When I Grow Up

Being raised in Sydney is such an incredible privilege. It’s a land so full of freedom and opportunity. So much so, that from as little as 5 or 6, we are encouraged to complete this sentence: “When I grow up, I want to be ____” I remember answering that I wanted to become an "animal doctor". My friends aspired to hairdressing, teaching, and firefighting. There was even a boy whose dream ...
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Youth & Children’s Ministry | Downloadable Resources

Below is a collection of short resource documents written up and provided by Stuart Ling. Click on each link to view and download the pdf file. Youth Ministry: Youth Group Games Up Front Training Interviews How to MC Testimony Training Tough Conversations Writing a Bible Study Structure of the Bible Reading the Bible Framework Small Groups - Structure Smal...
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Why Do We Baptise Infants?

There are several Christian doctrines that often lead to division in the church. These include the doctrines of predestination, gender roles and baptism. Some Christians say that only believing adults should be baptised and others believe that infants of believers should be baptised too. One prominent leader who holds to the latter is Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Churc...
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Making the Most of Your Uni Years

A few years ago I heard the National Director of AFES Richard Chin speaking on why anyone should bother to give up time at Uni to serve Jesus. Why not use your time at Uni to focus on study so you can have a better job to serve God in later? Why not use the rest of your week to serve God at church, and let Uni time be for getting the degree done? Why, he said... Because we are at war. We ar...
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The Despair of Death

On Friday night, the 29th of January 2016, a beloved friend and ex-colleague innocently crossed the road only to be hit by a car running a red light, leaving her with severe head injuries. She was declared brain-dead in ICU, lying unconscious and unrecognisable due to the damage to her head. At 12pm today, less than two days on, the doctors decided to take her off life support with family and ...
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How to (Properly) Judge a Book by its Cover

The old saying "don't judge a book by its cover" has its value, but honestly, we're all time-tied busybodies who won't be able to read the entire Christian bookstore. As mentioned by Collin Hansen, the editorial director for The Gospel Coalition, "You don’t have all the time in the world. So don’t waste it on bad books"1 . If you're really going to mature in your knowledge and love of Chris...
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3 Tips for Crafting Community

At a recent meeting with the Community Group leaders of ACTS11, we sat down to brainstorm some ideas. We wanted to figure out how to foster a community within groups (hence the community + group). To begin with, we agreed that central to having community is having God himself. By his gifts of prayer and scripture we can hope to become the community that God desires. If you're reading thi...
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What Is the Gospel?

There is no greater message to be heard than that which we call the gospel. But as important as that is, it is often given to massive distortions or over simplifications. People think they’re preaching the gospel to you when they tell you, ‘you can have a purpose to your life’, or that ‘you can have meaning to your life’, or that ‘you can have a personal relationship with Jesus.’ All of those ...
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Look and Live

The following is extracted from Chapter 4 of Matt Papa's book: 'Look and Live - Behold the Soul-thrilling, Sin-destroying Glory of Christ'. This series of poems illuminates the beauty of Jesus' birth, life and death.   Bethlehem. A humble town. A nobody's town. Perfect. The mountains would have bowed down. The seas would have roared in praise. The trees clapped their hands. But not...
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The Spiritual High, Good or Bad?

The spiritual high - that rush of emotions when you feel something take over you after that hard-hitting talk took hold... you decide to recommit; read the bible every day; stop your life of putting sin first and place God first; and you inevitably fail. I am not against a spiritual high, nor am I against the emotional response present at many events, as long as the spiritual Christian at that...
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