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: Matt Fuller, Kirk Patston, David Jones, Paul Barker, Peter Lau
WHO: Preachers, pastors, Bible study leaders, and all those who love to delve deeper into the Bible!


Evening sessions will be available for just $20 at the door.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us on 02 9747 4780 or email

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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'd love you to 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


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.

Peter was born in Hong Kong but grew up in Sydney, Australia. He worked as a medical general practitioner for about fifteen years. He has teaching experience at SMBC and the University of Sydney. Since 2010 he has been teaching at Seminari Theoloji Malaysia. His research interests include Old Testament narrative, Social Identity Theory, Biblical Theology, and contextual readings of the Bible. He has published on Ruth, Ezekiel and Psalms. A commentary on Esther and an edited volume on Ecclesiastes (both reading within an Asian context) are forthcoming. He is currently back to writing on Ruth. 

Paul trained as an actuary before studying theology at Ridley College, Melbourne. He completed a PhD in Old Testament in England, and then served as Vicar of Holy Trinity Doncaster, an Examining Chaplain, Archdeacon of Box Hill and Visiting Lecturer at Ridley College. From 2009-2016, he was with the Church Missionary Society based in Malaysia, teaching in Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, as well as being a Visiting Lecturer in Old Testament and Preaching in various seminaries in India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Thailand. From 2014-2016 he was also the Asian Regional Coordinator for Langham Preaching and Langham Scholar Care, training preachers throughout Asia. Paul is currently Assistant Bishop for Jumbunna, part of the diocese of Melbourne.

Note: Our apologies, previously advertised speaker Jonny Gibson, is no longer able to travel to Australia due to family reasons.


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 – Why Worship Matters: The Constant Lure of Idolatry – Peter Lau

12.45pm – Lunch

2.00pm – Israel's God in Deuteronomy – Paul Barker

3.00pm – Afternoon Tea

3.30pm – Responding to Dawkins: Holy War in Deuteronomy – Kirk Patston

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 – Use of Deuteronomy in the New Testament – Kirk Patston

12.45pm – Lunch

2.00pm – Sin in Deuteronomy: 'Purging the Evil from Among You' – Paul Barker

3.00pm – Afternoon Tea

3.30pm – Preaching the Decalogue for Today's Church – 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 – Matt Fuller

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 – Discipleship: Living in God's Presence – 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 – The Priority of Mission in Deuteronomy – Kirk Patston

12.45pm – Lunch


A  bookstall will be available during the conference.


As part of your registration you will be provided with tea and coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. If you would like to have dinner as well, dinner tickets are available to purchase during the conference  at $12 each.

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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