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Frequently asked questions about God,
Christians, the Bible and Churches

QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD

What is God like?
If God loves me, why don’t I know it?

QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANS

What is a Christian?
Why are Christians friendly?
What do Christians believe?

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE

Has science disproved the Bible?
Why is the Bible so important?
Is the Bible for today?
Can the Bible be trusted?

QUESTIONS ABOUT CHURCHES

Who is the Head of the Church?
What is a local church?
What happens at a church meeting?
What must a church do?
What is a Christian sect?
What is the difference between Roman Catholic and Protestant churches?
Am I welcome to come to Monash Christian Fellowship?
Why is the message of Jesus called the “gospel”?

Further questions?  Contact us at Monash Christian Fellowship

ANSWERS

QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD

What is God like?
God always existed.  God created everything including people.  God is absolutely perfect and pure.  He has never done anything wrong.  He rules the universe and He loves people.

If God loves me, why don’t I know it?
The Bible calls the problem SIN.  We sin every time we offend God.  It may be by doing something wrong, or saying the wrong thing or even just thinking a wrong thought.  Just one sin is sufficient to completely cut us off permanently from a perfect and loving God.  Fortunately, God still loves us and has provided a solution to the problem of sin, Jesus Christ.

QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANS

What is a Christian?
A Christian is a person who belongs to Jesus Christ.

Why are Christians friendly?
Christians are friendly people because they know God’s love in their own lives.  They appreciate how much God loves them and want to help others.

What do Christians believe?
Christians believe many things, but there are three essential beliefs that support Christianity.  All Christians for the past 2,000 years have held the following essential beliefs:-

Jesus is God.

Jesus was always God in eternity past.  2,000 years ago Jesus came to earth and lived as a human being.  During this time, He lived a perfect life, He taught people about the Kingdom of God, healed many sick people and worked many miracles.

Jesus died on a cross for SIN.

Although Jesus lived a perfect life and never did anything wrong, He was murdered on a Roman cross.  He suffered greatly during this time and completely paid the price for SIN – not His own, for He was sinless, but for the sins of people whom God would save.  Jesus’ death on the cross is sufficient to pay for the sins of anyone, even an extremely bad person who has committed serious crimes.

Jesus rose from the dead.

Jesus is alive today.  He rose to life again on the third day after His death, just as He had said that He would.  The resurrection of Jesus is a provable historical fact.  Jesus is alive today and is the rightful Ruler (Lord) of the universe.  He is returning to earth to judge all people.  Today He offers new life to all who will receive Him.  This new life includes forgiveness for sin, peace with God and an assured place in heaven.

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE

Has science disproved the Bible?
Not at all!  Science, the study of how God makes the physical world operate is helpful with physical things – like water being composed of hydrogen and oxygen atoms.  But science has no answer for spiritual questions like:-

  • Why am I so empty inside?
  • Why can’t I feel God’s love?
  • How can I be at peace with God?
  • How can I go to heaven when I die?

These questions are only answered in the special knowledge that God gives in the Bible.

Why is the Bible so important?
Christians believe that God has spoken to men through this special book, the Bible.  Without this book, our knowledge of God would be extremely limited.  The Bible tells us that God loves us and points us to His Son, Jesus Christ.

Is the Bible for today?
Yes, absolutely.  Jesus said all God’s words (His Law) would continue.  Other helpful pages to answer this question include:-  Abrogations and Contradictions in the Bible and  Is God Angry in the Old Testament and Loving in the New Testament?

Can the Bible be trusted?
Yes, absolutely.  Over thousands of years, men have tested the Bible again and again.  It has always been found to be accurate, trustworthy and practical.  You can know the Bible is the word of God.

QUESTIONS ABOUT CHURCHES

Who is the Head of the Church?
Jesus Christ is the Head of the entire Christian Church.  Each local church around the world has Jesus as her Head.

