Starting this August
Jesus in a Political Age
Freedom of religion, climate change, refugees, transgender rights, gender equality, race relations … Where do you stand?
Whether you lean left or you lean right, this series, ‘Left and Right’ will explore Jesus in a political age.
What does Jesus have to say about the issues of our day and how are we to respond? We will look at these together, ask questions, listen to each other, open the Bible and seek truth throughout this series.
Visit a Sunday gathering and explore these resources from across our City on a Hill churches.
The votes are in and the people have spoken!
Below are the top eight topics we will explore throughout the series, with a ninth topic chosen by each City on a Hill Lead Pastor. The series will begin with an introductory week setting up the series and thinking about the relationship of church and state, and will conclude with a week on our unity and common purpose.
Male and female, God made us all in his image — but the details are complex. Should quotas be mandated for leadership roles? What about the pay gap? Should more be done to encourage women to return to work?
Should children be allowed to receive treatment for gender transition, and what rights should parents have? Is it appropriate to legislate the use of gender-affirming pronouns or allow trans women to compete in women’s sports? What if we dissent?
The Bible sees life as a precious gift, but on the edges of life and death the issues can feel complex. Should a dying person have the right to end their life?
Jesus brings people from all nations together, but we still must confront the past wrongs and present realities of racism. Are we a racist nation? Can a nation be systemically racist? Should we take responsibility for atrocities before we were born? Should we change Australia Day?
Refugees & Asylum Seekers
With immigration policy in political deadlock, what might thoughtful Christians say about offshore detention, migration, citizenship and multiculturalism?
Freedom of Religion
As governments introduce laws that conflict with biblical values, should churches and Christian organisations be given special consideration? Should Christian schools, for instance, be entitled to employ only Christians? Some think the church is under siege, while others think we are just losing unfair privileges. When should we fight for religious freedom – and if so, how?
Speech can lead to truth and life, but can also incite hatred. Setting the limits is not always easy. What is hate speech and should it be criminalised? Is there a right to offend, or a right not to be offended? Is de-platforming and cancel culture dangerous for our society?
Each week we will be engaging in Bible talks on the topics listed above. Featured below are the City on a Hill Melbourne Bible talks. To watch or listen to Bible talks from the other City on a Hill churches click ‘More’ or visit resources.cityonahill.com.au.
Jesus in a Political Age
Freedom of Religion
Are we most concerned with equality of outcome or equality of opportunity? What is true gender equality and how does progress look like in the workplace of a fallen world? What should it look like in the church? Headship is service. Our call as men and women is to reflect the image and character of God to the world. Men and women each have a unique part to play in the church, but within the world the Bible is not prescriptive. As a whole, we ought to bring our distinctiveness and work together to be better together.
The City of God
Throughout the series Senior Pastor Guy Mason sits down with a range of political leaders and advocates to learn more about their stories, how we should tackle the tough issues of the current political age and discuss Jesus’ influence on their life, career and political views.
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Tim is one of Australia’s leading voices when it comes to social ethics and justice. He has an extensive career that includes former mayor of St Kilda, Ordained Baptist Minister, previous CEO of World Vision Australia and currently serves as the Executive Director of Micah Australia.
Tim has much wisdom to share on the nature of politics and how followers of Jesus can lean into the issues and topics shaping our world.
Brooke Prentis is a proud Wakka Wakka woman and Aboriginal Christian leader. Brooke became a Christian in her early 20’s and has become passionate about seeing justice for First Nations people and raising up Christian Aboriginal leaders.
Visit a Sunday Service
Hoyts Melbourne Central
9am & 11am
European Bier Cafe
9am, 11am & 6pm
Phoenix Park Community Centre
9am and 11am
All Saints Church, West Footscray
9am & 4pm
230 McKillop St, East Geelong
9am, 11am, 4pm & 6pm
4 Lower Duneed Rd, Mount Duneed
Palace Barracks Cinemas
8:30am and 10:30am
10 Quay Street, Brisbane City
Worongary State School
Bluescope Steel Visitors Centre