In 2014, one thousand women from all different denominations and life-stages, gathered at OneLove to hear from God. It was a life-changing event for many women, including Jen who after hearing Nancy Guthrie’s talk from the book of Hosea, committed her life to God:
"The gospel of grace just hit me…I just couldn't ignore God's tugging on my heart anymore, so I became a Christian then and there at OneLove."
Watch this video to hear how Jen's life was Renewed & Transformed at OneLove 2014:
We’re pleased to announce that Nancy Guthrie is returning in 2016, and along with Simon Manchester will speak on the theme of ‘Renewed. Transformed.’
According to Nancy Guthrie, all humans sense their need for change, and deep down they fear that they can never change:
"Some of us have tried to change and failed and become discouraged. Some of us have surrendered to “this is how I am and I can never change.” Simon and I hope to infuse those who come to OneLove with genuine hope for real and lasting change. We are praying that women will come away from their day at OneLove with a fresh sense of confidence that God is at work through his Word changing how they think and feel, and changing what they really want out of life in this world."
Nancy Guthrie and Simon Manchester will speak from Romans 11-12 in the following talks:
1. Do you need a change in what captivates you?
2. Do you need a change in what motivates you?
3. Do you need a change in what shapes you?
Early Bird tickets available until 31 May.
To register or learn more visit: www.onelovewomen.com
1. Nancy, we know it’s a long way to come to Sydney from Nashville, Tennessee, and that you have plenty to do in your ministry at home, so why are you willing to come back to Sydney?
Are you kidding? Who wouldn’t want to come to Australia? Honestly, my husband, David, and I had so much fun on our last trip, we were already looking forward to coming back even before we left! We were stunned by the beauty of Sydney; but the real fun for us was the people we got to laugh with and pray with and share Christ with. And then there’s the coffee. I don’t drink the stuff, but my husband was in coffee heaven. This time we’re staying longer and seeing more!
2. Can you tell us a little bit about the messages you and Simon Manchester will be bringing at OneLove?
We’re going to talk about transformation. I think most of us have a sense that we need to change, but deep down we fear that we can never change. (Or is that just me?)
I don’t know if home renovation shows are as popular in Australia as they are in the States, but they’re really big here. They make it look so easy! Of course any of us who have ever attempted significant home renovations know that it is never as simple as the shows make it seem. But the picture these shows present of tearing out the old and putting in the new does help us to understand what Paul says has to happen in our lives when he says in Romans 12:2 that we are to “be transformed.” To be transformed means that there has to be a renovation in our lives—a tearing out of the old and putting in the new. But the question is: how is that going to happen?
Some of us have tried to change and failed and become discouraged. Some of us have surrendered to “this is how I am and I can never change.” Simon and I hope to infuse those who come to OneLove with genuine hope for real and lasting change. We are praying that women will come away from their day at OneLove with a fresh sense of confidence that God is at work through his Word changing how they think and feel, and changing what they really want out of life in this world.
3. While you’re here in Australia, you and your husband will also be hosting a OneLove Respite Retreat. What is that?
The weekend prior to OneLove, August 19-21, David and I will be hosting a weekend specifically for couples who have faced the death of a child. It will be held at a beautiful resort north of Sydney in Kulnura and there is space for just fifteen couples. We already have three couples registered so I think the spots will go quickly. So I hope couples who are interested will not wait too late to register.
4. What happens at a Respite Retreat?
Our goal for the weekend is for couples to find real companionship and understanding by being surrounded by other couples who uniquely understand the devastation of losing a child. But more than that, we want to help them take a step toward real healing from wherever they are now.
We host four of these retreats every year in the states and most couples tell us that the weekend provides a real pivot point for them to begin to live again and find joy again. It helps them develop better ways of walking through grief together. Over the weekend we share our stories and talk through many of the challenges that face parents who have lost a child, as well as look to the scriptures to hear what Jesus has to say to those of us who hurt.
5. This sounds like a very special weekend, but might sound intimidating to some people—the idea of coming together with a group of strangers to spend the weekend talking about something so hard.
Many of those who come tell us before they come that they are fearful that it will just make them feel worse and not better, or that they are really not interested in coming and crying all weekend. But these same people tell us afterward that they are so glad they came. They are surprised that they actually laugh over the weekend, and for some it is the first time they’ve really laughed since their child died. Certainly everything doesn’t get fixed over one weekend, but they do find the load of grief lightens. We see hope and joy return.
6. So give us a sense of what life is like for you between now and when you come to Sydney in August.
Well, we have two Respite Retreats here at the end of May and early June. I’m teaching a Bible study at my church on Tuesday nights in June and July on the wisdom books of the Old Testament. That will be so much fun. I’m taking a Christian History seminary class via distance education that I have to complete before I come. I’ll be speaking at The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference June 16-18, at a White Horse Inn event in Washington D.C. at the end of July, and at a Gospel Coalition Atlantic Canada conference on Prince Edward Island in early August. The week before we come David has a big birthday. One of those birthdays that ends in a zero. So I have a party to throw! I’ll let you know how that goes.
7. What can we be doing to prepare for OneLove on our end?
You can register if you haven’t already. And you can think about who you know who does not know Christ who might be very reluctant to go to church but perhaps might be open to coming to a day conference on transformation and invite her. I promise I will make the gospel clear. The motivation to change is based on the mercies of God. And the mercies of God are beautiful and inviting.
You can also pass along information about the OneLove Respite Retreat to couples you know who have lost a child and are still trying to navigate through that loss. It doesn’t matter how young or old the child was who died or how long it has been since the loss. All are welcome.
And if you want, you can go to my website and send me a message via the contact page letting me know the way in which you sometimes fear that you will never change, the way you sense your need for transformation. That will really help me as I pray and prepare.
OneLove Early Bird tickets are available until 31 May.
Register or learn more at: www.onelovewomen.com
Mothers Day is right around the corner and we want to take the time to thank mother figures for their love in our lives.
We are giving one woman an opportunity to WIN a OneLove ticket, and a framed, A4 Mary&Sally ‘Treasure’ wall print (total prize value $155) for a mother figure in your life.