Equipped and Ready

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Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11. Let’s not be too hasty to move on from Easter without noticing the implications for us today of the words of Jesus in “The great commission” (Mt. 28), and the commissioning of His church “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8)! We don’t have any comment in Matthew about a […]

Resurrection – Really!

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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 […]

ALIVE in Christ – and following Him.

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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 […]

The big problem of Suffering.

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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 […]

Reluctant followers of Christ.

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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.

Rejected by culture.

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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 […]

The difference for today.

Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-27; John 14:1-14 We’ll be pausing here to take stock, but also to ask more questions: “So what?”. What difference does apologetics make to my understanding of Jesus? How does that enable (or otherwise!) me to know that “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what […]

Mission Update – Meninadança

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Matt Roper will be with us to give a personal update on Meninadança from his own work in Brazil, as well as sharing news of the organisation and projects more generally. Stories shared will help us to learn more about how Meninadança is able to help the girls it supports to know that “It’s in […]

A case for miracles.

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John, 5:1-15; 6:1-15; 6:16-25; 20:30 The Bible passages selected here are just by way of a few examples. Many others can be looked at, and as John asserts, “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book”. But these are written that you may believe […]