Friendship is a gift from God - this is never more clear than when viewed from the perspective of scripture. In Jesus' commandment to 'Love your Neighbour', the bar is raised in terms of friendships. In this talk, we look at the value of 'True Friendship' and the sacrifice that it often requires. Fortunately, in Jesus, we find the perfect friend - from that place of security, we can go on the journey together.
Refugees have been a hot topic in the media for as long as one can remember, however, in recent years, there are more dividing opinions on them than ever. This also includes the Church, and how she responds to the issue of those who have had to leave their home and loved ones behind and seek sanctuary elsewhere. But we’re all refugees of something; from persecution for political opinion, religious belief, or ethnicity, to secularism in many Western nations. In this talk, we’ll look at the what it means to welcome and care for the sojourners as well as first-hand stories of those who have had to flee their home.
700 years before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied that the birth of a child would bring in God’s rescue plan for his people. Christmas reminds us that His rescue plan would involve entering our space in the most amazing way.
According to British Medical Journal, death rates are falling in the UK. The more I think about this, surely this isn’t right - as far as I’m aware 100% of people still die! With a lot of death all around us, with death approaching us day by day, how does Christianity offer something radical, unique, phenomenal compared all other worldviews and beliefs? How can The Apostle Paul say with full confidence that in the midst of persecution and death, ‘For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain’? How can that be? What does Jesus offer that's so different? Has death, ‘the last enemy’, really been beaten once and for all?
We live in a world where singleness can be viewed very negatively. There is a strong pressure to be in a relationship with a partner. The challenges of singleness can also be great. But the Apostle Paul and Jesus himself lived the single life….a life that Jesus described as 'Life to the Full'! How are we to encourage each other in the church and address all the benefits and all the challenges that go with being single? How does God’s family step up to the mark of biblical teaching? How can single men and women lead a life of purpose against the cultural tide of the times? Rob Earl and Lou Watts today unpack some of these issues from personal experience and a biblical viewpoint.
As we celebrate our gift day, we look at Jesus words to His sheep upon His second coming. In this talk, we take a closer look at what Jesus meant by saying "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (v40) within the context of pastoral care.
In this amazing encounter with Jesus and a woman living out her normal day, collecting water from the Jacobs Well, her whole life is turned around. This ordinary day becomes an extraordinary one - A Moment of Grace. Jesus bridges all the cultural, racial, social and religious barriers and reaches out to this outcast lady saying, ‘Can we be friends?’. As we take our gift day collection, Raj Saha unpacks some of the areas that we are going to prioritise this year as we declare Jesus Welcome to All.
As we continue the short series about Grace, Gavin unpacks the subject of Grace for the Nations. What does it mean to have grace for the nations? Why is this important to God? As we celebrate the nations God has called us to it's important to remember that we all have a part to play!
In the first of our short series on grace, we look at how the grace of God affects our community life together. Acts 11 tells us that when Barnabas visited the growing church in Antioch he ‘saw the grace of God’. What did this look like and how can it help us to be grace-filled communities across Teesside?
Parenting is hard. Period. But Jesus brings His life here too! God understands that parenting will be challenging - remember he has difficult children too! Having a biblical vision for nurturing our kids to adulthood is a responsibility of the whole church family. What we make our focus will ultimately shape their hearts. In the end, we cannot bear the total responsibility. If our children are to have real faith we must lead them on a journey of grasping, receiving and experiencing it for themselves. We need help… lots of help! Jesus brings life to the full.
In today’s world, the word ‘temptation’ does not carry the significant weight that it has in the Bible. The concept of temptation is evident from the very first pages of the Bible. In this talk, we look at how Jesus responded to temptation, and how we can learn to battle through temptation by looking at the perfecter of our faith.
How do you think about marriage? Outdated, unimportant or sometimes as worse, the goal of Christian life? Our view of marriage is radically transformed when we understand that God uses it as a parable to point to the passionate, faithful love Jesus has for the Church.
Letting God be God and allowing his Gospel to shape us, results in a life sent with purpose and meaning. The church is God’s glorious plan to reveal His grace and hope to a world in need. Jesus declared His manifesto as He read out these famous words from an ancient scripture as he kicked of His ministry on earth. It was a foresight into what the Kingdom of God could look like through the church. They were life and breath to people who heard…..They still are to us! As you listen to this sermon please consider your part in Gods great jigsaw, your role in the adventure ahead. Thank you Jubilee. You are amazing!
