2012 Royal Agricultural Show ~ Day 1

Today was the first day of the Royal Agricultural Society Show (and this day was also ‘Africa Day’ which wasn’t even noticed!). I arrived early after fetching 20,000 “Are You Ready?” Gospel Tracts from the printers at about 08H30 and was in position outside Gate 2 (the Main Entrance) after briefly sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to a group of, what would appear to be, day labourers awaiting their access tickets. Today was a most wonderful day with God’s Hand orchestrating all that took place!

Some conversations that took place were with Sbu who refuted that the Bible is God’s Word, as it was written by men. I pointed him to 1 Peter 1:20,21 and also shared the analogy of him writing a love letter to a loved one, using a pen. Who wrote the letter? The pen? Or him, Sbu? Just as Sbu was the author of the love letter using a pen, so God the Author of His Word, the Bible, used men (as the instruments) to divinely record His Words as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is sixty-six love letters to us! While engaging Sbu in dialogue across a walkway, the foot traffic got to hear the Word of God being proclaimed.

A young girl reading our “Are You Ready?” Gospel Tract.

I met a couple named David and Norine Adey who shared the same vision of home-fellowship coming out of the ‘church-building’ teachings of men. God is truly shaking the foundations of men made traditions that do not fit with His Scripture. For a time I have wondered if I was going to go crazy for holding to home-fellowship or going out into the township-communities to have Church, and being alone, but I am now encouraged that there is a remnant here in Pietermaritzburg that also home-fellowship. We are trusting our Lord is leading us into fellowship!

I was later joined by brother Lungisa Zondi and we had some wonderful Church fellowship with believers and teaching from the Word of God outside Gate 2. Who says we have to go to a building to have Church? We also met brother Warren Schultz for the first time who also shared his testimony of the work God has done in his life. He was a bouncer at a nightclub known as Crowded House (in 2008) in Pietermaritzburg and also was a debt-collector. The nightclub was the same place I used to frequent as a wretched sinner myself and was delivered from that life style (in December 2004) by my faith in Jesus Christ through His Grace. It is the same club that Jesse Boyd and Ricky Springer joined me in preaching outside on their way to Nepal via South Africa when they visited us in KwaZulu-Natal last winter (2011).

We also had many other encouraging conversations and we shared the Gospel with five Grade 8 St. Charles scholars opening the conversation with the curved illusion icebreakers. They were believers in Jesus Christ and it was an edifying session with them encouraging them to share the Gospel with their friends.

From L – R : Stephen Southway, Chris Hardie, Gary Crous, Andrew Hardie, Simon Krone and James Patrick.

Other conversations also took place with Lou-Jeane and Richo. Had an opportunity also to preach the Gospel using the Scripture Matthew 12:40 that this is the sign given of the prophet Jonas – this is the true Jesus Christ you need to believe upon:

For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. ~ Matthew 12:40

This was truly an amazing and God ordained day with many Gospel tracts handed out, too. You can also view the photos on Facebook in this Album. A video will be compiled, Lord willing, at the end of the ten-day evangelism outreach. Please keep all in prayer who heard and received the Word of God today.

Please keep us in prayer.

Soli Deo Gloria

Are You Ready?

Handed in the draft yesterday afternoon and received an order of 20,000 (A6 – double sided) Are You Ready? Gospel Tracts in time to commence handing them out this morning. Thank you to Minuteman Printers in Pietermaritzburg for service excellence!

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This is truly a profound question – so, Are You Ready? “Ready for what?” might be your response. Well – Are You Ready to meet your Creator God? “Wait,” you might say. “I don’t believe in God!” Or, maybe you might be of the other extreme and say, “Wow, I have never thought of that!!” So, what camp do you find yourself in? Well, let me help. If you answered, “Wait, I don’t believe in God,” then it is like the person who handed you this tract saying “I believe I just handed a tract to a 5ft. 4in. green person.” Just because the person “believed” something, it does not make what he believed to be true. What makes something true is what you believe in is it actually true! So, if you believe that there is no God, then just because you believe this does not make it true, but by your belief you have just proved the Bible correct when it says: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). Now if your response was something like, “Wow, I have never thought of that!!” you are living in reality. The very reason for your existence is what is recorded in God’s Holy Word, the Bible, in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 which says: “13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” It also tells us, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27), God also reveals: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). You can see that there is a day when you will die, and there is a day when you will stand before your Creator in judgment. So to repeat the question again: Are You Ready? Scripture warns that “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). We also receive the prophetic Word from the prophet Isaiah “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king: he will save us” (Isaiah 33:22). So how do you get ready? We are warned to examine ourselves and from Scripture: “8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient,…” (see 1 Timothy 1:8-10). So, if you had to die today, what is your condition before God? Let us look into God’s Holy Commandments, His standard of perfection and holiness, using it as a mirror to see yourself as God really sees you – the Ninth Commandment says Thou shalt not lie – how many lies have you told in your lifetime? Ever stolen (8th Commandment) anything, irrespective of size or value of the object (including piracy of CDs and DVDs)? Have you committed adultery? Jesus says in Matthew 5:27,28 that if you look with lust you have committed adultery in your heart. Are you guilty of transgressing the Seventh Commandment with lust? This also includes fornication (sex outside the bounds of marriage). What about worshipping idols which is the transgression of the First and Second Commandments? This also includes praying to the ancestral dead (necromancy)(see Deuteronomy 18:11). On Judgment Day when God judges by His Holy standard if you have violated any of these Commandments you would be found to be a liar, a thief, an adulterer, a fornicator, an idolater in God’s sight and His wrath against you will condemn you into Hell for all eternity because of your sins against God. You are unable to save yourself from the wrath of God and that is why God the Saviour took on human form in the Person of Jesus Christ – the Son of God. “16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18). Jesus Christ lay down His life for sinners, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, died, was laid in a tomb and on the third day was raised to life by God who accepted His sacrifice for His Creation. The Word of God says you must be born again, believing upon Jesus Christ and your “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). Do business with God today and call upon Him to save you, for you never know when you will die! Are You Ready to face God? Get yourself a KJ Bible – read and obey it. For more information contact: Repent and Believe South Africa ministries – Gary Crous 0722211233 / Lungisa Zondi 0744161584, or at http://www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com

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