In most religions, ordinary people cannot access God directly. Instead, you must go through a religious professional or expert, whether it is a priest, a monk or a medium. Christianity came out from the Jewish religion, which had an elaborate priesthood system, but it did not have priests right from the beginning. Who then performs the role of the priest? Find out the radical explanation in the second message of this series, entitled: Who are the Priests?
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:4-9
Have you ever wondered why, unlike every other religion, Christians are not limited to worshiping in a dedicated place of worship like a church building. They can meet in hotels ballrooms, movie theatres, private homes, school halls and commercial auditoriums. What accounts for the difference? In today’s message, Pastor Tiak will explain how the coming of Jesus Christ radically and permanently changed the religious concept of sacred worship venues.
Scripture: John 4:19-26
The search for meaning and satisfaction in life and to feel good about ourselves is encapsulated by well-known phrases such as "the pursuit of happiness" and in more recent times, looking for things that "spark joy". But what does it mean to have joy in our lives? What truly sparks joy?
The number one reason why we do not experience more answered prayers is simple: we don’t pray all that much. In spite of all our good intentions and sincere desires, most of us find it difficult to pray regularly. That’s why in the final message of this series, Pastor Tiak will explain how we can get started in cultivating a consistent prayer life so that we can see more answered prayers.
We will never know all the reasons why God sometimes says no to our prayers. However, the bible tells us there are many petitions that God would yes to, if not for the hindrances that we ourselves set up. What are some of these obstacles? Why do they stop the flow of God’s blessings? What do we need to do to experience more answered prayers? Find out the answers from Pastor Tiak as he delivers the second part of the ‘Unanswered’ series, entitled Deal Breakers.
Most of us struggle to pray to someone we cannot see or hear, whom we are not entirely sure exists, and who is supposed to be loving and powerful, but yet seems to say no a lot more than yes to our requests. That’s why the first message in this series deals with our struggle by explaining the foundational and fascinating principles of praying to the God of Christianity.
The bible tells us that God created the institution of marriage because he had said, “it is not good for man to be alone.” How then can people who are single, whether voluntarily or otherwise, ever find true fulfilment or have some of their deepest needs met? In this message, Pastor Tiak provides a radical yet practical answer to that question from the New Testament that addresses both our heads and our hearts.
In the first message, we emphasised the importance of being the right person rather than looking for the right person. That, however, does not mean that we should be naïve or undiscerning in our selection of a potential life partner. That’s why in this message, Pastor Tiak tells us about some non-negotiable qualities that are indispensable for successful relationships.
Our culture promotes the myth that true love and successful relationships is all about chemistry. The problem with chemistry is that it produces not just reactions but also explosions. As a result, many of us have been hurt or become disillusioned by our own, or our parents’, relational explosions. The bible tells us that there is a better way to do love. That’s why in this message, Pastor Tiak explains what we need to do differently to experience lasting and great relationships.
Jesus did not come to earth just to get sinners into heaven, but to bring the kingdom of God down to earth. What does this mean and how is it supposed to happen? How does his kingdom intersect with the kingdoms and governments of this world? In this message Pastor Tiak addresses these thought-provoking questions and also explains the part that he has called his followers to play in this world-changing process.
It is believed that if you are convinced that God is on your side, or that you have the truth whereas other people are wrong, you will naturally become self-righteous and dogmatic about your views. This creates conflicts and destroys harmony. Since we can’t stop people from practising their religion, the next best thing is to insist that they keep it strictly private. In this message, Pastor Tiak will explain why this is not feasible, and how Christianity addresses this tension.