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Advance in Faith Level 1

Advance in Faith Level 1, consists of 8 units that are designed to help believers grow in an understanding of scripture and faith, and learn how Christian principles apply to modern day life.

Advance in Faith 101: God’s Great Story

12 Mar 2018
101 - Week 1: What does it mean to be a Christian?

In whose story are we living?

19 Mar 2018
101 - Week 2: The Christian Story - Part 2

How does the Old Testament describe the story of God's people?

26 Mar 2018
101 - Week 3: The Christian Story - Part 3

The Good News of Jesus is the heart of the Christian story.

09 Apr 2018
101 - Week 4: The Christian Story - Part 4

Where is our story headed? Our hope is for Christ's return, and our resurrection.

16 Apr 2018
101 - Week 5: What is the Gospel?

Help us find the words to express the Good News of Jesus in our culture.

23 Apr 2018
101 - Week 6: The Gospel

What is the gospel? What gospel did Jesus preach? What could we learn from the earliest know formulation of the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)?

Advance in Faith 102. Jesus: Liberator and King

07 May 2018
102: Week 1 - Jesus’ vocation: the kingdom of God

We seek to understanding Jesus in his setting, with the terms he used to describe himself and his work.

14 May 2018
102: Week 2 - Jesus’ identity: Son of Man

Why did Jesus prefer to label himself "the son of man" -- a phrase that means human? What did he think humans should be doing, and how did he plan to do it differently than other humans?

21 May 2018
102: Week 3 - Jesus’ Teachings

We look at Jesus' teaching as found in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). What was Jesus calling God's people to be and do? And how did Jesus himself embody his teaching?

28 May 2018
102: Week 4 - The king arrives at his capital

Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem has huge significance. He rides into his capital to the adulation of the crowds, and overturns the temple. What was he doing?

11 Jun 2018
102: Week 5 - Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Why did Jesus die? How did he understand what his death meant? What changed when he rose from the dead?

18 Jun 2018
102: Week 6 - Jesus in the world today

How is Jesus present and at work today? How do we partner with him?

Advance in Faith 103. Holy Spirit and You

23 Jul 2018
103: Week 1 - Encountering Holy Spirit

Who is Holy Spirit? How do we encounter him? How his his presence with us different than it was in Old Testament times?

30 Jul 2018
103: Week 2 - Jesus and Holy Spirit

Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his followers (John 14-16), and his first act after ascending the throne was to empower his followers with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1-2).

06 Aug 2018
103: Week 3 - Life with Holy Spirit

How do we life a life that produces what the Spirit intends (his fruit) instead of expressing our broken humanity (Galatians 5)? What does this life in the Spirit look like (Romans 8)?

13 Aug 2018
103: Week 4 - Holy Spirit’s gifts (part 1)

What would it look like to use the gifts of the Spirit (as listed in 1 Corinthians 12) to care for each other?

20 Aug 2018
103: Week 5 - Holy Spirit’s gifts (part 2)

Holy Spirit empowers us to partner with God in caring for people. His gifts include prophecy, distinguishing spirits, tongues, and interpretation.

27 Aug 2018
103: Week 6 - Living in union with Holy Spirit

God is a relational being (three in one). See how they treat each other, e.g. Father and Son, Son and Spirit. They're the best dance moves ever! Join the dance.

Advance in Faith 104. Christian Living

08 Oct 2018
104: Week 1 - The Stewardship Paradigm

This unit discusses what it looks like on a day to day basis to live according to the Christian Faith

15 Oct 2018
104: Week 2 - The Believer's Body

If our bodies belong to God, how do we look after them?

Advance in Faith 105: The Life of Faith

12 Mar 2018
105 - Week 1: Essential Faith

Faith is essential to life, so what is it? How do we identify it?

19 Mar 2018
105 - Week 2: The Object of Our Faith

Faith in ...? How do we know who God is and what to trust him for?

