In the final hours before his arrest, Jesus prays for himself, his close friends and for everyone who will come to trust in him. On top of this, the writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus continues to pray and intercede for us. By looking at what Jesus prayed, we get an insight into his heart for his people and the plans and purposes he has for them.
Unity doesn't always seem easy but Jesus' prayer that all believers would be 'one' was more than vain hope or wishful thinking.
As Jesus moved closer towards the end of his earthly ministry we come across a gloomy, grief-filled group of disciples who seem to be lacking hope! Jesus encourages them by reminding them that an advocate is coming who will turn their grief into joy! In this talk, Gavin unpacks the idea of Joy within our lives. Where do we find our joy? Is it possible to be completely Joyless? How do we stay joyful in difficult circumstances and desperate situations?
When Jesus tells his friends that he is the vine and they're the branches, he wants them to know that strength, joy and purpose would come from remaining in him. The same is true for us. As we remain in him he strengthens us to proclaim his gospel, share his joy and change the world!
Jesus tells his closest followers that he doesn't want their hearts to be troubled and that the antidote to this is to trust in him. There are great promises in John that Jesus wants us to embrace and live in the truth of. As we'll see in this passage, these include being with him when we die, knowing the Father whilst we live, and doing 'greater things'.
As Jesus washes his disciple's feet, he tells them that he's setting an example for them. John saw humilty and obedience in Jesus on that night and we are all called to follow him in both of these. Raj unpacks for us what they look like and how they bring us true life and joy.
As we come to one of the defining stories in the book of John we see a picture painted of Jesus which is both comforting and challenging for us as individuals. As Gavin unpacks this story we see that the raising of Lazarus actually provides us with a glimpse into our very own glorious future as Jesus declares that he is the resurrection and the life.
Gavin encourages us to come to Jesus with our cares and burdens instead of trying to go it alone.
The great reformist Martin Luther once wrote, 'The Bible is the cradle wherein Christ is laid.' Christians take the bible very seriously. They realise its importance in getting to know Jesus our personal God. Yet we live in a culture where that is being sidelined or even refuted. Is the bible for real? What story does it tell? How is the bible essential to Christian growth?
One of the great threads of the Bible is that God chooses to be present with his people. The Church is a people that are joined to Jesus and share in his life and blessing by the Spirit. Jesus' invitation at the Festival of Tabernacles to 'come to me and drink' is as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago!
What does the Passover mean to us today? How does it motivate us to share the good news of Jesus, the perfect Lamb, with others?
Jesus healed lots of people motivated by a heart of compassion. Jesus said to those who followed him 'whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father'.
Do we believe that this is for real, for today? What can we learn from John as he unpacks even more revelation about the person of Jesus?
As 2019 begins, team is so important, and here's why.
Jesus shares this popular parable as a way of demonstrating some of the different responses to his message. In this talk, Gavin looks at the theme of evangelism and what our motivation behind this should be, before looking into some different ways of sharing the Gospel in our everyday lives. As 2019 approaches the challenge to all of us is to think about how and why we should be sharing our faith with others.
'Born again' is a phrase commonly used in our culture, but what does it mean? When a man called Nicodemus comes in the middle of the night to speak to Jesus he finds out that this kind of birth is the only way to enter into the life and kingdom that God has for us. Here Raj speaks about the what, where, why and who of being born again.
Soroush wants us to be less concerned this Christmas about what chocolates are in our advent calendars and more interested in how we show hospitality.
What do Candy Canes have to do with Christmas and the birth of Jesus? Read about this free gift given out across Teesside this Christmas time.
Jesus is about transformation - he turned water into wine as he has turned us into his bride. Are we ready to be transformed?
We live in a 'me' generation! However, Jesus calls us to follow him. Coming and seeing is not a private affair - it is through relationship; with one another and especially with Jesus.
Open Door are giving out gifts this Christmas, to those who are in need. And you can be involved!