We recently asked the KCC team to share their recommended resources for growing and engaging with God’s word. With recommendations of bible reading plans, apps, podcasts, books, videos and music, there’s something here for everyone!
Bible Reading Plans
Produced by Crazy Love Ministries, this year-long Bible reading plan comes with supplementary reading material and contextual videos from The Bible Project. This app explains every book of the Bible, major theological themes of the gospel, and tips on how to read the Bible. Click here to learn more.
Bible in One Year in 2021
This plan takes readers through the entirety of Scripture in one year, including readings from the Old Testament, New Testament and either a Psalm or Proverb each day. Combined with a daily commentary from Nicky and Pippa Gumbel, this plan guides us to engage more closely with God’s Word and encourages us not only to apply the teachings of Scripture to our everyday life, but also to move deeper in our relationship with Jesus. Click here to learn more.
Navigators Bible Reading Plan
Navigators offers three downloadable plans to make your journey through the Bible doable in a year. Choose the plan that works best for your schedule and Bible study needs. Click here to learn more.
Gentle & Lowly
The Gentle and Lowly podcast is a 14-day audio devotional exploring the heart of Christ for sinners and sufferers. Join Dane Ortlund—author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers—each day for a brief Scripture reading as well as a devotional meditation on a different aspect of the heart of Christ, as he helps you discover afresh not just what Jesus has done for you but how he feels about you as his beloved. Click here to learn more.
Ask Pastor John
In this podcast of bite-sized 10–12-minute episodes, John Piper helps us to engage with God’s word by answering tough theological and pastoral questions. Updated with weekly episodes, Ask Pastor John will equip you in apologetics and help you to tackle worldviews from a biblical Christian perspective. Click here to learn more.
Let’s Talk is a podcast for women from The Gospel Coalition Podcast Network. On each episode, Jackie Hill Perry, Melissa Kruger, and Jasmine Holmes talk about a different topic and how to apply biblical wisdom to everyday life. Topics so far have included friendship, mentoring, decision-making, hospitality, fighting sin and overcoming church hurt. Click here to learn more.
A recommended resource for busy mums! On each episode, Laura and Emily discuss relevant topics to everyday motherhood through the lens of the gospel. From potty training or cooking dinner, to miscarriage or PPD, no topic is off limits. Each episode is about 20 minutes, so you can fit it into your day when you're washing dishes, folding laundry or driving to work. Click here to learn more.
Ligonier Ministries App
Ligonier is a ministry committed to encouraging your heart and mind in the pursuit of God and his glory. The app produces a range of content such as articles, devotionals, preaching audio and Q&A that will help you to think deeper about theology and apologetics. Click here to learn more.
KCC One—HELP Series (Coming February 2021)
KCC One gives you access to talks and sermons from KCC events in video, audio and text formats. In February, we will release the Help series which will address common areas of difficulty from a biblical perspective. Topics include worry, stress, busyness, financial hardship and loneliness. Produced by Jeremy Ward, each topic will come with a supplementary video and written resource. Download KCC One today.
Solid Joys is a daily devotional app from the ministry of John Piper. These short but substantive readings aim to feed your joy in Jesus every day of the year. Click here to learn more.
New Morning Mercies
Authored by Paul Tripp, New Morning Mercies provides a daily injection of the gospel. Each reading begins with a tweet-sized, gospel-centered and grace-filled insight, followed by an extended meditation on a key thought for the day. Click here to learn more.
Teach Me to Feel: Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life
Authored by Courtney Reissig, Teach Me to Feel contains 24 meditations from the Psalms, and looks at emotions ranging from shame, anxiety, anger, gratitude, hope and joy. Each meditation shows us how the Psalms give us permission to acknowledge how we feel before God, while giving us language to process our feelings and to grow in faith. Click here to learn more.