26 Mar 2018
105 - Week 3: Faith Builders and Busters

What are the things the build up (or break down) or faith?

09 Apr 2018
105 - Week 4: Faith’s Expression (1)

What's the connection between what you say and what you believe?

16 Apr 2018
105 - Week 5: Faith’s Expression (2)

What's the connection between faith and works?

23 Apr 2018
105 - Week 6: Faith and the Supernatural

What is the supernatural? How does faith function as a gift of the Holy Spirit?

Advance in Faith 106. Growing Spiritually

07 May 2018
106: Week 1 - A Royal Priesthood

What are the spiritual disciplines, and how do they help us grow?

14 May 2018
106: Week 2 - Study and Prayer

Bible study and prayer are the most foundational ways to grow spiritually. Learn how to do these things well.

21 May 2018
106: Week 3 - Fasting and Meditation

What is fasting? What does the Bible say about it? Why fast? How does Christian meditation differ from meditation in other religions? How do we practice mediation?

28 May 2018
106: Week 4 - Simplicity and Submission

How can living simply enrich our lives? How can refusing to dominate others enrich our sense of community?

11 Jun 2018
106: Week 5 - Seeking Guidance, and Confession

You find life not is isolation but in community, with guidance from God and from trusted people. Authentic living means being honest with God and with each other, even about our mistakes.

18 Jun 2018
106: Week 6 - Service, Solitude, Worship

The final three spiritual disciplines we discuss are: serving God and others, developing rhythms of time with God in solitude, and living to bring honour to God.

Advance in Faith 107. Reading the Bible for all it's Worth

23 Jul 2018
107: Week 1 - The Reliability of Scripture

This unit examines what questions and skills we need to bring to our reading of the Bible in order to understand the message of Scripture to the best of our ability.

30 Jul 2018
107: Week 2 – Interpreting Scripture (Part 1)

Understanding inspiration. Suggesting a model for Bible Study (SOAP). Discussing principles of interpretation.

06 Aug 2018
107: Week 3 - Interpreting Scripture (Part 2)

Practical examples of exegeting Scripture, from Mark 11.

13 Aug 2018
107: Week 4 - Interpreting Scripture (Part 3)

How to handle different literary genres found in Scripture: poetry, apocalyptic, parables, proverbs, and narrative.

20 Aug 2018
107: Week 5 - Reading Hebrew Narratives

In what sense can narrative be authoritative? What storytelling conventions do we need to recognize in Hebrew narratives?

27 Aug 2018
107: Week 6 - Difficult Scriptures

Covers principles for understanding eschatology, the Book of Revelation, and various genres. Examples include the genealogies in Matthew and Luke, slavery in Scripture, the role of women in Paul's letters, and war in the OT.

Advance in Faith 108. Good News for God's World

08 Oct 2018
108: Week 1 - What’s good news?

How did we ever get preoccupied with guilt instead of good news? What was the gospel Jesus announced? Can we learn from what he said and did?

15 Oct 2018
108: Week 2 - Recovering the Good News of Jesus

How did we drift from the good news of Jesus? Do we need to rethink how we present the gospel? How do we live the message of reconciliation?

22 Oct 2018
108: Week 3 - The Gospel in Our Culture

Communication starts with listening. Effective communication requires us to see what does work and what doesn’t work in our culture. Where is the common ground? How do we live the reality of God so people can get it?

Advance in Faith Level 2

Advance in Faith Level 2 is an inspiring series of 16 units, rotating through every 4 years designed to take participants deeper in their understanding of scripture, theology and Church history.

Advance in Faith 201: The Book of Revelation

13 Feb 2017
201: Week 1 - What’s this book about (Rev 1)?

How should we approach the Book of Revelation? We look at the book in its original setting, and consider the four ways it is commonly interpreted. The first vision introduces the main character of the book: Jesus (Revelation 1).

