SUMMER SCHOOL 2019: 25 Dec 2019 – 2 Jan 2020, Blue Skies
Bro Neville Clark – The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias
Two thousand years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ wrote letters to seven ecclesias of Asia Minor. These letters are recorded in Rev 2-3. Despite what these ecclesias thought of themselves or how they appeared to others, the Lord knew the true spiritual state of each one. In every letter, the same phrase is repeated: “I know thy works”. In some cases the Lord spoke words of commendation, in other cases he spoke words of condemnation, but in all cases he offered words of encouragement. Therefore, despite the problems that are listed, it was not too late to change and for those who would overcome, a rich reward awaited.
In their own way, each of these ecclesias represents us. The problems of the first century are no different to those of the twenty-first century. Human nature hasn’t changed. There is therefore a great benefit in reading these letters not just as letters to first century ecclesias, but as letters to twenty-first century saints!
Bro Ben O’Grady – The Ecclesia in the Wilderness: Journey to the Promised Land
Yahweh took his people out of Egypt as a motley group of slaves. Forty years later they triumphantly entered the land as the conquering nation of Israel.
The drama and pathos of the wilderness wanderings is a beautiful picture of our own journey, both as individuals but more importantly as an ecclesia from Egypt to the Promised Land. We experience the same struggles, the same encouragement, the same longsuffering care of the Father as He protects us and changes us to become His people.
Journeying in the footsteps of that first congregation is a challenge, but with them we shall learn to trust that God brings His people into the wilderness, so that He might bring them into the promised land. But more, our own Exodus and contribution in Ecclesial life becomes the basis of our glorious involvement in the future restoration of Israel through the ‘Wilderness of the Peoples’ and into covenant relationship with their God.
Junior school: Paul in the Book of Acts, and Creation
Children under 15 years old must be part of a family group who are responsible for their behaviour. The age for dormitory entry is 15 years.
Your attendance should be planned for the full duration of the school. If for some reason you are unable to do so please provide full details with your application form. Any who wish to attend on a regular daily basis should make prior arrangements with the committee.
When the Summer School is full, applications will be placed on a waiting list.
Please note: This year, we will be accepting only online applications
If you are likely to have difficulties applying online, someone in your ecclesia will be able to help you.
School hosts: Bro Mark & Sis Ngaere O’Grady, Bro Paul & Sis Jan Teal, Bro Glen & Sis Nikki Davies