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What is gender? Where is our identity?
We live in a time where we are told to live for ourselves, and define our own identity. Amidst confusion, we must look to God’s Word which says all people are made in the Image of God. That our identity is in Christ, not in our own self identity. We are all works of art, crowned with God’s glory and honour, fearfully and wonderfully made in the womb, and known by God. Because of sin, the world is not as it should be, and individual identity is not as it should be. We have one foot in Genesis 1 and one in Genesis 3, one with God and one with sin. None of us are at home in this body or in this world.
We must walk with those who struggle, and though we won't always have the right words, we are to remind them of the hope and love in Jesus. We are to tell those who feel rejected and question their identity about the good news of Jesus, the suffering servant who was beaten, mocked, and crucified on a cross for our sins, to restore us back to the Image of God. In Jesus we find hope and freedom. In Jesus we find our true identity through being united to him.
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2 Sep 2018
Guy is the founding and Senior Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today City on a Hill is a movement of many churches that gathers across multiple locations, in different cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Guy is a passionate communicator of the gospel who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth, and relevance of Jesus. Guy graduated with a BA in Public Relations from RMIT University and has a Masters of Divinity from Ridley College. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.
2 Sep 2018
Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.
2 Sep 2018
Luke is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne West. He joined City on a Hill in its early days, serving as the Community Pastor in Melbourne, before being asked to lead his own church plant. Having grown up in Melbourne's western suburbs, he has a deep knowledge of and passion for the area, and a great desire to see the gospel bring transformation. A gifted communicator, he loves the work of pastoring a church, opening God's word each week and seeing the Spirit work. Luke graduated with a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University, has a Grad Dip in Divinity from Ridley College, and is close to completing a Masters of Ministry. He is an ordained Anglican minister in the Diocese of Melbourne and an active member of the Acts 29.
2 Sep 2018
Nick is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Melbourne East. He loves Jesus, is passionate about connecting deep theology with everyday life, and eager to make a difference in the time he has by helping plant as many churches as possible. After Jesus, Nick loves his wife Jules, and his two kids, Axel and Aria. He holds an MDiv from Ridley College, is a member of Acts 29, an ordained Anglican minister and gives too much of his time to fantasy sports.
2 Sep 2018
Dan is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) based in Brisbane. After serving as an ordained Baptist pastor for 7 years, and after working at Malyon College leading the Traverse Centre and lecturing in apologetics, Dan joined the team of RZIM in 2015. He now speaks regularly to audiences across the belief spectrum on how the gospel connects to life’s biggest questions, and on the popular objections to the Christian Faith. He is married to Erin, and with three young sons, Dan loves reading, coffee, movies, the outdoors, and Australian Rules Football.