"You're just the person I was looking for."
Last night in Brisbane city the team had an exciting opportunity to preach the good news, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners.
Each time the team assembles, it is an opportunity to share with others the power of the gospel but it is also extremely valuable for personal humility - being reminded how much you, even as a Christian, need the salvation that Christ has offered.
One encouraging conversation was had right at the end of the night. Jack and Karl were walking through the mall and were asked, "Do you think you will go to Heaven when you die?" Jack looked at his friend, then responded, "You're just the person I was looking for". Over the course of the discussion Jack didn't argue with anything that was said. In fact the look on his face seemed to imply that he was taking this information very seriously. Karl his friend was a little bit sporadic but this eagerness was helpful. Over the course of the conversation, Jack's serious concern about this topic was reiterated. Karl even said, "You've been really worried about this for a while," a number of times!
In the end, Jack and Kyle openly acknowledged their sinfulness and deserved justice before a Holy God. They were not opposed to God's just punishment. When ultimately posed with the question, "Is the opportunity to live for yourself over this short life time, worth suffering God's wrath in Hell?" neither of them were able to state definitively either way. They left with a clear choice infront of them.
Please pray for Jack, Kyle and all those who were engaged in conversations, took tracts or stopped to listen to the preaching.
Thanks for praying for today's outreach in Brisbane city. We can always be comforted knowing that God is drawing His people to Himself, and what a privilege we have in being able to play this small part in His Great Commission.
Some people to pray for:
- Naomi & Sarah, trainee nurses who come from religious homes, and thought they were 'great' people. One of the ladies didn't like the idea that God is three in one, but is going to check the passages that we pointed out to her about this. The idea of forgiveness through Christ alone did seem very novel to them, and they were hesitant to accept it.
- Alana went to a Christian high school but now says she just wants to live for herself. Her worldview was able to be challenged though.
- Henry used to go to church but hasn't been in years. After hearing the law and the gospel, he came to grasp the message of salvation by grace through faith alone. He saw his need of forgiveness. He also took a gospel of John to start reading.
To God be the glory!
It was another fruitful outreach today in Brisbane city. We had 4 of us on the team.
It was so great to see that because it is so busy, 200 gospel tracts were able to be handed out in only a 20 minute period. And since we were there for most of the afternoon, lots of people received tracts.
We also got to chat to a bunch of different people about spiritual things. One guy we spoke with was named Axel. He said he was a spiritualist and believes there is only one place everyone will go to when they die and that is a place of punishment. Axel said he had done plenty of things wrong and deserved punishment. He agreed his beliefs offer no hope.
But when he heard the gospel - that Jesus came to die for our sins, he thought the honourable thing would be to refuse Jesus taking his punishment for him. So I said, "Let's say you found out that you have a serious disease and only have two months to live. You hear that there is a cure for the disease, but it costs one million dollars to buy it. And since you don't have the money, there's no hope for you. But let's say a friend of yours decides to sell everything he has - his car, his house, everything- to raise up the money and buys the cure for you and gives it to you as a free gift. That would be amazing, right?"
"But let's say you respond to your friend by saying, 'No that is too much of a sacrifice that you have done', and so you smash the cure on the ground and waste it. Is that the honourable thing to do?" Axel replied, "No, it wouldn't."
I continued, "Because he has already sacrificed all he owns to buy the cure. So in the same way, Jesus didn't just give up everything He owns, He gave up His own life to die for our sins, He has already died, so it's not the honourable thing to reject it. Instead, the right thing would be to accept it, and so repent and trust in Jesus alone for your forgiveness."
He said that made sense, and was happy to take a gospel of John. Please pray for him and all the others. To God be the glory!
We were much lower in team numbers last night in Brisbane city, but God was faithful as always and prepared many people's hearts to hear the gospel.
A good number of Bibles went out, particularly to those who first got witnessed to by someone on the team and then they wanted to take a Bible.
