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Statement of Faith

Statement of Faith

Crown of thorns small and Bible with heart shadowSMWe believe that there is one God, who exists also as three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and that each are equal in power and glory. We believe that God loves us and wishes to be reconciled with us and to have relationship with every one of us, and that His heart is filled with compassion for each of us, but especially towards those who are broken-hearted, the poor, oppressed, weak, widowed and orphaned.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired, the only infallible and authoritative Word of God, through which we have a guide for our Christian faith and practice. We believe in the literal creation of earth and man as described in the Bible, and that though Adam and Eve were created in God’s perfect image, it was because of  their sin that mankind became separated from God, and as a consequence, every person is a sinner from the moment of conception.

We believe that Jesus Christ is God; that it was God’s plan that He became a human being by being born of the virgin Mary, that He lived a sinless life, that He performed miracles; and that He eventually died on the cross at Calvary and that the shedding of His blood on the cross was for the remission of our sins. We believe in Jesus’ resurrection and that he ascended to heaven to stand at the right-hand side of the Father. We believe in Jesus’ promise that He will return to earth in power and glory at the end of days, and that believers who are both dead and alive shall bodily be raised up to join Him.

We believe that it is by the Holy Spirit’s direction that we come to know our sinful nature and our need for forgiveness. We believe that it is only through Jesus Christ that we have salvation, and that every individual must make a conscious choice to acknowledge their sin and to repent of them, and to ask for Jesus’ forgiveness. We believe that forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ is a free gift, which we cannot obtain as a consequence of our own or any else’s actions or deeds.

We believe that by becoming a Christian, we are instantly forgiven of our sins, and that we have entered a life-long sanctification process in which God’s character develops in us, with the direction and strength of the in-dwelling Holy Spirit.

We believe that all Christian believers are members of the one family of Christ, and that are all equal in God’s sight, and that by Jesus’ blood we have His forgiveness and are adopted as God’s children. We believe that water baptism is the way that we externally demonstrate our belief in Jesus and His promises and acknowledge that we have become a new creation in Him. We believe that each person is given spiritual gifts and power through His Holy Spirit, to both do God’s work and to encourage and strengthen each other.

We believe that hell is real and that it is a place of suffering where people are forever separated from God, while believers will spend eternity in Heaven with Him, where there will no longer be tears or pain.

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Our policy when it comes to advertising, articles, promotions and other items is that any organisation or person who submits a request to sponsor or promote a business, organisation or event in SPAG Magazine or submits an article, photo or anything else for consideration, submits their request on the understanding and agreement that neither their business, their products, their article or item or any type of promotion will conflict with our Bible-based Christian ethics and personal convictions nor shall it cause offence to Christians or their beliefs.

FAQs

FAQs

What is SPAG Magazine?

SPAG Magazine is a free quarterly, international, inter-denominational, electronic magazine for Christians, with a focus on singles.

Is SPAG Magazine ONLY for single Christians?

No, SPAG Magazine’s articles are suitable for ALL Christians adults, though we generally try to include at least one article with an emphasis on singleness. Most singleness articles are suitable for married Christians and Pastors as they present information on the struggles that many Christian singles face and may provide good insight into the real issues for singles in their own church.

Who do we mean by ‘single person?’

When we refer to a Christian single, we mean a Christian who:

  • has never married;

  • is a widow or widower;

  • is separated or divorced; or

  • may have a boyfriend or girlfriend or even be engaged to be married, but is not living with a partner

Why was SPAG Magazine started?

The concept was one which Australian-based Rev Lionel Rose had been considering for several years but hadn’t had the opportunity to develop.

Lionel is known for his wonderful counselling of singles and he recognised that there was a need for such a ministry as SPAG Magazine, both as a source of encouragement and guidance for singles and also as a way of challenging and growing them in their Christian walk.

While there is a focus on single people, the majority of articles in SPAG Magazine are suitable for ALL Christian adults, and we have both single and married people who subscribe to and read SPAG Magazine.

We encourage married people, especially church leaders to read the articles for singles so they can learn more about the very real issues with which Christian singles struggle. This is especially important as many singles feel isolated or sometimes invisible in their own church.

Who can receive a copy of SPAG Magazine?

Anyone and everyone over the age of 18 can obtain a free copy of the current issue. While some of the articles are specifically focused on Christian singles, there are myriad articles on different topics that would interest all Christian adults. Please note that there may be topics that are suitable only for adults, so please don’t leave a print-out somewhere young children may find them.

