SMBC 2019 Biennial Preaching Conference

SMBC 2019 Biennial Preaching Conference

TOPIC: Between Rescue and Home: Preaching Discipleship from the Book of Deuteronomy
WHEN: Monday 6 - Thursday 9 May 2019
WHERE: SMBC Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
COST: Early Bird: $280 (before 5pm 29 March), Standard: $310 (before 5pm 26 April), Late Comer: $340 (before 2pm 3 May)
SPEAKERS: Jonny Gibson, David Jones, Matt Fuller, Kirk Patston
WHO: Preachers, pastors, Bible study leaders, and all those who love to delve deeper into the Bible!



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Between Rescue and Home: Preaching Discipleship from the Book of Deuteronomy

Between judgement and salvation. Between promise and fulfillment. Between rescue and home.

That’s where we are.

On the edge of the promised land, God’s people are called to choose life and walk in obedience.

It’s a call to discipleship – to love God with all their heart and soul and strength.

We hope you can join us in May as we explore the powerful relevance of the Book of Deuteronomy for our churches today.

Mark Adams
Director of the SMBC Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry


Dr Jonny Gibson is Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He is ordained in the International Presbyterian Church, UK. Previously, he served as Associate Minister at Cambridge Presbyterian Church, England. His recent publications include Reformation Worship: Liturgies from the Past for the Present and Covenant Continuity and Fidelity (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies).

David Jones has served churches in Wales, London and Australia. He has recently retired as the Senior Pastor at Ann Street Presbyterian Church in Brisbane. Before moving to Brisbane in 2014, David was involved in the Vision 100 network in Hobart, Tasmania that has resulted in the establishment of new congregations in the Presbyterian and Christian Reformed denominations. David was Moderator General of the Presbyterian Church of Australia from 2010 to 2013.

Matt Fuller is the Senior Minister at Christ Church Mayfair, UK, where he has served since it was planted in 2001. He oversees the city centre ministry to families, students and workers. In God’s kindness they have been able to plant numerous other churches into diverse settings. He is the author of several books including Perfect Sinners and Time for Everything? Prior to ministry he worked as a school teacher of history and politics which remain a great pleasure to him.

Dr Kirk Patson lectures in Old Testament at SMBC, particularly in wisdom literature. He has a special interest in disability theology. Kirk is also an Assistant Pastor at Springwood Presbyterian Church. He writes and preaches regularly and his books include the popular Isaiah: Surprising Salvation (Reading the Bible Today series). He was recently a keynote speaker at Oxygen Conference.


This conference can be completed for Master of Arts (MA) credit by attending additional seminars during 6-10 May, and doing the required assessments. Understanding and Preaching Deuteronomy (OT746i) will be led by SMBC’s senior lecturer in Old Testament, Dr Janson Condren. The unit will cover crucial aspects of interpreting Deuteronomy, critiquing sermons on it, looking at some themes and passages in detail, and dealing with issues that affect how we apply the book today.



9.00am Tea + coffee

9.30am Sermon on Deuteronomy 1-3 – Matt Fuller

11.00am Morning Tea

11.30am Israel's God in Deuteronomy – Jonny Gibson

12.45pm Lunch

2.00pm The priority of mission in Deuteronomy – Kirk Patston

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm Sin in Deuteronomy : Purging the evil from among you – Jonny Gibson

4.30pm Break

7.30pm Sermon on Deuteronomy 6:4-25 – David Jones


9.00am Tea + coffee

9.30am Sermon on Deuteronomy 7:1-26 – David Jones

11.00am Morning Tea

11.30am Responding to Dawkins: Holy war in Deuteronomy – Jonny Gibson

12.45pm Lunch

2.00pm Use of Deuteronomy in the New Testament – Kirk Patston

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm Discipleship: Living in God's Presence – Matt Fuller

4.30pm Break

7.30pm Sermon on Deuteronomy 16:18-18:21 – Kirk Patston


9.00am Tea + coffee

9.30am Sermon on Deuteronomy 23:15-25:19 – Jonny Gibson

11.00am Morning Tea

11.30am Five pastoral reasons for preaching Deuteronomy – David Jones

12.45pm Lunch

2.00pm Grace and obedience – Kirk Patston

3.00pm Afternoon Tea

3.30pm Preaching the Decalogue for today's church – Matt Fuller

4.30pm Break

7.30pm Sermon on Deuteronomy 27:1-28:68 – David Jones


9.00am Tea + coffee

9.30am Sermon on Deuteronomy 31:30-32:47 – Matt Fuller

11.00am Morning Tea

11.30am Why worship matters: The constant lure of idolatry – Jonny Gibson

12.45pm Finish


A  bookstall will be available during the conference.

Note: Images, info and talks from the 2015 Biennial Preaching Conference are available here and 2017 Biennial Preaching Conference are available here

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