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Piggin examines Romans 16. He looks at the righteousness of God. Speaker examines the connections between the names in Paul's list - all believers and all co-workers of Paul. 1. What makes for an effecive ministry partner? 2. Qualities of co-workers in the gospel?
Piggin speaks on 1 Kings 3:1-28 and 1 Kings 4:29-34. He examines the reign of Solomon. Piggin looks at the 3 impulses of the reign : 1. Desire for power 2. Conscious 3. Women Piggin looks at the dangerous context of the passage including political allies. He speaks on Solomon's request for wisdom, with a focus on the fighting between two mothers. He explains that Solomon's wisdom turns into foolishness, for thinking he could control God. He shows that there is history, propaganda and what God wants us to believe.
Piggin speaks on the end of Romans 16. He explains Paul's motivation for writing, to strengthen and establish the Roman believers firmly in the gospel. Piggin explains why we all need strengthening in faith. 1. So that we can take the gospel to unbelievers, and the whole gospel must be preached. This creates unity. 2. There is no other way to be saved. Salvation is only through the gospel of Jesus Christ. 3. Belief does not save us from suffering/persecution. Instead he works through these things. 4. Strengthened through the revelation of the mysteries of Jesus. 5. By the command of Jesus Christ, so that all nations might believe and obey Jesus
Piggin speaks on Solomon's temptation of relying on his own intelligence, rather than on God, from 1 Kings 4:20-28, and 10:14-29. He shows that there is history, propaganda and what God wants us to believe. Piggin argues that the historical accounts are pointed at Solomon, and shows that these are self-serving systems that leads to destruction. He compares this to Australia's dependance on the government. Piggin questions whether Solomon's efficency was rich towards himself or towards God, calling on his audience to also critique their desires. He shows that God is not fooled by appearances. Piggin explores Solomon's motivation and who he is serving. He compares this to church and work programs, and shows that the system is not the solution. Piggin challenges the audience to consider what Christianity can do for the good of Australia.
Speaker shows that love is a commandment given by God for believers, and that if it does not naturally flow as a result of Christ's death for us, it is not love.
Thompson speaks on how hard it is for believers to come to agreement on divorce, and that we have not been gracious towards divorcees. He shows that God's design is for marriage, and it's implication for relationships. Thompson explores divorce in the ancient world. He expounds various passages relating to marriage and divorce.
Jensen explores why we find it hard to reach divorcees. He shows that there are challenges in the academia. Jensen explores the instructions in the Bible relating to marriage and divorce from 1 Corinthians. He warns against asking questions looking for loopholes in the style of the Pharisees. Jensen explains why we often disagree on the subject of divorce.
Athas explores some of the challenging passages from the Bible on the topic of rape. He looks at what the law was telling men to do.
Bolt and Smith discuss submission and how the understanding of submission has culturally changed over decades. They perform a biblical study of the use of the term throughout the New Testament. Talk is followed by question and answers.
Tooher lists the reasons why she loves the Apostle Paul.
Tucker speaks on the importance of marriage, including how it should reflect Christ and the church. Tucker explores which came first - church or marriage, but reminds his listeners that marriage is always temporary. Tucker explores Adam and Eve as sinners, and Adam's responsibility in sin. Tucker speaks on what love really looks like, as modelled by Christ. Talk is followed by questions.
Smith acknowledges that this is a difficult topic, highlighting that the only positive aspect is the forgiveness offered to everyone. She briefly covers the history of the debates in Australia and New South Wales, and how we are different to the United States. Smith details the existing laws around abortion. Smith looks at what abortion is, how terms are understood, and side effects of abortion. Smith raises linguistic moves made by pro-choice groups to make abortion seem attractive. 1. Prevention of abortion 2. Informed, faithful pastoral care