One man we spoke with was named Mihar. He was from India and grew up as a Hindu. But he said he is not actually sure if his religion is true or not. So we were able to show him how Jesus is different to all other religious figures in the world. Buddha, Krishna, Mohammad and so on all lived and died but they are still dead. Jesus is the only one who lived, died and then came back alive three days later.
He replied that they say Krishna rose from the dead in the sense that he is now living in the body of another person. I responded that anyone can claim to be the same person as someone who has lived in the past, but there is no way of verifying that. With Jesus, He died and came alive as the same person. If someone can do that, now that is something amazing. And we know this all occurred because of the good historical evidence we have from the time.
He had never heard much about Jesus at all, but he was begin to see how Jesus is unique to all the Hindu gods that he has learnt about. He had the gospel thoroughly explained to him and also about how Jesus is the only way, and he was happy to take a gospel of John. We encouraged him that if he has any questions to come back and ask us any Saturday night.
It was only minutes later that he returned, and the person who originally spoke to him was in a conversation at the time, so he was waiting around before another team member noticed this and got to chat to him and answer his questions and also further explain the message from the Bible.
To God be the glory!
Yesterday we had the privilege of sharing the good news of Jesus again with the people of Brisbane city. The city is a location where we find there are more atheists compared to the suburbs. But they are generally atheists simply because they haven't really thought about the issue much.
And so a simple reminder to them that just as a building had a builder, so must the universe have had a creator, we find that they very often change their mind.
We had 4 of us on the team, and thanks be to God approximately 500 gospel tracts were given out.
A couple of people to pray for:
- Sami, whose partner died 4 months ago which has made her really start thinking about what comes after. After hearing the gospel, she said, "That actually makes a lot of sense" and so she is now going to count the cost of repenting and trusting in Jesus.
- A high school student named Henry who didn't believe in God initially, but then changed his mind after being reminded that there must be a creator. He was intently listening and was happy to take a gospel of John to start reading, as he doesn't have a Bible.
To God be all the glory!
We headed into Queen St Mall, Brisbane last night With a team of eight and the Gospel went forth. As usual there was some preaching, many tracts were handed out and a range of conversations were had.
It never ceases to surprise how few people know the Gospel.
A typical conversation was had with three young guys who were about to finish highschool. They have gone to a Catholic school, have been taught some morality, think they're good enough to get into Heaven, if it exists, but are more than happy to live however they so desire. These young men, Hamish, Shane and Rick were strongly supporting an atheistic worldview, seasoned with God.
They would declare that this universe is a product of time and chance acting upon matter and then in the very next breath talk about being good or doing the right thing. They were happy to borrow morality, logic and truth from Christianity but wanted nothing to do with the God who gave them life or His justice.
Another discussion was had with Mike, when asked, "If you were to die tonight, would God let you into Heaven" he had a range of answers. He was a surprisingly honest man. He said, "I don't believe that God exists and from that basis I deny the Bible". Mike acknowledged that his worldview enitrely hinged about whether or not that assumption was true.
It was a long conversation, the basic tenants of Christianity were explained but at the end of it all, after acknowledging the call on his life to repent or perish, Mike wasn't interested in God. He was more than happy being his own authority and even answered in the affirmative when posed with, "Are you willing to stake your eternity on the claim that, "maybe God doesn't exist".
Please pray for these four men and the others who took tracts and engaged with the team. As a Christian I am sure you can affirm that the decision one makes in response to God's call in the Gospel is the most important decision any will make. Please pray that God will transform the hearts of many and bring them into His Kingdom as a result of tonight!
Equally please pray that more people will heed the final words and most critical command of Christ, "you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
If you're ever in doubt about how many people haven't ever heard or understood the Gospel start asking around!
Amazing! God brought along 25 of us on the team for last night's outreach in Brisbane city. A common comment made by numerous people on the team was "People tonight are so open".
One team member said, "I didn't feel like coming in tonight but I'm glad I did, I got to chat to 6 different people who were really receptive."
