SEMINARS / DAY 1 / SESSION 1
FRIDAY / DECEMBER 29 / 2:00-3:15 PM
CHARITY, THE CHURCH, & SOCIAL JUSTICE / BRYAN BEHL
One cannot turn on the television, check social media, or walk around a college campus without the mention of social justice. It seems as if one's level of virtue can entirely be determined by how outraged he or she is by issues of social justice. Terms and phrases such as "systemic oppression" and "income inequality" dominate cultural dialogue. Conversely, charity is a word glaringly absent from our public discourse. Now, in a society that so prioritizes issues of social justice, how should the church respond and share the public sphere to carry out our "Cultural Commission" while finishing the Great Commission? This seminar will focus on defining the social justice, charity, and the church's role in shaping culture. We will examine specific social justice and charitable movements and provide some first steps in how we as individuals and as a church can "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with [our] God."
CONFESSIONS OF AN ANXIOUS PASTOR’S WIFE (WOMEN ONLY) / GISELA LIU
So many women struggle with anxiety. As Christian women, this anxiety can be compounded with shame because the Scriptures tell us to “be anxious for nothing,” so we don’t talk about it very much. If we do, we can be met with unhelpful platitudes that further discourage us. In this seminar, we will openly talk through this secret struggle, expose root causes, and apply God’s word in practical ways.
GENTLE REMINDERS: A MOTHER'S ENCOURAGEMENT (WOMEN ONLY) / JAN GORDON
This seminar is focused on the things I have learned as a mother of 11 children and want to pass on to the next generation. My prayer is that you will be refreshed with gentle conviction to continue to fight the good fight of faith on the home front.
HOMOSEXUALITY: WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS; WHAT THE WORLD SAYS / TOM SHORT
Do you have convictions based on sound Biblical teaching regarding homosexuality? Do you stand for those convictions with confidence or are you embarrassed by what the Bible teaches regarding homosexuality? There aren’t many other topics in which the conflict between what God says and what the world says is more stark. This seminar will help you develop strong convictions on this controversial topic and learn how to answer arguments made by defenders of homosexuality.
NAVIGATING FRIENDSHIPS / DAVE BLUM, MATT GORDON, & BERK WILSON
If we don’t put certain goals in place in how we pursue friendships then we will find ourselves on course to run into the rocky shoreline of this world’s standards with its drama, distractions, and shallowness. Join us as we discuss how to get onboard with God’s design for friendships.
REVIVAL / DAVID FERGUSON
Do you long for a fresh vision and vitality in your church? Well, it may start with your own personal revival. And we should be sure that our personal revival must precede any corporate revival. Jesus commanded us to remove the plank from our eye before we attempt to remove the mote of dust from another person's eye. Pastor Dave Ferguson, of Oak Ridge Community Church, Maryland will share his own 2017 revival experience and challenge you to seek healing, forgiveness and renewed vision in your life as well.
SPIRITUAL WARFARE & ANGER / TONY PIERSON
Often we don’t live the victorious life that Christ freed us for. Why not? Our sins or our wounds get in the way and both often manifest themselves in anger. While we live in the physical world, we are not to wage war as the world does. Come learn practical ways to do spiritual battle, get healed from wounds, manage anger and live in far more freedom and victory than we ever thought imaginable!
STARTING SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS / STEVE NELSON
Do you struggle to engage people in spiritual conversations? Come learn how to show sincere compassion for unbelievers and how to make them feel safe to share their hearts. We will discuss how to ask good questions and when and how to share the gospel.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW / JASON WILLIAMS
How do you know what is right and wrong? How do you respond to major events in your life or in the world? The Bible gives us the answer but we have to learn how to apply everything through the lens of scripture. A biblical worldview is so important because it determines how we see and understand the world around us. Join us for a discussion on the importance of having a biblical worldview.
SEMINARS / DAY 1 / SESSION 2
FRIDAY / DECEMBER 29 / 3:30-4:45 PM
BREAKING PAST BARRIERS OF RACE, AGE, & SOCIAL CLASS / CARL BAUM
There is a tendency, both in Christianity and in the world, to only become friends with people that we are most "comfortable" with. But the Bible paints a very different picture of early Christian churches and communities. We tend to greatly under-appreciate just how diverse small groups of believers really were, Gentile and Jew, barbarian, Scythian, slave, and free. In this talk we will explore Biblical, practical, and personal observations on building gospel-centered communities of love that go far beyond people who look, think, and act just like us.
EAT THIS BOOK / JACK STOCKDALE
Whether you are new to the Kingdom wondering what significance the Bible should have in your life or you are a veteran Christ-follower trying to get back on track with the Scriptures, Eat This Book will be a huge help to you. In practical terms, what does commitment to the Word of God look like for a disciple in everyday life?
FIVE PHILOSOPHICAL FAILURES OF ATHEISM / RICH SUPLITA
How does a militant atheist professor end up changing his mind about God and the Bible? Seven years ago, I was a neuroscience professor at the University of Georgia where I served as the faculty advisor for UGAtheists. That year, a careful analysis of the atheistic worldview helped me realize that atheism is dead and philosophy has killed it. Join me as I discuss the five philosophical failures of atheism that led me to conclude that God is surely alive!