Focal Point 2020

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Where do you look to find yourself? In your studies and career? Or in love and friendships? Or in pleasure and partying? The world offers so many good things. But when good things become ultimate things, they leave us lost, dissatisfied and disillusioned…

Jesus promises better. He says “If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34). But this sounds like bad advertising… Aren’t I meant to be true to myself? Isn’t the cross painful? Didn’t Jesus die so I can live life to the full?

Join FOCUS students from ANU, UC, ADFA and ACU as we open the Scriptures to explore the most significant event in history — the death of Christ on the cross. We’ll explore why Jesus’ death was necessary, how we can know we’re forgiven, what to do with habitual sins, how to find yourself truly…

Morning Sessions
Mornings will begin at 10am (who doesn’t love a sleep in 😄). We’ll begin by gathering on Zoom for some all-in fun, prayer and reflections. Then we’ll break into smaller groups (possibly in person if people are keen) for manuscript discovery. Manuscript discovery is where you get a few chapters of the bible, printed without verses, chapters or paragraph headings. It’s a really enriching time with a small group of others digging deep into God’s word.

Seminars
Seminars are where we do our topical study on The Cross in slightly larger groups on Zoom. These will be interactive, constructive (and deconstructive), mind-bending moments trying to think from a blank page about Jesus’ death. Why did Jesus die on the cross? Would anything be different if he died by lethal injection or firing squad? Are there different ways to understand Christ’s death? Come with your questions, a quick eye for detail, and a heart that loves to know God’s glory.

Evening Sessions
Sit back in the comfort of home and gather together with the FOCUS family. Whether you’re a grad, supporter, current student or part-timer, these night sessions will be a celebration of God’s work among us. We’ll sing, pray, reflect and listen to Richard Chin preach from the Scriptures about how we truly find ourselves at the cross.

FAQ’s

​Focal Point will be held online (with some opportunities to meet in person along the way if you want to or can). Our morning sessions, manuscript discovery and seminar groups will be held in Zoom, while our night talks will be streamed on a web portal. We’ll send details about how to access all of these closer to Focal Point. Attendees who are keen and able to meet in person for manuscript discovery groups are welcome to take up that option, but it’s not obligatory!
We’ll spend plenty of time in groups – both within your uni group and alongside students from other unis – so you’ll have lots of opportunities to get to know new people. There are several people coming to Focal Point for the first time, and many of the students returning have said that Focal Point is where some of their closest friendships were formed.
Ticket Prices:

Full-time Rego: $40 for the ultimate Focal Point experience ($30 if you’re a first year) – Registrations close July 1st

Evening only: $20 for all the night sessions – Registrations  close July 6th

Discount! If you register before June 1st, get a $10 discount on your full-time registration!

It will cost $20 to come to the night sessions only, regardless of when you register and how many sessions you come to.

If you come for the whole week, you’ll receive a package in the mail with all the resources you need to help you get the most out of our time together.

If you come just for the night sessions, we’ll email you the outlines in the days prior to Focal Point.

Your ticket money will help cover the cost of booklet production and postage, and will be put towards future Focal Points so that we can keep ticket prices as low as possible.

If the price is unaffordable for you, subsidies are available. So please don’t let money stop you from coming. Get in touch with your staffworker to chat about how we can help.

Yes! The night talks ticket requires just one registration per couple or household.

Full-time attendees are required to register individually (even if you live in a sharehouse with other FOCUS students). We want to be able to allocate you each to seminar and manuscript discovery groups, and to also be able to cover the cost of your resources.

See “How much does it cost?” for more info on ticket options.

We guarantee that you’ll get the most out of the week if you commit to it full-time! So we do encourage you to do what you can to be able to come Monday to Friday. It’s ok to say to your boss (and to friends and family even) that you’re attending an online conference that week and so aren’t available.

But if it’s really hard for you to attend everything, we’d love for you to come to as much as you can!

There are two ticket options:
1. Full registration (the full Focal-Point experience!)
2. Night registration (tune into the evening talks)

Our ‘night talks only’ ticket is a one-off payment of $20 for ease of processing and communicating with night talk attendees prior to Focal Point.

Whatever you’re able to come to, we’d love to have you join us! It’ll be a great time together.

You’ll be able to participate in all of Focal Point no matter where you tune in from.

Our morning and night sessions and afternoon seminar groups will all be held online.

As manuscript discovery groups are a little smaller, it may afford you the opportunity to meet in person if you are able and willing, but for many people we imagine that these will happen online, too.

Yes! They’re not just allowed, but warmly welcomed. Please register for a night-talks only ticket so that you can join in the songs, prayers, stories and Bible talks of Focal Point.

Grads, supporters and other guests are also welcome to a pre-session Zoom dinner on the Friday night of the week – details will be sent to you about how to access this.

Yes! We love people from every country!

Please come to Focal Point. We have a special program for international students. We will use simple English to help you understand.

Early bird registrations close midnight, Monday June 1. Standard registrations close midnight, Wednesday July 1. Night talks only ticket registration closes midnight, Monday July 6.
“Focal Point was possibly the most important thing that happened to me last year – perhaps even in my entire adult life.”2019 student delegate