In this story, we come back to one of the characters from earlier in Matthew's Gospel - John the Baptist. This time, however, we see him in a completely different state of mind, doubting whether or not Jesus really is the Messiah after all. This passage gives us some excellent advice about dealing with doubt in our own lives. What do we do in those times when we question whether God is really working?
What do we think about when we think of heaven? Raj talks about Jesus' encounter with the Sadducees. The video that was played in this talk can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Zy2AQlK6C5k
As we enter the final week of Jesus' life we see another encounter with the religious leaders. In these three parables about some sons, a vineyard and a banquet we see Jesus challenging the Pharisees about their response to him. The challenge is there for us today too. Do we come in and enjoy the banquet, or stay outside eating cookies?
Whilst Jesus being called 'Son of David' might sound strange to us, there was a definite reason why this name was being used. Shirley talks about what we can learn from these encounters.
When the mother of two of Jesus' disciples comes with a request for her sons, Jesus uses it to teach about what true greatness looks like.