Every year, millions of Christians around the world prepare themselves for Easter by recognising the season of Lent, a time to walk with God in anticipation, reflection and humility.
This year Common Grace’s Lent series is focused on being attentive to the centre of our faith. Who is Jesus? Who does Jesus say he is? What is our response to who Jesus says he is? The seven ‘I AM’ statements of Christ recorded in the Gospel of John provide a focal point around which to reflect on these questions.
To navigate an increasingly polarised world we need to keep focused on what we hold in common. We need to keep the centre as the main thing in our vision. While we recognise our diversity and differences, what keeps us united is Jesus himself and his generous welcome and invitation to find in him all we need to live faithfully and justly in God’s beautiful broken world.
To this end, we've invited Christian teachers from across the country to journey us through the ‘I am’ statements across 40 days. Every Wednesday we'll have a new video on one of the statements, along with bible readings and reflections to help you explore more deeply.
Meet our inspiring contributors to this series
Charlene Delos Santos was born in the Philippines and moved to Naarm (Melbourne) when she was six years old. She lives in Maribyrnong, with her husband Michael and is part of Dwell Ascot Vale Church of Christ. She is the director of Surrender, an organisation calling Christians to follow Jesus to the margins, and also coordinates 2nd Gen youth ministries with the Baptist Union of Victoria. She has a youth work background, having previously worked with Scripture Union Victoria in schools ministry for over a decade. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) and is currently studying theology at Whitley College. She is passionate about seeing the church flourish in cultural diversity.
Dave Andrews is an author and organiser who has worked with dispossessed and marginalised peoples in India and Australia. He teaches courses on community development in Australia at the Bible College of Queensland, the Queensland College of Theology and Australian College of Ministries, and in many countries including Cambodia, India, and Afghanistan as a consultant with Tear Australia, a Christian Aid Agency.
Dr Janice McRandal has worked at Charles Sturt University and St Francis Theological College. Previously a director of systematic theology at Trinity College Queensland, Janice has published a monograph entitled Christian Doctrine and the Grammar of Difference: a contribution to feminist systematic theology (Fortress Press, 2015) and co-edited two books. Her most recent work is Contested Theology: bodies, sport, and motion (Fortress Press, 2018).
Bishop Chris McLeod is an Assistant Bishop in the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide, with special responsibilities for Aboriginal Ministry and National Aboriginal Bishops. Chris is of Gurindji descent and whose mother was a member of the Stolen Generations, and in this context he has special concerns to focus on reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.Bishop McLeod is also a PhD candidate at Flinders University exploring further the practical application of Trinitarian theology on the praxis of Anglican ministry.
Lt Colonel Lyn Edge is currently the Secretary for Mission for The Salvation Army Australia. Her current role brings together her background in social, pastoral and theological work as she leads The Salvation Army social and community mission delivery. Lyn has been a Salvation Army officer for over 20 years, working in both Sydney and Paris before moving to Melbourne. She has a Doctorate of Ministry in Missiology and has co-authored the book, “Partnering with God: Being a Missional Salvationist”.
Josh Dowton is now the Associate Pastor at Northside Baptist Church, having previously lectured in New Testament and early Church history, biblical languages, and theology of social justice. Josh has a special interest in the book of Revelation as political resistance literature.
Dr. Anne Pattel-Gray was the first Aboriginal person to graduate with a Ph.D., from the University of Sydney and has a Doctor of Divinity. She is a recognised scholar, Aboriginal activist and prolific writer with several publications –chapters, articles, edited works and authored books.
Invite your Church to take part in our Lent Series!
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