20 Feb 2017
201: Week 2 - The Sovereign to his Servants (Rev 2 - 4)

Having met our king (Rev 1), John receives messages from the ruler to seven outposts of his kingdom (Rev 2-3). His next vision is of our magnificent sovereign who has the throne and rules of heaven and earth (Rev 4).

27 Feb 2017
201: Week 3 - God’s edicts are bound-up! (Rev 5-7)

God's edicts for earth are bound up, but God has the most astounding solution to restore his reign (Rev 5). The Lamb breaks all evils (Rev 6) and restores God's reign (Rev 7).

13 Mar 2017
201: Week 4 - The sovereign exposes the rebels (Rev 8 – 13)

God's people proclaim his reign (Rev 8-11). The rebels fight back, but God's reign prevails (Rev 12-13)

20 Mar 2017
201: Week 5 - God’s government replaces beastly government (Rev 14–18)

God’s government is established (Rev 14–16), and beastly government collapses (Rev 17–18).

27 Mar 2017
201: Week 6 - The restoration of all things (Rev 19-22)

Those who acknowledge the Lamb celebrate his victory, while those who resisted him are removed (Rev 19-20). God's government sets everything right; everything he intended in the beginning is fulfilled in the end (Rev 21-22).

Advance in Faith 202: Old Testament Survey

08 Feb 2016
202: Week 1 - Orientation to the Old Testament

Why bother with the Old Testament?
How to do we understand its story?
Genesis: God plants his kingdom.

15 Feb 2016
202: Week 2 - Torah: Israel as God's Kingdom

Exodus: God’s representative kingdom.
Leviticus: God’s holy kingdom.
Numbers: God’s wayward kingdom.
Deuteronomy: God’s on-going kingdom.

22 Feb 2016
202: Week 3 - Who is king?

Joshua: taking and dividing the land. Judges: theocracy proves impractical. 1 Samuel: Saul’s kingship. 2 Samuel: David’s kingship. 1 Kings 1–11: Solomon’s kingship.

29 Feb 2016
202: Week 4 - God’s kingdom disintegrates

The kingdom splits into Israel and Judah. Assyria destroys Israel, leaving only Judah. Then Judah is crushed by Babylon. Is this the end of God's kingdom?

14 Mar 2016
202: Week 5 - After the Exile

Is there a kingdom of God after Israel has been destroyed? Covering Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.

21 Mar 2016
202: Week 6 - The Writings & Minor Prophets

Putting the entire OT together as a single story with an amazing plot. Includes Ruth, Chronicles, Job - Song of Songs, and the Minor Prophets.

Advance in Faith 204: The Gospel of Mark

16 Oct 2017
204: Week 1 - An Introduction and Chapter 1

A 6 week study of the Gospel of Mark.

23 Oct 2017
204: Week 2 - Chapters 2-4

Jesus begins his teaching through parables. What could they really mean?

30 Oct 2017
204: Week 3 - Chapter 5 Faith and Fear

Jesus continues his ministry of healing

06 Nov 2017
204: Week 4 - Chapters 6&7

What of the Gentiles?

13 Nov 2017
204: Week 5 - Messiah King and Priest Chapters 8-11

The turning point in Mark's gospel.

20 Nov 2017
204: Week 6 - Chapters 13-16

The destruction of the Temple and of the Messiah

Advance in Faith 206: History of Christianity to Reformation

24 Jul 2017
206: Week 1 - Beginning to Empire

The church in the first three centuries.

31 Jul 2017
206: Week 2 - Church as Empire

The church in eastern and western Europe, and in Britain.

07 Aug 2017
206: Week 3 - The Middle Ages

Jerome and Scholarship, Augustine, Monasticism.

14 Aug 2017
206: Week 4 - The Development of the Papacy

Influences in this period include Leo 1, Gregory the Great, and the Rise of Islam.

21 Aug 2017
206: Week 5 - Holy Roman Empire

Pope Innocent III. Magna Carta. Decline of Papal Power. Results of the Crusades. John Wycliff and John Hus.

