Conference Elective Session Information

 

Please see booking sheets on the wall of the foyer from now on. Many sessions are full. Phil Boon will help you add your name to any sessions unfilled.

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Thursday 2:15pm 

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P2P – A Vehicle for Transformation  Adam Byrnes (N01

 In 2000 a small group of brothers and sisters developed “Prepared to Preach” (P2P), intended to prepare and equip youth for targeted overseas preaching.  P2P courses have been run in Australia, USA, UK, South Africa and elsewhere.  As a result, hundreds of predominantly youth have committed to international and local preaching. In recent times P2P has been reshaped as a vehicle for discussing transformation or renewal of Ecclesias.  The subject matter has broadened to not only consider ecclesial preaching, but all elements of Ecclesial life and membership. This session is intended as an open discussion of ways in which we can positively work within Ecclesias to consider new or renewed preaching initiatives, and indeed to consider new or renewed activities and formats.  Come along with your thoughts on positive methods for encouraging and inspiring people and Ecclesias in our community to improved discipleship.

New mercies, new music - sing a new song to the LORD! Rachel Hocking (H blk Music room

These sing-a-long sessions will give the opportunity to become familiar with the new Praise the Lord book (2016) from the Hoddesdon Christadelphians UK. The new PTL consists of 37 well-known Christian songs and some new songs by Christadelphians and is a supplement to the current PTL. Many of the songs are already widely used in Christadelphian congregations and these have been published into one easy-to-use volume. Hits include songs such as ‘Oceans’, ‘10000 Reasons’, ‘Days of Elijah’, ‘Indescribable’, ‘Just let me say’. There’s a good blend of energetic, uplifting and meditative pieces and is a fantastic supplement for congregations and youth groups looking to widen and refresh their praise repertoire. Participants should purchase the book ahead of time. For a digital version, visit the Google app store ‘Praise the Lord 2016’ or send an email to sales@hoddesdon.org for a pdf version. For hard copies, send an email to sales@hoddesdon.org

Providence in the Age of Faith Darren Tappouras (Theatre)  

Providence is a subject that is very personal and very challenging. How much and in what way is God directly involved in our lives today? How different is Providence in our era compared to times past where angels appeared to humans and miracles were tangibly experienced? Does chance exist? In what way does God answer our prayers? How do we explain tragedy and pain? This session will examine two ends of the spectrum – “Determinism” ‐ (God is in meticulous control) and “Openness” (God has left us to freewill and its consequences) and explores a middle way that attempts to make sense of both the Biblical evidence available and the things we experience in our lives today.

Same sex marriage Issue and where we Stand Peter Hermann (N03)  

In December 2017 the Parliament of Australia enacted the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 which changes the definition of marriage from being between a ‘man and a woman’ to being between ‘2 people’. This session aims to remind ourselves of God’s principles regarding marriage and same-sex relationships. We will also discuss the issues and practical implications for our ecclesial communities with reference to the recently-released AACE discussion paper ‘Homosexual Behaviour and Same-Sex Marriage’. Our discussion will cover how to uphold God’s moral principles while providing love and support to brothers, sisters or young people who may have a homosexual orientation, and their families.

Preaching in Vietnam John Collins (Library Annex 1

The first baptism in Vietnam occurred in 1995 and by God’s grace there have been 500+ baptisms, the establishment of 13 ecclesias and thriving Sunday Schools with 200+ students. The backdrop to this is a Communist country where preaching is illegal and many of our brothers and sisters have been imprisoned and beaten. 

Marriage Enrichment Program (Part 3) John & Sonia Evans (A03

Session 3: Resolving conflict

Why is some conflict inevitable in every marriage? How can we apply 5 principles that are proactive to handling conflict? We will look at recognising the differences between ourselves and how we can use that as a strength in our marriage.

