The Tribulation Soldier Statement of Faith
AUTHOR AND PASTOR, STEVEN AND SHARON BIRNIE
There are many websites, blogs and forums today on the internet, which are operated by Godly Christians, following their particular call in Jesus Christ. However, as always, there are those who are operating very much in their own wisdom and some, outrightly preaching false, incorrect and incomplete teachings of God’s Word. This aspect is nothing new to the sphere of Christianity and the Word of God encourages us time and time again, to be aware of false and incorrect teachers and test what we read and hear, as part of our Christian walk. So with that in mind, we thought it necessary to share a little further about myself as a Christian and what we believe, so that you as the reader might test for yourself the kind of Christians we are.
2002 – 2009
Having fallen away from God in my teenage years, I returned to that place of peace with Jesus. Shortly after, we were given a Word by a well known and now dearly departed Christian Preacher called John-Paul Jackson who gave us our calling. Over the next 7 years, we were prepared for the ministry which included a straightening out of our lives, a 4 year season of serious illness and an exhaustive study of the Bible. In 2009 having recovered from that serious illness, I was given the opportunity to preach my first public teaching season of the First Principles and Oracles of God, opening the way for my first book and later, the creation of our first website.
2009 – 2012
In 2009, the Word we received began to come to pass as we were set forward to oversee the youth and young adults at Elgin Community Church. There we held our own Sunday Night Youth Service, an open Thursday Night Youth Cafe and a monthly youth outreach event where we saw youth saved and baptised. This was undoubtedly the happiest years we’d experience to date, as we Pastored the youth, opened our home and spent time travelling to various youth events.
2012 – 2016
In 2012, Sharon gave birth to our daughter Emily and very soon after, she fell pregnant with David. After this 9 year promise from God, life began to change a lot and soon we were set forward in a surprise move, to a fellowship more local to us as a family. There we took up the role of the Associate Pastor and Assistant to the Scottish National Overseer, who was and is, a close personal friend. Within the New Elgin Christian Fellowship, I was called to preach and teach, pastor within the assembly and oversee a small home group within our home. It was there we were recognised, as a registered UK and European Christian Minister, as part of the Association of International Gospel Assemblies. In 2013, I began my own prayer and research into writing Fictional Christian Publications and it was then the Tribulation Soldier was born. Along with family, work and church work, I somehow managed to write the first in our series of the books you see today and making them available through our website.
In 2016, we began to experience that impression from God to move on and move forward so, with the blessing of our National Overseer and fellowship, we stepped down to follow the call which was laid on our hearts 14 years before. It was then we really began to push with the Tribulation Soldier Publications and our new website, writing and editing and then releasing our eBooks on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. All the while continuing to devote as much time as possible to David and Emily. Looking back, our path wasn’t an easy one with many ups and downs but today, we feel that we can see from the good memories and bad, the hand of God directing two people, who would otherwise deserve nothing of His Favour. Yet God in His Wisdom, continued, through our victories and failures, to stick by His Promises, never letting us down.
So, that’s a very brief overview of who we are and where we come from and below is what we fully believe as Christians, looking to Jesus in all things. Bless you…