Our God is the most generous, and just like everything else to do with His character, His generosity is holistic and in full measures. This is evident in every page of the Bible and revealed in Jesus Christ. As Christians, we are called to follow this great example. But how do we bring Biblical truth to the culture of “don’t tell me what to do with my money”? In this talk, we’ll take a look at how the earliest followers of Jesus lived generous lives, filled with the Holy Spirit, and lead by their conviction to preach the Gospel and serve the poor.
How would you fill out the big question, Life is______? A box of chocolates like Forrest Gump!? Difficult? The weekend? A party? Amino acids?! Jesus said that he has come to bring a richer, deeper, purpose to life. He has come that we may live it out more abundantly. He tells us that there really is more to life than this! That he is the answer to the great struggle that we all grapple with…the struggle between disappointment and hope.
What does joy in the Christian life look like? It is much deeper than what we often consider it to be, and sometimes it can feel like a fight to live in that joy on a daily basis. The gospel is the joy news of Jesus, and it is as we delight in him that we encounter true joy.
In the final talk of our Summer Series, 'God Is', Mekonen, from Eritrea, speaks to us in Tigrynian through the help of a translator on the Holiness of God.
God Provides for all of his children abundantly but sometimes his provision includes answering our prayers in unexpected ways to test our faith. This was definitely the case for Abraham!
The LORD is my shepherd, but how does that really affect us? In our third Summer Sundays talk, four of our young people help us to see from Psalm 23 that God really is our provider, guide and protector.
Have you ever wondered whether God was truthful or not? Has anything ever happened to you that made you question His faithfulness? In the second talk in the Series, Julie Travis talks about God's abounding faithfulness.
Our Summer Series, 'God Is', begins with a look at God's presence throughout history, with the Israelites and with us.
'I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to'. These were parting words of Jesus that shocked His disciples and paved the way for the exploding early church. Today we too experience the fullness of Christianity through the indwelling God who comes to us. How does God the Holy Spirit make real the Gospel? What does He actually do? Why is this sealing so important? How does God want to make me more fruitful, more joyful, more alive? Be filled with the Holy Spirit!
On a return visit to Jubilee, guest speaker, Andy Ball from Turkey, presents a dramatic reconstruction of Jesus' healing of the sick woman who had suffered from bleeding for 12 years. Through this story, we see the miraculous power of the Gospel message to bring restoration and healing to all who are unclean, cast out and weary. Jesus is the hope for us all.
In this talk celebrating Baptism Sunday, Gavin unpacks what it means to be a new creation in Christ. As we give our lives to God we literally become born again, what does this mean for us as individuals?
Have you ever looked around at the state of this world and wondered, 'God why don't you do something?' So did the Israelites!
In this prophetic passage, God tells us what he's doing and calls us to be prepared for 'The Day of the Lord'.
John Hosier is a gifted Bible teacher with over 47 years of pastoral experience. In this talk he encourages us to stand firm in this truth - Surely the Day of the Lord is coming - and how do we live out that reality now?!
Who is my neighbour? The Parable of the Good Samaritan has inspired many and shaped communities across the globe. But where do we get the passion, power and motivation to live like this? Jesus engages a Jewish law expert in precisely this question and skilfully turns what starts out as a general heroic story into a personal call to change. Will we make this story ours?
Have you ever considered just how radical the phrase 'God who justifies the ungodly' is? Yet that is exactly what has happened to a Christian and righteousness has been credited to them. Knowing that God sees us as righteous in Christ helps to sustain us in both joys and hardships and live for Jesus in everyday life.
Prayer is tough! Often we loose the motivation and excitement to pray. The Bible acknowledges this fact. Yet it is probably the main we way we enter into the heart of God and His Kingdom purposes. Robert Murray M’Cheyne once said, ‘What a man is on his knees before God, that he is, and nothing more.’
In the Lords Prayer, we have Jesus responding to His disciples about their inadequacies regarding prayer. They ask Him, Lord teach us how to pray like you do? His response is phenomenal. A breathtaking, Spirit-empowered invite like no other.
Have you ever asked yourself: How does God view me? For some, this question is of no significance whilst for others, it’s a longstanding question they long to know the answer to. From the beginning of the Bible to the end, God is closely and thoughtfully involved with His creation. He has restored His creation into ‘One New Man In Christ’, which means that as “stained” as you may have become due to the darkness of our sins, through Christ and God’s Spirit we are being restored as masterpiece.
