People have all kinds of ideas about Christianity. Some think that what it claims to offer is a free ticket to heaven. Others wonder if it would help them solve their problems and achieve their dreams in this life. What few people appreciate is that Christianity provides the solution to the age-old problem of conflict between different cultures and nations, achieving that elusive goal through a totally unexpected way.
We see world peace as something big and beyond what we can influence as individuals; something that can only be achieved by governments working in international cooperation and organisations. However, the Bible reveals that God takes a completely different approach to achieving global harmony. In fact, he has already begun the process and in this message, we learn how everyone can be a part of the solution.
The desire for a world living in perfect peace and harmony is a desire shared by all of us, not just beauty pageant contestants. All the goodwill, resources and efforts poured into achieving this goal have, however, not yielded the desired outcome. In the introductory message of this series, we will see why they cannot possibly do so; because they do not address or tackle the root cause of interpersonal and international conflicts, which resides in every human heart.
Our guest speaker Rev Dr William Wan is the General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement. He also chairs the Prison Fellowship Singapore and the Ethics Committee of the Farrer Park Hospital and serves his church as the Pastor Emeritus (Hope Presbyterian). A regular contributor to the Straits Times Opinion Page, he is a published author of several books and a regular speaker at churches, conferences and public events. He is also active on several boards of Christian and non-profit organisations.
Is it possible for people with same-sex orientation to be practising Christians and to participate actively in the church community? How can they manage their sexual needs and desires? And how can the church play a part in helping them to live fulfilling and God-honouring lives? In this final message of the series, Pastor Tiak addresses such difficult issues by helping us view them within the bigger context of God’s purpose for sex and for his holy community.
Both sides in the gay debate believe passionately that that they are fighting nobly for a better society, that they are justly standing up for truth and right, and that the other side is clearly wrong. But how does anyone decide what is right and wrong, and how can anyone be confident that what he believes is right, is really right? This message explores these profound questions and points us to a meaningful solution.
Passion and anger tend to be self-justifying; we often end up believing that we are right on an issue just because we feel strongly about it. Is there a better way to think and talk about homosexuality than just dogmatically asserting our beliefs and denouncing those who disagree with us? Yes, there is, and in this message, Pastor Tiak explains why and how we ought to hear both sides in this heated debate.
The previous message explains what being a man is essentially about, but it is often said that nobody can ever understand, let alone please, a woman. While it is true that God made women different from men, he has taught us in the Bible what women need, what challenges they face and what makes them thrive.
It cannot be denied that throughout most of human history, man have not only led the way in most things, they have also unjustifiably dominated and exploited women. As the world begins to seek redress for this imbalance, difficult questions are being raised, and confusion reigns, over what it means to be a man. In this message, we learn what the One who created human beings male and female has revealed about the role, essence and practice of true manhood.
The first message of the series talks about the Extroverted Ideal and how the world assumes that introverts need lots of help, whereas extroverts can thrive and succeed just as they are. However, the truth is that extroverts, just like introverts, also need to know how to leverage their strengths and mitigate their weaknesses in order to excel. This message explains what extroverts need to do to maximise their potential and make a real difference in the world.
People. Parties. Public speaking. If you dread having to be involved with all these, you are almost certainly an introvert. The problem is that you cannot avoid them totally. In fact, you will often have to participate in them due to social obligations or career development. How is it possible for you to survive, let alone thrive, in a world which puts a premium on being sociable, outgoing and outspoken?