Monday, November 28, 2022

About Shift Gear

Just as the Apostle Paul was able to leverage the Roman road system to expand the reach of his letters to a far wider audience, we hope to leverage the internet to reach wider audiences, in order to equip and unite a generation together for the glory of God.

Our heart is to provide a platform for young people in Hong Kong to engage with various issues that pertain to faith and culture. As the world becomes increasingly uncertain and unstable, we want the truth of the Word of God to be our relevant source of truth now more than ever. With that as our foundation, our desire is then to approach topics in intellectually honest and nuanced ways. This is how we aim to reach this unique and exciting mission field.

Why SHIFT GEAR?

SHIFT is the young adult ministry of Island ECC, and GEAR has the meaning of equipment. SHIFT GEAR also carries the idea of changing course.

Our hope is to equip young adults with knowledge and truth of the Word of God, and encourage them to adopt different ways of thinking and new perspectives. We want this generation not just to survive the culture, but to shift the culture. 

Shift gear. We welcome you to join us on this journey.

Island ECC's Statement of Faith

  • We believe that there is one God eternally existing in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the Creator of all things. (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1; Matthew 3:16–17; 2 Corinthians 13:14)

  • We believe in Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, who came to this world to die for our sins and who was bodily raised from the dead. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)

  • We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Living God, who draws people to Christ and who lives in every person who has received Christ. (John 16:8–9; Acts 2:38; Ephesians 1:13–14)

  • We believe the Bible is the only infallible, inspired, and authoritative Word of God. As such it is our final authority for all matters of faith and Christian practice. (2 Timothy 3:14–16)

  • We believe that man, created by God, willfully sinned and as a result, is lost and without hope apart from Jesus Christ. (Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23; Acts 4:12)

  • We believe that salvation—the forgiveness of sins—is available only by the grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ. This free gift of salvation is offered to all who receive Christ as Lord and Saviour. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Colossians 2:6; John 3:16)
  • We believe the Bible clearly teaches the pattern to receive Christ is to believe in Jesus as God’s Son and Saviour of the world, repent of personal sin, and confess Christ publicly. (Romans 10:9; Acts 2:36-38, Mark 16:16)

  • We believe that the Church is the body and bride of Christ on earth, founded on the Day of Pentecost, consisting of all Christians everywhere. (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:14-47)

  • We believe in a believer’s baptism and that immersion under water is the mode of baptism as indicated by Jesus’ own example and command, and best depicts our union with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection. (Mark 1:9-10; Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4)

  • We believe that death seals the eternal destiny of each person (Hebrews 9:27). Those who are forgiven will spend eternity with God in heaven, those not forgiven will be eternally separated from God in hell. (John 5:28-29; Daniel 12:2; 2 Corinthians 4:14; Acts 17:31)

  • We believe in the personal return and victorious reign of Jesus Christ, who will judge in equity and justice all people who have ever lived, giving over those who were unrepentant to eternal condemnation but receiving the redeemed into eternal life. (Acts 1:11; 2 Peter 3:9-10; Rev. 19:11-16)

Contributors

  • Bernice ChinHealth Communications graduate who enjoys writing, embroidery, and rewatching shows. // Favorite book: Goliath Must Fall, by Louie Giglio
  • Cameron RileyLoves storytelling, eating desserts, and living in big cities. // Favorite book: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  • Carrie L.Formerly a lawyer, now a small potato working in the care group and young adult ministries. Enjoys journaling, cafe hunting and drumming. // Favor...
  • Damien ClayA fiction, poetry, and content writer who has considered Island ECC ‘home’ for nearly a decade. Damien enjoys nature walks, movie marathons, attem...
  • Danielle GuerreroTransplanted Chicagoan always caught somewhere cross-cultural, inspired by a kingdom vision, and finds joy spending time outdoors or with family &...
  • Emily KusunokiEmily found lots of comforts in the pages of various books while growing up. Within her passion for reading and writing, she likes to combine her prof...
  • Emmanuel CuyuganDoing my best to follow Jesus. // Favorite author: Lloyd Douglas
  • Hugo ChowCalled to make disciples. Living in a Kingdom paradox. Still procrastinating to create and write. // Favorite book: For now, Gilead by Marilynne R...
  • Justin JestCruising on a solid B-; occasionally inspired, always looking for the funny. // "Maturity is being serious only when you have to be, and able to b...
  • Karen KohA story and visual development artist who is a bit too reliant on wake-me-up coffees. She loves stories - epic ones that speak truth with authentic ch...
  • Kevin KusunokiThe first book that Kevin finished reading was in college when he read the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. In his free time he enjoys a good cup of c...
  • Kevin WongsoSoftware engineer by day and hobby writer by night, born and raised in Indonesia. // Favorite author: C S Lewis
  • Miriam WongDay job: Education. Side gig: Embroidery. Superpower: Empathy // Favorite book: The Puffin Children’s Bible
  • Josiah NgAn ex-journalist, still-artist. Likes questions, systems, and how they create beauty in the universe. Likes seeing how these things come all the way b...
  • Sasha LoFinal year student midwife at the University of Leeds. Loves the water and believes that therapy is the greatest act of self care. // Favorite aut...
  • Crystal LauAn avid reader and writer since she was young, Crystal enjoys laughing, eating carbs and spending time with her friends and family. // Favorite bo...
  • Pesto Redeemed. Beloved. Sino-American-Southeast Asian long-distance relationshipper who chronically overthinks and undersleeps. Something something Romans ...
  • XY LauSome days I'm a PR writer. Some days I'm a care group member. Most days, I'm just His child learning to hold it all together by letting it all go. /...
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