Bible Teachers and Preachers: Advanced

2017 European Bible Teachers and Preachers Network: Advanced Track

The church is always at its healthiest where there is a passion for the preaching of God’s Word.  Across the world there is a growing movement of church leaders and lay preachers who are committed to biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant Bible teaching and preaching.  This movement transcends denominations and brings together people with a passion to feed the church and spread the Gospel through effective presentation of God’s Word.

This year’s Bible Teachers and Preachers Network will again be split into two levels. Driving both levels is a commitment to understanding the dynamics of biblical teaching and preaching, a focus on practical training to help in the task of understanding the Word and expounding it clearly, relevantly and engagingly, in our European context. It is our desire to be part of developing momentum in the biblical preaching movement across Europe.  We don’t want to simply run a Network track, but to grow relationships among a growing network of preachers and teachers across the continent.

ALL those who teach the Bible, (whether in a local church setting, on university campuses or elsewhere, whether from the pulpit or not), are welcome to join us.  While the primary focus will be on pulpit preaching, the principles of handling and communicating the Bible will apply in multiple ministry contexts.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

The Advanced Track in 2017 will focus on the unique challenges of preaching Acts.  It is for those who have either attended a previous European Bible Teachers and Preachers Network, a Cor Deo preaching course, or a Langham Preaching seminar in Europe. 
 

NETWORK LEADERS

Peter Mead is the director of Cor Deo, a mentored study and ministry training program in Chippenham, England. Peter is on the leadership team of a church plant and teaches preaching at Union School of Theology. He studied at Multnomah Biblical Seminary before getting his Doctor of Ministry degree under Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the area of expository preaching. Peter is the author of Pleased to Dwell, Foundations, Lost in Wonder, and BiblicalPreaching.net, and contributed in the area of preaching to the Ministry Essentials Study Bible. He is married, with six children.

 

Huw Williams worked for 12 years as a conductor, working with orchestras, soloists, singers, and ensembles across the world. He then made the transition to pastoral ministry and is currently the pastor of the International Church of Torino in Italy. He is a passionate advocate of clear and understandable Bible teaching, particularly in cross-cultural contexts. He maintains a keen interest in classical music and opera, and continues to support and encourage Christian musicians as they engage their Christian faith with their artistic environment. He is a husband to Alison and a father to Kitty and Clara.

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University and a Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Honorary Fellow of Wycliffe Hall and an Adjunct Professor of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and he teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme at the Executive Education Centre, Said Business School, Oxford. He is particularly interested in the interface of science, philosophy, and theology and his recent books include Seven Days that Divide the World (on Genesis 1), Gunning for God (on the new atheism) and Stephen Hawking and God (a response to The Grand Design). Professor Lennox has debated a number of the world’s leading atheists including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer.

 

Michael Reeves is Director of Union and Senior Lecturer at Wales Evangelical School of Theology. Previously he has been Head of Theology for UCCF and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He is the author of Introducing Major TheologiansThe Unquenchable FlameThe Good God, and Christ our Life, co-editor of Adam, the Fall and Original Sin, and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.

 

Valdir Steuernagel, a Brazilian, has a PhD in theology and his special calling is in the area of integral mission. Valdir and his wife Silêda are pastoring at the Lutheran Comunidade do Redentor in Curitiba, Brazil, after having been involved with the Brazilian student movement affiliated to IFES as well as with World Vision International. Valdir integrates the Internacional Council of the World Evangelical Alliance and is a Sênior Executive Advisor of the Lausanne Movement.  He has been married with Silêda for forty years and they have been gifted with four sons and six grandchildren. Both have had the privilege to minister in God's worldwide church for all that time, experiencing his faithfulness and grace.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

The Gospel and Preaching    
Peter Mead

The Bible is given to a fallen world to reveal God and his gracious plan to rescue the undeserving.  In this advanced network we will begin by considering various approaches to preaching, including what we will call the Big Idea and the Big Story approaches to preaching the Word of God. Every text was written in the context of a fallen world and written to people in this fallen world – so every text must in some way be redemptive, shining the light of God’s goodness into our darkness.  What does it mean for us to preach the good news from every passage in the Bible – to preach redemptively?

Approaches to Redemptive Exposition
Peter Mead

Some biblical texts present a succinct and direct gospel message, but many are not so obvious.  In this session we will consider various approaches to interpreting biblical texts in order to highlight the redemptive message that is present.  


Day 2

Redemptive Exposition Exercise
Peter Mead

In this session we will work in groups to apply the lessons learned about redemptive exposition to specific biblical passages.  Together we will experience both the challenges and the richness of seeking to see the divine intention in various biblical texts.

Interview with John Lennox (Combined with Foundational Track)
hosted by Peter Mead

John Lennox is a renowned professor, Bible teacher and apologist.  This combined session with both Bible Teachers Networks will offer a unique opportunity to hear and learn from John Lennox as he talks about the Bible, ministry and life. 


Day 3

Preaching Christ: Lessons from the Reformation
Michael Reeves

500 years ago the Protestant Reformation began as Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg.  What was recovered in the following years was not just a biblical doctrine of salvation, but also a healthier approach to preaching the Bible to the people. In this session we will explore some of the lessons we can learn from how the Reformers learned to preach Christ half a millennia ago.

What Would Non-Redemptive Preaching Sound Like?
Peter Mead

To help us reinforce what we have learned in respect to a redemptive approach to preaching we need to consider the alternative.  It is very easy to preach so that our listeners are not responding to the Gospel of God’s goodness revealed ultimately in Christ, but rather so that they are looking to themselves for needed change.  In this session we will evaluate moralistic approaches to preaching that can drain the Gospel life out of our ministry.


Day 4

The Word of God Is Always Fresh
Peter Mead and Valdir Steuernagel

The 500th anniversary of the Reformation is a great time to return to the wonder of God speaking to us through the Scriptures. On one side many churches are no longer known for their intense use of and submission to the Scriptures. On the other we have the academic approach that has tended to imprison the Word and make it a captive of our systems and understanding. In this discussion Valdir and Peter will consider how to recover the freshness and actuality of the Word for a new generation.
 

Where Do We Go From Here? (Combined with Foundational Track)
Peter Mead and Huw Williams

This session will be combined with the Foundational Track of the Bible Teacher and Preacher’s Network.  We will enjoy a brief sermon together and then reflect on the week we have shared.  What has been helpful?  Where do we go from here?  How can we move forward in our own preaching ministry, but also how can we help others in our own local contexts?  Together we will develop strategies to spread enthusiasm for biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant preaching of the Bible across Europe.


 

 

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