I started 2016 on a high as I got to attend one of the best conferences around, in Sydney – Nextgen!
The Bible talks, strand groups and waking up every day in the Blue Mountains were really refreshing and fruitful. I got to meet many delegates who encouraged me in godliness. Some even showed me great hospitality by allowing me into their homes.
So, here are 5 lessons I took home from Nextgen:
#1 Staying faithful to God’s Word
The preachers modeled for me what it means to be faithful to God’s Word. They did so by not adding to it or subtracting from it, but by expositing the scriptures. They pointed me to Christ, and preached the text by showing me the literary and historical context of its time, and what it means to Christians today. So profound and convicting!
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
#2 Think 2 Generations Ahead
The best way to learn something is to teach someone else. Nextgen’s program is all about training leaders to train others. Thinking two generations ahead, has seen the tremendous growth of able youths who are confident in handling God’s Word to share with their school or university mates.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)
#3 The Goal is Transformation
I was reminded that Bible Study is not an intellectual exercise or information download, but an agent of transformation! I saw many people praying together, showing a dependence on God to transform themselves. Truly, the aim of Bible Study is godliness!
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (1 Timothy 4:16)
#4 The Bible Transforms!
Nextgen has been going on for close to 30 years. The past participants have become leaders and elders in their home churches. Many of the strand leaders kept coming back, and participants continued to serve in their local church, schools and universities. As God’s Word is taught faithfully, I cannot help but be changed!
#5 Love the Church
Ultimately, Nextgen’s goal is to strengthen local churches as they continue to do the work of ministry. The unity and love regardless of denomination are reminders to me, that we are one under Christ!
The next KVBC conference will be held this coming July in Ipoh, Perak.
Small group leaders fly down from Sydney, where the Nextgen model originates. These groups are kept small and personal in order to maximize learning and personal encouragement for each delegate.
Dates | 6 – 9 July 2016 (Wednesday to Saturday)
Venue | YMCA, Ipoh, Perak
Fees | RM250 (Transport is self arranged)
Sign up | www.bit.ly/kvbcnextgen16
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KVBC Nextgen was founded in 2014 and is the youth training branch of Klang Valley Bible Conference Trust (KVBC), established in 1997 whose mission is to grow godliness through expository preaching in Malaysia through conferences & courses. The other related ministry is the Centre for Expository Preaching. More information can be found on http://kvbc.info.
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