Just as everyone, including his closest friends, thought that Jesus has been defeated, there came the news that he has raised from the dead. This was such bad news for those who opposed Him that they decided to fabricate a story and claimed that Jesus' disciples had stolen his body. As we share in Christ's death, we also share in His resurrection and are therefore alive in Him. Those who believe in Christ have taken part in their own funeral, and are now living a new life in Him. For those in Christ, "I breathe, therefore I'm alive" changes to "I'm in Christ, therefore I'm alive."
How can we make the most of Christ's victory in our own lives? Gavin unpacks the truth of Jesus's victory over death and how this impacts our personal lives and the church on the whole. What areas of your life are you looking for victory in?
Isaiah hears God's promise to his people bringing hope and joy to them in a new season (Isaiah 43), “Forget the former things; Do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!" As Jubilee Church Teesside moves into a new eldership with Gavin Rodgers being commissioned on to team we look forward to new things! Prophetic encouragement from our good friend Jeremy Simpkins, founding elder of Jubilee Church Teesside and leader of The Newfrontiers family of churches, Christ Central.
The Bible describes love as something not just that God does but who He is. Knowing that we are loved is an important part of our identity. Simon explores five of the reasons this truth influences our lives, our relationships, our interactions and above all, our worship.
Who am I? As Christians, we no longer need to ask this question, but rather are called to worship the one who has created us and as a result, walk in the fullness of who he has made us to be. One of the titles the Bible gives to those who love and worship Jesus is ‘adopted sons’.
When Jesus summoned his disciple Peter to walk on water, it was the start of a great faith adventure with God. He took the plunge and with it faced fear, failure and greatness all in one. What does it take to be 'Water Walker' with Jesus? What can we learn from this amazing historic event in the life of Peter? How In Christ are we chosen for purpose? The bottom line is, 'If You Want To Walk On Water, You've Got To Get Out Of The Boat' (John Ortberg).
Easter at its core is all about the miracle of Jesus beating death and rising to new life! The Resurrection of Jesus is the pinnacle of the Gospel message. John Stott echoes the Apostle Paul’s exhortation from 1 Corinthians 15 when he declares that ‘Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed’. In this message Shirley Graham who hosts Alpha at Jubilee Church Teesside, brings alive the importance of Jesus’ Resurrection, bringing renewal, restoration, and joy! He is Risen! Happy Easter!
To know that In Christ we have peace with God is an amazing thing. Peace is not about stepping into unreality or expelling negative thoughts. Rather, it is living in the peace that Jesus has made through the cross. It will also affect how we handle life's trials as well as how we relate to one another.
Don concludes our 'Passionate' mini-series with this encouragement for the Church to receive its spiritual inheritance given by faith.
In the second session in our 'Passionate' mini-series with Don Smith, we look at the role passion must take for the Church to be effective in world-changing mission.
In Don's first Session, he talks about the importance of having a Spiritual Passion for the Church to thrive according to God's vision for it.
In this talk, Gavin explores and unpacks our identity as forgiven people in Christ. As people we often struggle with feeling forgiven and have a habit of holding on to the things of the past, why is this since our freedom was purchased by God through Jesus? How can we continue to live as forgiven people, letting go of the things of the past? Does being a forgiven person lead to a physical action? How can this effect our lives inside and outside of the church?
It was my childhood hero, Popeye, who echoed humanities inner feelings of frustration and disappointment as he uttered one of his famous sayings, "I yam what I yam...and that's all I am!" We live in a world of turmoil and confusion over the issue of identity, purpose, the meaning of life and significance. 'Who am I?' is the big question underlying many of the modern day psychological and social conundrums.
In a culture that was defined by religiosity and works, the Apostle Paul brings a new message, a radical message, a message of God's grace. Now he had found a new identity....not in his cultural importance as a high-ranking Jewish Pharisee, not in his guilt and shame as a persecutor of the church, but rather in a life wrapped up with Jesus....a life 'In Christ'! Are you searching for such security and joy even in the midst of life's trials? Listen up!
As this series comes to an end, we see that the Jesus is the greater Nehemiah. As Nehemiah rebuilt the walls, Jesus rebuilds our lives. Whilst Nehemiah struggled to keep the people faithful, Jesus transforms our hearts so that we can faithfully follow him.
