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Wellington Point Team (QLD)

Meets fortnightly 1:30-3pm on Sunday afternoons at Wellington Point Reserve.

Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.


Sunday 16 September 2018

Posted by Posted 17 September 2018, 5:20 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

It was another interesting time that the Lord gave us; all glory and praise to Him who loves us and freed us from our sins by His blood. We had one large flip chart in action on the western side and a pair who tried engaging people on conversation as they sat or lay around. There was a long conversation with a Lutheran man who said that he could not keep God's moral law (the 10 commandments) but stated that he did not consider the Bible to be God's word but man's. He proved to be immovable from this erroneous position. When he said that he did not subscribe to 'faith plus works' to become saved, one has to wonder what does he mean? He attends a church but does not read the Scriptures and would not receive a tact. He thinks he has a relationship with Jesus but does not think God will 'let him in'!  Please pray that God will reveal his inconsistencies to him so that he starts to seek the Truth.

     A group of about 12 adults in their 20s seemed eager to do the test and as the test began I could see that they wanted to have a bit of a go at grandfather - praise God! We got as far as the court scene before they had to leave for a swim. However, there were 2 who thanked me and took tracts. {How the Lord has equipped me over the few years I have been learning this style of evangelism)

     Another group of 3 teenaged girls asked if they could do the test. One was atheistic but  entered into the conversation and left with a specialist tract. The other 2 were thankful. (There was a moment that only God could arrange. They were sure that they had never stolen anything. After a brief pause, one confessed that she was wearing her friend's jacket that she had left behind after a visit. At the end of the chat, I suggested that she let her friend know that she had her jacket = restitution or part of the fruit of repentance)

     A mother, Esther, brought her 12? year old son, Noah, to do the test. Obviously they were trying to live with reference to God's moral law. Hopefully by the end, they understood how we need to trust in Jesus perfect work alone to save us from our sins. Then after beginning to repent, we show our love for God by using His grace to live more and more His way. They left thankful.

     Until He returns, may we be found giving Him all the glory as He build His church.  Amen!


Sunday 2 September 2018

Posted by Posted 3 September 2018, 5:05 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

With Chris & Gloria coming from Adelaide for the occasion, the Lord had 9 on this team today. We operated a large flip chart on the eastern and another on the western side of the Point, plus the roving evangelists.

Many seemed so intent on celebrating the (commercial) 'fathers' day'. However, the Lord gave us some interesting  chats.

     - John, a young Dad and his lad were taken through the good news message but Dad could not grasp the Way. Later, another one of us was able to share the good news which he still did not get. When told that his answer to "Why should God let you into His heaven?" was incorrect, he wanted to know the right answer. He departed with the correct understanding and we ask the Lord to do His work of grace in him. His son returned at least twice because he had thought of some of his friends who needed to hear God's gospel.

     - Chris, a young woman, agreed with her sinfulness, guilt before God and that she deserved to be sent to hell. She also believed that Christ had suffered the wrath of God for her. However later she stated that she believed that God loved everybody. When she was challenged on the fact that only the Christian enjoys the inseparable love of God, Rom. 8:38,39, she could not define what sort of 'love' He had for those who died in their sins. It seemed to be a result of her R.C. upbringing. May she come to know what faith in Christ alone means.

     - Hayden needs prayer as he counts the cost of committing to Christ.

The list goes on. Let us pray until the last of His elect are brought into the one flock and then our praises will be 'out of this world' on the new creation. To Him alone we give the glory!


Sunday 19 August 2018

Posted by Posted 19 August 2018, 3:43 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

The 2 flip charts were in good demand again today. There was a Christian couple who wanted their child to do the 'good person test. They were appreciative and hopefully will be a further strength in their home church. But many who took the test were those with some ides of the good news but needed more understanding. There was a persecuted Iranian auntie plus 2 young ones who all knew that they could not return as they would be killed. They appreciated the presentation and challenge; the hugs and the parting prayer. 