Enjoying God: Experience the Power and Love of God in Everyday Life
This is a book for people who want to grow in their personal relationship with God and learn to experience Him on a day-to-day basis. Authored by Tim Chester, Enjoying God helps us to understand how to relate and respond to the Trinity in even ordinary and daily moments. Click here to learn more and to purchase the book.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
Women of the Word has helped countless women with a clear and concise plan they can use every time they open their Bible. This book equips you to engage God's word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart. Click here to learn more and to purchase the book.
Awe: Why it Matters for Everything We Think, Say, and Do
We recommend this book for anyone who is feeling distracted, disappointed or dry in their faith. Authored by Paul Tripp, Awe shares how sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. Uncovering the lies we believe about earthly things, Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s awesome glory, and how such a vision can impact our every thought, word and deed. Click here to learn more and to purchase the book.
None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)
Authored by Jen Wilkin, this book shares ten ways that God is different to us—and why that’s a good thing. Chapters are short, engaging, theologically rich and highlights the joy of seeing our limited selves in relation to a limitless God. Click here to learn more and to purchase the book.
God’s Word for You: Expository Bible Study Guides
God's Word for You is a series of expository guides by trusted Bible teachers that walks you through books of the Bible verse-by-verse in an accessible and applied way. Less academic than traditional commentaries, these flexible resources can be used for personal devotionals, small group studies or sermon preparation. Click here to learn more.
The Bible Project Overviews
Here’s a wonderful resource for visual learners who want to better understand individual books of the Bible. Each video will help you to visualise the shape and core themes of specific books through an illustrated outline. Access the Old Testament videos here and the New Testament videos here.
NextGen 21 Spotify Playlist
Curated by the NextGen team, here’s a Spotify playlist to help you meditate on the holiness of God and what it means to live as His people. Follow along here.
Best Christian Songs For 2020
Curated by Brett McCracken, here’s a Spotify playlist of 100 Christian songs released in 2020. Follow along here.
Hymns of Hope
Curated by Heidi Tai, here’s a Spotify playlist filled with hopeful hymns to strengthen weary hearts. Follow along here.
Do you have a resource to recommend? Let us know in the comments!
Since 1990, NextGen’s training model has been used to raise a new generation of Christian leaders across Australia and beyond. NextGen’s wholistic and interactive program is designed to help delegates grow in their love and knowledge of God, while gaining key skills to read and teach the Bible to others. Learn more: https://nextgen.kcc.org.au/
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Over the summer, NextGen training material has been utilised across the state in the form of take-home 'Training Kits', giving local churches the opportunity to replicate NextGen with convenience and ease.
In the month of January, churches across the state have dedicated a week to training new and existing leaders in how to read and teach the Bible to others. For the first time in thirty years, NextGen has offered delegates take-home ‘Training Kits’, allowing strand leaders to replicate NextGen’s world-class training experience with convenience and ease.
With COVID restrictions impacting upon travel and large-scale gatherings, the Training Kits have given groups the flexibility to train in a manner that best suits their calendars and circumstances.
Churches across the state have begun their training, including groups from Carlton Methodist Church, Crosslife Church in Asquith, Gracepoint Presbyterian Church in Burwood and Lidcombe, Gunnedah Anglican, Hurstville Chinese Baptist Church and St Paul’s Anglican Church in West Tamworth.
So far, we have seen NextGen hosted in church halls, conference centres, over Zoom, and at the Refresh Summer Camp. The Training Kit material has also served groups on-the-go, with delegates from Southern Cross Presbyterian Church bringing NextGen material all the way to Uluru!
For Elyse from Albury Presbyterian Church, NextGen has served as an annual encouragement since 2005. Not only has she completed all three strands, but she’s volunteered as a NextGen cook and Strand One leader in India.
According to Elyse, the fact that she attends a rural church with a “really small youth group” is a big reason why she has returned to NextGen year after year, including as a Trainer in 2021:
“I came from a church that had a really small youth group with 8-10 people. When you get to [NextGen] in Katoomba, there are crowds of people who are all passionate about others hearing God’s word. That was a big kick on the right path that I wasn’t alone."
