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Encore 2022

26 August 2022

Semester 2, Block A begins Friday 22 July, ends Friday 26 August | 9:45am - 12pm

Encore is an initiative of Morling College, held on Friday mornings at our Sydney campus and livestreamed online. It is designed for people who are retired or no longer working full-time to continue learning about God with like-minded people. There are no academic requirements or assessments for Encore. Every new stage of life has its challenges and possibilities, and it is in an open learning environment that people bring their life experience, skills & knowledge to explore the following areas:

  • Engaging Bible teaching – challenging your own journey with God
  • Asking the tough questions – about life’s big issues
  • Faith in action – in your family, communities, local and overseas

What does Encore look like?

The program has a mix of lecture-style presentations and more discussion-based seminars.

Each Friday morning will have the same structure:

  • 9.45am - 9.50am - Welcome, prayer and announcements
  • 9.50M - 10.45am - Session 1
  • 10.45m - 11.05am - Morning Tea
  • 11.05am – 12 noon - Session 2

We will meet in the Ministry and Learning Centre at our Sydney campus (5 Saunders Close, Macquarie Park) and also via livestream. Parking is available.

Semester 2 Dates:

  • Semester 2 Block A: Friday July 22, July 29, August 5, August 12, August 19, August 26

ENCORE Bible Teaching Sessions:

Session 1: Exploring the Minor Prophets

  • “For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.” Hosea 6:6
  • “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” Joel 2:28
  • “The day of the LORD is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.” Obadiah 1:15
  • “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Saviour.” Habakkuk 3:17-18
  • “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
  • “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.” Nahum 1:7

These well-known verses were written centuries ago and come from a section of the Bible we call the Minor Prophets (called the Book of the Twelve in the Hebrew Bible). They reassure and convict us that God is not blind to evil and that he is a God of justice. They also declare boldly that there is hope and restoration for God’s people. They speak of a coming Messiah who will establish a new Kingdom and a restored covenant. The term ‘minor’ refers to their length – not their significance! In this sessions we will explore three of these Old Testament books; considering how they help us understand the spiritual and historical situation of Israel at the time and continue to speak to us today.

Session 2: The Kingdom of God is like …

The kingdom of God is a theme which dominates the preaching of Jesus as recorded in the synoptic gospels. Indeed, almost everything Jesus said or did was related in some way to the ushering in of the kingdom. Jesus himself said that to proclaim the good news of the kingdom was the reason he was sent (Luke 4:43). Many of Jesus’ parables are kingdom parables, using a common refrain “The kingdom of God is like …”. These parables use stories, images and everyday experiences to open the eyes and ears of the listeners then and today. They call us to consider what God was doing when Jesus spoke in the 1st century, what God is doing now and He will do. They speak about the kingdom and its values and call us to respond. In these sessions our speakers will tell their own stories of how they see the kingdom of God at work, using images and everyday experiences from their context.

We aim to keep costs low so that you can attend whatever your financial situation. Please let us know if you would like to attend but do not have the finances to be able to come - we don't want you to miss out!

As with all events at Morling, we place great importance on being COVIDsafe so that we can be welcome you with confidence and a friendly smile. You will be required to sign in each week to register your attendance on campus and follow all usual COVIDsafe protocols.

Register Online

LOCATION: Morling College, 5 Saunders Close, Macquarie Park NSW 2113 or via Livestream

PRESENTER: Various Morling Faculty and Speakers

DATE: 26th August 2022

TIME: 9:45am - 12 noon