It was 36'C with high humidity as we made our way to Redcliffe for today's outreach. Upon arrival we set up the Free Bible and Literature table, and before we could finish setting it up properly a man stopped to take a Bible and DVD.
Shortly after the outreach began we had three young men come up to the table to ask for resources. They went to a local church, but they had no understanding of the gospel. I was able to share with them, and they said it made sense.
Towards the end of the day I also got to speak to two Baha'i members (seems to be a week for them!) This couple had been members of the Baha'i religion for thirty-six years. They told me that all religions are true, and that it all comes from one God. They then told me that they were former Baptists. When I heard this I said, "So you left the Christian faith to become Baha'i?"
Upon hearing this the lady flared up and said, "No, we took Christianity with us. Baha'i completed the teaching." I pointed out that Jesus didn't allow that option as He is God and He alone is the way, and the truth (John 14:6). At the words of Jesus the man then became angry. Through clenched teeth he started to seethe about how he wouldn't speak to me and that he has peace. I though the whole thing to be inconsistent; if you truly believe that all religions are true, then you really shouldn't get angry at the words of Jesus. Their anger simply revealed the hatred these apostates had for Christ. Please pray for them.
It has been a wet few days in Brisbane so we weren't sure if today's Redcliffe outreach would go ahead. This morning as I prepared I noticed that dark clouds were gathering, would today be a wash out?
We decided to head to Redcliffe just in case the weather proved favourable, and to be honest, I was glad we did. When we arrived it was clear blue skies with the sun shining brightly.
A few other Christians were out along the waterfront witnessing, so it was good to partner with them in the gospel ministry. We set up the "Free Bible" table, and rather quickly we saw people coming up to take material from it.
One lady stopped and asked if she could have some material as tonight she was flying home to London after being on holiday for a few weeks. She wanted something to read on the flight so we were more than happy to give her some great gospel literature.
Another lady stopped by to chat. Her partner was recently converted in jail, but she couldn't figure it all out. We shared with her and then encouraged her to attend a solid church near where she lived.
Throughout the outreach we had a steady stream of people taking material from the table and talking. We also had twenty of Ray Comfort's, "Evolution versus God" DVDs given away to interested people.
Please pray that all the seed that was sown would fall upon good soil.
It was a rather warm and sunny day in Redcliffe as we shared the gospel. I arrived at our usual outreach location at 11am, and began to set up the Free Bible and Literature Table.
As we set everything up, a lady came by and said, "May I have a Bible?" We were more than happy to give a copy and she went on her way (this was the first of seven Bibles we'd give away today).
Today, I wasn't alone on the outreach as two local Christians were also out witnessing so we all worked in the same area. It is always encouraging to work across denominational lines in the effort to reach the lost.
Over the course of the outreach we were able to have many excellent gospel conversations, and also serve to encourage a number of Christians who were excited to see evangelism taking place.
One particular conversation I had was with a family from a Pentecostal church in Brisbane. We got chatting and they explained to me that they had been Christians since birth; this kind of answer is not uncommon, but it does show that there is a lack of gospel understanding. I followed up their statement by asking, "What does someone have to do to go to Heaven?" They answered by saying that a person needed to accept Jesus, be baptised, and keep the commandments.
I replied to them by saying, "Ok, so you are saying we must do some works to be saved?" They all nodded. My next comment seemed to shock them, "What would you do if the Bible said that works cannot help us?" The wife exclaimed, "But the Bible doesn't say that!" Together we then opened up the Bible and read Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5 and Philippians 3:1-9. At the final reading they all said, "We are saved by Jesus, not by our works." It was great to be able to explain the true gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
The rest of the day was spent talking to professing Christians who had many questions, and some new converts that were growing in the faith. We also had a Jehovah Witnesses come by to give us material, but he beat a hasty retreat when we started to ask him questions about the Deity of Christ.
Praise God for a wonderful time of outreach. May the Lord Jesus rescue sinners in Redcliffe.
It was a wonderfully productive day of outreach along the waterfront in Redcliffe. From 11am - 1pm, we gathered together as Christians from several churches to reach the community for Jesus.
At one point there were 18 Christians (including children) sharing the gospel in a variety of locations. The people were warm and open to talking, with many taking literature.
