We cannot stand having absolutely nothing to do at all, so we fill our time with activities to occupy
ourselves, whether it is work or pleasure. But even when we are doing these things, we often find
ourselves feeling dissatisfied and losing interest. Perhaps what we really need to do is to pause long
enough to ask what our boredom is really telling us about ourselves, and whether there is a better
solution to it.
Fear is not merely an uncomfortable feeling that makes us feel miserable, it is also an emotion that
stops us from living freely and achieving our full potential. Dealing successfully with fear is crucial for
a productive and happy life, yet most of us have never been taught how to do it effectively.
The amazing spread of Christianity over the last 2000 years is part of Gods salvation plan for the world. What would be the eventual outcome of this movement? What does it take to bring it to completion? Most important of all, how can we play a part in finishing up the work that remains to be done, individually and collectively?
The greatest barrier to the spread of any religion is always cultural rather than theological. Anything foreign is automatically, and often forcefully, rejected simply as not being “our way of life”. How then is Christianity consistently able to transcend deeply entrenched cultural fault lines to be embraced by people from every nation on earth and from all walks of life?
Christianity does not merely change us as individuals in radical ways, it also profoundly affects the way we relate to one another. The modern individualism so aggressively promoted by our culture leaves people with a deep hunger for authentic community. As the church, we can meet that yearning by being the kind of exciting and beautiful fellowship that powerfully draws people to itself, just as the early Christians did with society-transforming effects.
Just as air planes radically changed transportation, and the internet transformed communications, both in never-before-thought-of ways, Christianity revolutionised the concept and practice of mankind’s interaction with the supernatural. In the first message of this series, we look at the unique features of the radical movement Jesus founded that continues to go from strength to strength 2000 years later.
We often have aspirations to change our lives for the better. But, does changing our lifestyle for the better seem unnatural and burdensome? Do religious rules sound good in theory but too restrictive and difficult to embrace? It may surprise you to know that Christianity’s approach is that you change only because you really want to, and because it feels reasonable to adopt its commands.
There is one thing that Jesus considers more valuable than anything else. Not only did he teach that it was priceless, he personally crossed into our world and paid the ultimate price to secure it for us. In the final episode of this series, we will look at what we have that is so incredibly precious, the world cannot compare with it.
In a culture that is highly focused on achievements and fulfilment, we often overlook something that
is absolutely crucial, which is our character. Even if we are interested in character development,
where can we go to make it happen?
Practically everyone ranks relationships as the most important things in their life. However, our decisions and conduct often show that, in actual fact, we place other things before relationships. Be assured that this message is not meant to just take you on a guilt trip, but to guide you into a deeper understanding of why we struggle with this discrepancy, and how we can better work on something that’s truly valuable.
We often pursue the things we want passionately, but how do we know these are the things that are truly valuable? In the introductory message for this series, Pastor Tiak shows us that understanding what is really valuable is more tricky than we think, as well as how we can know and pursue what is really worthwhile in life. Scripture: Philippians 3:1-14
Most of us can feel confident about God only when he acts according to our expectations. We want him to answer our prayers, heal our illnesses, protect our families and deliver us from our problems. What if he doesn’t come through in the way we want him to? Can we still trust him? How can we still believe?