It’s a new chapter for the Keswick Convention, as for the first time ever, the main marquee will be based at the former Pencil Factory site. We’ll see you there!
Join us as we look to God to renew our attitude of gratitude. As we take a fresh look at all God has done for us in Jesus Christ, we will be inspired and equipped to love and live for Christ.
The theme of Keswick Convention 2020, Grateful, complements Longing, the 2019 theme.
Longing wants a deeper understanding of the riches we have in Christ; Longing says “Your kingdom come”. But it is possible for Longing to tip over into self-pity or discontentment. So Grateful highlights the right response to a generous God.
However being grateful doesn’t come naturally. How many times do children need to be told to “Say ‘Thank you’”! Paul identifies this as a fundamental human problem: “though they knew God, they did not honour him as God or give thanks to him” (Rom. 1:21).
As Christians, we are called to be grateful. It is the heart of our spiritual lives. When we are grateful, responding to God as we should, we recognise how generous He is, how good He is, how much we owe to Him. We cannot whine, we cannot be proud, we cannot be self-pitying, we cannot be entitled, thinking we deserve better. But without it, our discipleship withers and dies. Generosity is stifled, because it’s mine; love and service become joyless as we feel like a martyr.
So we pray at the 2020 Convention that the Lord will renew our attitude of gratitude; that, as we take a fresh look at all God has done for us in Jesus Christ, we will be inspired and equipped to be more Christlike. For Jesus Christ modelled gratitude to His heavenly Father (Matthew 15:36; John 11:41).