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History in Australia

This link is to a booklet that outlines the history of the Bible Student movement in Australia

The treatise does not contain a reference to every  group of Bible students in Australia, for example there is no mention of the group that met in Geelong, Victoria for about 35 years (1940-1975) and which, from time to time, was comprised of between 12 and 5 participants.

The main difference between the Bible Student movement and the "regular" Christian churches is that the Bible Student movement encourages every individual to study the Bible for themselves and to come to their own conviction regarding any and all components of their Christian faith, in contrast to accepting what their local church minister tells them or what is or has been the traditional view of their denomination, for example the composition of the Godhead and the relationship between Jesus and His father (Matthew 10:33).

The exhortation to undertake personal Bible study reflects the efforts of the Christians at Berea: "And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few"(Acts 17:10-12)

May God bless each and every one who endeavours to ascertain for themselves the truth about Man's purpose on planet Earth and what God has planned for all mankind in the future.