Monday, November 17, 2008

NIMA Day 1

Today was the first day of the 2008 Northern Ireland Ministry Assembly, the third annual event organised by Proclamation Trust and the local Steering Group. Today was a fantastic day, and very useful for those involved in preaching ministry. The theme this year is 'Tried and Tested', looking at the call to stand firm amidst suffering. Peter Adam, Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne has been speaking on preparing for preaching - specifically the hard work of finding the 'central ministry purpose' of the Book of the Bible we are preaching through. In the first of his sessions, he looked at the general principles, before working through two examples in the second session - 2 Corinthians and Habakkuk.

Melvin Tinker, Vicar of St John Newland in Hull has been preaching expositions from the book of Job, on the theme of suffering. Job is probably a book that isn't tackled very often, yet (as all God's word is), is so relevant for us today when many question how there can be a God with so much suffering and evil in the world. The answer? God is on the throne.

The Assembly concludes tomorrow with two more expositions from Job, an interview with John Woodside, the minister of Drogheda Presbyterian Church, and a closing exposition from Peter Adam on Satan's attack from 1 Peter 5:1-12. In due course, the audio of the sessions will be available on the NIMA website - I'll update the blog when they're online.

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