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?
Why do some people choose not to believe in God? Is it because the evidence and arguments for his
existence are simply inadequate? Or is there some other underlying reason that is not obvious, even
to those who reject him?
The first message of the series focused on the ‘think’ part of free-thinker. This second message looks at the ‘free’ part. A major factor behind the trend of more people calling themselves free-thinkers is the natural and legitimate desire for greater freedom.
More and more people are identifying themselves as free-thinkers. What do they really mean by that? Do they mean that they are free to think? Or that they think freely unlike the rest of us? Or that they are free not to think at all?
Our culture has conditioned us to believe that the pursuit of personal holiness is a largely private
matter between you and God alone. This mindset not only deprives us of the benefit of mutual
encouragement and sharpening, it also makes those of us who are grappling with sin or trapped in
addictions put up a respectable façade while we secretly struggle alone. How can we collaborate
with each other in our quest for holiness?
In the final part of this sermon series, Pastor Tiak explains how Christianity alone provides the resources to prevent such situations from continuing to have a hold over our lives and ruining our peace of mind.
Whether it’s in sports or quarrels, everybody wants to be on the winning side; to outdo and defeat your opponent or competitor decisively. However, winning in a relational conflict is tricky. The more you demolish the other party, the more you stand to lose.
Most of us don’t look forward to having disagreements and quarrels. We dread the unpleasantness and the negative outcomes. Relational conflict is painful, but it need not be destructive. Conflicts destroy relationships only because people tend to fight badly. In this message, you will learn the importance of having a good fight, as well as how to practically tackle our differences without tearing each other down.
Relational conflicts and breakdown happen because people get angry with each other, and in their anger, they say and do things with destructive consequences. To maintain healthy relationships, we need to learn better anger management, beyond just trying to control our temper.