28 Aug 2017
206: Week 6 - Development of Western Thought

Plato and Aristotle. Hebrew thought. Augustine. Aquinas.

Advance in Faith 208: Acts of the Apostles

08 Oct 2018
208: Week 1 - Setting the Scene

What’s the structure and setting of the Book of Acts? Who wrote it? To whom? How does it relate to other books in the Bible? What’s the main message?

15 Oct 2018
208: Week 2 - Expansion

The Good News spreads from Judea to Samaria

Advance in Faith 210: Church History Part 2

23 Jul 2018
210 - Week 1: Renaissance and Reformation

What was the church like at the end of the Middle Ages as the Renaissance approached? We look at key thinkers such as Thomas Aquinas, John Colet, and Erasmus.

30 Jul 2018
210 - Week 2: Reformation – a move to Grace

The Reformation began with Martin Luther, and took on a life of its own, transforming a wide range of churches and communities.

06 Aug 2018
210 - Week 3: Towards Modernity

Europe was forever changed by the Reformation and the scientific revolution (enlightenment). The changes spread from Europe to the rest of the world as well.

13 Aug 2018
210 - Week 4: Missions

The 18th and 19 centuries saw profound changes: awakening and revival on both sides of the Atlantic, and the birth of the modern missionary movement.

20 Aug 2018
210 - Week 5: Century of Modernity

Many competing ideologies confront the church in the modern era. How should we respond?

27 Aug 2018
210 - Week 6: Moving Towards Riverview

The development Christianity in Australia up to the present day and our own history.

Advance in Faith 211: Earth Matters

08 Oct 2018
211 - Week 1: Planet Earth

Why is caring for creation an essential part of Christian discipleship and basic to our human vocation?

15 Oct 2018
211 - Week 2: A Planet in Peril

How significant is the ecological crisis we face? What are the significant threats?

Advance in Faith 213: Ethics

27 Jul 2015
213: Week 1 - Introduction to Ethics

Ethics (often called moral philosophy) is the study of human morality and the application of that morality to contemporary life. Its concern is not only with what is right (morality) but also with doing what is right (moral application).

03 Aug 2015
213: Week 2 - Christians and Social Ethics

10 Aug 2015
213: Week 3 - Christians, Ethics and Justice

17 Aug 2015
213: Week 4 - Marriage Divorce and Re-marriage

24 Aug 2015
213: Week 5 - Sexuality and Christian Ethics

31 Aug 2015
213: Week 6 - Christians and Environmental Ethics

Advance in Faith 214: Galatians

04 May 2015
214: Week 1 - Introduction

Paul's letter to the Galatians is perhapes the beginning of his written thought about the Christian faith. Here he deals with what the gospel really is and how we should live in light of it.

11 May 2015
214: Week 2 - Chapter 1

What words stand out in Galatians 1? What was Paul's gospel? What was the conflict over the gospel?

18 May 2015
214: Week 3 - Chapter 2

Law, grace, truth, justification, faith/faithfulness: key words in Galatians 2.

25 May 2015
214: Week 4 - Chapter 3

What is the relationship between the descendants of Abraham and the wider family of God formed in the Messiah by God's Holy Spirit?

08 Jun 2015
214: Week 5 - Chapter 4

Galatians 4 contains a metaphor about slavery and freedom, law and maturation, the descendants of Hagar and Sarah. How does this story work?

15 Jun 2015
214: Week 6 - Chapters 5&6

Galatians 5 contrasts the works of our broken human nature (flesh) with what the Spirit produces in us (fruit). Galatians 6 summarizes how we are to live in light of the gospel.

Advance in Faith 215: The Psalms

09 Feb 2015
215: Week 1 - How to approach the Psalms

How is the Book of Psalms arranged? What kinds of Psalms do we find (genres)? Is there a central theme to the Psalms? What characteristics do we find in Hebrew songs that will help us understand them?

