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Tuesday 2 April 2013

First Ever Blog Post

I have never posted anything before, but have considered doing this for sometime. I would like to build my profile on the net, so as to firstly be a witness for the gospel in the most useful sharing tool ever; the internet, but also so that I may connect with like minded Christians on serious issues facing the church in Australia today. I expect to blog at least once a fortnight, but only if I have something interesting to talk about.

As the title of my blog site says, I am a young gospel minister, so for my first post I would like to explain what I mean by that:

Essentially I am a young preacher/sharer of the good news message that Jesus died on the cross and rose again on the third day so that all who put their trust in him can be with him forever in heaven.

But even though that is the centre of the gospel message, there is so much more to gospel. It speaks into every aspect of our lives, and is relevant to how we live life in the 21st century, and for what we dedicate our lives to.

The God of the Bible is the living God and he wants us all to have the chance to know him and walk with him in this life and the next. This means that our God wants to have an impact in our lives, in our relationships and in our society, and eventually he wants us to share in his glory for ever in heaven with him.

Just in summarising where I stand on the Christian faith, for those of you who are theologically educated I hold to the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, and would see myself in the line of Christianity which finds its ancestory in the Reformation, specifically among the Radical Reformers of the 16th and 17th century. The Radical Reformers were a mixed bag, but like Balthasar Hubmaier, and Menno Simons and the Anabaptists and Baptists which follwed them I believe that God has set the rule of his faith for us in his word, the Holy Bible, and that we should take this seriously, not because it is a revered book, but because through this book God still speaks into this world in power and majesty.