We are thankful to God that Geoff Harper will be joining the KCC platform as a speaker at Katoomba Easter Convention (KEC). In this interview, Geoff shares on life and faith, and gives us some advice on how we can persevere and be spiritually disciplined ahead of eternity.
1. What occupies your time during the week?
I teach Hebrew and Old Testament at Sydney Missionary & Bible College. I also write whenever I can carve out some space. Current projects include an edited volume which explores interpersonal forgiveness and a book on teaching Leviticus aimed at pastors and Bible teachers.
Coming from an island nation I enjoy the ocean - so swimming, fishing, kayaking, snorkelling are on the menu as often as I can swing it.
2. What do you think are the benefits of attending conferences like Katoomba Easter Convention?
KEC offers the chance to gather with Christians from other churches and regions and is an implicit testimony to what God is doing outside of our own contexts. That is deeply encouraging. The opportunity to sit under good teaching and to sing and pray together is not something to which we all have equal access. KEC can thus be a place of refreshment and re-invigoration to aid us in the tasks God has called us to in our own context.
3. Who is someone who has inspired or spurred you on in your Christian walk?
Many people have: some living, and many more through what they have written. Above anyone else, I am blessed to have a godly wife who is not afraid to call me out when I'm wrong or to point me to the gospel. There are plenty of times when either (or both!) has been required.
The writings of C.S. Lewis and Martyn Lloyd Jones have also been of immense benefit over the years. Each has, in his own way, demonstrated the importance of a sound biblical understanding coupled with perceptive thinking. While I may not agree with everything, they have certainly helped me sort out my own muddled thoughts as well as inspiring me in my role as a teacher and preacher.
4. The KEC theme this year is "The end of all things: life on the edge of eternity". How does the 'end times' and promise of eternity with Jesus shape the way you live today?
I hope it gives an overall shape and purpose to my life. The important things are those that will last, they are the ones to invest in. I try (and often need reminding) to work knowing that my labour in the Lord is not in vain and with the goal of hearing the words, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
5. What spiritual disciplines or habits helps you to persevere ahead of eternity?
It's hard to go past the key 3: prayer, the Bible, and Christian fellowship. Each of these has been vital for my faith, yet also requires constant attention and investment. Whenever things feel "wobbly," it's usually because one of these three is suffering. At the same time I tend to get bored with routine, so variation is key. For example, I don't follow any particular Bible reading plan. I do, however, keep a track of what I have read to ensure I keep reading through the whole of Scripture (I keep track of what we read with the kids for the same reason).
6. If you could give some pastoral advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Take personal holiness seriously and strive for it, rather than just assume it will happen by itself. Be aware that the patterns you form early on will have an impact on the rest of your life - for better and for worse.
Hear Geoff preach at KEC 19!
We are thankful to God that Peter Adam will be joining the KCC platform as a speaker at Katoomba Easter Convention (KEC). In this interview, Peter shares on life and faith, and gives some great tips on how we can persevere in the Christian life ahead of eternity.
1. What occupies your time during the week?
I have retired from full-time paid employment, so I now work at 2/3rd time; speaking at conferences, preaching at churches, training preachers, training and mentoring ministers, writing, and praying. Other than that I sleep, eat, walk the dogs, play the piano, catch up with friends, go to concerts, and read a lot!
"Each morning I pray that this day would be my best day of loving and serving God." - Peter Adam
Outstanding talks, encouraging us to swim against the current and live courageously for Jesus.” - Timothy
KEC is such a privileged opportunity to sit back and be fed from the Word of God. When you are constantly "giving out" at your local church, this opportunity to recharge batteries is excellent.” - Cheryl
We came not knowing what to expect and have all been amazed by the open friendliness and organisation. Both kids have raved about the leaders and their program. One introvert, one extrovert, both eager to go and learn more about Jesus.” - KEC delegate
Our family has been blessed by KEC. When our children were young, they joined the Children's Program but now they are old enough to serve in the same program to bless others.” - Joseph
I loved it! It wasn’t so much the numbers, but rather the people, ethos and general sense of the Lord being at work in our midst. I found this weekend incredibly encouraging and uplifting. - David Robertson, KEC Speaker
Here is a list of songs that were sung at NextGen conference this year:
1. 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
2. All Creatures of Our God and King
3. All Glory Be to Christ
4. Before the Throne of God Above
5. Better by Far
6. Grace Alone
7. He is Our God
8. His Mercy is More
9. Holy, Holy, Holy
10. How Great Thou Art
11. In Christ Alone
12. Lion and the Lamb
13. No Other Name
14. O Breath of Life
15. O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer
16. O Praise The Name (Anástasis)
18. This is Amazing Grace
19. We Belong To The Day
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"I love watching the dedicated Toddler team in action. Young adult leaders who volunteer their Easter break to lovingly care for littlies so that their parents can benefit from undisturbed Bible teaching in the Auditorium. That is Christian community in action." - Jenny & John
"As a Year 10 student, the junior high program changed my life. I honestly credit KEC of 2004 with changing my life. I came back to volunteer when I finished school to be that encouragement to the next generation of kids." - Cherith
"For 15 years we have benefited from the preaching of God’s Word at KEC. Our children have grown up through the Children and Youth programs, and two of them are now serving faithfully in their churches." - Christine
"Meeting new and old people each year is so amazing - it's my little piece of what enriching fellowship in heaven could be like." - Alicia
"KEC is a family investment in eternity. In an age where making the 'right' investment appears to the goal, KEC is a no brainer. KEC provides all our family and I an opportunity to sit under wonderful Bible-based teaching. The non-denominational environment creates a unique sense of truly being 'All One In Christ Jesus'." - Rod & Katherine