Sing Unto the Lord

Coaster and Jesus
September 17, 2008, 11:29 am
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I wrote this for It’s all about a new music festival starting this weekend on the coast. Its already sold out. I tried to win some tickets this morning from our local paper but was unlucky. Might drive past though and check the crowd.

Here’s the article:

Nitechurch is on about bringing Hope to the coast through Jesus. In particular we aim at young people living on the coast, of which there is a growing number. We want to help these people see that while the coast is a beautiful place to be, surf in, work in, study in, enjoy life – all of these things become empty without hope.
We are a culture who lives for sunshine and beer. We live for music and good times, but death and eternity make fools of us. Ultimately it is tragic if all we live for is empty promises. But this is the air we breathe. Somehow we want to show people the emptiness of the idols they are living for. They need to see that in the end they can’t satisfy. The only one who can bring hope and eternal significance and meaning is Jesus. He is the one who really died for the Young guys on the coast so that they could have life, real life. Hope can only be found in him.
As we take this message to the coast as a church we want to know the coast. We want to love the coast. We want to love the young people on the coast so that we can engage with them where they are at.
This year on September 20 the coast is hosting an event for young people that will possibly go on to be one of the biggest music events of the year. Just like ‘Splendour in the Grass’ is for Byron and ‘West Coast Blues and Roots’ is for Fremantle, ‘Coaster’ is set to be the defining music festival for the Central Coast.
Bands like Cog, The Living End, The Matches, Kisschasy, Something with Numbers, Blue King Brown plus heaps of other acts are going to be coming to Gosford Showground.
I think this is going to be huge for our culture on the Coast and it would be just like Christians to have nothing to do with it.
Imagine though if at Nitechurch we thought through ways that we could engage with the culture that we are part of. Imagine if we spent our time thinking about what the questions are that our culture is asking.
It would be mad to see a crew of Nitechurch at Coaster. Maybe in the future we can have more of a presence in events like this on the Coast. Maybe I’m just raving. But I don’t think so. I think we need to work hard at making sure we are enough in our culture so that we can engage with it.
If all we do is go to our work or uni for as little time as possible and then spend all our weekends with our Christian friends, how can we possibly move towards seeing more young people on the coast coming to know Jesus? I know that this is a huge challenge to me. I need to make sure that I get off my butt and start looking for ways to engage with the coast.
Pray for the coast and get amongst it so that you can know how to love it like Jesus does.


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I’m all for stuff like this on the Coast, we just need good bands to come to them.

Comment by Luke C

yo dan, agreeing with luke, we need good bands to go to coaster, maybe, like, the three bands at niteEV live or a whole bus load of Nite EV musos! YEAH, JESUS AT COASTER, WOOOO!!!!

Comment by sam hadley

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