Who are we?
I am passionate about communicating the free and universal offer of salvation in Jesus Christ alone. I became a Christian 12 years ago but never really understood grace. I can remember, however, that I always 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’m a full time mum of two kids. I am currently having leave from my primary school music teacher position and enjoying the busy job of caring for my girls. I was brought up in the Uniting Church but have recently discovered the importance of sound doctrine. If we don’t have sound doctrine we get blow every which way by fun new theologies. I am passionate about reformed theology and chocolate. I too have been transformed in my thinking by the WOTM teaching and wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone.
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.
I can’t think of any other real purpose for which God has Christians on this planet other than to help bring his chosen ones into his kingdom through the proclamation of the gospel and to keep them there through the proclamation of the gospel in the church.
Being born in to a Pentecostal Church when I was 19 years old kept me in a perpetual state of “baby Christianity” for over 8 years. I was stuck on the milk of the Word (Hebrews 5:12-14.) I knew that there was something wrong, but I didn’t know what it was…
But thanks to the providence of the Lord brining David Pawson and his expositional 80+ part overview of the bible, I became aware of the power and weight of the WORD of GOD: laying down CLEAR biblical teaching, showing that every page in the bible related to real history, real places, real people and is 100% relevant and 100% needed. I gained a biblical world view for the first time and could respond to things like tithing, miss quoting the bible, spiritual warfare and tongues, etc. My eyes had been opened to the need for biblical expositional teaching and I couldn’t go back.
But this is where my Church problems started! EVERYONE in my Pentecostal Church either didn’t understand what I was saying regarding my new found biblical bias and hard stance on things like evolution, cults and Catholicism. The leadership put up walls to block me from speaking in Church; soon I was off the speaking roster and silenced for the crime of encouraging people to read there bible! Now I have a passion to proclaim the truth of the gospel correctly and clearly, also telling people about good solid teachers, preachers, ministries, and help people come out of bondage to error.
As well as my passion for truth, I also have a strong desire to share the gospel with all people. I have struggled most of my life with a slight stammer and shy disposition has made the idea of walk up evangelism or even giving out tracts in person kills me! My first steps have been to get tracts that I like and put them on cars parked in the car parks. I’ve also started putting down a 10 commandment coin down in a visible spot each time I go to the supermarket. I am so happy to see it gone when I come out!
Now in my own life I have to constantly keep my eyes on the cross, keep remembering what I have been commanded to do, and that it is far more important than my pride, shyness, selfishness, self doubting and fear. Paul in Romans says it so well (Romans 10:14) How can people have faith in the Lord and ask him to save them, if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear, unless someone tells them?
Why a blog about evangelism?
Evangelism Action exists to glorify and enjoy God by sharing and reflecting on evangelism encounters. We want to encourage and equip Christian’s who already labour or want to become labourers in the harvest field. The blog team adheres to a reformed evangelical view of the bible and strives to be biblically faithful in evangelism encounters.
What do we believe?
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.
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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