Though one of the oldest stories in the Bible, the account of Jacob’s  journey and struggle with God is one of the Bible's most moving, challenging and relevant tales. At Keswick this year we will unpack the life of this remarkable patriarch, exploring what this muddled, but God-empowered traveller has to teach us who are called to journey with God in the 21st century.


Have you ever considered the promise that God made - first to Abraham, then to Isaac and finally to Jacob:

To Abraham - "...and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice."   Genesis 22:18

To Isaac -      "...and in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my                          commandments, my statutes, and my laws."                                                                                          Genesis 26:4-5

To Jacob -      "... and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed."                                         Genesis 28:14


The word for 'offspring' in these verses is singular and refers to Jesus.  All nations are blessed through Him!

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, "In you shall all the nations be blessed."                    Galatians 3:8

Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, "And to offsprings," referring to many, but referring to one, "And to your offspring," who is Christ.      Galatians 3:16


Praise God for His Son, Jesus Christ.  He loves us so much that he suffered and died on the cross in our place.   

He rose again on the third day and is seated at God's right hand.  

Just like Jacob, we are strugglers, schemers, wrestlers and sufferers.  

Just like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - we look to Jesus for our hope and salvation. 

Through Him, we are saved from the penalty of our sin

and through Him, we have the hope of life with Him for eternity in heaven. 



Speaker: Dr Brian Harris

Dr Brian Harris is a sought after speaker, teacher, leader and writer. 

A widely respected theologian, after 17 years as principal of Vose Seminary, he recently became the founding director of the AVENIR Leadership Institute, an initiative of the Carey Group committed to fostering leaders who will make a positive impact on the world. While leading the Institute, Brian continues to do some part time teaching at the Vose Campus of Morling College, is a Director of the Australian College of Theology and a Distinguished International Visiting Scholar of Spurgeon’s College, London. 

  His book, The Tortoise Usually Wins: Biblical Reflections on Quiet Leadership (Paternoster, 2013) continues to empower people who don’t naturally see themselves as leaders, whilst his most recent book, Why Christianity is Probably True (Paternoster, 2020) is helping to shift the tone of the discussion about faith. 

  Brian is married to Rosemary and they recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. They have 3 adult married children, and their two grandchildren (there is a third on the way), help to keep them nimble.