Visual Note Taking - Spiritual Art Judy Muir (A16

Visual learners understand the phrase 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. We will look at strategies for allowing and encouraging visual learners to develop images that capture the essence of what is said. You may like to doodle or do zentangle patterns, you may like symbols that consistently carry a meaning, you may like to create a whole picture. This will be a time to develop ideas and share with others.  The session will be strictly limited in number due to the provision of adequate work space and supply of materials for participants.  We also ask that participants contribute $5 payable at the session towards the cost of the materials for their ‘Visual Note Taking Kit’.  Please note that the ability to draw is not a prerequisite.

Understanding Revelation (Part 1) Neville Bullock (N02)  

Revelation is a book given by God to Jesus Christ to John to reveal unto His servants things that would shortly begin to come to pass at the time and that would continue to unfold until The Lord Jesus Christ’s return and enthronement in Jerusalem. It is a book that may be difficult to understand but it has been given that it might be understood, for its says, “Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things that are written therein” Revelation 1:3. We cannot be expected to keep the things therein if we do not understand them. The two sessions will give you and overall view of the book and keys to understand the symbols and language. There will be opportunity for any questions on the book with as much interaction as is possible to ensure clarity of understanding. For those who would like a copy of the presentations for future reference if an usb is given to the presenter they will be freely copied and distributed to participants. Graphic illustrations and charts will used in the presentation to aid in understanding the message.

The Tree of Life (Part 2) - Sacred Trees in Genesis Geoff Henstock (N04

Building on the first session, we will continue our examination of sacred trees in Genesis by completing our look at trees associated with Abraham.  We will then consider trees mentioned in the record about Jacob and Joseph – although many may never have noticed the significant tree mentioned in relation to Joseph.  There is an intriguing link here to the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Domestic & Family Violence Fiona Bosly (N03

Domestic and Family Violence is currently a hot topic in Australia and our community. With close to 80 women killed by their male partners in 2015 alone, the public and political tolerance for such ‘hidden’ crimes is becoming unacceptable. So what is Domestic and Family Violence? What are the behaviours that define DV? What are the effects on those exposed to these behaviours and how do we respond? Sister Fiona Bosly will present some theoretical perspectives on Domestic and Family Violence and also examine what the Living God has to say about violence. There will be time for discussion and questions about this topic.


Thursday 4:00pm 

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The Bethezer Fund - Spreading the Good News, Helping the Needy Andy Errington (Library Annex 1

Come and learn about the work of Bethezer, particularly in Cambodia and Vanuatu. God's blessings have been abundant in allowing us to assist those less fortunate, particularly in the areas of health and education. He has also given us the opportunity to share our faith with those keen to hear about the hope of the Kingdom. Discover how Bethezer functions, and how you could be involved in many different ways from volunteering for building projects and community skills teaching, to fundraising and marketing.

Marriage Enrichment Program (Part 4) John & Sonia Evans (A03

Session 4: The power of forgiveness

We will hurt our best friend at some stage by what we have done -or forgotten to do! Why do some people find it so hard to say the following 6 words “I am sorry, please forgive me”?  How we can learn to make sure we are not one of those people! We will see how forgiveness can empower a relationship and help us to move forward.

Mystery of the Last Supper Ian Rossow (N02

Did Jesus eat a Passover meal with his disciples before he was betrayed or was he crucified on Passover eve? We can get confused reading the Gospel accounts on this point. Is there a logical explanation? Without doing any injustice to the texts, we can come up with an explanation by referencing ancient calendars, the ruling dates of the political figures of that time and by considering how the Jews determined their months. Using modern calculations we can determine not only the date that Jesus died but also the date of the Last Supper. In this we see how God is using historical contexts in working out his purpose.

What in the world is THE WORLD? Allan Bundesen (A14)  

"The World" is certainly a large subject, even from a Biblical point of view.  Often it needs to be interpreted in context and it is surprising what it becomes in some of our translations.  This study will aim to cover many of the well-known occurrences with as much audience participation as possible.

