What Is Gender?

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Men like cars and are good at reading maps. Women are domestic and enjoy cooking. Really? In our culture, there are competing visions for what it means to be a man and a woman. Some are helpful, but many are not.

In this talk, Daniel Sih outlines the biblical vision for male and female. He challenges gender stereotypes, as well as gender fluid ideologies, offering a way forward to become whole-heartedness as men and women in a deeply confused culture.

Note: this sermon was re-recorded because of technical errors when recording the original talk.

You can download the presenter slides here.

What Is Sex?

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Human sexuality is wonderful, complex and personal, but what is the purpose of sex?

Does God have an opinion about how we use our bodies? How is the physical act of having sex connected with our emotional and spiritual selves? What does the bible have to say about soul ties? And how might we resist sexual immorality?

In this talk, Daniel Sih outlines two false beliefs that have impacted church and culture, providing a positive vision for how we might embrace a biblical view of sex.

The presenter slides are available HERE.

What Is Freedom?

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Freedom is one of our most important values in Australia. But what is freedom and what does it look like to be truly free?

In this talk, Daniel Sih explains the challenges of defining freedom through popular culture. He examines the biblical imagination of personal freedom and demonstrates how freedom requires logical limits in the areas of health, money and sexuality.

You can watch the ‘Embracing Me’ music video on YouTube.

The presenter slides are available HERE.

Longing for Love

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All of us need love. Love is one of our highest emotions. We search for love in many places, even if there is confusion about how to live out our most intimate relationships.

This talk introduces a new series called ‘Longing for Love,’ exploring the bible’s perspectives on sex, sexuality and gender. We outline a framework for the series and explore the importance of starting with the revelation; ‘God IS love.’

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Just One

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Monotheism is typically defined as “the belief and doctrine that there is only one God.” But there’s a problem. This is not how the writers of the Old and New Testaments understood the “oneness” of God.

In this talk, Daniel Sih explores the nature of the spiritual realm as it relates to biblical culture, and secular culture. What does it mean for YHWH to be King of kings, Lord of lords, and God of gods? Where do angels and demons fit into the picture? How do we orientate our lives around God alone?

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Idols of the Heart

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To be human is to love — to connect deeply with someone or something greater than ourselves. Love is important. Love motivates us to help others.  Love compels us to worship.

In this talk (the first in a series, Eyes That See) we introduce the concept of worship and idolatry as expressions of love. What do I love so much that it defines me? What do I orientate my life around when no one is watching? What is the functional master of my heart? When we discover these things, we discover who or what we worship.

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Multiplication Mindset

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Jesus took a few loaves and fish, and multiplied a feast. In the Kingdom of God, things don’t grow… they multiply.

In our final “A Life Well Lived” talk, Daniel Sih explores the importance of a multiplication as a mindset for disciple making. God can take our little and make it a lot. We celebrate the multiplication of Hope Groups globally, and remember our vision to multiply communities across the suburbs of Hobart.

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Life on Life Discipleship

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Jesus was a most unconventional teacher. Rather than making disciples in a classroom setting, he taught his followers on the road, life-on-life. If we are to make disciples using the pattern of Jesus, we will need to do the same.

In our fifth talk on “A Life Well Lived,” Daniel Sih discusses the importance of structured and organic discipleship, including the role that organic teaching plays in the formation of a disciple.

You can download the presenter slides HERE.