It's no surprise that love is the first kind of fruit mentioned in the Apostle Paul's list. The relationship between God and his people is defined by love. God's amazing love for us, from which our love for him and our love for others springs from. The video mentioned by Raj at the end of this talk can be watched here.
As we move to doing church slightly differently over the coming weeks, Gavin introduces our new Sermon Series on the book of Galatians. During the difficulties that we are facing at the moment we are seeing many different responses from people around the world What should our response be as Christians? How do we shine our lights during this time? Most Christians will have some awareness about this passage but what exactly did Paul mean when he talked about the fruit of the Spirit? How does this develop? What is the alternative to a life that produces this fruit?
Far from a 'warm and cosy' picnic, Jesus' miraculous feeding of 5,000 is a vision of what his unexpected kingdom looks like. Raj continues our series on our second value 'We Welcome' and shows that Jesus is welcoming us all into his revolution!
There are people in our communities who, just like Zacchaeus, are on the edge and unable to make their way through the crowd to Jesus. How do we welcome people like this into community and ultimately into encountering the power that comes from the life-changing welcome that Jesus offers?
'Born again' is a phrase that can mean different things in our culture. However, to Jesus it meant a spiritual birthing in our lives that is from God and that changes us forever. Raj explores the impact of Jesus' teaching on how we welcome people and the role of God the Holy Spirit in our lives.
As we continue our series looking at what it means to be a welcoming church we come to one of the more well-known passages in the bible where Jesus tells three stories about things being lost: a lost sheep, a lost coin, a lost son. In each of these stories we see different examples of God searching for and welcoming the lost. How will this change our view on those around us?
When we suffer, experience pain or live with an illness, there can be times when it feels as is if God doesn't care for us. However, we see that Jesus welcomes people in the midst of their suffering and sickness.
Simon kicks off our new series, looking at our second value, 'We Welcome'. Before we consider how we can welcome those around us, we need to know that Jesus welcomes us. This is the place from which we can be channels of God's love and welcome to others.
Jesus talked regularly about money and possessions. Paul talked about them too yet we can sometimes be embarrassed. In our final talk on Philippians, Raj shows us how rejoicing in God will affect the whole of our lives, including our wallets and our stuff.
Even from prison, the apostle Paul could say that he was 'pressing on' in life and all that Christ had taken hold of him for. Soroush helps us to see from this passage that there is a glorious future for us and we can rejoice in it.
As we celebrate Baby Thanksgivings Gavin challenges us with one of Jesus' most famous parables. In this story, Jesus talks about two different builders, both looking to build something significant and lasting. From the outside, the buildings probably looked very similar. It is only when the storm comes that we see the fundamental difference between things built on firm foundations and things build on sand. What are you building your life on?
The Bible teacher John Stott once said, 'pride is the greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend'. In this outstanding and challenging passage from the letter to the Philippians, Paul tells the church that they can look to the example of Jesus in order to know what true humility looks like in the Christian life.
It's passages like this that remind us that the New Testament was written by real people in very real-world situations. In the Christian life, friendship is neither an optional extra nor a waste of time. Here we see three friends on a mission together, serving others and knowing Jesus more.
The letter to the Philippians teaches us to rejoice in hope. Christians have a hope that is outside of themselves, which means we can be even more confident. Lou helps us to see that rejoicing in hope means a personal choice, firm foundations, vision and our thought life.
With Christmas Day almost here, Raj looks at what we celebrate during this festive period. In the midst of parties, presents, food and family, the Christmas message is that God came to be with us and made a way to have friendship with him.
For Paul to write from his prison cell the words, 'Do everything without grumbling.' is quite amazing and reminds us that we can be content in knowing Jesus, serving others and being a light that shines in the darkness. Soroush helps us apply this truth to our lives, to the church and to Teesside.
Jeremy and Ann encourage us from this amazing Old Testament promise and help us to see how we can joyfully live in the light of it. How will we 'enlarge the place of our tent'?
Jeremy and Ann speak about apostolic ministry. What does it mean to be an apostolic people? In what kind of ways are we sent into the world?
