The ground has moved under our feet. As followers of Jesus, what we believe is no longer seen as good news, but really bad news, even dangerous news. And because we are viewed as unloving and divisive, bigoted and intolerant, we are increasingly feeling the pressure. We’re being marginalised, ostracised, and stigmatised—which actually puts us in a very similar situation to that of the original recipients of 1 Peter. Peter’s first letter is incredibly timely as he trains “elect exiles” and “sojourners” to live for Christ in a hostile culture.
The question for Christians is: How do we meet these challenges? RTC’s 2021 Preaching Conference will not only equip preachers to proclaim the message of this letter; it will help them think deeply about how to prepare believers to live well, witness well, and suffer well in a post-Christian world.
Join us as we explore to book of 1 Peter together to learn, and teach our churches to learn, how to preach the gospel in a confronting culture.
Preaching Conference Hubs
Our annual Preaching Conference, normally hosted on the RTC campus, has been equipping preachers across Australia and New Zealand for almost two decades. However, holding an entirely face-to-face conference during 2021 was always going to be a challenge. So, this year we’ll be running a hybrid conference—meaning you can participate wherever you are, on your own, as part of a local church group or at one of our hubs in two locations around the country.
If you’re registering for one of the Australia-based Hub locations, please select the appropriate option on the Registration Form below and we’ll be in touch when the exact location is confirmed.
Day One — Wednesday, September 22
9:30AM | Welcome, Prayer, Announcements
9:40AM | Session 1 – Opening Sermon (Murray Capill)
10:30AM | Morning Tea
10:40AM | Session 2 – Attractively Distinct: The Church in a Hostile World (Martin Williams)
12:00AM | Lunch
1:00PM | Session 3 – Preaching the Gospel in a Hostile Culture (Stephen McAlpine)
2:30PM | Session 4 – Interview with Stephen McAlpine
3:00PM | Afternoon Tea
3:30PM | Session 5 – Proclaiming His Praises: The Relevance of the Roots of 1 Peter (Stephen Lewis)
5:00PM | Day One Finish
Day Two — Thursday, September 23
9:00AM | Welcome, Prayer, Announcements
9:15AM | Session 6 – Preparing Christians to Suffer for the Gospel (Stephen McAlpine)
10:15AM | Morning Tea
10:45AM | Session 7 – Peter’s Theology of the Cross: 1 Peter 3:18-4:6 (Martin Williams)
12:00PM | Session 8 – Q&A Panel: Stephen McAlpine, Martin Williams, Stephen Lewis
12:40PM | Lunch
1:30PM | Session 9 – Being the Church in Hostile Times (Stephen McAlpine)
3:00PM | Session 10 – Closing Sermon (Stephen McAlpine)
4:00PM | Day Two Finish
Due to Victorian government restrictions, we’ve had to cancel on-campus registrations at the Melbourne Campus. You can still register online and at one of our state hubs.
Please note: If attendance to one of the designated hubs is not possible due to government restrictions, you will still be able to attend the event online. RTC will refund the difference in cost to all those affected by restrictions in the LGA at the time of scheduled event.