2015 – ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
The topic for this year’s conference will be taken from Philippians 2 on the theme ULTIMATE SACRIFICE and the speaker is David MacDonald.
If you don’t know Dave, here’s a short blurb:
Dave McDonald, (known as ‘Macca’) is married to Fiona and they have four children, two daughters-in-law, and a gorgeous grandchild! They’ve been in Canberra for 24 years, where Dave has been the pastor of a church called Crossroads, and more recently Stromlo Christian Church.
In December 2011, Dave was diagnosed with an ‘incurable’ lung cancer. This has turned their lives upside down, impacted their plans for the future, and caused them to reflect on what truly matters in life. Dave has written a book ‘Hope Beyond Cure’, which tells of his desperate search for hope through the unflinching gaze of his terminal cancer diagnosis. It’s a great book for Christians, but also for those with no faith – who have cancer or who care for someone who does. Check out the links below for more information on the book or Dave’s blog.
Hope you can make it!
- $20 registration payable on the day
- Register by contacting Ben – firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 6334 8145
- includes good coffee and lunch
2014 – Habakkuk
2013 – Men who Make a difference, Jim Ramsay
Enjoy these refreshing sermons from the 2013 Conference from the speaker Jim Ramsay, Saturday 5th October.
Here is a link to the ministry in Sydney which Jim referred to in Men and Sex, Overcomers Outreach
Start the conversations – you may be the only Christian they know.
2012 – Fiji Time, Steve Wakeford
Here is a link to the 2012 Conference information page Talk 1 – Ecclesiastes 1/ Gain or Gift
Some of Steve’s quotes from Ecclesiastes 1
- Ecclesiastes is the biblical equivalent to a slap across the face with a wet salmon.
- It teaches us how to live with the limitations of this life, without being overwhelmed by it.
- Life is a fleeting mist… but God is there
- We are asking the wrong question
- It’s not about what we can gain!
- Fiji time: its flippin awesome… in Fiji it’s against the law to be in a rush!
- We’re all so tired and frustrated and we just wish the ride would stop so we could rest for a moment.
- If I slowed down, my fear is that people would think I am lazy.
- You don’t have to be serious all the time, you can have a smile.
- It’s not meaningless, but gee it’s short!
- Joyfully start living within the boundaries that God has given us.
- Jesus tells us in the New Testament – live for God’s Kingdom, do not worry.
- It’s not about gain, it’s about gift.
Some quotes from the second talk / Ecclesiastes 3
- The painful truth that we are so obviously not in control of time.
- If God made our lives easy, we would not seek him.
- Our first reaction to (Ecc 3:14) is to deny it.
- There is a lot to laugh about.
- Fearing God looks like verses 12-14
- God is telling us to take things easy and not get so wound up in things.
- Without God there is no possibility for the wicked to be punished and the righteous to be rewarded.
- When you are with your atheist mates, talk about injustice.
Talk 3 – Ecclesiastes 11 & 12 / Love God and do what you want…
- Questions religious people ask: how many drinks am I allowed to have before it’s a sin? etc.
- Religious people people say: If it feels good – stop it – because it must be bad.
- How good are those days when you actually listen to what God’s spirit is saying and obey God? Flippin awesome!
- Judgement not just about our normal kind of sins – He is going to get stuck into us for all the fun things we didn’t do!
- Remember him before your death.
- The shepherd is Jesus.
- Throughout Ecclesiastes joyful living is encouraged and recommended. Joyful living is also serious living (Ecc. 12:14)
- Love God and do what you like. It just so happens that because you love God – what you like doing reflects the fact that you love god.
1 Timothy 4:1 – 5(NIV) The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Download the Q&A from the end