We often encourage children to be more confident, yet equally, are put off by people who are confident in an arrogant way. What we choose to put our confidence in really matters! In this part of Paul's letter to the Philippians, he is passionate that this new community of Christians puts and keeps their trust in their new relationship with Jesus Christ
Joy and happiness are craved by our society and how to get them is fast becoming an industry in itself! Raj continues our series on Philippians and considers how joy and happiness in life are possible. Even from a first-century prison cell, Paul's letter speaks powerfully to us today about Jesus, the source of true joy.
As we continue our series on the book of Philippians, we find Paul writing from his prison cell rejoicing in the opportunities presented to him by his stay in prison. Out of the difficulties, he sees a major opportunity. As Christians we all face hardships - this is an inevitable part of life and we have a choice to make. Do we, like Paul, look for the opportunities presented to us or choose to focus on the difficulties?
How can Paul write about such joy and affection whilst he's in prison? As we begin a new series on the letter to the Philippians, we see how Paul starts his letter with a thanksgiving, confidence and a prayer that this church would be full of the love of God.
In the final session of Awaken, Gavin explores why character, humility and nurturing our relationship with God are so important when we're learning to prophesy.
As we conclude our series on the Jubilee Values, Gavin unpacks the final value: We Go, because God is light. Isaiah had a powerful encounter with God which led him to a place of awe and wonder and acceptance of his flaws. The result of this encounter was a clear and obedient response from Isaiah, 'Here I am, send me!'. What can we learn from Isaiah about being a 'going people'? How can this affect our everyday lives? If we are to be a people who truly do respond to God's call to go, we need to understand that this affects all of us - we all have a part to play!
Harold gives us a whole load of practical guidance on how we hear God and how we can develop the gift of prophecy in our lives.
Soroush speaks on the third of our 'We' Values, We Inspire. The role of a parent has more to do with inspiring a child how to live than simply teaching them to 'obey the rules'. We have been blessed so much by our heavenly Father that we can now live to inspire others in all sorts of ways!
In the second week of our Awaken training, Raj explores the role of the prophetic gift in the church.
In his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus finds a welcome and acceptance that he has not experienced before. It totally transforms him! Raj looks at the second of our values, 'We Welcome, because God is love' and shares how we can reflect this love to those around us as we welcome people in all sorts of ways.
In the first talk of our Awaken training series, Simon looks at prophecy in the Bible and that God still speaks to his people today!
The Christian life is not ultimately 'doing things for God', rather living a joyful and thankful life in response to all that Jesus has done for us. In fact, it's in our very name, Jubilee; a time in the Bible of celebration and joy! Simon looks at the first of our new values, 'We Rejoice'. Why? 'Because God is our strength and song'.
As we start our new sermon series on values, Raj asks the question, 'Who are we?' Over the next few weeks we will look at each of the 4 'We' values and what they mean for us.
As Christians we are called to share the joy-news of Jesus with those around us and whilst they are not the primary motivation, there are benefits that we receive through doing this. Adrian helps us to see five benefits that will, ultimately, bring us to a fuller understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.
What does home mean to you? Jill helps us to see from Psalm 84 that if we've chosen to follow Jesus, our home is with God. This is a truth we need to know, even when the journeys of life take us into times of 'weeping' or difficulty. It is at these times that we're to dig into God and his goodness.
When we consider that God made every one of the countless stars and planets it is easy to think of ourselves as insignificant to him. In this talk Jonathan and Angela help us to focus on our significance to the God of creation, if we truly are known my God what should our response to this be?
The Psalms give us permission to Lament. In Psalm 13, David shows us how, in the depths of our Lament, to lift our eyes to Jesus to rejoice in his Unfailing Love.
We may think our pit of destruction is too deep to climb out of but we need to wait and have faith in God. Elham shows us from this psalm that it is God alone who is our helper and deliverer.
It is said that in other books of the Bible, God speaks to us, but in the Psalms, God speaks for us. The Psalms help us to express the ups and downs of life. We'll explore a different psalm over the summer and in this talk, Simon gives a brief introduction to the Psalms and why they are such a great treasure to us!
