Owen Butt, the pastor of Padstow Uniting Church in Sydney, Australia, felt a strong conviction of the Lord, along with some others from his church, to go and hear one our creation speakers at a local seminar. This was despite Owen’s belief that ‘the creation/ evolution debate was a non-issue and a lost cause with which I had no desire to be associated’, as he put it.
Due to his engineering/science background, he had no problem with blending the ‘scriptural’ record and millions of years of earth history. But all of this started to change as that evening, Our speaker implored folk to wear ‘biblical glasses’. Suddenly, Owen felt as though God was challenging him, as he realised the foundational importance of Genesis to the gospel. Feeling that this was now an important issue for the wider church, Owen nervously approached his congregation, asking them to be involved in this ‘battlefield’ and was delighted and even a little surprised when they agreed.
The church had previously run several Alpha Course programs, so they decided to run a similar program using one of our multi-DVD teaching/study series. Not wanting anyone to miss out, it was run twice a week—daytime and evenings. Inexplicably, there were mishaps, serious illnesses and problems with many individuals, almost causing the church to go into shock. After much prayer, they were recognised as spiritual attacks from the enemy. Pastor Owen reflects, ‘Satan now saw us as a threat to his kingdom of darkness.’ Their resolve was now stronger than ever.
As they ran the series, Owen says: ‘Reports started to come in of lives being changed; for example not one but three of our young fathers who had been hovering around the edges of the church, suddenly became more excited about Jesus as some of the barriers and obstacles in their lives came crashing down. … One of the major outcomes has been a growing confidence in the Holy Scriptures … . And with the growing confidence in Scripture has come a growing confidence in the Jesus of the New Testament and in sharing Him with others’. ….
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