As we celebrate Baptism Sunday at Jubilee Gavin unpacks the story of John the Baptist. Who was he? How Significant is he? Is he the main attraction in the story? Gavin encourages us to look to Jesus as the main thing. What does this mean for us?
Luke begins his gospel with Jesus' birth, Mark with his baptism and Matthew with his genealogy, yet John's starting place is very different. In his opening passage, John is telling us everything we're going to need to know as we read through his book. It's all about Jesus!
What does it mean to be truly free? In the last of our Jubilee20 celebration talks, Gavin unpacks God's plan for freedom, what that meant in the bible and what it means for us today. How can we ensure that we are people who are constantly walking in freedom? How can we play our part in setting captives free?
On the day we celebrate 20 years of Jubilee, Jeremy speaks about wells to be unblocked as we go forward and some of the things that can stop us from this.
Jim Elliot, Christian missionary and martyr, wrote in his journals 'Remember always that God has taught you the importance of a building ministry'.
The church is Gods ultimate Kingdom expression on the earth. Jesus came to build his church. He promised us that nothing would stop Him. He told stories of the building process often, the importance of clearing the clutter, the necessity of solid foundations and what the walls would look like.
Isaiah saw a vision of the big plan of God in history - to rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; to renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
When it comes to being broken-hearted, we tend to think of our own experiences through a victimised lens. God is an expert in having a broken heart, and he’s also the best healer of one. His promise to bind up the broken-hearted through The Anointed One is a great source of encouragement. In the words of Charles Spurgeon “there are many sorts of broken hearts, and Christ is good at healing them all.”
What was the priesthood of ancient Israel all about? What difference does this make to the church today? How could Isaiah promise: 'But ye shall be named the Priests of the Lord; men shall call you the Ministers of our God?' The great revelation is that Jesus changed everything. When the curtain was torn in two when Jesus died and rose again, he ushered in a transformed priesthood of ALL believers.....and that means YOU!
This has always been a tough topic, what should the church be doing about poverty? In this talk Gavin gives some different descriptions of the poverty which we see around us everyday. He also challenges us to look at what the Bible says about helping the poor and how this can impact our day to day lives. Are we really a people who live lives which proclaim good news to the poor?
In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, we see that God promises to draw the nations to himself. Through Jesus, the nations will be blessed. Our unity in diversity reflects in part the very goodness and glory of God. As we celebrate 20 years of this church, we can be very thankful that God has graciously formed us as a community of different nationalities, languages and places.
J.I. Packer says ‘The historic [doctrine] of the Trinity…confronts us with perhaps the most difficult thought that the human mind has ever been asked to handle’. C.J. Mahaney talking about difficult questions his kids ask him about the Bible, says ‘There is one question more difficult to answer than the one about the Trinity and that is ‘Daddy what’s a concubine!’ Seeing the wonder of the unique Christian God is essential if we are to see and be part of His big call to change the world. Here, Raj unpacks the gems of a Triune God and why the doctrine of Trinity really matters and makes a difference! He says ‘Jubilee, the Spirit of the Lord, the Eternal, is on you and I. The Lord has appointed you and I for a special purpose. Let’s be willing to be His servants and co-workers!’
Sometimes, I can be overwhelmed by so many things that I find myself missing the main thing. What can we learn from Mary and Martha in this area. Who enjoyed Jesus' company more?
Our friend Michael from Ho, Ghana helps us to understand that we can put things in Jesus' hands through the word, worship and prayer.
"God’s wisdom means that God always chooses the best goals and the best means to those goals” (Wayne Grudem). God shows his wisdom in unity and diversity both in his creation and his plan for the redemption of mankind.
In this talk Gill unpacks the holiness of God, something which is so central to our Christian faith. Through Jesus we are able to approach this Holy God, not only that however, we are able to have a relationship with him. What an amazing truth.
AW Tozer once said ‘what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us’. We can sometimes make God too safe in our eyes by not seeing that He is mighty. Lou helps us to see why it matters that God is mighty, how we can know it and what it means for our lives.
In the first of our short Summer series we focus on ‘God is love’. Knowing that God loves us with a perfect love, truly transforms who we are and helps us to love those around us.