July in Australia – Towards Belief, Bible Reading Groups and travel

It is the middle of winter in Australia. Yes, it does get cold here and we are in our winter school holidays. Even with the holidays and cold, we are still excited about the opportunities for ministry in July.

Towards Belief at Rouse Hill Bible Church has been a great series for our church to participate. It is a study where leading Christian thinkers diffuse the belief blockers of our time. We have gone through topics like suffering, the supernatural and the Bible. Our groups have grown and people love the discussion after we hear for these speakers from the UK, US and Australia confront each of the blockers to Christian faith in the western world. Suffering,

Pray as we engage both Christians and non-Christians who come along to discuss these belief blockers.

Bible Reading Groups: Reversal of  Fortune – Ruth series and the Cost Benefit Analysis of Following Jesus

For many of our evangelistic Bible Reading groups in the city, we will explore how God is in control of this world.  That God has an answer for life. In the Reversal of Fortune study, we look at whether suffering is an indication that God isn’t there, or that God doesn’t care and what is he doing within out suffering.

While in the Cost Benefit Analysis of Following Jesus analyses the value, challenges, sacrifice and hope we can have in following Jesus. A great study for those who like to go deeper into what it means to  follow The Saviour.

Traveling mercies : Our family will be travelling to the US in a few weeks. Please pray for our trip and our ministry opportunities.

Thank you for all you do for our family and please pray for these ministry opportunities.

Cheers,

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