What does it mean for us to be ‘the Temple’?

What does it mean for us to be ‘the Temple’?

Both Paul and Peter talk about the church being ‘the Temple’ (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Peter 2:4–5) — Steve Burnhope looks at how the Temple features and functions in the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, and the exciting implications for what that means for us as the church today.

Do all roads lead to God?

Do all roads lead to God?

In the third and last of our most-recent series on some 'Big Questions' about the Bible and Christianity, Steve Burnhope looks at the options for how we think about the place of other religions in our multi-cultural postmodern society.

How Do I Make Sense of the Story of the Bible?

How Do I Make Sense of the Story of the Bible?

In the second of our latest ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope talks about how we can understand the Bible as one overarching story from cover to cover — the story of God and us — and the big questions about life and God that that ‘big story’ is asking and answering.

A ‘both-and’ people who love each other and love God’s mission

A ‘both-and’ people who love each other and love God’s mission

On the second Sunday of his visit, Guest Speaker Luke Geraty explains why we need a ‘both-and’ (not ‘either-or’) understanding of what it means to be and do ‘church’. He encourages us not just to think about receiving, to be blessed ourselves on Sundays, but also to serve on teams to bless others, so that they too can be welcomed in and encounter the transforming presence and power of Jesus.

Being Servant-Hearted

Being Servant-Hearted

Georgia Gasson looks at the exciting challenge of loving and serving others in the way we live our lives. Jesus modelled that for us — “The Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and give his life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28) — but it’s still such an alien way of thinking!

How to ‘grow up’ in our faith!

How to ‘grow up’ in our faith!

Lyn Burnhope looks at the meaning of Jesus having “learned obedience through the things that He suffered” (Hebrews 5:8), and what maturing in our own faith looks like, asking the questions ‘Who am I, who do I want to become, how am I going to get there?’

‘Slaying Your Giants’

‘Slaying Your Giants’

Steve Burnhope looks at the biblical accounts of the Israelites about to enter the Promised Land, and of David’s encounter with Goliath, and asks whether we too have a ‘giant’ in our life that’s standing in the way of all that God has for us — the abundance, the fruitfulness and the joy and peace of our own ‘promised land’ in him. Just as David experienced, in Jesus we too are chosen, anointed and empowered to slay our giant and be free.

‘What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?’

‘What Religion Would Jesus Belong To?’

Was Jesus religious? Do you have to become religious to be a follower of Jesus? And if so, what does he want the religion that bears his name to look like? In a postmodern world where increasing numbers of people would call themselves ‘spiritual, but not religious’, Steve Burnhope looks to answer those questions from Jesus’ encounter with the woman accused of adultery in John 8.

Becoming Intimate Worshippers

Becoming Intimate Worshippers

Lyn Burnhope explains why we prioritize giving time to engage with God in intimate worship, seeking his presence. She talks about the ‘Why?’ and the ‘How?’ of worship and encourages us to become intentional and passionate worshippers, in mind, body and spirit.

Easter Service 2018

Easter Service 2018

The biggest question that Jesus asked his disciples was “Who do you say I am…?” He’s still asking each of us the same question today — so how will we go about answering it? Steve Burnhope shares some of his own journey of discovering Jesus and what it means to ‘become’ a Christian.

Who Exactly Is The Holy Spirit?

Who Exactly Is The Holy Spirit?

It’s relatively easy to picture in our minds God the Father, and Jesus the Son, but what does the Holy Spirit look like? He seems to be the mysterious one of the Trinity, especially since the Bible often speaks of him in impersonal terms like wind and breath. Steve Burnhope puts a biblical ‘face’ on the Holy Spirit and explains that actually, we do know quite a lot about him — and all the different aspects of who he is — in which he’d love us to get to know him!

Our Spiritual Diet

Our Spiritual Diet

Becky Stevens explores our spiritual hunger and thirst for God, looking at John’s Gospel.

“Lord, teach us to pray …!”

“Lord, teach us to pray …!”

Lyn Burnhope talks about the significance of prayer in our Christian lives — as ‘individual’ prayer, prayer ‘triplets’ and ‘corporate’ prayer (praying together) — in the lead up to our 24/7 Prayer Week which will be happening in the final week of Lent.

Same-Sex Relationships

Same-Sex Relationships

Steve Burnhope completes our most recent three-part series on the ‘Big Questions’ by talking about the recent legislative changes concerning same-sex marriage and civil partnerships, examining what the Bible has to say, and exploring how as Christians we might respond.

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Sharing Our Faith in a Postmodern World

Sharing Our Faith in a Postmodern World

Steve Burnhope continues our series on the ‘Big Questions’ by explaining more about the contemporary worldview and how we can be most effective in introducing postmodern people to Jesus.