     A teenager, Ben, had been going to a church and reading God's word until his 16th year. He said that he did not like the thought that God had 'rules for living'. He agreed that if he entered some commercial building, he would have to obey their rules or get kicked out. He saw the point: This is God's world. We can listen to Him or rebel and suffer the consequences. Going through the law he could see that he deserved hell. He thought he was the worst person living! About then a flip chart got blown over and he helped get it set up again. It was open to 'Christ suffering God's wrath for His sheep' so Ryan continued from there. Ben reached the point where he knew today was his day for salvation. He stated that he would attend church tonight. He was urged to read and pray each day and seek grace to serve God out of love for Him.

     Jessica, an English student from Colombia, had thought that she was a Christian. Going through she admitted her sin and that she deserved hell. Now she seems to understand grace and the need to close with Christ today. Also she is aware of her role as a child of God to serve God as a thankful child showing her love for God.

And there is more unsaid plus whatever God sovereignly does with our efforts. We give Him all the glory and praise and are thankful for allowing us the privilege and pleasure of serving Him in this manner.


Monday 13 August 2018

Posted by Posted 14 August 2018, 12:19 AM by Matthew Andersen. Permalink

This afternoon, as it was a public holiday, the team headed to Wellington Point to share God's glorious gospel with those having a relaxing afternoon by the water. There was a surprising cool breeze and as a result not many people around. Thankfully, that didn't stop God providing a range of wonderful conversations with people.

One early conversation was had with a young man named Jacob. He goes to youth group occasionally on a Friday night at a local church but apart from that has no real exposure to God. He thought he was a pretty good person and would be going to Heaven. Slowly as the conversation progressed Jacob came to understand that he wasn't the good person he thought he was but rather was a sinner like the rest of humanity. He saw that his sin deserves God's wrath in Hell and that on judgement day, as he currently was, he would face God's condemnation for his sin.

It was a privilege then to share God's offer of salvation, that God has made a way for sinners to be forgiven. Jacob said he understood and was interested to talk about it. Jacob has been encouraged to speak with his youth leaders at the church to ask for a Bible and to ask them more about how he can be forgiven.

A conversation almost on the back of that one was with two Germans who were travelling in Australia. A young man named Leon and his girlfriend, Xena. This couple were a mixture between agnostic and having some Christian background. Both professed that God wasn't important to them and they both had fairly poor understandings of God's revelation about Himself. Both also professed to be good people.

As the conversation progressed, the Gospel was focused on over the next half and hour. Many facets and aspects were spoken about and many questions or challenges to it were answered. At one point, almost twenty five minutes in after all that had been said the question was posed, "What is stopping you from giving up your autonomy and surrendering to the God who punished Himself, so that you could be forgiven?" Xena seemed squirmy at this, from this point onward in the conversation she seemed moved and like she was seriously considering God's call in the Gospel.

Moments later when she was saying, "Maybe if God came and showed Himself to me, now, I would believe". It was at that moment when Leon actually took charge in pointing out that God has. It was even shared that God's revelation about Himself and actions in history were clear. Xena seemed to be left wondering about her eternity. Leon on the other hand, seemed defiant. He tried to defend himself with the same, "we can't be sure" arguments even after they were answered. He acknowledged this and stated that it was because he didn't want God to exist.

These two were left with a thorough understanding of the Gospel and a challenge to find salvation in Jesus Christ.

A final conversation was had with two young Muslims. These guys laughed at their own sin and even tried to play it off as not that bad. They went on for almost thirty minutes declaring how good they were, whilst at the same time being completely apathetic toward the wickedness of their own sin and how angry God is with sinners. They declared that their god just forgives sin, as long as the sinner is "repentant". It was pointed out that the word forgiveness means, "cancelling a debt", in other words, the person whom the debt is against is willing to pay for the debt.

When this was pointed out, the question was asked, "How is your god, paying for the debt of your sin?" These young men squirmed, then declared that he isn't. It was stressed and explained a number of times, that the god they believe in is both a liar and unjust. Firstly, if he doesn't punish sin, when he has declared that it has the penalty of Hell, he has made himself a liar. Secondly, if he has no desire to see justice upheld and will let a guilty person walk free, he is not only unjust, but one who rejoices in and rewards unrighteousness.