16 Feb 2015
215: Week 2 - Yahweh’s anointed ruler

Psalm 2 introduces the king who represents God's reign on earth. What did this mean for Israel? What does it mean in light of Jesus? What does it mean for us today?

23 Feb 2015
215: Week 3 - Messiah in the Psalms

Psalm 8 describes the human vocation of managing creation on God's behalf. Psalm 22 is a lament: things are not running as they should. We look at what these Psalms would have meant for Israel, what the mean in light of the Christ, and what they mean for us today.

09 Mar 2015
215: Week 4 - Our Faithful Ruler

Psalms 45 and 89 describe the character of our heavenly sovereign. His character is fully revealed in his anointed ruler (the Christ).

16 Mar 2015
215: Week 5 - Exile and Beyond

Psalm 137 is a shocking reaction to the horror of the exile. Psalm 108 consists of verses from Psalms 57 and 60 recompiled after the exile into a new theme. We look at what these Psalms meant for Israel, what they mean in the light of Jesus, and what they mean for us today.

23 Mar 2015
215: Week 6 - Praise to Our King

Psalm 145 is one of the concluding praise songs. What did it mean for Israel, in the light of Jesus, and for us today?

Advance in Faith 216: Apologetics

09 May 2016
216: Week 1 – What is Apologetics?

What is apologetics? Why do we need it? How does it relate to evangelism? How does faith relate to reason? What elements matter in apologetics?

16 May 2016
216: Week 2 - What are We Defending?

How does the Christian faith answer questions about origins, meaning, ethics, and destiny? What other views do we encounter?

23 May 2016
216: Week 3 - Suffering and Evil

How can there be a God when there is so much evil/suffering in the world? It's a question we have to face. How do you respond?

30 May 2016
216: Week 4 - Hell and Condemnation

People find this topic disturbing, but what does the Bible say about hell? We discuss 3 views: Universalism, Eternal Conscious Torment, and Annihilationism.

13 Jun 2016
216: Week 5 - Homosexuality, Miracles and Science

These topics come up in surveys of what blocks belief among Australians. How should we respond?

20 Jun 2016
216: Week 6 - The Bible

How reliable is the Bible? Has it been transmitted faithfully over the centuries? Were the right documents included?

Advance in Faith 217: New Testament Survey

25 Jul 2016
217: Week 1 - Introduction and Gospel of John

How is the New Testament put together? Who were the people who wrote these books, and what was their background? What are "Gospels"? Why are the first three similar? Who wrote the Gospel of John, and what message was he conveying?

01 Aug 2016
217: Week 2 - The Synoptic Gospels

Survey of the Gospel accounts according to Matthew, Mark and Luke.

08 Aug 2016
217: Week 3 - Paul's Eschatological and Soteriological Epistles

Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians,

15 Aug 2016
217: Week 4 - Pastoral Epistles and Prison Epistles

Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus.

22 Aug 2016
217: Week 5 - General Epistles

Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, and Jude

29 Aug 2016
217: Week 6 - The Johannine Epistles and Revelation

1, 2 & 3 John, and Revelation

Advance in Faith 218: Worldviews

17 Oct 2016
218: Week 1 - What is a Worldview?

An Introduction to Worldviews, including story, questions, symbols, and praxis

24 Oct 2016
218: Week 2 - Stories

How do Australia's stories shape our worldview?

31 Oct 2016
218: Week 3 - Todays Most Common Worldviews

Contrasts the perspectives of Christian theism versus naturalism

14 Nov 2016
218: Week 4 - Why we think the way we do

Worldview questions such as: How do we understand the world around us? What is a human being? Why do we think the way we do?

21 Nov 2016
218: Week 5 - Why we think the way we do

We survey the rise of modernity, and the change from modernity to post modernity. Roman and Jewish worldviews of the first century were so different to ours.

28 Nov 2016
218: Week 6 - First Century worldviews

What constituted the first century Jewish worldview? How was this expressed in their story, symbols, and praxis? How did they answer the worldview questions? Why does this matter to us?

