Starting this August

Freedom of religion, refugees, transgender rights, gender equality, race relations … Where do you stand?

Whether you lean left or you lean right, we are living in an age where everything is political, and everyone is divided.

This August we are relaunching a new series called “Left and Right” where we will consider 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 the series.

Series Topics

The votes are in and the people have spoken!

Below are the eight topics each of our churches will be exploring throughout the series with a ninth chosen by each Lead Pastor. The series will also 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.

Pro-life vs. Pro-choice

Debate in America rages over the possibility of abortion laws being tightened. What is the role of government in such matters, and how should Christians speak into these vital issues?

Gender Equality

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?

Transgender Rights

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?

Euthanasia

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?

Race Relations

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?

Free Speech

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?

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