These boys were not interested in God being anything other than that which they had been told at their local mosque and it was an extremely sad conversation. Two men, celebrating sin, rejoicing in their lust, lies and pride and completely unable to understand the Gospel as a result. These men, paid little attention to the Gospel and simply mocked at it, even without understanding it.

They also declared that heaven for them was a place where God gave them 70 wives/slaves and that God would reward them by granting them anything they asked for. This is an incredibly perverted view of Heaven, not only is it simply a place to indulge your selfish desires but even worse, it is a place where god serves you. A place where god's best gift to you is that which he can serve you, rather than his best gift being himself.

Please take some time out of your day, to plead with the loving God, that he would justify these two young men by the work of Jesus Christ and bring them to a humble surrender. Please pray that Jacob would come to a saving knowledge of the truth and that Leon and Xena would desire to know God intimately and be willing to give up their sin, in pursuit of the Saviour.


Sunday 5 August 2018

Posted by Posted 8 August 2018, 5:57 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Today we had the 2 flipcharts near the pier and a couple of roving evangelist types operating in the same area. There was opportunity to interchange roles occasionally and the team worked well together in this format.

There was a lengthy chat with a Sikh family which concluded with them receiving a gospel of John. They were going to check out the claims of Christ for themselves. Pray that they do. Jesus came to save His people from their sins and not just to make salvation possible, Mt. 1:21.

A novice using a flipchart reached the point where Conan exclaimed the equivalent of WOW. He has a Bible and was going to read John and ask the Lord to show him the truth.

There were others visibly affected by the gospel and others were still questioning. There is no doubt that conversations were relatively easy to start compared to trying to get people walking past to stop and chat.

Thank God for Himself; He alone is worthy of praise and thanksgiving now and forever. Amen. 


Sunday 22 July 2018

Posted by Posted 23 July 2018, 5:00 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

One flip chart at the jetty and another on the western side of the point were in use today. Twice people came up and asked to do the test while someone else was already being taken through. In those instances, the ones who had done the test were handed over to another to finish the gospel presentation. pray for those like Evony and Ruth who are now counting the cost. At one point the objection had been raised that one was too lazy to do anything about Jesus. Ryan asked her if she were crossing a road and saw a speeding car heading for her, wouldn't she try to evade it? As eternal punishment in God's prison is so much more serious, he needs to take the claim of Christ on her very seriously - today! They each received a copy of John's gospel.

       Brad went through the test with Harry and had a few more questions answered before he had to leave. His Dad also listened to it all and thanked us.

     There were some instances of people using the examples of church-going people they knew who went and confessed their sins and then did the same sins once again and again. Judgment is not based on a sliding scale but each person has to give account of their own life. May God soften hearts so an individual will deal realistically with his own need to be forgiven of his sins and suxch would flee to Christ for refuge.

To God alone be the glory great things He has done and continues to do until His people are all gathered in.


Sunday 8 July 2018

Posted by Posted 11 July 2018, 5:08 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

God sent a brisk breeze such that we could not set up the flip chart  where it was last time. We were to know by the end of our outreach one reason why God did this. There were 4 Indian gentlemen who had been brought up in a R.C. grounding. As they were taken through the law and gospel, understanding seems to have been granted them. They, each one, expressed a desire to trust Christ alone this very day. Once the fog of tradition is blown away, the simplicity of God's salvation is so relieving. Eph. 2:8-10 shows God's prevenient grace produces saving faith which invariably produces God's good works. There can be no merit in doing what we are supposed to be doing as His children, Lk. 17:7-10. Our works, which God prepared beforehand that we should do, are the Christian response of love, e.g. Jn.15:14 +1 John 5:3 " For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome."

God was doing more than this but all His works are glorious as they exhibit His glorious being. To Him alone be the glory and we thank Him for the privilege of serving Him once again in this way.  


