On Saturday night in Brisbane city it was a little cooler than usual but God still allowed the team to have some great gospel conversations with the lost.
It is great that sometimes we get to speak to people we have spoken to in the past. On Saturday night we spoke to one such man who one year ago had a conversation with us. He didn't fully remember the way to Heaven, so we got to remind him that it is through trusting in the the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
This man saw this second conversation as another wake-up call to really take this all seriously, but he saw that sin is pleasurable and so wasn't sure if he is ready yet to come to saving faith. We stressed the urgency of doing so, gave him a gospel of John to start reading, and left him in God's hands.
Another man we spoke with was a student from Nepal whose brother gave him a Bible when his brother became a Christian, before becoming a Muslim and then becoming a Hindu again. This man said he had read some of the Bible, and so in the conversation after talking about how we have all broken the law of God (to bring the knowledge of sin) and after hearing the gospel, he saw that his Hinduism doesn't actually provide a solution to getting rid of the history of his sin. He saw that doing good deeds wouldn't erase the past and saw how he needed a perfect person to take his punishment for him.
But he said, "The biggest thing stopping me from becoming a Christian is that we as Hindus must burn our parents once they die and you Christians bury your parents." It was explained that there is no commandment in the Bible about what exactly should be done with a person's body when they die, but burying is usually done because it shows respect for the person and it reminds us of the resurrection to come.
The second thing stopping him was, "But I don't want to lose what I've gained in Hinduism." We gave him the example of the apostle Paul who had gained so much in his Judaism prior to becoming a Christian - he was a Pharisee of Pharisees, and yet then in one of this letters he says "Whatever I gained, I now count as loss in comparison to the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord."
This man was seriously counting the cost of leaving Hinduism and trusting in Christ, we gave him a full Bible (as he left his in Nepal) and recommended a local church to attend on Sunday to learn more. To God be all the glory!
We pray particularly this day for Jack. He was raised Roman Catholic and believes in God. He had no idea on how to get to heaven. However he listened carefully to the law and gospel and understands now how Jesus Christ saves His people from their sins - Matt. 1:21. Jack was told that Jesus wants fully committed disciples so he needed to 'count the cost' to himself of following Jesus.
When asked when he would trust Jesus alone to save him, he responded, "Today!" May he, like Zaccheus, find that this day salvation has come to him. Please pray that he would read the gospel of John he was given (and later on the whole Bible) and also that he would find a Bible-based church. He was warned that the Roman Catholic church had departed even further from the Bible than it had in former days.
The work continues as the school buses arrive and any others the Lord may send along.
As always we thank Him for His gospel which is the power of God for salvation for everyone who believes... - Rom. 1:16, and for enabling us to proclaim His unchanging truth. Glory to Him alone!!!
The gospel was shared with many last night at the Gold Coast during our weekly Friday night outreach. Even though it rained for the first fifteen minutes, that didn't stop conversations from starting as God helped the team to get out of their comfort zone to share good news of Christ.
Being the Gold Coast and a big holiday destination, we also got to witness to a bunch of people from Arabic speaking countries - in fact we set up as usual our free Bibles in Arabic table (as well as the one in English), and that attracted a bunch of people to come over and take Bibles.
We know that as Jesus said "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day" and "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out" (John 6:44,37), so we are not discouraged if someone is not open or interested, we simply go on to the next person. But it's such a privilege to be involved in God's plan of Him drawing people to Himself, being the means for someone being able to hear the truth of the gospel.
To God be the glory!
Praise God for Jeanette who says she believes in Jesus being the only way to heaven and loves Him. She asked for a Bible and it was gladly was given to her. We chatted for a good length of time about Eternity and Salvation in Jesus.
She has had some bad experiences with Church, so I encouraged her to search for a good bible teaching church to fellowship with. I also emphasized the importance of reading God’s Word for her growth. Pray that God’s Spirit will lead Jeanette, her husband and daughter to a love filled church where the Scriptures are taught and lived out following Jesus.
Pray for Willum who is not seeing his need to be saved from sin. As I was sharing the good news of the cross some youth walked past and yelled out “He’s our Saviour!”. God’s Sovereign grace is calling out to the lost. Before we are saved we suppress the truth in unrighteousness and don’t know who God is, His Holiness Justice and Mercy and great love to save us through His Son Jesus. We are sinners and blind to the seriousness of sin until God’s grace brings conviction to lead to repentance and faith in Jesus. We are responsible and need to humble ourselves under the Mighty Hand of God to be saved. The 'Are you a good person tract' was given to Willum and a seed was planted.
Three teenagers stopped for a little chat, one asked for the booklet of John, please pray for them.
