John shook my hand and said, “Thank-you for talking to me and answering my questions. When I was a child my Pastors would not answer the hard questions, yet you stand here and give me very good answers. If they had answered, I am sure my life would be much different.”
Upon hearing this they both smiled and said, “That makes sense.” The young man then said, “I am so glad you guys are here. I can approach you and ask questions. It is great that you are here to help me understand about God.”
Some days I come home from witnessing with a spring in my step as it had been a good day of gospel ministry… today was not one of those days.
God-willing, in December 2019 we will move from Australia to Cornwall in the United Kingdom, where I have accepted a call to become a Missionary / Pastor at Newquay Reformed Baptist Church.
I then said to him, “Zane, if I said to you that you deserve Hell, but now you have to work really hard so that God may one day let you into Heaven, would that be good news?” He replied that would be terrible. I then followed up, “Zane, if I said to you that you deserve Hell, but Jesus paid the fine for those who trust in Him, would that be good news?” Zane smiled and exclaimed, “That would be tremendous news!”
A day of conversations with Politicians, Roman Catholics, Freemasons and the Indifferent.
The son of a Methodist Pastor thought the way to Heaven was through living a decent life. Read about what happened next.
As I preached I noticed a number of people stop to listen. One lady came out of a shop, then quickly returned into the store in order to get a notepad and pen. It turns out that she was a new Christian who wanted to learn more about the Bible so she took notes on my open-air message.
One said he had not 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…
Summer has well and truly arrived here in Queensland, Australia. The sun was high in the sky and the mercury was rapidly rising. For those who want to go to the beach for a swim, then this was perfect weather. But for evangelism, the heat actually limited the number of conversations we were able to have.
When I was first training for the ministry, I remember being told by an older pastor that I needed to be careful with habits and patterns of study which I established, as those methods would stay with me for the rest of my life. Of course, I was young and knew better (what a fool!), but over the years I have seen the truth in the older gentleman’s statement.
Despite things being slow the gospel still marched on. Please pray the Lord Jesus would rescue many.
This is when things got really weird. The man said that he couldn’t believe what we were saying, as Jesus had visited him in a dream and took him to Heaven. While in Heaven, this man claims Jesus revealed all the truth to him, and that ‘truth’ was that the Bible cannot be trusted. He also said that Muhammad had also visited him. I asked the man to explain further; he replied by saying, “Jesus and Muhammad have visited me!”
After preaching for about fifteen minutes I concluded my message, and went back to handing out tracts. While I was witnessing I began to think upon Psalm 119:130, "The entrance of thy words giveth light."
I set up the flip-chart near the table and used that to engage in conversation. Sometimes we would have two or three people stop to talk, then at other times we had a crowd of thirteen teenagers all crammed around the flip-chart to listen to the gospel presentation.
It was particularly uplifting to have numerous Believers come up to me today saying, "I am so glad you are here!" and "It is great to see Answers in Genesis sharing the gospel. We need more of this!"
Towards the end of the day, I had another standout conversation, this time with a young lady. She had stopped at our literature table and wanted to know why we would give items away for free. What chatted for awhile, and it was during that time she spoke about how she has been seeking the truth and wanting to know about God…
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…