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RawGospel.com

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 28, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

I am now blogging daily on http://www.rawgospel.com

Please subscribe to rawgospel and access a host of resources, biblical insights, video interviews and loads more.

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RawGospel.com launched Aug 22nd 2010!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 23, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Just wanted to update you on the recent launch of http://www.rawgospel.com on August 22, 2010.

I encourage you to start subscribing to this blogpost as I will be transferring my daily blog to this new website. RawGospel.com will include blogs from different pastors and leaders, interviews, books, event promotions – conferences and seminars, twitter updates and much more.

Check it out… It’s early days but I hope you get lots of inspiration and helpful resources out of it.

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RawGospel.com is Coming!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on August 12, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

RawGospel.com is going to be launching late August 2010 and I will be transferring my INSIGHT blog across to this new forum.

RawGospel.com is a resource tool for church leaders and followers of Christ who are seeking to live in the Gospel, build Gospel-centered communities and lead people into the Gospel.

RawGospel.com will have a number of contributers sharing several daily blogs, videos, books and resources, as well promoting conferences and seminars that will aid you in your life and ministry.

The contributers to this forum will be myself, Simone Turner, Mj Want and Ben Fagerland who are all leaders at Activate Church. We will also have guest contributers which will feature in video interviews and contribute relevant articles as invited to.

I believe that a coalition of people working together to produce quality material will accomplish more than just me alone and I would encourage you to access and subscribe to RawGospel.com when it launches. More details to come!

rawgospel.com & Podcasting!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 5, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

RawGospel.Com is a new website we are launching in the coming weeks that exists to share insights on biblical truth to help pastors, leaders and followers of Christ in their lives and ministries. It will be interactive and consist of daily blog posts from a coalition of elder-pastors, lists of helpful books we are reading, video interviews with special guests and updates on key training events, including a preaching seminar with Ps Allan Meyer in March 2011.

We will give you more information just before we launch the new website. Also….

All sermons preached at our church will be available to download via podcast (iTunes and our website) as of Monday 9th August. We will be uploading our “James – Real Christianity” series and recent sermons from “Building the Future” series. Buy an iPod or an iPhone and start listening to raw gospel preaching. Otherwise you can listen to these messages via our website http://www.activatechurch.com

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Stuck in the BUBBLE!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 24, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Matthew 5:14, 16 “You are the light of the world…In the same way let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Dan Kimball in his book, “They like Jesus but not the Church” talks about the downward spiral of  many Christian’s who once were excited missionaries in the community but now are citizens of the BUBBLE (Christian sub-culture).

He writes of 4 phases a Christian goes through to become citizens of the bubble:

  1. We become Christians – Joy, excitement and bursts of insight come as we relate to God and discover his grace and truth. In the first year of someone becoming a Christian, they tell approximately 20 people about their faith and even invite them to church.
  2. We become part of church life – Assimilation into church life gradually takes place. This is both helpful in establishing new patterns of thinking and relational influences but slowly our engagement with the world around us is eroded. Statistically, the longer we are Christians, we get fewer non-christian friends and have less impact on culture around us. Don’t you think it strange that the longer we are Christians and walking with Christ, the fewer non-Christians get to experience the overflow of Christ from inside of us?
  3. We become part of the Christian Bubble – When we start to see evangelism as something the church does through events, and we simply invite people to church to have the pastor do all the evangelizing through his sermon, we’ve missed the point. Church gatherings are important and hearing the word taught is important but we are the church everywhere we go and we must spend time with people being in relationship with them, not to proselytize them, but just to be a friend to them. When we are only listening to Christian music, wearing Christian T-shirts (“Jesus is my Homeboy” t-shirts do not count – it’s just cool), only attending Christian conferences, putting dorky Christian stickers on our cars (You must really like aquatic life) and using Christianese as your first language, it’s official, you are a citizen of the bubble.
  4. We become like Jonah – Before we know it, we are complaining about how ‘evil’ the culture is and when Christ calls us into it to be on mission, we, like Jonah, head for the hills…or water… We even get a secret sense of delight, knowing God will one day punish those sinners and we start to complain that church isn’t meeting my needs, forgetting the needs all around us. Our contentment in the bubble blinds us to the fact that we are STUCK. When stuck, we tend to get more excited about the latest Christian CD and End Times novel than about people we pass by weekly who don’t know Christ.

Jesus said, “We are the light of the world!” Lights illuminate dark places and are clearly visible. When we get stuck in the bubble, we hide our lights away and miss out on being the miracle in someone’s world.

I know what it’s like to be a citizen of the bubble, growing up in the church, son of pastors and spending the majority of my working life around the church. I have had to work hard in my role as a pastor to remove myself from the bubble and at times have received criticism for it, but it’s worth it. The conversations started, the hope shared, the lessons learnt, the people I’ve met and the love of Jesus given is all worth it. What about you? Are you stuck in the Christian bubble? Get out while you can…without throwing the baby out with the bath water.

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Thank You!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Thank you to everyone who has been commenting recently. I really appreciate it. Your comments are thoughtful, encouraging and helpful to me and others.

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Preaching @ Destiny Church

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

For anyone who is interested I am preaching at Destiny Church Melbourne in Dingley on Saturday night 5:30pm. Look forward to seeing you there.