Over the course of the outreach we distributed a couple of hundred tracts, and also gave away nine Bibles and six Gospels. On top of this, we also had 20 "Evolution vs. God" DVDs from Ray Comfort which were quickly taken.
One lady who took the DVD is a scientist from England who has worked with Richard Dawkins. She wasn't a fan of Mr. Dawkins and stressed that he a poor scientist who was full of hate. As well as taking a DVD she also encouraged her children to take tracts and Bibles.
Praise God for a wonderful time of outreach in Redcliffe.
It was a wet, windy, and cold (by Queensland standard) start to the outreach. Yet, despite the weather we gathered at the pier in Redcliffe to share the gospel. It was particularly encouraging today to bump into several Christians who had been impacted by our open-air work, and who prayed for us.
We set the Bible table up and began to hand out tracts and try to get into conversations. At the start things were slow, but soon people began to listen.
One conversation I had was with an elderly man named George. George has a Czech and Jewish background, but was very confused about who God is, and how to be saved. He started by telling me that he has been to Heaven twice, and that everyone will go there one day. Our conversation centred around the goodness and justice of God, with George openly admitting that God should punish bad people, but at the same time affirming if we punish ourselves then God will let us go.
In reply to this, I said, "George, is there someone you really love?" He replied that there were people in his life that he loved very much; I then stated, "George, imagine someone comes along and murders your loved ones. The murderer later feels bad about what he has done, so each night he beats himself with a stick. One day the murderer is caught, but the Magistrate lets him go because the murderer had been punishing himself..." Before I could go any further George interrupted by declaring, "That is wrong and unjust! The judge must punish him!"
This provided a perfect way to explain how God because He is good must punish wrong doing and that there is a penalty for our sin; George agreed saying that what I said was logical. He also conceded that means that not everyone is going to Heaven. From this point I was able to explain how God is both the just and the justifier of those who have faith in Christ (Romans 3:26).
George listened, and stated it made sense. But, he said he didn't know if he could believe the Bible as what the Scriptures says today isn't what they said in the originals. I countered this argument with a brief apologetic on how we got the Bible, and he seemed rather interested. At the end of our conversation he took a couple of booklets from our table and thanked us for the conversation.
Another highlight of the day came from a bus driver who was driving by in his bus. He saw our free Bible and Literature table, so he pulled over and ran down to get a Bible. I'm not sure if he had any passengers onboard, but this man was keen to get a copy of the Word of God!
Overall it was a wonderful day of ministry in Redcliffe. The Lord is at work. Please pray for us.
It was a beautiful autumn day in Queensland on Saturday in Redcliffe. The sun was shining, and the temperatures sat around 28'C. All this meant that it was going to be a very busy along the waterfront of Redcliffe.
When we arrived I noticed that there was more traffic than usual; it was clear that everyone had decided to spend the morning enjoying the great weather. When I arrived I was encouraged to find a group of Christians from a local church handing out New Testaments and flyers for gospel courses at their church. We were able to chat to them, and encourage them in the work they were doing. They also encouraged us to keep on sharing the gospel.
Last time I was out in Redcliffe, I was the only Christian witnessing, today, we had nine other people come along to witness from local churches and organisations. It was wonderful to labour alongside each other for the gospel, and even though we have different backgrounds, we were able to make much of Jesus.
Today, the conversations seemed to be coming quick and regular. People were taking tracts, chatting, and we nearly ran out of Bibles on the Free Bible table.
One young lady, who would have been around fourteen years old, was amazed at the message of Jesus. As I explained to her what Christ did on the cross, she couldn't help but say, "Oh! WOW!"
By the end of the day it was great to see so many people walking around with tracts in their hands. The gospel was spreading all along the waterfront.
Please pray that the Father would draw many to the Son as a result of today's outreach.
It was a very hot day today as we commenced our first outreach at Redcliffe. It was greatly encouraging to see seven Christians from four different churches coming together to make much of Jesus.
Due to the heat the area was rather quiet, but despite that we were able to have several good gospel conversations.
Pastor Peter had a good conversation with a lady who was well educated and interested in religious things. He spent some time chatting to her and she left with an "Essential Jesus" book and a church invite. She indicated that she would very much like to come along to a service.
