Sharing important aspects of the Christian faith


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"CHRISTIAN FAITH" is an evangelicalnon-commercial website run by committed volunteers. Our site has the occasional blog and article but it’s more like a large evangelical filing cabinet with very extensive links. Here you will find free Christian resources and mp3 sermons. You will also find LOOKOUT - quality, world-class articles on new religious movements.

Our main aim is to help you to grow in your relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Maybe for some, to actually find saving faith in Jesus. (What is faith?)

 

 

The 'Coffs Harbour Cult'

Last night I watched 4 Corner's investigative program (ABC TV) highlighting a 'cult' in our own back yard of Coffs Harbour.

The program was called: 'Cult of Horrors' and features Scott Willliams and the pseudo 'church' he leads called 'Christian Assemblies International.'

It was disturbing viewing and also very uncomfortable viewing. I noted with sadness a few familiar faces along with a few familiar names. Brave people - hurt people - and victims of toxic Christianity (and no doubt, their own choices, to some degree).

We have posted links to this program and an ABC article on this page: Christian Fringe Groups.

 

Helping non-believers to know God.

Where do you start? The answer to that depends upon where a person is at.

People however, must earn the right to disbelieve. They must be challenged to give meaningful reasons for their disbelief rather than giving shallow answers like believing in God is like believing in the flying spaghetti monster or garden pixies. 

 

WHAT'S NEW AT ‘CHRISTIAN FAITH’! (#0075)

THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE FOUND FOR YOU THIS MONTH…

HINDU EVANGELISM: Crucial Skills in Witnessing to Hindus by Cathy Douglass who has been in touch with us. This is a free pdf download from Cathy, a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ as well as a teaching video you can download – exclusive to ‘CHRISTIAN FAITH’.

NAYA JEEVAN is a ministry project of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), sharing the Gospel with South Asians in North America and abroad.

Please read on for more new additions ...

 

John, his baptism, his mission.mp3

Who was John (the Baptist)?

Who was this man who, according to Mark... “wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and … ate locusts and wild honey”?

What gave him the right to bypass the local Jewish Bible College professors and begin baptising the local citizens in the local river?

In fact, why was he baptising at all?

Who does he think he is?

Well ……that’s actually a very good question!  Let’s go and find out. 

Read on to download a free message based on John 1.19-34...

 
 

WHAT'S NEW AT ‘CHRISTIAN FAITH’! (#0074)

THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE FOUND FOR YOU THIS MONTH…

FREE EBOOK: A Vision for a Gospel Centered Life (eBook) by Dr. Tim Keller. (Available in ePub, Kindle mobi and pdf formats.)

BIBLE TEACHING ABOUT.COM is an online resource for free Bible teachings, answers to Bible-related questions and free online Bible academy.

This is an excellent video: Why I'm Not an Atheist by J. P. Moreland (Professor of Philosophy, Biola University).

And there's even more! Read on ...

 

Baptism. What Does it Mean? mp3

The first Christians were baptised. In fact, they were fully immersed in water very soon after their profession of faith in Jesus. They all knew that baptism contributed nothing to their salvation but they didn't downplay the importance of baptism either. 

What does baptism actually mean? What does it signify? What baptism is and does is actually very significant. It speaks very powerfully about what Jesus has done for us and our union with Him. It also has profound practical consequences. 

Please read on - then download the free message on baptism ...

 

'FREEDOM CLIMB'. Hope For Those Caught in Slavery and Trafficking.

Nick Rodwell and Vinitha Nair (Melbourne) are serving with Freedom Climb in South Africa, presenting  ‘Traffick Proof’ - a human trafficking awareness and education programme - to schools, churches and youth groups, and participating in Justice Seminars to raise awareness and educate people about human trafficking.

Nick and Vinitha will be in Perth and Melbourne from May 16 – June 4. Come and hear what God is doing in South Africa, or join one of our climbs.

Events in Australia include:

  • May 17 – Nick and Vinitha are sharing at: 26 Fifth Avenue, Mt Lawley, Perth @ 7.30pm
  • May 24 – Vinitha is speaking at a Ladies breakfast, 6/25 Chapman St, Blackburn, Melbourne  ($15); @ 8:30am
  • May 25 – the Inaugural Melbourne Climb, Thousand Steps, registration $15, @ 2pm
  • May 31 – Movie in Albury/Wodonga: ‘Nefarious – Merchant of Souls’; @ 7:30pm City Central Church, 445 David Street, Albury, entry by donation
  • August 2nd – Brisbane climb, details TBC
  • August 30th – Armidale (NSW) climb – Cathedral Rock National Park @9am

 

To RSVP: email info(at)freedomclimb(dot)net(dot)au

For further details visit Freedom Climb 

 

Please read on for even more information...

 

Huge List of Gospel Kindle Deals!

OK. This will be short and sweet!

One of the guys on our site wants you to be aware of these fantastic Kindle deals via Amazon.

