Matthew 6: 1-10; Luke 11:2 A vital part of our prayer lives is that we understand the intimacy it brings between us and God. To be able to pray “Our Father” is an awesome privilege, and one that we must not take lightly. It binds us in relationship to God. Then we can pray “Lord, […]
Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20. N.T. Wright asks: “Why does Jesus’ resurrection matter?”. One review of a film about the resurrection said this: “the resurrection is the final event of a compelling life, a stormy trial and a vicious death. Paul said he proclaimed Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Here the resurrection […]
Luke 24:1-12 Where will our focus be today? Will we be jubilantly celebrating that Jesus is alive, as we respond to knowing that we are “Alive in Christ”? Or will we be standing in the margins not really too sure what to make of it? As part of our Easter celebrations we will see and […]
Matthew 16:13-28. “Why?”. That has to be one of the easiest questions to ask, but one of the hardest to answer! And especially so with apologetics. So many questions are raised as we tread tentatively towards the word “Suffering”. For example, “If there is a God, why does He allow suffering?”; “Where is your God […]
Matthew 26: 17 – 30, 69 – 75. Due to weather conditions there were a number of people unable to get to church, so we had a time of testimony regarding God’s faithfulness; and then around the Communion Table we were reminded of how we, like Jesus’ disciples, can be reluctant followers of Christ.
Luke 4:14-30; 20:1-26, 22:16-25. We know that Jesus was despised and rejected. That includes examples of personal denial and rejection (e.g.: Peter, Judas), as well on the larger stage of society in general. Why did the dominant culture of the first century reject Jesus? Is their example enough to convince the dominant culture of our […]
Phil. 2:5-11; Col. 1:15-23. Perhaps most of us rarely question the divinity and uniqueness of Jesus, but instead simply believe that He is because that’s what we’ve been told in church. What if He wasn’t? Would Christianity have enough to base its claims on to survive? Alistair McGrath asks “Is the idea that Jesus is […]
Luke 4:14-30; John 8:48-59. Who is Jesus? Who did he claim to be? What questions might we need to ask? What kind of evidence is there? Questions like this give us a good starting point for apologetics. Not only do we need to understand the kinds of questions about Jesus that people will ask, we […]
Now, as we hold all that we have discovered through “Signs of hope in the Bible” and “Signs of hope through Belonging, Growing, Serving”, we’ll be spending time “Finding Christmas”. We want to make sure that we find the fullness of Christmas and fully understand it as another of our “Signs of hope”. Aside from […]
Ephesians 4: 1 – 16. Church doesn’t exist to offer “just another alternative”, but to transform lives through the power of the gospel. There is no other “sign of hope” that we can, and must, offer! The sermon included a video from CoffeeChat – see http://www.coffeechats.org/video/you-don-t-got-to-church for the full experience.