Another young man walking past that had a t shirt with the word 'Everlast'. I quickly grabbed an Eternity tract and said this has words to Everlasting Life, he took it and kept walking, pray for his salvation.
It is a great privilege to have handed out tracts to them and others and for the seeds planted today. Its great to know that the people of God are praying with us. Thanks be to God, all glory to Jesus!
In the first month, Warwick Street Ministry Operation 513 has given out five Bibles. Also a few booklets of John, a number of AIG booklets, resources and tracts that have the Gospel clearly presented on them.
One of the Bibles was given to a young family who asked if they could have one.
Harrison and Jessica are wanting to get into God’s Word and to find fellowship. It was exciting that God has prepared their hearts to seek Him. Harrison was brought up in a Christian Family, he also attended Boys brigade and kids clubs. Whenever I mentioned a Biblical truth Harrison was agreeing and saying, "wow this is amazing these are things i now remember from back then". We talked about sin and our need for the payment of sin by Jesus, which then led onto who Jesus is. We discussed how our works is not ever enough, and that we can’t make sin go away with any of our good works. That would be like painting fresh paint over rotten wood. We need our sins taken away to receive Gods righteousness. The good news is that Jesus came to save sinners.
Jesus saves us!! Jesus has power to save because He is God and has proved to us that He is God by rising from the grave, defeating death. Death has lost its sting. Pray for this family to be soundly saved and to grow in Gods truth and to be ones that will pass on the Gospel to others especially their little girl and generations to come. I suggested two Churches to check out near them, pray for God’s guidance there as well.
Pray for Barbara to be touched by the Gospel tract she received and to return for the Bible she requested, as she wants one small enough to carry, I have arranged to give her a small one next week.
Thank God for Kathryn who took a Bible and some booklets of John for an outreach she is planning with her neighbours at her Caravan Park.
To God be the Glory for all the work He is doing in this little town.
The team did some amazing 1-2s today. Lee-Anne would speak to a group of two people who broke away after a while. Later in the afternoon Ryan was able to follow through with the same people - some of them getting to the point where they could tell why God would let them into heaven - based on Christ's finished work only. However the commitment to submit to God's One and Only Saviour is, hopefully, still to come some other time.
There seemed to be a number of Roman Catholics today who were open to listening to God's true message of salvation by grace alone. One had received a tract as he entered the area and said in passing that he was trusting in Jesus. Later he was receiving a gospel of John from Ryan after being taken through the law and gospel and realizing that he had not been trusting in Jesus Christ ALONE to save him.
The pleasure was ours as He helped us glorify Himself in proclaiming His offer of salvation. May He keep leading us to those He is dealing with. To God alone be the glory!
Christ came to save and not to just make salvation possible!
- please pray for Jade who had never heard and has now.
- pray also for Daniel who attends a local church but had no idea what it was really about. Now he knows and is so very thankful and intends to follow Jesus from now on.
- pray for Levi who was providentially given a Bible by his grandparents recently and has started to read it. Now he has heard the good news of how to be reconciled to God, for now and forever. He has been invited to attend a local church and begin to be regularly feed.
God always does more than we know about or indeed can squeeze into a report and all to the praise of His glorious grace - Eph. 1.
Our gracious Lord brought Harry here from England to hear His truth. He claimed an atheistic/I believe in science position. He was taken through a reason for taking the Bible as God's revelation = great basis for believing the message of salvation by grace and then showing one's love for the Saviour by obeying His commands, Eph. 2:8-10 + Jn. 15.
Someone has said that the Bible is able to defend itself. It is our pleasure to feed people enough evidence to convince them that one needs to check out the authority of Scripture alone for oneself. Think of the scoffers among archeologists who said things like, "The Bible talks about the Hivites but ther is no evidence they ever existed." Time has proved the Bible true. Lee Strobel (The Case for Christ book/movie, etc. ) is one of a troupe of individuals over time who have set out to disprove the Bible and God has convinced them otherwise. Think of (Frank?) Morrison who, after careful investigation from the stance of an unbeliever wrote, "Who Moved the Stone". This book shows the reasonableness of the gospel accounts of the resurrection and subsequent appearances of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Harry was privileged to hear the law/gospel/count the cost presentation and was last seen staring out to the ocean seemingly thinking about these things. God knows his thoughts. May God have mercy on Harry and to God alone be the glory and praise.
The team headed into Brisbane City last night and many labourers came out and many Gospel conversations were had.
Watch the video to hear Brett and John share some exciting moments from the evening!
Edit: for some reason the audio only works properly on PC's not on phones (will see to right this).
On Saturday evening the gospel was proclaimed in Brisbane city. We were also privileged to have a Christian busker filling the area with Gospel music.
Watch the video to hear the other encouraging events that occured over the course of the evening.