The gospel writer Luke records that some of the first people that Jesus chooses to reveal himself to following his resurrection, are two disciples that were on their way out of Jerusalem. Andy helps us to see that Jesus comes to those who are downcast and have lost hope. The transforming message of his victory over sin and death changes us and sends us out into the world.
Jonah's mission to Ninevah was a success, yet this was not down to the effort of Jonah. God uses an imperfect person to turn a nation and he still uses imperfect people today. Lou wraps up our Jonah series and encourages us to consider what it is to know God, how we can bring our prayers to Him and how we can freely receive the grace He has for us.
Revival is on the lips and hearts of many Christians in our day.
Jonah reluctantly preaches just eight words of doom to the Ninevites and all of them repent and cover themselves with sackcloth and sit down in the dust, from the highest to lowest (animals included!). What can we learn from the multitude of God's revival waves through history? What can we learn from bible revivals? What do revivals look like? Be filled with faith and expectation as we explore some key features of Christian revivals.
As Jonah finds himself washed up on dry land after his time in the belly of the fish, he is met not with judgement and rebuke but with a second chance. This time Jonah followed his calling and went to the city of Nineveh. In this talk Gavin unpacks what this might have meant for Jonah, and what we can take from this as individuals today as we go into the cities around us. What does it mean to 'go to the city'? How can we do that practically? Is this a calling just for individuals or a greater call for us as a church?;
Running away from God has brought Jonah to a low and desperate place. There can often be moments of despair in all our lives, yet it's often in these moments that we discover the depth of the love of God. Simon reminds us that it is the grace of God that we need to keep receiving as we walk through the highs and lows of life.
Why are there so many people outside the church who are seemingly 'better people' than churched people? Why haven't Christians got it more together than non-Christians? How can we believe in a faith that seems to have sanctioned war, violence, racism and injustice over the years? And what about those ‘religious fanatics’?
What do we say to these very valid questions.? How does the Jonah narrative help us critique Christianity and indeed ourselves? Let's delve deeper!
When we read the Bible, we can sometimes be quick to identify with heroes, like David or Joshua. Yet, how often do we identify with someone like Jonah? God planned to bless the whole world, yet when Jonah was called to play his part in this mission, he ran. We are like Jonah when we choose our way, instead of God's. However, God will have His way and when our identity is secure in Jesus Christ, we find we're enabled to live for him and even to bring our big questions to God, rather than simply running away.
As we move on in the story of Jonah we see Jonah caught in a great storm along with the rest of the people on his ship. As people, we often face various storms in our own lives as individuals; difficulties, illness or suffering. We also see great storms which face us as a society - the world can be full of storms! In this talk, Gavin looks at what the different reactions in this story can teach us about our reactions to some of the storms in life that we face. Should we deal with them in the same way that Jonah or the Sailors did or is there an even better way?
Jonah is, at its heart, a story about you and me. Pause to think about the immense implications of that for a moment. Too many people have focused on the big fish rather than the big God. In these opening verses we see the lavish grace of God as he speaks, as he is present, as he directs. This God pursues Jonah in the midst of his rebellion and pride. This God won't let go. This God is your God, the same God, the God of grace upon grace in the person of Jesus. If you want to watch the video that Raj refers to in his introduction you can find it here: Veggie Tales: Jonah was a prophet
There is no other book in the Bible like Jonah. Forget what you may have read in children’s books; the events of Jonah and his call to take a message to Nineveh is about God, about you and I and about our world. Simon gives an overview of the book, some background we'll need to know and the themes we'll encounter.
As we come to the end of our sermon series in the book of John, Gavin unpacks the final chapter looking at a miraculous catch of fish for the disciples. Having reverted back to their old life, as Jesus shows in this passage, that is often the place where he meets us. In this talk we look at teaching on mission, church and forgiveness...an action packed way to finish the book of John!
