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.

Why Bother With Church?

Why Bother With Church?

Steve Burnhope explores some of the reasons why, in our postmodern world, increasing numbers of Christians are separating the idea of relationship with Jesus from relationship with his Church.

How can we be a reconciled and reconciling community?

How can we be a reconciled and reconciling community?

Guest Speaker Kiera Phyo asks how, in a fractured and divided world, we can be saved from a life that’s all about me, surrounded by people like me — listening to the stories of others, seen through their eyes … addressing broken relationships that we’ve ignored … and being hospitable, inviting others to share meals with us, making unlikely friendships, just like Jesus.

Being Brave

Being Brave

In our recent All-Age Service, children’s leader Andy Stevens talks about what we can learn from Joshua, Jesus, and Martin Luther King Jr about being brave and trusting God in the fight for good.

What Do We Mean By ‘Dedication’?

What Do We Mean By ‘Dedication’?

It’s easy to assume that living a ‘dedicated’ life is just for special people, like Mother Theresa, but Steve Burnhope argues that actually, we’re all dedicated — the only question is, to who or what. Everything in life is in competition for our devotion — not just the space we have left over, after the things we ‘have to’ do — and we may be surprised to see what’s winning!

Who Am I To You?

Who Am I To You?

In last week’s talk, Jesus is the Question, Steve Burnhope talked about the two questions Jesus asked his disciples: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who am I to you?’ This week, he challenges us to switch them around and for us to ask Jesus those questions: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who am I to you?’

Jesus is the Question

Jesus is the Question

It’s remarkable how, in the Gospels, rather than just delivering answers Jesus spent so much time asking questions — up to 300 or more, by some counts. And apparently, he directly answered only three! Steve Burnhope suggests why this may have been, and invites us to think about the questions Jesus might be asking each of us, at the start of this New Year, 2018.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Glory to God in the Highest!

That was the angel’s message to the shepherds in the Nativity — but what does it mean? Lyn Burnhope explores the questions: What is ‘God’s glory’ and how is that meaningful to us?