Tuesday, 10 December 2013

On the Street ... from Maria Henderson

Jeremy and I set up the Good Person Test flip chart near the Hastings clock tower one afternoon. Soon we were busy talking with four teenage girls from the Catholic school.
 They showed genuine interest in the gospel; one was teary-eyed as Jeremy explained the extremes Jesus went to, to demonstrate His love for us. Like the Bereans (Acts 17:10-11), I was pleased to see that one of the girls pulled her Bible out of her school bag, to check the verses which Jeremy quoted. None of them made a commitment to Christ at that time but for the first time in their lives they understood who Jesus really was and what they need to do to know him.

At one stage while we were showing the Good Person Test to these young ladies, a man wandered over and peered over their shoulders, to see what was going on. As soon as he realized that it was about God, his face twisted from that of a curious onlooker, to that of someone reeling as if they were about to faint. He hastened on his way down the street, calling out from half a block away, "Don't let them brainwash you!" Huh. When we share the gospel we never quiet know what response we will get but we do know people will have a response. 2 cor 2:16

Monday, 2 December 2013

When 'Yes' doesn't always mean 'Yes'

It was after two and Alex and myself were sharing the gospel with people in the Naenae shopping centre in Lower Hutt.  We struck up a conversation with a 17 year old Maroi boy who had just moved down from the Hawkes Bay, Zion, was his name.  He was so open.  He came from a church background yet a lot of his beliefs were a mixture of eastern philosophy with some basic Christian concepts.  Zion had thought he was good enough for God.  He felt that way becuase he intellectually believed in God and prayed every night.  As I shared the gospel with him it became very clear in his mind that he was mistaken in his beliefs and even in his understanding of who God is.  Zion came to a place where he admitted his sin and that he was guilty  before a Holy God.  As we talked about what needs to happen for us to not only have our sins forgiven but also become reconnected to God through being adopted into His family, Zion was chomping at the bit to receive Christ.  At this time I felt that Zion wasn't so much ready to receive Him as Lord but He was really saying, 'I'm keen to learn more'.  So I went through with him what it means to follow Jesus and how that affects our lives.  I then asked if he thought he was ready to receive Christ and he declined.  Zion was keen to start a Bible study and learn about who Christ is but he wasn't ready to start a new life in Christ.  Mike Revis is now going to be following Zion up.  Pray that he would come to a place of true repentance so he might experience true life.