“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise!…
One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” (Ps 145:3-4)
A number of times in recent weeks I’ve been in conversations or meetings where someone has shared about when they first met Jesus, or were challenged to follow him in a life-changing way. It’s always an encouragement to hear people speak fervently of these milestone experiences – the place; the date; the sense of God’s clear voice and the conviction of his Spirit. Often these experiences are remembered and marked years or even decades later.
This year we are celebrating a significant milestone in our faith journey together. This year our movement turns 150!
In 1868 a handful of Baptist Churches in the NSW colony decided to connect in an Association, to support and encourage one another in their mission and witness. From small beginnings, under God’s hand we now comprise over 340 churches across the state and territory, unique in context and ministry but part of the same family. Our story has been one like that of most families – highs and lows, times of great challenge and others of real blessing. But more than anything else it is a story worth celebrating. We want to give God the glory for what he has done, is doing and will do through this family of over 30,000 people he has connected together.
So, this year we are celebrating this story, and also creating space to look to the future with energy as we continue to press into the vision God has put before us.
That’s what Celebrate150 is about!
Celebrate150 is a once-in-a-generation event that will run in place of our Revive gathering in 2018. It will begin over dinner on Thursday 17th May and that evening’s programme will include our Annual Assembly. Then on Friday 18th we will gather for a day of inspiration and equipping, culminating in a final celebration rally for all ages in the evening.
It will be a massive celebration!
But Celebrate 150 is not just about the birthday. It’s where we gather to meet with our tribe, to be inspired by how God is at work across our movement. We will be challenged and equipped in our walk of faith, and engage with some powerful questions: Who does God call us to be going into the future individually and collectively? And will we live that out, to His glory, in our generation?
The venue for Celebrate150 will be Le Montage, a fantastic venue on Iron Cove Bay in Sydney’s inner west. It has plenty of onsite parking and easy access by public transport from the CBD.
http://www.celebrate150.org.au/ is the online home for all the details of the event and how you can be part of it.
Whether you have connected with our movement in recent times or have been part of a Baptist church for decades, whether you are young or young at heart, Celebrate150 is for you! Come and be inspired and challenged to live for Christ in our changing times – celebrating our story but fixing our eyes on Jesus as we look to the future with faith and hope.