SMBC 2014 Missions Conference audio

Mike Raiter“Global Church Planting – The Church’s Mission to the Nations” was the theme for this year’s SMBC Missions Conference.

Craig Ott (Professor of Mission and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Mike Raiter, were the keynote speakers.

Audio recordings of their talks are now available for download.

Andrew Sach on preaching Revelation

Andrew SachIn the latest Preaching Matters from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate, Andrew Sach encourages preachers to preach the ‘scary’ book of Revelation.

Albert Mohler on John 15:18-27

Albert MohlerIn a recent sermon on John 15:18-27, Albert Mohler reflects on what it means to be hated by the world.

Listen here, or watch here.

A mighty balsa wood boat

Dr Peter Jensen“As Paul prepared to leave the church elders in Ephesus, his love for the church, anxiety about what would come, and sorrow at his departure brought forth tears. Presumably he was leaving a tiny group of people behind, a small boat afloat in a sea of paganism.

Paul obviously believed that God was doing a great work there, but that’s not what it may have looked like. In this group of people, God’s great work in gospelling the world and bringing them to salvation was going ahead – but if you were to look at the actual people and what actually occurred, it must have seemed like a balsa wood boat adrift on a sea that was threatening to swallow it up.

If you ever get the chance to do ‘last words’, you generally choose significant ones. The last words of the apostle to the eldership of the Ephesian church are no different…”

A most encouraging word from Peter Jensen, based on Acts 20, given at the 2014 Nexus Conference.

Free Reformation Day resources from Ligonier Ministries

Martin Luther“In celebration of Reformation Day, for the first time ever we’re replacing our usual $5 Friday sale with Free Reformation Day Friday.

Until 11:59pm ET on Friday, October 31, 2014, [2:59pm AEST Saturday, November 01] you can download the following digital resources for free.”

A generous gift. eBooks, plus audio and video resources on the Reformation, with a focus on Martin Luther and John Calvin. (Around 2GB in total.)

Putting Halloween in its place

Halloween - Trick or Treat?Glen Scrivener, former Oak Hill student and Church of England minister in Eastbourne, has made an evangelistic video you could use this weekend (it could also tie in very well if your church is observing Reformation Sunday this weekend).

Read Glen’s comments about it at the Oak Hill College website. You can download it at Vimeo. (This is a re-post from last year.)

Power and Promise

Power and Promise by Peter JensenHere’s a new release from Christian Education Publications – Power and Promise, a series of devotions ideal for Lent (or any other time) from, Peter Jensen.

Details here.

Senator encourages involvement in Solidarity Sunday

Senator David FawcettSenator David Fawcett spoke yesterday about the persecution of religious minorities, particularly Christians, under ISIL, and informed the Senate of Solidarity Sunday. (YouTube.)

Pray for Christians who are ‘living in Babylon’ this weekend

Persecuted ChristiansDr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, calls for prayer for persecuted Christians on the Barnabas Fund Day of Prayer, this Saturday, November 1st:

“The fires of anti-Christian persecution rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer discrimination, ill-treatment and violence because of their love for Christ. Research has estimated that around 200 million Christians – about 10% of the total number – are disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their faith…”

See also www.livinginbabylon.org

And the Australian Christian Lobby is calling for churches to stand in prayer with their persecuted brothers and sisters on November 2nd – Solidarity Sunday.

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