For first-time Trainer, Cici from Crosslife Church, the Training Kit material was encouraging for the “younger ones” and has given her youth leaders inspiration for activities in 2021:
“It was my first time co-leading a strand this year. It's really encouraging to see the younger ones coming along to the whole thing! They really enjoyed the talks and strand materials and got into God's Word.”
“A few of the youth leaders from Strand 3 are keen to turn the topics they looked at into talks for youth group this year. The Rising Leaders have said yes to sharing their testimonies at youth group too!”
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Equip & Empower Your Leaders this Summer Holidays
Is your church calendar for the summer emptier than usual? Have annual events and mission trips been cancelled? Is your ministry team in need of refreshment and encouragement from God’s word? Why not take the opportunity to equip and empower your youth and children’s leaders, using our world-class Training Kits?
Since 1990, NextGen’s training model has been used to raise a new generation of Christian leaders across Australia and beyond. NextGen’s wholistic and interactive program is designed to help delegates grow in their love and knowledge of God, while gaining key skills to read and teach the Bible to others.
The theme for NextGen 2021 is 'Holiness: Living as God’s People in Today’s World’ and each Training Kit includes:
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We recently had the pleasure of hearing Jason Yu's KCC story. In this interview, Jason shares the "life-changing" impact that NextGen had on his life--transforming him from a doubting teenager in 2015 to a MTS trainee in 2021. We hope you are encouraged by his story.
1. What compelled you to become a Christian at NextGen?
In 2014, I doubted whether I was truly a Christian. Despite coming from a Christian family, I was weighed down by my sins and thought, "God could never accept someone like me". By God's grace, all my doubts were crushed at NextGen 2015.
I listened to a Wednesday morning sermon on Romans 8 by NextGen speaker, Rory Shiner. The words "if God is for you, who can be against you?" (Romans 8:31) rang loud and clear. I remember vividly an image of everything in the universe, including the earth and stars, for all time; past, present and future. All these things were wrapped up together but still cannot separate me from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
At that moment everything came together. I realised not even my sins can separate me from God's love. Christ has already died for me on the cross 2000 years ago. This gift of grace is freely offered to me. All I had to do is to accept and confess Christ as Lord. By God's grace, I did.
2. Can you share what life was like before you were a Christian?
I grew up in a Christian family and learned all the Bible stories since I was a kid. I knew about God, Jesus and the cross. I sought to be a good kid and to be obedient to all the rules. I thought being obedient was the way to earn God's favour and be in God's family, but because of this mentality, I was weighed down by my sins and inability to adhere to God's rules, and thought, "God could never accept someone like me". I never served willingly at church as a youth or first year university student.
3. What work/ministries have you been doing post-NextGen?
After learning how to lead bible studies at NextGen, I began serving in youth group as a Bible study leader. This extended to university ministry for the last couple of years. I have also been involved in music, sound, world mission's prayer group, and service leading at Sunday church. By God's grace I am beginning a ministry apprenticeship (MTS) at my church starting from 2021.
4. Do you feel NextGen has helped you in your Christian walk and/or helped you in what you’re doing now?
NextGen has definitely equipped me in youth ministry, and the preaching of God’s word at NextGen had a life-changing effect on my Christian walk. I was not planning on doing youth ministry before going to my first NextGen, but my community group leader at church encouraged me to go as she thought that just being at the conference to learn would be beneficial to me—and indeed it was! So, I would encourage others to do the same, even if they aren't thinking about youth or children's ministry specifically.
Hosted by Katoomba Christian Convention, NextGen is a conference which exists to train existing and upcoming leaders in youth and children’s ministry. Since 1990, our world-class training model has been used to equip a new generation of Christian leaders across Australia and beyond. NextGen’s wholistic and interactive program is designed to help delegates to grow in their love and knowledge of God, while gaining key skills to read and teach the Bible to others.
Host NextGen at your church with the NextGen Training Kit
In 2021, we’ve designed NextGen Training Kits, granting local churches the flexibility to run their own NextGen conference with convenience and ease. The theme this year is 'Holiness: Living as God’s People in Today’s World’.
Each kit includes:
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