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What happens to people who die without hearing about Jesus?
Nature reveals the glory of God and through creation we see the Creator. We have all suppressed the truth of the Creator and turned to worship creation, putting our care and trust in created things. Naturally, our heart is in rebellion against God and we are spiritually blind and dead. There are no innocent people. That anyone gets to go to heaven and enjoy God forever is ridiculous. We all deserve the wrath of God because of our sin, but Jesus took to wrath of God upon himself.
God has provided salvation in Jesus Christ alone. There is no other way to righteousness, and no other way for our sins to be atoned. No other religion, nor our own morality, can reconcile us to God. Outside of Christ, the wrath of God remains. Hell is a literal, conscious, place of active wrath and punishment.
Yet, for those who are not sentient to make the decision to follow Christ, there is divine mercy. Some believe in an age of accountability, whilst our conviction is that the children of Christian parents belong to the familial covenant of God, and will be saved. As for children of non-Christian parents, or those from unreached people groups, God will do what is good and just, even if they perish. That is why evangelism is essential.
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3 Oct 2016
Nick is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He loves Jesus, is passionate about connecting deep theology with everyday life, and eager to make a difference in the time he has by helping plant as many churches as possible. After Jesus, Nick loves his wife Jules, and his two kids, Axel and Aria. He holds an MDiv from Ridley College, is a member of Acts 29, an ordained Anglican minister and gives too much of his time to fantasy sports.
2 Oct 2016
Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.
27 Sep 2016
Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead his own church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne's western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God's word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity from Ridley College, and is close to completing a Masters of Ministry. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne and an active member of the Acts 29.