What weather we are having!
I hope you are coping with the extreme conditions and what is some of the worst weather we’ve had in years.
Unfortunately, due to the snowy and icy conditions, Macmillan Academy have had to shut the school down and cannot accommodate us this Sunday morning or evening (for Alpha and Life+).
Therefore we have agreed with Stockton Baptist Church (formerly Stockton Baptist Tabernacle) to join them and worship Jesus together. This is very kind and hospitable of them and an amazing display of friendship and unity!
They have kindly agreed to accommodate our children and youth in their under 18s work too.
Please join us together this Sunday at 10:30am at Stockton Baptist Church. For directions please click here. You can also find details about parking in Stockton here too. The best car park is likely to be the Riverside (no.9) which is south of the building. Most are free on a Sunday, however, please check when parking.
If you need a lift please could you coordinate this within your community groups or friendship circles.
Alpha and Life+ will continue next Sunday evening (11th March, 7:30pm)
See you this weekend!
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)
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!
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.