Passover is one of the most famous Jewish festivals and is a story that we all know from the Old Testament, but what is its significance for us as Christians?
Jesus' last commandment to his disciples was a simple one, 'Go and make disciples of all nations'. What would it mean for us as a church if we started to make genuine disciples? We all have a part to play!
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.
Jeremy speaks on how the pandemic has affected our 'together' experience of the Holy Spirit and how we can freshly encounter Him!
As part of Refugee Sunday, Mojtaba shares how God looks at our lives and, in His grace, sees who we will be in Him.
When a wealthy young man comes to Jesus with a question he doesn't get the answer he was perhaps hoping for. Paul talks from this passage about the kingdom, the question, wealth and eternity.
In this passage Jesus talks about some big things; marriage, singleness and divorce. We also need to hear his loud and over-arching message that he loves us, forgives us, restores us, weeps with us, prays for us and never lets go.
Jesus is teaching about what this new community of his followers will look like. It’s less about status and more about service!
The transfiguration seems to be one of those stories which is never really spoken about. Jesus takes a few of his disciples up a mountain and is transformed before their eyes. This isn't just an interesting story but is a real lesson in our response to seeing the glory of Jesus. When we recognise him as he really is, we have a response to make. Will we be like the disciples and use this as a foundation to build our lives on?
Jesus' question to Simon Peter is just as relevant to us today. He personally asks us and depending on our answer there will be a cost, yet this is the way to finding life!
Jesus miraculously provides for thousands of people through some loaves and fish, but haven't we heard this before? Simon talks about the reason for this second miracle and why Jesus warns his disciples against yeast!
Jesus never misses an opportunity to teach his disciples something about his good news. Here it's through a desperate woman who sees Jesus for who he really is!
Watching my children sing and dance along to their favourite worship song taught me a couple of lessons about joy and faith. Jesus also had a lot of say about having childlike fath when teaching his disciples in Luke 18.
As we come to two of the most well-known and widely spoken about miracles in the Gospels we see a common problem with the disciples. On both occasions, they fix their eyes on the problem in front of them rather than on Jesus.
From the outside it can look like Herod is the successful one compared to John. There is much for us to learn from this account!
What can we take from the events that we remember at Easter? Raj talks about at least 3 things and how, through them, we're invited into friendship with God.