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Latest Operation 513 Newsletter - 16 April 2019
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"Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus."
2 Timothy 1:13 (ESV)

Easter is almost upon us!

Get some Easter gospel tracts to hand out this weekend. Put one in each of your neighbour's letterboxes. Share the true meaning of Easter this Easter.

If you live in Australia, we offer Express Post delivery to get them in time. Or if you live in New Zealand, contact our Christchurch team leader to get some in time.

Australia
Besides our usual outreaches this weekend, we also have a special one for Easter on Monday 22nd April (the public holiday). It will held in Cleveland (QLD) at the Redlands Easter Family Festival, which is put on for the community and run by the churches in the area. All the food and rides are free, so organisers expect 10,000+ people to attend. And we get the opportunity to reach them with the gospel!

You’re invited to come along, you can bring your family and have a day out, or you can come on your own with the plan to share the gospel with those who are yet to hear of Christ! It is at the Cleveland Showgrounds from 9:30am - 3pm.

Watch the video below for more info:


New Zealand

Two special outreaches will be happening for Easter in New Zealand, on the Easter Saturday and the Easter Monday at 11 AM – 1 PM in Cashel Mall, Christchurch where we'll be giving out hot cross buns and gospel tracts.

Christianity actually is a religion

This is our ninth post to help you to be as clear as possible in speaking with unbelievers, explaining why some common Christians phrases shouldn't be used in witnessing encounters as they are either unbiblical or are very easily misunderstood by the unbeliever.

The ninth phrase not to use is: "Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship".

Why not use it:

It’s untrue:The dictionary definition of the word ‘religion’ is the "belief in a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God" (Oxford). Therefore, since Christianity does believe in God, it is rightfully classified as a religion.

It’s unbiblical: The Bible implies Christianity is a religion (James 1:26) and speaks positively about the word religion and its effects (James 1:27).

It’s confusing: Unbelievers hearing this phrase get utterly confused, because they are hearing that Christianity doesn’t believe in God or have a set of beliefs - which is not what you want someone to think.

Instead, it's better to say:

• "Christianity is not a works based system where we have to earn God’s favor by doing good or church-going. Instead God offers forgiveness to sinners like us as a gift, through faith in what Jesus has done, so we can have peace with God and be with him forever in heaven."

This is the final post in this current series. You can review all the posts in this series below, so that each of us can be even better ambassadors for Christ.

Posts in the series:
#1: "Jesus loves you"
#2: "Ask Jesus into your heart"
#3: "Jesus is standing at the door of your heart and knocking"
#4: "Ask God if He is real"
#5: "Become friends with God"
#6: "You are separated from God"
#7: "God wants you to have an abundant life"
#8: "Give Jesus a try"
#9: "Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship"

What is the biggest miracle?

Our sixth reason for not doing prayers for healing in evangelism is that "the ordinary is okay".

“The same old thing is boring”, some people think. “The preaching of the gospel isn’t as exciting as miracles, healings, supernatural things! The showy, jazzy stuff is more interesting!”

While those things may draw more attention from the world, it shows a complete dissatisfaction with the ordinary. As we’ve seen in this series, a person seeing a miracle doesn’t save him. It’s the preaching of the gospel that saves (Romans 1:16).

God uses the ordinary means of you having a conversation with a classmate, colleague, friend, or stranger, presenting the news of Christ’s death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, to save him. It’s not flashy, it’s not showy, but it is the thing God uses to save.

Handing out a gospel tract to a man on the street or to the attendant at the shop isn’t news-worthy, but from that action alone, God will use that.

Ordinary is good, it’s not boring or bad. And through these ordinary means, God performs the biggest miracle that there is, the salvation of a God-hating sinner, bringing him from darkness to light.

We want more of that don’t we? So let’s keep preaching the gospel every chance we get!

This is a series of posts that explain why we as a ministry focus on sharing the gospel when evangelising. Another reason next week!

Posts in the series so far:
#1: Faith comes from hearing
#2: There is a greater need
#3: It's not guaranteed
#4: Time is limited
#5: Coming for the wrong reasons
#6: The ordinary is okay

New Evangelism Reports

Christchurch (NZ) Team

14 Apr 2019

Saturday is an interesting day to come to the city to witness because so many other religions / cults are out on this day of the week too leading to some interesting conversations for the team! Sunday saw a team of four set up at the... [Read more]


Wellington Point (QLD) Team

14 Apr 2019

Thanks for praying with us that our Lord would bring to fruition the seeds of faith planted today: - Park was not going to do anything with his new understanding of God's good news because his family members had different views. Harry asked... [Read more]


Toowoomba (QLD) Team

12 Apr 2019

Our last two outreaches have been radically different from one another. February Outreach This outreach was discouraging for a number of us. There was a very real, almost tangible spiritual hardness in the CBD and very few people would... [Read more]


Christchurch (NZ) Team

12 Apr 2019

In contrast to Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday & Friday was filled with many wonderful Gospel opportunities for the Christchurch (NZ) team, in spite of the weather (rain). The city outreach on Thursday afternoon started with Andy talking... [Read more]


Warwick (QLD) Team

12 Apr 2019

It has already been 1 year since we began the work of evangelism at Warwick, praise God! All Glory to God for the opportunities that He continues to bring each week. So many tracts have gone out and each and every conversation has been God's... [Read more]


Christchurch (NZ) Team

10 Apr 2019

On Tuesday the outreach to Riccarton started with some letterbox dropping. As I was walking around a corner, I encountered two teenagers and offered them a tract.  To my surprise, one of them said he had already talked to me before - at... [Read more]


Brisbane (QLD) Team

10 Apr 2019

On Wednesday afternoon there were seven team members out, including local business men (maybe one day a business woman will join us during her lunch break to proclaim the gospel). The sky was cloudy and the cover meant more people than normal took... [Read more]


Woodridge (QLD) Team

9 Apr 2019

On Tuesday at Woodridge again there was a team of seven out! What a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel with those who were in and around the area. During the afternoon with a range of conversations there were two moments of great excitement... [Read more]


Capalaba (QLD) Team

8 Apr 2019

On Monday at Capalaba a team of four assembled again and covered the bus stop with the Gospel. There were many exciting conversations over the course of the afternoon, with many people coming to understand the Gospel. The first conversation of the... [Read more]


Warwick (QLD) Team

5 Apr 2019

Praise be to our Glorious heavenly Father for His continued mercy and grace upon us. He is answering prayer each week as we ask Him to provide opportunities to speak to the people who He brings our way through the streets of Warwick and to prepare... [Read more]


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