Although the magazine was originally only available by paid subscription, it is now free and can be obtained through our main page with links to a downloadable pdf version as well as a ‘flippable’ online version.

Where does any funding go?

First, please let me send out a thank you to the wonderful people who support us financially. The welcome funds we receive do not cover even half of our costs, so at present, ALL outstanding costs for the magazine are borne by our Editor, Vicki Nunn.

There are ongoing regular monthly costs such as internet access, phone, electricity, stationery, postage etc. There are also other costs for running a business including Government charges such as setting up and maintaining a business name, purchasing and maintaining a website domain name, purchase of software, and maintenance and replacement of equipment such as our computer, etc.

May I encourage you to consider how you can support us, either by:

Where is SPAG Magazine based?

Vicki puts the magazine together in her home office, which is currently based in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. As mentioned earlier, while it is based in Australia, SPAG Magazine is an international publication.

When did SPAG Magazine begin?

SPAG Magazine was officially launched on 1 June 2015.

What articles will we find in a typical issue of SPAG Magazine?

We have a number of regular articles such as:

  • Creation Ministries International;

  • Tantalising trivia;

  • Up close and personal with Aussie wildlife;

  • Kristie’s Kitchen (low-carb recipes);

  • A-Musings (humorous articles on Vicki’s life experiences);

  • Kooky Corner;

  • Inspirational People;

  • What is it?

  • Puzzle Page;

  • Words of Wisdom;

  • Real Life Drama;

  • Modern Missionaries;

  • Rest Ministries;

  • Up Close and Personal with Aussie Wildlife;

  • Open Doors;

  • Letters to Lou (Counselling); and

  • a beautiful scenery photo on our back page

Other articles may include:

  • current news topics;

  • personal articles focused on challenging and encouraging all Christian adults or specifically Christian singles;

  • Bible-based articles; or

  • topics that will open our eyes to what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Christ or to our fellow human beings;

and many more.

Can I obtain earlier copies of SPAG Magazine?

Yes you can. They are available for purchase through our online shop – this is a way that you can help support us.

Why isn’t SPAG Magazine available in printed form?

Unfortunately the costs to print and post it makes it too expensive which is why we decided to make it in electronic format. The packaging and postage alone would be more than $8 and then the printing costs would be on top of that – probably making it at least $11 an issue, which is far too expensive to make it competitive. (Even one famous Australian magazine had to cease production in 2016 because it cost too much to put out a hard copy of their magazine, and they sold hundreds of thousands of issues.)

Current issues are free to download directly from the front page of our website. You should be able to print it yourself or perhaps you could ask a friend to copy it to a memory stick for you to read on your computer. It is in pdf format which is a universal format that most computers can read. (If you don’t have a program that can read pdf, you can usually download a program for free from the internet – just be careful of the source as some have nasty little viruses attached.)

You can also read the current issue online in ‘flippable’ format with a link provided on our front page. This version is not downloadable. Note also that it’s on a third party website, so there may be some advertising.

How can I find out more about SPAG Magazine?

You can find out more information on this website or go to our Facebook page.

You can phone us on (+61) 07 4961 1202 OR (+61) 042 44 33 772.

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SPAG Magazine
PO Box 9772
Frenchville, Qld 4701
Australia

Why is the magazine called SPAG Magazine?

SPAG certainly isn’t the loveliest of names is it? There were a number of reasons why the name SPAG was chosen:

  • SPAG is an acronym for ‘Single Person Approved by God,’ because as a single person our state of singleness is highly approved by God. For some of us, God may wish us to remain single for a short-time or even a life-time and He has a purpose for us in our singleness;

  • SPAG is also short for the word ‘spaghetti,’ and the magazine is a way that you can be ‘fed’ with Godly wisdom and guidance;

  • SPAG being short for spaghetti is also a reference to pasta which is a bit of a pun for ‘Pastor,’ because through the magazine we seek to give counsel, encouragement and advice;

  • It worked out well that SPAG rhymed with ‘Mag’ which is a shortened word for magazine, so ‘SPAG Mag’ makes it stick in your memory; and

  • SPAG is quite a quirky kind of name/word which hopefully will make it easier for people to recall.

So those are the origins of the name SPAG.

Do you have any questions? Please contact us on the form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible: