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

Euthanasia

At the next election (19th September) there will be a binding referendum on whether the End of Life Choice Act 2019 should operate as law. This Act proposes to legalise ‘assisted dying’ for eligible people: that is, the administration of a lethal dose with the intention of causing a person’s death.

Renée Joubert, Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ, will present an overview of this proposed law and the main arguments from medical, legal, social and Christian perspectives, followed by audience discussion.

7pm, Monday 27th July at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth. Enquiries: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz.

ABOUT RENEE JOUBERT
Euthanasia-Free NZ

Renée Joubert is the Executive Officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ.

PAST EVENTS

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 27th July 2020

TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm

WHERELighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth, Hamilton 3210

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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