Reasons for Faith | Hamilton

Reasons for Faith is a monthly Thinking Matters gathering, run in association with Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. We explore topics that are directly relevant to fulfilling the call of 1 Peter 3:15-16, which says:

In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

 Apologetics can sometimes be a bit heavy duty but our aim is to be intensely practical and to make the presentations and discussions suitable for people who have a beating heart for the gospel and who want to grow their understanding specifically in the area of secular challenges to Christian faith.

We make arguments, but we are not argumentative.

It is tremendously faith-building to discover just how strong the arguments for biblical Christianity really are. The apostle Peter encourages us to always be prepared to give an answer regarding the reason for our hope in Christ. In these monthly meetings we will discuss and learn many such answers.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jesus the Game Changer

Jesus Christ has made an indelible mark on human history and he continues to do so through his followers. Yet many people do not realise that the values Western democracies are built on originate in the life and teaching of Jesus – the equality of all, servant leadership, care for the poor and marginalised, to name just a few. We will explore the big idea that, with God, everybody matters, and we will view the episode simply titled ‘Equality’, from the Karl Faase DVD series, ‘Jesus the Game Changer’. Jesus taught that each individual had inherent value – they were loved by God and worthy of love and consideration from other people. The focus was shifted from people being viewed only as members of families, castes, cities or communities, to being individuals of worth. These ideas did not originate with the Greek philosophers, but they were taught by Jesus, and he modelled his teaching by the way he interacted with many people who were commonly rejected by others.

7pm, Monday 28th September at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth.

ABOUT OUR HOST
Gerald Broom

As well as the Ministry Development Coordinator for Thinking Matters Waikato, Gerald is the founder and coordinator of Reasons for Faith Hamilton & Reasons for Faith Ngaruawahia. 

PAST EVENTS

CANCELLED | Leadership, Business, and Faith

Unfortunately, due to Auckland’s Level 2 restrictions, we are no longer able to hold this event. We hope to have Mark speak at Reasons for Faith Hamilton as soon as possible.

Mark Powell, best known as CEO of the Warehouse Group for the five years to the end of 2015, will be speaking in Hamilton on Leadership, Business and Faith. Mark writes, “In business one of the key functions of leadership is to ensure that there is clarity of the purpose, principles and priorities of the company. This is the “way” of the company, but this also applies at a personal level. We all implicitly or explicitly choose our ‘way’ for life; our purpose, principles and priorities, but are they in line with the truth and will they lead to a flourishing life, now and forever?”

Please note we will be in a different venue for this event. Discovery Christian Centre, corner Insoll Ave and Peachgrove Rd, Fairfield, Thursday 10th September at 7pm.

Enquiries: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz.

Mark Powell

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Mark Powell

As well as having business and engineering qualifications, Mark Powell has a Theology degree, and a Masters degree in apologetics. He has spoken widely on apologetics subjects, including sharing the stage with Ravi Zacharias in Auckland, and teaching a credited course in apologetics as part of the Applied Theology degree at Carey Baptist College. He is now on the boards of ASX and NZX listed companies, other private businesses and Christian not-for-profits.

Questions & Answers

Is religion the cause of most wars? Is right and wrong determined by what the majority think? Is human and chimp DNA 97% the same? These are some of the questions our ten speakers will answer at this evening of thought-provoking mini-talks.

Summary notes of all the talks will be provided at the end of the evening.

7pm, Monday 24th August at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth. Enquiries: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz.

ABOUT OUR MODERATOR
Gerald Broom

As well as the Ministry Development Coordinator for Thinking Matters Waikato, Gerald is the founder and coordinator of Reasons for Faith Hamilton & Reasons for Faith Ngaruawahia. 

Why Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus?

If there is no resurrection, Christianity crumbles. In light of common perception that death is the final farewell, the Christian belief in the resurrection of Jesus is really quite astounding, and yet, the good news about the Good News is that the evidence is utterly compelling.

Come and learn how to effectively share this wonderful story. Gerald Broome will be presenting the historical evidence for the resurrection at 7pm on Monday 29th June, at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth.

ABOUT GERALD BROOME
Ministry Development Coordinator – Waikato

As well as the Ministry Development Coordinator for Thinking Matters, Waikato, he is the founder and coordinator of Reasons for Faith Hamilton & Reasons for Faith Ngaruawahia. 

