St Augustine’s Anglican Church, Hamilton

Diocese of South East Queensland

Investigating Christianity

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The message at the heart of Christianity is Good News – the Kingdom of God has drawn near and we are invited to accept the message by faith.

God has chosen this particular way as man has no ability to redeem himself, and further, that man may not boast of his salvation and restoration to God as his own doing when it is God’s gift of grace.

The message from the Bible is about God and his son Jesus Christ. It is critically about eternal choices we all face. If we come to a turning point in our lives where we want to know God, we may ask God to draw us to Himself. Our testimonies consistently tell us He will honour that request from your heart.

If you have any questions about Christianity, please feel welcome to contact our rector directly.

This world constantly reminds us of right and wrong, good and evil, light and dark, life and death.

Christianity is the only “religion” that has at its core, God doing what man himself without God could not do, the sacrifice of Deity and its innocence upon the Cross to redeem mankind through and in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s Son begotten before the foundation of the world, who understands our humanity completely as He himself took on humanity. His work is complete – as the Lord yelled in a loud voice, “It is finished”. The strong Roman centurions changed at that scene on Calvary, saying this surely was the Son of God!

Christ’s subsequent resurrection, (the proof if you like of His power over death for Himself and those who choose of their free will to become part of Him) as witnessed by hundreds of citizens, and later confirmed by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples resident at that time in Jerusalem, is the only message given to mankind that overcomes death with eternal life. It is the only faith that God promises to give part of his own Heart by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to those who believe by faith, the promise that we belong to Him.

The principles here are beyond the full understanding of man in this present time. But countless people who have accepted Christ as their saviour embark on a wonderful journey to know more and more about Christ in experience, rather than intellect, social position, wealth, or other measure. We are given choices to yield to God, and find Him. God has no hidden motives, and wants to give of His love to us, always making what was worst, second best, burdened by guilt or shame, into what is best. He wants us to be complete, and He will do it.

Of ourselves, we do not have the substance of Life, but God and His Son Jesus Christ have life in themselves, and that is what we may in thanks receive. Our new life is now, being His own beloved on earth, and we are in His purposes for heaven and the eternal works of the Holy Spirit. It is not an ideal or a wish. We are taken out of the dominion of darkness, transferred if you will, to the Kingdom of God, and have communion with God. So many things such as discovering righteousness, overcoming the bonds of sin, experiencing faith and God’s miracles in our own life, are never known without this life in Christ. Why would anyone want to miss these components of life. It is not a matter of being too guilty or ashamed. It is knowing God loves us and has provisioned for us regardless – it is His doing, and is a choice of free will to approach God in faith. This faith is accounted as righteous.

For a straightforward presentation on Salvation in Christ, please see 2 Ways to Live

There are many churches in Australia that you may visit and work out where you are comfortable in your walk to follow Christ. Visit a Christian bookstore and buy a Bible, and consider the many resource materials such as textbooks, and music. We recommend a balance between modern resources, and classics.

God Makes Sense is one of many useful websites for answering questions about Christianity.

To find out more about Christianity, please talk to our rector soon, other Christians you meet, or send us an email with your questions.

The Invitation to Salvation is well presented on YouTube by one of the modern day ministers, Joel Osteen.

The Bible tells us that God knew who we were before the earth and the heavens were created, that He has great love for each person. Accepting the words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is the most important decision any man, woman, or child can make in their entire life. Please take up the opportunity you have to read the Gospel in the Bible New Testament, either Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John, or download the Bible as a free app on your mobile phone or tablet.

For an enjoyable visit to a Christian bookstore in Brisbane, see Koorong Book Store in Woolloongabba.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

From NIV John 1:1-5

The Gospel

The Good News – The Kingdom of God is at Hand.

2 Corinthians 3-5 presents the Gospel from the words of the Apostle Paul. He addresses the hard issues that face humanity, saying the way the world works is that it makes all men dull towards God. The sincerity of Paul’s ministry is clear and certain. He is spreading the Word of God which is based only on grace. In other words, there is no valid position to accuse God.

How often people accuse God on never ending arguments, only to miss the message God is presenting – a salvation no man may boast of according to his own works or wisdom, but rather by faith with the help of His Holy Spirit. [1 Corinthians 1:23] The belief in Christ is from God’s perspective our one act of righteousness. From this foundation we may continue in the “work” of salvation, which is our freedom, allowing God to bring us closer to Him. This is experiential and good doctrine backs up this experience.

The removal of the veil that Apostle Paul talks of is the Spirit of Christ, believing in His name, that he is the Son of God without sin, who took on sin and bore its penalty of death in place of us, to redeem us back to God. What could common man who is not in communion with God, who is in a fallen state, possibly offer as price for redemption. [Refer Psalm 49:7-9] Christ was able. Whilst this is a gift and grace, it is also a command to those who hear the message, not to reject Christ and to die in a state of sin or iniquity. It is now, today that we may become those who are transferred from the dominion of darkness to the Kingdom of God. [Colossians 1:13] We believe in the finished and complete work of Jesus Christ at Calvary. The Bible has many discourses on the rightness of this nature of faith.

From God’s perspective, God has involvement with mankind. He is Light that shines out of the darkness. Darkness cannot be part of God. [1 John 1:5] One day the world will be covered in the righteousness of God, as He has promised it will happen. Until that time, we need to listen to the teachers around us, the message of salvation, and the many parables Jesus spoke about concerning the Kingdom of God. But more than this, we need to listen from a position of being humble to the person of the Holy Spirit as it is His eternal work that in Christ grants salvation. [Refer Psalm 51:10-12,17] To be without this work is in essence nonredeemable and permanent once it is lost – “Great is that man’s downfall”. [See the Parable of the Sower – Matthew 13:3-23]

The works of Jesus as outlined in the Gospels is all about Life, and eternal life. [John 5:26] His work is so important that God gave His only Son to die for us. It is not the position of an angry God accusing mankind. It is about God suffering further than any man possibly could so that he may be received back into the Father’s arms without sin. Sin is rejected by God. We can only be before God if we are covered from it and its testimony of guilt. The work of His Son was completely in obedience to God’s perfect will. It is only this worthy work that allows a man to stand before God. God delights in working with His people, and has made it such that He can actually do this with us.

We would respectfully ask any person to be contemplative and serious about praying to God to find Him according to the grace He has provisioned. One may read the Bible New Testament, in particular Matthew, Mark, Luke or John who each gave the same message of faith, repentance, and salvation.

These are new concepts for all of us at one time or other, but the good news is that this is not a religion about words on paper, but an experience in the Holy Spirit who testifies to a glory the Apostle Paul speaks of. God has a plan for each person, a love and respect unique to each even from before we were born. The Gospel in all ways is good news. Where we stumble is when either ourselves or others misinterpret what the Gospel is really saying and causes us to fall, and it is too valuable to miss it. It is a treasure. [Matthew 13:44] The Lord’s life becomes a work within our hearts, but also our bodies, minds, and souls. We discover a newness of life we were not aware of before, which is the very presence of the Holy Spirit witnessing to us that we indeed shall be raised with Christ and have His power over death, having the same spirit as Himself. [See John 3:7 & 1 Peter 1:23]

Amen

A Gospel Tract