The Gospel at the Hockey

Today I headed out –not to our normal preaching and fishing spot in town, but to Maritzburg College high school where the SA Ū16 Boys’ Inter-Provincial Tournament for 2012 was taking place, to engage some young boys and parents with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was truly a wonderfully blessed time handing out Gospel tracts and engaging people in conversation.

T.K. from Knysna (SWD Team coach driver). Had an enjoyable conversation with this man.

It all started when I parked my vehicle this morning around 09:00 and saw a group of boys from the South Western Districts (SWD) team packing their hockey (not ice-hockey, but field hockey played on astro-turf) gear away in a trailer together with the coach driver T.K. who lives in Knysna. I engaged the four youngsters with the Gospel and they listened tentatively, but after a while a call came in for them to report to their team. Once they left, that allowed me to continue the conversation with T.K. who was open to what I was telling him. He also told me that he is a believer and that he was given a book by his dad that deals with the issues of the Bible. I spoke at length with him who then fetched the book without me even asking for it. It was a small book about the size of an A6, and I asked him if I could see it. The Holy Spirit had me check it out and, there it was – what He was leading me to, written by the “Watchtower”! I spent the next half hour or so showing T.K. from the Holy Bible that our Lord Jesus Christ is God Almighty and teaching him the Truth as opposed to the heresies the JWs teach. The Scriptures that I showed T.K. by comparing them to what the JWs teach, were John 1:1, 2 and 14; Exodus 20:2,3 – where the Word could not be “a god” (NWT), because this is in violation of the First Commandment where there is to be no other gods before God. If the Word is a god, then Jesus Christ is a god which is an idol before His Father. The JWs show the contradictions that their NWT bibles (sic) teach which is heresy; false teachings! I also used Hebrews 1:4-14 showing T.K. that the Lord Jesus Christ is higher than the angels and cannot be Michael the archangel. All the angels of God worship Him (see verse 6). I also taught T.K. briefly on the “144,000” (Revelation 7) issue that the JWs hold to that these are the persons that inherit heaven and the remainder of Jehovah Witnesses will inherit this earth. Problem with the JWs’ teachings is that they haven’t read Revelation 7:9-12 which reads ~

9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; 10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, 12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. ~ Revelation 7:9-12 (my emphasis)

The earth and the heavens as we know them now will be destroyed by fire as we read in 2 Peter 3:7 ~

7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. ~ 2 Peter 3:7

For we read in Revelation 21:1 ~

1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

T.K. is not a Jehovah Witness; he just has a “wrong book” in his possession. He also raised a question about the Mormons as he told me they have a “church in Knysna” and I briefly told him that they too teach from another book ‘The Book of Mormon’ as does the Roman Catholics from the ‘RC Catechism’. From all of the teaching we agreed from Scripture that Jesus Christ is God. He understood clearly. He also thanked me for sheading light on many things and asked me for one of my hand-outs “Help From Above” booklet together with the “Are You Ready?” tract. Here is a Xhosa man who said he will even go and buy himself a King James Bible! A decision he made, and there are some English speaking believers that say they can’t understand KJV English. All I told T.K. is that it is English in its purest form before man tainted and corrupted the English language for this English existed 400 years ago. There was no other English at the time, and it is the English tongue in which the Bible was translated for every nation on earth to get God’s Word. In the New Testament times Greek was the common tongue for all nations to communicate; now it is English! A simple test was: You as a Xhosa man, will you be understood talking to Germans in Germany in your African tongue? “No!” But if you speak English, do you think they might better understand you seeing English is a universal language? “Yes!”

We praise God, His Son Jesus and many thanks to the Holy Spirit for opening clear understanding to a man I would possibly never have met if it was not for going out there today. We exchanged contact details and I have welcomed him to email me at any time and hopefully when I visit Knysna I hope to look him up, Lord willing.

 

Border Team

I then entered the Maritzburg College school grounds and handed out many Gospel tracts. Had conversations challenging young boys to examine themselves in light of eternity and where will they spend eternity. The Gospel was shared and teaching from God’s Holy Word was conducted at some hockey matches. And they listened and were challenged. I spoke to quite a few teams as they sat around, and many of them thanked me for the time to come speak to them. Praise God, it is so encouraging. But the greatest lesson of the day was in the Final between KZN Coastal vs. Western Province (WP). Here is the scenario:

Western Province were unbeaten the entire week and finished as winners in Group ‘A’ and KZN Coastal finished runners up in the same group. In the semi-finals WP won through to the Final and so did KZN Coastal beating the Group ‘B’ winners Southern Gauteng. It was all set up for an intriguing match and it surely was. KZN raced into a 3-0 lead in the first half which was the score at half time. It looked like it was all over, but WP fought back and with 05:49 left on the clock they had scored the equaliser and were tied at 3-3. Where the ‘home’ – KZN Coastal is from the Durban and coast region – supporters, and other teams supporting them, were delighted when ‘their’ team led 3-0 they became decidedly less boisterous when WP tied the game, and turned the whole game on its head by snatching a “golden-goal” winner in the first period of extra-time. What a turn around – final score: KZN Coastal 3 vs. Western Province 4.

But this was a perfect way for ending the day and getting tracts into the players’ and spectators’ hands after the prize-giving ceremony when I stood on the grass banks handing out the “Are You Ready?” tracts refreshing the peoples’ memories that just as the match they had just witnessed was unpredictable in that they never really knew that WP would come back and win the Final, so life is also “unpredictable”. You never know when you will die, and if you think you are ready, you might just find out that you are not ready to meet your Creator God!

Praise God for allowing me to meet with His people. Many have to examine their lives against what God commands. To the believers they have been encouraged and edified and to the unbelievers if it be that their Creator God has spoken to them today through His Word, they must call upon the Name of Jesus Christ to be saved and they must have their “repentance towards God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

Please pray for all who heard and have read the Word of God today! Amen!

Photos of today can be viewed at 2012 SA U16 Boys’ Inter-Provincial Hockey Tournament.

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