Fulfilling the Great Commission by raising Christ-centred disciples to plant vibrant, biblical churches in our cities and countries all over the world


This year’s Hope Melbourne Bible Conference explored the theme of “Triumph: A Victorious Church”. The venue was at Northcote Town Hall; its art deco interior with a cathedral style high ceiling and clerestories gave the conference a heavenly atmosphere. The venue resonated well with the objective of the conference: “… we are gathering during these few days with a heavenly agenda. God wants us to taste and see that He is good, and reveal a Jesus of victory,” as stated by Pastor Mark Rusic of Hope Melbourne City Centre.

The three-day-conference hosted nine speakers, all from the four centres of Hope Melbourne. Hope Melbourne’s Senior Pastor Ian Foley opened the conference with his sermon about God’s definition of Victory and His ultimate goal for His Church on earth. The victory we need to learn is exemplified through the final hour when Christ was nailed on the cross. Despite the intense physical pain and humiliation and the total rejection from God, citing Psalm 22, Jesus was filled with faith as he looked beyond the suffering of cross to the time when the world would come to receive the joy of salvation through him. Ps Ian emphasised how that moment epitomised the spiritual victory in the midst of suffering; it is something we need to build into our churches today. The subsequent teachings by other speakers built on this foundation. They explored various aspects: the characteristics of victorious church, hindrances to victory, how to walk in victory etc.

The recurring message of the Conference is that Jesus is doing something new in churches everywhere as well as our local churches in Hope Melbourne as we persevere to fulfil the Great Commission. There is a fresh anointing God wants to release to our churches today. This comes down to experiencing tangible victories through actively seeking divine and supernatural intervention of God in every situation of our lives.

It was really encouraging when on the very first night Pastor Fook Chun saw a prophetic vision: “I saw spots of burning fire everywhere in this building… God told me these are the fires of the burning bush. Everywhere many people are having a personal encounter with God…”

Pastor Mark Rusic summarised well the aim of the conference in the conference booklet, “Jesus Christ… knowing his fullness will enable us to persevere unto great victories in His name.” As each of us seek to encounter Jesus in the most personal way in our everyday lives, we can bring the victory of Christ into our churches, our homes, our workplaces, and every other aspect of our lives.