Six Reasons Belief in God is More Intellectually Honest Than Atheism

PRESENTED BY TODD FUNK

This month Todd returns to address six top reasons why belief in God (theism) is more intellectually honest and tenable than atheism. He uses an acrostic: URWISE. U – the universe is highly ordered. R – reason. Humans have the ability to think rationally. W – wrong and right, the universal moral code. I – information found in DNA. S – science. Christian belief specifically led to the rise of modern science. There is no conflict between theism and science.  E – evil. If there’s evil there must be good. Where does that come from?

Time and venue: 7 pm Monday 24th February, 2020,

at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth.

Enquiries: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz.

Todd FunkABOUT TODD FUNK
National Director of Speaker Development

In 2004, Todd, along with his wife Donna of 26 years and their two children, Alixx and Nikki, lay down the safety and security of their teaching careers and immigrated to New Zealand from the United States. In response to his obedience to fulfil God’s ministry call on his life, God has opened doors of opportunity for teaching, preaching and training throughout the USA, New Zealand, Ukraine, Australia, the Pacific Islands and beyond.

Todd‘s messages, teaching and ministry have powerfully impacted people of all ages on several continents. He has spoken for Thinking Matters at our Confident Christianity conferences and Unshaken Youth & Young Adult Conference and has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years.

THE TESTIMONY OF THE HEAVENS

PRESENTED BY TODD FUNK

Todd Funk, National Director of Speaker Development for Thinking Matters, will present The Testimony of the Heavens. Using some of the best images available, this multi-media rich presentation will inspire wonder and build faith in the God of creativity whose word is true. Todd was previously a high school science teacher, and has spoken extensively throughout New Zealand, the USA, Ukraine, Australia, and the Pacific Islands.

Time and venue: 7 – 9pm Monday 25th November, 2019,

at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth.

Enquiries: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz.

Todd FunkABOUT TODD FUNK
National Director of Speaker Development

In 2004, Todd, along with his wife Donna of 26 years and their two children, Alixx and Nikki, lay down the safety and security of their teaching careers and immigrated to New Zealand from the United States. In response to his obedience to fulfil God’s ministry call on his life, God has opened doors of opportunity for teaching, preaching and training throughout the USA, New Zealand, Ukraine, Australia, the Pacific Islands and beyond.

Todd‘s messages, teaching and ministry have powerfully impacted people of all ages on several continents. He has spoken for Thinking Matters at our Confident Christianity conferences and Unshaken Youth & Young Adult Conference and has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years.

Worldview in Conflict: the Cosmic Battle for Our Minds

Presented by Rodney Lake

In this presentation, Rodney highlights the great war between the truth claims of God and the lies and deceptions of the world. He introduces the concept of ‘Worldview’ and contrasts the two greatest worldviews in New Zealand today: Materialism/Naturalism (roughly 35% of the population) and Christianity (roughly 33% of the population) – showing that while the first is unliveable, the second gives profound answers to all the deepest questions of life.

7 – 9 PM | MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

An Engaging Presentation with Q&A
Lighthouse Christian Fellowship   |   703 Wairere Drive, Chartwell, Hamilton
A Free Event – Donations Gladly Accepted   |   No RSVP Required

Rodney LakeABOUT RODNEY LAKE
National Director, Thinking Matters

Rodney Lake is the National Director of Thinking Matters NZ Foundation, a national Christian apologetics ministry that encourages Christians to know the reasons why we believe what we believe. Rodney speaks at churches, youth groups, conferences and to non-believers at outreach events around the country on the reasons why Christianity is true.

He teaches staff, parents and youth at various Christian schools, is an adjunct apologetics lecturer at Faith Bible College and a visiting lecturer at Bethlehem Tertiary Institute and Carey Baptist College. He teaches regular ‘Introduction to Christianity’ courses to parents at Bethlehem College and serves on the board of Bethlehem College Limited.

DETAILS:

WHEN: Monday 28th September 2020 

TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm

WHERE: Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth.

COST: Free – but we have a donation box

RSVP: None needed – just turn up and bring a friend!

ENQUIRIES: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz

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