Jesus the Full Picture
We tend to have a sense that there is something out there. A supreme being of some sort. That feeling or sense causes us to want something more, but it all feels very elusive and unseen. Jesus Christ is the visible person for that inner desire. Adapted from original publication by Hawkesbury Valley Baptist Church www.hvbc.org.au
Do All Roads Lead to God?
I know plenty of people who pick and choose – a bit from this religion, a bit from that – until they construct a system of belief that sits just right for them. They feel all religions are the same, or if not the same at least equally valid. There is no need to choose just one. Any road will take you home, however circuitous and odd the route might be. They believe there is no one exclusive truth and there are no wrong paths and all lead directly to goal! But what if all religions are not the same? What if they don’t all sit happily side by side, each compatible with all the others? It’s a fact that the teachings of some religions are diametrically opposed to the teachings of others.
Can we Trust the Bible?
Is what we have in the Bible today the same as what was written down 2000 years ago? Has it been changed? Has it been tampered with? A lot of people say it has. So let us critically examine the accuracy of the Bible the same way an historian or archeologist would examine the authenticity of a ancient document.
Is The Resurrection Real?
For centuries many of the world’s distinguished philosophers have assaulted Christianity as being irrational, superstitious and absurd. Many have chosen simply to ignore the central issue of the resurrection. Others have tried to explain it away through various theories. But the historical evidence just can’t be discounted. This article by Josh Mc Dowell is well worth the read. ©1992 Josh McDowell Ministry.
A Loving God and a Suffering World
“Why does God allow tragedies to befall innocent people?” It’s an important question and one which most people will ask at some stage in their life, particularly at times when they themselves have suffered.
Unfortunately when most people today look at Genesis chapters 1‐11 and in particular the first three chapters of Genesis they look at issues that are secondary to what God is trying to tell them. And in doing so they turn the book into a scientific text which I believe it was never meant to be. The book of Genesis was not meant to be read literally, and to read the text in this way leads to an impoverished account and forces us to digress from what God intended to communicate.
A Biblical Understanding of Marriage and Divorce
God’s ideal is that a husband and wife find marriage to be a life long, loving fellowship which brings a sense of wholeness and completion to one’s being. Marriage is the creation of oneness in heart and mind, oneness in body and oneness in God.
Do You Want to Improve Your Marriage?
On this the bible is clear; love should play a dominant role in our lives, it has been placed in us by God, therefore we should pursue it with the vigour that God intends. The pursuit for more love in our relationships and especially in the home is a worthy and thoroughly Godly pursuit.
Women in Ministry
Women elders? Women pastors? Women preachers and teachers? The leadership at Ryde Baptist Church believe the bible does not exclude women from these roles. Read this article to find out why.
Five Reasons to get Baptised
There have been strong and differing viewpoints regarding Baptism in Christian history, which continues today. This is regrettable since Baptism is not a “major” doctrine that should be the basis of division among genuine Christians, but it is nonetheless a matter of importance for church life and for every Christian.
The Armour of God
Do you remember the catchline “be alert but not alarmed”? That catchline was part of the Government’s counter-terrorism advertising, back in 2003, where the government wanted us to be watchful for anything suspicious and to phone in the details. It was a slogan that proved very successful with numerous terrorist plots foiled by people reporting suspicious activities. We Christians would do well to adopt this slogan in order to counter the activity of Satan in our Churches.
Tithes and Offerings
The word ‘tithe’ simply means a tenth, and refers to the giving of income and produce as an act of worship. The principle of tithing is generally based on Old Testament ordinances and some would say that it is outdated and has been abolished by the New Covenant since Christ. However, tithing still provides a helpful guide for the concept of giving that we see throughout the bible, in the early church, and in the teaching of Jesus himself