North America New Year's staff Conference

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 5:00pm to Saturday, January 13, 2018 - 1:00pm

Venue: Sheraton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel (6501 Mannheim Road, Rosemont, IL 60018)
Theme: "The Vision of God's Kingdom" 


2018 North America Staff Conference Program

(“You Will Be My Witnesses”--Acts 1:8)

God has led us with the vision of his kingdom thus far. When we see the world, terrible things are frequently happening, and anti-Christian activities have been increasing rapidly. As the world grows more turbulent and hostile toward the gospel, it is easy for us to withdraw, protect ourselves and lose vision. Therefore, it is necessary for us to rekindle the fire of God’s vision. We would like to hear messages on revival, and Jesus’ vision for the church and its fulfillment. We would like to dedicate ourselves to united prayer with this vision.

Jan 11 (Thu)    5:00-7:00 pm              Dinner
                        7:30-9:30 pm              Plenary Session 1
                                                                        Special Lecture by Dr. M. David Sills*
                                                                        United Prayer for Revival and Vision

Jan 12 (Fri)      7:30-8:45 am              Breakfast
                        9:00-10:45 am            Group Bible Study Acts 1:1-14
                        11:00-12:00 pm          Plenary Session
                                                                        New Year’s Message by P. Abraham Kim
                        12:00-1:45 pm            Lunch
                        2:30-4:00 pm              Small group discussion and vision sharing**
                        4:00-5:00 pm              United prayer in small groups
                        5:15-6:15 pm              Dinner
                        6:30-8:00 pm              Group Bible Study Revelation 5:1-14***
                        8:00-10:00 pm            Plenary Session 3
                                                                        Message by P. Ron Ward
                                                                        ISBC Preparation Reports
                                                                        United Prayer for Revival and Vision

Jan 13 (Sat)     7:30-9:00 am              Breakfast
                         9:00-10.30 am             Regional Meetings: How to Prepare for the ISBC, How to Build Community Within our Regions
                        10:30-12:00 am           Plenary Session 4
​                                                                         Regions’ Reports
                                                                         United Prayer for Revival and Vision
                        12:00-1:00 pm            Lunch

*   Dr. M. David Sills is a former missionary to Ecuador, Professor of Missions and Cultural Anthropology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and founder of Reaching and Teaching International Ministries.
**  Discussion group questions: 1) What is God’s vision? 2) Why do we need God’s vision? 3) How can we have God’s vision? 4) What does this vision mean to the church?
*** Prepare in advance: 1) memorize Revelation 5:1-14; 2) answer the study questions


Bible Study Questions


Acts 1:1-14
Key Verse: 1:8                                                                                                                  

1.    What did the author Luke write about in his former book (1-2)? What did the Risen Jesus do before his ascension (3)? Why is a conviction of Jesus’ resurrection important to us? How is Jesus’ resurrection related to the kingdom of God?

2.    What did Jesus command his apostles, and why (4a; Lk 24:47)? What promise did Jesus remind them of (4b-5)? To fulfill God’s will, why did the apostles need to be baptized by the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:18-20; 15:26-27)?

3.    How did the apostles reveal their own expectations (6)? What did Jesus’ answer mean for them (7)? Read verse 8. What was God’s vision? How would it be carried out? How is being Jesus’ witness related to God’s vision, for the apostles and for us?

4.    What is the meaning of Jesus’ ascension (9; Ac 2:33)? How would Jesus return (10-11)? Why is the hope of his return important?

5.    What did the apostles do after Jesus’ ascension (12-14)? Who was involved in united prayer, and what is the significance of it? What can we learn from them in preparing to receive the Holy Spirit?