It is a significant event when 3000 gather as “one in Christ Jesus”. We must not forget the devil’s schemes to disrupt our time together. As Paul writes to the church in Ephesus:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
We must pray. Here are 10 ways you can be praying for our time together this Easter.
We’ve got a terrific preaching program lined up for Easter Convention this year, including:
You can download the the program with the Bible passages for each here. A great way to prepare for Easter Convention is to read and prayerfully meditate on these passages before you arrive. You might also like to read John Piper’s free e-book 'Take Care How You Listen' - a helpful resource on listening well.
1. How long have you been coming to KEC?
We have been coming to KEC as a family for over 15 years. Rod has a long family history with KEC and has attended most KEC's since he was born. His grandfather was also quite involved and made KEC a priority to attend each year. It is a wonderful heritage to continue with our family today.
2. What is your most memorable moment at KEC?
Many special memories of both fun, friendship and renewal. Like the Greek dancing by Ray Galea, living and attending with other families, through to the challenges of Frank Reitief or the enthusiastic and passionate messages from John Chapman over the years. For a shared memory for Cath and I it has to be the "hokey pokey". The challenge to put your whole self in. God calls us not to hesitate, to commit in our relationship with Him and others, for His glory
3. Why do you continue to come to KEC?
KEC is a family investment in Eternity. In an age where making the "right" investment appears to be the goal, KEC is a no brainer. We plan our year around two immovable breaks - Camping at Christmas and KEC at Easter. KEC provides all our family James (9), Sophia (11), Grace (12), Catherine and I an opportunity to sit under wonderful Bible-based teaching. The non-denominational environment with people coming from many places creates a unique sense of truly being "all one in Christ Jesus". We also love sharing a house with close friends and the relaxed afternoons in the mountains!
Do you struggle to trust God? You're not alone.
The Bible is full of stories of God’s people failing to trust in their good and all-powerful God. Despite having a perfect relationship with God, Adam and Eve sinned because they believed that there was goodness apart from Him. It didn’t take long for God’s people to build an idol after being supernaturally saved from slavery in Egypt. Even the Apostle Peter who walked with Jesus and witnessed his power denied him 3 times because he couldn’t trust in God’s plan.
Against the backdrop of doubt and disbelief, there are also wonderful stories of God using the act of trust as an opportunity to display His power, love and provision to the rest of the world. What would your life look like if you had a deeper trust in God? How would an attitude of trust change the way you work, study, parent, serve your church, and love the people around you?
To help you prepare for Katoomba Easter Convention this year, here are 10 reasons why we can trust God:
1. We can trust God because He is immortal.
2. We can trust God because He is trustworthy
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.
- Psalm 145:13
3. We can trust God because He always acts on what he promises.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.
- Psalm 111:7
4. We can trust God because He has fulfilled every promise He’s ever made to you in Jesus.
5. We can trust God because He is not distant - he cares for those who trust Him.
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.
- Nahum 1:7
6. We can trust God no matter where we are, because He is with us.
"When we trust him as fully present everywhere, we are finally free to be fully present wherever he has placed us."
- Jen Wilkin
7. We can trust God because although our understanding is limited, He can see the bigger picture.
8. We can trust God because He is in complete control of our past, present and future.
“Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love, and the future to God's providence."
- Augustine of Hippo
9. We can trust God because we will find rest when we trust the One who rules.
"The best theology will not remove mystery from your life, so rest is found in trusting the One who rules, is all, and knows no mystery."
- Paul Tripp
10. We can trust God because He is glorified when we trust Him.
Love these quotes? We've turned them into graphics so that you share them with your friends on Facebook and Instagram!
1. How long have you been coming to KEC?
Other than when I came as a young participant with my friends family in 1998, I have been volunteering at KEC since 2003.
2. What team do you volunteer in?
I currently volunteer in the Mountain Camp services team. It involves setting up the locations for meal time and washing up afterwards. Often you are the go-to person for general enquiries. The work has very early starts and late finishes, but there is so much joy in serving our brothers and sisters, and fun fellowship with our team.
3. What is a memorable moment from KEC?
I cannot think of one moment except that I love building relationships at Katoomba Easter Convention. The fabulous teaching and worship over 4 days makes way for deep fellowship and meaningful conversations with many wonderful brothers and sisters. It was also a blessing to spend time getting to know the amazing character of my then future husband!
4. Why do you volunteer at KEC?
I love volunteering and serving my brothers and sisters in an environment of amazing preaching and worship. I love the opportunity to be in the Blue Mountains for 4 days longer than any other convention which is special - but also exhausting as I'm not used to being on my feet so much as a humble office worker! There is so much reward in watching people grow closer to Christ, and challenging themselves in their walk with Christ. Meeting new and old people each year is so amazing - it's my little piece of what enriching fellowship in heaven could be like.