Redcliffe Team (QLD)
Meets on Saturdays 11am-1pm each fortnight at the Redcliffe Pier.
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It was picture perfect weather today in Redcliffe; the sun was shining, the skies were clear, and the beaches were full of people celebrating Australia Day. For this afternoon’s outreach we moved down to Sutton’s Beach as the local council had put on a special event that attracted thousands of people to come out in order to celebrate the founding of our nation.
On 26 January 1788, the First Fleet arrived from Britain; with them came the gospel. While many people may debate over our history, I think the arrival of the gospel on our shores is something to be celebrated, and what better way to celebrate than by telling Australian’s about the Good News!
At 2pm the Operation 513 team arrived and commenced the outreach; immediately tracts began to be handed out with people gladly receiving them. Over the course of three hours,
we distributed about 1500 “Good Aussie” tracts. Before too long numerous conversations were underway. One of our team members, Col, later remarked that he had personally spoken to about 20 people in three hours.
The first couple I spoke to were “Religiously Christian,” with the male being of Greek Orthodox background and the female of Roman Catholic beliefs. I asked them, “If you were to die tonight, and God asked you, ‘Why should I let you into my Heaven?’ What would you say?” The man replied, “I am a reformed sinner, I try my hardest.” The lady said, “He’d let me in because I am a nice person.” We then chatted about God’s holiness and how He cannot allow sin into Heaven. As we spoke about these things both of them realised that they were not holy and that they deserved Hell. It was a joy to be able to tell the good news of Jesus. They listened intently as I explained the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. At the end of our conversation they both shook my hand and thanked me for the conversation.
It was at this point that Vesa called me over to the flip-chart. A father and his two young daughters had stopped as they wanted to take the “Good Person Test.” It is always hard to have a conversation with children present, but the Lord gave me the right words.
The most startling and heartbreaking thing for me, was to hear the youngest girl, who would have been about 6 years old say several times, “I don’t believe in God.” She was adamant that God did not exist, but still I persisted in sharing the gospel with her. As we spoke the father made sure that his daughters understood, and encouraged them to listen. The man wasn’t a Believer, but he was really supportive of his girls learning about Jesus. At the end of the conversation the father told me he had a hard time understanding repentance and faith, especially since that means child molesters can say ‘sorry’ then go to Heaven. I shared with him about true repentance, and also the Lord Jesus’ words from Matthew 18:6 about God’s view on those who harm children. The man was content to know that God would judge wicked men and do what is right.
As that family left, it really grieved me to see such a young girl being committed to atheism at 6 years old. This young lady would never go to church, nor would she have ever heard the truth if we hadn’t gone out on the streets to witness. The lost aren’t coming to Church, so we need to go to them!
Many other conversations throughout the day with cult-members, religious people, atheists, and those who were indifferent. It seemed like every member of the team had numerous conversations over the course of the afternoon,
Please pray that the gospel seed would fall upon good soil and that many would be saved.
Today was our first Operation 513 outreach in Redcliffe for 2019. Team members from three different churches all gathered at the waterfront for a couple of hours of gospel work. It is always a joy to work with these brethren as they are passionate about the Lord Jesus. Personally, I find them quite encouraging in the work, especially in those times when I feel flat.
Over the past few months we have noticed that it has been increasingly difficult to get gospel conversations, so today we changed tactics. Instead of having our “Free Bible and Literature” table, we decided to split up into small teams so we could move around the whole area to witness.
I partnered with Mike and we set up his flip-chart and handed out a few tracts. It soon became very clear that our location was not good for conversations so we moved to the other side of the road to witness near the entrance to the pier.
Upon arrival in this new location, we noticed that Sheldon was locked into a deep conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness who was out spreading his heresy. Mike and I set up in the new location, and before too long gospel conversations were underway.
Mike managed to speak to a young man who seemed very open. The conversation went well with the young man taking a Bible. While Mike was talking to him, I managed to get into a discussion with the man’s mates. These young guys were out on the waterfront, just relaxing and planning to play some basketball. Initially I engaged them in some small talk over who was the best NBA player of all time (it is clearly Michael Jordan!), then from there I swung the conversation to the gospel.