The story of Israel in Video 2 - Rehoboam to Jesus at Decapolis (66min) Mark Hill (Theatre

In this video series we will look at the Story of Israel, bringing together many of the events we know from the Bible, into one summarized narration. Each film shot in high definition video and presented in a documentary style – including maps and commentary. The films are produced by Bro. Mark Hill based on video footage he shot on location in Israel/Jordan in April 2016.
In part two, we look at the history of Israel from Rehoboam through to Jesus when he visited Decapolis. We will visit places associated with various Bible characters including Tel Dan (King Jeroboam’s golden calf), King Hezekiah’s tunnel, Mt Carmel (Elijah), Banias (place of Greek kingdom’s idolatry), Jordan River (Jesus baptism), Machaerus (place of John the Baptist last days), Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, Capernaum, Bethsaida (suggested location), Jerash and Gadara (cities of the Decapolis). 

Studies in the Psalms (Part 3) Psalms of Praise & Worship Jairus Houghton (N04

Realising the faithfulness of God and the blessings he bestows on those who trust in him, nothing but praise and worship can emanate from the lips of the redeemed, with overflowing joy as all see the power and love of God working out His glory.

The Wise Men - John Russell (N01

How many “Wise Men” were there? What was the “star” that led the “Wise Men”? Where did the “star” lead them to? How would we have performed as parents of Jesus Christ? 

Understanding Revelation (Part 2) Neville Bullock (N03

Revelation is a book given by God to Jesus Christ to John to reveal unto His servants things that would shortly begin to come to pass at the time and that would continue to unfold until The Lord Jesus Christ’s return and enthronement in Jerusalem. It is a book that may be difficult to understand but it has been given that it might be understood, for its says, “Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things that are written therein” Revelation 1:3. We cannot be expected to keep the things therein if we do not understand them. The two sessions will give you and overall view of the book and keys to understand the symbols and language. There will be opportunity for any questions on the book with as much interaction as is possible to ensure clarity of understanding. For those who would like a copy of the presentations for future reference if an USB is given to the presenter they will be freely copied and distributed to participants. Graphic illustrations and charts will used in the presentation to aid in understanding the message.


Saturday 2:15pm 

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Faith in Action – Christadelphian Charity Groups Ben Topham (Library Annex 1

There is a plethora of groups and organisations within our community that meet specific needs of people and projects. James records for us that “I will show you my faith by my works” and Jesus mentioned that “you will recognise them by their fruits”. Come and learn about the many groups in our community and see them in action. You may be surprised by the breadth of services and activities - you may just find what you are looking for to get involved, get excited and to take action.

Marriage Enrichment Program (Part 5) John & Sonia Evans (A03

Session 5: The impact of family, past and present

Family background has a big influence on a marriage. The positive is, we will be grateful for what was good in our own upbringing and our best friend’s upbringing. The negative can be seen in difficult relationships with our wider family that can put strain on our marriage. It’s important that we address these issues so that we can move forward as a couple.

The Tree of Life (Part 3) In the New Testament Geoff Henstock (N04

If you asked many Bible readers about the tree of life in the New Testament they would direct you to the book of Revelation.  We will look at those references but, as with the Old Testament, we will find that the motif of the tree of life pervades the whole of the New Testament.  Of most importance, we will also see how the tree of life is inextricably connected with the sacrifice of our Lord and with our deliverance from the curse of sin and death.

U.S. Presidents and Israel Sid Levett (N05)  

The decisions of U.S. presidents on matters affecting Israel are often critical. In this workshop we will review the circumstances behind pro-Israel presidents being in office at times of Israel’s greatest need. Truman replaced Roosevelt prior to the 1948 declaration of the new nation and Johnson replaced Kennedy prior to the Six Day War of 1967. Lyndon Johnson’s Christadelphian affiliations may well have been instrumental in this. Other considerations are the aftermath of G. W. Bush’s conflict with Iraq; Barak Obama’s anti-Israel legacy and where to with Donald Trump. Behind all this we see God directing outcomes in the nations.

