Saturday, January 08, 2011

Some lessons from our Staff Conference

I spent four days near Kidderminster last week with the rest of our national staff team, with speakers Mike Reeves, Ellis Potter and John Lennox.
  • The importance of meeting with God
  • There is a throne and God is on it
  • Think hard, don't forget your University subject, Christianity isn't mindless. 
  • Good evangelism doesn't mean you need to be an expert, but being able to understand arguments is very helpful. Seeing the faults in the New Atheism isn't that difficult.
  • The Trial of Jesus is told in detail and repeatedly for a reason.
  • Preaching is meant to affect the heart. Loved talking through the implications of Jonathan Edwards with colleagues.
  • A question is a gift
  • Reading the Old Testament with the assumption that redemption is through Christ is good
  • God's glory is his spreading love in the gospel
  • It's a real honour to serve with my colleagues in UCCF.
  • There aren't many evangelicals in Slovenia or Ireland
Two key moments for me:
  1. Leon from Slovenia saying that at his Uni (in Australia) as a non-Christian it was hard to not get invited to a Bible Study in his first year. Through that he became a Christian. Not sure how many Universities here that could be said of - time to step up to the plate.
  2. When does the first evangelism happen in the Bible? Ellis Potter asked. It's God in Genesis 3 asking "where are you?" - he came with questions to search for us. 

These guys were also there:Cat Hare and Sarah Dawkins

Resources
  1.  More on John Lennox at JohnLennox.org and  The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics
  2. More from Ellis Potter at L'Abri 
  3. More from Mike Reeves at TheologyNetwork.org

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