Rediscovering ourselves through Matthew's Gospel

Rev Dr Chris Monaghan CP and Dr Debra Snoddy (Supplied)

Broken Bay Diocese will next month host a Bible conference on “The Gospel of Matthew: Journey into Discipleship”, the diocese announced.

It is the fifth Bible conference held by the diocese and it promises to offer an opportunity to discover sacred texts in a fresh way.

Biblical scholars and educators Rev Dr Chris Monaghan, CP and Dr Debra Snoddy will lead participants through the Jewish-Christian tapestry of Matthew’s Gospel to discover what it means to be a disciple of Christ. Broken Bay Bishop Peter Comensoli will open the proceedings and will be joined by Bishop Emeritus David Walker, Bishop Emeritus of Broken Bay, who will offer reflections during the program.

Topics will include: Introducing Matthew’s Community; The Infancy Narrative; The Sermon on the Mount; The Miracle Cycle; the Commission of the Disciples; the Parables; Jesus’ Jerusalem Ministry; Eschatological Discourse; and the Passion Narrative and Resurrection.

“In a world that pulls us in so many different directions, the real need for time out of these tensions and time with God is more important than ever," said Dr Snoddy.

"The community for which Matthew wrote had very similar experiences to our own. With Matthew, let us, once again discover who we are really called to be, and what we are really called to do. The commission of the disciple in Matthew 28 begins with just that.

"Let us discover together what ‘that’ is for Matthew and for ourselves as we explore the Jewish-Christian tapestry of his Gospel. Why are we called? To whom are we sent? And how can Matthew help us along the journey into discipleship.”

The conference will be held Friday 6 to Saturday 7 October at the Caroline Chisholm Centre, Pennant Hills. Details: http://www.dbb.org.au

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