All we need is…love? series, Hollywood’s take on God’s script and is it loving to stop the boats?

Please pray for some of our upcoming events in the city ministry

Keep in mind that all events are designed with an evangelistic focus. We look to introduce the Gospel into the conversation on all topics.

Is it loving to stop the boats?

In Australia, the immigration question is continually in the media. Being an island nation, many people try to enter the country via boats. The government decided to stop the boats from coming to Australia.

There are protests, news articles and everyone has an opinion. What do you call the people who are coming across the oceans to come to Australia? How do you define the decision:  a safety issue, immigration or humanitarian? There are passionate arguments on both sides of the discussion.

Please pray for this balanced conversation with panellists who come with different experiences with this topic.


Katie Wrigley is the Principal Solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service (RACS) a not for profit, community legal centre that provides free legal advice and assistance to people seeking refugee status in Australia. Ross Cameron  represented the seat of Parramatta as Liberal Federal MP for three terms during the Howard era, serving as Parliamentary Secretary to the Hon Peter Costello. Greg Lake is a public speaker, blogger/author, consultant and public policy commentator. Greg worked for the Department of Immigration managing Immigration Detention Centres (IDCs).

All we need is… love? 

The central theme of the Bible is love, but what does that really mean?

When Jesus says, love your enemies, love your neighbour and to love God, is that the same love we have for our favourite restaurant, football team or friend?

Please pray for Ian Powell as he shares about what the Bible means by this confusing word, love. He will help us to understand how we can apply it to our enemies, neighbours and God.

11/12 June Love your enemies: You can’t be serious!
18/19 June Love your neighbour: Who is my neighbour?
25/26 June Love God: What does that mean?

June will be an exciting month at The Forum.

Hollywood’s take on God’s Script

Noah, Son of God, Passion of the Christ…

Since the beginning of celluloid history, Hollywood has gone to the Bible for story ideas.

Reviews are mixed on the value of these films on telling God’s story, but what do the experts think?

We will be talking with some of the film thought leaders on this topic at The Forum.

Come along on 2/3 July as The Forum goes to the Flicks.

Also, get balanced reviews for film from a Biblical perspective on Russelling Reviews 

 We appreciate your prayers and support,

The Matthews

Towards Belief, Son of God and Scripture Classes in public schools

The next few months are looking to be a great time for ministry in the city and at Rouse Hill Bible Church. As we look ahead to furlough, you might things would slow down, but that is not the case. Things seem to get busier, but we would not want it any other way. We appreciate your prayers for the next few months and all that the Lord has presented for us.

Towards Belief

At Rouse Hill Bible Church we will begin the great series, Towards Belief. It is a study where leading Christian thinkers diffuse the belief blockers of our time.  We will do the study we will hear for these speakers from the UK, US and Australia  confront each of the blockers to Christian faith in the western world. Suffering, The Church, Science and God, Exclusive Faith and many more.

This is a study that welcomes both Christians and non-Christians to come along and discuss these belief blockers. The challenge for our church is to come along and to invite their friends and family to this series.

 Son of God movie event + panel discussion

City Bible Forum will be seeing a special screening of the movie Son of God followed by a Q&A session. It will be an evangelistic evening of film and discussion with some of the industry’s thought leaders.

After the film, join Ben McEachen (Empire Magazine, Open House), Dave Brown (Current editor of Empire Magazine) and Will Mitchell (film/TV professional) for a discussion on the topic ‘Jesus Christ – superstar?’  Does Hollywood’s depictions of Jesus and the Bible improve or diminish people’s perception?

Pray that we fill the theatre and people bring friends and your questions about the fact and fiction of Jesus on the Big Screen.

 Scripture Classes in the public schools

Every Thursday Cathy is privileged to teach 20+ eight year olds truths from God’s Word in our local public school.  Parents can choose to send their children to Protestant or Catholic Scripture classes, or to ethics classes or to none of those. Cathy gets 50 minutes to tell these children God loves them, Christ died for them and that they can know God if they put their trust in Him. All though most are familiar with the more well known stories from the Bible, almost none of the children attend church. They are really interested in the things Cathy has to teach but 8 year olds are really starting to think and so she gets questions like, “Who made God?” and “How is God and Jesus are the same?” There is a great need for more Scripture teachers in the schools and the government is constantly threatening to put an end to being able to teach Scripture in the public schools.  Please pray that God would allow this to continue and that more people would step up and teach.  Also pray for real inroads into these children’s lives, that real fruit would come from teaching them about God.

Fun furlough Fact: Joshua has been signed up with the US Australian Football League and will be having a go playing with the Des Moines Roosters, the local club. we will keep you up to date on the games. Thanks Tyler for giving Josh a go!

Thank you for your support and prayers.

The adventure continues…

Russ, Cathy, Becca, Hope Joshua and Caroline