Christian Heritage of the Nation
He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them - even the children not yet born - and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ arriving on Australia's shores with the First Fleet. Australia's first minister was the Reverend Richard Johnson. He arrived with the first fleet. On 3rd February 1788 Rev. Johnson held the first Christian service in Australia. How can you find our more about the role Christianity played in the establishment and growth of our nation? Here are some great on-line resounces for your interest and research:
Christian History Research: :www.chr.org.au
"This National Christian Heritage website provides a much needed resource for Australians, new and old, to gain an awareness of the Christian Heritage of our nation and the rich fabric that Judeo/ Christian values on which our society has been built. It is an easily accessible source of information
that will inform and hopefully inspire generations to defend our faith.”
Rev Dr Margaret Court AO, MBE
Patron of Christian Federation.
National Christian Heritage Sunday: www.nchs.net.au
First Sunday in February each year.
National Christian Heritage Sunday celebrates the Gospel of Jesus Christ arriving on Australia's shores. Australia's first minister was the Reverend Richard Johnson. He arrived with the first fleet. On 3rd February 1788 Rev. Johnson held the first Christian service in Australia. The day will now be celebrated on the first Sunday in February each year. The date for 2016 will be Sunday 7th February. On this website you will find information and resources about Richard Johnson and the first Christian service in Australia.
Australia’s Christian Heritage, by Associate Professor Stuart Piggin:
History and insights on the first sermon given on Australian soil.
First Christian Church Service on Australian Soil
On Saturday 26th January 1792, Arthur Philip, arrived at Sydney Cove on the brig Supply. Before the rest of the fleet arrived he conducted a small flag raising ceremony at what is today Circular Quay..The rest of the fleet arrived and anchored in Sydney Cove later that evening. On Sunday 27 January began the task of unloading, the clearing of land and the pitching of tents. A week later, at 10am on Sunday 3 February 1792 Chaplain Richard Johnson conducted the first Christian Service in the colony of New South Wales. Today there is a monument to mark the spot at the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets.
Richard Johnson's text for the first sermon on Australian soil was Psalm 116:12-13:
How can I repay the LORD for all
his goodness to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call on the name of the LORD.
Other sites on our Judeo/Christian Heritage:
- Isaiah 53 Explained by Mitch Glasser
- Sydney Morning Herald account of First Fleet and First Sermon, 4 Feb 1933
- Christianity in Australian Culture and Heritage by Peter Pilt
- International Christian Embassy Jerusalem
ANZAC liberation and defence of Israel in WW1 and WW11
- The Anzacs and Israel - a common destiny by Kelvin Crombie
- El Alamein, Halting an Impending Holocaust in the Middle East by Kelvin Crombie
The Book that Made Your World by Vishal Mangalwadi
Discovering Australia's Christian Heritage by Col Stringer
Books and PDF downloads on evangelism and Revivals in Australia by Robert Evans