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What is Masterclass?

Masterclass is a one-day event for Christian students in Years 10 and 11. Highly engaging speakers aim to inspire the next generation to grow in their knowledge of God; encourage the students to love others; and challenge them to discern the best choices to make on their Christian journey.

This year we introduce the new Hot Topics Q&A panel at which our speakers will answer questions submitted before and on the day of Masterclass.

Paul writes in Philippians 1:9

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ”

Modelled on Paul’s prayer, Bible Society has designed Masterclass in three areas:

  1. Foundational: to inform students how to trust and know God better through biblical foundational truths – “knowledge and depth of insight”,
  2. Missional: to encourage students to love others and live missional lives – “love may abound”, and
  3. Topical: to equip students as they deal with hot topics of today – “discern what is best”.

Bible Society would like principals, teachers, chaplains, youth leaders and parents to identify and invite students who would benefit from a day of investment in their spiritual development, and better prepare them to be leaders within their school and local community.

Masterclass is designed for a Christian audience. There is no limit to the size of your group.

If you have any questions, please contact Gayle: masterclass@biblesociety.org.au phone: 02 9870 5636

State Date Speakers
QLD Tuesday, 25 July 2017 John Dickson Dan Paterson Patricia Weerakoon
WA – Albany Monday, 31 July 2017 Dan Paterson Jordan Thyer  (shorter program)
WA – Perth Tuesday, 1 August 2017 John Dickson Dan Paterson Amy Stopher
NSW Tuesday, 8 August 2017 John Dickson Dan Paterson Natasha Moore
SA Tuesday, 15 August 2017 John Dickson Dan Paterson Natasha Moore
VIC Tuesday, 22 August 2017 Rory Shiner Simon Smart Richard Shumack
TAS Tuesday, 29 August 2017 John Dickson Simon Smart (Shorter Program)
 Queensland Masterclass Flyer Queensland 2017
 Western Australia Masterclass Flyer Western Australia 2017
 New South Wales Masterclass Flyer New South Wales 2017
 South Australia Masterclass Flyer South Australia 2017
 Victoria Masterclass Flyer Victoria 2017
 Tasmania Masterclass Flyer Tasmania 2017

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Challenging young people to be Christian leaders among their friends. Get a taste for what you’ll learn at Masterclass with these sample talks below.