I was able to engage two Maori Mormons in conversation. They both said that to have sins forgiven you must keep the Ten Commandments, so I asked them to do two things; first, name ten alcoholic drinks (they did this extremely easily). Second, I asked them to name the Ten Commandments, they looked at me blankly and couldn't name a single one. I pointed out to them that if they are trusting in the Commandments to be saved then they probably should know what they are.
From this point I was able to talk to them about the Commandments and the need of the Saviour. They quickly realised that they needed Jesus and that they works couldn't save. This then provided a wonderful opportunity for me to share the message of salvation by grace alone as opposed to the Mormon doctrine of works righteousness. Both young men listened to the gospel and took an in-depth gospel tract, please pray that the Lord would save them.
Towards the end of the day a young lady who had attended a Christian school stopped to talk. She took the good person test and saw that she wasn't good, so between three of us we were able to explain the gospel. As I shared with her about Jesus and His love I asked the question, "Are you trusting in Christ?" She replied that she wasn't, so I asked, "Why not?" The young lady looked at me and said, "Because I never knew if he was true." I did a brief apologetic explaining the historical Jesus and then offered her a copy of the "Essential Jesus," she took the book and an in-depth tract. She also acknowledged that she needed to trust in Christ.
Overall it was a hot but wonderful day of sharing the gospel. Please pray that the Father would draw many to the Son and that Jesus will be glorified.
Warren, Chris and I met at the Redcliffe jetty at 2pm, ready to do some evangelism. After prayer together, we started handing out tracts to everyone we met, and had some good one2one conversations.
Once the whale watching was nearing the Jetty, we made sure we were ready to tract everyone who was leaving the boat.
So we were able to tract the hundred or so people that were onboard.
Many seeds for the gospel were planted.
This is actually the last time the Redcliffe team will meet, as the man-power on the Gold Coast evangelism team is currently low, so they need assistance. Please pray that God will raise up more labourers to go into the harvest field, for harvest is surely plentiful, but the labourers are few (Matt. 9:37-38). If you are near any of the locations where an Operation 513 evangelism team meets, it would be great if you would join us in serving the Lord in this way.
Praise God for the opportunities we have had to witness at Redcliffe!
I met up with Chris Addison and Tim Neal on Sunday, and after spending some time in prayer we headed out along the jetty handing out tracts. It was great weather, so there were a lot of people about, and quite a few took tracts. There were heaps of people who came in off the whale watching boat as well, and we were able to tract quite a few of them. Unfortunately, not much in the one-to-one department happened though.
The only conversation I got to have was with an elderly lady, whose husband was continually edging away while I was speaking to her, putting something of a time frame on our conversation. We talked a bit about what it means to be a good person, and she acknowledged breaking the 10 commandments. She also mentioned that she had a Bible at home, so I encouraged her to read it. After a few minutes, she saw that her husband had "edged" a considerable distance down the pier, so she went off after him.
Pray for her, that she would pick up a Bible, and that God would convict her through His Word, and for all the other people who took tracts.
Warren and Chris joined me this week at the Redcliffe Jetty, for purpose of sowing the seeds of the gospel in Redcliffe. After some prayer together we started handing out gospel tracts, using that as a springboard into a one2one conversation with them.
I had a conversation with two atheist blokes who were from Europe. They acted in the natural way Atheists act, that is, they say that "there is no God" and when asked what evidence they have for that belief, they turn the tables on me. Instead of proving their absolute negative claim, they try and shove the burden of proof upon the theist to give evidence for God. It is true that a theist must provide evidence for God, but if an atheist wants to contend that there is simply no God, they must have good evidence to substantiate that claim.
They often then try and say that an absolute negative cannot be proven, in order to be released from their burden of proof. However, they are wrong in that claim, for if a contradiction can be shown within something, then it cannot exist (eg: square triangle). Or if somebody knows everything about a subject matter, they can use that to prove an absolute negative. Regardless, the fact that they are admitting they cannot prove the absolute negative that God does not exist means that if they are rational, they cannot make the claim that Goes does not exist.
So I briefly reasoned with the guys why we can know there is a God from the very existence of the universe itself. They understood it was a rational belief to hold. This progressed onto what happens after we die and then the gospel message.
When the whale watching boat came in, we made sure nearly everyone got a gospel tract (would be close to 200 on-board). This lead into further one2one conversations as well.
To God be the Glory!