Entering the Kingdom:
The Catechetical School of Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church, Brisbane
Entering the Kingdom is a series that will teach you about all the fundamental teachings of the Orthodox Church – including the Nicene Creed, who is God, what humans are and how we are saved, how we are to live, the Sacraments of the Church that Christ founded, and how we are to get closer to our loving God.
We’ll be addressing important issues for Orthodox Christian life and faith, in a way that everyone will understand and be able to apply it to their own life.
For those seeking to enter the Orthodox Church, this course is compulsory.
It is both open and highly recommended for all who wish to learn more about Orthodox Christianity - whether you've just heard about this ancient faith, or you are Orthodox and want to know and understand your faith more.
All talks are in English, and are designed for those aged 16 and up.
How is this course done?
There are 16 sessions in this series.
For each talk, our participants will watch the video of Fr Andrew (or a guest presenter) delivering the talk. During this, participants are asked to write down any and all questions that they have.
Then, participants will log in to a Q&A session with Fr Andrew, on Tuesday evenings at 6:55pm for a 7pm start. All questions about the talk are specifically welcomed, as well as any question relevant to the inquirer.
Lastly, participants will answer questions as part of a homework task.
Each of these are accessible through the links below.
Part One: Introduction.
Session 1: A Beginners Guide to Orthodoxy
Q&A: 19 October, 2021
Synopsis: We’ll answer, ‘What is the Good News of Salvation?’, before outlining Orthodox theology, practice and spirituality.
Session 2: A Brief History of Church
Q&A: 26 October, 2021.
Synopsis: The story of God’s love for us – from Jerusalem in 33AD to Brisbane today.
Part Two: The Creed.
Session 3: The Triune God
Q&A: 9 November, 2021.
Synopsis: We’ll explain our belief in the Triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet one God.
Session 4: One Lord, Jesus Christ
Q&A: 16 November, 2021.
Synopsis: We’ll answer ‘who is this Man, Jesus Christ’, discussing the Divine and Human natures of Christ.
Session 5: The Nature, Value & Purpose of the Human Person
Q&A: 23 November, 2021.
Synopsis: In this talk, we talk about the God’s purpose for humanity, the impact of both the Fall and the Resurrection on humanity and individuals, the nature of the human person, and our common existential crisis and its resolution.
Session 6: Our Return to God
Q&A: 30 November, 2021.
Synopsis: We believe God loved us too much to let us be away from Him. We’ll discuss what sin is, and how humanity was saved from it by Christ; and, we’ll talk about how we are individually saved, and how we repent from our own sins.
Session 7: Christ’s Church
Q&A: 7 December, 2021.
Synopsis: What it means to be ‘One’, ‘Holy’, ‘Catholic’, ‘Apostolic’ and ‘Church’, and why being Orthodox matters.
Part Three: Praxis.
Session 8: A Guide to the Spiritual Life
Q&A: 11 January, 2022.
Synopsis: We’ll explaining how we reconnect with God, and look at spiritual disciplines like prayer, fasting, charity, and more.
Session 9: Our Customs and Practices
Q&A: 25 January, 2022.
Synopsis: In this talk, we explain the things that we ‘just do’, but also why we do them, and how they transmit the faith.
Session 10: ‘Be Ye Holy’: Ethics for Orthodox Christians
Q&A: 1 February, 2022.
Synopsis: How Orthodox should behave and conduct themselves, and the Orthodox approach to various ethical issues.
Part Four: Services & Sacraments.
Session 11: Vigil & Confession
Q&A: 22 February, 2022.
Synopsis: We’ll discuss our Saturday evening service, which gives us a space for prayer, musical education, and Confession.
Session 12: Liturgy & Communion
Q&A: 1 March, 2022.
Synopsis: We’ll discuss the sequence and meaning of the Divine Liturgy, the significance of the church building where we celebrate the Liturgy, and the importance of the Sacrament of Communion to our lives.
Session 13: Baptism & Chrismation
Q&A: 15 March, 2022.
Synopsis: We’ll discuss the theological and practical aspects of the Sacrament where Christians are born.
Session 14: Marriage and Other Services
Q&A: 22 March 2022.
Synopsis: We have a number of Sacraments and even more services. We go through some of the most important ones – including Marriage, Unction, the Moleben and the Water Blessing.
Part Five: Conclusion.
Session 15: Memorials, Funerals & the Soul
Q&A: 29 March, 2022.
Synopsis: We’ll discuss what happens to a person who has died, and how those left behind can best care for them.
Session 16: Evangelism and Apologetics
Q&A: 5 April, 2022.
Synopsis: How we can respond to common attacks on belief, Christianity and Orthodoxy, and even share our faith with others.