About Agape Ministry

My name is Gordon Bland. I am so pleased that you are here to learn more about the Word of God! I am a seminary student at Regent University, entering my second year. I am 30 years old and married to a wonderful woman, Emily. We just celebrated our four-year anniversary, with many more to come! We do not have children yet, but soon we hope to expand our humble family beyond just us and our furbabies.

Agape Ministry was started in 2016, originally International Church Online. The name was changed in 2019 after considering John 13:35 during study.

John 13:35 (ESV): “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

While many profess to be Christian, others know that we are truly Christians by the love we show others. My calling in life is to teach others the Word of God because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross to atone for the elect, whom God foreknew. It is from love, that I must teach others and lead them along the narrow path to eternal life. In this way, empowered by the Holy Spirit, others may develop a deeper relationship with the one and true God.

My theological views are of a Reformed Baptist origin; however, I grew up in the Assembly of God denomination and later, Foursquare Gospel. I am now a member at Raleigh Heights Baptist Church (Southern Baptist). I generally hold to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, which was written from a Reformed perspective, like C.H. Spurgeon’s views. If this view is new to you, I recommend starting with the Five Doctrines of Grace to gain a better understanding.