Saturday, 12th June, 2010
I was running late for the city tonight, but Ryan was able to cover me. Upon arrival, I found that we had a serious preaching problem. Normally we need three preachers to get us through the night, but this night we only had two. Blake had lost his voice so was unable to preach. But by God’s grace Ryan and I would be able to preach through the night.
After a bit of a discussion Ryan got up first and began to preach. Following the usual outline, Ryan preached and Wayne heckled.
For over an hour Ryan preached and dealt with a few hecklers. Wayne had some good arguments tonight on does the bible contradict itself, and he even produced arguments I have never heard of before. But a quick study of the texts showed that there was no contradiction, but full points to Wayne for effort.
During Ryan’s open air, I was able to have a discussion with a man who has study the Bible with Jehovah Witnesses, Mormons and other cults. He was telling me about his Hebrew and Greek studies, but it soon became clear that his understanding of the original languages wasn’t very good. He like Wayne wanted to show the Bible is full of contradiction, but each one he produced showed the Scripture had no internal errors.
At about 11:15pm Ryan finished preaching and during this time there were some great one to ones occurring. If you looked around our section of the Queen Street mall you couldn’t help but notice that the team was locked in many spiritual conversations.
At 11:30pm I stood to preach and nearly straight away Wayne began to heckle. He used the same old arguments, so I answered and presented the Gospel. Then about five older hecklers arrived, all of who were drunk out of their skull. They began to slur and heckle, I couldn’t understand what they were on about, but they were convinced of something.
The funny thing is it turns out they live in the area I pastor in, and afterwards a couple of them came up to apologise about slurring the local Baptist pastor. God-Willing I will encounter them again in my witnessing around my local area.
Monday, 14th June, 2010
“God save our gracious Queen, Long live our noble Queen, God save the Queen! Send her victorious, Happy and glorious, Long to reign over us, God save the Queen!”
The Queen’s birthday public holiday was here, many people were off work and going to the city for the day, so we decided to head in and talk about the King of Kings.
Jeremy, Blake (with voice back) and I caught the train into Central. Shortly after getting on the train we noticed a couple of men hop on also. One of them had the biggest crucifix you have ever seen and he was reading Augustine. We picked them as being from the local Catholic seminary so we got a Catholic tract out ready for them. A few stations later when they got off Blake handed it to them. They have read it and since sent an angry email. Please pray for them.
As we were coming into central station I thought it would be a good idea to preach for about 90 seconds between stations. So I stood up and began to share the gospel. At the mention of Jesus one man stormed out of the carriage into another, but the rest of the people listened and many took tracts afterwards. One man even walked up and shook my hand at the end of the preaching.
By now we were at central station, so we made our way into the city centre. As we approached King George Square we ran across a lady (we think) sitting on a chair with a sign sprouting how we aren’t to think but feel (I wonder if she used thought to write the sign). I questioned her a bit on her belief, she didn’t have many answers and in the end she promised to read a tract. Please keep her in prayer.
After this we went and preached on Elizabeth street. Jeremy was the preacher and he did some good preaching. It was good to see him get up and preach again. He is quite a gifted speaker, may God use him for His glory.
At around 3pm we head back home. It was a great day of witnessing.
Saturday, 19th June 2010
There was a chill in the air tonight as we went out preaching. Unlike last week, this week we were awash with preachers. As we prepared for the night I toyed with the idea of preaching in speakers corner to those in a café opposite, but for some reason it never happened.
At 9pm we set up as usual, but unlike our normal routine there was no Wayne. So we began by just preaching. Jeremy was the first man up and he preached for near on an hour.
During this time I ended up in a conversation with a Muslim man from Afghanistan. He was sprouting all these lies about Christianity and when challenged he couldn’t answer. It even turns our we knew the Quran better than he did. The man kept saying Islam is a religion of peace, they never hurt anyone. And then it changed. All of a sudden he went running off after two teenage girls, as I watched him I noticed he became hostile to them, he got right into their faces and started abusing them. He even raised a fist. I went down after him and put myself between the girls and him. He continued to threaten them, and I informed him that would not be a wise path to walk down. He then tried to intimidate me, that didn’t work, so he left swearing and cursing and threatening us. Good proof that Islam is “peaceful”.
By now Jeremy had finished preaching and it was time for Yarran to preach. He did a great job and got a good size crowd. Then the atheists descended, so he tagged in David Gee to deal with their objections. Dave answered all their questions on atheism and evolution, but these hecklers weren’t overly amused. Then it went to the gospel, and they were less happy.
It was midnight when Dave stood down, many had heard the gospel and the atheists had some things to think about. Praise God for a good night.
Soli Deo Gloria!
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