I asked this group, “What do you think someone has to do in order to go to Heaven?” They all replied, “Accept God. Believe in God.” I followed up with another question, “Do you guys have any kind of religious background?” One said he had no religious upbringing, the other two said they went to church. It was then that one of them said, “I am a youth leader at my home church.” He then told me about the large Pentecostal church where he was a leader. Well, this information made me change my tactics. I said to the youth leader, “Ok, let me put you under some pressure. Imagine I have been stabbed in the back, I am bleeding out. I have three minutes to live. I am not a Christian. What will you say to me so I can go to Heaven?”
At this question his face went into a look of panic. “I don’t know!” was his reply. “Two minutes left!” I called out. The youth leader said, “Ummm… Believe in God.” “So, I just need to believe God is real?” “Yes!” was the reply. It was then I turned up the pressure even further, “The devil believes in God. Will he go to Heaven?” By this stage the youth leader seemed to be stumbling over his words and had no response.
The response from this youth leader is not uncommon. I have met many church leaders who cannot explain the gospel, which leads me to believe we have many unconverted men in leadership positions of churches. I cautioned this young man that James 3:1 warns us that all who teach will face a stricter judgement., and then I proceeded to share the gospel with him. As I explained the good news of Jesus, the church leader said, “That makes sense!” I gave him an in-depth tract, I encouraged him to read over it, and then to teach it to those whom he leads. He shook my hand and said he would be explaining to the youth what the gospel really is about.
After this, Vesa and I managed to get into a conversation with a lady who was very spiritual, and very confused. She is one of those lovely people (she was a really nice lady!) that could talk with a mouth full of gravel, so we spent much time listening. When we were able to talk we shared snippets of the gospel with her in the hope that some seed would be sown. She took a couple of tracts and promised to read them. Please pray for her.
At this stage I had to leave the outreach early in order to complete some other work, but as I was leaving Mike was locked in a conversation with a group of young men. I heard later that this was a good conversation.
Praise God that the message of Jesus continues to spread!
It was an extremely hot day today with the mercury rising to 37’C and high humidity. The weather wasn’t perfect, but we still went out to share the gospel with as many people as we could.
Over the past few months we have noticed that Redcliffe seems to be progressively becoming harder ground. People seem apathetic towards Christian things and dismissive of the gospel. Today that ground was as hard as ever; yet we still saw the gospel go forth.
Since it is Christmas in a few days, we decided that we would hand out copies of “The Essential Jesus,” which is Luke’s Gospel, so that people could read the Christmas story for themselves. Over the course of two hours we handed out around 50 books. We also handed out a couple of hundred tracts.
As the day progressed some people stopped to talk. Several atheists expressed their displeasure at us being there, and a group of Jehovah Witnesses gathered to engage us; but they quickly retreated when we spoke about the deity of Jesus.
We also saw several young people come up saying they had never read the Christmas story, so they would like a copy of our book. The West which once flourished with the gospel is now becoming a new dark continent.
Please pray for all those we spoke to, who took tracts, and who received the Scripture. May the Lord Jesus save them.
We had a great day of outreach in Redcliffe. A group of us from Operation 513 and OAC Ministries met at 11am to share the gospel for a couple of hours.
The waterfront was quieter today, but we still managed to have many great conversations. Mike from Samford Baptist Church seemed to constantly be witnessing to people with his flip-chart, and other team members were busy handing out tracts.
I managed to have a couple of really good conversations, including with a young man from New Zealand. This Maori gentleman told me that he had grown up in the church, but it was very clear that he had little knowledge of Christian things. We chatted for quite some time, and at the end of our conversation he took a Gospel of John so he could learn more about the Lord Jesus.
The highlight of the day for me was the last conversation I had. We were about to start packing up when a young lady came across from a local cafe. She told me that the staff had been watching us, and wondered what we were doing. We chatted at length about our sin and also the Saviour. At the end of the conversation this young lady said, “I’m scared. I don’t want to go to judgment.”
I explained to her the love of Christ towards sinners, but she said that it would be impossible for Jesus to love her. It was clear that she was struggling with something. I replied by saying, “Let me tell you a story. What would you think about a man whose life mission was to kill Christians and wipe out the church. Would Jesus love such a man?” She replied that Jesus would not love a person who hurt Christians.
