Thursday 29 July | 7:00pm
This year, we’ve been celebrating the centenary of LICC’s founder, John Stott, and considering his call for Christians to engage in ‘just listening’ to the culture around them.
While he talked often about ‘double listening’ to the word and the world, in reality he practiced triple listening: hearing God’s voice through faithful engagement with not only the Scriptures and our cultural context, but also the witness of the church in our daily lives. This was powerfully demonstrated in his book Issues Facing Christians Today (2006).
Fifteen years on, though, a lot’s changed. While the word and our call to righteousness remain the same, our cultural context and people’s everyday lives have radically altered. We need to listen to the Spirit afresh as we seek wisdom to follow Christ right now, in the face of racism, consumerism, global warming and sexual redefinition.
As we engage with the challenges facing whole-life disciples in 2021, what does it take to listen well, imagine a kingdom response, create change, and communicate the gospel as good news in this cultural moment? This Wisdom Lab is a space to experiment and discern a way forward in this contested time and place.
The evening will begin with TED-style talks from experts including Lusa Nsenga-Ngoy, Ruth Valerio, and Dave Bookless, unpacking the issues and modelling ‘just listening’, before sending us into breakout groups for honest dialogue.
Together, we aim to find wisdom to empower us for fruitful discipleship on our particular frontlines.
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