Battle Log


Capalaba

Capalaba Team (QLD)

Meets 2-5pm every Monday afternoon (except public holidays) at the bus station between the two shopping centres (next to Noeleen Street).

Contact Ryan Hemelaar for more information.


Monday 30 April 2018

Posted by Posted 30 April 2018, 5:11 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

As we started there was a windy gust or two to remind us of Jn. 3:8 and the sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating grace. Here are 2 prayer points for your consideration:

     - Jordan is a self confessed agnostic. Hearing the building/builder analogy he seemed to be open to more. He was told that God says that he is without excuse. He is now evaluating the law/gospel facts as applied to himself. May God be merciful to him and transfer him into the kingdom of His Son, Col. 1:13,14.

     -Jack is a friendly young man who had a R.C. school education. He had not thought of what heaven is like. After reminding him that God is too holy to tolerate even a person with only one sin to 'walk with Him, cf. Adam after his transgression, Jack.suggested that heaven is perfect. Going through the law/gospel, he had not grasped why God should let him into heaven. I repeated that he needed to rest in the merits of Christ and explained that after receiving mercy for the forgiveness of one's sins, then one sought to do good works as a testimony of his love for God. We journeyed through the Blondin illustration to highlight the difference between 'believing the facts' and 'getting into Jesus wheelbarrow - by (saving) faith. He was shown how to get onto our website to the interactive 'way to heaven' section. May God excite him to seek Him out.

The work continues by God's enabling grace which we are especially mindful of our ongoing need of when we encounter some of the more vocal opponents of God. God does as He please and it is all good for us!

We give Him thanks and all the glory for only He can do glorious things that are worthy of unending praise.

 


Monday 23 April 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 5:04 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

There were 2 very similar but separate conversations with two young men - Dillon and Hudson. Both were open to the possibility that 'God is' after hearing an analogy.

They heard the overview of God making man in His image, the introduction of death through Adam's sin and the cursed state of planet earth even to this day. Told of the 2 natures of Jesus and why each nature was necessary if He was to fulfill His name - Mt. 1:21, they were shown how God's moral law was satisfied. Jesus was born without sin and lived without sin = absolutely righteous, cf. Jer. 23:5,6.

Furthermore He suffered all that God required to make atonement for His peoples' sins, cf. 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18. Now one can approach God asking God for His mercy of forgiveness of all his sins by pleading the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ on his behalf. Because God's standard of righteousness has been fully met in Jesus Christ alone, one can trust Him now for eternal life and know he has been given it - Jn. 3:36a.

Both seemed to have accepted the need to read the Scriptures asking God to reveal Himself to them.  Please pray that they do and may God grant them the graces of repentance and faith in Christ alone.

As usual, there were other conversations ranging from 'who cares', to the defiant ones who love their sin, to those who were very open to hearing the things of God.

Thanks for praying, and please join us in giving all the glory to God triune.     


Monday 16 April 2018

Posted by Posted 16 April 2018, 5:32 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Operation 513 Sharing the GospelA team of 5 gathered at the bus stop today. Commuters were not many but God's appointed conversations took place. One was with a 25 year old man, Storn,  Ryan met and witnessed to more than once 2+ years ago. He had not 'done' anything with the gospel as he said he had been too busy or too lazy.

Recently this man's 35 year old cousin had headaches for a week before suddenly dropping down dead. When Ryan and Storn met today, Storn seemed to be more concerned because 'he gets headaches too and who knows when he will die'. Pray that he has a sustained sense of urgency to be reconciled to God.

I also met with  Lachlan whom I had not seen for over a year. He is still treating the whole matter of Biblical revelation as a matter of indifference.  He is living for himself now - sadly. He maintains that macroevolution has been proved by science. 

May God soften hard hearts, otherwise who would be saved? To Him alone be thanksgiving and praise for He alone is worthy!


Monday 16 April 2018

Posted by Posted 18 April 2018, 10:54 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

A team of 5 gathered to the share the gospel at the bus stop in Capalaba today. Commuters were not many but God's appointed conversations took place. One was with a 25 year old man, Storn, Ryan met and witnessed to more than once 2+ years ago. He had not 'done' anything with the gospel as he said he had been too busy or too lazy.

Recently this man's 35 year old cousin had headaches for a week before suddenly dropping down dead. When Ryan and Storn met today, Storn seemed to be more concerned this time because 'he realised he gets headaches too and what if he was next'. Pray that he has a sustained sense of urgency to be reconciled to God.

I also met with Lachlan whom I had not seen for over a year. He is still treating the whole matter of Biblical revelation as a matter of indifference. He is living for himself now - sadly. He maintains that macroevolution has been proved by science.

May God soften hard hearts, otherwise who would be saved? To Him alone be thanksgiving and praise for He alone is worthy!


Monday 9 April 2018

Posted by Posted 9 April 2018, 5:04 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Another interesting day for the 4 of us to proclaim God's good news. Here are 2 prayer points:

- Ramir, a teenager of Pilipino R. C. background was taken through the law then the gospel. He said this is what he was brought up in. Then I took him through the Blondin illustration to show him what he needed to do to 'believe in Jesus'. His bus arrived.

- Lena, a teenage lass who responded with understanding (Awesome!) to the law and gospel. Again, there was just time for the Blondin illustration before her bus arrived.

The need to 'count the cost' and whether either has a Bible is for their future contacts, D.V.

Please pray also for the ones who 'overhear' the gospel as they sit close to the one God has prepared for us to chat with.

We thank God for each one He awakens to be involved in His missionary activities. We give Him all the glory for the results which always reflect His perfect character.

