I would like to let you know about a major change occurring in my work here in Australia. It has been a dream of mine that we could hold an outreach event in the city centre which would be bible teaching for today’s world. Thanks to St Andrews Cathedral and their Dean, Kanishka Raffel, that dream is about to become a reality.
This coming Tuesday we are beginning a series of ten lunchtime talks on Ecclesiastes – God’s Word for Today’s World. It will start at 12:15 and finish at 1. It will not be a worship service – just a 20 minute talk followed by Q and A. WE start on May the 4th (Star Wars fans should remember!).
The vision is to have hundreds of Christians and non-Christians meeting every week in the heart of this wonderful city of 5 million people, to hear what God has to say to us. You can help make that vision reality by.
- Praying. Without the Lord being present and speaking to us through his Word by his Spirit, this would all be pointless. Pray that the Lord would work with power.
- Publicising – Pass on this information to as many as possible – we will also be using social media and other means to let people know.
- Participating – Come and join with us if you can in person…or if not, feel free to join with us when we post recordings of the meetings. You don’t have to register and it’s free! But bring your own lunch and coffee! If you are a Christian you are very welcome – we all benefit from bible teaching – it you are a non-Christian you are also very welcome – I’m sure you will benefit from this ancient wisdom literature – it is indeed life changing. Don’t worry – you will not be asked to join anything and you will have plenty opportunity to question, challenge or just take in it and think for yourself!
Here is a list of the themes.
A Life Worth Living – Finding Meaning in a Meaningless World.
- Nothing New Under the Sun – (why does life appear so random and meaningless?) – ch.1
- No Satisfaction!- (Why are wealth, wisdom and sex not enough?)
- A Time for Everything – The burden of beauty and eternity.(Why do I feel there is something more?) ch.3
- Oppression, Toil, Loneliness and Friends – (Why are things so hard? ch.4
- Approaching God – (Is it possible to know God?) ch.5
- Living in the Shadows, Shelter from the Storm– (Who knows?) – ch 6/ 7
- Justice – (How do we live in a corrupt society) – ch 8.
- Destiny – (Where will it all end?) ch 9 and 10
- Cast your Bread upon the Waters (Whats the best investment?)_ ch 11
- Remember Your Creator (How do I grow old gracefully? ) – ch 12
PS. If you intend to come along please feel free to let me know – and if you live in Sydney please let your church know – many people in churches live in the suburbs, but work in the city centre.