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Latest Operation 513 Newsletter - 19 February 2019
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"[God] who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen."
1 Timothy 6:16 (ESV)

Unhelpful Christian Phrases

To help you to be as clear as possible in speaking with unbelievers, this is a new series of posts that will explain why some common Christian phrases shouldn't be used in witnessing encounters as they are either unbiblical or are very easily misunderstood by the unbeliever.

The first phrase not to use is: "God/Jesus loves you".

Why not to use it:

Very easily misunderstood: The unbeliever usually thinks: "If God loves me, he must love me in my sin too, so I am going to continue living the way I am living."

Reaffirms their own viewpoint: "Of course God loves me. I love me too, so why wouldn't God love me?" When the person really needs to see that God is angry with them (Psalm 7:11) for their sin and that is why they need the Saviour.

Not always true: A phrase like that does not factor in verses like Psalm 5:5 or Romans 9:13.

Instead, it's better said:

• "God has shown His love to humanity by sending Jesus to die for our sins" (after you've explained the bad news first - we have sinned and deserve hell).

Keep an eye out for the next unhelpful Christian phrase in next week's Witnessing Weekly email, so that each of us can be even better ambassadors for Christ.

Been putting off coming to an outreach?

I know what you mean. It's always a battle against the flesh. The flesh says "You might be rejected" or "It will be hard, don't bother."

But in reality it is such a joy to be a witness for Christ and at the end of the outreach you'll be thinking, "Wow all these people have heard the gospel now as a result of coming along, God is good!"

We have now made it even easier for you to join us on an outreach - whether that be in Australia, NZ or the UK!

On our website, we not only list when our next street outreaches will be in these different locations, but now you can even let the team leader know that you plan on coming through a handy little form on the site.

Check it out: https://www.operation513.com/street-evangelism-teams/

And then come join us in sharing the good news of the gospel with the lost!

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Latest Evangelism Reports

Wellington Point (QLD) Team

17 Feb 2019

The Lord's service is always interesting and faith-building. Today we welcomed Grace, a first-timer who wishes to be a chaplain. The Lord gave us a team of 7 today. It is so encouraging to experience the harmony among us and to pray for one... [Read more]

Christchurch (NZ) Team

17 Feb 2019

It turns out that the Chinese New Year Parade coincided with our regular Sunday afternoon outreach. There was a momentary opportunity for handing out lots of tracts! But once the parade passed, the crowds drifted off with it. The team of 5, from 3... [Read more]

South-East England (UK) Team

16 Feb 2019

On Saturday, the Essex Team was out on the Romford High Street for outreach.  Jacob had many good conversations with different people.  I was able to preach for two hours with people stopping to listen or sitting down and listening.... [Read more]

Christchurch (NZ) Team

16 Feb 2019

Saturday's outreaches: in the city in the morning. It was awesome to have Ravi with me! And then instead of the usual New Brighton or Sumner outreach in the afternoon, a team was gathered to reach people at Classical Sparks in the Park 2019 in... [Read more]

Christchurch (NZ) Team

15 Feb 2019

Friday: 2 outreaches: both in the city: afternoon and evening. A team of 5 from 4 different churches in the afternoon in Cashel Mall. (And there were at least 2 from OAC sharing in Cathedral Square.) We faced some opposition, with a lady telling... [Read more]

Christchurch (NZ) Team

14 Feb 2019

Thursday: 2 outreaches: City; and another new outreach: Eastgate Bus Stops. It was great to have Graeme join me in the City, and Daniel at Eastgate. Hot day, over 30 degrees Celsius - but so worth being out! At Eastgate, I was surprised at... [Read more]

Christchurch (NZ) Team

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Today, Wednesday, 2 gospel outreaches: city in the morning, and a new outreach outside the hospital in the afternoon. I was feeling really tired this morning. It can take a lot of energy to start conversations from cold - and then maintain... [Read more]

Christchurch (NZ) Team

12 Feb 2019

Tuesday outreach involved trying a new location: Riccarton Road. It turned out to be a decent spot. I was there in the afternoon, and there were plenty of high school students open to a gospel chat. In 1 conversation I had 6 students... [Read more]

Capalaba (QLD) Team

11 Feb 2019

On Monday at Capalaba the team had an afternoon filled with Gospel conversations. As is the way with Capalaba, there is constantly cycling people around the bus stops, enabling and encouraging consistent conversations. Three highlight conversation... [Read more]

Brisbane (QLD) Team

9 Feb 2019

On Saturday night in King George Square the team had a wonderful night of outreach. An early conversation was had with a SDA man. This man, named Fernando, professed that he was a teacher of God's word and that he knew what he was talking... [Read more]

Gold Coast (QLD) Team

8 Feb 2019

On Friday evening on the Gold Coast it was a very quiet night to begin with. The usual family foot traffic seemed to be taking a week off. But as God is sovereign, there were just enough people around for the team to have consistent conversations.... [Read more]

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