 


Monday 26 March 2018

Posted by Posted 26 March 2018, 5:18 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

There were numerous gospel workers today encouraging those who would listen to think on the coming Day of Jesus Resurrection from the dead.

An encouraging time was spent as Lee-Anne met up with Marsha and Justin from a few weeks ago. They were thankful for our prayers for their need for accommodation  which were answered very positively. They were encouraged to attend a local church and Lee-Anne is forwarding contact details to them - they are without transport of their own.

Thanks to God for Jack Smith for his encouragements as he patiently waited for his bus. (He likes that portion of Scripture, 1Tim.6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.)

With 6 on the team, including out ACT couple, there was great coverage of commuters.

SDG 


Monday 12 March 2018

Posted by Posted 12 March 2018, 5:17 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Walk up evangelismThe Lord gave each one of us an in-depth conversation near the start of our time at the bus stop. Here are 2 summaries:

     Peter did not believe in God. After listening to the builder/building analogy, he said that made sense. He could believe there is a God. (Later it turned out that he did not want to believe in the God of the Bible.)  In response to the law and gospel, he proclaimed that he did not want anyone to fix his mistakes. Then he was taken through this  analogy: A  man was diagnosed with a deadly illness. He was then told that he had only 2 months to live. There was a very costly medical remedy which he could not afford. However a friend gave his all to raise the money and bought the cure for the dying man. The man left the cure sitting on his shelve for 'some' day.  Likewise Jesus has already done all that is needed to satisfy God's justice on behalf of morally bankrupt sinners. Peter saw the point. His bus arrived. May the Lord break his pride and give him the grace of repentance and faith in Christ alone.

     Mitchell knew the core facts of Jesus death for our sins and His resurrection. Going through the law and gospel to 'prove' that we are hell deserving sinners and only Jesus can save us and bring us to glory, all made sense to him. Meanwhile his workmate was quietly reading the tract. Closing with the Blondin illustration and the need to count the cost as there are difficulties in following Christ, they gave the impression they would check the message out. Pray they do. And if they take my advise to 'ask God to reveal Himself to them as they read His word', may they be wrapped up in His covenantal love - for now and for ever. 

What else did our Lord of Glory do here today. Only He knows all but we know to ascribe all glory to Him. 


Monday 5 March 2018

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

Four on the team today; one on his first visit. The start seemed slower than usual as far as having conversations but God's timing is always perfect.

A lady, Rachel, who had never heard, had the gospel clearly presented before her bus arrived. She now knows that it is 
Jesus merit that is critical. May the Lord bring fruit to bear in her life to His glory.

There are some teenagers who persist in treating the gospel with contempt. But they are hearing God's truth as the weeks roll by. Only God knows how long each one has before death claims them.

There was a backslidden Christian who appeared to be poorly discipled. He wanted to know about 'drinking'. So I took him through the issue of self-control and how idolatry develops when we abuse any substance. We also discussed moving forward as a child of God. He has his Bible with him and reads and prays regularly. I pointed him to Heb. 10:17, "Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more." He is moving into an environment more conducive to his growth. Pray he finds a Bible-teaching church nad Gods grants him 'ears to hear'.

The work continues and we keep on giving all the glory to God.  


Monday 26 February 2018

Posted by Posted 26 February 2018, 4:54 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

It was an unusual day but as always an interesting time witnessing as one trusts our Lord, our ever-present Helper. I met a string of people who were agnostic and not seeking for the reason why we are here. However, we trust our Lord that He perhaps planted a seed of faith from the brief encounters and/or the tracts that were received. The first young lass I met seemed astounded that anyone would think about God. Still she listened politely and she may meet other Christians to challenge her. There was a young man who listened to the builder/building analogy embellished with some data on the finely-tuned universe that scientists have discovered. Another young man was not interested but engaged in a short conversation after I mentioned Carl Sagan who did not want to think about the possibility that God started creation. We did not get far before his bus arrived. He persisted with his assumption that 'one should do his best to improve himself' but thanked me for the chat. The middle-aged man I gave a '150 year' tract to simply chuckled and said he never bothered with thinking about things like that. Then his phone rang.

May the Lord be pleased to awaken complacent deluded people who are content to drift through life. May we keep on thanking God for the privilege of serving Him and trying to tell others of His good news. Praise His holy name.


Monday 19 February 2018

Posted by Posted 19 February 2018, 5:08 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

After praying, we headed to our initial contacts. There were some encouraging chats although quite short due to bus arrivals. e.g. Meghal works door-to-door and finds it hard. However she related her view that all religions teach the same basics. We agreed that God is perfect and so must heaven be; we are all imperfect. I had time to point out the uniqueness of salvation by trusting in the perfectly righteous Lord Jesus Christ whose death perfectly met God's demand for the offenses of his people. She agreed that most religions teach that we must do something to earn God's favour. She was most appreciative and will check it out some more. We pray that she sees that all religions are not the same and Christianity is unique and true so that she may seek the Lord while He may be found.

     One particularly difficult middle-aged lady, A., had severely distorted God's revelation of Himself so that she claims to love God but to hate Jesus??? Thankfully a visit to the necessarium left  Lee-Anne free to move on to a young man  who said that we are born into sin and he wasn't too bad. Going through the law and gospel, he was encouraged to lean on Jesus alone.

     Renee, an engaging young Buddhist, chatted freely. She asked for my testimony in which I stressed the Personality of God. I challenged her to seek the Truth that will set her free, cf. Jn. 8:32, and she said that she would check out the authority of the Bible.

God is at work and we give Him for helping us and using us: to Him alone be glory and praise!


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