Next Saturday, eleven students and one lecturer from the Brisbane School of Theology will be arriving to partner with St Bart’s for a week. They will be involved in a whole variety of ministries. Throughout the week, there will be three great events that I want to highlight.
At our teaching day, we heard from three disciple makers about mission on their frontlines. Watch Rob’s story below.
Over the weekend, we had the privilege of hearing from the Rev’d Dr Rory Shiner on the topics of, “Losing My Religion: Has Australia Lost God and Would it Matter if we Did?” and “Mission and Ministry in our Secular Age: How to Win and Ground Disciples of Jesus in this Cultural Moment”. Follow the links below to listen to the talks and watch three video testimonies from Saturday.
At home, work, study, over a meal with friends or at the playground, is there someone you would love to introduce to Jesus? It can seem super daunting to bring up faith and coming along to church can seem like a massive leap. The upcoming Public Lecture on Friday 2 August at 7PM is a simple, accessible and deeply engaging event to invite anyone along to. There is a Q&A time, where you can anonymously text in questions, and hot chocolate afterwards.
Open Doors Australia is an organisation that supports the worldwide persecuted church. On August 29 they are holding an event at the Rangeville Community Church where we will have the opportunity from Christians all around the world. Their frontlines are radically different to ours. Come and hear stories of radical obedience from believers in places where it is most dangerous to follow Jesus.
Listen to the talk (from George Savvides) and watch other media made available at our FRONTLINE Breakfast for Medical and Allied Health on June 13, 2019.
On June 13, we’ll be hosting the first of a series of frontline breakfasts to help encourage people as they seek to serve Jesus through their work. With that in mind, on June 13 (6-7.30AM) we’re inviting medical and allied health professionals to join us for our first frontline breakfast with keynote by George Savvides (former CEO of Medibank).
In just a few weeks, over 100 people will be heading up to Coolum Beach for our FOCUS Weekend Away! There are a few exciting surprises planned, along with great teaching from Graham Stanton (& KIDS program), plenty of time to explore the beach and spend time together. It should be a great weekend to focus on God and his role for us as Disciple Makers.
It was great this week to read an article on the ABC about the Lean’s recent move to PNG. The article, “Doctor relocates young family from Toowoomba to work in PNG hospital as an expression of faith” is such an encouragement, particularly as we partner in mission with the family. You can read the article here.
As we looked at the amazing encounter between the Ethiopian and the eunuch in Acts 8 last week, we were challenged to be prepared to be able to give an answer for the hope that we have, in the great hope that we too will be asked questions about what we believe. Being ‘prepared’ can seem intimidating, but here are four simple ideas to get started.
This morning we heard how Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith, and how Jesus fulfils all of the Old Testament promises. A great book to learn more about this is God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts. Listen below for what Michael had to say about it and you can borrow it now from the St Bart’s Library.
RE/QUIP is our annual young adults conference for people in their 20s and 30s. The keynotes, workshops, and Q&A sessions focus on proclaim, work, and serve. In 2019, our guest speakers were the Rev’d Dr Tim Foster (Vice Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne), Sharon Cheung (Women and Young Adults Coordinator for the City Bible Forum, Melbourne), Chrissy Ellis (Reconciliation Action Plan Coordinator for the Anglican Church Southern Queensland), and Rian Roux (of RZIM).