We all long for great relationships that are deep and harmonious. To achieve that we need to realise that relationships do not grow stronger by avoiding conflict totally, but by working through them intentionally. This series explains how we can manage the inevitable relational issues we face so as to become closer to one another.
By God's grace, we have a church that we love to be part of, and fellow members that we enjoy being with. However, the church is not here primarily to make us happy. It is here to help us become a people who do great things for a great God. Let's take stock and equip ourselves once more to build a church that is worthy of him.
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.
For most people outside the church, the idea that Christians give their money, and for most, a substantial chunk of it, to God, is puzzling or dubious at best. Many of you probably have non-Christian family members who would flip if they knew how much money you give to the church, or relatives who would considered you hopelessly brainwashed. In this message, Pastor Tiak will explain why giving not only makes perfect sense, but also why it is also thoroughly and counter-intuitively enjoyable
Another new year has dawned, and no doubt all of us have engaged in the same mind game, wishing and persuading ourselves that on the stroke of midnight of 31 December, things would somehow be better going forward.