It was thirty years ago that I turned to Christ, having heard John Chapman explain Hebrews 12 at the Katoomba Christian Convention
My 2UE college Russell Powell had invited me to join him at the Katoomba Christian Convention (the photo above is of me from back then).
The Bible passage was.
Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
The lines I remember from John’s talk are:
- The great cloud of witnesses. I now know they were the people of Hebrews 11, but it seemed that night as if they were 7000 people surrounding me in the circus tent on the oval at Katoomba.
- Run with perseverance. The Christian life is not a short sprint, but a long distance race. You can’t run a long distance race with an overcoat on and rocks in your pockets.
- If something is getting in the way of you serving Jesus, get rid of it. It may not be a bad thing, but if it is getting in the way of you serving Jesus, get rid of it.
- Fix your eyes on Jesus, he endured the cross.
- It’s a long race. Don’t grow weary.
This Saturday and next Saturday John Woodbridge will be speaking for Katoomba Christian Convention at both Katoomba and the City on the same passage Hebrews 12.
I had a chance to catch up with John Woodbridge on the radio last week and get a preview of his talks on Hebrews 12, but also looking at the Christian lives of Chuck Colson, Billy Graham and Hudson Taylor.
I was pleased to be able to encourage him (off air) with my Hebrews 12 story. But thought I’d share it here.
My prayer is that many men (It’s a men’s conference) might turn to Christ over the next fortnight, as I did 30 years ago.