'Resurrection is the victory parade as Jesus the risen Champion comes out of his tomb fully alive to the amazement of earth and to the applause of heaven.' (Andrew Wilson). That's the Easter for you! The miraculous reappearances of Jesus after the cross witnessed by hundreds of people have been refuted for centuries. Yet the bottom line is that no one has been successful in explaining it all away as deception or lies. The reality is 'In its favour as living truth there exists such overwhelming evidence, positive and negative, factual and circumstantial, that no intelligent jury in the world could fail to bring in a verdict that the resurrection story is true.' (Lord Darling, former Lord Chief Justice of England)
The cross was a painful and gruesome instrument of execution however it became a symbol of hope for Jesus' followers. In John's account of Jesus' death on the cross, he wants to highlight particular things that are taking place; that Jesus is being rejected as a king, that he substitutes in our place and that he is victorious over sin and death. This is the event that all world history turns on and when Jesus cried out, 'It is finished', he was declaring that he had completed the work of salvation that he had come to earth for.
As Jesus is put on trial, we see him pointing to the kingdom that is to come. Soroush helps us to see that the advance of this kingdom is not like a drama that we take our seat to watch, but rather one in which we are drawn into and play our part.
Richard Dawkins echoes in the extreme humanities disregard for God:
‘In a universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, and other people are going to get lucky; and you won't find any rhyme or reason to it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music.’
Do we really believe this? Is life so meaningless?
In this section of John’s Gospel we hear what the real Jesus claimed about himself, about the world’s plight and why He came. It’s a story of compassion and love and hope. It’s a story of wrath absorbed, justice payed and suffering joy. As we approach Easter let’s meditate on the real Jesus - what he said about himself and how his story shapes and transforms ours like no other faith, worldview or belief does. This Jesus really is unique!
In our western culture, suffering is often a reason used to rule out the existence of God. Christianity doesn't ignore suffering but rather helps us to know that in the midst of it, there is a God who sees us, cares for us and who entered into our world and suffered for us.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!’
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.
How’s life? Easy or challenging? By reading the last two chapters of Acts, we can safely come to the conclusion that Apostle Paul had a difficult time. However, we learn that by the grace of God he turned difficulties into opportunities. Also, the book doesn’t end there, the Acts of the Holy Spirit continues at His Church today.
In this talk we unpack Paul’s various trials relating to his new found faith. The reality is as people we probably won’t end up in a courtroom defending our beliefs, however, have you ever been asked a difficult question about your faith? Or been asked to explain what you believe in? Gavin gives some helpful tips for defending your faith as well as reminding us what our ultimate motivation should be when having these conversations.
If there was ever a manual for Christian discipleship it must be the book of Acts! This breathtaking story highlights, amongst many other things that are important to the spiritual formation of a believer in the context of church community, how we handle our money with grace-filled generosity and godly stewardship, makes a difference.
In Acts, we see that leaders are vital to the church being all it is called to be. Whether it is leading in the church, the home, the workplace or somewhere else, there are lessons we can learn from Paul’s farewell speech to the leaders in this passage.
In the Gospels, we note that Jesus was not the only one who had disciples. but he had an emphasis on disciple making, and like everything else is the greatest example for us. The task of discipleship is the responsibility of the Church. In this talk we’re going to look at the importance of discipleship and it’s generational impact on the Church and the society.
Jesus said, ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’ (Acts 11:8). So with this and Jesus’ Great Commission in mind, what did Paul and Barnabas do? They planted churches!
We come to one of the most amazing stories in the book of Acts, in-prisoned, due to be sentenced, in chains and guarded with additional security, all seems lost for Peter. As he sat in his prison cell his church family were reacting in the best way they knew, reaching out to God in prayer. During this talk Gavin unpacks the subject of miracles and challenges us to expect the unexpected. There is then a challenge to be a praying community, taking heart from the early church’s response to hardship.
God’s plan was always that the good news of His Son would go to all nations. In this story of Peter and Cornelius we see that this good news is for everyone, it is enough and it is joyful!
A subject that’s historically been debated by Christians seems to have been practices by the early church with no difference of opinion. The book of Acts provides us with a helpful insight into this commandment given to us by Jesus, and provides a number of examples as well theological basis for it. In this sermon we’ll look at the “what, who, and how” questions around baptism.