It's well worth the look because there are some stunning books on this list compiled by Tim Keller.

For example, How Long, O Lord?: Reflections on Suffering and Evil [Kindle Edition] by D. A. Carson. This book is excellent!

So, over to you: Huge List of Gospel Kindle Deals!

 

WHAT'S NEW AT ‘CHRISTIAN FAITH’! (#0073)

THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE FOUND FOR YOU THIS MONTH…

For example, an article entitled Jehovahs Witnesses view of 1914 - A Refutation by Rev. Paul Seiler (Christian Library Australia).

FOR WOMEN: ‘PROVERBS 31 MINISTRIES’ has a president: Lysa TerKeurst who has had articles published in 'Focus on the Family' (we may need your feedback on this one!)

How about this! 2 Articles! TWELVE MYTHS ABOUT CALVINISM and TWELVE MYTHS ABOUT ARMINIANISM by C Michael Patton (Credo House). Enjoy!

 

FREE Audio Download: 'Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God' by J.I. Packer

For those of you who receive our regular monthly e-newsletter, you will be aware that we promote most free books from CHRISTIAN AUDIO.

Every so often, however, there are just some audio books that need an extra 'plug'. And this is certainly one of those!

CHRISTIAN AUDIO is offering, for this month only (May, 2014), this much admired (must read) classic - 'Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God' by J.I. Packer (one of the most respected Christian authors of the modern era).

DETAILS:

  • Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
  • Author: J.I. Packer
  • Narrator: Grover Gardner
  • Runtime: 3.25 Hrs. - Unabridged
  • Publisher: christianaudio Hovel
  • Downloads: ZIP M4B MP3
 

Don't miss out on this very generous offer from CHRISTIAN AUDIO!

 
 

The Noel Paul Stookey Interview mp3

In 1985 I interviewed Noel Paul Stookey at our local radio station in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia.

That's right! You know the guy; 'Paul' from that famous folk trio 'Peter Paul and Mary'. (For all those under 50, this group was huge in the 1960's; they are still legendary in the minds of baby boomers even now).

My friend, Russell, and I picked Stookey up from the airport and transported him to our community radio station, 2CHYFM, in order to promote his concert that same night. Chronologically, this event was towards the end of Stookey's Australian tour where he was travelling with a band called Bodyworks.

After an initial embarrassment due to the station unprepared for us, the interview was finally conducted on the 28th September 1985.

So, how did it all go? Well, to be very frank, not very well at all! Stookey was tired and seemingly grumpy; I was young and far too naive.

Read on to access the actual interview (which has just been re-discovered) and also my recollections of a very uncomfortable interview that haunted me for years after…

 

The Most Dangerous Idea

Which dangerous idea has the greatest potential to change the world for the better?

Consider this atheist's response,

 "I can say without fear of contradiction that the original Easter was the most important long weekend in the story of humanity."

Atheist Dick Gross

The article, The Most Dangerous Idea, is written by Phillip Jensen and compares two radically different world views: Christianity and atheism. Based upon Australia's Q & A (ABC TV).

A highly recommended Easter 'read': The Most Dangerous Idea

 

FACEBOOK has finally arrived at 'Christian Faith'.

That's right dear readers; we apologise!

After resisting, for some years, the alleged 'need' to acquire the services of 'Facebook' - we have finally relented.

What have we done? Are we mad?

Emerging from the wonderful, tranquil bliss of the dinosaur era, we now have this service up and running from today (see top left hand corner) should you wish to contribute to this website - which is freely published for you anyhow!

Who wants to be first?

 

Mike Baird, a Christian - now the Premier of NSW.

At the time of writing - less than an hour ago - Mike Baird was elected by his Liberal colleagues to be the 44th Premier of NSW (the most powerful state in Australia). It's a high honour with tremendous responsibilties given the current public distrust of politicians in NSW thanks to ongoing corruption enquiries.

What sets Mike Baird apart from the average politician is that he is a committed Christian. A strong admirer of William Wilberforce, Baird once left his career as a 'high-flyng' investment banker in order to study the Bible (Regents College, Canada) with a goal to become an Anglican minister. However, like his well respected father (Bruce Baird), politics was to draw him into a realm of service; the proper attitude for a politician – according to Mike Baird.

So how does the secular press regard him? Not too bad at the moment considering his opposition to same-sex marraige, embryonic research and euthanasia. Consider this recent quote from 'The Australian' newspaper: 'NSW Treasurer Mike Baird is a thoroughly decent and principled person, and he's a strong Christian who takes his beliefs very seriously.'

But the problem for many of us here in NSW is that we don't really know much about him at all. Who is Mike Baird and what does he see as the inextricable connections between an evangelical Christian and a politician? Best that he answer that himself (without clever editing).

The following is an informative interview with Mike Baird from ‘The Centre of Public Christianity':

Please read on for worthwhile news links ...

 

Christian Quotes

"Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched."

Francis A. Schaeffer

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