After visiting this blog we hope you are edified and exhorted in your witness of Jesus Christ to your fellow Australians (or wherever you are.) If you dont believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and you have visted this blog, we desire that above all you would know Him. Nothing else in life is more important for us. Only Jesus can rescue wretched sinners like us!
I am passionate about communicating the free and universal offer of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. I have believed in Jesus since the 1980’s but never really understood grace till 2005-2006. I can remember, however, that from the day I first believed, I have desired to see people saved. I often prayed fervently for the lost and even studied current evangelism resources but I never really shared the gospel with anyone. In December 2005 friends introduced me to the Way of the Master DVD series. I instantly knew this was the missing information I was longing to hear. The Law is the key that helps people in our affluent society understand their true need – righteousness! Thankfully, this teaching also started me on a path to learning about reformed doctrine and understanding about grace. I started to listen and read great bible teachers like John Piper, DA Carson, RW Glenn, RC Sproul and John MacArthur. I started to learn about reformed statements like the ones referred to in this page, and then got blown away when I would open the word and see things I never noticed before. God’s grace and His work in saving sinners made a new deep impression on me. I am now excited when I share the gospel with friends and strangers because I know they are hearing the biblical gospel that can save them. I am a Father of 3 children and attend Church with my wife Angela at The Branch in Kings Meadows.
My name is Josh. I love life. I love what is good and I love the God who has freely given me all things good for the sake of His Son when all I deserve is His judgement and punishment. I want others to know about this life, the way of receiving it and their great need to be put right with their Creator. I hope the things that I am able to contribute to this blog will help other Christians to become more faithful and effective in their witness and get active in whatever sphere God has placed them in right now. I believe that there is great importance in being faithful to the truth of scripture when we speak to others about God and I believe the reformed confessions are extremely important in giving a unifying voice and reference to the theology of the church of Christ.
I am a young, married, full time mum to a lot of kids. I have been raised in the reformed faith. Over the last 3 years a slow awakening occurred in the way I perceive the faith that I have been given. I guess I started to think – if we do have such a precious heritage in the reformed faith, and such great news in the salvation we have through Christ, why am I happy to keep it to myself? Why aren’t I caring about the “lost souls” yet to be called into the kingdom? It’s great to be seeing people as souls at last… eternal people with eternal needs.I have lots and lots to learn… but am super keen to use my gifts and what i do know in the service of spreading the gospel faithfully. It’s an honour.
Why a blog about evangelism in Australia?
We want to encourage and equip Christian’s who already labour or want to become labourers in the harvest field in Australia (and the world) because that is the cultural context in which we (the bloggers) live. The message of the free offfer of salvation does not change wherever we are in the world, but there are specific cultural barriers that need to be respected and understood for effective communication. This blog aims to explore the convayance of biblical truth in and through Australian culture. The blog team adheres to a reformed evangelical view of the bible and strives to be biblically faithful in evangelism opportunities.
What we believe
Why should we evangelise?
Matthew 5 v 13-20
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
…and what is the message of the gospel?
(Matt 5 cont.)
Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
How can we become more righteous than the scribes and Pharisees who were meticulously zealous for perfection through human effort? Only through the grace and power of Christ and Him crucified. Only through the gift of his righteousness given in exchange for our sin. All our righteous works combined will in no way come close to covering our guilt before God, only through the free gift of grace may we be saved! Christ calls us to:
repent of our transgression of the Law of God – this is to forsake it completely and turn to God with our whole heart;
and to trust in Christ alone. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2 v8).
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