What does it mean to live a full life taking responsibility for God? The people of God came together in Nehemiah to take responsibility for the upkeep of the Temple. With Jesus dwelling in us, we are now the new Temple and are therefore responsible for our hearts, our relationship with God and for the Church. How will we choose to live?
Philip Yancey wrote, 'Too many churches have become mausoleums for the dead rather than coliseums of praise for a living God. They have lost the spirit of Pentecost. They have lost their enthusiasm. They have lost their joy for Jesus'. Lack of joyfulness in the church today is a major barrier to salvation and mission. Laughter and celebration are marks of Spirit filled churches - a jubilation not based on unstable desires but rather a rock solid God. Do you want this radical joy? Do you want a happiness that can grow even in suffering? This is the promise of the Christian God. Let the temperature rise!
How do we work towards caring for those around us? Nehemiah was passionate that this was done and determined his life would model it. Jesus shows us how, in the kingdom of God, generosity will flow from a transformed life.
As Nehemiah leads people to build the walls of Jerusalem, they encounters threats, opposition and criticism.
Are we fully persuaded about the kingdom & vision of God? Nehemiah 3 to some can read like a page pulled out of the Jerusalem phone book! But to Nehemiah and to God these names are personal. They describe God's story in the lives of passionate faithful men and women from all walks of life giving there all to the bigger picture that God is painting. Jubilee, friends, will you put aside the distractions and the passing pleasures of sin and pick up your brush and start adding colour to God's great canvas? Its a journey well worth taking!!
What we mean by fear and what the Bible means by fear can often be very different things. Being in awe of who God is and what He has done helps strengthen us for life.
As Nehemiah heard the news about Jerusalem, he wasn't hit with a wave of nostalgia, but was rather filled with a holy discontent. What he did next changed the whole course of his life. In this chapter, we will explore how Nehemiah's prayers, his boldness, and the sacrifices he made changed a nation.
The great preacher and pastor Aiden Wilson Tozer once wrote “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” Nehemiah wept mourned and prayed over the very same things that tore at Gods heart. Will we take Jesus' exhortation to 'take heed how we hear?' Will we, like Isaiah offer ourselves as living sacrifices to God....'Here I am. Send me.'
What an honour to have Steve Sutton from Coulby Baptist Church sharing Gods vision for the church. To seek the peace (Gods shalom) and prosperity of the city to which He has called us all into! To pray fervently for it. Will we be that radical for Jesus?
Come on a journey as a Samaritan Woman meets with Jesus. We will explore the encounter in the context of the culture at the time and see how this speaks powerfully into our lives today.
Gavin Rodgers unpacks one of the most famous passages in the New Testament, Jesus showing complete forgiveness to the thief on the cross. This outrageous act challenges us to live thankful lives in the light of this freedom.
Jesus is the most influential man to have ever walked the earth. As Jesus demonstrates His compassionate healing power to the paralytic man, he radically demonstrates the Gospels message about God, forgiveness and suffering! Encounter Jesus as your hear His life giving words.
Jesus didn't see popularity or success as His defining guide to taking new ground or making gear changes. Its was His God given call, a vision inspired by The Holy Spirit, a yearning to do the will of His Father despite what people might have thought or said. This often challenged his disciples. It challenges us today. As we hear from Joseph Mwila from Kitwe Zambia, part of our Newfrontiers family overseeing more that 40 churches in central Arica, be open to how God is moving through His beloved church.
Paul took the gospel to much of the Roman empire, started churches, cared for leaders and wrote almost half of the books in the New Testament. Yet at one time he was a persecutor of the church. His encounter with Jesus was life-transforming and he was given a new mission. To follow Jesus is to be given new purpose and the grace of God enables us to walk in that.
Zacchaeus wasn’t liked. He was an outcast. Yet phenomenally Jesus, despite his love for righteousness and obedience to God, made him feel welcome and at home. This love, love beyond reason, motivated Zacchaeus to change, to become the man God intended. How can we be a church for everyone? What can we learn from Jesus and Zacchaeus?
There were more than the 12 disciples following Jesus, and likewise, there were more than the 12 that were sent out to proclaim the Gospel. How do we fit into the bigger picture? Join us as we look at Luke 10:1-7 and read the the very words of Jesus about harvest and mission.
Jeremy Simpkins, who leads new frontiers Christ central apostolic network speaks on Gods glorious vision for the church. Be inspired, provoked and challenged into how this affects you. Will you be the church that Jesus wants?
