SMBC 2017 Biennial Preaching Conference

SMBC 2017 Biennial Preaching Conference

TOPIC: Apocalypse Now - Preaching the Book of Revelation
WHEN: Monday 8 - Thursday 11 May 2017
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon
COST: Early Bird: $265 (before 5pm 31 March), Standard: $295 (before 5pm 28 April), Late Comer: $325 (before 12pm 5 May)
SPEAKERS: Rev Mike Raiter, Dr Mark Stephens, Dr Geoff Harper
WHO: Preachers, pastors, Bible study leaders, and all those who love to delve deeper into the Bible!


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Apocalypse Now - Preaching the Book of Revelation

Trumpets, scrolls, beasts, and numbers – the Book of Revelation shows us a reality beyond our imagination – and sometimes it can feel like it’s beyond our preaching too!

Preaching through the Book of Revelation is no small feat. Even ‘the greats’ baulked at preaching it – Calvin simply refused to and Luther questioned the book's validity!

But as God-breathed scripture, with God and his people at its heart, this book cries out to be preached with just as much passion and flair as the book itself.

The Book of Revelation provides God‘s people with a hope and a confidence that won't fade. What could be more important, and pastorally relevant, for God’s people to hear now, in these ‘last days’.

If you're a preacher, pastor, Bible study leader, or just someone who loves to delve deeper into the Bible, this conference is for you! We’d love you to join us, as we grapple with the challenges and delights of the Book of Revelation.


9.30am – Revelation 1Mike Raiter
11.00am – Morning Tea
11.30am – Preaching Christ in the Apocalypse –  Mark Stephens
12.45pm – Lunch
2.00pm – Use of the Old Testament in Revelation –  Geoff Harper
3.00pm – Afternoon Tea
3:30pm – The Key to Interpreting Symbolism in  RevelationMark Stephens
4:30pm – Break
7:30pm – Revelation 4-5Stuart Coulton

9.30am – Revelation 6Mark Adams
11.00am – Morning Tea
11.30am – Prayer and Praise in the Apocalypse –  Mike Raiter
12.45pm – Lunch
2.00pm – Luther: The Apocalyptic Pastor –  Stuart Coulton
3.00pm – Afternoon Tea
3:30pm – Preaching the New CreationMark Stephens
4:30pm – Break
7:30pm – Revelation 10-11Geoff Harper

9.30am – Revelation 12-14Mike Raiter
11.00am – Morning Tea
11.30am – Preaching Revelation in a Secular Age –  Mark Stephens
12.45pm – Lunch
2.00pm – The Pentateuch in RevelationGeoff Harper
3.00pm – Afternoon Tea
3:30pm – Panel Discussion
4:30pm – Break
7:30pm  – Revelation 17-19Malcolm Gill

9.30am – Revelation 20-21Geoff Harper
11.00am – Morning Tea
11.30am – Revelation and MissionMike Raiter

NOTE: evening sessions available for just $20 at the door!


Mike Raiter
Mike is a preacher and trainer of preachers. After teaching in Pakistan at the Zarephath Bible Institute, Mike served as head of the Department of Missions at Moore College. He is also a former principal of the Melbourne School of Theology. In 2012 he launched the Centre for Biblical Preaching. He has authored a number of books, including Stirrings of the Soul which won the 2004 SPCK Australian Christian Book of the Year Award.

Mark Stephens
Mark is the Coordinator of Integrative Studies at Excelsia College. His PhD focussed on the topic of new creation in the Book of Revelation. Emerging out of that study, Mark became convinced that Revelation is a book about discipleship, which teaches people how to worship and witness to Jesus in a hostile culture. Revelation has so much to say to us about mission, spiritual warfare, suffering, and love!

Geoff Harper
Geoff, originally from Ireland, lectures in Old Testament at SMBC. His PhD focussed on the book of Leviticus and he is co-editor of Finding Lost Words: The Church's Right to Lament. Geoff has a passion for seeing the Bible applied to faith and life, especially bits that tend to be ignored, including the book of Revelation. He will explore the implications of connections between the Old Testament and Revelation for reading and preaching John's Apocalypse. 

Stuart Coulton
Stuart is Principal of SMBC and lecturer in Church History and Pastoral Care.

Mark Adams
Mark is SMBC’s Pastoral Vice-Principal and Director of the Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry.

Malcolm Gill
Malcolm lectures at SMBC in Preaching and New Testament, and is the Coordinator of SMBC’s Master of Arts Program.

Apologies: previously advertised speaker, Rev Dr Greg Beale, is no longer available due to illness.


A  bookstall will be available during the conference breaks.

Note: Images, info and talks from the 2015 Biennial Preaching Conference are available here

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