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Does it matter what Bible translation I use?

The Bible is commonly regarded as the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book. There currently exist over 700 different translations available across the globe, with almost 50 distinct English versions. You might be wondering to yourself: Why can’t all Christians just agree on one translation of the Bible? What are the differences between each … Continue reading Does it matter what Bible translation I use?

Summer Reads Book Reviews

Over the past few months, your fellow ACG members and leaders have written up their reflections on the books that they've read over the course of 2021. Our hope and prayer is that you'll enjoy these reflections and be encouraged to read these books for yourself or with others.

12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You – Tony Reinke

If you’re like me, you use your phone more than you would like to admit. You may even be reading this book review on your phone! Although mobile phones are very useful tools, we often use (and misuse) them without considering the possible implications. While we may know that mindlessly scrolling through social media, among … Continue reading 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You – Tony Reinke

Is it Okay to Date a Non-Christian?

We’ve heard the question “Is it okay to date a non-Christian?” asked countless times. Some come from a place of genuinely not knowing the biblical answer to such a question. Others yearn for life-long companionship, and although they know the biblical standard for marriage, they still struggle with finding themselves drawn romantically towards the non-Christian. … Continue reading Is it Okay to Date a Non-Christian?

Untangling Emotions – J. Alasdair Groves and Winston Smith

Feelings and emotions. Two words that take us on a continuous rollercoaster ride. They take us up and down between ‘positive and negative’ emotions. When we finally get a breather, the ride begins again. The Bible teaches us that emotions are from God and are an indispensable part of what makes us human. So how do … Continue reading Untangling Emotions – J. Alasdair Groves and Winston Smith

Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung

If you've stuck around Christian circles long enough, you might have heard of the Doctrines of Grace, also known as the Five Points of Calvinism. Most could likely recite the catchy acronym of TULIP: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints. Perhaps some could actually explain what the doctrines … Continue reading Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers – Dane Ortland

Do you ever feel like your Christian life is an endless cycle of sinful stumbling and redoubled efforts? Are you beginning to suspect that God’s patience with you must be wearing thin? At the very least, his love must come with a deep sense of disappointment. For the discouraged, exhausted and burnt out; this book … Continue reading Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers – Dane Ortland

The Seven Churches of Revelation

The book of Revelation has developed a reputation for being mysterious & prophetic apocalyptic literature, but digging beneath the surface reveals that the book is actually filled with rich pastoral implications.  Written by the Apostle John during his exile on the isle of Patmos, the book of Revelation uses vivid symbolism and imagery of Christ’s … Continue reading The Seven Churches of Revelation

What happens to those who never get to hear the gospel?

This is such an interesting question because it would be pretty rare for anyone living in Australia and particularly in Sydney to have not heard the name Jesus before. As a city, we are saturated with Bible-believing Christians and gospel-preaching churches. Yet, looking at global statistics, it shows a staggering 41.8% of the world population … Continue reading What happens to those who never get to hear the gospel?

Does the command to “take up your cross” no longer apply to us today?

Last night at ACG, one of our members asked this interesting question during QnA about the relevance of Jesus' command to "deny himself, take up his cross and follow me" for believers living in today's culture (see Matt. 10:38; Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; Luke 14:27). She mentioned how she recently heard a conference … Continue reading Does the command to “take up your cross” no longer apply to us today?

How should Christians think about saving, giving or spending money?

Question: How should Christians think about saving money? How should we balance offerings to church, financially supporting overseas/local ministry work, money spent on daily living (e.g. expenditures from gathering with brothers and sisters, raising a family, etc.) and saving? From a purely financial standpoint, it is shrewd to save, but doesn't saving also raise issues … Continue reading How should Christians think about saving, giving or spending money?

Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted Because of Righteousness

"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:10) As Jesus concludes the prelude to his Sermon on the Mount, he pronounces a final blessing unto those who endure persecution for righteousness’ sake. He elaborates on the hardships that his disciples will inevitably face, addressing them … Continue reading Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted Because of Righteousness

Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6) As we approach Jesus’ fourth teaching to his disciples, it is important for us to understand the weight behind his words in order to fully savour His promises. We tend to think of righteousness as moral behaviour, virtuous living … Continue reading Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

How can children grow to be godly men and women when there are no good role models in the household?

Question: In our study on Titus 2:1-10 we talked about how Christian men and women should be living out and preaching the gospel so that all may see the truth, beauty, and goodness of God's word. I was just wondering in households where Christian gender roles are not practiced (by either the mother/father or both), … Continue reading How can children grow to be godly men and women when there are no good role models in the household?

Should I feel guilty for not studying enough?

One of our members at ACG asked me this question recently because she's been feeling guilty for sleeping through her alarm, especially during her exam period. She's a overthinker, an overworker, and an overachiever. She's busy juggling many different responsibilities in her life and she tends to sacrifice her health to prioritise her studies. She … Continue reading Should I feel guilty for not studying enough?