After the despair of the crucifixion, God revealed an even greater plan for the Church. He didn't leave his believers as orphans. Instead, he gave them the greatest gift of all - God the Holy Spirit - so that everyone, everywhere, all the time would have God with them. That is true today. In this talk Raj unpacks what that looks like in the life of Jubilee Church Teesside! Will you join the adventure?
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." It is by faith, through belief in Jesus, and not by works that Salvation is freely available to all who believe.
Jesus calls us to be born again, so that we can lay aside our sinful lives, and be regenerated anew... remade in Christ.
From the first temple - the garden of Eden in Genesis - God has sought to be near man. Today we are temples of the Holy Spirit. And out of this temple flows a river.
What does true Christian contentment look like in our lives? Are we looking for happiness in the wrong place? Gavin unpacks the Answers to these questions, pointing us back to the true source of our contentment ? Jesus Christ.
How did Jesus raise Leaders? Leadership is very important to Jesus. Raj explores Timothy's writings on Leadership, and Jesus' lessons on Leadership.
The church in Sardis was fast asleep and missing out on what God was really using them for. A good reputation isn't quite enough, Gavin talks to us about waking up and embracing all that God has called us to in Teesside and beyond.
Jesus speaks encouragement to the Church in Philadelphia, to endure in the face of difficulty, as the keeper of the Keys to the Kingdom has gone before them to open doors that no one can shut. In Christ Jesus, we have been given a new name, our identity is secure in him... therefore, "endure patiently".
Why do people abuse power? Is Power a bad thing? Aren?t we all powerful people filled with God's Holy Spirit? Gavin explores the topic of power and challenges us to live like powerful people.
Part of our 2015 Summer Sundays
Part of our 2015 Summer Sundays
Part of our 2015 Summer Sundays
Part of our 2015 Summer Sundays
Part of our 2015 Summer Sundays
On paper this is one of the easiest commandments to keep but this morning Gavin unpacks this commandment and looks at the topic of anger. What is righteous anger? Are we getting angry about the right things?
Simon speaks to us about temporary things, which are here today, but gone tomorrow.
People around us are hungry and thirsty. They do not know where to go, or what to do - they are lonely. The world needs Jesus. Michael, from the Church in Turkey, encourages us to make the most of the time Jesus has given us. God waits for us to feed the hungry.
Jeremy speaks to us as Soroush is recognised as an Elder of Jubilee Church Teesside.
Gavin speaks to us about our actions and how they can glorify Jesus as we explore one of his confrontations with the Pharisees. Are we glorifying Christ with our actions? What are we putting into our hearts?
Paul plays a prophecy for the Church from Julian Adams, as we look at Vision and the Future.
The series on Colossians ends on a challenging note as Paul spurs the church on to go out together on a mission to reach Teesside and beyond, are you part of the team?
As Colossians enters the final chapter Raj challenges us to reach out and take the message that Jesus has given us to others. Who are you going to tell?
Paul challenges us to shake off the things of the past and rid ourselves of past sins. Don't sit in a bathtub of dirty water, you are clean, so get up and live like it.
Paul reminds us that we are God's Chosen people and challenges us to take responsibility and do everything in the name of Jesus
Simon reminds challenges us to 'put on your new self' as the book of Colossians takes a turn and focuses on living as who you are.
Paul asks the question 'are we living in our Freedom?' and tackles the idea of religion for the sake of religion, will you recognise and accept your freedom?
Raj speaks from Colossians 2 and explores the idea that Knowledge, understanding and wisdom are essential parts of our faith.
Paul gives answers to one of life's biggest questions, 'why is there suffering', throughout this talk Paul points us back to Christ in us, the hope of Glory.
Paul continues to unpack the book of Colossians by reminding us of the truth that once we lived in Sin, but now we live in Freedom. Are you living like someone who is free?
Simon takes us straight to the heart of the book of Colossians exploring the Glory of God and his sacrifice through Jesus.
How do you cope in difficult situations? Paul unpacks this topic of endurance speaking about Paul's letter to the Colossian church written while he was in prison.
Paul explores the topic of thankfulness from the book of Colossians. Are you known by your friends and family as a thankful person or a grumbling person?
Raj kick starts the sermon series in the book of Colossians by giving an overview of the whole letter focussing on the point that Jesus is enough.