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Christianity Explored: Response is rising

WITH less than a month to go before Aldersgate Convention 2006 opens at Methodist Centre on May 24, response to its full-day seminar is on the rise.

Interest has come from as far as East and West Malaysia as well as Indonesia, besides our local churches.

The seminar, to be held at Sophia Blackmore Hall on the 6th floor of Methodist Centre on May 27 from 9 am to 4 pm, will introduce the highly successful evangelistic course, Christianity Explored, to Methodists in Singapore.

The DISCIPLE Agency of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) is working with the course project team to finalise the launch of the 10-week course, which is developed by All Souls Church in London.

The registration fee for the seminar is $65 per person. However, groups of 10 will only have to pay $50 each. The fee includes lunch, tea and seminar handouts.

Registration forms are available online at www.methodist.org.sg or at your local church. You may also use the registration form printed on the facing page of this issue of Methodist Message.

Aldersgate Convention 2006 will be held from May 24 to 27. It will open with the Aldersgate Service on May 24 at Barker Road Methodist Church at 7.45 pm. The Rev Dr M. Robert Mulholland, an authority on “biblical spirituality”, will bring the message. The service will be rich in worship and music.

The Rev Dr Mulholland, a United Methodist and Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will also deliver three evening public talks at Barker Road Methodist Church on May 25, 26 and 27. The series of talks will focus on “The Word”.

The talk on May 25 entitled “The Word: Became Text” will explore how the church understands Scripture. The May 26 presentation, “The Word: A Place of Transforming Encounter with God”, will explore how Scripture can be a place where people can meet God in powerful and transforming ways. The last talk on May 27 entitled, “The Word: Becomes Flesh in Us”, will probe the “incarnational dimension” of Scripture – Christians do not just read and study Scripture, but embody its meaning in their lives.

Besides providing sound biblical teaching, the programme will include choir music, congregational singing and a time for questions and answers.

Admission to the Aldersgate Service and evening talks is free. The Aldersgate Convention is an annual opportunity for all of the Methodist family in Singapore to get together to be renewed according to key themes in our Wesleyan heritage. The theme this year is “Scripture”.

According to the Rev Dr Mulholland, “the ultimate meaning of Scripture is incarnational, not merely informational”.

Christians are called to become like Christ in order that the world may believe in Him. “It will believe,” he says, “when it sees Christ-likeness manifested in our life, when it sees the Word become flesh in us”.