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.

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Invitation and Challenge

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How did Jesus equip and mobilise his disciples? How might we, as fathers, mothers, uncles, and aunties, follow Jesus example to raise healthy spiritual children?

In this talk, Daniel Sih introduces our next discipleship principle called “Invitation and Challenge.”

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The online video of Dick and Rick Hoyt is available here.

UP IN OUT

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Jesus had three great loves — a love for the father, a love for extended family, and a love for a lost and broken-hearted world.

Daniel Sih re-boots his series on “A Life Well Lived” by teaching us how to pattern our lives on the pattern of Jesus. As we learn to balance our life according to the principle of UP / IN / OUT, we mature in our faith, grow as disciples, and form cultures where people look and act more like Jesus.

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Acknowledgement to Doug Paul of Summit church for the video resource.

Contagious Love (A Response To COVID-19)

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Jesus said: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” But how do we love one another, at a distance, during a pandemic?

In this talk, Daniel Sih speaks into our current predicament, drawing lessons from the past, from scripture, and from science, to suggest practical ways for our churches to respond in love, during the coronavirus.

He explains our reasoning behind stopping church services, outlining a practical plan to strengthen community bonds, through the use of digital technology.

Note: this will be our last sermon for some time, until we resume services post pandemic.

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The Learning Circle

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Jesus suggested that there are two types of people in this world. There are people who hear and discuss ideas, and those who put his words into practice.

Daniel Sih continues his series on “A Life Well Lived” by teaching us how to hear and follow God’s voice in everyday life. We can practice the words of Jesus by identifying kairos moments, and by walking the learning circle as a community.

You can download the presenter slides here.