Just how many Israelites were in the Exodus? John Mannell (N02)   

Have you ever wondered about how 2 million people managed in the wilderness for 40 years? Some passages describe Israel as a mighty and populous army, while others make them sound small and weak. In this session we will look at the scriptural evidence for both alternatives as well other logistical challenges that would have existed with a large group. We will then look at several possible resolutions for the apparent contradictions and challenges. The final answer may well be surprising but it will have important practical lessons in how we understand a lot of scripture and our faith in God. 

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God Stephen Hughes (Theatre

Over the last century a huge amount of information has been collected about the universe. Telescopes are able to reach back to its visible edge. The images and information collected give an insight into the immensity, wisdom and power of God, the creator of heaven and earth.  The heavens do indeed declare the glory of God, as David, the Psalmist, said 3,000 years ago. When we look at how the universe works, it is apparent that it is the result of an intelligent designer. The four forces of nature are just the right strength relative to each other for  biological life to be able to exist in the universe. For example, if the strong nuclear force that holds protons and neutrons together in the nucleus of an atom was just 2.5% stronger all the stars in the universe would burn out after just one second. Supported by some stunning imagery this session will help open your eyes to the wonders and glory of our Heavenly Father.

Personal Testimonies  (N06)   

Discover the personal influences, decisions and meaning that these brothers and sisters have gleaned from their walk with Jesus. Each person will provide a 15min TED talk to share their experiences with you. Sharing in this session is Simon McIntyre, Ian Topham and Shiree Henning.

The Loanialu Health Clinic, Tanna Island Vanuatu Jeannie Barton (N01

Each day on Earth 830 Women die from complications of pregnancy and/or childbirth, mostly preventable. Jeannie witnessed a scene in Vanuatu where a mother of twin boys suffered from a preventable death from haemorrhaging after her birth because of lack of facilities, support and education. Be a part of this informative presentation and discover the plans that have been put into place to address the health concerns of children, adults and pregnant women on Tanna Island, Vanuatu.


Saturday 4:00pm 

NB: Only book ONE of the electives in this time slot   ^^Top of page

The story of Israel in Video 3 - Jesus at Magdala to Israel today (66min) Mark Hill (Theatre

In this video series we will look at the Story of Israel, bringing together many of the events we know from the Bible, into one summarized narration. Each film shot in high definition video and presented in a documentary style – including maps and commentary. The films are produced by Bro. Mark Hill based on video footage he shot on location in Israel/Jordan in April 2016. 
In part three, we look at the history of Israel from when Jesus visited the coast of Magdala, through to modern day Israel two thousand years later. We will visit places associated with the people and events of the Bible including Magdala, Caesarea Philippi, Jerusalem (second temple walls, Garden of Gethsemane, the Garden tomb - suggested place), Joppa, Caesarea Maritima, Qumran (Dead Sea scrolls), Masada, Independence Hall (1948 State of Israel), Ammunition Hill (Six-day war).

Preaching in Myanmar & Thailand  Terry Nutter (Library Annex 1

Hear about preaching developments and trends in these two countries. Though they share a common border they are as different as sweet is to spicy. This leads to different approaches and strategies for our preaching.

Marriage Enrichment Program (Part 6) John & Sonia Evans (A03

Session 6: Intimacy and Love in Action 

How we view intimacy will make all the difference. We have spoken about communication in an earlier session but the way we communicate love goes way beyond words. Our sexual intimacy celebrates what is happening in our life together as designed by God. If we have issues in this area of our marriage, we will see how this is not “your” issue or “my “issue but “our “issue that we can work through together.

Social Media: the perils of immersive technologies Liz Spits (Meeting Room 1

Social media – Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram interactive games - has fundamentally altered how we interact with each other. These immersive technologies have connected us like never before, but they have raised legal liabilities, social issues, health and well-being problems, revolutionised the media landscape, aided criminal activities – and it doesn’t stop there. The word-wide leader in social media – Facebook – now has 2.2 billion monthly active users. In case you had any lingering doubts, Facebook and its social media counterparts impacts everyone – even if you sit on the sideline. To avoid being a victim of the pitfalls, awareness is the first step. 

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