The following five resources were recommended on the NextGen platform this year. These books will equip aspiring leaders with the knowledge and skills required for reading and teaching the Bible to others.
1. Introducing the New Testament
Author(s): D. A. Carson; Douglas J. Moo; Andrew David Naselli (Editor)
This book brings the best of New Testament scholarship to the church and makes it accessible to the average reader. This book focuses on historical questions dealing with authorship, date, sources, purpose, and destination of the New Testament books. For each New Testament document, the authors provide a summary of that book's content and discuss the book's theological contribution to the overall canon. The book includes questions at the end of each chapter to facilitate group discussion and personal review. It will help a new generation of students and church leaders better grasp the message of the New Testament.
Buy it here.
2. Introducing the Old Testament
Author: Tremper Longman III
This rich guide makes Old Testament scholarship accessible to the average reader. Renowned Bible scholar Tremper Longman III gathers the best in historical research and literary analysis to lead the reader through each book of the Old Testament. Most significantly, Longman explores the meaning of each book in light of its cultural setting. Laypersons as well as church leaders will take away a solid understanding of the historical background and theological message of the Old Testament and be inspired to apply biblical truths to their lives.
Buy it here.
3. God's Big Picture
Author: Vaughan Roberts
Sixty-six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, in two languages and several different genres. A worldwide bestseller published in countless sizes and bindings, translations and languages. Sworn by in court, fought over by religious people, quoted in arguments. The Bible is clearly no ordinary book. How can you begin to read and understand it as a whole?
In this excellent overview, Vaughan Roberts gives you the big picture - showing how the different parts of the Bible fit together under the theme of the kingdom of God. He provides both the encouragement and the tools to help you read the Bible with confidence and understanding. And he points you to the Bible's supreme subject, Jesus Christ, and the salvation God offers through him.
Buy it here.
4. Take God At His Word
Author(s): Kevin DeYoung
Can we trust the Bible completely? Is it sufficient for our complicated lives? Can we really know what it teaches?
With his characteristic wit and clarity, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung has written an accessible introduction to the Bible that answers important questions raised by Christians and non-Christians. This book will help you understand what the Bible says about itself and the key characteristics that contribute to its lasting significance.
Avoiding technical jargon, this winsome volume will encourage you to read and believe the Bible--confident that it truly is God's word.
Buy it here.
5. Amaze Them With God
Author: Kevin DeYoung
We have a message, a Saviour, a King that is worth shouting about. He is all we have, and He is all the next generation need. This little book sets out how it is that we can introduce young Christians, new Christians, and underdiscipled Christians to the Author and Perfecter of our faith and what it looks like to live out this faith in real life.
Buy it here.
What books would you add to the list?
For a full list of KCC recommended resources, click here.
We recently shared 5 reasons to attend family conferences like Katoomba Easter Convention. In this blog post, we've come up with five extra reasons to join us in 2019!
1. Be encouraged by the faithfulness of others
With Australia becoming increasingly secular, being a disciple of Jesus can be a lonely journey for you and your children. Being able to gather at KEC with thousands of other believers is a great encouragement. Many of our delegates leave KEC refreshed and inspired, simply because they have witnessed thousands of other Christians who also take their faith seriously.
Outstanding talks, encouraging us to swim against the current and live courageously for Jesus.” - Timothy
2. Return home refreshed and recharged to serve your local church
Many of our delegates serve heavily in their local churches and don’t always have others feeding into them spiritually. KEC is a wonderful opportunity to be recharged in the faith and to be better equipped to serve your local church. In 2018, Public Evangelist, Sam Chan shares three tips for telling people about Jesus:
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
3. Help your children see the value of Christian gatherings and conversations
Children who grow up going to Christian conferences with their parents often grow up seeing the value of Christian gatherings and conversations. KEC gives parents the opportunity to talk about spiritual matters in a way that isn’t awkward or forced. We often hear from our delegates that their kids are more than happy to share what they’ve learned over meal-times or in the car ride home!
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
4. Model to your children, gospel partnership and service
KEC is powered by the generosity of 300 volunteers. Every year, Christians across Australia sign up to serve in logistics, AV, catering, cooking, photography, videography, ushering, youth and children’s programs and many more! KEC exposes young people to an environment of humble service, both up front and behind the scenes. Over the years, it has been our joy to witness children grow up through our children programs and to see them return as adults to volunteer.
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
5. Be inspired by intergenerational and interdenominational worship
‘All One In Christ Jesus’ is the heartbeat of KCC events. At KEC, men and women of all ages, life-stages, cultures and from across denominations gather under one roof to worship Jesus. There is something incredibly special about hearing young children sing along to hymns from old, and likewise, it is wonderful to witness older believers share their stories of faith and perseverance. KEC gives families the opportunity to experience unity in diversity, and gives everyone an opportunity to see things with fresh eyes.
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
Are there any additional benefits you would add to this list?
Join us this Easter!
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
We've created a Spotify playlist so that you can listen to these songs on the go!
Follow the playlist here.
"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
We are pleased to announce that Luther Symons will be returning to the KCC platform to teach at NextGen 2019 from the book of 1 Corinthians.
Luther serves in the growing South West of Sydney at Hope Anglican Church in Leppington. Luther and his family have loved sharing their life and the gospel as they have planted Hope in early 2017. Luther loves Jesus, his family, the awesome bunch at Hope Church, being a netball and soccer dad and chasing Carl up the hills on his bike when they are in Katoomba! He also loves firing up young leaders to teach the Bible and live for Jesus in everything they do!
You can listen to his latest sermon series on the Hope Anglican Church website.
NextGen is the most important conference in the calendar for me. It equips people to read … and teach the Bible so that they are not only a disciple but a disciple-making disciple.”
– Ray Galea, Senior Minister, St Alban’s MBM Rooty Hill
On my way to the conference I felt flat but in the end my heart was praising God and being challenged as well as encouraged in my faith. Thank you for creating an event that is welcoming, inclusive, mature, professional and so practical for us women in our faith! - Amy
As a young mum it's lovely to spend a day gathering under God's word and being able to spend time with other women, not chasing children. - Katie
Having the opportunity to put aside a day to spend with Christ-minded women focusing on God's word, His plan for our lives and worshiping as a whole group is so important. My friend and I rebook each year as we know how valuable the time is. - Emma
"I wake up many mornings feeling overwhelmed by life. I often feel anxious and fearful. I often get panic attacks. I am an anxious introvert who would rather stay home than see people. My feelings will never be trustworthy, but my foundation is. Although God has given me so many verses, sermons and realisations they haven’t changed my feelings of confidence. I’m weak. My confidence can’t be in me. My confidence can’t be my confidence. My foundation is completely outside of me, unaffected by my failings or even my progress. Our confidence is, and has to be in Jesus.” - Kathy Manchester