What does it mean to ‘love Jesus’?

What does it mean to ‘love Jesus’?

The dictionary tells us that love is “An intense feeling of deep affection.” But as Christians, is that what God is wanting from us, or is it something more? Steve Burnhope suggests five key things to have on our personal checklist for what a biblical perspective on ‘loving Jesus’ looks like.

How far do you want to go?

How far do you want to go?

Steve Burnhope speaks from Ezekiel 47, where the prophet experiences a dramatic vision of a river of blessing flowing from the presence of God in the temple, a river that pictures an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, in which Ezekiel is invited to go deeper and deeper. Steve asks us the question that no doubt God was asking Ezekiel: “How far do you want to go? Just watching from the sidelines? Ankle-deep? Knee-deep? Waist-deep? Or plunging in, out of your depth?

Who am I?

Who am I?

When all the titles and labels that define us are stripped away, do we still feel valued and significant? Georgia Gasson unpacks what it means to know who we are in Christ.

Features of a Healthy Church

Features of a Healthy Church

What does a church look like when it is filled with Jesus? Luke Martin reflects on Acts 4, looking at some of the key features that made the early church healthy and influential, and how we might apply that to today.

Easter Services and Baptisms 2019

Easter Services and Baptisms 2019

Steve Burnhope talks about the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, why we can trust the authenticity of the accounts of what happened on that first Easter Sunday, and the connection with being baptised.

Known By Our Scars

Known By Our Scars

Assistant Pastor, James Tweats, begins with the story of Jacob in Genesis 32 and then shares some of his own experiences of how life so often scars us — physically and emotionally. Our scars are an unavoidable part of our history, but how are they going to affect our future? Will they defeat us, or empower us? As with Jesus’ scars, will we allow them to become a place of blessing and victory and healing?

Jesus the ‘Influencer’

Jesus the ‘Influencer’

Guest Speaker David Graham, Lead Pastor at Southcourt Baptist Church in Aylesbury, talks from John chapter 4 about Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, where we see Jesus as the great ‘Influencer.’ David encourages us to become imitators of Jesus in four ways: his ‘personal’ influence, his ‘present’ influence, his ‘boundary pushing’ influence and his ‘place changing’ influence.

Journeying to Jesus, Journeying with Jesus

Journeying to Jesus, Journeying with Jesus

Becoming a Christian is often thought of as a one-off ‘event’ — where everything is about crossing a boundary — moving from being ‘out’ to being ‘in.’ Steve Burnhope suggests that the reality is more complex and that for each of us, the ‘before’ and ‘after’ that pivotal moment is like a journey with waypoints — which in turn needs to impact how we think about the journey to faith of our friends.

Who are we going to believe?

Who are we going to believe?

Nicola Neal speaks from the story of Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000 in John chapter 6 and encourages us to see ourselves, believe about ourselves and say of ourselves not what the world around us sees, believes and says, but what Jesus sees, believes and says. Whose opinion are we going to come into alignment with?

Pictures of the Church — the ‘Body of Christ

Pictures of the Church — the ‘Body of Christ

The Bible never talks about Church as a building, or something we “go to.” But it has a lot to say about what it means for us to “be” Church, mostly through metaphors (or, ‘picture language’). Steve Burnhope looks at one of the New Testament’s favourite metaphors, ‘the body,’ and what it looks like for us to be putting that into practice in “being Church” together today.

Yes, “Jesus Saves” — but … how, exactly?

Yes, “Jesus Saves” — but … how, exactly?

In the third and final talk in our latest ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope looks at how Jesus made us right with God. He starts with what the New Testament and Early Creeds tell us about that question and what the Bible means when it talks about Jesus ‘redeeming’ us, ‘ransoming’ us, ‘paying the price’ and becoming ‘a sacrifice’ for us. Finally, he addresses the widespread but mistaken assumption that the good news of the Gospel is — and ‘has to be’ — all about an angry God of wrath being placated and enabled to forgive only by punishing and killing his innocent Son instead.

The ‘Death’ of the Church

The ‘Death’ of the Church

Surveys showing declining church attendance have led to the media projecting the death of the Church in this country within the next 50 years, if not well before that. In the first talk of our latest ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope explores whether the surveys are right. And if so, what the Church can do about it.

What Does It Mean to be a Christian?

What Does It Mean to be a Christian?

Guest Speaker Matt Hyam, the Senior Pastor of Southampton Vineyard, looks more deeply into what Jesus said in that famous verse John 3:16, and explains how what Christians typically assume it to be saying may actually be missing the point ...

Living in ‘Exile’

Living in ‘Exile’

Lyn Burnhope continues from last week’s passage, Jeremiah 29, and explores what it looks like to live faithfully to God’s design for human life in the key areas of money, sex and power.

Does God Have a Plan for my Life?

Does God Have a Plan for my Life?

Many Christians assume that God does indeed have a detailed, individual plan for their lives — the only problem is, finding out what it is! Steve Burnhope looks at the famous verse of Jeremiah 29:11 together with some of the other things the Bible has to say about this important question!

Pursuing God in 2019

Pursuing God in 2019

Assistant Pastor and Head of Storehouse James Tweats encourages us in ‘pursuing God’ in this New Year of 2019 — starting with how the conversation went, when they discussed his pursuing of God in 2018 …

What is the Church?

What is the Church?

Steve Burnhope talks about what it means to be the ekklesia (the New Testament Greek word for ‘the Church’) — a group of people who are both ‘called out’ and ‘gathered together.’

Tell me something I don’t know…

Tell me something I don’t know…

At our Christmas Guest Services 2018, Steve Burnhope borrows from a Paris Hilton tweet earlier in this year and challenges our over-familiarity with the Christmas story. What we expect in the story, now, is very different to what the original first-century audience would have expected, then.