The Apostle Paul next to Jesus, is probably the most influential man that has ever lived. His church planting, teaching and writings legacy continue to change the world today. Early church father John Chrysostom said this of the Apostle Paul “Put the whole world on one side of the scale and you will see that the soul of Paul outweighs it.” Yet like many of the early Christians who encountered God the Holy Spirit after Jesus ascended to heaven, we can learn quite a bit about how ordinary people are changed by an extraordinary God. This case study allows us to explore how the grace and wonder of our God transforms even the most toughest of men. Will this true story fuel us with faith to share the gospel that changed us - the greatest gift possible?
The miraculous story of the growth of the early church in the book of Acts happens through conversions. The stories of these conversions of thousands of people isn’t known individually. But Luke in Acts gives us some details of a few. They are extraordinary windows into how people come to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. What we learn is that the gospel comes with wisdom and power. That it is ‘joy news’ not just good advice. That is it is much bigger than we often make it. That it is a nation shaper, person transformer, community builder, and joy bringer!
Why? Because ultimately is not about a set of values or a list of ‘do its’. Its about a relationship….a friendship…a trust…with Christ. Bottom line - its all about Jesus!
The book of Acts tells us a handful of details about Stephen’s life and focuses more on the moments before his death. We can learn much from him and his courageous stand for Jesus.
Under normal circumstances, opposition from authorities may lead to surrender, However, in the case of the early church, it lead to growth of the church and spread of the Gospel. Just as the authorities were trying to silence the apostles (sometimes resorting to violence), it becomes clear that no door can be closed to God.
In the midst of great breakthrough, growth and the miraculous spreading of the Christian faith, we come to a point in Acts where there is ‘a complaint’! The apostles and the disciples had to handle the reality of real people forming family and community together - a setting for conflict, grumbles and disagreement!
As we celebrate new babies in Jubilee at our dedication service Gavin unpacks one of the most famous stories in the bible and how, like Zacchaeus we all have a decision to make. Are you going to climb the tree to get a better glimpse of Jesus or will you blend in to the crowd?
Following the day of Pentecost, as 3000 people were added to those who were following the Lord, a new community was beginning to form which was centred around Jesus, motivated by love and united in it’s purpose.
This is the story of Easter! This is the power that is changing the world!
The word revival is back on the lips again of people in Newfrontiers and beyond! There’s a deep sense of faith, a call to prayer and a longing that God's compassion and power is released in the land. Our prayer meetings and preaching are lining up with the expectations that God is going to move again with power across this nation.
Luke was keen to ensure that those reading his account of the early church knew that Jesus’ healing power did not end when he was taken to heaven. From the healing of the man outside the temple, we see that Peter and John are motivated by compassion, have their faith in Jesus and declare his advancing kingdom!
As we begin our Newest sermon series Gavin introduces the book of Acts to us, who was the author? Why did he write it? And who was his intended audience? - Gavin also introduces the Theme of ‘Spirit Break Out’ how does the Holy Spirit effect our lives and what is our response to being baptised in the spirit?’
In the Gospels and Acts more ‘action’ takes place in the marketplace (workplace) than anywhere else. Your workplace is your calling from God. How does your work fit into God’s provision for humanity and how can you honour Jesus in your working day?
In Romans, Paul exhorts the church that 'in view of God’s mercy, to offer [their] bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God'. He described this as their 'true and proper worship'. Worshipping God is a huge theme in the bible and a foundational aspect of our Christian Walk. But what is the bible big view of extravagant worship? What does a life of worship look like? How does it change our life? How does it declare the Gospel of grace? Check out Andy Colclough, worship leader at Jubilee Church Teesside, as he unpacks this fundamental privilege!
Phil & Sally Hillsdon from King's Church Darlington, join us this morning, to share about living faithfully in every season of life. The apostle Paul encourages the readers of Hebrews to 'run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus...'
In a world of depression, anxiety, stress and burnout never has Gods grace gift of Sabbath Rest been more welcome. How is this ancient practice relevant today? Is it really practical? What does Jesus say about it as he applies it to his New Covenant context? How does it relate to God’s mission and the church?
As Christians how should we tackle Godly dating in a secular world which encourages the opposite? What are the Characteristics of Godly dating, and how can you thrive as part of a Christian community when you are in a relationship? In this talk, Gavin and Hayley Rodgers unpack this subject area and share some of their experience of dating within the church.
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.