Gallipoli and the Gospel

On the 25th April, 1915 Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey as part of the Allies campaign during WW1. Each year now on ANZAC Day (25th April), Australia remembers their sacrifice and bravery. With the passing of a hundred years, you would think interest would be in decline with the Anzac celebration, however, the opposite is the case. It appears there is almost a growing religious flavour to it all. More and more it is described as ‘the most sacred day’ in the national calendar when humanity is exalted! For many it has become the nation’s holy day, as it is regarded as the ultimate day in Australia’s history, from which we learn what it means to be a mate and to act with courage and love. It is appropriate that we should have a time of remembrance for those who fought for our freedom, after all Romans 13 declares we are ‘to give honour to whom honour is due’ in the context of the civil society in which we live. However, for we who are born again, it is important that we understand Anzac Day, and for that matter Gallipoli, from a Christian perspective. One of the first Australians to land at Anzac Cove was Elvas Jenkins. Jenkins grew up in country Victoria, where he was converted. He moved to Melbourne to work and study theology. By mid 1914 he was ordained into the Methodist ministry, however in August he volunteered for military service. By the year’s end he was in training in Egypt where he picked up a pocket Bible. Within six months Jenkins was going ashore at Gallipoli at 7am on the 1st Anzac Day. Less than one month later, on 7th May, Jenkins was struck directly over his heart when a shell packed with shrapnel exploded. The lead shrapnel struck right in the middle of the Bible in his top pocket. The shrapnel passed through the Psalms, Revelation and pierced the pages all the way to Acts, but the projectile stopped at the gospels. That Bible literally saved his life, right at the point of the gospel! In this article we want to explore Gallipoli and the Gospel. As we do, we will see...

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Check-up for Church Members

By John Flavel In this easy-going age, many church members have little understanding of the vital doctrines of sin and salvation. Some who have repented of their sins and now trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, have no clear understanding of their biblical duties as members of the visible church. Indeed, many do not realise that it is necessary to be members of a true, visible church. This brochure seeks to address these needs. Sins of Church Members – Ten Point Checkup There are ten sins of which church members are frequently guilty. Each of them is plainly forbidden by the Word of God. Because of this, those who indulge in them merit God’s strong displeasure. However, as each member honestly faces these issues, the church will receive the fruits of His favour. The ten sins are: 1. Hypocrisy How we live before the world is vital. Lack of care and thought about how we live before those outside the church is one of the most common sins of church members. Col. 4:5 says, Walk in wisdom towards those who are outside. By a careless disregard for this rule, we harden the wicked in their sins, bring guilt upon ourselves, and reproach upon the name and ways of God. 2. Laziness Idleness the work place is plainly contrary to 2 Thess. 3:11,12. There are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all: Such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that they work in quietness, and eat their own bread. This brings poverty (literally) on yourselves and scandal on the name of Christ. 3. Tale-Bearing Tale-bearing and gossiping includes revealing things which should be kept confidential within a family or between persons. This causes much strife, cooling and quenching mutual love. It is expressly forbidden, Lev. 19:16. You shall not go about as a tale-bearer among your people. 1 Tim. 5:13 warns, Not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not. 4. Receiving Gossip Christians sometimes believe rumours or gossip and act rashly on them. We ought not to do this against even the lowliest member. Lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, 2 Cor. 12:20, etc. We must especially guard...

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The Kind of Revival We Need

By Charles H. Spurgeon It is good for us to draw near to God in prayer. Yet it is a grief to me to see so little attention given to corporate prayer by many churches. How can we expect a blessing if we are too idle to ask for it? How can we look for a Pentecost if we never meet with one another, in one place, to wait upon the Lord? Brethren, we shall never see much change for the better in our churches till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians. But now that we have come together, how shall we pray? Let us not degenerate into formality, or we shall be dead while we think we live. Let us not waiver through unbelief, or we shall pray in vain. Oh, for great faith with which to offer great prayers! We have been mingling praise and prayer together as a delicious compound of spices, fit to be presented upon the altar of incense through Christ our Lord; may we not at this time offer some special far-reaching petition? It is suggested to me that we pray for a true and genuine revival of religion throughout the world. A Real & Lasting Revival I am glad of any signs of life, even if they should be feverish and transient, and I am slow to judge any well intended movement, but I am very fearful that many so called revivals in the long run wrought more harm than good. A species of religious gambling has fascinated many men, and given them a distaste for the sober business of true godliness. But if I would nail down counterfeits upon the counter, I do not therefore undervalue true gold. Far from it. It is to be desired beyond measure that the Lord would send a real and lasting revival of spiritual life. We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless, so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the...

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From Mutiny to Bounty

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