Advance in Faith 219: The Revolution of the Cross

01 May 2017
219: Week 1 - The Centrality of the Cross

What are we talking about when we use the word "cross"? This sessions surveys the New Testament to find out.

08 May 2017
219: Week 2 - The Centrality of the Cross Continued

What does the cross achieve? Our discussion centres on what it means to be reconciled to God.

15 May 2017
219: Week 3 - Sin Death and Vocation

22 May 2017
219: Week 4 - Jesus as the Answer

How does Jesus' life fit the description of 'According to Scripture'?

29 May 2017
219: Week 5 - Jesus' Special Passover

Jesus chose the Passover as the time of his death to renew God's saving of, not just Israel this time but the world, from slavery.

12 Jun 2017
219: Week 6 - Our Response – “Salvation by Allegiance Alone”

What did Jesus say about salvation? What was the gospel Paul preached? Is faith "allegiance"?

Advance in Faith 220: Book of Exodus

12 Mar 2018
220 - Week 1: Let my people go (Ex 1–6)

How God’s people became slaves (Ex 1–2)
Two realities: God and oppression (Ex 3–6)

19 Mar 2018
220 Week 2: “I am YHWH” (Ex 7–14)

Purpose of the plagues (Ex 7–10)

Death and deliverance: Passover, Red Sea (Ex 11–14)

26 Mar 2018
220 Week 3: A kingdom of priests (Ex 15–20)

Israel’s new ruler (Ex 15–19)
A nation under divine law (Ex 20)

09 Apr 2018
220 Week 4: Covenant (Ex 21–25)

Laws of the covenant (Ex 21–23)
Committing to God’s kingship (Ex 24–25)

16 Apr 2018
220 Week 5: God’s house (Ex 26–31)

Tabernacle and sacrifices (Ex 26–27)
Servants and furnishings for God’s house (Ex 28–31)

23 May 2018
220 Week 6: Faithfulness (Ex 32–40)

Israel’s unfaithfulness versus God’s faithfulness (Ex 32–34
Finishing what they began: God among his people (Ex 35–40)

Advance in Faith 221: The Resurrection

07 May 2018
221 - Week 1: General Beliefs about Death in Ancient Times

Let's explore how what death and resurrection meant to God's people in Bible times, so we understand the hope that Scripture holds out to us.

14 May 2018
221 - Week 2: Resurrection in Paul Part 1

What do Paul's letters to Galatia and Thessalonia say about the resurrection?

21 May 2018
221 - Week 3: Resurrection in Paul Part 1 (continued)

Continuation of what Paul's letters to Galatia and Thessalonia say about the resurrection (same notes as week 2).

28 May 2018
221 - Week 4: Resurrection in Paul, Part 3

What do we discover about the resurrection from the letters to Ephesus, Colossae, and Corinth?

11 Jun 2018
221 - Week 5: Resurrection in 1 Cor 15, 2 Cor 4 – 5, and the Gospels

Examining the resurrection in the Corinthian correspondence and in the Gospels.

18 Jun 2018
221 - Week 6: Conclusion

Wrapping up the significance of the resurrection.

Hot Topics

04 Apr 2016
410: Genesis in the 21st century

Four perspectives on Genesis 1:

  • Young Earth Creationism (James Gosling)
  • Old Earth Creationism (Dave Hack)
  • Evolutionary Creationism (Graham Irvine)
  • Rethinking Genesis 1 in Kingdom Terms (Allen Browne)

19 Jun 2017
412: Ask Anything

Responses to questions texted in on the night.

11 Sep 2017
413: Second Coming

Different views of how our story ends (eschatology).

27 Nov 2017
414: Salvation

What are we saved from? How are we saved? What are we saved for?

25 Jun 2018
415: A Good Jewish Boy

Rabbi Sheryl Nosan from Jewish Spirituality Australia speaks about Jesus in his first century Jewish context.