Preaching the gospel in rehab

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Port Hedland Minister Philip Knight says that some of the best gospel discussions he has during the week are when he goes to rehab.

He visits Turner River drug and alcohol Rehabilitation Centre to hold a Bible study with residents and is encouraged by their genuine interest and engagement with the scriptures.

“The residents are in a place where they recognise they need help. So many people never get to that point. How precious it is to meet people who are open to talking about God in the midst of their struggle to change.

“Everything else they relied upon - such as relationships, work, money and things - has been stripped away and they have nowhere else to turn. The gospel speaks powerfully into their situation.”

“Each week I print out a passage of the Bible and we spend about an hour discussing it verse by verse to find out the meaning.”

Turner River draws people from all over the state and almost every resident has asked Philip for their own copy of the Bible.

Philip reminds them of Ephesians 2:8-10: ‘For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourself, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.’

“I have had a front row seat in seeing a person move from claiming to be an atheist, to agnostic to finally repenting of their sins and putting their trust in Jesus. It is truly amazing how God draws people to himself and makes them new.”

Like many Christians, Philip prays regularly that God will open the door for him to proclaim the gospel.

“When the rehab rang and invited me to run a bible study, I thanked God that he had opened a door, and I run through that door each week!”

Please pray for people in rehab to know God’s grace and peace.