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Dig deep and shine bright! Bible Studies at S15

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SURRENDER Director Sam Hearn shares with us the importance of scripture and the hope it gives in guiding us to Make Things Right.


Shalom? Soulless prosperity and the hope of Scripture…


"Last Saturday morning I found myself standing on the main street of my home town of Mornington - gazing along the line of shops and busy shoppers with the beach and bay in the distance. As I took it all in I was struck again by the prosperity and affluence around me - and the realisation that only a tiny percentage of people on earth live in this world, this alternate reality of comfort, consumption and extreme wealth. The vast majority of humanity live without this shiny veneer of a false Shalom - this hollow wealth and soulless prosperity. For that vast majority the only hope can be the coming of the freedom, grace, and justice of God’s kingdom and its true Shalom. 

35 He turned the desert into pools of water
    and the parched ground into flowing springs;
36 there he brought the hungry to live,
    and they founded a city where they could settle.
37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards
    that yielded a fruitful harvest;
38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,
    and he did not let their herds diminish. Psalm 107:35 -38

This passage is one of the biblical pictures of true Shalom. God as the redeemer, restorer, provider and Father of His people. Its a picture of wholeness, belonging, and things being made right as people live in the rule and reign of God. Our nation has created a false Shalom, a false hope, a society that has a thin veneer of prosperity and abundance that appears and promises to provide everything our hearts could need and desire. But in reality it is a mirage, an illusion. It is only a selfish consuming of materials, experiences, and pleasures that is disconnected from the true goodness and wholeness of God, and from the love and and belonging found in being part of His family in harmony with His creation. 

How can we seek and discover true Shalom and hold it up like a lamp on a stand, like a city on a hill that lays bare the emptiness of this false prosperity and draws communities to the Shalom found in Jesus? How can we scratch the surface of the shiny veneer in places like my hometown and reveal to those within it just how empty and false it is? How do we reach a nation of rich young rulers? 

Jesus simply said “Come follow Me”. His life, His message, and the message of Scripture are where hope lies and where the path to a true shalom for all of humanity can be found! Let’s dig deep and shine bright!"

Read all about the Bible Studies at SURRENDER:15 on page 8 of the Conference Program

Hearing from Indigenous Christians at SURRENDER:15

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At the core of SURRENDER is the relationship with and involvement of the Indigenous Australian people of this land. The Indigenous presence and voice at SURRENDER has grown to be a central part of the annual conference. There are lots of ways to connect and learn with our Indigenous brothers and sisters at SURRENDER:15 this year!



The Workshops and Yarning Circles will have opportunities to get painted up and learn about ancient wisdom and culture (from the bible!) with some Walpiri women, get a unique insight into life for Indigenous mob with disabilities, find out what is going on with the Indigenous church here in Melbourne, learn some Aboriginal kriol, ask questions that you've always wanted to around Aboriginal and Christian spirituality and participate in a powerful forgiveness art workshop with renowned contemporary artist, Bindi Cole. Read more in the S15 Program



There’s also the Welcome to Country on Friday afternoon with local traditional owner Murrindindi, where you get the chance to respond with thanks and respect in a way that culturally appropriate for you. A Welcome to Country is a ceremony performed by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people to welcome visitors to their traditional land. It can take many forms, depending on the particular culture of the traditional owners. It can include singing, dancing, smoking ceremonies or a speech in traditional language or English. This is such a special part of the SURRENDER conference, where people of all cultures come together in mutual respect and love for one another and our Lord.

Indigenous Night


Saturday night at SURRENDER:15 is always a great time to join with our Indigenous brothers and sisters, to listen to their visions and sit with the hurts and to hear the passion of their hearts for restoration. We're always seeking to listen and learn and our main aim is to be in unity and solidarity with Indigenous peoples in righteousness and justice. This year at Indigenous Night we’ll be hearing from performers such as Scott Darlow and band, artist Bindi Cole, young leader Brooke Prentis and Walpiri elder, Wanta Jampinjinpa

Stories of Reconciliation: Mornington Park Community

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This week we continue our Stories of Reconciliation series with a video from TJ and Cath from Mornington Park Community. Since moving to the neighbourhood, Cath and TJ have gained a more compassionate perspective about what their community needs - like dinners and downball! Watch and learn how they are seeking to make things right in their neighbourhood...

What's SURRENDER:15 all about?

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Last week we launched SURRENDER:15 and began the countdown to the conference, happening on 20-22 March 2015 at Belgrave Heights Melbourne. Read all about the conference theme below, and head over to the conference page for all the info on speakers and the program!


In its deepest form poverty and sin comes from our broken relationships with God, with ourselves, with others and with the earth and is expressed spiritually, socially, mentally, emotionally, economically and in the earth itself. We desperately need to see things made right in all these relationships! Jesus comes to see us reconciled to God, reconciled within ourselves, reconciled to our human family and reconciled to the earth he created. 

At SURRENDER:15 we’ll explore together God’s purpose for us as agents of reconciliation in a broken world. How do we as the church and as individuals find our identity as peacemakers and restorers of broken relationships?

Registrations are now open! Click here to get your tickets to SURRENDER:15. Early bird regos close on Sunday 30 November!