judgment. Jesus even said that lust is adultery. Alex did not like hearing about the judgment to come and sin, and so kept repeating, "There is no God!" After warning about the judgment to come, I gave the good news of the gospel to those listening. And that is, we can be forgiven of our sin through the death of the sinless Son of God, Jesus Christ. But we must repent and trust that He died on the cross for us. I also pointed out that we don't serve a dead Saviour, for three days later Jesus rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of God the Father.

Ryan preaching open air while being heckled by Alex

Ryan giving out gospel tractsAndrew preaching open airAfter I had finished preaching, Andrew Hsu got up to preach. After a little while, he had a few hecklers asking him various questions. God brought in quite a few people to hear the message he was preaching. After Andrew had finished preaching, he continued to chat with a couple of the people who had been listening for many minutes afterwards.

By the time Andrew got down there was only half an hour left to go on the outreach, and since we had no other spare preachers, we all instead focused our energies in handing out gospel tracts and witnessing one2one with people.

There were many people who heard the gospel this evening. Please pray that God will convict them of their sin and draw them onto Himself.

Andrew preaching open air

Andrew preaching open air

To God be the glory!

 


Gold Coast Team

Saturday, 7 February, 2009

Posted by Posted 13 February 2009, 10:12 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Ryan preaching open airJason, Markus, and I met under the Surfers' Paradise sign ready to proclaim God's Word at the Gold Coast right on noon. We firstly prayed, and then I got up to preach. A small crowd gathered and the people sitting on the all the various seats in hearing-range listened to the message being preached. However, there was no one who wanted to heckle. I called out to a young man that was listening whether he thought he was a good person, he said yes, however as soon as I mentioned some of the commandments, he ran away as the conviction of sin he did not like.

Jason preaching open airAfter expounding on the law and the gospel numerous times, I stepped down and tagged Jason in. He spoke about the temporality of this life and the fact that the judgment follows it for every single person. During this time a group of guys stood there intently listening. One even decided to record the message on his phone. A few of them tried to mock the message, but Jason reminded them that what you sow, you will also reap one day. The law and the gospel were also clearly explained to them, so I pray that God will grow the seed that has been planted in their hearts.

After Jason got down, I got up to preach and tried to engage this group of guys. One of them was willing to see if they were a good person, and he soon realised he wasn't. So I explained that the Jesus Christ came to die on the cross to take the punishment we deserve in Hell, He can take it on the cross for us. But we must repent and trust in Jesus' death to save us on the Day of Judgment to receive forgiveness of sins.

After I got down from preaching, Jason and I joined Markus handing out gospel tracts and witnessing to people one2one.

Markus witnessingJason had a good conversation with a person who was a Roman Catholic. Jason explained that contrary to the Roman Catholic teaching, the Bible actually says we are saved by grace through faith alone. No one is required to take part in any of the sacraments or other good works to be saved, they are simply a natural response to genuine faith. He also talked about the idolatry of Mary in the Vatican's teaching, and what the Bible says about it. The man seemed to understand what Jason was saying and he was very thankful for the conversation. He said he had never really heard that before and said that he would really investigate these things. Please pray that God will convert this man.

During this period of time, Jamie arrived at the Coast and joined in witnessing to people. He had a very extensive conversation with a person who was brought up Roman Catholic but now had his own religion. So Jamie presented the law and the gospel to Him, and I pray that God will convert this man from his work-righteous religious system.

Jamie witnessing

To God be the glory!


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 31 January, 2009

Posted by Posted 8 February 2009, 4:37 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

Andre, Jason, David and I met at 7:30pm at our regular place outside City Hall for prayer, Bible reading and fellowship. I received a call from Peter letting me know that Andrew and he had a flat tyre on their car and so thus they would be late.

Glenda witnessingSo at 9pm we moved to our usual spot in Queen Street Mall, but we couldn't set up the Bible table or soap box, as Andrew had them and he hadn't arrived yet. Alex (our regular agnostic heckler), and his fellow agnostics were there ready to heckle. Some of them were even saying, "When are you going to preach?"

This week we also had Craig Ireland and his crew help us for the outreach, which was a real blessing. We had a big team this week, totalling about 25 people.

