Starting Monday 12 April we are running three seminar tracks, which will look in detail at a particular topic or issue. One session per track will be released each week, culminating in a live Q&A with the speaker on Monday 10 May.

We hope that spreading these out will enable more of us to hear and engage with them than if we squeezed everything into one week. You might also like to watch them in your home group, fellowship group or in other settings. Find out more about each track below.

There is no need to sign up for these seminars, they will be available for free on our website. More details to follow. 

Living with anxiety and fear

Steve Midgley

When God says, ‘Do not be afraid’, what does he mean? As we consider what the Bible has to say about fear and anxiety and as we see the implications of the gospel for godly risk-taking, we will discover new ways of facing our fears and living boldly for Christ.

Turning gospel roadblocks into signposts

Rebecca McLaughlin

There are some questions we dread being asked by our friends or colleagues, some topics that seem too hot to handle. These sessions will help see how these can lead to real opportunities to talk about Jesus.

Is the word really alive

Garry Williams

These sessions will look at the inspiration and authority of the Bible, seeking to strengthen our confidence in its character in the midst of a world which increasingly rejects it as morally suspect and churches that rush to embrace the world’s own thinking.

1. Understanding fear

What do we worry about? Do fears and anxieties shape our hearts without us even realising it?

By identifying some of the many ways fear affects us, we will begin to see its connections to Scripture and to faith in Christ.

1. Seeing the signposts in diversity

Christianity has been a multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural movement from the first and the Bible’s teaching about all humans being made in God’s image and love across difference is the primary reason why people value diversity today. We will also see that rather than being in decline, Christianity is growing globally, and that it is the most racially, ethnically, and geographically diverse belief system in the world.

1. Does it matter? (Part 1)

The first two sessions examine why the authority of Scripture matters both in the context of our times and as part of our obedience to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

2. Resisting fear

Anxiety and fear can profoundly limit our life for Christ. Uncovering the roots of fear and hearing God’s promises are key steps in learning how to resist fear and live more boldly for Christ. 

2. Seeing the signposts in sexuality

We will explore the gospel logic that lies at the heart of the Bible’s radical teachings on sexual ethics. This will help us grasp a better framework for understanding sexuality in general and same-sex attraction in particular and equip us to navigate conversations with friends who see Christianity as hatefully homophobic.

2. Does it matter? (Part 2)

The first two sessions examine why the authority of Scripture matters both in the context of our times and as part of our obedience to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  

3. Taking risks

We describe some people as ‘risk-takers’ and others as ‘risk-averse’. But what is a godly attitude to risk? When fear is inhibiting a decision, how might faith make a difference?

3. Seeing the signposts in science

This session will show that belief in a Creator God is not the opposite of belief in science, but rather its first and best foundation. It will give a handle on the history of science and Christianity and help us see the whole of science as a signpost, rather than just looking for God in our scientific gaps. 

3. The Bible is not inspired, so what is it?

This session will explore how the Bible is far more than inspired, in particular how it is without error and how it is the instrument of God’s covenantal relationship with us. 

4. The end of fear

Fear is, generally, something we try to avoid, yet one fear is worth having. The Bible describes the fear of the Lord as the beginning of wisdom itself. But what is it and how can we grow in this best of all fears?

4. Seeing the signposts in suffering

This session will suggest that the reality of suffering is not an embarrassment to Christianity, but rather that the Bible was written by and for suffering people. It will then walk through a biblical theology of suffering from the story of Jesus raising Lazarus and help them see how they might use this story as a starting point with non-believing friends.

4. ‘Come Holy Spirit!’

This session will explore the sufficiency of Scripture and the way the Spirit speaks today.