Please pray for all those that heard the gospel or had a gospel tract given to them, including a man named Jack. Three days earlier he had someone give him a Bible on the street, and having no Christian background he started reading it and in 3 days he was already up to Isaiah.
He didn't understand the gospel and so we got to share about sin, the coming judgement and how Jesus died to pay for our sins and rose from the dead. With a few analogies, he began to grasp the idea of someone paying our fine for us, saying "That makes sense".
To God be the glory!
Praise the Lord that last night in Brisbane city there were plenty of gospel conversations had by the team! The team consisted of over 15 of us.
We found most people said that they'd be going to Heaven because of being a good person. Even a chat with a professing Christian named Joel from Holland, he too thought his goodness would save him. So we took Joel through the Good Person test and he flunked it just as badly as the rest of us but was still sure that he was good enough to get into Heaven.
Soon after that a couple named David and Danika went through the "Intelligence Test" flip chart. Their minds fooled them as the were tricked by each of the trick questions. And again moments later when they professed to be good people.
Although pride is the biggest barrier preventing humanity from surrendering to Jesus Christ, each of these individuals had a different problem. Joel was sure he was already on his way to Heaven, David and Danika were angry at the hypocrisy shown to them by some Christians and a couple named Phil and Andrea had decided that the solution to their problems was really somewhere deep inside them.
Please pray that they (and the plenty others) will heed the warning presented to them, that they will each turn from their lives of sin and to the only one who can save them from the wrath to come!
Please also keep the team in prayer, that we may remain humble in our service to God and continually being reminded ourselves of our own desperate need for God's grace in our lives!
We had a blessed day sharing the good news of Christ with the people of Brisbane city today. We had 5 of us on the team, and together we got out about 800 gospel tracts.
It's so cool to think that 800 people today have had the words of eternal life given to them today. It excites me to think what God will do with it!
We also had some good gospel conversations with over a dozen people. One in particular was with a Muslim fellow from India named Razza. He was quite firm in holding to the Qur'an, but his foundations began to shake when he came to realise that in order for the Qur'an to be a book from God, it must line up with what God has said before. For he agreed that God would never contradict Himself.
And since the Qur'an claims to be the latest revelation from God after the Torah and the New Testament, he acknowledged we should check to see if it is consistent with these prior revelations. And he came to realise that it's not.
We then also talked about how the our sins can be forgiven - not merely by God overlooking our sin (for that wouldn't satisfy his justice), but by someone else paying our penalty for us. This was the first time he had heard this; he had hoped God would just show him mercy if he tried his best. Razza took a gospel of John and said he would start reading it. Please pray for him.
To God be all the glory for everything that happened today!
Today during our outreach in Brisbane city, we had the privilege of sharing the great news of Easter with a variety of people.
Firstly with a man named Mick who said he used to believe in Jesus, but now believes in the sun, moon and stars as 'god'. He maintained that he still loves Jesus, saying, "Jesus never said we can't worship the sun."
But when he heard that Jesus said that we should have no other gods before Him, he said, "Oh I didn't realise that." And as we talked about sin and how we need a substitute (who is sinless) to pay the penalty for our sin he said, "I think you are on to something. I've never heard that before." Please pray for him.
Later we chatted with a young lady named Miss Blue. She said she was a Christian, but didn't know if she was going to heaven because recently both the Mormons and the Jehovah's Witnesses have been talking to her family and what they have been saying has confused her greatly. But this confusion hasn't driven her to read the Bible to find out, it's had the opposite effect.
She wanted to know what the Bible says, and so we spent some time sharing a number of different Scriptures refuting what the cults have been telling her. She was so appreciative to hear that the Bible has answers to her questions and she said she wants to start reading it daily. We explained the gospel to her a couple of times before she came to grasp it. Please pray that she comes to salvation.
Hundreds of Easter gospel tracts went out and more conversations were had. So to God be the glory!