Alex heckling RyanAt 9:30pm, Andrew and Peter arrived with all the Bible table gear and the soap box. So after setting up the Bible table, I stood up to preach. Almost immediately, Alex was heckling me saying there is no God. I talked about the judgment to come and about sin. After Alex's embarrassing lack of knowledge of fallacy names when we were debating on the streets just weeks earlier, he must have done some research as he now seemed to know their names, but would always misapply them. For example, at one point he would claim I committed the fallacy of appealing to authority when I was talking about God and what He has done. It is not fallacious to learn about God and what He is done from His revelation to us. He is the one who would actually know that information, so we should get that information from God, thus it does not commit the fallacy of appealing to authority. Moreover, God is even more of a reliable source to get that information because of the fact that He logically cannot do anything evil (like lie).

The next question then is how do we know what God has told us? This can be proven many various ways; one way is through the Argument for the Resurrection. For if the resurrection of Jesus really occurred, then that authenticates the teachings of Jesus as being true, which in turn authenticates the Bible because Jesus said the Bible was true. And there is good evidence that the resurrection actually did occur. And we know that the Bible hasn't been corrupted over the millennia either.

I asked Alex if he had any proof that the Bible is wrong. He quoted John 21:11a - "So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them." He said that this number of fish was recorded in a story with Pythagoras by Iamblichus centuries earlier; therefore the whole Bible is wrong. Obviously, that conclusion does not logically follow from the premises. In fact, I explained to Alex that he was committing the genetic fallacy. That is, dismissing a belief as wrong because of the origins of that belief. Even if there was some sort of reference to a prior story in the account of John, that does not prove the Bible is wrong in any of its parts.

During the preaching, I proclaimed the law and the gospel many times, calling everyone to repent and trust the Saviour. The dialogue with Alex attracted quite a bit of a crowd, and I pray God will convert all those that heard the gospel.

Andrew preaching and answering questionsDave preachingAndrew then got up to preach, but it seems Alex didn't want to heckle. Andrew preached about the coming judgment, and how we've all sinned and deserve God's wrath, but that we can be forgiven through Christ's death on the cross. After a while, he had a few hecklers come up real close to him and ask him various questions. After a dialogue with them, he stood down from preaching and Dave Strachan got up to preach. He talked about who God is, what He demands of us, and how far we fall short. That is why we need our sins forgiven, but it can only be through Jesus' death on the cross.

There were many one2ones that occurred, and heaps of gospel tracts went out. Please pray that God will bring the increase on the seeds that were planted in so many people's hearts tonight.

Rodney tracting Joel and Amy witnessing

Rick witnessing to Alex Phillip witnessing

To God be the glory!


Gold Coast Team

Saturday, 31 January, 2009

Posted by Posted 8 February 2009, 2:40 PM by David Strachan. Permalink

Ryan Hemelaar preaching open airDavid Strachan preaching open airMany people were out and about at Surfers today. Ryan and I handed out heaps of gospel tracts to people before we arrived at our preaching spot where we met Marcus. We were a team of 3. Over the course of the afternoon, each of us handed out hundreds of gospel tracts and people. Most people were responsive.

I chatted with 2 guys who hold to humanism. Unfortunately I didn't get to challenge them with the gospel, but they took and read the gospel tracts I gave them at least.

I did get to challenge 2 guys who hold to Islam. They were actually really friendly, great blokes to talk with. As I challenged them with what Jesus said - that he is the only way. They couldn't believe that Jesus was God or anyone more than just a prophet. May God 'grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth' (2 Timothy 2:25).

Ryan and I took turns preaching. We interacted with a few people in the crowd.

I had a group of younger guys and gals come in close while I was preaching and ask me a bunch of questions about what heaven will be like and whether there will be animals in heaven and whether or not we will eat in heaven. I tried to make the focus of my response about them making sure - first and foremost - that they were actually going to heaven. I then proceeded to provide some of the descriptions in the bible about heaven. One of the girls asked if there will be sex in heaven. I responded by quoting Jesus...

Mark 12:25  For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

Markus witnessing to someoneDavid Strachan witnessing to someone...And then, much to the relief of one of the guys there, I said that this does not mean that we will be ghosts or a chubby babies in diapers playing harps for all eternity, but rather we are told that we will have real glorified bodies. One of the blokes asked if there will be death in heaven. I said that the bible tells us that every tear will be wiped from our eyes - there will be no suffering or death in heaven but we will be given glorified bodies that are imperishable.

Markus witnessing to two people

To God be the glory!


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