What does the Bible have to say to students about issues in our world? And what does it mean to live a bold Christian life that makes a real difference?
Masterclass is an event for students in Years 9-11 which allows them to explore contemporary issues from a biblical perspective. Masterclass also includes a popular Q&A session, giving students the freedom to ask our panel of speakers searching questions about the Christian faith.
Your students are frequently challenged to give a reason for the hope they have in Jesus. Masterclass helps young Christians to grow in their confidence and withstand the pressures of living in a post-Christian society.
Masterclass was held on 11 August 2020 with 3500 students participating via livestream. Want to catch up on the Masterclass talks? Click the links below for full and free access.
Research Fellow, Centre for Public Christianity
Is Christianity still good news for the world?
Jesus said he came “that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Yet we live in a world which often sees Christians as either weird, intolerant or out-of-date. How can you tell the good news to a hostile world? The early followers of Jesus responded to similar circumstances by loving their enemies, welcoming the stranger, and living lives that made people ask questions. This talk will show you how you can declare and demonstrate the goodness of Jesus to a suspicious world.
Teens, sex and the cyberworld
Your students are the most digitally connected, socially informed, and sexualised generation yet. They are encouraged towards radical individualism, sexual freedom and to build an identity based on experimentation, social media profiles and gender fluidity.
What does it mean to live a life of sexual integrity as a Christian? Patricia will discuss the science of desire, love and intimacy to help your students understand that God has a good plan for sex and relationships, and to stand strong against the seductive pull of the sexual cyberworld.
Online Youth Events and Digital Resources
YouthQ is a new initiative of Bible Society and designed to offer content and connection to youth groups around Australia. We welcome youth leaders everywhere to bring along their high-school aged students to hear from clear and clever Christian apologists. These events are intended to benefit students whether they are committed Christians, exploring Christianity, or hearing about Jesus for the very first time.
YouthQ with John Lennox
John Lennox (Oxford University) will be speaking to Jordan Thyer (RZIM) on the topic:
Where is God in a Coronavirus World?
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YouthQ with Dan Paterson
Dan Paterson will be speaking on the topic:
Why isn't God more obvious
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Dan Paterson - Has Science buried God?
Mike Hands - Welcome to the revolution.
Patricia Weerakoon - Sex: What has God got to do with it?
Here's what some recent attendees had to say about Masterclass:
"Engaging topics, each speaker resonated a message-very funny and intriguing. Challenges faith and acknowledges the fact that God, Jesus and the Bible are real and factual."
"The students have come back with a unity and vigour to live and speak the gospel with boldness. Last week, they were timid"
"Thought provoking, blew my mind, very positive environment and a good place to meet other high school Christian students. Fun, good speakers, good food too. Could not think of any negatives."
MasterQ - your questions answered
MasterQ is a series of short video answers to questions raised from Masterclass Hot Topics Q&A panel
A video-based service that enables you to run your own Masterclass at any time that suits your community, wherever you are in Australia. Register below and one of our BSA representatives will be in contact.
Host a Bible Society Masterclass
Keen to run a live Masterclass event on your own campus? Hosting a Bible Society Masterclass for your region might be right for you. You provide the venue, promote the event the run it on the day; we will provide the speakers and support you from our head office. Register below and one of our BSA representatives will be in contact*.
*Minimum numbers apply
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