Sunday 24 June 2018

Posted by Posted 25 June 2018, 4:53 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Our Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour and only Mediator between God and man had 6 of His body members in the team today.  For the first time at Wellington Point, Ryan and Harry had the use of a flip chart. As an example of how this was advantageous, there was a family to whom they had been chatting. When they indicated that 'they had to go', they were asked if they had done this "Good Person"  test. They stayed and were engaged as God's good news was presented. The other 2 teams took up their usual positions and carried on as usual.

     The team spirit has been developing into a blessing for each one of us. e.g. A young man flying his drone was chatted to. He had been challenged just a few weeks earlier by a different team of ours. May our gracious God awaken the spirit of this young man to consider what he has heard - seriously. Eternity in God's prison with no possibility of escape, is a dreadful prospect for any sentient being to experience.

May the Lord build His house, Ps. 127:1 + 1 Peter 2:4-6! To Him alone be all glory and praise, now and forever. Amen.

 


Sunday 10 June 2018

Posted by Posted 11 June 2018, 5:16 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Wellington Point weather is somewhat unusual. 3 of us went to the pier side and one needed his Sydney winter coat. Of those wiling to converse, there were a higher percentage than usual of those who called themselves Christian:

Andrew - actually is a Mormon. He was challenged to read the Bible as we worship different gods and we have different ways of becoming 'saved'.

2 Chinese ladies who were leaving after finishing their lunch handed back the tracts. When asked "If you were to die today and had to give a reason why God should let you into His heaven, what would you say?" had no idea. As they were walking away we said, "Is it because of what Jesus has done for you or what you have done?"  One said, with a huge smile, that it was the first. God knows the heart - 2 Tim. 2:19 - and it is obvious in any Christian's life.

A Baptist man who did good deeds. His girl friend was more interested in hearing the gospel than he was.

A young Chinese man, Brian, who had not been in Bible study for a few years had no answer After hearing God's good news, we gave him an illustration of what it means to 'count the cost' = when I became a Christian after 10 years of marriage, God became my first love and Railee my second. Brian was shocked at this. So I explained how God taught me how to love Railee - properly. Then Railee completed the illustration by relating the same shift in allegiance once she was converted. He understood the need for him to have God as his first love - in everything. We asked him to explain this to his girlfriend, who was in Australia on a visit , as they continued to walk around.

Meanwhile the other 2 had stayed on King Island side which was relatively balmy. They also met a 'Christian" who was getting into heaven because he was better than he used to be. After explaining the law and gospel to him, he was able to give the right answer to the checking questions Ryan put to him. Mr. Aseila, a former rugby 'great' from the 1970s Fiji team, now appears to be in the kingdom of God. Please pray that he will share the good news with others in the Methodist church he attends.  

Thanks the Lord that His name is near to His people, Ps. 75:1. To Him alone, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be all glory.


Sunday 27 May 2018

Posted by Posted 30 May 2018, 5:18 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

We had a break in the showery weather which was long enough to do what our Lord would have us (6 on the team today) do. We had a few conversations and gave out some tracts as usual. One encounter with a Korean young woman reminded us of the lack of a fear of God in some people. This lady was showing a non-English speaking Korean woman around the Point.  During a chat with her, the fact was presented that Jesus is a fully competent Saviour with the capacity to save His people out of their sins, or former, present and future sins. The lady responded with a remark that if she trusted in Jesus then she could live as she wanted and He would certainly save her. The reply that if anyone continued to live as he wanted to, yet claimed to be a Christian, it would demonstrate that he was not a Christian at all. Thankfully she then agreed to give a tract to her Korean friend who was returning to Korea in a week. Once back, she was asked to search out a Christian to explain the tract to her. Please pray that God will be gracious to these lost souls that He directed to hear some of His liberating truth today.

     We recall that repentance is one's acknowledgement of one's own sins and his inability to reconcile himself to God. It is a fruit of regeneration and leads to a new way to live - for the glory of God. Where there is no repentance, there can be no forgiveness. The Christian knows the ongoing blessedness of ongoing repentance as one walks with the Lord - daily; moment by moment.

What a privilege that every Christian has been reconciled to the one true and living Holy God. To Him be all glory!


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