(2015) A doubters guide to the Bible – John Dickson Everyone has doubts. And most people have some doubts about the Bible. How can we read the creation accounts in Genesis in light of modern science? How do we approach the Old Testament Law when it seems inconsistent and irrelevant? This session will show that the whole Bible is an account of God’s promise to restore humanity to himself, and humanity to one another and to creation. Why does the Bible continue to be a life-changing and best-selling book? John Dickson
(2015) How the teaching of Jesus changed the world and how following Jesus will change your life – Karl Faase. The teachings of Jesus, Paul and Augustine shifted the world and is the foundation of modern western culture and democracy. Across western countries there are grave concerns about the influence of religion, and Christianity is not immune from these criticisms. But those who seek to tear down institutional religion often do not recognise that basic cultural values, like Individual dignity and rights, the sanctity of life, caring for the poor, the place of women, freedom of speech and the pursuit of science, have their origins in the teachings and influence of Jesus and the church. In a post-church world where Jesus and the church are seen as irrelevant, how should we respond?  How do we live and lead in such opposition?
(2015) Sex: What has God got to do with it? – Patricia Weerakoon Sex is natural. It’s fun. You need it to be happy. Everyone’s doing it. You’ve got to do it to be popular. What’s wrong with experimenting anyway? How would you know what you like, even who you are, if you don’t check it out? Do these statements sound familiar? Have you ever wondered if God has anything to say about sex? Does God hate sex? Is the Bible just an old rule book on what not to do? Patricia Weerakoon, a Christian sexologist and author explores the challenges of being Generation Z (born between 1995 and 2009). Z’s are the most digitally connected, socially informed, advertised and sexualised generation that ever walked this earth! Come and be challenged as she explores Gods plan for sex, gender and relationships. Patricia Weerakoon
(2015) Leading in the way of the cross – Dave Miers.How can the cross of Christ be the greatest influence upon your leadership? The cross doesn’t just determine why we do what we do, but it also determines what we do and how we do it. In 1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul says this about the shape of his leadership, “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (ESV). The cross is at the heart of his leadership. Does this mean he didn’t talk about anything else? The rest of Paul’s writing shows that he spoke about many issues. But ultimately everything always came back to the cross of Christ. The cross doesn’t just shape evangelism and how people become Christian, it is also meant to permeate through every part of Christian leadership. Dave Meirs
(2014) Why trust the Gospels? – John Dickson We all have questions about history. Questions with the uncertainty about the Bible’s origins, accuracy and authority speaks into our lives. John Dickson helps us know how history supports the reliability and centrality of the gospels. Building confidence in the authenticity of the Bible and equipping us to answer these hard questions. John Dickson
(2014) The Bible: A life-changing story – Graham Stanton Youth ministry writer and trainer, Graham Stanton thinks most people would agree that the Bible has something to do with being a Christian. But how does this ancient book actually bring about spiritual transformation? Stanton looks at what the Bible is and what we’re supposed to do with it. It’s not a magic book and it’s more than just a list of commandments or wise thoughts about life. He encourages us to think about what God offers us in the big story of Scripture and what sort of response from us makes sense in light of that. Graham Stanton
(2014) Christ and Culture – Sarah Deutscher Marketing and theology expert Sarah Deutscher from Red Church says it’s amazing how much we can believe something but behave differently to those beliefs. “A guy called Leslie Newbigin says it best when he says that ‘your true religion is not what you believe, your true religion is what shapes your behaviour.’ A sobering thought. This session we will look at our culture and how it shapes and forms us, giving us certain values and beliefs that are more powerful in determining how we live than the gospel appears to be. We will rediscover the story of the gospel – a story that is way bigger than any little story our culture tries to sell us. Essentially this session will be an invitation to actively participate in the alternative God has for the world.” Sarah Deutscher
(2014) Know your worth/Who am I? – Patricia Weerakoon Where does your identity come from? Who determines your identity? It is your social media profile? Your popularity? Your body image, or your sexual prowess? The Bible tells us that none of this really matters. Your identity is in Christ, not in what people think of you. And your righteousness comes from Christ, not in anything you do or don’t do. Patricia discusses why teen brains are particularly vulnerable to the corrosive influence of our sexualised culture. You will come away with the information and tools to be confidently counter-cultural and draw others to join you too. Patricia Weerakoon
(2014) Accessing The Story – Travis Johnson Pastor and missionary Travis Johnson, from Access The Story: A good movie has the potential to be a transformational experience. When a much anticipated release is premiered, people flock to the cinema not just to be entertained, but to enter into an experience, and to perhaps walk away having their view of the world and life changed. Story has always worked in this way – we love to be able to enter into another world, and more often than not, we come away from that world back into our own as changed human beings. God’s story has far more capacity to bring transformation into our lives than any well-crafted modern story – because it is the greatest story of all time. Why then, do we persist in presenting the Bible as the manual for life? In this session, we will explore how we can connect with the Bible as an overarching story: one that has to be experienced and embraced and retold. Travis Johnson
(2013) Living the greatest story ever told – Justine Toh Centre For Public Christianity’s Justine Toh: In a world where we’re encouraged to write our own stories – and create our own identities – for ourselves, we’ll be thinking about the ways in which we become more ourselves than ever before when our lives are linked with God’s Story.
(2013) Christianity – seeking the right to speak – Andrew Fisher Andrew “Fishtail” Fisher, Jesus Racing: Having formed the foundation stones of our Society, over the past 30 years Christianity (and for that matter Christians) seem to have lost relevance in the marketplace. This seminar will look at why this has happened and explore how we can re-engage in the conversation.
(2013) Communicating Truth in a digital age – Matt Prater Matt Prater, Brisbane pastor and radio host: We all have thousands of advertising targeting us every day—from TV, radio, internet, billboards etc. With so many messages cluttering our minds, how do we communicate effectively amongst the media avalanche? What’s the most effective way of getting our message across?

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