What is a local church?
Many churches exist without buildings, therefore a church building does not make a church.  A local church is a group of Christians who join with each other and meet together with Jesus in His name.  They place themselves in voluntary submission to themselves and to Jesus as their Head.
Some churches have many people and are well known, however most local churches around the world and most of those mentioned in the Bible are small churches.  According to Jesus, a local church could be as small as two or three people meeting together with Him. 
The Reformers, Bible believing Christians of the sixteenth century, needed to define what a true local church was.   Searching their Bibles they answered, wherever you see the Word of God being preached rightly, and the sacraments performed as instructed by Jesus Christ, you can be sure that it is a true local church.

What happens at a church meeting?
Each local church is a little different in it’s form of worship.  For example each congregation has it’s own favourite Christian songs.  This is to be expected because people are different all over the world, yet they all hold to the worship practices that God commands in the Bible: these include singing, praying, reading God’s Word, preaching, encouraging one another, giving offerings and the sacraments of baptism and communion.

A typical Sunday meeting at Monash Christian Fellowship may be around 90 minutes duration.  During this time there will be the following activities:-

  1. Joyful singing of praises to God by all.  We generally use popular contemporary Christian songs.
  2. Prayers to God, thanking Him for His goodness and requesting things that we need.  These are normally led by a church leader.   The people often respond by saying “amen”, which indicates their agreement with the prayers.
  3. Preaching of the Word of God.  Here, the Pastor will read and explain some portion of the Bible.  The people listen attentively.
  4. An offering will be received.  Here, committed members of the local church voluntarily give money for the work of the church.  As a visitor to a church meeting, you are not expected to give an offering.
  5. Some members may share how God is working personally in their lives.  There may also be a prophecy – another message from God to encourage people.
  6. The sacrament of Communion is also held most Sundays.  Participating in this part of the service is a public witness that a person is a committed Christian and is trying to live as Jesus commands.  If you are not a Believer in Jesus Christ we ask that you just sit and watch this part of the service.  (If you would like help to become a Christian - please ask us.)
  7. After each meeting, we normally have tea and coffee and talk to one another.  It’s a family time.
  8. What must a church do?
    According to the Bible, each local church must be active in three areas.  They are:-
    i.    The collective worship of God.  This is what happens at the Sunday meeting as described in the previous question.   A person who claims to be a Christian but does not regularly join with others in local church worship is either telling lies about being a Christian or disobedient to Jesus.
    ii.   Each local church must encourage and grow her existing Christians to greater maturity in becoming more like Jesus Christ.  People are built up as the meet together and hear the Word of God each Sunday.  People are also built up informally on a one to one basis.  Every Christian has a responsibility to do what they can to encourage every other Christian. 
    iii.  Each local church also has the responsibility to offer everyone the “good news” about Jesus.  This is to be done locally and reaching out to the entire world.  This is called evangelism.  Local churches often work together in this task.  Monash Christian Fellowship is working with other local churches to reach out in Clayton.

What is a Christian sect?
A Christian sect is a group that claims to be Christian and claims to follow the Bible but does not!  Christian sects include Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormans and many others.  Unless you are quite a mature Christian it is wise to stay away from sects.  Christian sects teach many strange things, but they all teach that Jesus is not fully God Almighty: this is totally against what the Bible teaches.  (see also what Christians believe)

What is the difference between Roman Catholic churches and Protestant churches?
All Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God: but Roman Catholics have a primary emphasis on keeping their traditions, built up over many centuries.  Protestants recognise that traditions of men are often wrong or corrupted and therefore have a primary emphasis on following the Bible.  For more information on this please try a google search of Martin Luther and the Reformation.  Every person must follow their own conscience.  Monash Christian Fellowship is one of a vast number of Protestant churches which include Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals and many more.

Am I welcome to come to Monash Christian Fellowship?
YES, of course you are welcome.  Come along to Sunday meetings and be encouraged with a message of hope and friendly people.  Why not join our family?

Why is the message of Jesus called the “gospel”?
The word “gospel” means good news.  The message of Jesus tells people that God loves them, there is a solution for their sin, they can receive peace with God right now, and they can look forward to living with God in pleasure in heaven forever.  This is truly good news.        The Bible says in John chapter 3, verses 16 and 17
16    "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
17    God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.
(New living Translation)

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