I then said, “Have you heard of Saint Paul?” She said had. “Well,” I replied, “his mission was to wipe out the church and kill Christians. Yet, Jesus loved him and forgave him. Paul later described himself as the chief sinners, but still Jesus saved him.”
The young lady looked shocked. She said, “Wow! I’ve never heard that before!” She willingly took a tract and a Gospel of John.
Please pray for all those we met today. May the Father draw them to the Son.
It was a beautiful winter's day as we gathered in Redcliffe for an outreach. The sun was shining, the skies were blue, everything was perfect for a time of evangelism. As I made my way to our normal witnessing location I noticed that a busker had set up where we normally minister. This meant things were going to be different today; we had to find a new location to set up our Free Bible table and flip-chart.
We had a number of people on the team, so we were able to space out and cover several locations. As we set up the Free Bible table, a worker form a shop nearby came out to ask if she could have a Bible in order to read to her children. She took tracts and some booklets also. This was an excellent start to the day and it was encouraging to know that a mother wanted to teach her children the Word of God.
Once the table was set up, I left two team members to witness in that location, while I headed to a different spot about 100 metres up the road. Mike, Daniel and I, all positioned ourselves near the entrance to Redcliffe's biggest tourist attraction, the Bee Gee Way. Due to the number of people walking past this location, it was quite easy to hand out tracts and talk to them about the Lord Jesus.
While handing out tracts, a man named Wayne, who is my age, took a leaflet. As he looked at what I had given him I asked, "Mate, do you think you'll go to Heaven one day?" He paused, looked at me and said, "That is a very good question. I use to think about that quite a bit, but recently I have been so busy I've stopped thinking about it." I followed up with, "It is a very important question; let me put it another way, if you were to die tonight, and you stood before God, why would God let you into His Heaven?" Wayne replied, "I really don't know." I could see from his face that this question troubled him. As he pondered the question, his grandmother came by and told him to keep walking. Sadly, Wayne apologised and followed his gran. Please pray that he would read the tract I had given him, and he would consider his eternity.
During this time, Mike had had managed to get a young man named Jayden to stop to chat. They were going through the Good Person Test on the flip-chart. I could tell that the conversation was going really well, and that Jayden seemed quite open. Mike later told me that Jayden had recently lost a loved one who had died in their sins. This created all kinds of questions in the mind of Jayden, but Mike was still able to share the truth about Jesus with him. Jayden took a tract and was encouraged to read the Gospel of John. We have been asked to pray for Jayden, so would you please pray the Father draws Him to the Son.
Things were getting busier around Bee Gee Way with many tracts going out. As I handed out literature I noticed that numerous people were walking around playing games on their phone. It is normal to see people use their phone in public, but this was different, crowds were gathering and all were playing a game. I stopped one man to chat, he was busy playing, but he took a break to talk briefly. He told me that he believed in reincarnation, but not in God. I asked him, if he knew who would determine what people would come back as after death (which was a question he had never pondered)? I then briefly told him of Jesus, but I could tell that the game was pulling him back. Before he left I asked what everyone was playing, he said, "Pokemon Go! In a few minutes a raid battle is going to take place in this very spot."
Before too long crowds of people were gathering in our location all getting ready to play Pokemon Go. One bystander said he thought hundreds of people were now in the area, all of which were playing a single game. As a team we looked upon this gathering as God's providence on display. He had brought a crowd to our location in order to hear the gospel, so I did something I have never done in Redcliffe before, I preached in the open-air.
I started my message by talking about the game they were all playing, and then asked, "What happens when the game ends? Surely, there is more to life that simply playing video games?" From this point I transitioned into how we were all made by God in order to know Him. I then spoke about our sin, and the need of rescue. Finally, I declared the gospel of Jesus, and called on all those playing to turn to the Saviour and trust only in Him.
A few people mocked and ridiculed, but I rejoice in the truth of John 10:27-28, when the Lord Jesus said, "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."
Those whom the Father had appointed unto eternal life would believe, so I simply proclaimed the gospel, and called on all to trust in the Saviour. It is liberating in evangelism to know that the results are up to God.
Please pray for all those we encountered today. May all of them come to know the Saviour.
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.