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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.

Why do I suffer as a Christian?

Why do I suffer as a Christian?

In the last of our current series on ‘Big Questions,’ Steve Burnhope looks at why — if God loves us and wants the best for us — we still face hardships in life. If ‘having faith’ is the key to health and prosperity (as some would say) then where are we going wrong? Steve looks at the life of the Apostle Paul for some clues ...

What’s the point of the Bible?

What’s the point of the Bible?

In the second of our latest Big Questions series, Steve Burnhope looks at the Bible. What’s it for? What’s the point of us having it? People sometimes say that it’s ‘God’s Instruction Manual’, but if so, which instructions? What makes a 2,000-plus year-old text relevant to today?

What Kind of Church is Worth Believing In?

What Kind of Church is Worth Believing In?

In the first of our latest series of ‘Big Questions’ about Christianity, faith and the Bible, Steve Burnhope looks at the Church. Jesus said, “I will build my Church” — but what sort of Church did he have in mind? How closely does that resemble what we see today? Is there a kind of Church that’s worth believing in…?

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.

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.

‘Big Questions’ 3 — Heaven and Hell

‘Big Questions’ 3 — Heaven and Hell

In the final talk in this series, Steve Burnhope talks about the challenge of ‘That was then, but this is now’ — how, whether we realise it or not, we’re all Bible interpreters, applying the Bible as the Word of God in today’s world — before sharing his perspective on the ‘Big Questions’ of Heaven and Hell!

‘Big Questions’ 2 — Creation

‘Big Questions’ 2 — Creation

Can we really expect people to believe “What the Bible says” in an Age of Science? In the second of our ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope continues from last week’s talk about the nature of the Bible as ‘God’s Word’ and how it helps us understand the Creation account in Genesis.

‘Big Questions’ 1 — The Bible

‘Big Questions’ 1 — The Bible

For some people, the Bible answers their questions about God. For others, it causes them! In the first of our ‘Big Questions’ series, Steve Burnhope takes on “How can we expect people to believe the Bible any more, in an Age of Science?” “What do we mean when we talk about the Bible as ‘The Word of God’?” and “How can a text from the Ancient World tell us what to believe and how to live in the Modern World?”